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Project Hope Podcast

Jennifer French



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S2 Ep. 14: Jaia Suri (P1) on the Order of Christ / Sophia (OCS).

Jaia Suri is both the artist who provided the Project Hope Podcast with its Season 2 theme song, and a cult survivor of the Order of Christ / Sophia (OCS). Jaia is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has built her career on deeply personal and introspective lyrics and unwavering honesty in expressing her experience through Eastern melodies, unusual tunings, and percussion on the body of her guitar and banjo. The first chapter of her music career took place in her twenties touring the folk circuit year-round in a veggie-grease powered rig. During this time she released 3 albums w Vagabond Records. After a heartbreaking personal experience just prior to the release of her 4th studio recording, Strawberry Hat with Producer Perry Margouleff (PIE Records) in 2007, Jaia let go of all musical pursuits and joined a Monastic-Christian Mystic Order where she spent the next 7 years intensively practicing meditation and prayer and eventually ministering as an ordained priest. Finding the work deeply gratifying, though in the end pretty cult-ish, she left that path and began another more supportive inner path which continues to fuel her life’s work of spiritual development. ​​Her official return to songwriting and recording was prompted by an undeniable passion for expressing beauty, meaning, and authenticity. She shares that coming back to music was in some ways a coming back to herself. Please consider supporting Jaia in her musical endeavors by joining her Patreon subscribers Jaia's website Follow Jaia on social media at: Facebook Instagram YouTube Spotify Links mentioned in Intro! Dan Shaw’s book: Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery: Leaving the Prison of Shame and Fear Jennifer is a cult and religious recovery counselor. She is certified in a specialized approach working with survivors that is research-based. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Follow Jennifer on social media at: Facebook Instagram YouTube If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email,

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