Patricia Griffith and Jessica Susolik open Soul Center OC, a spiritual community based in Orange County.

Inspired by the renowned Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, mother and daughter team Patricia Griffith and Jessica Susolik set out to create a similar spiritual community in Orange County. Jessica says her visits to Agape transformed her life and her relationships and she felt it was vital for her to provide an equally rich spiritual home for her own children.

For their community, Jessica and her mother enlisted the help of Dr. Janette Freeman, who now spearheads Soul Center OC’s devotional and educational offerings. Each Sunday, Janette leads a half hour guided meditation followed by a sermon aimed at helping people live more mindfully and joyously. She says, “We all get better when we’re surrounded by positive, like-minded people who accept us for who we are.” She helps to foster this consciousness crowd by preaching the universal messages of unity and love. People of all religious backgrounds are welcome to join in these empowering Sunday services, which always feature the kind of upbeat, positive music you would want to hear on the radio.

Janette’s teachings, which blend her knowledge of religion, psychology, and meditation, extend into her class series, which offer attendees the chance for deeper, transformative inner work.

A member of the Agape Association of Communities, Soul Center OC is inclusive and non-dogmatic. Its founders agree that it’s become so much more than just a center; it has become all about the “beauty of community.”

Soul Center OC

The Newport Coast Community Center

6401 San Joaquin Hills Road

Newport Coast, CA 92657 (temporary location)



by Alisha Kali Shakti, a yoga teacher, world traveler, bookworm, and handstand enthusiast.