Christine V Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery that offers contemplative practice and creative expression workshops and tools. She graduated from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, with a PhD in Christian spirituality, and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association certified her as a qualified expressive arts consultant and educator. She is also a spiritual director and supervisor who has received training. Earth, Our Original Monastery; The Soul's Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist's Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; Lighting the Path; The Wisdom of the Body; and two collections of poetry are among Paintner's works on monasticism and creativity. She is a Benedictine oblate who lives with her husband, John, in Galway, Ireland. They lead literary retreats and pilgrimages together in Ireland, Scotland, Austria, and Germany, as well as online retreats at AbbeyoftheArts.com.