About the Abbey

The Abbey is a virtual monastery offering a variety of online classes, reflections, and resources which integrate contemplative practice and creative expression. More about the Abbey>>

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About Christine

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, OblSB, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts and the author of 8 books on monastic spirituality and creativity, as well as a poet, photographer, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and teacher. More about Christine>>

About John

John Valters Paintner, MTS is the the online Prior of Abbey of the Arts.  He has a Masters in Theological Studies and brings over twenty years of experience in parish youth & young adult ministry and Catholic theological education. More about John>>

Wisdom Council

Abbey of the Arts is deeply grateful to have a Wisdom Council as a gathering of support for the contemplative and creative work happening here.  Each member is wise and gifted and a long-time member of this community. More about the Wisdom Council>>

Monk Manifesto

Stop by to read eight principles for being a monk in the world, to watch the visual meditation, and to sign up for an 8-day e-course.

Dancing Monk Icons

We have a wonderful series of dancing monk icons painted by artist Marcy Hall. Included are Benedict of Nursia, Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Brendan the Navigator, Brigid of Kildare, Amma Syncletica, Prophet Miriam, King David, Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Mary Mother of God.

Praise for the Abbey

Read what others have said about the Abbey.

Abbey newsletter

Subscribe to receive regular Abbey soul nourishment and reflections on contemplative, creative, and seasonal living right to your in-box and sign up for the Monk in the World 8-day e-course. More about the newsletter>>

Earth Monastery Project

Apply for a small grant to create a project which nourishes an earth-cherishing consciousness and awareness of the earth as our primary monastery. Read more here>>