We are delighted you want to get in touch and welcome your communication!
We just ask that due to the large number of emails we receive and our limited admin capacity, that you please read over the following FAQs first to see if your inquiry is answered below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I interview Christine or John for my podcast, blog, journal, or website?
Please send your request via the form below with details and we will get back to you.
What do I do if I am having issues with the online learning platform Ruzuku?
If your concern has to do with accessing your online retreats or any other issue related to the learning platform we use, please contact their customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org. They generally respond within a few hours. If you simply need to find the link for your retreat use this web page to log in (there is a password reset button as well if you have forgotten).
How do I sign up for your email newsletter?
Please use the form at this page to subscribe to our newsletter. You can choose daily or weekly messages.
How do I add myself to the waiting list for a live program that is marked full?
Send us a message using the form below. You will receive an auto-reply which confirms that we have received your request and will be in touch if a space opens.
What currency are your prices in?
Currently our online programs are listed in U.S. dollars $ and our live retreats and pilgrimages are listed in Euros €. When you pay by credit card your bank will automatically convert the cost to your own currency.
What is the cost of one of your live programs in my own currency?
Currency exchange rates do fluctuate, please check a website like xe.com for the most current rates.
How do I request a payment plan or scholarship for an online program?
Please send us a message detailing which program you are inquiring about, what kind of payment plan you need or what amount of scholarship assistance you are requesting and a bit about your life circumstance. Please keep in mind that our funds are limited and we do our best to respond to as many requests as possible.
How do I let the Abbey know how much their programs and resources mean to me?
We would love to hear from you. Christine will be forwarded all love notes and although she may not be able to reply to every one, she cherishes each of them.
How do I request individual discernment, mentoring, or other spiritual direction?
Christine is not taking on new clients for spiritual direction at this time and is unable to respond to requests for individual guidance. Please check our Wisdom Council page where many of our members are available for spiritual direction by Skype or phone for a fee.
I want to travel to Ireland on my own, can you offer me travel advice?
Due to the large numbers of these requests, we are unable to offer any travel advice for Ireland (or Austria or Germany) except to those who are registered for our live retreats and pilgrimages. We thank you for understanding.
I have a question about whether one of your live programs is right for me?
Please get in touch with us and your inquiry and we would be happy to help you discern. We want people to make wise and informed choices before making a financial commitment.
Is Abbey of the Arts affiliated with any church or institution?
We are not affiliated with any particular institution and open our doors to people from any denomination or none at all. We strive to create a place of welcome and hospitality where we might dialogue with one another and grow. Our own spirituality is shaped very much by the rich Catholic mystical tradition, and we also treasure being catholic, that is universal, in our outreach.
If you have any other questions, please get in touch with us via email DancingMonk AT AbbeyoftheArts.com (replace AT with @ and remove spaces) or use the form below.
To maintain a contemplative rhythm and balance in our lives, we try to stay off email on Wednesdays and the weekends. On the other days we generally reply within 24-48 hours. If you don't hear anything back within 3 days please feel free to submit your request again in case it got lost in the ether or accidentally deleted.
Ireland Mailing Address:
Christine & John Paintner
Abbey of the Arts
Atlanta House #22
36 Dominick St Lower
Republic of Ireland
Ireland Phone: +353 87 676 5385 (Christine) or +353 87 063 0472 (John)