with Christine Valters Paintner, Kayce Stevens Hughlett, Betsey Beckman, and the music of River’s Voice (Trish and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan).
Practicing resurrection is about the call to the gift of new life. One of the ways we can practice this is to nurture our creativity and becomes artists of our everyday lives — bringing beauty, wonder, and presence to everything we do.
This 8-week online self-study retreat reflects on 8 gospel readings as our jumping off point for an exploration of 8 archetypes.
The scripture readings — which come from the Easter season, but are invitations to us at any time of year — are archetypal which means that they reflect back to us the sacred energies and voices within each of us. The archetypes can offer us a powerful support for our creative living and reflection on what our passions are and what holds us back.
Through the gifts of meditation, art, SoulCollage®, poetry, movement, and music you will be inspired and supported in your commitment to creative practice.
Would you love support to claim your inner artist through an invitation into multiple mediums for exploration and discovery?
Do the words “practice resurrection” make your heart sing?
Are you curious how our understanding of archetypes can help to illuminate the scripture texts in new ways?
If you answered yes to any of these, please consider joining us!
Week One: Artist/Creator – I am the One who creates anew, who brings things to life
Week Two: Doubter – I am the One who questions and doubts
Week Three: Journeyer/Seeker – I am the One who journeys and seeks out
Week Four: Gatekeeper/Warrior – I am the One who sets and protects boundaries
Week Five: Sage – I am the One who knows
Week Six: Lover – I am the One who loves
Week Seven: Sovereign – I am the One who lives into my own power
Week Eight: Magician – I am the One who transforms
What is Included:
- 8 weeks of reflections on the archetype for the week and suggestions for creative exploration and meditation.
- 4 movement videos by Betsey Beckman (Week 1 is her StoryDance of Mary Magdalene and weeks 5, 7, and 8 are guided movement experiences)
- 6 songs by River’s Voice to reflect the archetypes you are invited to explore in a given week
Program Fee: US$120
Please read over the Abbey of the Arts online Class Policies and FAQ. There are no refunds for self-study purchases.
Discounts are available for small groups wanting to move through the material together: 20% off when 2 people register together, 30% off for 3, 40% off for 4 and above. Please contact Christine by email to request an invoice.
We also offer partial scholarships to those for whom the full cost would be a financial hardship. Please contact us to inquire.
Your Guides for the Journey
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a global virtual monastery inspiring transformative living through contemplative and expressive arts. She is the author of seven books on monastic spirituality and creativity including The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom. Her greatest passion is to inspire others to live as monks in the world and artists of everyday life.
Kayce Stevens Hughlett, MA, LHMC is known as a soulful and spirited facilitator. In her roles as psychotherapist, spiritual director, life coach, and writer, she invites us to playfully and fearlessly cross the thresholds toward authentic living. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology with additional emphasis in spiritual direction and experiential learning practices. She is the author of As I Lay Pondering: Daily Invitations to Live a Transformed Life. Kayce is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and has worked with groups for more than 25 years in a variety of settings.
Betsey Beckman, MM is nationally acclaimed as a spirited dancer, storyteller, teacher of SpiritPlay and dancing Spiritual Director. With her extensive repertory of sacred storydances, she is regularly featured as artist/presenter at national conventions as well as local churches. She earned her Masters in Ministry degree from Seattle University, her certificate in Movement Therapy from the Institute for Transformational Movement, and is a certified InterPlay leader. Betsey’s publications include books (she is co-author of Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Expressive Arts to Spiritual Direction), recordings, and The Dancing Word series of DVDs on embodied prayer. She offers the gift of playful improvisation whenever possible.
and with music from the wonderful River's Voice: Trish and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
Praise for the Retreat
I think my collage, Magician, with these evolutionary affirmations, sum up for me the area of new exploration and growth. “I am one who accepts and trusts the universe and its emergent creativity. I am one who is the sum total of 14 billion years of unbroken evolutionary development now reflecting on its immense journey. I am graced by a growing awareness of the awesome implications of my larger sacred story. I ask you to continue exploring the amazing mysteries of our cosmos. —Marilyn Doyle
I loved the Resurrection Retreat as I did the Desert Elders Lenten Retreat. I truly loved learning about all these various archetypes and their energies and how they played a role in parts of my life. Thank you so much to all the team who worked so hard to put this retreat. —Nancy Donatelli
The email reflections were essential, and I continue to reread them. Using SoulCollage for creative expression of the archetypes was so much fun! I have been making SoulCollage cards and other collages for years now and feel this to be a very satisfying way to express visually. It certainly made it a full retreat to also have music and movement videos. I loved it all! —Eileen Downard
The SoulCollage explorations were wonderful for me, though I wanted to dislike the process. When each card was done I added it to a desktop background slideshow, and I became increasingly aware of their synergy. Creating these cards feels like one of the pivotal activities of my year. This truly was a retreat and not a mere eCourse. Profound. —MaryEllen Rodda
I loved making the SoulCollage cards, which initially I resisted. I've put the cards on my art altar so I catch glimpses of them each time I go in or out of my study/studio. Christine, discovering Abbey of the Arts has fulfilled a deep yearning in me for an ongoing spiritual community, an "order." I consider it in my life like a Third Order or Oblate relationship. Thank you. —Susan Ackley
I'm deeply appreciative for the vision of this retreat!! It will be interesting as I continue working with this material to pull the 'creator' thread back and through each of the other archetypes to see what continues to emerge in insights, new practices. —Harriet Platts