The Soul Care Institute is a series of professional development programs dedicated to the formation, nourishment, and deep inner work of Soul Care Practitioners through contemplative practice, creative expression and honoring rhythms of nature.
This program has emerged out of our desire to meet a pressing and urgent need to support those in services of compassionate presence. The SCI will give participants a chance to reflect on and engage with their own growing edges.
The Soul Care Institute offers highly experiential live retreats and online programs which cultivate a safe and intimate community of support with professional peers in the context of a sacred Source flowing through each of us and the gifts we offer.
We draw upon a variety of tools including the expressive arts, Jungian depth psychology, movement practice, eco-centered awareness, wisdom of desert, Celtic, Benedictine spirituality, & yoga philosophy.
Spiritual Direction, Supervision, and Mentoring for Soul Care Practitioners
At various times during the year Christine offers group supervision or spiritual direction sessions for soul care practitioners (spiritual directors/guides, chaplains, counselors, pastors, and others in service of healing others). Her work is eco-, arts-, and movement-centered from a contemplative perspective. (Please note: Christine is currently not taking on any new work with individuals.)
Awakening the Creative Spirit:
Experiential Education for Soul Care Practitioners in the Expressive Arts
October 29-November 3, 2017 in the Pacific Northwest, United States with Kayce Hughlett, MA, LMHC & Betsey Beckman, MM
Earth Monastery Intensive:
Nourishing Intimacy with Nature for Soul Care Practitioners
June 12-17, 2018 in Perth Scotland with Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE and Betsey Beckman, MM
SCI Essential Commitments & Objectives
- To help soul care practitioners cultivate a sense of the essential nature of self-care, soul nourishment, and inner and outer spaciousness.
- To provide a safe and intimate space where soul care practitioners can explore growing edges.
- To offer resources to connect with the sacred Source, the spirit which sustains us in our work.
- To explore the ways that our call to the work we do also reveals our deep shadow places.
- To experience nature as the matrix through which soul care emerges and unfolds.
- To cultivate creative expression and a sense of joy, wonder, delight.
- To explore the places where inner freedom has become restricted and work actively to open those up.
- To nurture a dynamic and supportive community.
- To inspire and remind us of why we are called to the work we do (or to help if you are discerning a new path within the field).
- To help savor soul care practitioners savor their gifts and how they are offered to the world.