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The Call to Savor + Join us for Coming Home to Your Body ~ A love note from your online abbess

Dearest monks and artists, Our upcoming online retreat for women Coming Home to Your Body  starts on Monday, September 21st. I have been offering you very brief excerpts to ponder your own ways of contemplative embodiment. Here is the last installment: Only by welcoming uncertainty from the get-go can we acclimate ourselves to the shattering wonder that enfolds us. This animal body, for all its susceptibility and vertigo, remains the primary instrument of all our knowing, as the capricious earth remains our primary cosmos. —David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology One of my favorite poets is Rainer Maria Rilke. 

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Featured Self-Study for September: Hildegard of Bingen

To celebrate the feast of St Hildegard of Bingen we are offering a $10 discount off the cost of the Creative Flourishing in the Desert self-study retreat. It includes rich reflections from Christine on Hildegard’s spirituality for today, daily invitations to draw mandalas, links to her music, and invitations into body prayer with Betsey Beckman. Or join us in the Rhine Valley of Germany May 29-June 6, 2016 for a pilgrimage walking in the landscape which shaped her. Your registration for the pilgrimage includes access to the self-study retreat above to help you prepare for the journey. Details and registration here>>

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Celebrate the Feast of St. Hildegard! ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Dearest monks and artists, September 17th will be the Feast of Holy Hildegard, one of the patron saints of our work here in Abbey because of her roots as a Benedictine monk and Abbess, and her incredible commitment to creative expression and nurturing aliveness. She is featured in our upcoming online retreat for women Coming Home to Your Body. I offer you this brief excerpt: I am the living breath in a human being placed in a tabernacle of marrow, veins, bones, and flesh, giving it vitality and supporting its every movement. —St. Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias I 4:4 Hildegard of

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Coming Home to Your Body: A Woman’s Contemplative Journey to Wholeness ~ A Love Note

Dearest monks and artists, I offer you a brief excerpt from our upcoming online retreat for women Coming Home to Your Body: Every breath is a resurrection. —Gregory Orr (excerpt from poem “Concerning the Book that is the Body of the Beloved”) In the Benedictine tradition there is a monastic practice called statio, which is the practice of stopping one thing before beginning another.  Imagine, instead of rushing from one appointment to the next, that between each one you pause, you breathe just five long slow breaths. Imagine how this might transform your movement from one activity to another. Or even

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Coming Home to Your Body – an online retreat for women

September 21-November 28, 2015 | 10-week online retreat with Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE + ten fabulous guest teachers + two amazing forum facilitators = a recipe for deepened body love! If only we can bring the wisdom of the body to consciousness, spirit will no longer be homesick for home.” –Marion Woodman, Leaving my Father’s House What if you made a radical commitment to embrace the gift of your body as sacred vessel? What if you began the long and beautiful journey home? Together in this 10-week online retreat for women we will create a body wisdom tribe of dancing monks, sensual monks, monks delighting in

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