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Angels, Saints, and Ancestors as Spiritual Companions and Guides

with Christine Valters Paintner and Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

Fridays, November 3, 10, 17, 2023

1:30 – 3:30pm Eastern

10:30am – 12:30am Pacific

due to Daylight Saving Time November 3rd will be 5:30-7:30 pm Ireland/UK time and on November 10 and 17 will be 6:30-8:30 pm Ireland/UK time.)

Program Description

November is a time in the Celtic and Christian calendars when the veil between worlds is said to be very thin. This is the season when those spiritual beings who dwell in what the Celts called the Otherworld are more accessible to us. These beings include angels, saints, and our ancestors who support and inspire us throughout our lives when we learn how to connect and attune to them in various ways.

These sacred beings pave the way for our journey toward communion with divine Love, even as we pass through a world rife with struggle, discord, and violence. They offer protection, guidance, healing, and wisdom and can offer profound support for our service to others. They speak the language of intuition, ritual, dreamtime, and synchronicity.

In this webinar series, Christine and Simon will help us open up our spiritual imagination to encounter these sacred presences, nourishing our capacity to become everyday mystics, and receive blessings on our life path.

As spiritual companions and guides for others, we can richly benefit from being well resourced and supported in our presence to our clients.

By cultivating our loving attention and reverence for these beings, we become transformed and grow into the kinds of ancestors who nurture Love’s presence in the world.

What to Expect

Three rich sessions with teaching, meditation, poetry, and creative exploration from Christine and music from Simon, along with opportunities for questions and interaction.

Session One: Archangels and Guardian Angels

 We find reverence for the presence of angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will explore some ways these presences have shown up in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures as well as ways to bring this support into our daily lives and practice.

Session Two: Saints as the Wise and Well Ones

Saints (both official and unofficial) are those human beings who have passed over the veil and are wise and well, having lived a life of deepening communion with the divine. We will listen for the saints who guide and inspire us and discover a patron saint for our spiritual companioning practice.

Session Three: The Blessings of Our Ancestors

We have ancestors of blood and bone, as well as calling, spiritual lineage, and the landscapes we inhabit. We will explore how we can receive these blessings more intentionally and become the ancestors we want to be.

Participants from all spiritual traditions and orientations are welcome in this webinar series as are those with all levels of spiritual experience. All sessions will be recorded and be viewable for at least 12 months after the last session goes live.

Join Christine and Simon for this 3-session program on Angels, Saints, and Ancestors hosted by SDI and with spiritual companions and directors in mind. Or join her starting in January for the full 14-week companion retreat to the book hosted by Abbey of the Arts.

Your Guides for the Journey


Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. Her programs draw on the wisdom of the desert, Celtic, and Benedictine spiritual traditions as well as the joy of the expressive arts, embodied practice, and Earth-cherishing wisdom. Christine is the author of numerous books on spirituality and creativity, including three collections of poetry. She lives on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John and dog Sourney. Find out more about her here.

Simon de Voil playing guitar

Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a sacred musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness. Simon provides music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage. Visit Simon online.


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