Visit the Abbey of the Arts online retreat platform to access your programs:

Calling on the Sacred Feminine for Times of Unravelling

with Christine Valters Paintner and Nóirín Ní Riain

Thursday, August 15, 2024

4-6pm Ireland

11am-1pm Eastern

8-10am Pacific

Program Description

Join us on the Feast of the Assumption which celebrates Mother Mary’s final journey into the fullness of the divine. Mary has many names and titles and we will focus our time on her as Mother of the Keen, Untier of Knots, and Queen of Heaven.

In the Irish tradition, Mary is known as the mother of the keen, the great cry of lament which expresses our deepest losses. Mary knew suffering intimately and journeys with us as we grieve for the violence and destruction we witness all around us, and for our own places of wounding.

In a time of great unravelling of systems and fear which knots up our hearts and hopes, how might Mary help us to bring ease to places that feel knotted and confusing. In the softening and loosening of our knotted places we are freed to find deeper clarity and guidance. 

Our retreat will be soon after Lughnasa, the Celtic feast of the Harvest, when we are invited to reflect on our lives and gather in the wisdom and seeds of new possibilities for the future. Mary as Queen of Heaven invites us to step into our own sovereignty, to honor the gifts and power we each carry in service to the world.

Through music, poetry, meditation, and teaching we will honor the sacred feminine as she moves through our bodies and our lives.

We will turn on closed captioning during the live Zoom session (which you are able to turn off in your settings if you find distracting) as well as provide a video recording with closed captioning available and a text transcript of the session.

The program will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time or who want to view again. You will be sent a notification when this is ready to view.

You have lifetime access to all online programs.

Your Guide for the Journey


Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess and director of, a virtual monastery exploring contemplative practice, creative expression, and ways to nourish an earth-cherishing consciousness. She is a spiritual director, teacher, pilgrimage guide, Benedictine oblate, and author of numerous books on spirituality and the arts. Her deepest belief is that the earth is the original monastery–a wisdom guide and mentor in living a soulful and vibrant life. Visit the “About Christine” page for more information.

Nóirín Ní Riain

Nóirín Ní Riain

Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain PhD is an Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Interfaith Seminary), an internationally acclaimed spiritual singer, theologian, writer, musicologist, and Celtic Spirituality expert. Rev. Ní Riain performs weddings, naming ceremonies, concerts, lectures, and gives workshops all over the world.  She lives near Glenstal Abbey, county Limerick, Ireland. Visit Nóirín online. 


Your registration constitutes an agreement with our online program Terms and Conditions below.

Please read our Financial Access Policy. 

We offer a sliding scale of 3 fees for payment. The reduced fee is for those who need financial assistance and the sponsorship fee helps support our ability to offer scholarships. In an effort to keep this program accessible, please carefully consider both your own resources as well as honoring the expense, time, and energy required to run these programs and keep our work sustainable. Thank you!

Please be careful to enter your correct email address when you register. 
Price displayed in USD.


Standard fee


sponsorship fee


reduced fee

If you are in need of additional financial assistance please fill out our Scholarship Request form. 

Terms and Conditions

Please consider your purchase carefully and review the many free materials we have on our website to make sure the program will be a good fit or get in touch with any questions.

We ask that you honor our work by not sharing the program materials with others who are not enrolled.

Please contact us for permission to quote in settings beyond the program

If you choose a payment plan and stop payment before fulfilling the commitment without contacting us to make other arrangements, your access to the program will be removed.