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Love Holds You: Yielding to the Sacred Presence through Poetry and Writing

with Christine Valters Paintner

Friday, August 18, 2023

3-4:30pm Ireland

10-11:30am Eastern

7-8:30am Pacific

** This program is hosted by Mercy by the Sea. Registration closes at 10am EST on Thursday, 8/17/23

Program Description

These are hard times to be a sensitive human being. Amid the daily grind, the pain and loss, the fears and doubts, you can lose sight of the firm bedrock of love beneath your feet.

Join us for an online mini-retreat where together we will:

  • Honor the tangible expressions of love that can be found amidst loss
  • Reclaim hope and healing after times of turmoil
  • Connect to the lineage of Love that runs through our blood and bone
  • Discover the strength that the Source of Love gives you through the beauty of creation
  • Nurture your inner poet, artist, and pilgrim


Christine will weave together poems from her newest collection, Love Holds You, with practices and creative explorations to encourage you to find your own path forward, steeped in the beauty and wonder all around you.

Through poetry, reflection, meditation, and writing we will make space for a holy pause in the rush of life to nurture and nourish an awareness of Love’s breaking through. We will let Love be our anchor, our guide, and our coming home.

Your Guide 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.


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This program is hosted by Mercy by the Sea. Please contact Karin Noble at for program or technical support as well as scholarship support.


Registration closes at 10am EST on Thursday, August 17th

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