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The Wisdom of Wild Grace

with Christine Valters Paintner

Friday, November 11, 2022

4pm – 7pm Ireland

11am – 2pm Eastern

10am – 1pm Central

8am – 11am Pacific

Hosted by In Good Company Foundation

Program Description

Join us for this online retreat where we will explore the gift of Earth as our original monastery and the wisdom of wild grace.

In these days of climate crisis and global pandemic, how might we grow in intimacy with the elements and creatures? How might we listen more closely to Earth’s wisdom for us?

During this retreat, we will explore spiritual practices that help us to cultivate an Earth-cherishing consciousness and to fall more deeply in love with creation. We will tend to both the outer and inner wild.

Session includes teaching, reflection, song, meditation, poetry, creative exploration, gentle movement, small group and large group sharing, and time for questions and input.

The retreat materials will be drawn primarily from Christine’s books Earth, Our Original Monastery: Cultivating Wonder and Gratitude Through Intimacy with Nature (Ave Maria Press, 2020) and her second collection of poems, The Wisdom of Wild Grace (Paraclete Press, 2020). At the core of this collection are poems inspired by stories of kinship between saints and animals. They come mostly from the early Christian desert and Celtic traditions, but also feature later medieval saints such as Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Julian of Norwich.

This program will be recorded and made available to those who register. 

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.


This retreat is hosted by the In Good Company Foundation. For questions, please email Laura Vaughn.

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before October 15


after October 15

This retreat is hosted by the In Good Company Foundation. If you need a scholarship assistance to make this program accessible, please email Laura Vaughn.

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