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“Women’s Christmas” Epiphany Retreat: The Treasures We Bring

with Aisling Richmond, Deirdre Ní Chinnéide, and Christine Valters Paintner

Friday, January 6, 2022

9am-12pm Pacific

12-3pm Eastern

5-8 pm Ireland/UK time

Program Description

Join us for the Feast of Epiphany, a time calling us to awaken into new insight and renewing vision, a season inviting us to consider “the treasures we bring” in our lives.

Epiphany has a special resonance in Ireland where it is celebrated as “Women’s Christmas” or Nollaig na mBan as it is known in the Irish language. Traditionally it was a day of rest for women after the fullness of the holiday festivities. The men would take on the household duties to allow this to happen. Now it is honored as a time for women to gather together, to rest and reflect, to contemplate their desires for the new year ahead, and to be nourished and nurtured through story and sharing.

This feast day is a threshold moment when we will pause to consider the treasures of our lives. Just as the magi brought gifts to the Christ child in Bethlehem, so too are we called to honor and birth the gifts we have to offer which make love incarnate in the world. What are our own versions of gold, frankincense, and myrrh? What particular medicine do we each carry to bring healing to a world in need? We will also ask what is it the season for? How am I being called to share this gift in a particular way in the months ahead?

Through the wisdom of Celtic saints, poetry, song, story, meditation, gentle movement, writing, and opportunity to share with one another, we will practice wonder, awe, and gratitude for what is our gift to share. As the magi followed the guidance of the star to arrive to the dwelling place of the sacred presence, we also are invited to look for the ways the cosmos is calling us forward into the year ahead.

The retreat will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

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.


Aisling Richmond

Aisling Richmond is a Somatic Therapist and transformative guide who is deeply inspired by nature and the wisdom of the soul. Aisling is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology and Transformative Leadership to work with cultural change. She shares a home with her partner in the rugged wildness of Donegal, North West Ireland. Aisling works as a therapist, supporting people to resolve trauma and life challenges through body-psyche-soul wisdom. She also mentors people in finding their deep soul purpose, and teaches a rich range of transformative programs online.  Aisling is passionate about soul centred living, where nature and the feminine are deeply valued. Having worked collaboratively with many organisations including Amnesty International, Aisling has also been a guest lecturer with both Galway and Limerick Universities. Visit Aisling’s website here.


Deirdre Ní Chinnéide

Deirdre Ní Chinnéide is trained as a psychotherapist / spiritual director and workshop facilitator. She has worked all over Ireland, the U.S.A. and Europe including Bosnia and Kosovo. The Aran Islands with its unique history, culture and natural beauty provides a special setting for the retreat work, and was the place of inspiration for Celtic Passage, a journey of the heart which she leads through music, reflection and prayer.

Deirdre divides her time between the Aran Islands and the mainland offering retreats, workshops and performances of spiritual music. Music is a core element of her ministry and she has recorded two albums Celtic Passage and I will sing for you – Songs to soothe the soul. Deirdre also co-authored the book Journey to the Well: Connecting to Celtic Ways and WisdomVisit Deirdre’s website here.


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