Join us for five days of immersion in Celtic spiritual practices which orient us toward a new way of seeing the world, one that is less linear and more spiral, one that honors the slow unfolding of the seasons, rather than rushing toward a goal. The soul’s slow ripening is a different way to respond to our call in the world.
We will focus on eight practices from the Celtic tradition during our week together including thresholds, peregrinatio (a uniquely Irish form of pilgrimage), seasonal cycles, landscape as theophany, encircling, walking the rounds, solitude and silence, blessing each moment, and three essential things.
Together we will explore these practices in experiential ways, through song, gentle movement, poetry writing, and contemplative photography explorations as ways to bring these themes and practices alive. Christine will offer teachings about the practices which weave together poetry and stories gleaned from her time living in Ireland. There will be opportunities for sharing what you are discovering in small and larger groups as well.
If you are in a place of discernment or listening for a new way forward in your life and the old ways aren’t working, join us. If you are frustrated with goal-driven approaches, join us. If you are longing for a more organic approach to discovering the great call of your life, join us.
People from all faith backgrounds are most welcome. No previous writing or art experience necessary.
Your Guide for the Journey
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the founder of the virtual monastery Abbey of the Arts, a global, ecumenical community dedicated to the integration of contemplative practice and expressive arts. She is a poet and the author of eleven books on spirituality and creativity including her most recent The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred. Christine has been living on the wild west coast of Ireland with her husband John for the last six years where together they lead writing retreats and pilgrimages to sacred places in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria. She loves sharing the wisdom of her adopted homeland with others and is a gifted facilitator, creating safe space for participants to explore inner landscapes, and drawing on a variety of creative modalities to bring the materials alive. Learn more about Christine here>>.