Four weekly Zoom sessions on Mondays: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm Eastern time (10am-11:30 noon Pacific / 6-7:30 pm Ireland/UK)
with Christine Valters Paintner
This program is delivered through 4 weekly 90-minute Zoom session on Mondays (dates below).
Celtic spirituality is a spiral way, one that honors non-linear consciousness, follows nature’s rhythms closely, listens to dreams, learns through story, and cultivates a more expansive imagination. This form of early Christianity that developed was woven through with more ancient practices and traditions from both Druidic and megalithic time periods. For many who have European roots, there is a strong draw to a path that is indigenous to ones’ ancestors. For others, the call is to a way that honors Earth wisdom alongside human wisdom and the presence of the Otherworld just beyond the surface of everyday appearances.
Join us for this 4-week online retreat delivered via a weekly 90-minute session on Zoom and a private Facebook group for sharing in between. We begin our journey at Imbolc and the Feast of St. Brigid. We gather at what the Celts considered to be an especially thin time of year, where the veil between heaven and earth was especially permeable.
In each live session Christine Valters Paintner will engage us in story, poetry, music, gentle movement, writing explorations, meditation and contemplative practice, calling on saints and ancestors for support, as well as opportunities to share in large and small groups to help move us into this threshold way of thinking and being in the world which is more organic and intuitive. She will draw on stories and practices from both the Christian and pre-Christian traditions in ways that make them accessible to people of any belief or practice. No previous writing experience necessary.
February 1: Thresholds and Wild Edges
February 8: Moving in Circles Around the Center
February 15: Wisdom of Cycles and Seasons
February 22: Following the Currents of Our Lives
As with all of the Rowe Center's paid programs, recordings will be shared with registered participants for a limited time and with sharing restrictions.
Please contact the Rowe Center directly with any questions about registration or the technical aspects of this program.
About the Presenter
Christine Valters Paintner is a Benedictine oblate and the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. Christine earned her PhD in Christian spirituality and is a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator. She is a retreat facilitator and spiritual director, as well as the author of 15 books on contemplative practice and creative expression including two collections of poetry, Dreaming of Stones and The Wisdom of Wild Grace. Christine has lived in Galway, Ireland since 2012 with her husband John, where together they lead online and live retreats to the wild edges.