Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess at, a virtual monastery and global community offering resources that integrate contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of fifteen books on spirituality including two collections of poetry. She is a Benedictine Oblate, poet, writer, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher, and pilgrimage guide. Her fields of expertise include Christian spiritual practices, monastic spirituality, and the expressive arts. Christine earned her PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (REACE) from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association ( Christine has lived in Galway, Ireland with her husband John since 2012. Together they lead online and live retreats.
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