Christine Valters Paintner


Christine Valters Paintner is the online abbess for Abbey of the Arts (, a virtual monastery offering classes and resources on contemplative practice and creative expression. She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and earned her professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Paintner is the author of The Eyes of the Heart; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; and The Artist’s Rule and is a columnist for the progressive Christian portal at Patheos. She leads pilgrimages in Ireland, Austria, and Germany, and online retreats at her website, living out her commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in Galway, Ireland, with her husband John.

Books by Christine Valters Paintner

An Interview with Christine Valters Paintner