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 earned a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and achieved professional status as a registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is also trained as a spiritual director and supervisor.

Paintner is the author of fifteen books on monasticism and creativity, including Earth, Our Original MonasteryThe Soul’s Slow RipeningWater, Wind, Earth, and FireThe Artist’s RuleThe Soul of a PilgrimIlluminating the WayThe Wisdom of the Body; and two collections of poetry. She is a Benedictine oblate living in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John. Together they lead writing retreats and pilgrimages in Ireland, Scotland, Austria, and Germany, as well as online retreats at their website AbbeyoftheArts.com.

Books by Christine Valters Paintner