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 seventeen books on monasticism and creativity, including Sacred Time; Earth, Our Original Monastery; The Soul's Slow Ripening; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire; The Artist's Rule; The Soul of a Pilgrim; Illuminating the Way; The Wisdom of the Body; and three collections of poetry. She is a Benedictine oblate living in Galway, Ireland, with her husband, John. Together they lead online retreats at their website AbbeyoftheArts.com.