Mondays, 11-12:30 EDT

October 3, 10, 17, 24

Program Cost:



As with our other online programs, the live sessions will also be recorded, so you can participate live AND/OR by watching the recordings.

The info to access the recordings, along with other important course information, will be emailed to you upon registration. Recordings will be available for 6 months.

About The Program

Check out Christine Valters Paintner’s free introductory program, Writing with the Celtic Seasons, and her articles, The Natural World As Spiritual Guide and How Ireland Changed the World—and Me!

In the ancient Celtic calendar, the days of October lead up to the sacred feast of Samhain, which begins the new year and is the time when the veil between worlds is especially thin. It is a threshold time, when the old falls away and the new is coming into birth. When heaven and earth kiss. As the nights grow ever darker in the northern hemisphere we are invited to listen across the threshold for the voices of those we are connected to through blood and bone, as well as those who inspire us through spiritual lineage and wisdom.

Our ancestors have lived through their own times of war, plague, and civil unrest. We can hear their whispers in our bodies if we quiet ourselves long enough. Join us for this series of four live sessions where we will gather in a virtual sanctuary space and honor those who have passed before us and listen for what guidance we might receive in these lengthening nights for the challenging times we live in.

Each week, the core of the sessions will be a series of writing explorations inspired by our reading of various poems. These are meant to be generative exercises. We are not here to workshop and critique, only to honor and discover. We will also engage in song, poetry, meditation, reflection, gentle movement, and small and large group sharing to listen for the threads that we are invited to carry forward. Whether you know about your genealogy or not, you can still enter into this process and begin to weave together the images your blood and spiritual ancestors inspire in you.

Meet the Presenter

Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE runs Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. Her programs draw on the wisdom of the desert, Celtic, and Benedictine spiritual traditions as well as the joy of the expressive arts. Christine is the author of 18 books on spirituality and creativity, including three collections of poetry. She lives on the west coast of Ireland with her husband John and dog Sourney and loves to share the wisdom of the Celtic imagination with others.