The Soul's Slow Ripening: Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred

With Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., REACE

In this day retreat, we will be diving into the richness of the Celtic spiritual tradition and considering what gifts it has to offer to our world today. In particular, we will focus our time on exploring three Celtic spiritual practices – thresholds, blessing each moment and seasonal cycles – and how they might enrich our practice of listening to the sacred call of our lives.

We will be celebrating stories of some of the Irish saints, engaging in the practices, listening to and writing poems, walking outside in a contemplative way, bringing our bodies to prayer through song and movement, and sharing with one another about what we discover in the process. The Celtic way invites us to move into a more spiral and intuitive way of being, rather than our linear and goal-oriented mindsets. Marcie Swift will add the magic and allure of the Celtic Harp to this program. For more information about Marcie’s many talents and how she uses the harp therapeutically and meditatively, visit

The program will be held on Friday, October 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. The fee is $175, which includes lunch. There are a limited number of rooms available Thursday, October 10. The cost of a single occupancy room, program and meals (dinner, breakfast and lunch) is $325; a double occupancy room is $295/per person, which also includes the room for one night, program and meals. 

Suggested reading includes chapters one (Thresholds), four (Blessing Each Moment) and ten (Seasonal Cycles) of The Soul's Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred.

Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the online Abbess at, a virtual monastery integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of 12 books on spirituality and creativity including her most recent, The Soul's Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred (Ave Maria Press) and a collection of poems, Dreaming of Stones (Paraclete Press). Both titles and others are available in the Mercy by the Sea book and gift shop and on Amazon Smile. Christine and her husband John live in Galway, Ireland, where together they lead writing retreats and pilgrimages in Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Austria. 

Sessions:  1
Date:  10/11/2019
Meeting Time:  Friday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Instructor:  Christine Valters Paintner
$175.00   (Class Fee)
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