Book Reflection

Winter Book Reflection

Illuminating the Way: Embracing The Wisdom Of Monks And Mystics

by Christine Valters Painter

In these times of turmoil and rapid change in the world around us, the wisdom of monks and mystics can offer us a way through our inner life and into our external response to what’s unfolding in our lives.

Journey with Christine Valters Painter, the online abbess for the Abbey of the Arts, through your inner life “accompanied by twelve great monks and mystics from the Christian tradition.”

In this creative work, Christine Valters Painter offers us a pilgrimage through the lives of sages, healers, mystics, visionaries, and more—inviting us to feast on their wisdom and explore how their gift of life can illuminate the way for us. This is a wonderful resource and I joyfully recommend it.
–Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.

Book Reflection Details

Five 90-minute facilitated sessions

A session every other week beginning in February, 2017. Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing with a maximum of 10 participants.


Varies, depending on facilitator (see chart below)


Varies, depending on facilitator (see chart below)


$50 + book. Scholarships Available


Jean Springer, Regina Moser, Barbara Schutz

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

(90 Minute Sessions)
Regina Moser Wednesdays from 7 – 8:30pm February 8th, 22nd, March 8th, 22nd, and 29th North Open
Jean Springer Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30pm February 7th, 21st, March 7th, 21st, & 28th South Open
Barbara Schutz Wednesdays from 12:30pm – 2:00pm February 8th, 22nd, March 8th, 22nd, 29th Central Full
Dianna Amorde Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm February 8th, 22nd, March 8th, 22nd, 29th Central Open
About the Author

Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess at, a virtual monastery without walls offering a variety of classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and the author of eight books on spirituality, contemplative practice, and creative expression.

She is a Benedictine Oblate, writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher, and pilgrimage guide. Her fields of expertise include Christian spiritual practices, monastic spirituality, and the expressive arts. Christine earned her PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as Registered Expressive Arts Consultant and Educator (REACE) from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (

Christine lives in Galway, Ireland with her husband John. Together they lead pilgrimages on the wild edges of this sacred landscape together.

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