Zoom: Writing Into Bloom
With Christine Valters Paintner
May 1, 2021
Join us on the Celtic feast of Beltane which celebrates the fertility of spring for this Zoom mini-retreat session where we will explore writing in alignment with the turning of the seasons. The Celtic feasts are each considered to be threshold moments or portals to a new beginning. It is also a feast day of Mary and begins a month dedicated to her. Christine will guide you through different exercises to help you access writing as a process of discovery and blooming. In this way we can approach our writing practice in an organic way, not “forcing or holding back” as the poet Rilke once wrote but allowing what wants to emerge in the moment. This is a practice of honoring the path of the sacred feminine. Along the way we will discover what wants to flower forth within us.
We will engage in both free writing and poetry writing and all are welcome regardless of level of experience. This is a generative workshop, we are not here to edit our work, but to show up for the Creative Source when we slow down and listen to what is erupting in the silence. In addition to the writing exercises Christine will include lectio divina, silence, reading of poems, gentle movement invitations to shift your energy and focus, and an optional chance to share a piece your writing in small groups in a contemplative and structured way.
Christine Valters Paintner, PhD is a Benedictine Oblate and the founder of the online community AbbeyoftheArts.com She is a poet and author of 14 books on contemplative practice and creative expression including Earth, Our Original Monastery and The Artist’s Rule. Christine lives in the west of Ireland with her husband John where together they lead online and live retreats.
Learn more about Christine Valters Paintner