for the past six weeks, i have been participating in a wonderful and unique online course offered by the fabulous christine valters paintner through the abbey of the arts, called way of the monk, path of the artist. it has been a phenomenally enriching, enlivening, transformational experience. the integration of creativity and spirituality has become a passion of mine in recent years that i have longed to explore within a community of kindred spirits. in this class, that longing has been both satisfied and intensified! i would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank christine for creating this class and facilitating it so beautifully. i felt supported at every turn. and to my fellow monks and artists, thank you for sharing your lives with me...because of you, i have felt "witnessed into being whole again."