I'm a Scottish sacred musician, interspiritual minister and singer songwriter now living in rural Vermont.  These songs & reflections are my soul's way of making sense of the beauty, vulnerability and endless richness of this human life. It's a gift and a pleasure to share them with you. 

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Abbey of the Arts in person gathering

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Akron Ohio

A Monk in the World: A Day of Contemplation, Creativity, and Connection with Dr. Jamie Marich, Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil, and Melinda Thomas, with Christine Valters Paintner (Joining via Zoom).

Saturday, March 11, 2023 9am – 4:30pm Eastern In Person in Akron, Ohio or Join Us Online Cost $150

For more information = https://abbeyofthearts.com/calendar/a-monk-in-the-world-a-day-of-contemplation-creativity-and-connection/

Workshop: The spiral year - Celtic wisdom of the seasons

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Online event hosted by OneSpirit Learning Alliance

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The Celtic spiritual tradition is a spiral way, one that honors non-linear consciousness and intimately follows nature’s rhythms of rising and falling, of fullness and emptiness. When we open ourselves to this way of being in relationship to time’s unfolding, we discover a profound wisdom that honors our own seasons of flowering and fruitfulness, as well as seasons of release, surrender, fallowness, stillness, and mystery. It empowers us to live in a way that deeply honors both body and soul. This is a radically counter-cultural way of being in the world.

This is an online event facilitated by Dr. Christine Valters Paintner & Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil

Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates and Students: $ 90.00


This 90 min experience workshop will be online and in person. Scholarships will be available to both the public and members of SDI.

Workshop description: According to Greek mystic Pythagoras, “The highest goal of music is to connect one’s soul to their divine nature.” More than mere entertainment, music is a powerful agent for transformation, both personal and collective; song can call us into opening, attune our hearts to a shared rhythm, and stir us to deepen our connection with self, other, and the divine.

In the Celtic Bardic tradition, music is understood to be a divine gift, intrinsically linked with community-based rituals and with individual spiritual practice. Music belongs to and arises from each of us, regardless of our training—we all carry soul-songs. This participatory workshop will consist largely of shared music and shared contemplative silence, including the opportunity to experience audio divina, deep listening as a form of prayer, and to optionally join in chanting and song, exploring the power of breath and voice to awaken the soul and foster deep connection.


All events are Eastern Time (USA) unless otherwise specified