Winner of Otherhood’s “The Artist’s Rule” Comment Contest: Cole Matson

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments
Winner of Otherhood’s “The Artist’s Rule” Comment Contest: Cole Matson

For his comment on Otherhood Podcast: Episode 1 with Christine Valters Paintner, Cole Matson is hereby awarded a copy of Paintner’s book, “The Artist’s Rule.” The comments were all great, and the decision was a hard one. The passion and devotion Matson offers in his poetry really captured my attention, though. And I’m a sucker […]

Otherhood, the Podcast: Episode 1, Christine Valters Paintner and “The Artist’s Rule”

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Otherhood | 24 Comments
Otherhood, the Podcast: Episode 1, Christine Valters Paintner and “The Artist’s Rule”

Meet Otherhood, the Podcast. In this, the first episode, I interview Christine Valters Paintner about her new book (the Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul With Monastic Wisdom), the oblate life, and what it means to be both an artist and a monk. BTW, we’re giving away a free copy of the Artist’s Rule to […]

Monk Manifesto » Abbey for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[Part of the Daily Lectio series, named after the Benedictine tradition of lectio divina, “divine reading.” For instructions and background on the series, click here. Subscribe to Daily Lectio. Send comments or suggested readings to] With the previous post in mind, I invite you to meditate on this, Paintner’s Monk Manifesto:

The Cloud of Unknowing, “in whiche a soule is onyd with god”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Partially in order to a brush up on my middle english (rusty since reading Chaucer in college), I’ll be working through text of the medieval Cloud of Unknowing, one of the sources of the practice of Centering Prayer. I’ll let you know what I find. HERE BYGYNNITH A BOOK OF CONTEMPLACYON, THE WHICHE IS CLEPYD THE […]

“a ‘holy’ actor in a poor theatre”

Posted by on Sep 26, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Some good bits of artmonkish wisdom from a “visioning retreat” we recently held at the Art Monastery. “Theatre cannot be imprisoned inside theatrical buildings, just as religion cannot be imprisoned inside churches; the language of theatre and its forms of expression cannot be the private property of actors, just as religious practice cannot be appropriated […]

A Users Guide to Lectio Divina, or How to Feast on Words

Posted by on Sep 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’ve been sending out daily readings on monasticism to a handful of artmonks at the Art Monastery. Why not post them here too? Hence, I’ll be posting readings from a variety of traditions and sources, along with commentary from a secular monastic, art monastic or “monastech” perspective, as a new series of blog posts called Daily […]

BBC’s “the Monastery”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In 2005 & 2006, a series aired on the BBC called “The Monastery.” Worth Abbey in Sussex is home to 22 Benedictine monks. Last year they agreed to take part in a unique experiment. The BBC asked them to open the doors of their cloistered world to 5 outsiders. The aim is to discover whether […]

Getting the questions right

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]