Matushka Constantina is the author of The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women’s Monastery - published by Conciliar Press - a collection of stories about experiences and lessons she’s learned from visiting and working alongside Orthodox nuns in Greece. It is available for purchase in paperback and ebook formats on Amazon and Conciliar Press' website. To see the book trailer go here.
Originally from New Brunswick, a quaint province on Canada's Atlantic coast, she currently lives in Thessaloniki, Greece with her husband, a deacon in the Canadian Archdiocese of the OCA. She recently received her Master's degree in Theology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her thesis was entitled The Theological Presuppositions of the Orthodox Iconographer According to the Canons of the Stoglav Sobor (Moscow, 1551).
She has been painting icons for four years, and has been drawing for an infinitely longer time. Her writing skills are a result of keeping a journal since childhood, and a wonderful Great Books undergraduate degree. She is also a student of Byzantine Chant, taught by sisters of a nearby monastery. It is a three year program of which she has completed two years.
To read more of her work or to see some of her icons, sketches, and photos from her travels, visit her blog Lessons from a Monastery.