Christina Baldwin

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Christina Baldwin is an author, educator, speaker, and retreat leader. She is known for her groundbreaking work in the fields of personal writing, group process, and spirituality. With author, Ann Linnea, she is co-founder of PeerSpirit, Inc., offering a wide variety of consulting seminars, practica, and wilderness programs to individuals and groups. Baldwin is the author of One to One, Self-Understanding through Journal Writing; Life's Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest; Calling the Circle; and The Seven Whispers.

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