Icon Writing Experiential Retreat

September 17-23, 2017  |  Cost: $625 (Commuters: $500)

Icon Writing is a meaningful prayer practice and an art form with rich, inspirational history. At this experiential retreat, each participant will “write,” paint an icon of Christ the Teacher. It is open to anyone interested either with or without experience. All materials and supplies are provided so that each person will have a beautifully completed icon varnished and ready to display.

What is Icon Writing?

Icons are often described as being “written” rather than painted because they are meant to communicate the word of God and the
mysteries of God. Icons communicate Christian truths in a visible form. They have been handed down through history with very little variation and are written similar to the original.

Only 20 spots available for this retreat.

Phil Zimmerman is a master iconographer who has created hundreds of religious icons for churches and private collectors throughout the world. Phil’s first icon studio opened in 1988. Since then, he has taught more than 2000 students in six countries. His icons are painted in accordance with ancient guidelines and techniques, incorporating modern materials. The excitement Phil finds in iconography is in the way it combines artistic skill and creativity with spiritual motivation, discipline, and religious devotion.  Visit his website here.

Workshop Schedule:

5:30-6:00 p.m.  – Check-in
6:00 p.m. – Supper
7:00 p.m. – Orientation & Tour “Getting Acquainted” following tour

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Icon Writing
11:30 a.m. – Mass (Optional, in Chapel)
Noon – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Icon Writing
5:30 p.m. – Supper
Evenings are free!

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
Pick up finished icons
10:00 a.m. – Departure