Come to Bethany Retreat Center for a special opportunity to learn about and create an icon based upon this 13th century image of Archangel Gabriel. We will discuss this messenger of God and consider what he has to say to us as we anticipate the upcoming Advent season. Mary Kay Laplante will lead the class in creating the icon of Archangel Gabriel using ancient techniques and all-natural materials rich with symbolic meaning.
Previous artistic experience is not a pre-requisite, as writing an icon is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline. Students will receive step-by-step instructions and all necessary materials will be provided. The underlying theology of each step will be emphasized.
The days will include class instruction and painting, personal prayer time, optional Centering Prayer, daily Mass and home-cooked meals provided by the Bethany staff. Please let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary needs. Materials to be provided include: a prepared icon board, set of brushes, palette, 23K gold leaf, pigments, and all other necessary materials to complete the icon.
Arrival: Sunday after 4pm & Supper 5pm
Departure: Saturday around 1pm.
Tuition & Fees:
$550 for class instruction & ALL icon materials
$375 for lodging (private rooms) and meals
Deposit: $250 (non-refundable)
Register at bethanyretreatcenter.org
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