Bethany Retreat Center

Icon Writing Workshop – St. John the Baptist

Icon Writing Workshop – St. John the Baptist

November 6-12, 2022 

Facilitator: Mary Kay Laplante

Come join us at Bethany Retreat Center and spend a week immersed in prayer while you paint an image of St. John the Baptist with accomplished iconographer

 and teacher Mary Kay Laplante. Mary Kay will share her love of icons and the spirit-filled process by which they are created. We will learn about St. John’s representation in icons as we “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight,” in anticipation of the coming Advent season and the Nativity of our Lord.

Icons remind of us of our connection to Christ and the saints and are beautiful instruments of prayer and contemplation. Painting an icon is as much a contemplative form of prayer as an artistic discipline. Mary Kay will guide you and encourage you with step-by-step instructions and all necessary materials.

The days will include class instruction and painting, personal prayer time, optional Centering Prayer, and home-cooked meals provided by the Bethany staff. Please let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary needs.



Retreat Facilitator

Mary Kay Laplante, Iconographer in Residence at Bethany Retreat Center, received her degree in Fine Arts in 1987 and has been studying the ancient Byzantine technique of iconography since 2006. She enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge of icons and teaches icon writing workshops. She is also a spiritual director in training and co-facilitates many retreats we offer.Mary Kay likes winter hikes and discovering the Spirit at work in the most unexpected places.



Offering: $1055, includes private room and meals and all icon writing supplies

Deposit: $250

Arrival: Sunday the 6th after 3 pm, supper served at 5pm

Departure: Saturday the 12th by noon

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