Bethany Retreat Center

Praying with the Eyes & Ears o f our Heart

Praying with the Eyes & Ears of our Heart

A Combination Visio & Lectio Divina Retreat

 Facilitator: Mary Kay Laplante & Elizabeth Graboski

September 7-10, 2022

Retreat Description:

Mary Kay Laplante, of Bethany Retreat Center, and Elizabeth Graboski, of Contemplative Outreach, will offer a workshop/retreat combining the ancient practices of Visio Divina and Lectio Divina. Visio Divina (Divine Seeing) is a way of drawing closer to God through meditation on visual objects. It is an intentional way of praying with images. Mary Kay will offer an informative lecture and practicum using her beautifully hand-painted religious icons as images to be contemplated in this prayer form.

Elizabeth Graboski will introduce you to the ancient practice of praying with Scripture known as Lectio Divina (Divine Reading), one of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer. Lectio Divina reveals the four senses of Scripture-the literal, the allegorical, the moral/behavioral and the unitive in a Spirit-led, transformative experience of relationship with the Divine. Come and let the Spirit speak to your heart as you “see” and “hear” scripture revealed through these ancient prayer forms.

Retreat FacilitatorMary Kay Laplante, Iconographer in Residence at Bethany Retreat Center, received her degree in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1987. She has been studying the ancient Byzantine technique of iconography since 2006 with Vladislav Andrejev, a Russian Orthodox Master Iconographer and Principal of the Prosopon School of Iconography and Iconology. She enjoys the opportunity to share her knowledge of icons, teaches icon writing workshops and accepts commissions from individuals and churches. Mary Kay’s icons have been shown locally and internationally.



Elizabeth Graboski, is a longtime contemplative prayer practitioner, a Centering Prayer facilitator and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina for Contemplative Outreach. She currently serves with Contemplative Outreach Central Pennsylvania local chapter for the Spiritual Enrichment and Formation for Facilitators of Centering Prayer Groups.




Offering: $397.00
Deposit: $75.00
Arrival: 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday
Departure:  12:00 pm on Saturday


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