Bethany Retreat Center

Icon Writing Workshop

Icon Writing Workshop

 Facilitator: Fr. Peter Pearson

November 6 to 10, 2023


Byzantine Iconography is a highly structured and disciplined art form which combines prayer and painting techniques to create serene images of Christ, Mary, the angels and the saints following centuries old guidelines.  Peter Pearson has been studying and painting icons for more than fifty years and teaching others to do so for over half that time.  He’s authored three books on the subject and has painted hundreds of icons for churches, monasteries, seminaries, convents, and individuals all over the world.  Peter’s students number in the thousands and each has walked away with an icon of their very own.  No previous experience or natural talent is required.  We paint, pray, and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. 
Please join us to paint a simple image. All supplies will be provided and the cost is included in the registration fee.  Additional materials will be available for purchase if desired.
The workshop/retreat will include class instruction, theology, painting and prayer as well as home cooked meals provided by Bethany staff.  Please let us know prior to your arrival if you have any dietary needs.  There is refrigerator space provided for food if you choose to supplement your diet in anyway.


Offering: $800.00

(4 nights, including lodging, meals, supplies, and retreat deposit)

Deposit: $200.00

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