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Painting/Praying with the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign

“No less than the written word, an icon is an instrument for the transmission of Christian tradition and faith. Through sacred imagery, the Holy Spirit speaks to us, revealing truths that may not be evident to those using only the tools of reason.”

- Jim Forest in Praying with Icons

Paint (or “write”) your own icon with step-by-step group and individual instruction.  Spend the retreat week creating your own  and  reflecting on the icon of Our Lady of the Sign.  You are invited to go deeper into the symbolism of this 4th century image of the praying Church, as Christ-bearers in the world.  The image is known as the Platytera in Greek,  meaning “’More Spacious than the Heavens’ is the one who bears Christ.”

Drazen Dupor will present some of the history of iconography and lead us through the process of creating our own icon. 

Pat Shutts will facilitate morning and evening prayer and reflection times.

Sunday, August 5, to Saturday, August 11, 2018
The retreat begins at 3:30pm on Sunday and concludes with the noon meal on Saturday.
Cost of $495 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, meals, and materials.

Co- facilitator, Pat Shutts is a retreat leader and spiritual director.  With training in Pastoral Studies, spiritual guidance, and bereavement ministry, Pat brings her gift of compassionate listening to companion seekers.  Pat is a lay covenant companion with the Wheaton Franciscans and a member of the Sophia Zen Sangha. 

Co-facilitator, Drazen Dupor, a Yugoslavian artist and iconographer, studied the art of icon painting in Thessalonica, Greece, at the K.N. Georgiadis School of Art.  Over the last twenty years, Drazen has been creating works in his own art studios in Tessalonica and since 2003, in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Painting/Praying with the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign

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