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Icon writing retreat open to the public

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On June 24 - 28 from 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world and creation of icons.
This is the icon you will be writing.

This is the icon you will be writing. /Mother Anastasia Monastery

Underwriting support from:
Diane Hamel, Iconographer and Retreat Facilitator

Diane Hamel, Iconographer and Retreat Facilitator /Used with Permission of Diane Hamel

Map to free parking at Dominican Center

Map to free parking at Dominican Center

When people hear the word icon,  they typically think of a person - one  who has excelled in a particular field such as sports, politics or entertainment.  An icon, in Christianity,  is a religious work of art, usually a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object. 

Dominican Center at Marywood is offering you a rare opportunity to create your own Christian icon during a weeklong Icon Retreatwhich will be facilitated by West Michigan Iconographer, Diane Hamel. Diane  is a lifelong artist whose passion for icons is contagious! She teaches people of all ages about iconology and how to write icons through lectures, workshops, and icon retreats. Her icons have been exhibited around the country, and she has written icons for churches, private collections and other institutions. 

During the weeklong retreat, Diane will help you find your divine eyes, to see through the holy eyes of the icon, deeper into the beauty that surrounds you. Diane will lead the group in creating the Jesus Christ - Blessed Silence icon, which was first painted by Mother Anastasia in the 15th century in a church in Moscow.Above is a reproduction of the icon, Jesus Christ - Blessed Silence. Click here to view an explanation of icons. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world and creation of icons. We will pray three times a day and spend time working on our own icon. Participants will take home a completed icon at the end of the week. Details are below. Call DCM front desk for more information at 616.514.3325.

Presenter: Diane Hamel, Iconographer
Dates/Time: June 24-28, 2013 (Monday-Friday || 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily)
Cost: $300.00. Price includes daily continental breakfast, lunch and art supplies.
Register by phone at 616.514.3325 or online at:


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