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Icons of the Heart: Painting our Sacred Images - Caitlin Matthews and Felicity Wombwell Fri 24 Aug - Mon 27 Aug

  • Spirituality

Icons are sacred windows of genuine visions of divine beings and holy ancestors, already observed by the eye of the heart. Mediating the sacred images for ourselves and our community enables essential myths of many traditions to continually inspire us. We will learn the art of egg tempera to make our own sacred icon, painting, praying, and mediating the sacred presences that we have first met in our souls. Some preparation is required for this course which is for people of any tradition. No artistic experience needed.


This course is for people of all spiritual traditions, not only Christian. No formal art training is required. Please bring a rough sketch of what you want to paint, bearing in mind the size of the board is 5” x 7” or 13cms x 18cms. Choose a single figure with uncomplicated background: this will take all your time to paint, since icons are made up of many layers. Leave space for the name/short title of your subject.

Fully inclusive residential single room £455; shared £395 per person; Non-residential option £335- includes suppers, lunches and all refreshments- Excludes B&B single.

Caitlín Matthews is the author of Diary of a Soul Doctor, Celtic Book of the Dead and Sophia, Goddess of the Wisdom. www.hallowquest.org.uk

Felicity Wombwell is a creative arts therapist with a private practice on the south coast. She is the author of The Goddess Changes.


·       A fine mechanical pencil and a good rubber.

·       An overshirt or apron to protect your clothes against pigment spillage.

·       A clean tea-towel in which to wrap your icon.

·       Any sketches, images, sources, or inspirations.

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