Painting our sacred images
Facilitator: Caitlín Matthews and Felicity Wombwell
An icon is a devotional painting of a sacred figure such as a saint, or other spiritual being, perhaps from a different tradition. The combination of contemplation, intention, and painting with authentic materials will be a concentrated and meditative experience. The aim is to to access the spiritual vision of the heart, inspiring our whole being.
Event time: Fri 27th Aug 2021 at 4:00pm - Mon 30th Aug 2021 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- A creative, contemplative weekend in beautiful surroundings
- Complete an original icon of your choice
- All levels of experience in painting are welcome
- Materials provided
What participants will gain
- Time to connect with the sacred, within and without
- Discover a new painting approach and technique
- Meditation, contemplation, and relaxation
Icons are sacred windows into the divine, however, we might understand this. They reveal genuine visions of divine beings and holy ancestors. In truth, they have already been observed by the inner eye of the heart and are simply made manifest through the act of painting. Making icons of sacred beings for ourselves and our community enables essential myths of many traditions to continually inspire us.
Icons Painting Retreat
We invite you to create a painted icon of a figure or symbol that has personal significance for you. In order to do this, we ask you to prepare in advance and bring a rough sketch of what you want to paint, bearing in mind the size of the board is 5” x 7” or 13cm x 18cm. Choose a single figure with uncomplicated background: this will take all your time to paint since icons are made up of many layers.
We will learn the art of egg tempera. In gradual steps, we will conjure our own sacred icon layer by layer by painting, praying, and meditating with the sacred presences that we have first met in our own soul. This course is for people of all spiritual traditions: No formal art training is required.
The course takes place in a quiet, supportive atmosphere.
(place a deposit to secure your place)
© Leading Image by Stuart Littlejohn
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.
Please bring a technical pencil, a rubber, an apron to cover your clothing, and a clean tea cloth to protect your icon on the journey home. All other materials are provided, including gesso-board, pigments, and brushes.
Registration with tea, Friday 16:00. The course starts with supper at 18:30 and ends after lunch at 14:00 on Sunday.
Please note that prices are listed per person. Prices include specialist materials.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. If you would like to share a room with someone you live with, please call 01453 759 034. Non-residential includes suppers, lunches, and all refreshments.
Caitlín Matthews & Felicity Wombwell
Caitlín Matthews is the author of Diary of a Soul Doctor, The Art of Celtic Seership, Celtic Book of the Dead and Sophia, Goddess of the Wisdom. Felicity Wombwell is a creative arts therapist with a private practice on the south coast. She is the author of The Goddess Changes. Caitlín & Felicity have been making icons for the last six years.Visit Tutor's Website
“Very enjoyable and informative. The tutors made me feel very welcome and were on hand to help whenever needed. A wonderful spiritual experience and creative time for my soul.”
“Tutors were very knowledgeable and kind and willing to help. Sometimes I felt out of my depth, but I got there in the end.”