Sunday, January 13, 2013

Icon Course

Amanda de Pulford, the mother of one of our seminarians is an accomplished iconographer. This year she will be offering two courses/retreats at St Mildred's Abbey, Minster. These will run from 18-24 March and 7-13 July. I have seen Amanda's work and it is very impressive. You can access the poster for the retreat here. The page also contains the following information:

Two fully catered residential courses, hosted by the Benedictine nuns in ancient and beautiful St Mildred’s Priory, Minster-in-Thanet, very near to the site of St. Augustine’s landing in 597. (You can find our more about the Ancient history of the Abbey on the nuns’ website here.)

In this calm and historic setting, you will make an icon using traditional methods and materials not dissimilar to those used in the Abbey Scriptorium in the 7th century.

The courses will provide an opportunity for prayerful contemplation, focused by the work of our hands. You will be welcome (though not obliged) to join the nuns at daily Mass and the daily Office.

Board, gold leaf and pigments will be provided.

There will be a visit to the Abbey Church built by Augustus Welby Pugin at Ramsgate, dedicated to and newly inaugurated as the national shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury. The church adjoins Pugin’s last home and houses his tomb.

There are a maximum of ten places available on each course.
Cost for residents: £435. Cost for non-residents: £275.

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