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Spirituality center offers iconography retreats

Spirituality center offers iconography retreats

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American iconographer Phil Zimmerman returns to the Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St., to teach the sacred art of iconography. Two separate retreats are available: The Holy Face, May 21-27; and Jonah and the Whale, July 9-15.

Zimmerman will guide participants step-by-step through the process of “writing” or painting an icon in the Byzantine style, following ancient guidelines and techniques while using modern materials.

Each day of the retreat will include prayer, reflection and historical information specific to the icon. All skill levels are welcome. Each retreat is limited to 25 participants, and all paints, brushes and other materials are provided. By the end of the week, students will have a completed icon varnished and ready to display.

Zimmerman has created hundreds of religious icons for churches and private collectors throughout the world. Based at his St. John of Damascus Icon Studio in Pennsylvania, he has taught more than 2,000 students.

Cost is $625 for the full retreat, which includes all meals and six nights’ stay or $505 for commuters, which includes retreat, lunch and supper. Register at or call 608-791-5295.


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