Sacred Icons

A Window Into Stillness

July 16 to 20 2018
Jubilee House Retreat Center, Abingdon Va.

Late fall 2018. Dates and cost to be determined.,
St Peters Episcopal, Lewis Delaware

Icons are windows on a world that calls us to be still and rest in a place of thankfulness with God. Traditional icon writing is an ancient spiritual practice; an extraordinary prayer.

This retreat is for all skill levels, absolutely no experience necessary.

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The workshop is led by artist and long-time San Miguel de Allende resident, Mary Jane Miller. Follow this renowned icon painter on Facebook.


Our workshop offers traditional egg tempera painting, and uses authentic materials such as gold leaf, rather than modern substitutes like acrylic paints.


Please click here for a few more details, where the workshop will be held and what is included in the price.

A 2000 year old Tradition

The icon is an organic and dynamic piece of creation that moves through time to speak to us. The key is to maintain its universality so that it may reach across generations. The creation of each icon is a spiritual journey steeped in tradition and culture.

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    Artist's Statement

    "Combining the physical painting and a life of prayer enables us to explore and enter into our relationship with God and His creation."

    The discipline of icongraphy allows one to make contact with something deeper than what you're painting. The faces reflect the somber, the challenged and the martyred. I find myself wondering, "What, besides spiritual awe, are icons trying to tell us about the highest and best experiences of our human condition? The answers lead us back to our faith and hope as spiritual people."

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    Books Available

    Books are Available through LULU. Icon Painting Revealed, A concise step-by-step introduction to egg tempera painting. Mary Jane discusses her technique as well as, the history and meaning of icon painting. Indispensable tool to enjoy the Art of Icon Painting at home, Book on Lulu.

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Icons attempt to portray and bear witness to two realities, the divine and the human, united in an undivided manner. The intent here is not to communicate human ideas about humans or spiritual concepts about the truth but rather to ask the question, "Whose are we?"

Pricing and Registration

The workshop is limited to 18 participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot.

Early registration, One month:
At Jubilee House Retreat Center. Abingdon Va. $800 USD
$400 USD workshop only for day student 276 619 0919
At St Peters Episcopal Church. Lewes, Delaware $800 USD 302-645-8479
Late registration :
All materials included
Lodging and meals other than Lunch not included in price

Retreat begins after everyone is settled in after arrival the night before. We will meet then for introductions and sharing. The class actually begins 9 AM of the first day. There will be one evening slide show open to the public. The retreat ends 3 PM on the last day after the blessing of the icons. Each participant will have a finished icon on completion of this retreat.

Contact Us

To register, or for more information, contact:

Mary Jane Miller
011 52 (415-152 5762)


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