Icon Retreat

Icon Retreat. 
Friday to Sunday, May 20-22, 2016

The weekend will include a brief historical and theological understanding of icons along with how to read and reflect with icons.  Return home with resources and icons to continue your study and prayer life with these ancient and modern art forms.

 (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gardening Retreat: The Joys of Gardening

Gardening retreat - the Joys of Gardening
 
Friday evening-Sunday noon, May 27-29, 2016

Come to the Abbey and reflect with gardeners Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.,  Karen Ceckowski, Rich O’Neill and Br. Placid Dale, O.S.B. on the joys of growing things in God’s wonderful creation.   Hands-on practice will send you home with cuttings and gifts from the Abbey gardens.  Time to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate the Eucharist with the monastic community is also a part of the weekend.  (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).   For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Calligraphy Retreat for beginners

Calligraphy Retreat:  Lettering the Word Beginner’s Retreat
Friday evening through Monday noon, May 27-30, 2016  

A retreat for beginners that explores the use of calligraphy as a means of meditating upon Sacred Scripture (Lectio Divina).  Participants will learn to write the Foundational hand using felt tip calligraphic markers.  Pens, paper and all materials will be supplied.  Time will be provided for prayer, walks, rest and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist with the monastic community.  Limited to 12 persons.  No previous experience required.  Please indicate if left-handed.  Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27th and runs through lunch on Monday, May 30th.  Calligraphic markers, exemplars and paper will be provided.  ($180 for single accommodations, $150 per person for double accommodations.)   For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Calligraphy retreat - Biblical Scripts

Bible Scripts: The Carolingian Hand
Monday evening through Saturday noon, May 30-June 4, 2016

A continuation of the Lectio Divina practices learned in the “Lettering the Word” retreat, but exploring a new hand.   Retreatants will study Carolingian minuscule, the hand used in the writing of bibles in the 9th and 10th centuries.  Time will also be devoted to the demonstration of historical tools and materials and to the creation of illuminated letters.  Participants will be supplied with pen nibs/holders, ink, paper, brushes, gold leaf and paint.  The class will be provided with time for daily Lectio Divina sessions and leisure for prayer, walks, rest and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist with the monastic community.  Limited to 12 persons.  Materials included. Participants bring their ink, dip pen (Speedball C-2) and layout paper.  Prerequisite: “Lettering the Word” retreat.   Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Monday May 30 and runs through lunch on Friday, June 3, 2016.  ($450 for single accommodations, $390 per person for double accommodations).  ).   For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Family Weekend Getaway

Faith and fun: a family retreat weekend. 
June 25-26, 2016

Set aside this twenty-four hour get-away to Conception Abbey with the whole family.  There will be time to go fishing, enjoy a sunset hay ride to the Marian Grotto, family games, an art room and so much more. Enrich your family’s faith with prayer with the monastic community.  Time for quiet reflection too.   Join the monks in praying the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrating the Eucharist.  (Suggested donation for lodging, meals, conferences and snacks: $40 per person.  Children under 12 are free.  For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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