Monday, June 27 2022 5:30 PM - Wednesday, July 03 2024 10:00 AM [PST]

31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA, 93563, United States

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Monday, June 27 2022 5:30 PM - Wednesday, July 03 2024 10:00 AM [PST]

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 Please note: Until further notice, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required for any "in-house" retreat stays and restrictions apply for shared occupancy. In order to accommodate those who choose to opt-out, we are doing our best to continue offering various retreats online via ZOOM. Your support during this time is greatly appreciated. May God bless you all. For any questions or more information please call our retreat office at 661-944-2178 or email retreats@valyermo.com



Monday, June 27 – Sunday, July 3, 2022

This intensive icon painting workshop will provide an opportunity to experience the process of icon painting. Patricipants will learn traditional iconographic techniques, working with egg tempera on gesso and the Byzantine four-color (tetra chrome) palette. This practical instruction will be combined with theoretical instruction in the history of iconography, iconographic composition, and the theology of icons. Each participant will work on an icon of Jesus Christ and will take home the completed icon. No experience is necessary. All supplies and materials will be provided by the instructor.

A native of Ukraine, Victoria Brennan holds a doctorate in Eastern Ecclesiastical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Her areas of specialization include Theology of Icons, Byzantine Art and Architecture, Byzantine Spirituality, and Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts. She has taught courses in theology and art at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, and at St. John's Seminary Camarillo where she presently works as a Library Director. In addition to her theological and academic study of Byzantine Sacred Art, Victoria pursues her love of this tradition as an iconographer. 



St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office

Phone: (661) 944-2178

Email: retreats@valyermo.com

Office hours:


(Closed for Mass and lunch 11:45am-1:30pm) 

Saint Andrew's Abbey Retreat House