53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:April 3rd-5th, 2020.
Category/Categories:Creative Expression

Friday - Sunday

Join us in a hands-on exploration into the mysteries of Celtic Knotwork and Illuminated Celtic Letters, step by step. These beautiful forms are less complex than the ancient manuscripts of Kells, Lindisfarne and others might lead you to believe and can be another way to connect to Spirit through drawing.  Experience the quiet, contemplative state that comes as you ink these beautiful designs.

You’ll first learn a couple of simple methods to create knotted patterns.  Then we’ll draw and play with a basic Uncial script and explore constructing beautifully ornamented letters using knots and unique patterns found in some of the old gospels through the use of ink and paint. Workshop includes a little bit of the historical side of knotwork with a film break.  No drawing experience needed, just an open mind and heart and the ability to make marks with a pen and pencil. 

Time for Mass on Palm Sunday at a local parish will be integrated into the schedule. Materials fee included.  This is an expanded version of the one-day lettering workshop with studio time to make a personal project. There will be more on knotwork, lettering, an opportunity to make a special journal to store your illuminated letters.

Retreat begins with supper at 6:00pm on the day of arrival and concludes with lunch at noon on the day of departure.  Deposit $100.  Balance due 14 days prior to the start of the retreat. Cost includes materials fee: Resident with private room $335; Semi-private room $310; Commuter with meals $250; Commuter without meals $205.

Sadelle Wiltshire

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From its beginning the earth is a spiritual as well as a physical reality.
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