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In addition to the retreats and programs offered by our Spiritual Growth staff, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth welcomes Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding

and my entire will,

All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace,

That is enough for me.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

April 27 – May 1, 2020

Icon Writing Retreat 2020 with Jody Cole 

Iconographer Jody Cole returns to the Center for the 4th time to share the basic techniques, symbolism, and spirituality of icon writing (painting) through hands-on experience in approximately 24 hours of studio time.  All supplies are included in the cost of the program.  Artistic talent is not required; beginners are welcome.  After registering, participants will be guided in choosing a beginner’s icon or one more advanced (see choices to the right).  (Experienced painters and returning students may contact Jody directly at jcoleicons@aol.com to request an alternative project.)  Participation is limited to 15.  


Arrival is on Monday, April 27 between 4:00 & 5:45 PM, followed by dinner and the opening session; departure is on Friday, May 1, at 2:00 PM.  


Cost is $550 ($275 non-refundable deposit) - registration closed / wait list available 


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After you register, you'll be instructed to make your deposit and/or pay your final cost.



Program Presenter

Jody Cole


Introduced in June of 1995 to iconography, Jody Cole has discovered a way of marrying her spiritual journey with her artistic talent. Jody has been been painting since 1980, and is a graduate of King's College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) with a BA in Theater and Art. She has studied with iconographers, Vladislov Andreyev, Alexander Rosenkreuz, Peter Pearson, Valentin Streltsov, Fr. Damian Higgins, Michael Kapeluck and Xenia Pokrovsky. Jody currently conducts icon writing workshops, writes commissioned icons for churches and individuals internationally,  and lectures on the history, symbolism and technique of icon writing.

Icons for 2020:


Beginners will paint a Guardian Angel (or they can easily turn it in to Michael/Gabriel):


More advanced students can paint this version of Archangel Gabriel:

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