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An icon for the The Retreat Association!

Retreat Association has commissioned an icon as an enduring reminder of the value of Retreats and reflective prayer.

Iconographer John Coleman, also known as Ikonjohn, has produced icons in over 200 churches worldwide including York Minster, Exeter, Truro Cathedrals and Sherborne Abbey.

John has very generously offered to create an icon for the Retreat Association free of charge.

Icons have been used for centuries to depict Bible stories and offer a way of entering into the story through prayer, stillness and contemplation - practices that lie at the heart of our work.

Icon Theme

The theme of our icon will be The Woman at the Well (John 4:1–42). This has been chosen for its universal appeal and the many different themes associated with retreat and spiritual direction.

John will begin to sketch the outline of the icon during the summer and will attend the Retreat Association Conference in June 2018 where the icon will be hallowed in a special service.

Once the icon has been completed we hope there will be an opportunity for it to be used in retreat centres, as a prayer resource and as way to reach out to those unfamiliar with retreat.

Icon Sponsorship

Here’s your opportunity to be part of the project by sponsoring part of the icon.

We will have regular updates on the progress of the icon as it develops – keep watching this space!

Icon Events

The icon will be on display at a number of retreat centres across the country in 2018.

The Retreat Association for the UK

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