Participants will be encouraged to learn about the notion of 'Beauty' and its progression throughout the ages. Rich understandings of Russian values, in the light of this notion, will help to highlight the Spiritual, Cultural and Historical developments in Russia during the past ten centuries. Engagement with Russian traditional iconography and icon painting will help to clarify particular perceptions and visions of 'Beauty' through the challenges and insights into the religious values of Russian Orthodoxy.
The schedule will provide meetings with the icon painters at their studios, priests and nuns at the Russian Orthodox monasteries and churches; guided talks on Russian theology and Iconography; visits to the most famous museums, churches, monasteries and palaces – Moscow Kremlin, Armory Chamber, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Tretiakov Gallery ( Trinity Icon); city of Great Novgorod- the birthplace of Orthodox Russia; visit to Novgorod Kremlin and the ancient Russian Icons Department, Museum of Wooden Architecture; Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St.Petersburg, Novodevochi Convent, the Russian Museum and the Hermitage, Dostoevsky house, and more.
During the program we are inviting those skilled in drawing to a 4-days master-class (16 hours), who would be interested under the supervision of a tutor from the beginning to the end of painting a small icon using the Russian techniques of Icon Painting, and would wish to learn the story of the particular icon being painted.
Introduction to Icon Painting, Russian Culture, Church and City Architecture, Music, Traditional Russian Cuisine during the 3-days to Moscow ( 5-7 August, 2018) , 2-days to Great Novgorod ( 8-9 August, 2018) and 5 days visit to St. Petersburg (10-15 August, 2018), will enable each participant to gain a deeper level of the significance of the 'Sacred' in their own lives.
The 10 days of the Summer Program and Pilgrimage is Euro 3,400 without icon course/Euro 3,720 with icon course included, guest speakers, cultural program, guided tours with the entrance tickets to museums, theatres, headphones, translation, inter-cities and local transportation, meals, hotel accommodation in a two bed room apartment.
Dr. Natalia Pecherskaya , President SRPh – Program Co-Ordinator will provide the official Letter of Invitation to participate in the Summer Program and Pilgrimage to Russia, guiding and visits.
Those who are interested in going to Russia to attend the SUMMER PROGRAM & PILGRIMAGE in 2019 will need to write a short letter indicating personal motivations for going to Russia to be submitted before 19 February, 2019.
Please send your Application via e-mail – attached as PDFs to both addresses:
Russian Program Co-Ordinator: Dr. Natalia Pecherskaya
Overseas Co-Ordinator: Margaret Broadbent, rsm