Icon Writing with Teresa Harrison

Prayerful meditation & the ancient technique of creating icons


November 13-19, 2021

Join renowned instructor Teresa Harrison for a course in the ancient technique of icon writing. This process inspires prayerful meditation, both while creating the art and reflecting on the finished piece. This six-day retreat includes Eucharist, chant, prayer, silence and lively conversation, free time and social hours. Icons will be written in acrylic paint and gold leaf, a medium which resembles traditional egg tempera. Beginners and experienced iconographers will find this course rewarding. The two projects for this year are featured below: “Theotokos, Mother of God of Tenderness” and “Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.”

Thank you for your interest in this course. Registration is now full for the 2021 event. To request to be on the waiting list, email reservations@kanuga.org.  


Package includes accommodations, meals, and program fee.

Adult Double   $1,290             (shared room)

Adult Single     $1,530             (private room)

Commuter       $936                 (meals and program fee, no accommodation)


Non-participating Guest – Double      $890    (must call to register, 828-692-9220)


Theotokos, Mother of God of Tenderness

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

About the Instructor

Teresa Harrison - Icon Writing RetreatTeresa Harrison of Jacksonville, Florida returns for her 18th year of teaching icon writing at Kanuga. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who has studied with master iconographers Phillip Zimmerman and Ksenia Pokrovsky. Large commissions include Saint Dunstan‘s Episcopal Church and Houston and Saint James American Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy. In 2001 she began teaching workshops, which allow her to combine her faith and her love of art (BA in fine arts, University of the South, Sewanee, TN) and fulfill her vocation of spreading the joy of icons in the world. In 2003 a workshop with master iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky (1942-2013) was a pure gift. Teresa has travelled to Cuba and Mexico as well as many states in the USA leading icon retreats. Presently living in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Edward (a retired Episcopal priest), they have two adult children, Austin and Sarah. Teresa has travelled extensively in the Anglican Communion and is fluent in Spanish.

Read more about Teresa in this article by Charlie Goff in his blog “Charlie’s Diggs,” originally published in Mexico’s largest English language newspaper. “Writing Icons”

For information regarding scholarships, please contact Executive VP for Mission, Jimmy Haden, at jhaden@kanuga.org