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Monastery Retreat | Master Class for Advanced Calligraphers

  • St Meinrad Archabbey 200 Hill Drive Saint Meinrad, IN, 47577 United States (map)
St Meinrad Archabbey Retreat, St Meinrad, Indiana

St Meinrad Archabbey Retreat, St Meinrad, Indiana

At the dawn of civilization, when writing and painting were the same thing [line] was the basic element. – Paul Klee

Are you interested in exploring the place where writing and painting meet with fellow advanced calligraphers? To consider the infinite variations of line, and crossing the line? To see how inspiration flourishes in a group of calligraphers gathered in contemplation and intent?

We have the opportunity to spend a week at the St Meinrad Archabbey in rural Indiana, where we have a spacious workspace with access to the abbey's library of old manuscripts. This retreat is a natural setting for calligraphic study and experimentation.

Old Greek manuscript from the library at the abbey (left) My sketchbook (right)

Old Greek manuscript from the library at the abbey (left) My sketchbook (right)

In this stimulating atmosphere, fueled by students who have developed skills as calligraphers, we will take advantage of old traditions to spark new ideas. We make study copies of medieval manuscripts as a basis for improvising on these copies with various tools. These exercises will lead to each student developing their own script and incorporating text with paint, ink, gesso and graphite.

Class size is limited to 10 advanced students. Students should be familiar with two to three calligraphic hands (e.g., Italic, Foundational, Carolingian, Roman Capitals, etc.) and should be comfortable using both broad-edged and round nibs.

Fee: $950 includes workshop, room, and board at St Meinrad Archabbey. All rooms have a private bath.

To Register: Fill out the registration form by clicking on the “Registration” button below. Once we have contacted you to confirm that we have received your registration form, you will need to send a $100 non-refundable deposit payable to “Guest Services” in order to finalize your registration. Send your check to: Corinna Waggoner, St Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St Meinrad IN 47577

For information regarding refunds, cancellations, travel, housing, and diet restrictions, contact Corinna Waggoner in Guest Services: (812) 357-6611 or


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