The Basics: Christian Arts Retreats

by Anna Blanch on March 25, 2011

The Basics also explore the basics of working in the interdisciplinary field of Theology and the arts. It simultaneously provides sources from Literature and Religion, the Bible and Literature, and resources for exploring issues and themes of faith in literature, pop culture, and the arts.

Glen Workshop – Writing classes. Art classes. A seminar on arts and aesthetics. A retreat option. The Glen Workshop combines an intensive learning experience with a lively festival of the arts. Administered by Image.

Grunewald Guild – Have been offering retreats, workshops, and courses helping artists to delve into the relationship between art and faith for 25 years. Located close to Leavenworth, Washington, USA.

IAM EncounterEncounter 11 | Be Generative is the 20th anniversary conference of International Arts Movement. It is for thinkers, skeptics, artists, patrons, singers, dancers, musicians, clergy, business leaders, students, professionals, and other creative catalysts.

Keswick Convention – held in Cumbria, it is a Christian convention that has been taking place since 1875. There’s a special stream for artists being held at Lee Abbey in Devon.
L’Abri – This isn’t necessarily for artists, but it has a strong track record in supporting artists of the Christian faith. Locations include: England, Holland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Korea, Germany, Australia, and Brazil. Our own Jim Watkins gave some lectures while at the Switzerland L’Abri last year.


This post was originally published on Transpositions in February 2010 where I am also the Editor of Transpositions Tidbits.

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is a regular contributor to Transpositions.

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