Workshops in Poland
At the invitation of cultural institutions, schools and universities, as well as organizing independent trips, I have conducted workshops in different parts of Poland. I conducted calligraphy and manuscript painting classes in Jodłowo in the Kłodzko region, Gdynia, Sobieszewo, Olsztyn, Poznań, Słupsk, Kłodzko, Płock, Koszarawa, Warsaw, Wieliczka, Mogilno, Malbork, Toruń, Poronin, Oleśnica, Katowice, Lublin, and Siedlęcin.
There are places on the map of Poland that I particularly like and to which I often return.
One such place is the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec. When, 10 years ago, I conducted my first calligraphy classes within the Abbey walls, I did not expect that the Scriptorium workshops would become an integral part of Tyniec for such a long time.
Back then, when I was embarking on my professional journey as a calligrapher, illuminator and teacher, I had many dreams and ideals regarding my work. Many of them have come true. A lot of these have been realized in Tyniec. Ever since I started dealing with this noble and ancient craft, I have always wanted to be able to pass it on to others. It is the only way art can live on. I have always wanted to run workshops in monasteries, where there used to be scriptoria and hardworking hands that would write countless verses of letters every day.
It was a great emotion when in 2008 I was able for the first time to organize a new scriptorium within the walls of the monastery in Tyniec. Again, after many centuries, heads bent over the pages of letters and hands patiently rewrote texts. Such a moment, when in a new and different way, tradition sanctified by the work of monks for many centuries, came back here. Today, calligraphy and illumination workshops are held regularly at the Benedictine Institute of Culture.
A detailed plan of the workshops can be found in the tab Workshops Poland Tyniec
The second such place to which I have been returning for many years is the Elijah’s Hermitage, a retreat house in Jasiona, in the Opole region. Father Roman Hosz, who works there, is a great admirer of early monasticism. We share this passion, especially for the Celtic Church! The workshops I run in Jasiona are always connected with retreats. We experience there a real ora et labora. By immersing ourselves in biblical verse, through conferences and liturgy, our scriptural work allows us to experience the ordinary activity of writing in an utterly different, deeper way. We get a little closer to our understanding of how countless monks and scribes experienced this work over the centuries, above the pulpits.
Workshops in Jasiona, combined with biblical retreats, are always held in summer together with Father Roman. Details can be found on the website of the Hermitage: https://www.heliosz.org/index.php