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Pysanky Eggs on Holy Saturday

April 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pysanky Eggs
Pysanky Eggs

Join the Hermitage resident community, David & Naomi Wenger and Zac & Kristi Bowman Cooke, on Saturday, April 15 for a contemplative exercise in decorating eggs following the wax relief process that has been used by Ukrainians for centuries. “Pysanka” is the Ukranian word meaning “to write.” The designs on the eggs are written with wax and then dyed. This wax relief process is easily introduced so that you will have most of the day to work on the design of your choosing at your own pace. As a break in the intricate work of egg decorating you could choose to walk The Stations of the Cross: A Meditative Walk along the Hermitage trails. You are welcome to join the community for Centering Prayer in the chapel at 8am. Instructions for egg decorating will begin at 9am in Gathering Room. We’ll end the day with a closing ritual at 4pm.

Make it a weekend retreat:

Arrive on Good Friday afternoon for personal retreat time. Supper will be served at 5:30 as usual. The resident community will conduct Evening Prayer on Friday at 7pm.

And there’s more:

After egg decorating on Saturday you can choose to stay overnight and accompany the resident community as we join our neighbors, the monks of St. Gregorys Abbey, for the Easter Vigil at the Abbey from 11pm-1am. Easter Sunday will be the usual self-serve day at The Hermitage.


Saturday only: $50 (includes all supplies, instruction and midday meal)

One night (Friday-Saturday or Saturday-Sunday): $75 (includes all supplies, instruction and meals)

Two nights: $125 (includes all supplies, instruction and meals)


April 15, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Gathering Room
11321 Dutch Settlement Road
Three Rivers, MI 49093 United States
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