The Making Life: Art in Wood

Beholding the Creative Process

In traditional Japanese woodworking an apprentice might spend ten years watching the master work the wood before picking up a tool. In our culture we are far removed from the making of most items we use in daily life. This retreat day is about drawing closer--with a contemplative spirit, to the creative process of making as embodied in the life and work of master craftsman Jonathan Bancroft Colon ( of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Reading the grain of wood can be but another form of sacred reading. Working with the form the tree offers but another way of tracing the lines of Presence knit to all creation. Come with attentive eyes and a heart ready to behold the energy and spirit of begetting. No woodworking experience necessary. 

Led by  Jonathan Bancroft Colon and Glenn Mitchell



Saint James Episcopal Church
119 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Saturday, October 27, 2018


9:30 am - 3:30 pm


$65 - $85, as you are able. Please bring a bagged lunch or money to dine at a local restaurant.

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Leaders for this Event

Jonathan Bancroft Colon is an Artist working in Lancaster City. "Looking to the trees that have grown in my neighborhood I have found a ready material at hand that is calling forth the ancient stories of humanity.  These stories are deep within us and uncovering them is pure joy.  I stand in awe of what can be discovered when we look close and uncover the mystery that grows around us."  
Glenn Mitchell is Director of Oasis Ministries as well as a teacher and retreat leader with Oasis since 1996. Glenn has a practice of spiritual direction based in State College, Pennsylvania. Over the past ten years Glenn has restored the 1800’s log home where he lives with his wife Theresa Shay. Glenn finds contemplation in working with wood to express beauty and a sense of place.