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Painting and Prayer Retreat

Monday 15th June - Friday 19th June

Led by Susan Hillier FSBA and Revd. Derek Collins

Monday 15th—Friday 19th June 2020

Take time out in the beautiful house & gardens of Epiphany House, Truro to deepen your connection to God and explore spirituality expressed through painting, light and colour. Suitable for all levels of ability, from beginner to more experienced artists, the retreat includes one-to-one painting tuition, spiritual accompaniment and plenty of free time for painting, prayer and relaxation.

What happens on a painting & prayer retreat?

Each day begins with a short service of worship. During the day there will be input and help for your artwork, but also plenty of free time for painting and for quiet. There will be opportunities throughout the retreat for spiritual accompaniment and pastoral needs. Evenings include a time of fellowship and reflection, ending with night prayer. Please bring your own art materials, but there is also a limited supply available if you need any extras.

Retreat at Epiphany House

Smaller than some retreat centres with just 20 guest bedrooms, Epiphany House is an historic, comfortable and peaceful house set in lovely gardens. We have 8 ensuite bedrooms and each of the remaining 12 have a hand basin and are close to bathroom facilities (bathrobes are provided). Our catering team enjoy a well-deserved reputation for good food and all meals will be freshly prepared in-house.

Arrival & departure

The retreat begins at 10am on Monday 15th June and will conclude on Friday 19th June at 4pm. You are welcome to extend your stay at the House before or after the retreat at a discounted rate of £40 per person per night. Please arrange this when you book. The house has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible from Truro city centre and the railway station.

What to bring

Art materials—Susan is happy to help with watercolours, oils, acrylic, pencils or inks. We have some limited supplies here if you need to top up.
Like all old houses, the interior of the House can be cool, even on warm days, so bring some warm layers of clothing.
You may like to bring walking shoes, outdoor jacket etc., to enable you to enjoy some of the walks local to the House, or to work outside. Maps are available.
A Bible is provided in each bedroom, but if you prefer to use your own, please bring it with you. A note book may be useful.
Towels and bathrobes are provided.


Image by Susan Hillier

Susan is originally from Surrey, but now lives and works in Cornwall. She has been a   professional artist since leaving Art School in 1970.

For several years Susan worked as a freelance illustrator for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where this prestigious work included dissecting herbarium specimens to produce black and white scientific illustrations. She has painted prize winning orchids for the Royal Horticultural Society, and has RHS medals, including gold, for her paintings.

She has been commissioned by British Rail, Tesco, McMullen’s Brewery, The Law Society, The Police College, and many private and commercial clients, for a variety of figurative work, much of it plant based, and some very large scale.

Susan is an accomplished facsimile painter and has worked by recommendation of the National Portrait Gallery.

She is a keen gardener and is a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists. Susan has illustrated numerous books and has worked in commercial illustration, her work is included in ‘The Botanical Palette.’ She recently contributed many illustrations for ten gardening books by Alan Titchmarsh, and has work in ‘Exotic botanical Illustration’ with the Eden Project.

Susan works in various media and is currently using watercolours and coloured pencils, she teaches botanical illustration for the SBA on their diploma course, and gives classes in the West Country, day courses and residential, as well as teaching abroad, exhibiting in commercial galleries and working to commission.

She frequently shows in mixed exhibitions in Cornwall and London and has work in private collections worldwide. She has had several solo exhibitions, including by invitation at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. Susan is a member of the Cornwall Watercolour Society.

Commissions accepted:

Email susanhillier123@gmail.com  or telephone 01726 73696


The cost of the retreat is £350 with a £40 supplement for en-suite bedrooms. Please book by Friday 24th April to ensure your place. We have a bursary fund available for those in financial need who would otherwise not be able to attend this retreat.

We cater for vegetarians and will do our best to cater for medically essential dietary requirements such as nut, dairy, wheat and gluten allergies. Please ensure you inform us of special dietary or mobility needs when you book.

For any further enquiries or to book, please contact the office:

email info@epiphanyhouse.co.uk or tel. 01872 272249.

Epiphany House, Truro, TR1 3DR




Monday 15th June
Friday 19th June
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