Annual PSC Calligraphy Retreat

(also known as the Menucha Retreat)
Sponsored by the Portland Society for Calligraphy

Stay tuned for future retreats!

The PSC Calligraphy Retreat has a long tradition of 54 years. It was started by Jaki Svaren for her PCC students in 1969, and later that year PSC was incorporated. PSC eventually sponsored the calligraphy retreat but there have been other versions of it too. (See article on Menucha in PSC 50th Anniversary Book, pg. 18). It has been held at Menucha Retreat Center in the Columbia Gorge every year since, with the exception of Covid.

Attendees typically arrive on Friday afternoon to set up their workspace and enjoy time meeting and greeting friends, old and new. Fellowship, sharing, and whimsy are in plentiful supply.

You can work uninterrupted for a whole weekend on a book, a class project, an alphabet you never mastered, or try out new ideas shared by fellow calligraphers. There is lots of sharing! There is no agenda or workshop pressure, just some designated meditative quiet periods to work, and lots of time to create and renew.

  • Rest, relax and be revived
  • Play guilt-free to your heart’s content
  • Sharing with like-minded artists
  • Enjoy two hours of quiet time each day (One hour in the am, and one in the pm)
  • Enjoy nine delectable meals, made from scratch
  • Start new projects or finish old ones