Letters from the Trees: The School of Ogham

July 1 - 5

Letters from the Trees: The School of Ogham

WEEK TWO (5-day): July 1 – 5, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Letters from the Trees: The School of Ogham

This workshop incorporates elements of drawing, painting, calligraphy and gestural mark-making to explore the symbolism and attributes of the archetypal trees of the Irish Ogham Alphabet.

The Ogham tree alphabet is inscribed on ancient stones in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the ciphers associated with them provide an entrance point to the poetic and historical understanding of their use from medieval up until contemporary times.

With traditional inks of acorn and oak gall, sumi and natural pigments, we will draw and paint from nature to expand our gestural expression.

Trees, their symbolism, and their distinct personalities will be used to portray ideas, inspire hidden communications and reflect spiritual investigations.

Welcome to the world of Ogham, the ever-evolving language of the trees – past, present and future.

All levels welcome 

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $718 (Covers $681 tuition and $37 for additional materials to be provided by the instructor.)

Tuition also includes lunch and daily snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Miles Lowry

Miles Lowry is a Canadian sculptor and a painter who also finds expression in letter-arts and new media collaborations. The sculptural investigation of his Celtic ancestry and ongoing Crucial Fragments series have established him as one Western Canada’s most versatile contemporary artists.

Lowry is  also a Founding Artistic Co-Director for Suddenly Dance Theatre in Victoria, BC where he is working in video arts, sound and new media. As a painter he recently created A Broken Hallelujah, a collaborative transposition of painting and text with calligrapher Georgia Angelopolous and has recently been represented in exhibitions in the US and Italy.

As resident artist at UVic’s Centre for the Study of Religion and Society 2018/2019 Lowry researched the symbolic meanings and attributes of the Ogham alphabet and the sacred trees of the Celtic world. His latest works continue to reflect his lifetime interest in travel and sanctuary.



Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register before April 15th to avoid disappointment.  
CONFIRMED: This workshop has met the required registration numbers and will be running.


Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.