Workshops and Retreats
We organize and co-organize extraordinary music workshops and retreats.
Workshops and Retreats
We have developed many different workshops on liturgical music. These workshops have been used as models by other institutions who have organized similar events.
Some of our early workshops focused on Gregorian chant. These include “In Vigilia Pentecostes,” (May 2005), “Ad Te Levavi Animam Meam,” I Lift my Life to You (December 2006 and 2007), and “Lux Super Nos,” Light Above Us (January 2008), which we created in collaboration with Sztuka Zywota.
We lead workshops for choirs, scholars and liturgical musicians, as well as thematic workshops containing music specific to liturgical seasons, such as Advent or Lent. In 2010, we planned “Triduum Sacrum,” and in 2011, we led “Monodia w Monoskładzie,” Monophonic Melodies.
While most of our workshops take place in Poland, we have organized a combined Workshop and Rosary Vigil in London (October 2017) and have plans for workshops in the United States.
More information on our past workshops can be found by accessing our archived projects. Further information on projects we have supported can be found on the Liturgia.pl. website.
Our workshops are not for profit. We ask workshop participants to cover their related costs. However, any outside donations will do go towards organizing further events, such material preparation and invitations, as we do not expect attendees to cover such expenses.
The project Mobile workshops at the Chanters' School is a proposal to organize in the parish 1- or 2-day music and liturgy workshops, including:
classes of collective voice emission,
lectures on the liturgy, with particular emphasis on liturgical music and the role of a cantor during the liturgy,
extending the liturgical repertoire through work on selected liturgical works.
Classes would take place between 9:00 and17:00 in 3 blocks for two hours:
And block - 9: 00-11: 00
II block - 11: 30-13: 30
III block - 15: 00-17: 00
Workshops will be led by the lecturers of the School of Chancellors:
Marcin Wasilewski-Kruk - pedagogue, conductor, vocalist, lecturer at the Papal University, John Paul II in Krakow and the Cracow Higher Seminary, the second conductor of the choir of the Wawel Cathedral.
Tomasz Grabowski OP - president of the Dominican Foundation Liturgical Center, enthusiast of the liturgy, author of many articles on it, priest of the catechumens.
Sławomir Witkowski - cantor of the parish Jadwiga Śląska in Chorzów, musician, guitarist, founder of the Gregorian schola "Scholae Cantorum Minorum Chosoviensis".
Agnieszka Stec - a long-time music animator of the Light-Life Movement, a singer, organizer of the music and liturgical workshops of the Triduum Sacrum and co-founder of the School of Chanters.
Flying workshops at the Chantor School is a proposal addressed to all those who care for the beauty of liturgical singing in the parish and wish to develop in this area; to schola participants, members of parish choirs and chamber ensembles.
The main goal of the project is to raise the music and liturgical qualifications of singers in the parish and to spread the tradition of kantors.
Both the date, place and details of the workshop program will be adapted to the needs of the parish, after an earlier meeting with the priest and the person responsible for singing in the parish.
The cost of conducting the workshop would include payments to the trainers, where the payment for each teacher for one block of classes would be PLN 200.00 net. The cost of one-day workshops is PLN 600 net, and two-day workshops - PLN 1200 net (excluding accommodation costs).
Dominican Fathers, active in the Dominican Liturgical Center, proclaim a retreat - among others on the subject of the mystery of the Eucharist, the liturgy of the Paschal Triduum and the sacraments of initiation.
Our previous experience includes retreats combined with music workshops, parish retreats for young people, meetings about liturgy for parishes and other communities, days of recollection for religious communities or priesthood retreat.
Father Tomasz Grabowski OP recently gave conferences during:
Extraordinary Music Workshops: 2-8 September 2013 in Krakow in the Dominican Monastery
Academic retreats: December 8-11, 2013 in Warsaw, Służew, in the parish of St. Dominica,
Liturgical workshops: November 29-December 1, 2013 in Wroclaw in the Dominican Monastery
New Year's Eve weekend: December 30-January 1 in Zawichost, at the Liturgical Center of Saint. John the Baptist, run by ss. Food in Wawel,
The parish retreat: 10-12 March 2014 at the Parish of the Virgin Mary Help of Christians in Stanisławów the First,
The parish retreats: March 16-19, 2014 at the Parish of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Kalisz.
We encourage you to invite invitations to retreats, workshops or pastoral meetings with Father Tomasz in the summer semester (from April 2016).
The proposed thematic scope of the conference
- Theology of liturgy - definition of liturgy, symbols and liturgical gestures, with particular emphasis on the Holy Mass and the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.
- Theology of time and liturgical space - Temples in which God made a covenant with man: Eden, the world of Abraham, the temple of Israel, the covenant in Christ, the Christian temple and its symbolism, the New Jerusalem, the human body. Liturgical year - theological explanation.
- Theology and liturgy of Christian holidays.
- How to participate in the Holy Mass, that its power transform us?
- General Sacramentology for the faithful - what is a sacrament.
- Detailed Sacramentology: discussion of the theology of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, marriage. How to prepare for the reception of the sacraments. How do you live your confession to change us? Why marry?
- Moral Theology - Life in the Holy Spirit. Who is he, what are his gifts, what are the virtues, charisms, fruits of the Holy Spirit's action? Comment on the eight blessings.
- The Way of Saint Paul. The most important events of the Apostle's life and their theological interpretation.
- Gospel of Saint. John. Commentary to selected fragments of the Gospel according to Saint. John.
- How do you read the Holy Bible to feed us?
- In order to invite Father Tomasz (or the Foundation's team), please contact us at: [email protected]