This 7 day retreat at Flores del Camino is all-inclusive with lovely rooms, a beautiful courtyard and seminar rooms for gathering, and healthy food, shared in the spirit of community.
This will be your opportunity to spend meaningful time on the sacred ground of the camino in the beautiful region of the Margateria just at the foot of the Leon mountains. We are located in the enchanting, special heritage site, the historic village of Castrillo, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. The village is surrounded by vast nature and is an inspiring place to paint. (Some of you may also wish to walk on after the retreat and make the 200km or so to Santiago from the retreat centre. We offer pilgrims passports and advise).
Hanna Ward has researched and studied iconography under several masters from Greece, Russia, Romania, Finland and UK. She lectures and teaches in Finland, the UK and is a visiting tutor at the Princes Foundation School of Traditional Arts, the Icon School of Bethlehem in Palestine and joins us once a year at Flores del Camino. She regularly paints commission pieces for churches and private collectors.
Basia Goodwin (MA) studied at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) has an educational background in mathematics. Flores del Camino is our home and it is a work of love. Throughout the year we receive pilgrims on their way to Santiago, run retreats and when time permits make our art. It is our great honour to live, work and serve on this beautiful road.
23rd Arrival between 3pm and 7pm. Welcome dinner at 7:30 pm.
24th Preparing the drawing / collecting and collecting / making our own pigments.
25th Drawing / copying the image. Preparation of the egg tempera and the bole.
26th Laying the clay and applying gold on the gilded area. Mixing the sankir (skin colour) with Camino earths.
27th Paint garment and background colours. First highlights.
28th Floats and highlights on face, hair, garment.
29th Final floats and highlights. Graphic lines and Divine light for the face. Finishing the details.
30th Departure after breakfast.