We will use two powerful and natural meditation practices: free flowing words and directed sacred art to inspire the creative imagination and tap more deeply into where we are, and who we are, on this powerful and ancient pilgrimage road.
Beebe Bahrami is an award winning writer, anthropologist and life long pilgrim. Beebe's writing practices are designed to skilfully guide and support you in a spontaneous discovery of personal story and exploration of place, while relating to the nourishing energies of the Camino landscape. These writing journeys will be a mix of spontaneous soul writing (let's-find-out-what's-inside-you free association writing); writing in and about place (set in places of power such as petroglyphs dating from 2,500 BC); and your personal story (finding your unique stories buried deep within).
Bertrand and Basia will prepare you for, and take you on field trips to special places, including ancient petroglyphs, a Mozarabic monastery, and more, all aligned with classes in sacred geometry. Classes are not only informative but invite you into a meditative contemplative process aimed to deepen your experience of these places and to stir the soul and the creative imagination. We also offer to teach you how to make and paint your geometrical patterns with self made earthen pigments from the Camino and other natural pigments.
Beebe, Basia and Bertrand will also provide presentations on the Camino - on themes of :
* the labyrinth as a pilgrimage in its own right, the liminal journey both on the Camino and defined by key rites of passage in our lives,
* the game of the Goose and its symbolism,
* geometry and nature in the Camino architecture,
* stories of fantastic and magical creatures on the Camino,
* and pilgrims' stories past and present about the transformative power of the Camino and its magic.
This will be your own, unique journey with personal time to explore as well as group time together. We will start each day with "morning pages" : hand-written flow of consciousness. This aims to ground and set our inner compass for the day's journeys and each evening you will be invited to share your writing and the stories they reveal, on a voluntary basis.
A Colorado native who annually divides her time between the USA, southwestern France, and northern Spain, Beebe Bahrami (PhD) is an award winning writer, book author and anthropologist. She embraces all true spiritual traditions as sacred as a lifelong pilgrim, explorer, and devotee of the Earth’s immense beauty. Beebe’s mission is to find and write the deep stories of people and place, especially those on the trails of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France, and Portugal. She experiences walking and writing as perfect partners toward uncovering and discovering compelling stories, both without and within. Beebe's writing appears in numerous magazines and collections and she has written several nonfiction books, including the new Camino guidebook, Moon Camino de Santiago, as well as The Spiritual Traveler Spain—A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes, Historic Walking Guides Madrid, and two travelogues, Café Oc—A Nomad’s Tales of Magic, Mystery, and Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France, and Café Neandertal—Excavating the Past in One of Europe’s Most Ancient Places. Find out more about Beebe on her website.
Basia Goodwin (MA) studied at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) has an educational background in mathematics. We specialise in the use of geometry in traditional art and philosophy, especially the art and architecture of the Camino and Northwestern Spain. 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. Find out more about your hosts and the retreat centre at www.floresdelcamino.com.
12th June. Arrival between 3pm and 7pm- evening meal and welcome.
13th June. Introduction to the retreat and direction on "morning pages" and writing exercises. Presentation on the camino, the liminal, the threshold, and the labyrinth. Optional afternoon walk on the Camino and then writing exercise upon returning from walking. After dinner sharing our writing. Intention fire.
14th June. Morning pages. Presentation / geometry on the petroglyphs, presentation /geometry of San Miguel. Afternoon optional walk around Castrillo. Preparation for visits continued.
15th June. Morning pages. Visit to the petroglyphs and San Miguel de Escalada, with time and space to write on site. Afternoon presentation/Stories on the Game of the Goose and other "fantastic creatures" on the Camino. Writing continued. Storytelling in the evening, from writing or spontaneous tales that arise.
16th June. Morning pages. Writing exercise "at the threshold." Afternoon geometry and or self directed writing. Storytelling in the evening.
17th June. Morning pages. Writing exercise "at the threshold". Afternoon walk and writing on the trail (if weather allows) and or painting geometry designs with natural pigments Storytelling in the evening.
18th June. Morning pages. Morning writing "at the threshold". Afternoon walk and writing on the trail(if weather allows) and or painting geometry designs with natural pigments. Evening fire ceremony. Final retelling of our stories, the story we want to carry home and continue.
19th June. Closing circle after breakfast and departure.