Mandalas from East & West 2023

Flores del Camino

17 reviews
Jul 21 - 29, 2023
Group size: 1 - 12
Mandalas from East & West 2023
Flores del Camino

17 reviews

Jul 21 - 29, 2023
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

Art & Culture Retreat in the heart of Northwestern Spain along the Camino de Santiago

Experience geometry as a universal language and a meditative and contemplative practice. Throughout the week you will explore geometry in sacred art, mandalas and biomorphic designs from along the Camino and relate it to other traditions from Eastern Asia. Practical art classes will be complemented with visits to local architectural treasures, such as 5,000 year old petroglyphs at sunrise, Roman mosaics, a 10th c. pre-Romanesque monastery and the 13th c. Gothic Cathedral of León. You will collect gorgeous Camino earths, learn how to prepare and paint your mandalas with natural pigments.

This  will  also  be  your  opportunity  to  spend  some  quiet  time  in  nature  on  the  Camino  de  Santiago.  Go  for walks.  Enjoy  home - cooked  healthy meals  under  the  pergola.  Share  with  others  and  enjoy  the  quiet  of  the  starlit  Milky  Way.

A collaboration between Stephanie Ellis & Flores del Camino (Bertrand Gamrowski, Basia Goodwin)

About your tutors

Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) is co founder of Flores del Camino. His background is in economics & mathematics.  He specialises in the use of geometry in Christian art & architecture & has made a large body of research relating to the use of geometry in art of the Camino de Santiago. He finds joy & fulfilment in teaching & sharing what is not just an intellectual exercise but a “practical philosophy” hands on & embodied practise.

Basia Goodwin (MA) studied at the Princes School of traditional Arts, specialising in the use of geometry in traditional arts, craft & philosophy.  In her creative practice she works with a variety of mediums, ceramics, glass, makes & paints with natural pigments, using local Camino ocher earths.

Stephanie June Ellis is is a professional artist, qualified Colour Therapist specialising in sacred geometry and biomorphic art which span culturally worldwide throughout traditional crafts and architecture. She passionately engages with local and global communities offering wellbeing through the creative process with a focus on geometry.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All accommodation consists of individual or double ensuite bedrooms.
  • Food
    Nourishing and healthy meals prepared onsite and served with love in either the dining area or in the courtyard under the pergola. Wine is offered at dinner.
  • Dietary requirements
    We cater for the following dietary requirements: vegetarian, gluten-free, carb-free, dairy-free.
  • Workshops
    All equipment & material provided.
  • Outings
    Site entries & transport fares for cultural activities.
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Airport Transfers

Available Packages

Single room
12 left
Deposit: €400
Twin room
12 left

Price per person.

Deposit: €400
Single Room ~ Early Bird
Available until December 30, 2022
Deposit: €400
Twin Room ~ Early Bird
Deposit: €400

Available options



Mandalas from East & West

Day 0 ~ Friday 21st.     Welcome 

15h-19h Check-in


Induction tour & Welcome dinner

Bringing the group together

Day 1 ~ The One & the Many


The circle and the Journey of the Soul (pilgrimage) 

The field of stars 

Mandala meditation

+ Fiesta de la Magdalena (traditional village procession and dances)

Evening Intention fire (intention for the week)

Day 2 ~ Duality

Morning: Dual patterns 

Visigothic vs Bali Designs 

Afternoon: Pigments & colour therapy

Day 3 ~ Trinity

A full day exploring the perfect number .

Trinity symbolism in world religious traditions.

Theory + practical 

Day 4 ~ Day Out * Culture visit

Visit of the Mozarabic church of San Miguel de Escalada and the Roman mosaics of La Olmeda.

Day 5 ~ The Circle & the Square  

Early morning visit of Peñafadiel petroglyphs

Explore quatrefoils through the Lotus flower, Persian shamsa  and Pamplona Cloister arched windows.

Day 6 ~ Day Out * Culture visit

Visit of León Cathedral

Afternoon: free visit of Astorga  or optical geometry session

Day 7 ~ Closing the Circles

Drawing a rose in lifesize

Afternoon: visit, walk or optional geometry session

Evening Intention fire (letting go)

The last supper.

Day 8 ~ Saturday 29th.

Departure after breakfast and before noon

Your Organizer

Flores del Camino Retreat Centre
17 reviews
A charming retreat centre situated along the Camino de Santiago in the medieval village of Castrillo de los Polvazares, considered one the most beautiful villages in Spain. Throughout the year we collaborate with retreat facilitators, craftsmen & writers weaving together complementary & inspiring offerings.


I enjoyed a wonderful week learning a new skill of Stone-carving based in the most beautiful village in Spain. The weather in September was warm and pleasant. The house you stay in is very comfortable and beautifully decorated, so you feel at home straight away. The peace and calmness are very relaxing, and lets you very quickly adapt to the slower pace. All meals were delicious and very healthy. Basia opens with an introduction about The Camino and the background. The stone-carving course begins with Bertrand explaining in the comfortable upstairs studio, a step-by-step way of producing these wonderful patterns through Geometry on paper. A long time since I used a compass, but very easy to use. Next, it was over to Nick, our master stone mason, to give us practical demonstrations in the downstairs workshop. He gave us advice on the various options for decorating our stone and the tools used. He was a very patient and calm person to work with, and he also worked on his stone carvings, so you could see an expert at work while you worked/took a break. He did make it look very easy and it is not. My advice would be keep your chosen pattern simple. Your size of stone allows you to try different ideas. A wonderful experience and I am sure I will return there again.
By Hazel A for Stone Carving & Sacred Geometry on 30 Sep, 2022
A life changing experience. Bertrand and Basia provided a nurturing and inspiring environment to stay during a week of drawing and painting mandalas. All the tutors were professional and gave detailed and relevant talks and lessons that focused on traditional sacred art and geometry techniques giving step by step lessons for advanced geometry forms based on symbols found across both eastern and western architecture. We learned to make natural paints with local pigments, visited stunning local sites that ranged from 5thb.c- 14tha.d providing us with opportunities for onsite sketching, photography and meditation. The food and accommodation was 5star and we even got to witness a local festival unique to this area where the village celebrate the Fiesta de la Magdalena and dress up in traditional dress, castanettes, dancing and shared drink and food. Above all, I met amazing people who all shared a love and passion for sacred geometry.
By Lyndal P for Mandalas from East & West on 11 Aug, 2022
I had a great time. Wonderful hosts, delicious food, beautiful place and very interesting courses, visits and daily structure. I highly recommend "Mandalas from East and West " to anybody interested in geometry in sacred arts. Basia, Stefanie and Bertrand's kindness and deep knowledge of the studied topics made this week a unique and wonderful week.
By Fabienne T for Mandalas from East & West on 08 Aug, 2022
Incredible week of sacred geometry and biomorphic drawing inspired by the Camino. The setting was lovely and inspirational and our hosts and teachers were well prepared, generous and fun!
By Paula P for Mandalas from East & West on 08 Aug, 2022
A wonderful retreat in a perfect setting. I cannot recommend our generous, wise and sensitive hosts, Basia and Bertrand of Flores Del Camino, and Stephanie June Ellis of The Art of Process, highly enough. All aspects of this trip, from the setting, the accomodation and the food, to the knowledge and expertise of our hosts and teachers, were excellent. What a great week of geometry, history, tradition, introspection and community. Thank you!
By Clarissa G for Mandalas from East & West on 07 Aug, 2022
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Flores was the ideal location for our deep coaching training. The beauty of the location, delicious and healthy foods and the spiritual presence of the hosts made it a magical experience for us all. They were completely attentive to every need.
By Christi B on 22 Jun, 2022