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)
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.
Stephanie June Ellis 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. Primarily working with pen and ink her creative practice aims to transcend viewers beyond the physical world and encourage a wider vision of awareness through universal patterns.
Saturday 24th. Welcome
Induction tour & Welcome dinner
Bringing the group together
Day 1 ~ Sunday 25th. Unity
The circle and the Journey of the Soul (pilgrimage)
One and Six: the Flower of Life (geometry)
Introduction to Mandalas
+ Fiesta de la Magdalena (traditional village procession and dances)
Evening Intention fire (intention for the week)
Day 2 ~ Monday 26th. Duality
Morning: Dual patterns
Visigothic vs Bali Designs
Afternoon: Colour: Introduction to pigments & colour therapy
Day 3 ~ Tuesday 27th. Trinity
A full day exploring the perfect number .
Trinity symbolism in world religious traditions.
Theory + practical
Day 4 ~ Wednesday 28th. Day Out * Culture visit
Visit of León Cathedral, the Mozarabic church of San Miguel de Escalada,
and Roman mosaics of La Olmeda.
Day 5 ~ Thursday 29th. The Circle & the Square
Explore quatrefoils through the Lotus flower, Persian shamsa and Pamplona Cloister arched windows.
Day 6 ~ Friday 30th. Spirals
Early morning visit of Peñafadiel petroglyphs
Exploring Labyrinths. Building a labyrinth
Afternoon Workshop ~ using spirals for Biomorphic designs
Evening Intention fire (letting go)
The last supper.
Departure after breakfast and before noon