Mandalas of the West - The Art of the Camino

Flores del Camino

Flores del Camino
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Sep 5 - 12, 2021
Group size: 1 - 10
Mandalas of the West - The Art of the Camino
Flores del Camino

Flores del Camino
  • Facebook verified

Sep 5 - 12, 2021
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

Deepen your appreciation for the Camino and the treasures of the region by exploring the sacred architecture of various epochs through presentations, practical art classes and visits.  Experience geometry as a universal language and a meditative and contemplative practice.

Draw inspiration from visits to exquisite 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 and learn how to prepare and paint your beautiful geometrical constructions 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.

About your tutors

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.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All accommodation consists of single and 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 -Early Bird
10 left
Deposit: €300
Double Room -Early Bird
10 left
Deposit: €300
Single Room
10 left
Deposit: €300
Double Room
10 left
Deposit: €300

Available options

Assistance to book airport transfers


Mandalas of the West - The Art of the Camino

Preliminary   timetable   for  5th - 12th  September 2021

Sunday 5th.     Arrival & Welcome

15h-19h Check-in


Induction tour & Welcome dinner

Bringing the group together

Day 1 - Monday 6th - The Camino and its treasures     


Morning : Presentations: Camino as a rite of passage. Camino and its art - looking at sacred geometry and architectural treasures.

Afternoon : Presentation continued on the petroglyphs, labyrinths and spirals.

Day 2 - Tuesday 7th - Prehistory to Roman times 

Early morning : sunrise visit to petroglyphs

Mid morning :  geometry

Afternoon: geometry explorations continued

Day 3 - Wednesday 8th - Day Out *  Visits

Visit of León Cathedral, the Mozarabic church of San Miguel de Escalada,

and Roman mosaics of La Olmeda. 

Day 4 - Thursday 9th -  Visigothic and Mozarabic

Morning: geometry 

Afternoon: learning how to prepare and paint with natural pigments 

Day 5 - Friday 10th -  Gothic

Morning: geometry looking at the rose window

Afternoon: painting designs with natural pigments or free afternoon for walking. 

Day 6 - Saturday 11th - Geometry continued

Morning: Presentation / conclusion: from prehistory to Gaudí

Wrap up: exploring what has inspired us.

The group can decide what they wish to continue exploring 

Afternoon: more geometry or painting designs natural pigments 

Sunay 12th. Departure

Departure after breakfast 

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Flores del Camino
A beautiful retreat centre situated along the Camino de Santiago in the heart of Northwestern Spain. Throughout the year we collaborate with retreat facilitators, craftsmen and writers weaving together complementary and inspiring offerings.

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