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.
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.
Preliminary timetable for 5th - 12th September 2021
Sunday 5th. Arrival & Welcome
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
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