You will begin the week with an introduction to the art of pilgrimage, that will give you the tools to view, understand and draw perennial designs in sacred art. Then you will visit the mystical 7th-10th Visigothic and Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de Escalada and León cathedral in order to inspire further designs which you will then carve into stone with master stone mason Nick Durnan. Nick is a deeply skilled and generous teacher. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those with experience in carving.
Enjoy delicious home cooked healthy meals and good wine under the pergola, vine and fruit trees. You will be staying in a heritage site, a village considered one of the most beautiful in all of Spain. Share with others in a unique setting dedicated to pilgrims, pilgrimage and its art.
Nick Durnan (MA) Nick is a highly skilled and generous teacher. He has over 40 years experience as a master stone mason, carver and sculptor conservator of historic buildings. He originally trained as a stone mason at Canterbury Cathedral in the Uk and stone carving and conservation at the city and Guilds of London Art School. He has worked in many English cathedrals including Exeter, Wells, Salisbury, Rochester, Peterborough and Canterbury.
Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) 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.
Sunday 14th. Arrival, Welcome & Gathering
Check-in at Flores del Camino between 4 & 5pm
Bringing the group together - Welcome dinner 7pm
Day 1 ~ Monday 15th.
Morning session : The Way & sacred art of pilgrimage
Afternoon session: Introduction to stone carving
Day 2 ~ Tuesday 16th.
Visits : 7th - 10th century Visigothic & Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de Escalada and the 13th century Gothic cathedral of León. Choosing our design.
Day 3 ~ Wednesday 17th.
Evening: Visit to Rabanal on the Camino de Santiago. Vespers in the Romanesque church of Rabanal, followed by dinner in a nearby restaurant
Day 4 ~ Thursday 18th.
Day 5 ~ Friday 19th.
Early morning: Sunrise meditation visit at Peñafadiel petroglyphs.
Day 6 ~ Saturday 20th.
Departure after breakfast
The schedule is representative of the actual retreat but maybe subject to changes, for example due to the weather or other circumstances.