The Art of the Camino

Flores del Camino

Sep 4 - 11, 2022
Group size: 1 - 10
The Art of the Camino
Flores del Camino

Sep 4 - 11, 2022
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

Join us in the spirit of pilgrimage & community as we explore the beauty of the Way, this special land & its treasures. Journey into the deep rhythms of pre-historic, roman, visi-gothic, romanesque & gothic forms along through presentations, explorations, visits & practical classes.

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

Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD)

Bertrand's 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)

Basia studied at the Princes School of traditional Arts, specialising in the use of geometry in traditional arts, craft & philosophy. Basia has developed research in the use of geometry in the Christian architecture of the Camino &northern spain. In her creative practice she works with a variety of mediums, ceramics, glass, makes & paints with natural pigments, using local Camino ocher earths.

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
Available until February 27, 202210 left
Deposit: €300
Double Room -Early Bird
Available until February 27, 202210 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 4th.     Arrival & Welcome

15h-19h Check-in


Induction tour & Welcome dinner

Bringing the group together

Day 1 - Monday 5th - 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 6th - Prehistory to Roman times 

Early morning : sunrise visit to petroglyphs

Mid morning :  geometry

Afternoon: geometry explorations continued

Day 3 - Wednesday 7th - Day Out *  Visits

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

and Roman mosaics of La Olmeda. 

Day 4 - Thursday 8th -  Visigothic and Mozarabic

Morning: geometry 

Afternoon: learning how to prepare and paint with natural pigments 

Day 5 - Friday 9th -  Gothic

Morning: geometry looking at the rose window

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

Day 6 - Saturday 10th - 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 

Sunday 11th. Departure

Departure after breakfast 

Your Organizer

Flores del Camino Retreat Centre
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.

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