The Circle & the Journey of the Soul

Flores del Camino

20 reviews
Sep 16 - 24, 2023
Group size: 1 - 12
The Circle & the Journey of the Soul
Flores del Camino

20 reviews

Sep 16 - 24, 2023
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

The use of sacred geometry is more than mere ornamentation in illuminated manuscripts. It composes a purposeful language. Deepen your appreciation and understanding through a journey into the deep symbolism, rhythms & patterns of some of the most beautiful pages, from Coptic to Gothic.  

Our journey together will be held in three parts.

Part One: Experience the contemplative practice of drawing these sacred designs with ruler and compass.

Part Two: Study & visit the enchanting 7th - 10th c.  Visigothic/Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de Escalada - the origin home of the famous Beatus of Liebana manuscript .  Find elements of the carvings and architecture in these pages which  present deeply vibrant and energetic styles and designs.

Other visits: The 13th century gothic cathedral of León. The Romanesque church & museum of San Isidoro, with opportunities to see the incredible original frescoes of the Pantheon as well as illuminated manuscripts dating back to the 10th c. 

Part Three: Dive even deeper into the designs by painting them using self made shell gold from 24 carat leaf and natural pigments, some of which you will learn how to collect and prepare. 

You will create a beautiful piece to take home with a choice to focus on:

  • the copy of a detail of an illumination geometric design that speaks to you,  and/or
  • the creation of your own design /art work inspired by all that you experienced in the week.

In the week you will also  join walking pilgrims for chanted vespers in the atmospheric Romanesque church of Rabanal and enjoy amongst fellow pilgrim dinner at a charming local restaurant. Possibilities of a short walk on the Camino to the neighbouring village. 

Join us for an unforgettable week on this ancient pilgrims road. Share with others in a unique setting dedicated to pilgrim hospitality, pilgrimage and its art. Enjoy delicious home cooked  meals and good wine under the pergola shaded by  vine and fruit trees. You will be staying in a heritage site, a village considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. 

About your tutors

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.

Basia Goodwin (MA)  studied at the Princes School of traditional Arts, specialising in the use of geometry in traditional arts, craft & philosophy. In her creative practice she works with a variety of mediums, ceramics, glass, makes & paints with natural pigments, using local Camino ocher earths.   

Preliminary Itinerary

*Day 0 ~Saturday 16th.     Arrival, Welcome & Gathering

Check-in at Flores del Camino between 4 & 5pm

Bringing the group together - Welcome dinner 7pm

*Day 1 ~  Sunday 17th  

Morning session : Introductions to symbols of pilgrimage & sacred geometry

Afternoon session: sacred geometry with ruler and compass

*Day 2 ~ Monday 18th. 

Morning session: sacred geometry - preparations for our visits

Afternoon session: sacred geometry continued

*Day 3 ~ Tuesday 19th.     

Morning:  visit to the Visigothic monastery of San Miguel de Escalada.  Geometry on site. 

Afternoon: piments

*Day 4 ~ Wednesday 20th.   

Day trip to León with opportunities to visit the 13th c. Gothic cathedral and the 10th century frescos of San Isidoro and see illuminated manuscripts. Exploring colour in illuminated pages. Lunch. Visit to "el escribano" shop.

*Day 5 ~ Thursday 21st.    

Work on design

Free afternoon (eg. walking, visit to astorga cathedral museum etc)

*Day 6 ~ Friday 22nd. 

Work on designs

Evening visit to chanted vespers in Rabanal. Evening meal out in charming restaurant. 

*Day 7 ~  Saturday 23rd.

Work on designs

Optional afternoon walk to the neigbouring village of Santa Catalina to have coffee amongst walking pilgrims. 

Day 8 ~ Sunday 24th.
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.

More information...

... about the retreat centre & our retreats, transport, location, how to get there on our website.

Terms & Conditions

Please read carefully the Terms & Conditions.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All accommodation consists of individual 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.
  • Airport Transfers
    Transfers to & from Madrid Airport by taxi or private bus. See times & pick up points details:
  • Flights
  • Insurance
    We do not provide any insurance. It is your responsibility to contract health, travel insurance or not.
  • Outside meals
    One or two meals taken in restaurants during our visits (budget 15~20€ per meal)

Available Packages

Early Bird
Available until February 28, 2023

Individual room with private bathroom

Deposit: $400
Single Price

Individual room with private bathroom

Deposit: $400

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Flores del Camino Retreat Centre
20 reviews
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.


What a wonderful magical place Bertrand and Basia have created. Nestled into an amazing historic village that feels out of time. I had the pleasure of partnering with them on this retreat and it was a wonderful experience. Such care and attention have been paid to the restoration and preservation of this space with its beautiful courtyard where we spent time creating and connecting. Delicious homemade food is lovingly served by our hosts every day. Bertrand and Basia have a wealth of knowledge to share and an open and friendly countenance. Our excursions into surrounding areas to explore the architecture, geometry, and history we're steeped in the spirit of the Camino. I am looking forward to returning next year!
By John H for The Circular Journey on 21 Oct, 2022
Flores del Camino is a beautiful, comfy nest, where this traveler felt at home. The historic building has been lovingly refurbished with every creature comfort but retaining the authentic charm. It is a perfect setting for a retreat. The hosts, Basia and Bertrand are warm and welcoming. They know the surrounding area and have much to teach about history, geography, spirituality, the Camino, and their specialty, Sacred Geometry. This retreat, with Sharon Zeugin, touched all my sweet spots—art, calligraphy, church history, Celtic spirituality, and theology. The space is well suited to the kind of artistic practices on offer. Thank you for a deeply meaningful week that exceeded all my high expectations.
By Rebecca P for A Book of Ours on 18 Oct, 2022
I had a wonderful time. The hosts shared their knowledge of sacred geometry, provided field trips to reinforce the studied materials and allowed each participant to select the design they would ultimately carve. Detailed explanations were given for the geometry as well as for the process of carving the designs. Nick Durnan encouraged and aided us in the process of creating our chosen designs. I brought home a piece I can be proud of, and will be able to continue exploring this art form. The accommodations were cozy and comfortable in a beautiful pueblo in northern Spain. We enjoyed delicious, healthy food. I’m looking forward to next year’s event!
By Ronald A for Stone Carving & Sacred Geometry on 09 Oct, 2022
I enjoyed a wonderful week learning a new skill of Stone-carving based in the most beautiful village in Spain. The weather in September was warm and pleasant. The house you stay in is very comfortable and beautifully decorated, so you feel at home straight away. The peace and calmness are very relaxing, and lets you very quickly adapt to the slower pace. All meals were delicious and very healthy. Basia opens with an introduction about The Camino and the background. The stone-carving course begins with Bertrand explaining in the comfortable upstairs studio, a step-by-step way of producing these wonderful patterns through Geometry on paper. A long time since I used a compass, but very easy to use. Next, it was over to Nick, our master stone mason, to give us practical demonstrations in the downstairs workshop. He gave us advice on the various options for decorating our stone and the tools used. He was a very patient and calm person to work with, and he also worked on his stone carvings, so you could see an expert at work while you worked/took a break. He did make it look very easy and it is not. My advice would be keep your chosen pattern simple. Your size of stone allows you to try different ideas. A wonderful experience and I am sure I will return there again.
By Hazel A for Stone Carving & Sacred Geometry on 30 Sep, 2022
A life changing experience. Bertrand and Basia provided a nurturing and inspiring environment to stay during a week of drawing and painting mandalas. All the tutors were professional and gave detailed and relevant talks and lessons that focused on traditional sacred art and geometry techniques giving step by step lessons for advanced geometry forms based on symbols found across both eastern and western architecture. We learned to make natural paints with local pigments, visited stunning local sites that ranged from 5thb.c- 14tha.d providing us with opportunities for onsite sketching, photography and meditation. The food and accommodation was 5star and we even got to witness a local festival unique to this area where the village celebrate the Fiesta de la Magdalena and dress up in traditional dress, castanettes, dancing and shared drink and food. Above all, I met amazing people who all shared a love and passion for sacred geometry.
By Lyndal P for Mandalas from East & West on 11 Aug, 2022
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Flores was the ideal location for our deep coaching training. The beauty of the location, delicious and healthy foods and the spiritual presence of the hosts made it a magical experience for us all. They were completely attentive to every need.
By Christi B on 22 Jun, 2022