The Circular Journey

Flores del Camino

20 reviews
Jul 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12
The Circular Journey
Flores del Camino

20 reviews

Jul 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

Nourish the soul with this transformative journey. Build community as we explore the history of inspired designs from ancient petroglyphs to gothic cathedrals and palaces along the Camino de Santiago. Experience hands-on workshops in sacred geometry and rose window construction. We'll take time for photography and sketching amongst iconic architectural masterpieces and the breathtaking countryside. Forge new friendships as we enjoy the flavors of the Spanish culture, including the chocolate museum and a local winery. Discover yourself again, by design.

A collaboration between John Hornsby, Gabriel Swinney & Flores del Camino (Bertrand Gamrowski, Basia Goodwin)

About your tutors

Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD)  is co founder of Flores del Camino Retreat Centre. He has a background in mathematics.  He specialises in the use of geometry in Christian art & architecture & has made a large body of research relating to the 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 practise.

Basia Goodwin (MA) is co founder of Flores del Camino. She is an alumni of 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.

John Hornsby has spent the bulk of his 25-year career in experiential design work.  He is an artist & designer, creative connector, & a problem solver who loves fusing symbolism & strategy to design. As an avid supporter of the creative sector, John works at the intersection of community, story, & design.  He enjoys sketching & journaling of his travels along with teaching & facilitating meaningful conversations. 

Gabriel Swinney is the founder & managing principal of Swinney Creative, located in Asheville, North Carolina. He specializes in commercial, architectural, & interior photography; & loves integrating edge technology like drones, 3D imaging, VR/AR into his projects. The fuel for his creativity is a sense of adventure & wonder. His favourite pastime is exploring ancient pilgrimage routes in faraway destinations.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    All accommodation consists of individual or double ensuite bedrooms.
  • Food
    Delicious 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
5 left

Price for one person

Deposit: $400
Twin room
5 left

Price for one person

Deposit: $400

Available options


The Circular Journey

Sunday  3rd.     Welcome 

15h-19h Check-in


Induction tour & Welcome dinner

Bringing the group together

Day 1 ~ Monday 4th. 

Morning workshop (3h): Introductions to pilgrimage & geometry

Afternoon workshop (1h30): Preparing tea-stained paper 

Resting time

Evening Intention fire (intention for the week)

Day 2 ~ Tuesday 5th.  

Morning: Visit to León Cathedral 

Afternoon workshops (2 x 1h30): Dividing the circle ~ The petroglyphs of Galicia

Day 3 ~ Wednesday 6th.     

Tour of the Mountains of León

Peñafadiel petroglyphs, Cruz de Ferro, Forge of Compludo, Peñalba de Santiago, Valley of Silence, Bierzo wine tasting

Day 4 ~ Thursday 7th.     

Morning workshop (3h): Pointed stars & the creation of harmonious ratios. Drawing our first rose.

Afternoon visit: Astorga: Roman museum, Gaudí Palace, chocolate museum

Day 5 ~ Friday 8th.    

Morning team activity: real size drawing of León rose window on the ground. How the medieval masons would have brought their drawings to life.

Afternoon workshops (2 x 1h30): Kissing circles ~ putting the journal together

Day 6 ~ Saturday 9th. 

Morning workshop (1h30): the twelve roses of León

Late morning & afternoon: return to León

Cathedral (has our gaze been changed by this week?), restaurant, San Isidoro, & if possible San Pedro de Escalada.

Sunday 10th.

Wrap up

Final touches to the journal

Departure after breakfast and before noon

The schedule is representative of the actual retreat but maybe subject to changes, for example due to the weather or other circumstances.

Your Organizer

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