Stone Carving Retreat

 15 - 21  September 2019

Up to 8  participants. Retreat  leaders :

Nicholas  Durnan

Basia Goodwin, Bertrand  Gamrowski



Early bird  (before  March 1st): 

850 €  single  ensuite

750 €  shared  ensuite (per person)


After March 1st: 

950 €  single  ensuite

850 €  shared  ensuite  (per  person)



  • Through  visits,  study  and  an  embodied  practical  process  you  will  deepen  your  appreciation  for  the  Camino  de  Santiago  and  it's  architecture  by  exploring  the  exquisite  7th  century  church  of  San  Pedro  de  la  Nave  ( one  of  the  first  pilgrims'  refuges ).
  • In  the  first  few  days  Bertrand  and  Basia,  will  give  presentations  on  the  Camino  and  its  architectural  treasures  and  help  you  explore  the  shapes  and  beautiful  forms  of  the  san  Pedro  carvings  through  a  practical  exploration  of  their  hidden,  visible   and  symbolic  geometry. 
  • After  visiting  the  church  you  will  deepen  your  appreciation  by  learning  how  to  carve  some  of  the  beautiful  designs  yourself,  guided  by  Nick  Durnan,  stone  mason  and  sculptor  who  has  40  years  experience  working  at  English  Cathedrals  and  specialises  in  medieval  art.
  • This  will  also  be  your  opportunity  to  spend  some  quiet  time  in  nature  on  the  beautiful  Camino  de  Santiago.  Go  for walks.  Enjoy  home  -  cooked  meals  under  the  pergola,  fruit  trees  and  vine.  Share  with  others  by  the  warmth  of  the  fire each  evening,  and  enjoy  the  stillness  and  quiet  of  the  star  lit  Milky  Way.
  • Would  you  like  to  extand  your  retreat?  Icon  painting  takes  place  straight  after  this  retreat   - see here.

Preliminary   timetable   for  15 - 21  September 2019


15th   Arrival (we  welcome  guests  from  4pm )  evening  meal  welcome  7 pm.

16th   Camino  presentation - exploring  San  Pedro,  geometry. 

17th    Visit  /  afternoon  design  preparation

18th    Carving

19th   Carving

20th   Carving

21st   Departure  after  breakfast.


Nick Durnan has over 40 years experience as a stone mason, carver and sculptor conservator of historic buildings. He originally trained as a stone mason at Canterbury Cathedral in the Uk and has a degree in stone carving and conservation at the city and Guilds of London Art School. He has been a freelance conservator, conservation consultant and carver since 1984 and has worked in many English cathedrals including Exeter, Wells, Salisbury, Canterbury, Rochester and Peterborough. Recent projects include making and installing a Cosmatesque mosaic around the high altar at Buckfeat Abbey and. Carving commissions include making a full size reclining Buddah statue at Jamyang Meditation Centre in london in traditional Tibetan style. His current sculpture is focussed on the beauty of natural geometric forms. Follow the links below to learn more about Nick, 



The  price  includes :

Six  nights  accommodation

All  meals


Teaching  and  materials

It  does  NOT  include  airline  tickets  or  travel  to  the  retreat  centre.  HOW TO GET HERE ?

Once  we  confirm  a  place  is  still  available,  you  can  secure  it  by  making  a  300  euros,  non  refundable  deposit.  The  remaining amount  is  to  be  paid  two  months  before  the  retreat.  Refunds  are  only  available  if  all  spaces  are  filled  or  you  can  find  a replacement  for  yourself.  You  can  make  the  payment  via  Pay Pal  to   Contact  us  should  you  prefer  a  different  method  via  bank card  (via  phone  payment - see  phone  number  below ),  transfer  or  Transferwise.  Please  note to make  sure  you  cover  all  transaction  or  conversion  fees. 

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