Icon Painting - Mary Magdalene

 24 - 31 May 2020

8 participants

Retreat leaders : Hanna Ward

Basia Goodwin assisting



 ensuite single 1,100 €

 ensuite shared 1,000 € (per person)


This 7 day retreat at Flores del Camino  is all-inclusive with lovely rooms, a beautiful courtyard and seminar rooms for gathering, and healthy food, shared in the spirit of community.


This will be your opportunity to spend meaningful time on the sacred ground of the camino in the beautiful region of the Margateria just at the foot of the Leon mountains. We are located in the enchanting, special heritage site, the historic village of Castrillo, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. The village is surrounded by vast nature and is an inspiring place to paint.  (Some of you may also wish to walk on after the retreat and make the 200km or so to Santiago from the retreatcentre. We offer pilgrims passports and advise).

  • You  will  be painting  Mary  Magdalene  (holding  red  egg)  using  the  1,500  year  old  icon  painting  technique.
  • You  will  learn  how  to  collect,  prepare  and  paint  with  natural  pigment,  egg  tempera  (egg  yolk  mixed  with  wine )  and use real  gold. 
  • This  will  be  your  opportunity  to  engage  in  a  meditative  process in  a  beautiful  and  nourishing  environment  on the  Camino  de  Santiago.  Throughout  the  week  we  will  also  be receiving  pilgrims  for  the  evening  meals.

Preliminary  timetable  for  24th - 31st  May  2020


24th    Arrival between  3pm  and  7pm. Welcome  dinner  at  7:30 pm.

25th    Preparing the drawing / collecting and collecting  /  making our own pigments.

26th    Drawing  /  copying  the  image.  Preparation  of  the  egg  tempera  and  the  bole.

27th    Laying  the  clay  and  applying  gold  on  the  gilded  area.  Mixing  the  sankir  (skin  colour)  with  Camino  earths.  

28th    Paint  garment  and  background  colours.  First  highlights.

29th    Floats  and  highlights  on  face,  hair,  garment.

30th   Final  floats  and  highlights.  Graphic  lines  and  Divine  light for  the  face.  Finishing  the  details.

31st    Departure after breakfast.

Would you like to extend your time with us?  Creative  Writing  Retreat takes  place  just  before this  retreat.  We  offer  a  300 €  discount  if  you  do  both.  Book  before  29  Feb  and  also  receive  your  early  bird  discount (both  retreats  with  early  bird  +  back  to  back  discount  -  2,250 €).

The  price  includes :

Seven  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  you  can  join  the  retreat,  you  can  secure  your  place  by  making  a  300€  deposit.  The  remaining  amount  is  to  be  paid  two  months  before  the  retreat.  Refunds  are  only  available  if  you  can  find  a replacement  for  yourself.  You  can  make  the  payment  by  Pay Pal,  bank card,  bank  transfer  or  Transferwise  (contact  us  for  details).  Please  make  sure  you  cover  all  transaction  or  conversion  fees.  Please  read  our  full  Terms  &  Conditions.  In  making  a  reservation,  you confirm  that  you  have  read  and  understood  the  Terms  &  Conditions.

Flores Del Camino, Calle Real 36,  Castrillo de los Polvazares  24718 


+34 691 221 058