1 June - 8 June 2020
limited to 10 participants
Retreat leaders : Beebe Bahrami,
Basia Goodwin and Bertrand Gamrowski
Early bird special discount (before 29 February 2020):
1,450 € single ensuite
After 1 March 2020:
1,600€ single ensuite
Creative Writing & Sacred Art Retreat : Journeys at the Threshold
We will use two powerful and natural meditation practices: free flowing words and directed sacred art to inspire the creative imagination and tap more deeply into where we are, and who we are, on this powerful and ancient pilgrimage road.
Beebe Bahrami is an award winning writer, anthropologist and life long pilgrim. Beebe's writing practices are designed to skilfully guide and support you in a spontaneous discovery of personal story and exploration of place, while relating to the nourishing energies of the Camino landscape. These writing journeys will be a mix of spontaneous soul writing (let's-find-out-what's-inside-you free association writing); writing in and about place (set in places of power such as petroglyphs dating from 2,500 BC); and your personal story (finding your unique stories buried deep within).
Bertrand and Basia will prepare you for, and take you on field trips to special places, including ancient petroglyphs, a Mozarabic monastery, and more, all aligned with classes in sacred geometry. Classes are not only informative but invite you into a meditative contemplative process aimed to deepen your experience of these places and to stir the soul and the creative imagination. We also offer to teach you how to make and paint your geometrical patterns with self made earthen pigments from the Camino and other natural pigments.
Beebe, Basia and Bertrand will also provide presentations on the Camino - on themes of :
* the labyrinth as a pilgrimage in its own right, the liminal journey both on the Camino and defined by key rites of passage in our lives,
* the game of the Goose and its symbolism,
* geometry and nature in the Camino architecture,
* stories of fantastic and magical creatures on the Camino,
* and pilgrims´ stories past and present about the transformative power of the Camino and its magic.
This will be your own, unique journey with personal time to explore as well as group time together. We will start each day with "morning pages" : hand-written flow of consciousness. This aims to ground and set our inner compass for the day's journeys and each evening you will be invited to share your writing and the stories they reveal, on a voluntary basis.
June 1. Arrival - evening meal and welcome.
2 June. Introduction to the retreat and direction on "morning pages" and writing exercises. Presentation on the camino, the liminal, the threshold, and the labyrinth. Optional afternoon walk on the Camino and then writing exercise upon returning from walking. After dinner sharing our writing. Intention fire.
3 June. Morning pages. Presentation / geometry on the petroglyphs, presentation /geometry of San Miguel. Afternoon optional walk around Castrillo. Preparation for visits continued.
4 June. Morning pages. Visit to the petroglyphs and San Miguel de Escalada, with time and space to write on site. Afternoon presentation/Stories on the Game of the Goose and other "fantastic creatures" on the Camino. Writing continued. Storytelling in the evening, from writing or spontaneous tales that arise.
5 June. Morning pages. Writing exercise "at the threshold." Afternoon geometry and or self directed writing. Storytelling in the evening.
6 June. Morning pages. Writing exrcise "at the threshold". Afternoon walk and writing on the trail (if weather allows) and or painting geometry designs with natural pigments Storytelling in the evening.
7 June. Morning pages. Morning writing "at the threshold". Afternoon walk and writing on the trail(if weather allows) and or painting geometry designs with natural pigments. Evening fire ceremony. Final retelling of our stories, the story we want to carry home and continue.
8 June. Closing circle after breakfast and departure.
This 7 day retreat at Flores del Camino is all-inclusive with lovely rooms, a beautiful courtyard and seminar rooms for gathering, and delicious and healthy food.
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 mountains of León. We are located in the historic village of Castrillo, a heritage site considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. You will be surrounded by vast nature and immersed in an inspiring place for creative journeying. (Some of you may also wish to walk on after the retreat and make the 200 km or so to Santiago from the retreat centre. We offer pilgrims passports and advice).
Would you like to extend your time with us?
SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER *Icon painting takes place just before this retreat. We offer a 300 € discount if you do both. Do not forget to book before 29 Feb and also receive your early bird discount (both retreats with early bird + back to back discount - 2,250 €).
A Colorado native who annually divides her time between the USA, southwestern France, and northern Spain, Beebe Bahrami PhD is an award winning writer, book author, and anthropologist. She embraces all true spiritual traditions as sacred as a lifelong pilgrim, explorer, and devotee of the Earth’s immense beauty. Beebe’s mission is to find and write the deep stories of people and place, especially those on the trails of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France, and Portugal. She experiences walking and writing as perfect partners toward uncovering and discovering compelling stories, both without and within. Beebes writing appears in numerous magazines and collections and she has written several nonfiction books, including the new Camino guidebook, Moon Camino de Santiago, as well as The Spiritual Traveler Spain—A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes, Historic Walking Guides Madrid, and two travelogues, Café Oc—A Nomad’s Tales of Magic, Mystery, and Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France, and Café Neandertal—Excavating the Past in One of Europe’s Most Ancient Places. Find out more about Beebe on her website
See About for information about Bertrand and Basia
The price includes :
Seven nights accommodation
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.