12 - 18 September 2021
Up to 8 participants. Retreat leaders :
Basia Goodwin, Bertrand Gamrowski
Early bird (before March 1st 2021):
1,100€ single ensuite
1,000€ shared ensuite (per person)
After March 1st:
1,200€ single ensuite
1,100€ shared ensuite (per person)
- The first couple of days will consist of presentations on the Camino and its architectural treasures as well as practical drawing classes that will explore aspects of the designs looking at their visible, hidden and symbolic geometry.
- We will visit some of these treasures that our on our doorstep; ancient 5000 year old petroglyphs with exquisite carvings of labyrinths and other geometrical forms, the 1oth century church of San Miguel de Escalada with visigothic designs, the 12th century church of San Isidoro as the 13th c. Gothic Cathedral of Leon.
- After the visits you will be guided by Nick Durnan (stonemason and sculptor specialising in medieval art, with 40 years experience working in English Cathedrals). learning to carve some of these beautiful designs yourself.
- This will also be your opportunity to spend some quiet time in nature on the Camino de Santiago. Go for walks. Enjoy home - cooked meals under the pergola. Share with others and enjoy the quiet of the starlit Milky Way.
Preliminary timetable for 12th - 18th September 2021
12th Arrival between 4pm & 7pm. Welcome dinner at 7:30pm.
13th Presentations on the Camino and geometry and nature. Exploring León cathedral and its geometry.
14th Visit & design preparation
18th 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
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.