Mandalas from East & West 2021

24 - 31  July 2021

Up  to 12  participants. Retreat  leaders :

Stephanie Ellis

Basia Goodwin,  Bertrand  Gamrowski



Early bird  (before  October 31st 2020): 

1,500€  single  ensuite

1,400€  shared  ensuite (per person)


From November 1st: 

1,600€  single  ensuite

1,500€  shared  ensuite  (per  person)



Experience geometry as a universal language and a meditative and contemplative practice. Throughout the week you will explore geometry in sacred art, mandalas and biomorphic designs from along the Camino and relate it to other traditions from Eastern Asia. Practical art classes will be complemented with visits to local architectural treasures, such as 5,000 year old petroglyphs at sunrise, Roman mosaics, a 10th c. pre-Romanesque monastery and the 13th c. Gothic Cathedral of León. You will collect gorgeous Camino earths, learn how to prepare and paint your mandalas with natural pigments.

This  will  also  be  your  opportunity  to  spend  some  quiet  time  in  nature  on  the  Camino  de  Santiago.  Go  for walks.  Enjoy  home - cooked  healthy meals  under  the  pergola.  Share  with  others  and  enjoy  the  quiet  of  the  starlit  Milky  Way.


Preliminary   timetable   for  24th - 31st  July 2021


Saturday 24th.     Welcome 

15h-19h Check-in


Induction tour & Welcome dinner

Bringing the group together


Sunday 25th.     Unity


The circle and the Journey of the Soul (pilgrimage) 

One and Six: the Flower of Life (geometry) 

Introduction to Mandalas

+ Fiesta de la Magdalena (traditional village procession and dances)

Evening Intention fire (intention for the week)


Monday 26th.     Duality

Morning: Dual patterns 

Visigothic vs Bali Designs 

Afternoon: Colour: Introduction to pigments & colour therapy


Tuesday 27th.     Trinity

A full day exploring the perfect number .

Trinity symbolism in world religious traditions.

Theory + practical 


Wednesday 28th.     Day Out * Culture visit

Visit of León Cathedral, the Mozarabic church of San Miguel de Escalada,

and Roman mosaics of La Olmeda.


Thursday 29th.      The Circle & the Square  

Explore quatrefoils through the Lotus flower, Persian shamsa  and Pamplona Cloister  arched windows.


Friday 30th.      Spirals

Early morning visit of Peñafadiel petroglyphs

Exploring Labyrinths. Building a labyrinth 

Afternoon Workshop ~ using spirals for Biomorphic designs

Evening Intention fire (letting go)

The last supper.


Saturday 31st.

Departure after breakfast and before noon

The  price  includes :

Seven  nights  accommodation

All  meals


Teaching  and  materials

It  does  NOT  include  airline  tickets  or  travel  to  the  retreat  centre.  


Stephanie June Ellis  is  a  professional  artist,  qualified  Colour  Therapist  specialising  in  sacred  geometry  and  biomorphic  art  which  span  culturally  worldwide  throughout  traditional  crafts  and  architecture.  She  passionately  engages  with  local  and  global  communities  offering  wellbeing  through  the  creative  process  with  a  focus  on  geometry.  Primarily  working  with  pen  and  ink  her  creative  practice  aims  to  transcend  viewers  beyond  the  physical  world  and  encourage  a  wider  vision  of  awareness  through  universal  patterns. See ABOUT for Bertrand and Basia's backgrounds. 


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