20th - 27th July 2020
Up to 8 participants. Retreat leaders :
Basia Goodwin, Bertrand Gamrowski
1,300€ single ensuite
1,200€ shared ensuite (per person)
Deepen your appreciation for the Camino and the treasures of the region by exploring the sacred architecture of various epochs through presentations, practical art classes and visits. Experience geometry as a universal language and a meditative and contemplative practice.
Draw inspiration from visits to exquisite 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 and learn how to prepare and paint your beautiful geometrical constructions 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 20th - 27th September 2020
Sunday 20th. Arrival & Welcome
Induction tour & Welcome dinner
Bringing the group together
Day 1 - Monday 21st - The Camino and its treasures
Morning : Presentations: Camino as a rite of passage. Camino and its art - looking at sacred geometry and architectural treasures.
Afternoon : Presentation continued on the petroglyphs, labyrinths and spirals.
Day 2 - Tuesday 22nd - Prehistory to Roman times
Early morning : sunrise visit to petroglyphs
Mid morning : geometry
Afternoon: geometry explorations continued
Day 3 - Wednesday 23rd - Day Out * Visits
Visit of León Cathedral, the Mozarabic church of San Miguel de Escalada,
and Roman mosaics of La Olmeda.
Day 4 - Thursday 24th - Visigothic and Mozarabic
Afternoon: learning how to prepare and paint with natural pigments
Day 5 - Friday 25th - Gothic
Morning: geometry looking at the rose window
Afternoon: painting designs with natural pigments or free afternoon for walking.
Day 6 - Saturday 26th - Geometry continued
Morning: Presentation / conclusion: from prehistory to Gaudí
Wrap up: exploring what has inspired us.
The group can decide what they wish to continue exploring
Afternoon: more geometry or painting designs natural pigments
Sunay 27th. Departure
Departure after breakfast
The price includes :
Seven nights accommodation
Teaching and materials
It does NOT include airline tickets or travel to the retreat centre.
ABOUT YOUR TUTORS
Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) has an educational background in mathematics. Basia Goodwin (MA) studied at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. We are deeply passionate about the Camino and our region. We have a unique skill set, specialising in the use of geometry in traditional art and philosophy, especially the art and architecture of the Camino and Northwestern Spain. Between us we work with a variety of mediums, wood, stained glass, ceramics and make and paint with natural pigments, using beautiful local earth ochres. We draw inspiration from nature, exploring pattern and rhythm, form and the formless.
HOW TO BOOK THIS RETREAT?
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.