We offer a nourishing space
Hello and welcome, we are your hosts, Basia and Bertrand. Flores del Camino is our home and it is a work of love.
Throughout the year we receive pilgrims on their way to Santiago, run retreats and when time permits make our art. It is our great honour to live, work and serve on this beautiful road.
We collaborate with other retreat facilitators, artists, writers and craftsmen offering complementary and inspiring offerings. Retreats are suitable for beginners and for those with no experience of art. Join us for an inspiring group retreat or bring your own private group.
Basia Goodwin (MA) studied at the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts. Bertrand Gamrowski (PhD) has an educational background in mathematics. 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. You can view a sample our art/research here With deep gratitude to Professors Keith Critchlow and Paul Merchant for planting seeds and inspiring many.
Who we collaborate with
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 stone carving and conservation at the city and Guilds of London Art School. He has worked in many English cathedrals including Exeter, Wells, Salisbury, Canterbury, Rochester and Peterborough. His recent work draws inspiration from the beauty of natural geometric forms and nature.
Hanna Ward has researched and studied iconography under several masters from Greece, Russia, Romania, Finland and UK. She lectures and teaches in Finland, the UK and is a visiting tutor at the Princes Foundation School of Traditional Arts, the Icon School of Bethlehem in Palestine and joins us once a year at Flores del Camino. She regularly paints commission pieces for churches and private collectors.
Beebe Bahrami PhD is an award winning writer, book author, and anthropologist. Beebe is a soulful lady with a mission to find and write the deep stories of people and place, especially those on the trails of the Camino de Santiago. She is a lifelong pilgrim, explorer, and devotee of the Earth’s immense beauty. Some of Beebe’s writing includes the new Camino guidebook, Moon Camino de Santiago and Café Oc—A Nomad’s Tales of Magic, Mystery, and Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France.
Tom Bree is a geometer - artist, teacher and writer. He specialises in the use of geometry in sacred art and philosophy and teaches drawing art classes as a form of contemplative philosophy. Tom teaches at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London, the Princes Teaching Institute, The Chalice Well in Glastonbury, the RWA in Bristol and the Education Renaissance Trust. Tom has been conducting a detailed geometric analysis of the design of Wells Cathedral in Somerset he is soon to publish.
Sharon Zeugin is passionate about looking within and sharing through expression. She is a visual practitioner specialising in graphic recording. She is an experienced calligrapher, artist, educator and retreat facilitator teaching in the USA, Canada, Italy & Spain. She is a faculty member of numerous international calligraphy conferences, and the Austin Contemporary Art School.
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.
Alexander John Shaia, PhD, is a thoughtful and poetic man; an author, educator, cultural anthropologist, spiritual director, Jungian psychotherapist, known as a creative, multi - disciplinary thinker and internationally sought out speaker. With deep conviction, he invites us into spiritual practices for the 21st century - ones that cross traditional boundaries, encourage vital thinking and inhabit a genuine community of the heart. He is author of the wonderful book “Returning from Camino.”
Christine Barrington loves to celebrate people! She fulfils her passion through being a psychotherapist, "life coach" and breath work guide, skilfully leading people to their inner dimensions where the greatest treasure lives for each of us.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature can heal and bring strength to body and soul."
What past participants have said
"Deep gratitude for all you have shown me, of the past, of the present, and what the future can be if we work with truth, beauty and wisdom, in warmth.”
Kathy G., 2017
“The facilities were great, food excellent, very good company. We thought we were coming for a stone carving course but it was so much more!”
Helen & John M., 2019
“Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I love learning new things, thank you Basia & Bertrand”
Shirley Z., 2019
“The retreat centre is a wonderful space for learning and reflection. The space is so warm and embracing.”
Greg N., 2019
“Thank you to you both for a wonderful twelve days of geometry, walks in the glorious spring countryside and fabulous meals. A little corner of harmony, peace and love between Heaven and Earth. A blessing for all who pass through your doors.”
Margi L., 2019
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