Beauty Art and Nature
July 14th – 20th, 2018

‘Begin to weave and the Divine will provide the thread’ – Old Proverb

Explore local examples of Sacred and traditional art and architecture found along the Camino to Santiago. Discover some very special local locations, including ‘La Olmeda’- with its exceptionally well-preserved body of Roman mosaics – and the beautiful Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de Escalada.
Learn how to construct various beautiful geometrical patterns on tea-stained paper, using natural pigments. Experience how patterns underline and inform our world and the cosmos by studying the principles of geometry found in nature. Immerse yourself in the meditative process of artistic creation and be nourished by beauty and nature. Complete beginners welcome.
Spend some quiet time, go for walks, either alone or with a group. Experience how engaging in beauty stirs the heart, and find meaning in creating beauty alongside others. Enjoy home-cooked meals under the pergola, fruit trees and vine. Share with others by the warmth of a fire each evening, and enjoy the stillness and quiet of the star-lit Milky Way.


Saturday - Arrival and evening dinner welcome.

Sunday - Pattern and cosmos, introduction to geometry in traditional art

Monday - Exploring geometry in traditional art, patterns, number and nature.

Tuesday - Visits to La Olmeda, San Miguel de Escalada and other local visits.

Wednesday - Project based on favourite pattern.

Thursday - Project based on favourite pattern.

Friday - Wrap up and departure.

We are situated 250km away from Santiago, along the pilgrimage path. You will be staying in Castrillo, an enchanting traditional Maragato village, voted the most beautiful village in Spain in 2017. More information, images of the village, and where you will be staying can be found on the website. See contact for details about how to get here.

Price: includes all materials visits, food and accommodation. 

Ensuite single 850 €

Ensuite shared 750 €

Shared bathroom 650 €

We ask for a 100 euro deposit to secure you place.

The Templar Rose an the Bright Morning Star retreat is straight after this one. Both these retreats compliment each other very well.     

*Receive a 100 € discount when you join both*