Stay in Camino and help people on La Palma

help la palmaWe are aware of the difficulties that people are facing on La Palma right now, and we want to help. Since the eruption of The Cumbre Vieja volcano on 19 September more than 5000 people were evacuated on the island. The movements are still active and the lava is still flowing. Many people lost everything and families need to find a new way of existing. We are trying our best to find a way to help those who are in need so we start a program, that will run in the next few weeks.

If you book and stay with us until the 10th of November, half of your booking fee will go to the people in need on La Palma.

We are in contact with the Red Cross and will follow up on the donation we are offering for the people who have lost their homes. We kindly ask you to use “for La Palma” as a reference in your booking, and use whatsapp: +34633339903 or e-mail: caminoarthostel@gmail.com for your reservation.

You can read some important information about the eruption on La Palma here.

Take care and hope to see you soon in Camino!

The Camino Crew
(photo credit: elpais)

Your precious escape

Is it your resting time? Your escape time? Do you want some space for your thoughts? Are you looking to reconnect to yourself? Do you need a break from the city? Is it time for you to focus on your offline work?

We are happy to announce that Camino Art House is looking for residents.

In other words we have rooms available for min of 2 weeks to max of 6 weeks periods. Therefore, if you are looking for a quiet place close to nature, simple living, relaxing and inspiring vibes, an old farm-style house and a large land to take slow walks and pick fresh lemon in the mountains, please don’t look more..

Do you feel the call to join us? If yes, please apply with a short motivation letter describing the followings. First of all: what you are looking for in this period of staying with us, secondly: what is your goal/project, third: why you prefer to live in nature at this period and not in the city. In addition tell us a little bit about yourself and the time of your arrival, and the ideal length of your stay as well. After getting you know a little bit and look at your request of the timing, we certainly will be in touch with you.

Camino Art House is located in Vega de San Mateo, 1.5km from the center of the town. There is an easy access by bus from Las Palmas. Please read more about the house. Internet is very slow in the house, however we have a special place in town where you can work freely and focused.

If you like to be part of our community please contact us on: caminoanddragon@gmail.com or +34633339903 (whatsapp)

Days OFF

Dear Digital Nomads (who needs a break)!

We are happy to invite you to enjoy a few days close to nature in an old house, far away from your daily routine but closer to your soul. We are an art house, with a big land, old caves, and long pathways to walk. You will find many hide away places here, and good moments to share ideas and talk about the big things of the life. You can spend days to look around at our place, and you will always find something new to discover. If you think you need any, or more of the followings, you found the best place for yourself:

Get creative
ConnEct
DisconnecT
Take bIg walks
Switch OFF your miNd
Switch ON your mind 🙂
Be Present
Find new Ideas
Rest
Get out of your comfort zonE
Do yoga

If you feel that you can connect with these activities in the list, contact us, and book your inspirational escape, which will be supporting our Association so we can keep doing what we love doing: make art, inspire others, teach and constantly learn.

Please find us on: caminoanddragon@gmail.com or +34633339903 (whatsapp)

We have hidden a password in the list above, if you find it, and you want to visit us, please send this short phrase by e-mail or whatsapp and we will give you a dinner for free 🙂

Your Escape

Dear Nature Lover Adventurous and Alternative People!

We are looking for you!

Our 4 private rooms are available for 8 weeks. We are looking for you if you love nature, alternative life is your choice, you are ok with weak wifi and you prefer disconnect from digital and connect to real.

If you are an artist who needs inspiration/time/space to create
If you are a digital nomad who needs a short escape from cities and parties and bars
If you are a cyclist who need a base for training
If you are secretly a gardener but you need to live in the city and you miss nature
If you are fresh lovers and you want to spend time in your nook
If you need a break from your everyday life and looking for reconnecting to yourself
If you want to spend a few weeks discovering the central part of Gran Canaria…

Camino Art House is your place.
From 13 May we are here to offer you a home. If you decide to stay with us, we are happy to receive your donation, which will support our Association. We are easily reachable by local bus, only 40 min from Las Palmas Old Town. Vega de San Mateo is only 20 minutes walk. If you are interested please whatsapp: +34633339903 or e-mail: camino@caminoart.org

These are the rooms that are waiting for you:

Double Nook

Family Green

Raktar Kucko

Birds’ Nest

And our land and house and vibes

Body, emotions, communication – PlayFight and Possibility Management Workshop 

For sure you have experienced difficult times when making an important decision, being in a hard conversation, or maybe in a conflict situation. Handling emotions and express yourself correctly might be also challenging in happy moments, not only in difficult situations. Stand up for ourselves, be there for us, and see our chances in different positions is something that can be learnt, practiced and developed.

Welcome to Camino’s first PlayFight and Possibility Management workshop, where two amazing instructors – Carola and Tomas – will guide you through different tasks and exercises while you can focus on your self-development regarding to your needs.

In the workshop, we create a sincere and safe atmosphere, where people open and transform their personal topics. The main tools for this are conscious work with the body, emotions and the art of honest communication. 
Lets come together and explore our inside world by interaction in PlayFight and Possibility management methods.

PlayFight is self development method based on natural physical game – playfight. It is a place where you can connect to your playfulness and vitality. PlayFight is a method to learn to express any arising emotion (verbally and non-verbally) in non-violent way. We playfight and then share how did we feel. The aim is o let ourselves to be authentic in the interactions with others.

In Possibility Management Training people learn more about their mind programming and take responsibility for their opinions, actions and feelings. Through exercises you train than new ways of communication and behavior in order to have more lovely relationships with yourself and others and furthermore to live closer to your own reality.


Carola Brauner, has been teaching for several years, and found Positive Management two years ago accidentally. She got fascinated right away, because she learnt that there are so much more important topics, than normal school subjects. She got motivated to be involved deeper in the positive management strategy. She started to learn it and now she is leading PM groups in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on a regular bases.

Tomás Wortner, performer, dancer, director and teacher, graduated from Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Tomas’s topics are self development courses. His main interests are working with emotion, open communication and community building through group dynamic. He is founder PlayFight (original self-development method using sharing circles and physical activity – PlayFight for non violent communication practical goals) which is one of his most fulfilling activity in the last 3 years.

Everyone can join this workshop, whatever your skills or age is. You do not need prior experience. We will work outdoor in small groups.

Program:

Friday (apr 2)
17-19.30 workshop
dinner
camp fire

Saturday (apr 3)
8.30h breakfast
10-13.30h workshop
lunch
15.30-19h workshop
dinner
camp fire

Sunday (apr 4)
8.30 breakfast
10-13h workshop
Lunch
15-18h workshop
end of program

We are kindly asking your contribution for the workshop, accommodation and the food, which would be 75 euros/person.

For more info please contact to caminoarthostel@gmail.com or +34633339903

Meet Václav Wortner, improv performer and teacher

“It felt like they were so witty, smart and intelligent, at the same time”…
Interview with Václav Wortner, improv performer and teacher, and long-term guest of Camino Art House


An interview with Václav Wortner, improv performer and teacher, and long-term guest of Camino Art House
Václav called me from Tasarte as he was looking for a place to work on his book. When I continued asking him questions concerning his background, I quickly discovered that he was an improvisation teacher, which made me think to myself, “what if we do an improv training/camp/workshop in the hostel”… From this phone call, an amazing program as well as a strong friendship evolved…and the book is progressing well too.

How do you feel about Camino?

Wow, I feel really good, the place is very suitable for what I am looking for. It is a place where I can focus on writing my book, and at the same time not being alone, having the possibility to meet others too. There is sufficient space for me, enough freedom. Also, the distance to Las Palmas is perfect, far, but not too far.

What was your journey to find theatrical improvisation?

It was a nice, long journey. I studied psychology, I was very interested in group dynamics, group therapy, and group leadership. I never thought of theatre back then. However, later at the university, I accidentally saw an improv show. I was actually just passing by, and I didn’t even come to this event, just stopped to have a look. All in all, I was very impressed. I thought, this is a way where you can work on so many personal skills. The actors were able to react fast, to sing, move and dance, it felt like they were so witty, smart and intelligent, all at the same time. They were not only brilliant in the way how their brains were working but also their bodies. So, I had a strong feeling that I had to do this! As a result I started training. For some years I was learning improv in Brno, but I felt I needed more, so I started to attend international improv festivals and shows abroad in France and Germany. After these experiences, I understood that if I wanted to go even deeper, I had to study theatre.
I thought I cannot be a good improv actor if I am not an actor. I was already 29 at that moment, a bit old for starting an acting carrier or studying drama school, but I felt I had to do this in this life, I could not wait for my next life when I would be younger. I really had to do it right away. So, I discovered that I could enter a theatre school by doing a PHD at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. My dream came true: I studied acting for 6 years, finishing last September. Following my graduation, I went on performing in Prague and abroad. With my classmates we created a theatre company; we performed in Tallinn. I went to Chicago, the birthplace of modern improv that can be traced back to the 60s’.

Does language matter when improvising?

So far I have performed these shows in Czech, English and, Spanish. And I must say that not speaking the same language on stage does make a difference, because there’s a higher chance of misunderstanding. However, this makes it interesting, because if we are good improvisers, these small mistakes and errors can be great gifts that we can include into the story. It can be a blessing in disguise if something like this happens. In France, I also lead a workshop where the participants didn’t speak French as they were immigrants from Africa and from Spain. We improvised the whole weekend without words. We even had a show, and people loved it! We executed proper scenes, and it was always clear what was happening. With that said, I consider improv a universal language just like music. We don’t need to speak the same language and we still understand music, right? I think improv has the same potential.

How can improv be useful in real life? If someone is not doing it for living, can it be still useful to try, or learn even for longer period?

Yes, of course! Beside the joy that it gives, it is amazing for team building, for example. I would not use the word “therapy”, but it is a perfect tool for personal development. Many people start to practice improv when they feel weak or not that skilled in social situations. By improvisation they can learn to make mistakes, accept these failures and just go on. Ultimately, they learn not to get scared in any kind of situation. When you are able to perform on stage in an unknown situation, you will for sure handle such situations off stage, when everything is more relaxed and nobody is watching you.
Improv can be also useful for learning co-operation, and enhancing creativity. The spirit of co-operation on stage really works elsewhere too, not just when creating a story, for example, for innovation of new products and/or strategies. I also enjoy this application of improv, outside of the world of theatre.

How was your first workshop at Camino?

It was a nice combination of two topics: writing and improvisation. People were learning improvisation, but also learning how to write and edit a short story. Participants were mostly expats living in Las Palmas. And with these people, after the worskhop, we formed an improv group, so now we have regular weekly trainings in the city. In the next workshop I want to focus on how to build a scene, how to build up your character, and how not to get lost in the scene. We will make sure that the scene has a beginning and an ending too. It might sound simple, but when you are starting with improv you are happy when you come up with anything, and it is great because you have created something from scratch, but after a while, as your teacher, I want you to come up with a more complex story to create real scenes with an interesting twist, and maybe a conclusion at the end. This takes time and requires practice.

What is your plan for now? How long are you planning to stay in Gran Canaria?

At the moment, I am planning to stay until the end of April – or more, perhaps. If I finish my book, it would be beautiful, if not, it doesn’t matter, I don’t have a deadline. I like finishing things though, and focusing on projects until the end, so I will just go on working on it. I have sent the first 30 pages to my editor. The book is an autobiography, dealing with the last 8 years of my life, and now I am entering into a more challenging part of the story. As I am getting closer to the present moment, I am becoming more attached emotionally and it is more difficult to see it from a distance. I am now struggling a bit. The text is still raw and I have to sort it, cut it, and organize it, but this is what I chose to do here, so I am happy to work on it.
My life back in Prague still exists, I still have my theatre company, my students, so when we get permission to go on working, we can start right away. I am actually very lucky there is a lockdown now in my country, because I have the chance to stay away from my home for a longer period. Earlier I could not travel for long, maybe for a weekend or a week, but I always had to return home to perform in the theatre. I am really enjoying this moment, and it feels good to spend this time here, on the island.

Confidence and Balance – WORKSHOP

Confidence and Balance
– AcroYoga and Contact improvisation workshop with Tomás Wortner
19th – 20th March, 2021

Welcome to our micro retreat of develop Confidence and Balance at Camino Art House. We are inviting you to support your confidence and balance through movement while having fun and connect to other people, be in nature and enjoy a little escape from the city.

AcroYoga is a combination of wisdom and flexibility of yoga, power of acrobatics and gentleness of Thai massage. Practise of acroyoga is based on connection, trust and especially fun.
Contact improvisation is a partner dance practice in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for movement improvisation and exploration. The emphasis is on listening, leading, following, touching, falling, lifting, leaning, sliding, counter-balancing, and supporting the weight of another person.
Through these two powerful and joyful practices you will learn to develop your confidence, and balance yourself in your body, mind and spirit. It is a hard work, but you will experience the support of the group which will help your individual inner work toward your goals.

This is a unique event at Camino Art House, with a very special instructor from the Czech Republic. Tomás Wortner, performer, dancer, director and teacher, facilitator will be our guide and host for these days. His main focus is independent artistic projects in field of physical theatre. He graduated from Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He is also teaching psychical theater training at the Academy nowadays. Tomás is a yoga, acroyoga and contact impro lover and practitioner/teacher.
Tomas’s topics are self development courses. His main interests are working with emotion, open communication and community building through group dynamic. He is founder PlayFight (original self-development method using sharing circles and physical activity – PlayFight for non violent communication practical goals) which is one of his most fulfilling activity in the last 3 years. Nowadays he is also taking part in official 5 years of psychotherapeutic training.

Everyone can join this workshop, whatever your skills or age is. You do not need prior experience. Partner is not needed either. Just come, support, and be supported! Max number of our group is 9 person.

Program
Friday 19th March
5pm – 7pm – workshop
8pm Dinner
After dinner: circle talking around camp fire

Saturday 20th March
8am Breakfast
10am – 1pm – workshop
1pm – Lunch
3pm – 6pm – workshop
End of program

We are kindly asking to support our work with contributing 55 € which includes the workshops, accommodation for one night and vegan food during the program.

The language of the program is English. More info and application: caminoarthostel@gmail.com or +34633339903 (only whatsapp text)

Natural Building Workshop

sculptor creative campWelcome to our very first Natural Building Workshop at Camino Art House! If you are enjoying to be outdoor and you are connected to nature, this might be your place. We will learn about natural building materials, creative thinking for natural building, and practice different techniques.

We will have 3 full days to finish our small projects, including making natural art pieces from natural materials found on the site. This art making will inspire us for the larger work, and will give us a lot of ideas, and help us to get know the land where we will be based for these 3 full days.

At the same time we are hosting a sculptor creative camp in the Art House, so we might be involved in the process of the art making, or the sculptors will be involved in the building, or everyone will be involved in everything 🙂

At the end, you will be fulfilled with a lot of new knowledge, the satisfaction of building new things, and surly you will be recharged from working in nature and using natural elements.

We are going to have only a small group, so we can do more, and can organize ourselves easier.
Program:
febr 26 Friday
9am-2pm – introduction, walk on the land, introduction of natural materials, collecting materials for natural art making
4pm-7pm – learning techniques and natural art making
dinner time: planning the building for the next day
febr 27 Saturday
8am – yoga
10am-2pm – building
4pm-7pm – building
dinner time: camp fire
febr 28 Sunday
8am – yoga
10am – 2pm – building
4pm-7pm – finishing building, sharing experiences, evolution the projects

Contribution for the workshop:

including 2 nights at Camino Art House, all the food and the workshops 80€

Words and Actions – Writing, improvisation and acting workshop

Welcome to Words and Actions, a unique self-development workshop in literature and theater improvisation.

February 26-28, 2021

improvisationDuring the sessions, our experts will offer advice and guided activities to develop your writing and acting abilities. The weekend culminates with short performances and readings. The beautiful surroundings of San Mateo provide the perfect environment to get creative, spontaneous, and playful. You will improve your writing and your self-expression, which could help you focus better on your creative work. All meals and accommodation are included. Vegan options available.
Join us for these active and thoughtful two days to Camino Art House in Vega de San Mateo, and discover your words and actions!
Our writing instructor Philip Charter (UK), will teach us practical techniques for writing and literature-creation. Václav Wortner (CZE), improvisation teacher, will be responsible for acting and theatrical improvisation sessions, and Bea Baltavari (HU), will be guiding the meditation and Yoga sessions.
Philip Charter is a British writer and teacher who lives abroad. His work has been featured in over thirty publications and in 2021, he won the Loft Short Story competition. Foreign Voices, his debut short fiction collection, was released in 2018. Philipcharter.com
Václav Wortner discovered improvisation in 2012, and steered his life fully towards theatre in all its forms. He studied devising acting at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, working on solo performances, clowning and acrobatics. He studied longform improv at iO Chicago. As one of Us boys who go out together and member of Bafni ensemble he performs regularly in the Czech Republic and at international improv festivals in Europe (Tallinn, Tampere – Finland, Amsterdam, Nancy – France). Václav has been leading improv workshops for actors and improv trainings for corporate clients in the last three years in the Czech Republic, Colombia, Hungary, France, Ukraine, Estonia and the USA.
Bea Baltavari has been teaching Hatha Yoga for 8 years. In 2021 she is becoming a Vipassana Meditation instructor as well. She prefers to lead small groups, and always brings attention on personal needs and communication while teaching. She founded Camino Art House in 2015.
The Program
26 Feb – Friday
5 pm – Check in, introductions
7 pm – Guided cave meditation
8 pm – Dinner. Stories around the campfire. Reading from Philip, and all the other participants.
27 Feb – Saturday
8 am – Yoga
9 am – Breakfast
10 am-12 am – Writing workshop – Idea generation and writing from prompts.
12 am-2 pm – Acting workshop – Improvisation in acting, how to get started
2 pm-3.30 pm – Lunch break
4 pm-6 pm – Acting workshop – Rehearsal for performances. Direction and tips.
6 pm-8 pm – Free time, self-study time
8 pm – Dinner
After dinner reading of work and discussion
28 Feb – Sunday
8 am – Yoga
9 am – Breakfast
10-12 am – Writing workshop – How to create great characters.. Complete a character questionnaire and conduct interviews.
12-2pm – Acting workshop – How to bring a character to life. Physical and verbal techniques.
2pm – 3.30pm – Lunch break
3:30 – 5:30pm – How to edit and improve your work? Individual feedback from tutors.
5.30 pm – Presenting the final show, evaluation, feedback.
7pm – End of program

OPEN CALL FOR SCULPTORS! – “Don’t find me, i am in love”

Welcome to Camino, welcome to Wonderland!

If you are a sculptor who is interested in applying nature into art, and happy to work outdoor, and you are an artist who loves to integrate his/her work into an outdoor environment, and are looking for a creative place and inspiration to work, we are looking for you, please keep reading!

valle del mirelesWe are very lucky in Camino Art House to own a very large Land around the house. Imagine a valley with wild plants, fruit trees, rocks and caves, falcon families are crossing the blue sky. Hundreds of birds are calling you to take a walk in the wild land. Here is a bench, there is a swing, and so many secret hideaway places. This is where you will place your work. We are inviting you to create in Camino Art House. We offer you accommodation, a little food, and large space to work. We are also happy to help you with materials. At the end of the creating period we organize an open air exhibition from your works, that will find their new home somewhere in the valley.
Contribution for the whole program (accommodation, food and helping with materials (after personal discussion) is 75 €, which has to be paid when application is accepted.
The creating period will be: 22nd Febr – 6th March

Exhibition opening: 7th March

Exhibition: 7th March – 7th April.

To apply please send your curriculum, motivation and portfolio to caminoarthostel@gmail.com, more info on the same e-mail or +34633339903 (whatsapp too).
Hope to see many of you soon!