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.

Open Call for Artists – “My Nest”

playing with kids

Perhaps more than ever before, we as people have a powerful desire to return to a NEST,
a sacred, divine, holy place where we feel safe and secure, where we feel powerful, where we feel home. Each and every of us has a place like this, a real, pure, loving and caring environment to become isolated, to recharge and to be loved.

Have you found yours?

We are inviting you to reveal your NEST to the world! The contours of your NEST are limitless. It can be a photo of a real or a symbolic place, it can be a painting, a collage, or a sculpture, a textile, paper, or wood, and beyond. We want you to manifest and free yourself from your precious bubble, and to be proud of your hiding place, the sweet confines that protect you and have been protecting you in these unique times of history.
playing on old tree
Maybe you have not discovered your nest (yet). We challenge you to IMAGINE ONE! To create one! and to share your dream with us! Every nest is a majestic one within itself.

So, we are accepting every type and variety of art piece(s), made with any kind of technique and material, in any size and shape. You can send your work in digital format to caminoarthostel@gmail.com, or bring the original until the 15th February (9pm) to Camino Art Hostel, or we have an address too in Las Palmas.
nesting on the shore

Each and every art piece will be presented. The jury will choose one artwork in each creative category (e.g visual, graphic, plastic arts..). The artists of the chosen pieces are welcome to our Artist Residency program in 2021.
“The Nest” exhibition will be held at Camino Art Hostel, from the 22nd of February, about the opening event we will inform the public later.

We are inviting artists from all around planet Earth, you don’t need to be resident on Gran Canaria to apply.

Art Sale for a new washing machine

Dears!
We need a new washing machine, this is very essential, and well, honestly saying, a bit urgent too 🙂 You know that situation now with all this virus flying around is not easy, and we are lacking of funds. So we came up with the idea to sell some of our great arts, these paintings are from friends who are supporting our projects and are happy to offer their artworks for sale, so we can have a new family member. Yes, we do treat our washing machine as a family, we have to, and you all know this 🙂
Anyways, please have a look at these paintings and consider to buy them from us. This would help us a lot! We need to have 300 euros extra in 3 days, so please don’t think too much! If you don’t need them, please buy them for someone who you love and would be happy to hang them on their walls. They are really worth for that!
Smaller paintings (20x20cm) would be 20€ + delivery cost, larger ones 30€ + delivery cost.
To look at the paintings please go to Discussions.
So… ready, steady, go!

Design Workshop at Camino Art House

Design, creativity, fashion, self-expression, idea boosting, up-cycling —- if these words are calling you, this is your program!
Welcome to our very first designer workshop at Camino Art House. We are so lucky to host Laura at our little art house. She will guide you through all the cloths making steps from the beginning till the end, at least for those chosen pieces that will be part of the workshop: skirts, tops, bags.
By participating on the workshop you will learn from the beginning: how to use the sewing machine with confidence and until learn how to start to design and actually make your own clothes, accessories or even patterns.
Lets see what else will be happening when you are not focusing on sewing:
Designer line
– brainstorming about your own ideas and how to realize them
– talking about design, and how to clear the idea of designing clothes
– learning about sewing patterns: how to draw and individualize them to your own style
Leisure line
– eating: you will get breakfast, lunch and dinner – all vegan
– evening chilling: camp fire with music
– morning tea/coffee on the patio and listening to the birds
– walk in our magical land, discover the view points
– you can sleep in cave, if you wish
The program
Friday
Evening: arrival
20.00 – camp fire, discussing about what would you like to learn from the workshop, what your interest is, what do you expect, snacks
Saturday
7.30am – coffee and tea on the patio, listening to the birds
8.00 – breakfast – oat and fruits
8.30 – 10.30 – workshop, the machine, materials, techniques, tricks
11.00-13.00 – workshop, introducing your own project
Lunch break – vegies, rice, humus
15.00-17.00 – workshop
17.00-21.00 – individual practice, working on your own project
Dinner/camp fire/music – vegie soup, bread
Sunday
7.30am – Coffee and tea on the patio
8.00 – breakfast, oat and fruits
8.30-10.30 – working on your project
11.00 – 13.00 – working on your project
Lunch break – pasta
15.00-17.00 – finishing your project
17.00-19.00 – presenting your project, sharing experiences, conclusions
Includes:
2 nights
6 meals
10 hours learning
8 hours interactive discussions
Evening programs
Amazing nature around
Good vibes
Contribution for the event is 80€/person
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Meet Laura!
My name is Laura, I am from Germany. I used to work as requisite and designer in a theater of a hotel in Fuerteventura and a lot of own fashion for staging and events.
My education as a fashion designer and dressmaker allows me to teach you on every level. Don’t worry, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to deal with a sewing machine you will learn everything from the beginning. Or if you already know how to sew clothes? Great! Let’s move forward and develop yourself with more advanced skills!
#1
Beginner course: Here you will learn basic things about sewing, how to use a sewing machine, what is important for sewing and tips and tricks to sew like a professional.
We are going to up-cycle a shirt/ sew a small bag together / you can bring your favorite cloth and we repair it together.
#2 Medium course: i teach you how personal measurement works. How sew on different kind of body proportions. We sew a shirt/ skirt/ dress togetherA . more difficult bag is also available.
#3 profi course:
We are concentrating on body measurement , how to draw and change a pattern. How you can realize every kind of fashion. From designing over the individual pattern, on direct body measurement .How you see mistakes in fit of different kind of clothes/ body forms and how to change it .
From normal fashion to extraordinary. I help you to realize your ideas.
# Also available for every kind of sewing level: a design and draw lesson. How to draw a proportional body, to work with shadows and draw like a designer.
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For more info please contact us!

Natural Movement Miniworkshop and Cave Meditation at Camino

We are very happy to welcome Eréndira Reindeer (Mex/Fin) dancer, performer, experimental theatre actress and craniosacral therapist and passionate dance teacher, to Camino Art House.
On Wednesday (22nd January), you can join us for a short introduction to contact dance, and enjoy free movement in our beautiful land. Eréndira will guide you through your doubts and show you the way how you can free yourself, let your emotions drive your body, and express yourself without words.
At the end of the two miniworkshops we invite you to a mediation session in one of our natural caves. These caves are perffectly silent, and perfect little spaces to switch off from reality and bring your focus to your inner peace.
Of course, as always, there will be healthy snacks, good company and inspiring vibes. We finish the afternoon with a magical (controlled) camp fire with live music by Gregory, our sweet guitarist and performer.
If you wish to sleep over, we give you a special price of 10€/person, but you can also catch the bus in the night hours at 9.30pm or 11pm.
TIMING:
1pm _____ Contact Improvisation on The Roof with Eréndira
We will learn our movement range, how to fall in a safe way, sharing weight with confidence, dance using different contact points of our body so we can lift, roll, and enjoy our learning, listening to our partner(s) and softness combined with a flow. No previous experience necessary and neither to be a dancer.
Also apt for those who already dance CI but would like to go back to basics. We will learn by playing and having fun!
Contact Improvisation is a form of improvised dancing that has been developing internationally since 1972. It involves the exploration of one’s body in relationship to others by using the fundamentals of sharing weight, touch, and movement awareness.
2.30pm _______ Snack time and sharing experiences
4pm ___ Natural Dance and Authentic Movement Miniworkshop
We will move and dance in the safety and beauty of the valley, connecting to ourselves, and to our surroundings. In Authentic Movement we move with our eyes closed, always taken care of by a partner, and let our truest dance express itself without pressure, without going after it, it appears when we sink into ourselves.
Nature will always hold us with her earthy smells, poetry, silence, sounds and open arms. Welcome to a different dance, your truest dance, to a deep connection with nature and therefore: yourself. No previous experience nor being a dancer necessary.
6pm _______ Cave Mediation
7pm _________ Music, Camp Fire, Snacks

Contribution for the whole event is 10€

Earth Days at Camino Art House

Do you dream about spending a few days connected to Nature around Christmas? This is your chance!

We are happy to invite you to spend two days at Camino Art House and do yoga, listen to music and connect to Earth. You will be able to learn about local plants, help in building shelters in the land, participate in handpan meditation and eat nice food made of local ingredients from the local market.

You can come only for a day, but feel free to book with us and stay over in our 90 years old farmhouse, or one of our cave rooms.

Here is the program:

20 December, Friday

  • from 4 pm arrival, landscape art-making, learning techniques
  • 7 pm – dinner (vegan)
  • 8 pm – sound bath in the cave
  • campfire

21 December, Saturday

  • 7.30 am – morning sound bath with yoga
  • 9 am – breakfast
  • 10 – 12 – Flora walk in the land, picking snacks
  • 12 pm – lunch
  • 2 pm landscape art-making, learning about permaculture
  • 7 pm – dinner (vegan)
  • 8 pm – music and wine

22 December, Sunday

  • 7.30 am – morning sound bath with yoga
  • 9 am – breakfast
  • finishing art/building projects
  • 1 pm lunch
  • free time, goodbye

Contributions:

stay over: 10€/night/person

one day: 15€ / person – including workshops, yoga, music and food on a full day (not including accommodation)

half day: 10€ / person – including workshops, yoga, music and food on a half-day (not including accommodation)

all days: 22€ / person – including workshops, yoga, music and food on all  days (not including accomodation)

Info and booking:

caminoarthostel@gmail.com

on WhatsApp: +34 633339903