Let Me Bloom festival – calling all artists and teachers

Calling all artists, performers and teachers to attend our very first art festival

Camino Art House is inviting artists, performers, instructors, teachers and coaches to participate in our Let Me Bloom art and self-improvement festival in Vega de San Mateo, Gran Canaria, on March 18 – 20, 2022.

Vision

Let Me Bloom is a mini art and self-improvement festival in the wild valley of Los Mireles, in Vega de San Mateo. Spring is the time when nature blooms and a new era of growing and maturing starts. We, as humans, need this growth more than ever. We need to unlearn our toxic habits and makespace for real, original values, like empathy, care, creativity, synchronicity and learning to live in harmony with nature and other beings around us.

Two essential tools on this journey are art and education. You can be creative or just let yourself take it all in; everyone will be part of the whole. We are inviting you – as an artist, performer, teacher – to use your skills and connect with our participants in your special, unique way so we all can enjoy and grow in different skills, like communication, creativity or empathy.

The festival will bea small, but inspiring three-day event in our magical valley. The venues of the different events, performances and workshops will be hidden in the land, in the caves, and under the trees. We imagine beautiful, inspiring and meaningful moments that we share while taking in, practising, or performing art in nature. The te mini stages will host all kinds of activities, they might be performances, where the audience is observing, interactive shows where the audience is involved, or workshops where the participants learn something new, or practise a special skill. The artists, performers, and teachers might perform their own show at one time and teach a connecting (or totally different) skill at another time in a different venue. We are all artists, and we are all students. Teaching and learning, performing and in-taking art are almost the same, we all meet in the beautiful line in the middle.

We invite all of you in the following areas of expertise (these are just ideas, suggestions, we are happy to enlarge the list):

Theatre / Theatre improvisation / Singing, singing classes and practice / Drawing / Painting / Free painting / The extraordinary world of illustration / Natural art making / Handpan music / Playfight, a playful method of connection and cooperation / Zen writing / Leaded meditation and visualisation / Collage making / Gypsy music / Jamming / African drumming / Dance / Free movement / Treasure hunting / Herbal medicines / Wild teas / Cooking workshops (vegan and raw) / Nutrition workshop / Food analyses / Enneagram and the art of acceptance / Whispering and storytelling / Men’s and women’s circles / Yoga as a whole / Asana practice / Mindful meditation / Music theory, where the trance comes from / many more..

Camino Art House

Camino Art House opened its doors in 2015. Since than we have offered accommodation and have run different projects with artists. This includes exhibitions, workshops in art, health and lifestyle topics, and many more events. We welcome travellers who are always happy to be involved in our daily life and share their own experiences with us.
We have an old building, which is the central house, and a large land, where the festival will take place. We have caves, meadows, and terraces to use. The house itself will not accommodate all of us, so we will open a special camp site for visitors and a special camp site for artists/performers/teachers.

Stages

We are planning to have ten mini stages. We have four caves that we can use for concerts, jamming, meditation, or other activities. The timing of each stages won’t overlap significantly, so participants can visit more activities/shows. We are located in a valley, but we have to be very careful with sound limitations. Our good relationship with our neighbors is very important for us We will have on-site supervisors, who will be responsible for safety and acceptable sound levels. .

Challenges

We are challenging you to keep the following recommendations:
1. Avoid drug consumption
2. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
3. Avoid loud, aggressive behavior
4. Avoid creating dangerous, reckless situations in nature
5. Not build fires or use open flames
6. Avoid littering
7. Avoid abusing nature
8. Be patient and understanding
9. Be careful when walking around in the valley or in the house (including the patio and the terrace)
10. Be helpful and courteous
11. Be quiet and caring
12. Be an considerate smoker. Please be polite and caring when you choose to smoke cigarettes, and always collect your cigarette butts in your personal ashtrays.

We are sharing a small space in these three days, and the space will be filled with a wide variety of activities, so we all need to be attentive and patient.

Toilets/showers

The toilet facilities are limited in the main house. Please use the dry toilets and pop up showers. Please leave the places clean after yourself.

Quiet hours

From early morning until the end of breakfast we will follow the rule of quiet hours, which means that talking, using the phones or other devices are not allowed , so we can enjoy the sounds of nature and our inner silence. We can take a moment to look back to our last day and take in all the benefits of our participation in the festival.
In the night we need to finish all loud activity before 11pm.

Accommodation//food

We offer free camping to our artists/performers/teachers. The area will be separated from the visitor’s camp site. We provide complimentary food three times a day. Drinking water is available all the times.

Benefits and Pay

We offer 100% funds from ticket sales to our artists/performers, instructors/teachers/coaches. This means that this 100% will be shared with all of you who are willing to participate/perform in this festival. Beside this, you will enjoy accommodation and food for free. Alcohol is not included in our hospitality, but coffee and tea are 🙂 Please bring a sleeping bag, as blankets are limited.

How to apply?

If you are interested in participating in the festival, please write an e-mail to bea@caminoart.org, or contact via whatsapp or phone on +34 633339903. Please briefly introduce yourself, your project(s), and write a few sentences about why you would like to participate in the festival. Please attach your portfolio or website. We are happy to see references of your work, if you have photos, sound recordings or videos of your earlier shows/performances/workshops please attach them or send a link.

The call is open until 15. February, 2022. Please send your application before the deadline.

We hope to see you at Camino Art House!

Create to Connect: a journey of self-expression

We invite you to explore the beauty and the power of your Creative Energy to discover and nurture your Authentic Self and enjoy your self-expression. Create to Connect is a Creative Inner Journey of self-exploration, self-expression, and transformation through artistic tools. It will be a journey inside us to process who we are in this particular moment of our life and becoming aware of all the aspects of ourselves.

Expressive Art is a safe and sacred space that allow us to fully explore and express our emotions, needs and wishes. Through the creative process, we can Connect with our Inner self, unlock our full potential and open the Heart for a Personal Re-birth. This can support us in moving forward in our lives, be more aware, use personal resources outside the workshop space, built authentic relationships.

Through this creative journey, we can connect (or re-connect?) not only with us but also with the the others, we can create interpersonal connections and discover our Inner self in the stories of the others and thanks to the process of the the others. The power of the creative energy of the Group is a wonderful gift to experience.

The Process

Our instructor and guide, Flavia Santillo will promote a safe and positive space that helps participants in the creative process, self-expression and the self exploration. All workshops are based on holistic approach where the Body movement and expression are the important key of self development and healing. In each session she will guide you through different artistic exercises and task that combine Body, Creativity and Guided meditation/visualization, in particular they include Intuitive Painting, Expressive Movement, Drama and Journaling.

Every workshop always start with a Welcome Circle , followed by a Body activity (ex. breathing, gentle warm-up, expressive movement) linked by a deep and emotional work through other artistic tools. Guided meditation and visualization help us to be in touch with our Inner world and awake our intuition. Sharing Circle will be an intense end important moment that gently will lead us to the end the session.

The Program

Friday 19.11

17.00-19.00h Welcome Circle and I AM ME workshop
(creative presentation from participants)
Dinner
camp fire

Saturday 20.11

8.30h Breakfast
10.00-13.00h CREATE TO CONNECT workshop
(Guided imagery -Expressive Movement- Journaling)
Lunch
15.30-18.00h LIGHT AND SHADOW: HEALING MASKS workshop
(Drama, Movement practices and Plastic Art (mask)
Dinner
camp fire

Sunday 21.11

8.30h Breakfast
10.00-13.00h INNER SELF AND INTUITIVE PAINTING. Shamanic journey. Workshop
(Shamanic Journey, Intuitive Painting and movement practices)
Lunch
15.00-18.00h ACTS OF FREEDOM: CREATIVE EVOLUTION workshop
(Medicine Dance, Guided Imagery, Painting)
End of program and greetings

Comfortable clothing is recommended

Our instructor and guide

create to connect
Flavia Santillo therapist
Flavia Santillo, artist, holistic therapist and traveler. She graduated in Clinical psychology in Padua, she had a strong interest in creative therapies and she took a second masters in Drama Therapy near Milan. She didn’t follow the traditional path of psychologist and she started to travel around Europe. She lived in Madrid and then in Edinburgh where she deepened new techniques and practices such as Intuitive painting, Mindfulness, Zen writing, Expressive movement. She promote self-development and healing workshops and individual consulting through expressive arts. Recently she is deepening her interest in Energy therapies especially healing chakras practices, shamanic healing and feather stone energy healing.

Everyone can join this workshop, whatever your skills or age is. You do not need prior experience. 

Contribution:
85€ / person (including accommodation in shared dorm, food and workshops)
115€ / person (including accommodation in private room, food and workshops)

Free movement and Free dance workshop at Camino

Welcome to our Free movement, and Free dance workshops at our small hostel in the green hills of Gran Canaria in Camino Art House.
This is an event where you will open up, learn about your body, relax and get inspired by free movement and music or silence. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience with dancing, you don’t need any, or if you have, use it and put all your knowledge into a new direction.
Have you ever experienced that when you feel good in you body, you feel better in your head and in your heart too? When your moves are easy and you are just flowing, somehow things get into their places around you? This is a perfect state to come up with new ideas, to create unexpected things, to finish long overdue work, or just be happy in your body.
We are inviting you to learn how to balance your moves, how to free your moves and how to create your perfect body state for yourself.
The Free movement and Free dance workshop in Camino will be held some very amazing people: Marijana Kondres (HR) dance lover and 5 element dance instructor, Ylenia Álvarez (ES) dance and intimicy instructor, Kristof Rona (HU) hatha yoga instructor. Program co-ordinator and meditaion: Bea (HU) hatha yoga instructor and inspirator.
They will teach you how to use your body, and put it in a comfortable, natural position, in the centre of your existence, where you can find your freedom, your free flow and confidence.
And when you find all these, you will find amazing things: you will find joy, freedom, creativity, and power. Power to bring your ideas alive, to communicate with ease and understand others better. Your attention will open and your focus will sharpen. This is a perfect event for you if you want to relax, release stress, move your body and soul, reconnect to yourself, learn new methods of self-care, re-freshen your energy flow or get inspired.

Program:
Jan 15. Friday
6pm – arrival / introduction – choosing your topic
7pm – meditation – in the cave, with Bea
We invite you to a mediation session in one of our natural caves. These caves are perfectly silent, and perfect little spaces to switch off from reality and bring your focus to your inner peace. You will learn that being still is actually helping the flow of the movement and also help you to get know your body.
8 pm – dinner / camp fire
Jan 16. Saturday
8am – warming up, yoga, meditation and bringing your focus to your topic
9am – breakfast
10am – 5Rhythms dance with Marijana
Here we detail the five Rhythms that all forms of dance and creative movement have in common: body, action, space, time and energy. Each element will wake up a different energy and give you new insights about your life.
No previous experience necessary and neither to be a dancer.

12am – Dance and confidence with Ylenia
Ylenia 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 .
We will move and dance in the safety and beauty of the valley, connecting to ourselves, and to our surroundings. We 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.

1.30pm – lunch
3pm – movement and balance with Kris
When you find balance in your body, you will find balance in your world. There are specific way to learn to bring balance in your body and mind. Kris will teach you how to practice these. How to come from one balanced state to another balanced pose, how to move with confidence to reach your own balance. This is a perfect practice to learn about yourself, to see where you actually need the balance in your body and state of mind in this period of your life.
5pm – Playful Movements with Bea, Ylenia and Kris
Playing is a natural source of joy. Playing with your body is one of the earliest actions we learn as a baby, but how we grow we forget this joy. This is a good time to remember, and learn again how to play with our body. We will roll, jump, turn up side down, throw and catch things, and figure out how to connect to others with confidence, and joy.
7pm – sharing and processing experiences – we will talk about what we have learnt and how did you own topic developed
Of course, beside the leaded actions, as always, there will be healthy snacks, good company and inspiring vibes during the full workshop.
Contribution

For the full program, one night (Friday) at Camino and the meals we are asking your contribution of 45 euros. There is also optional to have dinner on Saturday, and sleep over in Camino, which is an extra 15 euros. but you can also catch the bus in the night hours on Saturday at 9.30pm or 11pm to get back to Las Palmas.

Natural Movement Miniworkshop Vol2

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 Saturday (8th February), 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 15€

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€