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Bosque Escondido (Hidden Forest) will host a yoga retreat, a fine way to greet the beginning of spring, share experiences, care for your health, explore the surroundings, delight, and educate your sight. Healthful vacations that combine nature and art just as all nature begins to bloom. Practice Hatha yoga in the silence of the forest among the oak, chestnut, beech, and birch trees with the majestic Picos of Europa range right before you, with supplementary activities at the seaside and in the mountains.
This retreat takes place in a pleasant rural hotel 10 minutes walk from the woods in double occupancy rooms with private bath, Wi-Fi, fireplace, etc.
No matter if you are a real experienced yogi, a first timer, single traveler, or couple, Bosque Escondido Arte are happy to welcome you all to their forest. Meditation, massage, nature walks, relaxation, conversations by the fireside, hikes, horseback riding, boating, and culture activities are included in the program.
Discover routes and places of great charm in Asturias, a perfect place to observe the fauna of the forest as roe deer, badgers, foxes, wild boars, and many birds from the little cabin in the trees, and the stars in the skies cleared around the campfire nights. This healthful vacation combines nature and art, accompanied by a team of collaborators working with illusion.
Daily yoga practice in one and a half and two hour sessions, in the silence of the forest among the oak, chestnut, beech, and birch trees, with the majestic Picos of Europa range right before you, and with supplementary activities at the seaside and in the mountains.
Arrival; you will be picked up at the airport of Asturias, at the train station or bus from Oviedo according to your arrival
Start of the retreat at around 16:30
Welcome tea and speech to explain the weekly program
First Hatha yoga class where you will combine exercise, breathing and relaxation
08:00 - 8:30 A 10 minute walk and a morning wake up tea, coffee, or juice
08:30 - 10:30 Yoga session
10:30 - 11:30 Breakfast
12:00 There will be a choice of activity depending on the time and the general desire to group
18:00 - 19:00 Yoga, pranayama and meditation at sunset.
20:00 Vegetarian dinner
Fireside conversations in the evening
You will enjoy a last yoga session and a good, complete brunch
A visit to the caves and rock paintings of Tito Bustillo in Ribadeslla
Mountain excursions and hiking in the national park of Picos de Europa (with picnic included)
An Asturian native and passionate about nature, yoga, the anatomy, and much more, Fernando holds a Degree in philosophy, technical forestry, and also teaches Hatha yoga, yoga combined, Dynamic yoga, and Pilates. He is also a registered Chiropractor and a reflex therapist. Fernando's yoga classes are designed to suit and adapt to the needs of all individuals. He is very focused on each individual, taking their personal needs into account so that their experience is enhanced.
He is very interested in the body's anatomy, and his classes are focused on the alignment and both the prevention and treatment of injuries. The body is used to access, discover and control the mind. Fernando uses the five principal tools of Hatha yoga (exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and meditation) to rebuild the union between body and mind, the foundation and true basis of yoga philosophy. He is an excellent chiropractor and you will have the option of treatments via very deep massages aided by essential oils, both relaxing as well as therapeutic. A wonderful guy full of positive energy who transmits this to all around him!
Katerina Tsiplacis is a British half-Greek ex-island girl, having previously lived on the beautiful island of Barbados for three years, now living in Spain. Kat worked in the corporate world which thanks to fate transferred her from London to Barbados and completely changed her life. From working directly with politicians and ambassadors to practicing yoga, spending time in Trinidad with Hindu gurus, to meditation with the Rastas, she truly found herself and the true soulful side of the Caribbean deepening her practice to be integrated as a total way of life.
Kat decided to take a leap of faith and left the business world to teach. Registered with the Yoga Alliance and practicing yoga for several years, now based in Asturias, Spain, Kat's first class in Spain was for the Spanish Olympic swimming team. Kat practices and teaches a Hatha based deeply uplifting and spiritual yoga practice with the breath and inward experience of the journey leading the way. Kat will develop a practice which will enable the breath and flow to truly relax you internally, and externally to steer you into letting go and simply take you to another level.
Asturias is one of the most beautiful regions in all of Spain where everything - the coast, the rivers, the mountains, the towns, the people - irradiates a natural strength. Bosque Escondido Arte offers vacations led by wellbeing and nature, in the silence of the forest of Ceceda, in the Sierra del Sueve right before the Picos of Europa, and 15 kilometers from the Cantabrian seashore.
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Care for your health and wellbeing with delicious and balanced vegetarian meals, made from the ecological products produced locally and from our own garden and orchard. Meals are adaptable for those with gluten or lactose intolerance. All meals are inspired by the oriental and Mediterranean cuisine and are daily fresh cooked. The food is healthy and will ensure you have the right energy to do yoga, hiking, and the rest of activities, and energize yourself during your stay. A wide range of flexi-vegetarian or vegan food is offered, elaborated with local ecological products from the neighboring farm Brotes Verdes and from the garden. There are also many fruit trees on the farm.
The daily breakfast includes freshly made juices, different teas, coffee, milk or vegetable milk, homemade muesli, porridge, yogurt, fresh cheese, fresh fruits; home-baked whole grain bread, fresh made marmalade, local honey, dried fruits, fresh tomatoes with olive oil. The daily lunch contains a large variety of foods for you to choose from. All excursions include picnic provided by our kitchen. The dinner consists of a starter, a main course, and a light and delightful dessert.
Canoeing down the Sella river
Conversations by the fireside
Horseback riding by Sevares
Relaxing walks in the forest, swimming pool, and chill out time
Surf at The Rodiles beach (Villaviciosa) or paddle surf and walks in Llanes
Massages and reflex therapy are available on-site, for an additional price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Asturias Airport (OVD). Bosque Escondido Arte will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
"It was really an impressive experience with Bosque Escondido Arte. The place is very beautiful and full of natural inspiration. The people are really nice and friendly. The food is very fresh and delicious. I should say i really love it!"
"This place is idyllic. Fantastic location in beautiful Asturias, peppered with interesting modern artwork in acres of preserved woodland. The hosts, Ruth and Christophe, are the loveliest people you could wish to meet, great cooks and nothing too much trouble. The wine with the evening meal was an unexpected bonus too. You stay in a lovely hotel (Cuadrovena) just 10m drive away (transport provided) but all meals are in the forest. Blanca was our yoga teacher and another beautiful person. Very professional and supportive to students of all levels of experience. Fabulous 'fun yoga' session after a long walk. Yoga in the deck in the forest truly memorable. Only improvement needed was fore more descriptions of the moves and postures to be put in English as well as Spanish. Ruth mentioned this to her and it did improve a little after that. Overall, an A1 rural retreat and highly recommended. "
"I could not recommend this retreat enough. Set in the beautiful landscape of rural Asturias, my girlfriend and I enjoyed a personalized experience of challenging Ashtanga yoga and delightful, organic foods. Prior to the trip, Ruth was quick to respond to our questions and Nita was also keen to learn of our yoga experience up front so she could tailor our practices. The hosts and other retreat members were extremely warm and inviting. They were constantly mindful of our poor Spanish and were more than happy to speak in English and translate any conversation that wasn't! For anybody looking for an authentic retreat alongside genuinely lovely people at a reasonable price, this is the retreat for you.""
"Me and another woman were picked up at the airport by a close friend of Ruth called Vir. It was a long journey from Asturias airport to the retreat which I didn't realize, roughly an hour and some, but the view on the way was breathtaking. The hotel is about 6 to 8 minutes away from the actual home in the forest where you do the yoga and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each morning we got into a taxi and were driven to where Ruth lives and back to the hotel in the evening. (Which she gave everyone the option to decide on the timing of being picked up which was nice). It was beautiful! I absolutely love art so it was really a great location for me. Sculptures scattered around the forest (5 acres or more possibly.) The home, art studio and shala were stunning. Me and a couple were the only ones from London and knew no Spanish at all. At first I felt out of my depth and feel anxious when I got changed in my hotel room for the first yoga class, mostly because I had come alone. Everyone back in London, including my boyfriend, thought I was crazy going alone all the way to Spain for yoga. I began wondering if I was crazy for doing it! However, everyone was very welcoming and translated what they spoke about and made me feel a part of the group. I actually loved how as we did yoga, she switched between Spanish and English. It actually helped me learn quite a few words. It was such an amazing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga. I felt that the teacher really pushed me and encouraged me to work through the pain. I liked that she was tough. She also let me know things about my body I wasn't aware of or things I should be careful of doing due to how my body is, my strengths and weaknesses. I like how she made sure to give everyone special attention, correcting posture and encouraged people to do more if she was confident they were able to. She made it clear early on that she's very touchy and I found it to be a great help! In London, doing most poses were fine but for some reason downward dog was always so strenuous. After leaving this retreat, I can stay in the pose for over 5 breaths, no problem! I definitely need a yoga teacher like that here in London. I felt that she had made the retreat far more inspiring than the last retreat I had attended. She spoke very openly quite often about her own personal life when we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner. So you can imagine how much we learned about her and everyone else! Trials and tribulations. She was very approachable. The food was also truly amazing. They catered to everyone's needs. I really did not miss meat in the slightest. I also have begun thinking about my own diet and how I want to change it. I really felt like I was apart of a family. I would definitely recommend this retreat if you're looking for somewhere tranquil and beautiful with an extraordinary story behind the venue. Where you can be around people and hear different stories and learn as well as sharing your own or even somewhere to go and be alone, read, swim or laze around in the various hammocks located around the forest. There's something for everyone. I'd love to give a huge thank you to Ruth despite her sudden family emergency on the first day, continued to be her warm and kind self. She and Vir worked hard preparing our meals and making sure we were all content. I had a thoroughly amazing time. I'm so glad I followed my intuition and went regardless of other people's doubts!"
"I had the most amazing time in Bosque Escondido Arte. The hosts, Ruth and Christophe were super welcoming and accommodating and had a very good energy! The location itself is serene and breathtakingly beautiful. The meals were healthy and extremely delicious! It was my first time ever doing yoga, and the instructors were very good, allowing me to practice at my own pace. They were super friendly, and expertly knowledgable about Ashtanga yoga which they were teaching. My experience was extremely satisfying and I am delighted I chose to attend this yoga retreat. I would recommend this trip to everyone! Bosque Escondido Arte is a magical retreat and perfect for those who want to de-stress or get in touch with their spiritual side."
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"I had such a great honour of teaching all weekend at the beautiful Bosque Escondido last month. The location is such a deeply relaxing and beautiful hideaway and a great escape from the city and stress. Nestled amongst nature in the enchanted woods and with the smells of the trees, plants and beautiful spring Asturian raindrops it was the perfect setting for me to teach vinyasa flow and yin yoga with meditation which I tailored specifically to guests needs and setting. The fusion was soothing, relaxing yet refreshing and to suit the time of day (a.m. and p.m.)"
"Ruth and Cristof, the owners did such a fantastic job of hosting, were extremely well organised and ensured that guests were made to feel very much at home and with incredibly delicious organic food, breakfast lunch and dinner made of local and international fresh vegetarian fusions the palette was more than satisfied."
"The guests were a lovely group of people from Asturias, Barcelona and Greece (my half fellow home country!) lovely conversations told as guests connected as well as allowing time to chill and take time to relax, read or hike in the surrounding stunning luminous greenery."
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"Such an amazing yoga retreat, The place is truly magical and the hosts are so hospitable, generous and nice. Practicing yoga with stunning views of Picos de Europa was quite an experience. The food was amazing – by far the best yoga retreat I have ever been. Ruth and Cristophe, thank you for being such great hosts and treating us like family. I hope to be back soon for a week long retreat this time. So much to discover and learn."
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