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5 Days Meditative Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

Hiking, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Spain

This retreat is a special vacation designed to alleviate your exhaustion and stress by letting you connect with yourself through ancient practices to experience deep relaxation. Restore your energy and rejuvenate yourself physically and mentally. During the retreat, you can immerse in the experience of inner retreat beyond the mind and the emotions under the same inner circle with everyone. It is time to take a break, breathe, and reconnect with nature.

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga asana and pranayama classes
  • Deep relaxation and satsang sessions
  • Guided walks in nature and meditation sessions
  • Restorative yoga asana class after the longer excursion
  • 1 long or half day trekking excursion
  • Daily vegetarian and organic meals
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You can choose to stay in a shared dormitory (maximum of six people), double room, or single room.

Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats Spain Yoga Retreat Program

The program will allow you to experience deep relaxation and recharge your vital energy. In between the activities, you will have time to rest and recharge, enjoy each present moment, in solitude or with the group. Experience a holistic practice of yoga connecting with your true nature.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:00 Yoga class
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Karma yoga
  • 11:00 Meditative hike
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Rest
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang
  • 21:30 Rest and joyful silence

Trekking day schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:15 Meditative trekking with picnic in nature
  • 17:00 Yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang
  • 21:30 Rest and joyful silence

The schedule may vary slightly during the week.

Joyful silence

This deep silence is very healing for calming the mind and being in peace with yourself, allowing you to deeply listen to yourself. You will have a restful sleep and the next day you will enjoy the silence with mental clarity during your asana practice, meditation, and other activities. Meals will be taken mindfully and in silence. By participating in this period of joyful silence, you will be supporting each other in the practice.

Karma yoga

It is a skillfulness in action. Let yoga support in all you do. At Casa Cuadrau, you will be invited to practice Karma yoga by helping in simple tasks in the house like cooking, cleaning, or gardening for one hour per day in a mindful and integrated way.

Meditation

There will be one workshop on meditation for those who are interested in starting a meditation practice or for those who wants to refresh their practice. There will be also time for one to one sessions in case of doubts about the own practice.

Meditative walking and hiking

Daily 90 minutes meditative walking in nature will open the senses and develop mindfulness. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the Ordesa National Park or surrounding areas. Swim in the river, meditate, or relax in nature. Those days, because of the excursion there will be a restorative yoga class in the afternoon. The benefits of mountain trekking are:

  • Connect with the animal that you are, to find the right step of your own rhythm and pace
  • Feel everything that happens inside and outside of you
  • Learn to listen to the silence
  • Pay attention to the action of movement, breathing, and sensations

Satsang

Satsang is a gathering time. It starts with time for discussion, inquiry, questions, and answers based on the direct experience of all participants, followed by meditative singing to give some rest to the mind. It finishes with a silent meditation.

Yoga classes

This yoga classes is for all levels of practice (Hatha yoga or Vinyasa). All activities besides yoga are optional and can be modified to suit the group. To get the most of your stay, you are recommended to participate in all scheduled activities.

Included excursions

An exciting meditative trekking excursion in the mountains is included in the price.

Instructors

Katya Rios
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Katya found in yoga a way of life, a system for self-exploration, providing her with constant support on her path. In early 2014 Katya underwent further asana training with Bharath Shetty and got a 500 RYT teaching certification (Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, and Therapeutic yoga). In 2009, she got her teachers’ training certificate from the International Sivananda Vedanta Organization. Later, after having spent three years working in yoga centers and ashrams from the same organization in Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Quebec, she took an advanced teacher training course in India (500 RYT).
Daniel Benito
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Co-director of Casa Cuadrau, Dani is a yoga, meditation, and meditative hiking instructor and an ecological builder. Following several consecutive trips to India, he completed his yoga teacher training with Bharat Shetty (RYT 500). Dani’s meditation practice is based on Buddhist teachings received from Tich Nath Han (Zen) and S.N. Goenka (Vipassana). He has also developed his own open meditation practice with Open Dharma. Having studied technical architecture in Barcelona, Dani worked in the construction and theater industries, and also as a yoga instructor.
David Viñuales
David's professional work draws its inspiration from different areas, including art therapy, education, artistic creation, and professional photography. This way, David brings together these different ways of working and interests, and expresses them through photography and the creation of spaces, for reflection on photographic images, including photography workshops, seminars, and cultural projects. He is a doctor in arts education and a lecturer at the University of Barcelona and at the Grisart International School of Photography.

Retreat location

Casa Cuadrau is situated in the picturesque village of Vio, just outside the Ordesa National Park and Monte Perdido, in the Spanish Pyrenees. The splendid view of Monte Perdido, Aisclo Canyon (Can de Aisclo), and Sestrales to the north, Pea Montaesa to the east and the San Pietro Mountains to the south make this location one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Swimming nearby

General

  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

You will be served daily organic meals made with love in Casa Cuadrau's vegetarian restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can swim in the river, meditate, relax, contemplate, and immerse in the wild nature of the Pyrenees.

Spa treatments

Massages and therapy treatments are available upon request at additional cost. You may book these treatments, which are recommended for everyone, especially for yoga practitioners, athletes, people with injuries or joint issues, blood circulation problems, or specific tensions, during your free time. They cost 50 EUR for 60 minutes and 65 EUR for 90 minutes.

Sound massage with Tibetan bowls

The sound massage affects each cell of the body. When sounding the singing bowls on or near the body, the vibration of the sound reaches each and every cell via the water in your body. Your body consists of about 80 percent of water, and water is an excellent carrier of information. The healing sound vibration will gently flow into the body, affecting the structure and health of cells and organs favorably.

Hearing and being bathed in the harmonious sounds leads to rapid and effective deep relaxation and undo stress. They help you to deal effectively in daily life and enhance your creativity. New energies will be freed and self-healing will be mobilized. This treatment costs 50 EUR for 60 minutes.

Thai yoga massage

The Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art based on yoga and acupressure. This therapy is a combination of Hatha yoga postures, diaphragmatic breathing, and pressure applied on different points. Some benefits of Thai massages are:

  • Energetic balance to the body and mind
  • Improvement of blood circulation
  • Increase flexibility
  • Massage of internal organs
  • Reduction of muscular tension
  • Stretching of muscles and joints

Therapeutic massage

Therapeautic massage or physiotherapy is a massage that releases muscle tensions while at the same time achieve a peaceful state of body and mind. This treatment costs 50 EUR for 60 minutes or at 65 EUR for 90 minutes treatment.

What's included

  • 1 long or half day trekking excursion
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian and organic meals
  • Daily yoga asana and pranayama classes
  • Deep relaxation session
  • Guided meditation sessions in the morning
  • Guided walks in nature
  • Restorative yoga asana class after the longer excursion
  • Satsang and meditative chanting sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Massages and therapy treatments

How to get there

Driving directions from Barcelona

  • Please take the following route: Barcelona - Lleida - Barbastro - Ainsa - Escalona - Cañon de Añisclo - Vió.
  • Please note that once you arrive at Escalona, if the weather is good, you should take the Añisclo Canyon road up to the parking off La Tella, and then to Vió, to enjoy the wonders of this magical place.
  • If there is rain, storm or snow, take the Puyarruego road.

Driving directions from Madrid or Zaragoza

  • Please take the following route: Madrid - Zaragoza -Huesca - Sabiñanigo - Fiscal (new road) - Fanlo - Vio.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) in Barcelona or Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO) in Girona. Please allow about 60 minutes for the trip to the airport from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Sants bus station by public transport (time may vary depending on the terminal you are flying to), and 30 minutes by taxi (about 30 EUR). If you are landing in Girona, you need to take a train (allow about 90 minutes).

Arrival by bus

Take a bus from Barcelona Sants Station to Barbastro. Then, from Barbastro, take another bus to Ainsa, where may take a taxi or use the shuttle service.

Arrival by shuttle

From Ainsa to Casa Cuadrau, you may take a shuttle, for 15 EUR per person. This service is offered only on the days when the retreat starts, which are on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. and on Saturdays at 6 p.m. Please let Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art and Nature Retreats know if you require the service, at least two days before your arrival.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi from Ainsa to Casa Cuadrau for 40 EUR. Please make your reservation with minimum three hours in advance.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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