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5 Days Meditative Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Casa Cuadrau, Calle Única 11, 22375, Vió, Spanish Pyrenees, Spain

Overview

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.

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

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You can choose to stay in a shared dormitory (maximum of six people), double room, or single room.

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.

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

  • Katya Rios

    Katya found in yoga a way of life, a system for self exploration, providing her with constant support on her path. When she arrived in Vio, she rediscovered her love and devotion for nature, as well as a path on which she can continuously learn and be in tune with herself and nature.

  • Daniel Benito

    Co-director of Casa Cuadrau, Dani is a yoga, meditation, and meditative hiking instructor and an ecological builder. From a young age, Dani felt deeply connected to the mountains, and it was in the Pyrenees and the Himalayans where he discovered hiking to be a powerful meditation practice and a way of deepening his connection with nature. 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.

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.

Activities
  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala

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 requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

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

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.

  • 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
  • Airfare
  • Massages and therapy treatments

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.

  • Review by Aroa Juarez Torres from Spain
    10 out of 10

    "It was a wonderful experience with great people and an amazing location!"

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  • Review by Cristina from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "All in all a very joyful, mindful, beautiful experience. I'm still reaping the benefits. An excellent way to reconnect with oneself, with others, and with nature. You really have thought about everything, beautifully balanced to enable enough freedom, as well as an opportunity to learn, and grow, and stop, and think, and reconnect. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Maria from Granada, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "This is the second time Ive been to Casa Cuadrau and Im already looking forward to going back again! I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who wants to take some time out for themselves, to reconnect with their being or simply to relax and enjoy themselves and the special place that is Casa Cuadrau. The place, and the people who have created it, are filled with love and have a special way of sharing that love, not only through the practice of yoga asana, but also through simple tools to help you on your lifes journey. The classes are incredible, the hiking excursions are magnificent and filled with unexpected beauty, the food is healthy and delicious ... the whole experience is a sensory delight! The bird song, the flowing water, and the scent and colours of the abundant forests all fill your heart with energy and life, enabling you to breathe in harmony, serenity and fulfillment. THANK YOU DANI AND KATYA for making this weeks holiday a very special one. Although it is over now, the experience continues inside me and, right now, in this present moment, I am still enjoying the benefits."

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  • Review by Katie Boyle
    10 out of 10

    "This is a very special place run by amazing people. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to get away and reconnect to nature and to them. I learned so much and made some great friends. I believe everyone could benefit from spending time here!"

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  • Review by Frances Skidmore from UK
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I had never practiced yoga or meditation before going to Casa Caudrau, so you can imagine we were a little apprehensive after booking the retreat this May. With an open mind, we arrived at a stunning location and were welcomed by an amazing and inspirational team in Casa Caudrau. The combination of practicing meditation, trekking, yoga, silence, satsang, good eating and meditative walking will stay with us ever! After leaving the retreat, we have kept up a lot of these practices in our everyday lives (as well as trying out some of the recipes) and we wouldn't change a thing about the experience, it was inspirational and life changing! Both the retreaters and the karma yogis were truly inspirational, but above all, we offer a huge thank you to Katya and Dani who have opened their home and hearts and are passing on their knowledge and teachings of meditation and yoga. This is an experience I would recommend to anyone especially if you are new to retreats; it is truly a life changing experience!"

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  • Review by Carmen Olariu from Bucharest, Romania
    10 out of 10

    "I was like in a family of like-minded people with whom I felt all the time enriched, having, at the same time, the so much needed space for inner reflection and silence. Katya and Dani have created a wonderful place of self exploration and growth close to the grand master - nature - and within a community of people that are both wise and warm and above all, so authentic in their own yogic pursuit."

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  • Review by Frances Williams
    10 out of 10

    "Just returned from a magical 11-day retreat, the experience surpassed all my expectations, I truly met some fascinating, brave, and wonderful people. Dani and Katya made us so welcome and it was a privilege to share their dream. I am taking some life changing experiences away with me, thank you and the karma yogi's, and all the retreaters for an unforgettable time."

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  • Review by Olivier Hurtis from France
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed this yoga retreat at Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats. It is the best place to disconnect and reconnect with who we really are. This place is unique and I really feel the passion and the love from the owners of this place. I felt like at home, the yoga practice is great, the food is delicious and the people are great, there are so many places for hiking with beautiful surroundings."

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  • Review by Yvonne Ruckstuhl from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I experienced a most astonishing week, met wonderful people and only when arriving back home I was fully aware how peaceful and light hearted I felt after my visit to the Casa Cuadrau. You all did a wonderful job with endless devotion. All this thanks to you, Katya and Daniel and to your great crew!"

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  • Review by Dana Andrew from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I cant say thank you enough for the retreat experience! It was obvious that so much love, care and attention has gone into the house, the restaurant, and retreats, and it is such a beautiful and special place that it was impossible not to enjoy and learn on the retreat, and come away with such a profound sense of happiness and well-being. Thank you for opening up your space for so many other people to benefit. I will certainly come again. "

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Danny and Katya have created a truly wonderful experience in the stunning mountains of the Pyrenees. They, and their yogi helpers, are friendly, kind, full of happy energy and thoughtful as they guide you through yoga, hikes and meditation with the perfect balance of information and enjoyment. I enjoyed my stay immensely, feel refreshed and with new knowledge and smiles. Plus, the fresh food from their garden and those of the neighbors is so so good. A perfect week"

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  • Review by Luciana from Sao Paulo, Brazil
    10 out of 10

    "The retreat with Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats was excellent. I came back home as a new person.The place is just breathtaking, Katya and Dani are just wonderful people who have created a magical place.The food was fantastic as well as all other activities: meditation, yoga, hiking and the workshop about the stars.I would highly recommend it and intend to return next year!"

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  • Review by Kim from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Go to Casa Cuadrau was one of my best decisions if not the best in this year so far. The location is absolutely fantastic, high in the mountains and part of a small remote village. The accommodation is perfect and the retreat itself was well-balanced. Enough free time to enjoy and enough guided activities to really feel youre being supported in your journey. The meditative walking in the morning was for me an additional attraction to sign up, and it was simply beautiful. The culmination was the two-day trekking, challenging but so rewarding. And Im not sure whether I just got lucky with the group, but it couldnt have been better. A wonderful week which brought me home full of energy again. I would recommend it to anyone who likes hiking and wants to retreat from regular life with daily doses of healthy food."

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  • Review by Tanya from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I really had a life-altering experience at Casa Cuadrau. As a complete beginner to the philosophy and practice of yoga. I got a great introduction to many aspects in a way that I can reasonably incorporate in my life. My time there was invaluable! Plus, the food was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Dani, Katya and the incredible staff for a truly wonderful experience."

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  • Review by Olivier from UK, London
    9 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed this yoga retreat at Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats. It is the best place to disconnect and reconnect with who we really are. This place is unique and I really feel the passion and the love from the owners of this place. I felt like at home, the yoga practice is great, the food is delicious and the people are great, there are so many places for hiking with beautiful surroundings"

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  • Review by Roger from London, England
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I chose the intensive yoga and meditation retreat because we both wanted something to shift our individual practices. Mine being far less than my wifes, at only 1 hour before we came to Casa Cuadrau. The shift in Yoga happened and we both are still practicing most days, which has had such a profound impact on our lives. Our diet has changed and now we are vegetarian and we are both meditating daily. The shift for myself in meditation was very important to me because I used to meditate daily throughout my 20s but have not done so for the last 12 years nearly. A surprising thing that I was presented with, was my fear of mountain walking. This did however, present me with a new challenge and once overcome, I found a new love and confidence to walk in the mountains where I was at first too fearful to go. Overall, a wonderful experience which we have shared with many many people since our return and we look forward to our next Casa Cuadrau experience."

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  • Review by Amanda from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "In July 2014 I had the privilege of spending a week at Casa Cuadrau on a Yoga, Meditation and Hiking Retreat. Casa Cuadrau is a truly magical haven set in a breathtaking landscape in the Pyrenees close to Monte Perdido. On arrival you immediately feel the energy, passion and generosity of spirit with which Dani and Katya have renovated the house in which to welcome people to do yoga, meditate and enjoy the sights and sounds of the very beautiful Pyrenees. The week was a perfect balance of yoga, meditation, swimming in clear blue rivers, singing and hikes which were brought to life by Danis extensive knowledge of the local area, its nature and its history. I cannot recommend Casa Cuadrau and Dani and Katya more highly. It is an environment full of support, love and laughter and I came away feeling calm, re-invigorated and with definite plans to return to this paradise again in the future."

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  • Review by Grace from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Nestled in a beautiful spot in the Pyrenees, the magic of Casa Cuadrau was evident from the moment we arrived. For me, however, the thing that made the retreat experience so magical and unforgettable was the open and down-to-earth nature of the wonderful hosts, Katya and Dani. They passed on their yoga, meditation and hiking practices with patience and passion, tailoring the sessions to suit the needs and energy levels of the group. Nothing felt like a chore, and everything felt like an adventure. I couldnt help but come away inspired to integrate the principals of yoga into my everyday life. One of the most prominent images I am left with from the retreat is that of Katya and Danis infectious smiles which greeted us on the first day, radiating a warmth which tells you to make yourself at home. Casa Cuadrau is a home in every sense of the word and one which I intend to return to time and again."

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  • Review by Dr Martino Dall'Antonia from Sevenoaks, England
    10 out of 10

    " It is difficult to find words to describe the experience of our week in Casa Cuadrau. Before arriving I was a bit worried if I would cope with the intense programme, at the end of the retreat we did not want to leave!! The meditative walks in the morning were fantastic!Every day Daniel (who really loves nature and the mountains and canyons) would take us on different path, one more incredibly beautiful than the other And, Katya is a patient and skilled yoga teacher, she started with the basics which was exactly what I needed. Food was delicious, and not being able to access smart phone and computers was also a much needed detox.At the end we were all asked for feedbacks and suggestions in a very open and constructive manner, no dogmas at Casa Cuadrau, but lots of passion! On the last day we felt like we were leaving two friends we had known for years... "

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  • Review by Mireia Rey from Barcelona, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "The perfect balance between personalized yoga and meditation classes in a very friendly and relaxed environment in the middle of nature. This place is ideal for trekking along the incredible Pyrenean landscapes. A retreat that will let you leave feeling completely recharged. This family, which you end up feeling a part of, does everything possible to make you feel happy. Not to mention the food which is delicious!"

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  • Review by Fernando Mendia from Bilbao, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Ive visited many places, seen many cities, and climbed many mountains, always looking for that place that you want to stay forever, a refuge where you fear nothing. I can now tell you that, for me, that place is and always will be Casa Cuadrau."

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  • Review by Darja from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "My week at Casa Cuadrau was simply amazing! Escaping the fast paced city for a much relaxed experience in the mountains with views that cannot even be explained will be something i will never forget. Waking up early every morning didnt bother me when there was so much to do with the meditation, yoga and workshops, so much fun!The food was also incredible thank you Anna, Gara and Kelly simply amazing! My most enjoyable experience would probably be hiking the Ordesa National Park, very exhausting but very rewarding thank you Danny for your super long hikes. I will never forget the enchanting echoes of the cowbells that sounded like wind chimes amongst the picturesque mountains just incredible.This experience has taught me a lot about my mental and physical strength and endurance especially after hiking that huge mountain the view was the most rewarding and having lunch there was even better! I have learned a lot from this trip and can take what i have learned and practice in my own time so thank you so much Dani and Kalyani! Looking forward to my next visit already."

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