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Join this special retreat featuring yoga, meditation, and hiking activities, designed for those who want to get away from daily routine and stress. This yoga holiday will help you to connect with a practice that allows you to have a deep relaxation and a recharge of your vital energy. To complete the package, there will be special vegetarian cooking workshops led by professional chefs and nutritionists. It is the time to enjoy cooking and be healthier than ever.
You can choose to stay in a shared dormitory (maximum of six people), double room, or single room.
Besides the practice of meditation, yoga classes, meditative walks, kirtan, and meditative hiking, there will be special vegetarian cooking workshops. You will cook together simple, balanced, and creative recipes for different occasions with Anne Hewitson (Amba) and Anna Carboneras.
The schedule may vary slightly during the week.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Satsang is a gathering time. It starts with a 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.
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.
One or two exciting meditative trekking excursions in the mountains are included in the price.
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. 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).
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.
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.
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You will be served daily organic meals made with love in Casa Cuadrau's vegetarian restaurant.
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.
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 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.
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:
This treatment is recommended for everyone, especially for yoga practitioners (any level of practice), athletes, people with injuries or joint issues, blood circulation problems, or specific tensions. Thai massage costs 50 EUR for 60 minutes and 65 EUR for 90 minutes treatments.
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.
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).
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.
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.
You can take a taxi from Ainsa to Casa Cuadrau for 40 EUR. Please make your reservation with minimum three hours in advance.