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This is a unique retreat experience, combining the practice of yoga, meditation, photography, and meditative trekking. Immerse deeply in the wilderness of heart of the Aragonese Pyrenees. This retreat also offers the opportunity to go deeper into the use of active photography in your life, in order to experience a more profound connection with the present moment, while at the same time, enabling you to enhance your practice of meditation and yoga.
You will be accommodated in a shared dormitory (up to six people), or in a double or single room. Please note that the double room is only for those who travel together (family members, friends, couples, etc).
The retreat program runs from Saturday to Friday and you are recommended to take a full retreat. The retreat starts on Saturday at 19:00 with a dinner, followed by the opening and introduction of the retreat. Participants can arrive from 17:30 to set in. The retreat finishes next Friday at 14:30, after lunch.
The first two or three days you will prepare physically and mentally, in Cuadrau Cuadrau and surroundings, through yoga classes (Hatha and Vinyasa yoga), meditation sessions, meditative walks, and satsangs, to share your learning experiences.
On the third or fourth day, you will go on an exciting meditative trekking excursion for two days in the mountains, allowing you to discover their secrets and treasures, through your own experience and with beautiful explanations of Daniel Benito, a professional mountain guide and yoga instructor, specialized in interpretation of nature. You will sleep in tents or a mountain hut.
On the last day, you will rest and relax through Restorative yoga sessions, massage, guided relaxations, etc, getting ready to go back home, full of energy and vitality.
All activities are optional and can be modified to suit the group. To get the most out of your stay, you are recommended to participate in all scheduled activities.
Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes are offered for all levels of practice.
Daily meditative walks, exploring the process of meditative photography and the creation of photographs. It will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the the Ordesa National Park or surrounding areas. Swim in the river, meditate, relax, contemplate, and immerse in nature.
Karma yoga, or skillfulness in action is a the perfect way to let yoga support you in all you do. At Casa Cuadrau, you are invited to practice Karma yoga, by helping in simple tasks in the house, like cooking, cleaning, or gardening for one hour a day, in a mindful, sensory, and integrated way.
Satsang is a gathering time, with the projection and revision of images in a group environment. It starts with a time for discussion and inquiry, questions, and answers, based on the direct experience of all participants. It finishes with a silent meditation.
Every day, from the end of the evening until after breakfast the following morning, a joyful silence will be cultivated in the house. This deep silence is very healing for calming the mind, and allows you to be in peace, so that you can listen deeply to yourself.
You will have a restful sleep and the next day enjoy the silence with mental clarity for your asana practice, meditation, and the nourishing experience of a silent mindful meal, at least once a day. Each person participating in this period of joyful silence will be supporting each other in the practice.
Photography is an everyday activity that becomes an extension of your senses, in connection to the world around you. You take photographs every day in order to share the things that capture your attention, the things that provoke memories or represent your vision of the world, and you take photos of the things that catch your eye, even when you don’t know why, but you want to be able to look at them again and again.
Photography has a particular way of enabling you to enter into a very special relationship with the here and now. It provides you with the opportunity to experience the emotional and aesthetic elements that connect you as individuals with your surroundings.
The intention of this retreat is to offer you the space where you can experience this connection by capturing and reviewing photographic images in your active photography workshops, in combination with the practice of yoga and meditation.
An exciting meditative trekking excursion in the mountains, lasting for two days, is included in the price.
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. 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.
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.
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All meals are made with love in Casa Cuadrau's vegetarian restaurant.
Swim in the river, meditate, relax, contemplate, and immerse in the wild nature of the Pyrenees.
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 18:15 and on Saturdays at 18:00. Please let Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & 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 one way. Please make your reservation with minimum three hours in advance.