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7 Days Meditative Trekking and Yoga Retreat in Spain

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


Photography, Meditative Trekking, and Yoga Retreat Spain

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.


  • Photography workshops
  • Active photography excursions
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Long meditative trekking excursion for two days in the mountains
  • Joyful silence practices and satsangs
  • Daily vegetarian and organic meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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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).

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.

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Active photography excursions
  • All yoga and meditation sessions
  • Daily vegetarian and organic meals
  • Joyful silence practices and satsangs
  • Long meditative trekking excursion for two days in the mountains
  • Photography workshops

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.

Yoga classes

Hatha and Vinyasa yoga classes are offered for all levels of practice.

Meditative hiking and active photography excursions

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

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.

Joyful silence

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 workshops

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.

What you gain from the photography work

  • Identify the aesthetic and ethical complex that photography facilitates
  • Develop creative and contemplative awareness through photography
  • Understand the different elements involved in the process of taking photographs
  • Connect with the personal processes involved in interacting with the environment
  • Develop photographic techniques based on specific needs

Driving directions from Barcelona

  • Please take the following route: Barcelona - Lleida - Barbastro - Ainsa - Escalona - Cañon de Añisclo - Vió.
  • Please note that once you arrive to Escalona, if the weather is good, you should take the Añisclo Canyon road up to the parking of 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 / 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 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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

Check in

From 17:30.

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Seasonal information

Except winters that that can be very cold, usually in Vio there is a mild and pleasant weather, but be aware that you will be at 1,210 meters of altitude and in the trekking tours, you can climb up to 3,355 meters. In the mountains, the climate is changeable. In mid August, you could be surprised by a severe storm or lower temperatures, and in high mountains, even snow.

Mobile / communication information

Taking a retreat at Casa Cuadrau is an opportunity to disconnect from your routine. In order to create a conducive environment, there are no internet services here. You are invited to keep your mobile, laptop, or any other devices switched off during your time at Casa Caudrau. The use of mobile phones, if necessary, is permitted outside the premises.

Dressing information

The clothing you will need (including the clothes you will be wearing during trekking) are: light mid-mountain shoes or light boots, hiking pants for summer weather, two t-shirts, two pieces of underwear, two pairs of socks, thermal clothing (leggings and one long sleeve shirt), fleece, breathable raincoat, hat or cap, buff, warm hat, or bonnet (if it gets cold up in the mountains), and swimsuit.

What to bring

You are advised to bring a backpack of approximately 40 liters (you must have some free space for the food you will be supplied with), light sleeping bag (ideally, for a temperature comfort of zero degrees Celsius), yoga mat and comfortable yoga and meditation clothes, pocket knife, sunglasses, water bottle or bag (minimum one liter), and flash light or head torch.

Extension options

Your stay may be as long as you wish.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

An exciting meditative trekking excursion in the mountains, lasting for two days, 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.

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.

  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Swimming nearby
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
For information about the booking conditions, please send Casa Cuadrau Yoga Art & Nature Retreats an inquiry.
  • 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!" website, edited

  • 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." website, edited

  • 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." website, edited

  • 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!" website, edited

  • 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" website, edited

  • 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... " website, edited

  • 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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