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6 Days Exciting Rock Climbing and Yoga Retreat in Asturias, Spain

Los Quintanales, Avin, Asturias, 33556, Spain

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Spain

Set in the climbing wonderland that is the Picos de Europa national park in northern Spain, this retreat is specially designed for rock climbers, yoga practitioners and those curious to learn both. If you are already a yoga practitioner, Asturias Yoga invites you to apply your abilities in exciting realms of vertical limestone rock, and if you are already an experienced climber, you will experience the synergy of Ashtanga yoga and climbing. If you are new to climbing and yoga, this course will certainly offer beginners an exciting introduction to both.

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Highlights

  • Climbing instruction
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Daily transfer to and from rock climbing areas
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

During this retreat, you will stay in a beautifully restored traditional mountain cabin, situated above a small mountain meadow and chestnut forests, 200 meters from the shala. The cabin has great views over the Hibeu, a mountain on the costal side of the Picos de Europa. It has a kitchen, a large bathroom a stone built fireplace, and firewood supply. The cabin can accommodate up to three people.

Asturias Yoga also offers a more economic camping option in 4m bell tents on a spectacular mountain ridge with views of the Picos de Europa and the Gueña valley. The tents come with comfortable mattresses, futon, bedding, and towels..

Program

During this retreat, you shall spend the mornings learning and practicing Ashtanga yoga, intending to maintain control of the mind uniting breath with movement. During the afternoons, you will visit a variety of climbing zones to play with this practice on vertical rock. The climbing zones are chosen for their quality of rock climbing and scenic situations, one offers a great view of the famous Naranjo de Bulnes, a vast granite monolith and another is situated on the beach. Visit a variety of climbing zones with our certified climbing guide. Having a qualified climbing instructor on hand and the routes being securely bolted you will be able to experiment confidently in a safe environment.

Ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga refers to a dynamic style of yoga whereby long series of yoga asanas (postures) are performed in a fixed sequence in combination with focused breathing. These sequences aim to open and stimulate healing in all parts of the body. During the performance of the asanas the practitioner aims to maintain internal body awareness at all times, initially through focus on the breath, and later through the contraction and retention of internal muscles, known as bhandas or locks. Ashtanga lends itself ideally to activities which require high degrees of strength, flexibility, and concentration; such as surfing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

Time table

  • 08:00 Meditation
  • 08:30 Morning tea
  • 09:00 Ashtanga yoga
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Departure to rock climbing zone
  • 12:00 Rock climbing
  • 14:00 Picnic followed by optional yogic nap (yoga Nidra) for regeneration
  • 16:00 Continue climbing
  • 18:00 Return to yoga shala
  • 19:00 Teachers available for question and answers and individual yoga instruction
  • 20:00 Special meditation
  • 21:00 Dinner

Instructors

Simon

Alyson Simeone

Ása Jelena

Fay Lodge

Cal Wilson

Location

This retreat will take place in Asturias, Spain. The yoga shala is located in the mountain forests of the northern Spanish province of Asturias, known to the Spanish as “Paraiso Natural”. The shala lies on the borders of Spain’s largest national park, halfway between the ocean and rugged limestone peaks of the Picos de Europa, considered the most bio-diverse area in Europe. The virgin nature, the tranquility of the forest, and the presence of powerful elements, supports the deepening of this sensation. Asturias comprises spectacular geographical features, Europe’s most diverse eco-system, and traditional culture. It is a land of high mountain peaks in juxtaposition with sandy ocean beaches and sea-cliffs; verdant mountain forests, green valleys and renowned cave-aged cheeses.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian and delicious meals and herbal teas. We provide three vegetarian meals per day: breakfast, lunch and a lite dinner. We source our vegetables locally according to the season, use primarily organic and vegan ingredients, and provide many home-made specialties, such as sourdough breads, spicy chai, nettle pesto, mountain spring water, fresh herbs for infusions, and marmelades from our fruit trees. Meals are designed for a balanced diet, with foods that are easy to digest, kind to the environment and full of vitality. Our residential vegan and ayurvedic nutritionists assist with menu design and food preparation and are available for personalized nutrition consultations

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

We are happy to arrange Thai massage and Holistic Massage+herbal consultation treatments for you during your stay. We are fortunate enough to be collaborating with two exceptional massage therapists, both of whom are bilingual in Spanish and English and provide their treatments on site.

What's included

  • 1 Ashtanga yoga manual
  • 3 nutritious vegetarian meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Climbing instruction with climbing guide
  • Daily Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Daily transfer to and from rock climbing areas

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfer from Airport to AsturiasYoga center

How to get there

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Driving directions from Avin

  • Avin is on the AS -114 halfway between Cangas de Onis and Arenas der Cabrales.
  • In Avin, follow the small road to the side of “Camping Picos de Europa” up the steep concrete road for one kilometer until you come to a fork.
  • From there take a right on the gravel track and continue for another kilometer until you reach some abandoned buildings. The house is the one on the end at the right.

Arrival by airplane

  • The nearest airports are Oviedo (Asturias) airport, Santander, and Bilbao Airport (BIO).
  • If driving or car rental is not possible, buses and trains are available to take from either airport that arrive close to the AsturiasYoga center.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 27.83% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Arrival: Friday May 31, 2019
Departure: Wednesday June 5, 2019

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