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7 Days Meditative Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Vio, Spain

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Spain

Bring the practical gifts of yoga into everything that you experience and all your actions! This will be an integrated yoga retreat for deep rest and deep exploration, space for contemplation and time for celebration. During the retreat, you will work with a range of mutually complementary supports such as daily āsana or movement practice / class, regular guided, and silent meditation.

Highlights

  • Daily meditative walk
  • Take part in daily asana practice
  • Meditative trekking and picnic in nature
  • Opportunity to practice Karma yoga
  • Satsang and joyful silent sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Casa Cuadrau offers different room options:

Shared dormitory

There are two dormitories for a maximum of six people each (with three bunk beds). One is only for female, and the other is mixed.

Double room

This option is available for people who come together. It can be with a double bed or two single beds.

Single room

This option is suitable for those who want more privacy.

Facilities

At Casa Cuadrau, the facilities are set up for the practice of the various course activities and provide a silent and peaceful setting which is ideal for concentration and going within.

It has two dining areas for up to 25 people total. The venue also has a beautiful hall covering 80 square meter with wooden flooring, designed specifically for the practice of yoga, meditation, dance and other similar disciplines. It has a library space, offering a wide range of books on yoga, philosophy, meditation, nature, ecology, etc.

Additionally, Casa Cuadrau has a patio covering 63 square meter with wooden flooring, ideal for practicing or eating outside. There is also an outdoor terrace and garden with magnificent views - ideal for eating, reading, enjoying nature or other outdoor activities in an unparalleled setting.

Casa Cuadrau Yoga Retreat Spain Program

Program

Āsana and natural movement work / playshops: You will discuss on how you can skillfuly employ yogic principles to support steady ease throughout your day and through all the stages of your life. Also, rehabilitating, reinforcing, and refining healthy neuro-muscular patterns and efficient kinetic chains through the body for safe and effective movement in daily life and in movement activities.

Additionally, learn how to safely and nourishingly move the spine and move from the center for sustainable and efficient lifelong movement. Play and exploration for whole system renewal, development and recreation.

  • Daily meditative walking and twice-weekly longer excursions
  • Yoga of sound and song, kirtan.
  • Daily satsang: working with the support of timeless teachings from the Yoga Tradition, learn how you can weave steady harmony into the reality of your dynamic life, with reference to story and symbol, and yoga texts including Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita, with different emphases each week.

Yogification

Yoga is balance, integration, skilfulness, and efficiency. Yoga practice is about cultivating sustainable harmony.

Yogification is about bringing the practical gifts of yoga into everything that you experience and all your actions. It is about stretching your understanding of who you really are, strengthening your connection to the innate wisdom of your conscience and rehabilitating your broader human capacities while working respectfully with the realities of your individual natures and your diverse responsibilities.

It is about training yourself to be able to find joy in the everyday wonder of life and steadiness in the face of its inevitable challenges. It is about meeting and refining your own patterns and habits and inviting ways of being that are conducive to sustainable, integrated health and well-being.

A yogification program works with a range of mutually complementary lenses to explore yoga principles in practical application, including: principle-based asana, natural movement, meditation, kirtan singing and chanting, storytelling and interpretation, satsang talks, discussion and inquiry, nourishing high quality food, and time outdoors.

Joyful silence

Every day, from the end of the evening satsang up until after lunch the following morning, you cultivate joyful silence in the house. 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 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 your practice.

After lunch and throughout the afternoon, you will enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, which will allow you to get to know each other in a more authentic way.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1

  • 16:00 Arrival
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Opening

Day 2

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Asana practice
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Introduction / Karma yoga
  • 10:30 Walking meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch and rest time
  • 15:30 Yoga and natural movement class
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang

Day 3

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Asana practice
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Meditative trekking and picnic in nature
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang

Day 4

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Asana practice
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Karma yoga
  • 10:30 Walking meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch and rest time
  • 15:30 Yoga and natural movement class
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang

Day 5

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Asana practice
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Meditative trekking and picnic in nature
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang

Day 6

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Asana practice
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Karma yoga
  • 10:30 Walking meditation
  • 13:00 Lunch and rest time
  • 15:30 Yoga and natural movement class
  • 18:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Satsang

Day 7

  • 06:00 Ding
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:15 Yoga class
  • 10:00 Farewell brunch

Included excursions

Two sessions of meditative hiking and picnic in nature are included in price.

Instructors

Daniel Benito
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Co-director of Casa Cuadrau, Dani is a yoga, meditation, and meditative hiking instructor and an ecological builder. Following several consecutive trips to India, he completed his yoga teacher training with Bharat Shetty (RYT 500). Dani’s meditation practice is based on Buddhist teachings received from Tich Nath Han (Zen) and S.N. Goenka (Vipassana). He has also developed his own open meditation practice with Open Dharma. Having studied technical architecture in Barcelona, Dani worked in the construction and theater industries, and also as a yoga instructor.
James Boag
James has been teaching for over twenty years, teaching yoga since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. When he was still teaching English at a university in Thailand, James began studying Sanskrit. Since then he has spent many seasons in Mysore, South India.

Location

Casa Cuadrau, Yoga Art & Trekking Retreats House is located in Vio, a village at the doors of the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, Spanish Pyrenees. It is about 40 minutes' drive from Ainsa (Huesca).

Features

Activities

  • Hiking

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Library

Food

All of the meals are made with fresh, and as far as possible, local, seasonal, organic produce. However, Casa Cuadrau has chosen to use ingredients that come from afar such as avocados, bananas, miso paste, tahini, some herbs for tea, etc., because they appreciate their nutritional value.

All of the food and drink is made on site, with love and care. Casa Cuadrau usually serves three healthy, balanced, nourishing meals per day. The food has proved to be satisfying both for discerning vegetarian diners and for those people who may be new to vegetarian food.

Breakfast may vary according to the season and the characteristics of the retreat, but typically includes fruit, herbal teas and coffee, porridge, homemade granola, wholegrain bread, tomato, avocado or a vegetarian spread.

Lunch is a celebration of the simple luxury of fresh ingredients and the abundance of nature. They typically serve cooked grains and pulses, fresh vegetables, raw salads and dishes, and special desserts.

Dinners are simple and light so as to be able to meditate before going to bed and get a good rest at night. They usually consist of a soup, though on more active retreats they are heartier with additional dishes. Fruits, bread, and herbal teas are available all day long.

Please note that Casa Cuadrau only offers special diets if you have a medically diagnosed condition, after evaluating if they can meet your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • All yoga classes and workshops with James Boag
  • All guided meditative walks
  • 2 meditative longer hikes (one of them with snowshoeing if the weather allow it)
  • Public Liability and Accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga

What's not included

  • Transportation to location

How to get there

Driving directions from Barcelona

Follow the route Barcelona - Lleida - Barbastro - Ainsa - Escalona - Cañon de Añisclo - Vió.

Driving directions from Madrid - Zaragoza

Follow the route Madrid - Zaragoza - Huesca - Sabiñanigo - Fiscal (new road) - Sarvisé - Fanlo - Vio.

Driving directions from Basque Country / Pamplona - Jaca

Follow the route Jaca - Sabiñanigo - Fiscal (new road) - Sarvisé - Fanlo - Vio.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive either at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) or Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO). Before buying your flight tickets, make sure that you can connect with the daily bus that goes to Ainsa.

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

You need to buy two separate tickets, Barcelona - Barbastro and Barbastro- Ainsa. On weekdays, the only departure from Barbastro to Ainsa is at 5:15 p.m. from Monday to Friday, so make sure you arrive at Barbastro at the latest at 17:05 on the bus that leaves Barcelona either at 2 p.m. or at 2:30 p.m.. In fact, this is the most time efficient connection. The bus Barbastro-Ainsa waits for the arrival of the bus from Barcelona of 2 p.m. or 2:30, so you will have enough time to get the bus.

For those who are traveling on Saturday, there are two options. First, you can take the bus at 2:00 p.m. in Barcelona Sants, arriving in Barbastro at 5:05 p.m. From Barbastro, Casa Cuadrau can offer shuttle service to the venue. The price of shuttle service is 125 EUR, to be divided among the participants.

Second option, you can take the bus in Barcelona Sants bus station at 8 a.m., arriving at Barbastro at 11:05 a.m. and taking the next bus to Ainsa at 11:15 a.m. You will arrive to Ainsa at 12:15 p.m. Casa Cuadrau will offer shuttle service Ainsa - Casa Cuadrau at 6 p.m., so you would have time to have lunch in Ainsa and visit the old castle and town. The price of shuttle service is 50 EUR, to be divided among the participants.

Arrival by shuttle

Casa Cuadrau can offer shuttle bus Ainsa - Casa Cuadrau at 6:15 p.m. only on the staring day of the retreat. The price of shuttle service is 50 EUR, to be divided among the participants. From Ainsa to Casa Cuadrau, you can also take a taxi. Reservation is requires at least three hours in advance.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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