Casa Cuadrau grew with the intention of sharing Yoga as an Art of Living and Love for Nature. We provide a warm, honest and safe atmosphere, so our guests can feel comfortable when they open themselves and meet their own truth in the present moment.
||Daniel Benito Po
Director of Casa Cuadrau, Dani is a yoga and meditation instructor and mountain guide, as well as 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 theatre industries, and also as a yoga instructor.
He was introduced to Butoh Dance, Body Weather and other movement-based practices under the guidance of Carme Torrent and Andrés Corchero, among other teachers. 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.
In 2009, Dani moved to Vió to realise the dream he had been harbouring since 2006 of rebuilding and restoring a traditional Pyrenean building and turning it into a Yoga, Art and Nature retreat centre. A place where the practices he is passionate about can be shared.
||Katya Ríos Chávez (Kalyani)
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, aswell as a path on which she can continuously learn from her and be in tune with her.
Katya was born in Mexico City. She has a background in business management and marketing and has worked in advertising and marketing in Mexico, France and Argentina. When she was in Buenos Aires she immersed herself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which completely changed her interests. In January 2009 she got her teachers’ training certificate from the International Sivananda Vedanta Organization and later, after having spent 3 years working in the yoga centers and ashrams of same organization in Buenos Aires, Toronto and Quebec, she took an advanced teacher training course in India (500 RYT).
Katya enjoys teaching beginners and seniors, offering classes for all levels, in which each of them can feel confortable practicing at their rhythm and condition. She also designs and offers special Yoga sessions one to one to pregnant women, to people with injuries, diseases or specific health conditions.
Katya also loves teaching Yoga to kids in a holistic way (yoga asanas, telling stories, games, handicrafts, basics of yoga philosophy and universal values.) She was the director assistant and activities facilitator for Yoga Kid’s Camp in Val-Morin, Canada.
Certified by the Anahata Center of Yoga Therapy and Massage in Canada, Katya gives applied yoga therapy sessions and thai yoga massages with much love and mindfulness.
In early 2014 Katya underwent further asana training with Bharath Shetty and got a 500 RYT teaching certification (Hatha-Yoga, Vinyasa and Therapeutic Yoga), she continues deepening in yoga asanas with Boris Georgiev and Bharath Shetty. She also studies philosophy with James Boag, meditation and mindfulness from Thich Nhat Hanh teachings and Open Dharma.
||Katya and Dani met in an ashram in South India. Both had a very similar vision. They share the same values and practice yoga as a way of life. They enjoy being able to share their practice with everyone who comes to the house.
With much love and attention they make Casa Cuadrau a space where all are welcome.
||Anne Hewitson (Amba)
Anne believes in Yoga as a path to self empowerment.
Ever since her training course with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in a wonderful Ashram in the Laurentian Mountains of Québec, Canada she has been trying to live the teachings in all aspects of life and throughout this process has experienced the transformational power that lies within.
Eager to share this with others, Anne has been teaching in The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany- her home country, as well as in the Ashrams in Canada and India during her time as staff there.
She is an enthusiastic practitioner of Thai Yoga & Ayurvedic massage. One of the things she particularly likes about this ancient healing arts is the interaction occurring between giver and receiver.
She has been studying naturopathy in Germany with a focus on traditional natural therapies.
Anne loves living in and with nature, chanting, baking bread and connecting with others.
||Curro Blanes Cañero
Curro grew up in the mountains of north of Alicante and moved to Valencia when he was nine. There he spent most of his youth, always a bit nostalgic about having left behind those mountains. He studied Humanities and Philosophy despite having being suggested to study Physical science by his high school teachers.
Curro wants to do everything. He feels a profound respect for any kind or artistic manifestation and thinks of art as as true path for self-knowledge. In 2010 his sister and mother encouraged him to take a Viapssana Meditation course taught by S.N. Goenka. This transformative experience got him established in Meditation. In his words, “swimology” is a science that allows you to learn just about everything. He´s worked as a barman, lifeguard, gardener, designer, audiovisual production, …and he is always ready to try new things.
His desire to learn bioconstruction brought him to Casa Cuadrau in September 2014. Rapidly he connected with the place and the project, and this made him decide to stay and help in maintenance, garden, and kitchen.
||Carla Blanes Cañero
Not seeing the moon doesn’t mean it’s not present. This is how Carla works at Casa Cuadrau, making sure that everything flows in the best possible way, without always being noticed.
Her energy, her smile and her practical approach to every detail are the perfect combination that make our retreats an exceptional experience.
Various life experiences and especially the reading of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, made her realize that one can live in many different ways, change perspective and find harmony, recognizing that happiness is within oneself.
Believing that knowledge is acquired through personal effort, Carla’s yoga practice is mostly self-taught and inspired by the teachings of great guides like Cliff Barber, who reinforced her life moto: do it yourself.
This quest for knowledge has led her to travel and live in various corners of the world like Greece, India, Spain and many others, always accompanied by her great loves: languages, altruism, healthy food, new friends and, of course, books.
In line with her view of the world, Carla has participated in the management of Vipassana centers in Barcelona and England, she has contributed as a volunteer in social and health causes, supported the rights of animals and worked with vulnerable people as a personal caregiver.
Today, her footsteps have led her to Casa Cuadrau and her traveler heart has fallen in love with the Pyrenees.
Lean was born in 1987 in Argentina, in Comodoro Rivadavia, Patagonia, and when he was five, he moved to Spain with his family and spent his childhood in Burgos.
He loves travelling, meeting people, climbing mountains and being in nature … and he had been climbing and hiking for long time, until one day he realised that all he wanted was to live in nature and follow his passion, sharing his love for the mountains with others, so he decided to leave Burgos and came to live in the Pyrenees. He has a training as a mountain guide. He is also a kid’s counsellor for holiday camps and he continues to learn and train…
Lean is one of the mountain guides on the meditative walks and hikes at Casa Cuadrau and he shares with great passion his knowledge of the flora and fauna, the environment, the traditions of the Pyrinean villages …
Besides enjoying the mountains, Lean likes to capture special places, and to share his view of nature with people, he has created this page: www.flickr.com/lean_drosk
||Anna Carboneras Girgas
Physiotherapist (E.U. Gimbernat , 2013) and Cook (self-taught). Trained in physiotherapy and specialized in Urogynaecology, She combines her work with cooking. She has always been passionate about cooking and and good food. Presently she lives in a house in Baix Empordà, that has a large kitchen where she can experiment with and investigate food. She shares her knowledge in the form of workshops, in Verges , Barcelona and Vió. Her culinary research is premised on the use of local, organic and fresh products, easy to find and that everyone can easily have in their kitchen. She is interested in simple preparations and practical in the making, that are tasty and have a creative touch. Seeks to make everyday acts, moments of pleasure .
Web site: www.jamesboagyoga.com
Originally from Yorkshire, England, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally.
James is known for his inspiring, inclusive and engaging teaching style and his holistic approach, which weaves together multiple mutually complementary elements. These include live storytelling, a principle-based, practical and inclusive style of asana/natural movement work, meditations and kirtan, all informed by years of practical exploration and dedicated study of Sanskrit and traditional yoga texts.
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 the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, James began studying Sanskrit. Since then he has spent many seasons in Mysore, South India, where he completed his Sanskrit MA in 2012 and where he regularly leads courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra-s, working from the original Sanskrit texts, and Indian Mythology.
Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practising for decades, James’ classes, workshops and retreats are a great way to deepen your understanding of the bigger picture of yoga and how yoga principles can enhance our work with different yoga techniques and support us in all aspects of our lives.
Our greatest source of inspiration is probably mother nature. Everday she teaches us through the smallest and greatest experiences. We recognize in her a great master who guides life and leads us on our individual paths.
The beings that have had an impact on our spiritual journeys are many and to name them all seems impossible to do. As our practice progresses we continue to meet people who teach and move us, all in their own unique ways.
Here’s some of the ones that inspired us most along the path:
Patanjali, Buddha, Jesus, Rumi, Tagore, Swami Sivananda, Ramana Maharshi, Ananda Mayi, Swami Vivekananda, Krishnamurti, Swami Lakshmanjoo, Swami Vishnudevananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amritananda Mayi, Eckhart Tolle, Leunig …