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Green energy smoothie

This smoothie is a must! Especially after an intense yoga asana session in the morning, or a run or swim... The banana and celery are high in potassium and sodium, two types of electrolytes that are good to recover when we've worked out. We can also find a source of protein in the almonds and…
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8 of July Chocolate and Ginger Biscuits

These biscuits are a sweet crunchy form of love. Jessie Rae, also known as the master of sweets here at Casa Cuadrau, has prepared these biscuits a couple of times over the last few weeks, both for the team and the participants, on arrival day. She has a special talent when it comes to desserts…
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Crêpes

This crêpes recipe is especially good for those days where we feel like treating ourselves and eating something sweet. You will also have a good time while preparing and eating them. It is a perfect dish to surprise your friends, to cook with your family or to give space for your creativity to flourish as…
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Hummus

At breakfast, lunch, as a snack or for dinner. Hummus, a paté or puree made with a base of chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste) is originally from the Middle East (“hummus” means chickpea in Arabic) and is currently enjoyed in many other places all over the world.  At Casa Cuadrau we prepare it almost on…
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Sivananda cookies

This is a very special recipe here in Casa Cuadrau. The Sivananda cookies are prepared and served globally, in all the yoga centres of this specific yoga school. Although we are not part of this school, we decided to take this precious recipe and prepare it here, to offer the cookies to our retreaters during…
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Cauliflower, Leek & Oat Burgers

Leti, one of our incredible Karma Yogis, prepared these veggie burgers for us a few days ago and we loved them so much that we decided to include the recipe in the blog. At Casa Cuadrau we truly enjoy the entire food process: going to the market to see, touch and buy the ingredients; arriving…
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Healthy fruit custard with crunchy surprise

Healthy fruit custard with crunchy surprise A healthy and vegan custard made with ripe fruit and biscuits or old sponge cake.Easy and satisfies all palates! 500 g ripe fruit - we used peach and apple5 dates, seed removed3 tbsp rice flourBiscuits or old sponge cakePumpkin or sunflower seeds, to decorate Set about 3 cups of…
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Vegan almond cheese

A delicious recipe of a vegan & healthy cheese. Try it and let us know how it taste yours!

4 cups of peeled almonds, previously soaked for 12 hours.

1 cup of rejuvelac.

Salt

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast

Dry herbs to decorate.

Preparation:

Mix in a blender the almonds drained with the rejuvelac until the almonds are well crushed. Place the mixture in a vegetable milk bag or in a very thin fabric. Drain and hang it for a minimum of 24 hours, so the excess of liquid is eliminated and fermentation begins.

Once the cheese has fermented, we can flavor it by adding a pinch of salt, a splash of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast and mix it well.

Give it shape that you prefer, sprinkle dried herbs and let it sit for 8 hours in the fridge ... if you resist!

Recipe by Sonia Mengual: soniamengual.com

Meditative Walk: instructions

 

The meditative walk is a great way to connect with yourself and with nature. In all our retreats it is a fundamental activity that helps us to stop the mind and simple live the present moment as it is.

Here are some basic instructions to enjoy your meditative walk:

1. Bring your attention into your body. It may be helpful to close your eyes and just stand up for a while, feeling the posture and your body weight on the earth. When you feel ready, open the eyes and all your senses and slowly begin walking.

2. Feel your feet walking. Notice the lifting and placing of each foot at each step. Feel the whole body moving, or simply notice the sense of being in the belly and moving from there to the limbs. Find the right place for you to concentrate on.

For most of us it is helpful to walk at a slower pace than our usual one. Slowing down can help us connect to our sensations and our surroundings. If you notice your mind is wandering, just take one deep breath and reconnect.

3. Try to be alert for the subtle “urges” or “intentions” and anticipate them, without acting in an automatic way (eg. to turn the body around, to move to one side, etc). It can be possible to expand this alertness to the intentions to lift, move the legs, place a foot on the ground, the movement of the joints, etc. Awareness of intentions gives more space between conscious urges and following through on them. Let this practice come into your daily life.

4. Simplicity: enjoy just to be a human being walking on the earth slowly, quickly, or as you wish.

5. Attention as fluid as the movements. Not expecting, or holding onto sensations. Not fighting against thoughts, images, feelings. Feel curious about what is called “walking”, all the many muscles and body parts involved, movements, textures, etc.

6. Enjoy your own rhythm. One step at a time, as if you have all the time in the world. As if being moved by the earth. Delicately connected to feet, legs, belly, or whole body while also open, spacious, allowing sounds, sights and sensations to happen in and around.

7. Be transparent: Nature happening “inside” as well as “outside”. Simply perceive bare experience.

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