Duration of the retreat
July 24th to 30th, 2019.
The retreat starts on Wednesday, July 24th at 16h. There will be an introduction and opening, followed by a dinner and a meditation. The retreat finishes on Tuesday, July 30th after brunch, at 11am.
Enjoy with your family a week in close and joyful connection with nature and yoga principles.
A Summer holiday program designed for families of all ages, with different activities such as:
✔️ Hiking and nature interpretation with time to swim in the river,
✔️ Sessions of yoga for children, yoga for adults and yoga for families,
✔️ Natural movement and dance,
✔️ Workshops on acrobatics, music, cooking, etc,
✔️ Creative activities,
✔️ Introduction to concentration techniques and to meditative practices with great value for children and adults,
✔️ Sharing circles, to promote open communication and to foster a sense of community and support amongst the group.
Duration of the retreat
The retreat starts on July 24th at 16h. There will be an introduction and opening, followed by a dinner and a meditation. The retreat finishes on July 30th after brunch, at 11am.
“The retreat was an awesome experience for us. We came to Casa Cuadrau looking for a place where we could share more with our little ones (2 and 3 years old) of what Yoga means for us. What we found is an amazing place, with beautiful nature and energy. Katya / Dani & Team gave everything to make every moment a great experience to enjoy and develop ourselves. Looking forward to the next one!”
- Lua, Ana, Alan & Mauricio
The arts nurture and awaken curiosity and creativity in children. Practicing Yoga offers unlimited physical and mental benefits as well as supporting the cultivation of essential values, such as generosity, honesty, self confidence and respect for all beings and for oneself.
5 year old children or younger ones, should be with an adult of their family in all children activities.
Language: English and Spanish
Yoga classes are for all levels of practice. The sessions combine Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga principles, as well as movement and mobility exercises.
There is one yoga class per day. The morning sessions are usually are more dynamic and after the long meditative hikes there are gentle yoga classes.
Yoga classes are progressive, variations for different levels of practice and particular limitations are always offered.
Classes combined games and exercises in which we explore natural movement from animals and nature, yoga postures and concentration techniques.
Designed for all family members, so we can play yoga together.
During the longer excursions, we will have picnic in nature and time to swim by the river.
We will learn bring awareness into everything we do, giving our best wholeheartedly in each present moment. Little and big ones will collaborate with easy tasks (garden, drying dishes, sweeping, fetching water from the spring, etc.) to cultivate a sense of responsibility and cooperation.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Yogini, Singer, Songwriter and Mother.
Renée Sunbird was first introduced to Yoga by her father. Some years later she studied Indology (Sanskrit) and Philosophy at the University of Vienna and started to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She went to India several times to deepen her Yoga practice and started to study Indian music, Mantra and Bhajan singing.
Mantras are the sound of the Universe. Some say that they have always existed and that we can actually hear them when we start listening to Silence. When we start chanting Mantras, we can enter a deep state of meditation and feel who we really are.
For many years, Renée and her husband Boris have been leading Yoga Retreats and Kirtans in Europe. reneesunbird.com
As a lifelong practitioner and student of yoga, Boris embodies and vibrates the teachings that he has been learning to love since he was a boy.
During his teenage years Boris practiced with his Bulgarian teacher Venzislav Eftimoff. Later, in Vienna, he continued to expand his understanding of yoga with the holistic Sivananda Yoga method. In an ashram in India he met Lino Miele who inspired him to work with the Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasa Yoga method. From 1995, this modality became more and more the principal frame for Boris’ asana practice as he continued studying with Michel Besnard and Andrea Morava.
In 2000, Boris founded the Yogacenter Ganesha, where he teaches mainly aṣṭāṅga yoga and acro yoga.
Since the 1999, Boris has studied aṣṭāṅga with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath(India), V.Shashadri (India), Lino Miele (Italy), Nancy Gilgoff (Maui), Andrew Eppler (Oklahoma), Cliff Barber (Crete), Danny Paradise (Molokai) and others. Besides his many years of personal practice, Boris’ teaching is also informed by his four year course study for psychological self-awareness, Spiraldynamic® anatomy, and AcroYoga® – Symbiosis between Yoga, Acrobatics and Nuad (Thai Massage).
Katya Rios 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.
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).
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 enjoys teaching beginners and seniors, offering classes for all levels, in which each of them can feel confortable practicing at their rhythm and condition.
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.
Daniel Benito Po is the 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.
The accommodation is in dormitories for 6 persons each, where families will share the space with other families. The major benefit for families of sharing a dormitory is that you can come to the retreat at a significantly reduced cost.
We also have private rooms available for 3 or 4 people.
*If there was no more availability in Casa Cuadrau, there is also the possibility of staying in a room of another guest house nearby.
Check about our different types of accommodation.
Link: How to get here?
We can provide transport from Ainsa to Vio on the first day of the retreat, and from Vio to Barbastro on the last day.
What not to bring: all our yoga retreats are undertaken in a toxin-free environment with no tobacco or alcohol.
Everyday from the end of the last activity up until after breakfast of the following morning, we cultivate joyful silence in the house. This deep silence is very healing for calming the mind and being in peace with ourselves, allowing us to deeply listen to ourselves. We will have a restful sleep and the next day we will enjoy the silence with mental clarity during our asana practice, meditation and other activities. By participating in this period of joyful silence we will be supporting each other in our practice.
You will be amazed of how children enjoy very much the silent time.