Silence & Deep Rest Retreat

Silence & Deep Rest Retreat

Meditation through deep rest, connected hiking, and yoga.

If you want to stop, fill yourself with beauty, and honour your body and your soul, you are welcome to join us in this silent and deep rest retreat.


Duration of the retreat

The retreat starts on May 15th, participants can arrive from 16h. There will be an introduction and opening at 18h, followed by a dinner and a meditation. The retreat finishes on May 19th at 14:30h, after lunch. 

Held by 3 experienced facilitators, a warm inner and outer space will be created to gently enter our hearts and awaken gratitude and fluidity in our lives.

Gemma Polo will delicately combine the words of inspiration and the guidance of both the group and each individual through the intimate process towards joy and freedom. Leaving behind the preconceived ideas and rigidity that paralyze us, everyone will be encouraged to experience the transforming power of deep rest, and to enter a space beyond the mind, where wisdom and love flows.

Walking consciously in nature, guided by Daniel Benito, will make us remember our essence and become one with the whole.

The practice of yoga with Katya Rios will fill us with vitality while embracing the new day, and will help us discover the beauty and subtlety of our own body.


Noble Silence

The entire retreat will be held in noble silence, giving us the opportunity to experience a world without words in which everything vibrates with more intensity and in which we can see more clearly


Activities Description


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 a 90 minute class every morning.

Yoga classes are progressive, variations for different levels of practice and particular limitations are always offered.

Meditative walks are an esencial practice in our retreats. They are accesible for everyone. They help us to understand, through experience, our deep connection with nature.
It makes us notice in each step and in each breath, that the energy that exist inside us it is just the same as the energy that exists out there. Nature is our greatest teacher, silence and deep listening helps us enrich the experience She offers.

There will be a daily 2 hour meditative walk in nature, opening the senses and developing awareness on our present moment.

Walking meditation: we will bring into practice the principles of walking meditation by walking on our own.

45 minute guided or silent meditation sessions. In some sessions we will address any personal doubts or questions about the practice.

This allows you to let your voice come out through simple repetitive mantras with the aim of quieting the mind and raising vibrations beyond singing. For many of us this practice is another way of connecting with deep peace and silence.

 Karma Yoga is Yoga in action = finding skillfulness and integration in any action.

We bring the principles of Yoga in everything we do. We invite you to practice Karma Yoga by helping us with simple tasks of the house as fetching water from the fountain, chopping vegetables, drying dishes, etc. 

 Each day Gemma will offer space for those who would like to have a one-to-one interview with her. For most people, the process of awakening is very intimate and personal, and it can be really beneficial to explore your experience in more depth on an individual level.


Experience level

✔️ Beginner
✔️ Intermediate
✔️ Advanced


About the facilitators

Gemma Polo offers one to one spiritual guidance and has been facilitating Deep Rest and meditation retreats in all continents with "Open Dharma" since 2002. Theologian, beekeeper, poet, and mother. Her passion for the question of life and death led her to start practicing Zen at age 16, became a contemplative and activist nun, and lived in India for a decade. Her strong connection to nature led her to be the co-founder and currently also the director of "Dharmaloca", an eco-retreat centre located in the heart of Montsant, Tarragona, Spain. 
 Katya Rios Chavez (Kalyani)

Co-director of Casa Cuadrau, Katya found in yoga a way of life, a system for self-exploration, providing her with constant support on her path. Currently she continues to deepen her practice with teachers such as Matthew Sweeney, Boris Georgiev, James Boag among others. In early 2014 Katya underwent further asana training with Bharath Shetty and got a 500 RYT teaching certification (Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, and Therapeutic yoga). In 2009, she got her teachers’ training certificate from the International Sivananda Vedanta Organization. Later, after having spent three years working in yoga centers and ashrams from the same organization in Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Quebec, she took an advanced teacher training course in India (500 RYT).

 Daniel Benito Po 

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.


Important Information

-Discover our different types of accommodation.

-Learn more about our vegetarian food.

-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 to bring to the retreat?

-Yoga retreats are undertaken in a toxin-free environment with no tobacco or alcohol.





The teachings and meditation activities led by Gemma Polo are offered on a donation basis, in other words there is no fixed price. Gemma Polo will offer freely of their time, energy and wisdom throughout the retreat, honouring the ancient tradition of Buddhist monks and creating a bridge between the heart and the material world.

What price would you put on the light of the stars? Or on the leaves of the trees? Providing these teachings and retreats without a fixed price provides an opening for each of us to connect to the vast freedom of the universe – as much to those offering as to those receiving.

We hope and we know that your generosity will be equal to ours and that your donations, which you can make at the end of the retreat, will allow us to continue offering these teachings and doing the work we love.

Gemma Polo and her family rely exclusively on the generosity of all beings who are nurtured and nourished on the retreats she offers. Thank you for your generosity!


Rates per person


Types of accommodation Price per person
Shared dormitory 490 €
Chandra double occupancy 625 €
Chandra single occupancy 735 €
Surya double occupancy 645 €
Surya single occupancy 755 €
Suite Brahmanda double occupancy 735 €
Bhumi double occupancy 625 €
Bhumi single occupancy 735 €
Without accommodation 450 €

*It includes all the activities offered by Casa Cuadrau’s facilitators and meals. Staying in another guest house.

The price are per person and include:

✔️ All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen (breakfast, lunch, dinner). 
✔️ 4 nights of accommodation (except the "without accommodation option").
✔️  Guided meditation sessions.
✔️  Daily yoga and movement classes.
✔️  Guided meditative hikes.
✔️  All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.


* These rates do not include Gemma Polo’s fees, which are offered on a donations basis. 



-10% if you have already come to one of our retreats.
-10% on your 2nd retreat if attending two consecutive retreats.
-7% if you come with a group of 4 or more people.


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