Yoga of the Body, Mind, Heart and Soul.
Building a sustainable, nourishing, life-long yoga practice in a 9 Day Education and Empowerment Retreat with James Boag.
Duration of the retreat
The course starts on Saturday, June 29th at 16h. There will be an orientation, followed by a dinner at 18:30h and an opening and a meditation. The retreat finishes on Sunday, July 7th after brunch, at 11am.
Deepening our understanding of haṭha yoga technologies, how to:
Work with the pulsating field and contralateral patterns of life.
Foster balanced, accessible strength, and robust kinesthetic competence
Harness efficient circulation of energy and information for sustained health and vitality.
How to weave the support of powerful meditative practices and techniques into your life, even in the context of busy work and family responsibilities.
Practical, Applied Yoga Philosophy
Empowering our life and practice with deepening understanding of time-tested techniques, principles and teachings of yoga as encoded in core teachings of the Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra and Yoga and the Sun.
Expanding our understanding of yoga as the practical, unifying and healing school of Indian Philosophy, including how yoga builds on the foundations of Āyurveda - the Indian Art and Science of Health and Longevity, and Tantra, the wisdom technologies to harness and harmonise the gifts of a human birth.
Casa Cuadrau is a wonderfully supportive environment for immersion into the rich waters of whole life yoga practice. The very walls have been built working with yogic principles and the beautiful shala is a light, spacious space suitable for all our learning activities. The environment, one of the most biodiverse in Europe, offers constant inspiration and support.
In the sun-blessed valley of Vio, we are cradled by majestic mountains and surrounded by diverse, beautiful scenery. This includes the Añisclo Cañon and the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, within walking distance from the house.
During the program, we will have time to walk in this environment every day. On three days, we will go out on longer, guided day excursions to explore yogic principles in the wonderland of the Aragonese Pyrenean environment. We will also have shorter, guided excursions and plenty of time for solo and leisurely walks during the program too.
More about the Course
James’ holistic approach offers a unique blend of expertise in broad spectrum yogic movement, deep meditation, kīrtan, Saṃskṛt knowledge and deep familiarity with yoga texts and their practical application. This immersion with James will be an empowering, educational experience, of deep and lasting value for anyone with interest in bringing greater harmony into their lives and exploring whole life yoga. An invaluable opportunity for yoga teachers and all serious students of yoga.
What we can guarantee on this program:
The experience of living practical yoga principles in a holistic way and an understanding and confidence about how to implement this in the reality of daily life.
Beautiful and inspiring excursions and meditative hikes in diverse and vibrant environments.
Three good meals each day.
Adequate time for rest, and thorough, nourishing exercise for the miraculous powers of our bodies, senses, minds and intelligences.
What people usually experience from programs on retreat with James in this environment:
Tremendous renewed vitality and inspiration.
Greater clarity and understanding of how to bring the harmonising power of yoga into all aspects of life.
If you want to become your own yoga teacher.
If you would like to deepen your confidence and toolkit to develop and maintain a personal yoga practice to support balance, skillfulness and efficiency in all aspects of life.
If you are a teacher/therapist of yoga or related health and wellness modalities.
If you are interested in becoming a yoga teacher.
If you have completed yoga teacher training(s) but want to go deeper.
If you are curious to deepen your understanding of haṭha yoga technologies and how they can empower and support all types of movement, health and fitness practices.
If you’d like to develop greater confidence and resources for a broad spectrum daily yoga practice that includes and nourishes body and senses, mind and intellect, heart and soul.
If you’d like to combine the restorative possibilities of a retreat in a gorgeous, vibrant environment, with a rich, immersive, empowering, educational experience.
Course content / Curriculum
-Crafting a practice to suit the needs of the hour, the day, the season, the stage of life.
-Tools and principles to support skillful, layered, stacked programming for self practice and for guiding and working with others.
- How to access and work safely with the powerful tools of haṭha yoga in the reality of our own body and environment.
-How to ensure physical practices are ‘yoga’: conducive to harmony and sustainable development.
-How to work safely and efficiently with the lexicon of classic, modern yogāsana, including working with postures ‘against gravity’ and learning how to access the ‘technology’ of haṭha yoga without strain.
-How to apply haṭha technologies to empower work with all types of movement practice and physical discipline.
-Developing functional strength and ‘organic strength’ training.
-Preparing the joints, ‘prehabilitation’ for yogāsana.
-Rehabilitating the body’s kinetic chains and energetic pathways.
-Going ‘off piste’ in āsana practice.
-Āsana as training for life.
-Expanding our movement palette.
-Going beyond ‘stretching’ and ’strengthening’ to develop robust centeredness.
-Structure and regularity as a lens for inquiry and deepening fluency.
-Play and improvisation to harness our regenerative and re-creational powers.
-Rehabilitating the squat and the low gait.
-‘Concise’ practices: developing a store of diverse and mutually supportive concise movement practices/sequences/circuits: all principle-based and scalable.
-Movement and the recovery and rehabilitation of our animal powers.
-Gaining understanding of principles so we can safely and effectively ‘lead’ our own practice.
-Sun salutations and Salutations to the Directions as nourishing ‘whole being’ practices including our physical, emotional, intellectual, mental and sensory powers.
-Recasting Yogic ‘alignment’: allowing energy to circulate harmoniously: curved lines and apertures
-Working outside classical alignment to set ourselves up to more skilfully and safely navigate the changing reality of life.
-Moving through diverse environments.
-Moving in nature.
-Exploring a landscape.
-How to walk so it can be the only yoga practice we need.
-Protecting and safeguarding the bodily powers in our ‘furnished’ and provided culture.
The Yoga Sūtra,
The Bhagavad Gītā,
Mythology, Epic and Purāṇa;
And the interface between Yoga, Tantra and Āyurveda.
-Establishing/deepening a live connection to the time-tested wisdom teachings at the heart of the yoga tradition.
-Anchoring our practice with the foundational principles of the practical yoga tradition.
-Learning how to tend the roots and support sustainable growth and development through the inevitable changes and challenges of life.
-Regular dedicated quiet time.
-Meditation in the 21st century: establishing and sustaining connectedness, centredness and groundedness in the reality of ‘modern life’. Techniques and methods to mitigate the effects of the pollution that has invaded all the elements of existence, to help us stay grounded in a world of accelerating change.
-Techniques and practices for ’whole system hygiene’ - cleansing and strengthening the realm of our awareness in the face of the bombarding onslaught of mediated and cyber ‘realities’.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
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 university in Thailand, James began studying Sanskrit. Since then he has spent many seasons in Mysore, South India, w
here 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. Web: jamesboagyoga.com
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.
-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.
-Yoga retreats are undertaken in a toxin-free environment with no tobacco or alcohol.
6:00 Wake up
6:30 Morning meditation
7:15 Morning movement
8:45 Breakfast, karma yoga and rest
10:30 Morning session (practical yoga philosophy, meditative walks, outdoor activities)
16:00 Afternoon session (workshop classes, practical yoga philosophy, inquiry, movement, satsang)
Fees and booking
The total price is made up of two payments:
one to James Boag, which also serves as the deposit to guarantee your place,
and the remaining balance, which is to be paid to Casa Cuadrau any time up to one week before the beginning of the program.
Payment One to James Boag: This is James' teaching fee and your deposit: 420 €
Payment Two to Casa Cuadrau:
The prices vary depending on the type of accommodation:
|Types of accommodation||Price per person|
|Shared dormitory||715 €|
|Chandra double occupancy||965 €|
|Chandra single occupancy||1.180 €|
|Surya double occupancy||1.000 €|
|Surya single occupancy||1.230 €|
|Suite Brahmanda double occupancy||1.190 €|
|Bhumi double occupancy||965 €|
|Bhumi single occupancy||1.180 €|
|Without accommodation||580 €|
*It includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.
Casa Cuadrau's fees are per person and include:
✔️ All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
✔️ 8 nights of accommodation (except the "without accommodation option").
✔️ 2 meditative hikes of half day with picnic in nature and time to rest.
✔️ 1 meditative hike of 5 hours long.
✔️ All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.
* These rates do not include transportation.
- 7% if you come with a group of 4 or more people.