Yoga, Hiking and “Our place in the Universe”

Yoga, Hiking and “Our place in the Universe”

Awaken your sensibility and connection with nature with at Easter. This retreat is designed so you can let go the stress and learn more about the wonders in the Universe, the Stars, our place in the Cosmos and our relationship with it.

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.”
- Carl Sagan

Give yourself relaxing days in the heart of the Pyrenees to:

✔️ Pause and listen to yourself deeply.
✔️ Integrate the practical teachings of yoga and meditation into every aspect of your life.
✔️ Stop to contemplate the stars in a very pure and wild environment.
✔️ Set out on an inner and “cosmic” journey to understand our origins, and our place in the Universe.

 

Summer Sky - Milky Way

The Milky Way is at its best at summer in the Northern Hemisphere, as Scorpius and Sagittarius are visible slightly above the horizon, showing us the way to the Galactic Centre, 25.000 light-years away. Two birds, pregnant of stars and nebulae, are also prominent signposts to nearby Galactic Arms: the Eagle (Aquila) and the Swan (Cygnus).
The most distant object visible to the naked eye will also be present: the great galaxy in Andromeda, our elder extragalactic sister.

 

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 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.


Meditative walks and hikes are esencial practices in our retreats. They are very simple and 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 90 minute meditative walk in nature, opening the senses and developing mindfulness.

Two days will be dedicated to meditative hiking, starting just after breakfast and coming back for a gentle yoga session. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the the Ordesa National Park or surrounding areas. 

Everyday there will be guided meditation sessions, in the morning and before going to sleep. The best way to start and finish the day.

We practice simple techniques that are easy to carry on at home. We use universal elements to all of us as concentration objects, such as the breath, the body sensations, sounds, etc.

 The workshops about the stars, the universe and our place within it, aswell as observing the stars and the moon will be facilitated by Juan Carlos Escanciano. With his scientific knowledge and using modern technology the astronomical observations are presented in an easy and impressive way. Juan Carlos connects astronomy, anthropology and psychology in a poetic and deep way helping us to understand our origins and our current position in the Cosmos.
In Sanskrit, Sat means truth and Sang means group or community.

Satsang is a gathering to share our concerns, questions, and our deepest insights. It is also a time to meditate together, contemplate nature and sing meditative songs or mantras.

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.

 

 

Experience level

✔️ Beginner
✔️ Intermediate
✔️ Advanced

 

About the facilitators

 

Katya Ríos

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.

Juan Carlos Escanciano 

Juan Carlos Escanciano is the creator of Navetierra, a project of propagating science, with emphasis on astronomy and space exploration, and its potential impact on the human mind and in society. Juan Carlos was initially formed as a Computer Engineer, a profession he has practiced for over 15 years and now has left. In fact, his early passion for the mountains, science and spiritual traditions encourage him to look for something more tuned with his true vocation.

Website: www.navetierra.es

 

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.

Everyday from the end of the evening Satsang up until before lunch 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. Breakfast will be taken mindfully and in silence. By participating in this period of joyful silence we will be supporting each other in our practice.

Throughout the afternoon we will enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, which will allow us to get to know each other in a more authentic way.

 

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Photo caption of the star:  The star HD 44179 is surrounded by an extraordinary structure known as the Red Rectangle. It acquired its moniker because of its shape and its apparent colour when seen in early images from Earth. This strikingly detailed new Hubble image reveals how, when seen from space, the nebula, rather than being rectangular, is shaped like an X with additional complex structures of spaced lines of glowing gas, a little like the rungs of a ladder. The star at the centre is similar to the Sun, but at the end of its lifetime, pumping out gas and other material to make the nebula, and giving it the distinctive shape. It also appears that the star is a close binary that is surrounded by a dense torus of dust — both of which may help to explain the very curious shape. Precisely how the central engine of this remarkable and unique object spun the gossamer threads of nebulosity remains mysterious. It is likely that precessing jets of material played a role. The Red Rectangle is an unusual example of what is known as a proto-planetary nebula. These are old stars, on their way to becoming planetary nebulae. Once the expulsion of mass is complete a very hot white dwarf star will remain and its brilliant ultraviolet radiation will cause the surrounding gas to glow. The Red Rectangle is found about 2 300 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros (the Unicorn). The High Resolution Channel of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys captured this view of HD 44179 and the surrounding Red Rectangle nebula — the sharpest view so far. Red light from glowing Hydrogen was captured through the F658N filter and coloured red. Orange-red light over a wider range of wavelengths through a F625W filter was coloured blue. The field of view is about 25 by 20 arcseconds.

 

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