Reconnecting with Nature and its cycles with a Yoga & Meditative Trekking Retreat.
Includes 3-day excursion ascending and exploring the corners of the mythical Cotiella Mountain, Aragonese Pyrenees.
Cotiella is a mountain as beautiful as it is humble, because it is just below 3000mts. It is a fascinating corner of the Pyrenees, with varied landscapes that are little frequented. It hides treasures as diverse as the Needles of Lavasar, the Circus of Armeña or the forests of centenary firs.
In this journey we will alternate the Meditative Trekking with practices of Yoga Asanas, Meditation and Meditative Movement in nature.
Duration of the retreat
The retreat starts on June 21st at 16h. There will be an introduction and opening, followed by a dinner and a meditation. The retreat finishes on June 26th after brunch, at 11am.
An unforgettable experience
The first day we will prepare physically and mentally, in Casa Cuadrau and surroundings, through yoga classes (hatha yoga and vinyasa), meditation sessions, meditative walks and Satsangs to share our learning experiences.
The second day we will venture on an exciting meditative route of 3 days through the mountains, which will allow us to discover its corners and secrets through our own experience and with the help of the explanations of Daniel Benito. He is a professional mountain guide, specialized in nature interpretation, as well as yoga and meditation instructor.
We will spend wonderful nights camping under the stars.
The last day, when we come back to the house, is reserved to rest and relax after the long trekking. We will recover and rest deeply through restorative yoga, deep relaxation session and guided meditations.
This will be a fascinating journey into Nature and into the understanding that we are Nature. An adventure that will leave us feeling renewed, full of enery and vitality.
The meditative walks and the long trekking help us to understand, through experience, our deep connection with nature.
This practice 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.
We will spend our nights under the stars, in two-person tents, shepherd’s huts (without services of any kind) and, if weather is favorable, in bivouacs.
Everybody will carry their backpack with their personal equipment (clothes, sleeping bag, mat, etc ...) and food, which will be distributed among the whole group. The tents and collective material (stoves, pots ...) will be carried by the guides and by those who voltunteer to help carrying them.
To a large extent, the weight you will carry depends how much you stick to the proposed “what to wear” list. If you limit yourself to this list and you carry light technical equipment, the backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kg, including the weight of the food supplied by the team.
The trek is in silence
In the mornings, we will try to cultivate joyful silence, especially when walking. However, in the interpretative stops, breaks, etc., we will have time to share experiences.
In the morning there will be meditation sessions of meditation, sun salutations and pranayama to activate the body and the mind. Just before our picnic stop, we will do some meditative movement excercises, connecting with nature. And after each walking journey there will be a short session of yoga asanas to stretch, followed by a dinner and Satsang.
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.
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.
We bring the principles of Yoga in everything we do. We invite you to practice Karma Yoga by helping us with simple tasks during the trekking as fetching water, washing and drying dishes, helping to set up and take down the tents, etc.
The daily meditative treks will be achievable for all those who have an acceptable physical shape.
About the facilitators
Daniel Benito Po
Co-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) and he continues deepening his yoga asana practice with Matthew Sweeney. 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.
Lean was born in 1987 in Argentina, in Comodoro Rivadavia, Patagonia, and when he was five, he moved to Spain with his family and spent his childhood in Burgos.
He loves travelling, meeting people, climbing mountains and being in nature ... and he had been climbing and hiking for long time, until one day he realised that all he wanted was to live in nature and follow his passion, sharing his love for the mountains with others, so he decided to leave Burgos and came to live in the Pyrenees. He has a training as a mountain guide. He is also a kid’s counsellor for holiday camps and he continues to learn and train...
Lean is one of the mountain guides on the meditative walks and hikes at Casa Cuadrau and he shares with great passion his knowledge of the flora and fauna, the environment, the traditions of the Pyrinean villages ...
Besides enjoying the mountains, Lean likes to capture special places, and to share his view of nature with people, he has created this
page: Largos KMS
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).
-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.
Check the link of what to bring tho the retreat.
List of what you need for the meditative long trekking:
(Including what we wear on the first day of the trek):
✔️ 1 Light trekking footwear (sneakers or boots).
✔️ 1 flip flops or crocks.
✔️ 2 summer trekking trousers (1 short or convertible and a long 3 seasons.
✔️ 2 T-Shirts.
✔️ 2 Underpants/panties.
✔️ 3 Pairs of socks (2 trekking, 1 thick).
✔️ 1 Thermal pants.
✔️ 1 Thermal vest, merino or polyester.
✔️ 1 Polar fleece or similar.
✔️ Windbreaker jacket with goretex membrane or similar. Down jacket or similar.
✔️ Rain coat or poncho.
✔️ Hat or cap.
✔️ Buff, hat and gloves.
✔️ Technical trekking backpack (55 L minimum): There should be room for the food that we supply daily.
✔️ Light and warm sleeping bag (nights at 2,500 m altitude can be cold). Down or synthetic. Approximate temperature range recommended: 1C ° comfort, Transition -5 °, Risk: -18 ° C
✔️ Light and insulating mat (Yoga mats are NOT appriopiate).
✔️ Water bottle or Hydration Bladder Bag (min. 1Liter)
✔️ Trekking poles (optional, but very recommendable).
Rates per person
|Types of accommodation||Price per person|
|Shared dormitory||780 €|
|Chandra double occupancy||855 €|
|Chandra single occupancy||935 €|
|Surya double occupancy||870 €|
|Surya single occupancy||955 €|
|Suite Brahmanda double occupancy||940 €|
|Bhumi double occupancy||855 €|
|Bhumi single occupancy||935 €|
|Without accommodation||710 €|
*It includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.
The price are per person and include:
✔️ All meals and picnics made with love in our vegetarian kitchen (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
✔️ 3 nights of accommodation in Casa Cuadrau (except the "without accommodation” option) and 2 nights sleeping in tents during the trekking.
✔️ Guided meditation sessions.
✔️ Daily yoga and movement classes.
✔️ A deep relaxation session.
✔️ Guided meditative hikes.
✔️ A 3 day long meditative trekking with professional mountain guides.
✔️ All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.
* These rates do not include transportation.
-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.