Who we are


Casa Cuadrau grew with the intention of sharing Yoga as an Art of Living and Love for Nature. We provide a warm, honest and safe atmosphere, so our guests can feel comfortable when they open themselves and meet their own truth in the present moment.

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.

Katya Ríos Chávez (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. When she arrived in Vio she rediscovered her love and devotion for nature, as well as a path on which she can continuously learn from her and be in tune with her.

Katya was born in Mexico City. She has a background in business management and marketing and has worked in advertising and marketing in Mexico, France and Argentina. When she was in Buenos Aires she immersed herself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which completely changed her interests. 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 attended 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).

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. She also designs and offers special Yoga sessions one to one to pregnant women, to people with injuries, diseases or specific health conditions.

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.

Certified by the Anahata Center of Yoga Therapy and Massage in Canada, Katya gives applied yoga therapy sessions and thai yoga massages with much love and mindfulness.

She continues deepening in yoga asanas with Matthew Sweeney, Boris Georgiev and Bharath Shetty. She also studies philosophy with James Boag, meditation and mindfulness from Thich Nhat Hanh teachings and Open Dharma.

Katya and Dani met in an ashram in South India. Both had a very similar vision. They share the same values ​​and practice yoga as a way of life. They enjoy being able to share their practice with everyone who comes to the house.

With much love and attention they make Casa Cuadrau a space where all are


Silvia Sampere Navarro

Silvia was born in 1992, in Barcelona and grew up outside of the city, in the heart of the Collserola Natural Park. Shortly after graduating she moved to Dublin, where she worked in an adtech company and learnt how to live with the rain.

In Celtic lands she also found yoga as a way of living, discovering a practice that not only makes her feel good but also promotes a philosophy and values that resonate with her. With time, the asana and meditation practices have opened up the doors to other questions and ways of living: conscious eating, our impact on the environment and minimalism as a lifestyle, to name a few.

Silvia came to Casa Cuadrau in 2018 and fell in love with the project. During 2019, she will be helping boost and improve the operations as well as explore new ways to grow the project, so it can reach more people. Her passions are cooking, photography and spending time in nature, so you might find her preparing delicious food or walking in the mountains with her camera.

María Jose Bañon 

Born in Madrid, with technical training, little by little she began to be interested in another way of life more intuitive and linked to connect with people and the knowledge of the Self. She studied subjects related to health, therapies, nutrition, personal growth, yoga and meditation.

She changed the urban life for a rural one, interested in energectic nutrition, like source of health and reconnection with life and nature. She has conducted several workshops on energy and mindful eating/nutrition, in the macrobiotic line, in Madrid and Cuisine et Santé, in Saint Gaudens (France) and has notions of Ayurvedic cooking. María Jose believes in alchemy in the kitchen and healing power through food.

She also studied and practices manual therapies (Shiatsu, Chiromassage, Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy, Acupuncture and Reiki).

In Casa Cuadrau, she collaborates as a cook, preparing delicous and artisans vegetarian dishes, offering her love and care in everything she does. His greatest interest and motivation is to continue learning and growing personally, developing her full potential to offer it to the service of others.


Our greatest source of inspiration is probably mother nature. Everday she teaches us through the smallest and greatest experiences. We recognize in her a great master who guides life and leads us on our individual paths.

The beings that have had an impact on our spiritual journeys are many and to name them all seems impossible to do. As our practice progresses we continue to meet people who teach and move us, all in their own unique ways.

Here’s some of the ones that inspired us most along the path:

Patanjali, Buddha, Jesus, Rumi, Tagore, Swami Sivananda, Ramana Maharshi, Ananda Mayi, Swami Vivekananda, Krishnamurti, Swami Lakshmanjoo, Swami Vishnudevananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Amritananda Mayi, Eckhart Tolle, Leunig ...


Anna Carboneras Girgas

Physiotherapist (E.U. Gimbernat , 2013) and Cook (self-taught). Trained in physiotherapy and specialized in Urogynaecology, She combines her work with cooking. She has always been passionate about cooking and and good food. Presently she lives in a house in Baix Empordà, that has a large kitchen where she can experiment with and investigate food. She shares her knowledge in the form of workshops, in Verges , Barcelona and Vió. Her culinary research is premised on the use of local, organic and fresh products, easy to find and that everyone can easily have in their kitchen. She is interested in simple preparations and practical in the making, that are tasty and have a creative touch. Seeks to make everyday acts, moments of pleasure.

Lean Sancholuz

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

James Boag is originally from Yorkshire, England, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally.

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, where 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

Carme Torrent

Estudió y trabajó en el ámbito de la arquitectura.

En el ámbito de la movimiento y danza, parte importante de su experiencia proviene del Body Weather Laboratory, práctica de danza desarrollada por el bailarín japonés Min Tanaka, con quien estudió en Japón durante varios años y ha colaborado en diversas ocasiones.

Paralelamente ha ido desarrollando la exploración y escucha en la tactilidad corporal a través de la práctica regular de seitai (katsugen-undo y yuki), la formación en shiatsu y movimiento y también en encuentros regulares con Akinobu Kishi (seiki).

Tocada por el Yoga de Cachemira, se sumerge en esta práctica que tiene su origen en el Shivaismo Tántrico, de la mano de Eric Baret.

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

Wu De (Aaron Fisher)

Author and teacher Wu De is a true Chajin (tea person). He has been a practitioner of Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) for over 20 years, and he has reached over 100,000 people through his writings, classes, workshops, seminars and interviews.

Born Aaron Daniel Fisher in rural Ohio, Wu De knew from an early age that his interests lay to the East. His martial arts practice began at an early age, and led him to discover the wisdom locked inside tea leaves when he was a teenager.

Upon graduating from university with a degree in anthropology and philosophy, he moved to India, where he lived and worked in a meditation center for some years. During this time, he prepared tea daily as fuel for his intensive meditation practice, and he laid the groundwork for his later work with tea as a spiritual vehicle.

Wu De then left India to study meditation in Burma, Thailand and eventually Japan. Working closely with a Zen teacher who often used tea ceremonies as a way of conveying Zen wisdom, his insights into The Way of Tea and the ability of tea to convey deep peace were strengthened.

After being ordained in the Soto Zen tradition, he began studying gongfu tea under Master Lin Ping Xiang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Master Lin taught Wu De about how to serve tea with more skill and focus.

For the last decade, Wu De has been teaching the ancient practice of serving tea from a Zen and tea center in Taiwan, known as Tea Sage Hut. In the last three years, the center’s monthly magazine and organic tea mailing, Global Tea Hut has swelled to connect hundreds of tea lovers and spiritual seekers in over 30 countries. Meanwhile, Tea Sage Hut now houses five long-term students and hosts hundreds of guests per year, sharing The Way of Tea and a more connected way of living and being with each person who joins a tea session there.

In addition to running Tea Sage Hut in Taiwan, Wu De leads tea workshops and seminars around the world. Learn more about him at: globalteahut.org teasagehut.org

 Jessie Rae KayJessie-Rae is intuitive, eclectic and creative, devoted to living life in harmony through peaceful actions. She has dedicated the last decade to exploring Yoga, the healing arts, plant based whole foods cuisine and learning from great wisdom teachings encountered on her global travels. Jessie-Rae is passionate about living life in alignment with the true self and helping others return to a state of balance and wellbeing.

A certified Yoga teacher of Power Vinyasa Flow and Traditional Hatha Yoga, her asana style draws from many of her teachers’ influences including Mathew Sweeney, Beatrix and Pancho of Pantrix, Vijay Amar and most recently James Boag. She is also a qualified plant based chef and a energy worker of Reiki and spectral healing modalities.

She sees and dreams life in energy forms, creating her reality from a place of peace and love. To Jessie-Rae all of her passions are energy work, whether she is practicing Reiki, Yoga or cooking plant based delights.

Stevie Kay

Stevie lives and breathes Yoga. For him it is a practice which touches every aspect of life beyond the mat. From a young age Stevie was at home in nature. This feeling of “coming home” when surfing in the ocean was later experienced through yogic practices which has now become a way of life. He has spent the last 10 years travelling the globe studying and practicing Yoga, meditation, and breath work from various teachers including Mathew Sweeney, Pancho and Beatrix of Pantrix, Vijay Amar and most recently James Boag. He is a certified Yoga teacher of Power Vinyasa Flow and Traditional Hatha Yoga. His classes focus on breath work, functional movement, cultivating mindful awareness and a synthesis of eastern and western philosophy.

A passionate grower his studies of permaculture have reiterated to him the importance of living in tune with nature’s cycles. Stevie lives his life guided by the heart, knowing that kindness and nurturing actions are the keys to human evolution and the sustenance of this beautiful planet we call home.

Amelie Ledesma

A tireless searcher, Amelie found in yoga a way of learning from which to look at and understand each other better, which also allows her to deepen some of her concerns: spirituality, physical exercise, health and philosophy.

An integral yoga teacher certified by Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500), certified in AnatomYoga® and in therapeutic yoga by Pranamanasyoga, she has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 15 years.

Her yoga sessions focus not only on improving physical fitness but also on the mental and energetic level. In the sessions from body listening and conscious breathing we work among others flexibility, stability, strength, balance but also detachment to the results, the acceptance of our limits and the place where we are every day, so that we can transfer those learnings to our day to day and be able to change the way we live our lives and our interpersonal relationships.

She has been a student of José Manuel Vázquez, Blandine Calais-Germain, Leslie Kaminoff, Víctor Morera, Grazia Suffriti and Kausthub Desikachar, among others.

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