August 27 - September 1, 2024

Dancing nature: Movement, Yoga, Art & Hiking

Dancing nature: Mindful movement, Yoga, Art & Hiking

"I wish to dance what I am…the non-existent self…that which is not found in my memory."
-Min Tanaka

“The body is alive together with the earth.

Freedom and Love are just words. We need to realise it with the body.

-Sometimes when I see you dancing an environment I feel more the river and I feel more the wall or whatever, so it’s like you give a body so we can feel the nature.
-If you can see the sky beautiful, it’s my big pleasure, rather than my own dance.

To dance nature towards freedom and love.”

-Extract from an interview with Min Tanaka

 

Think about when was the last time you danced the music of a forest.

Get some days of “retreat” to:

  • Empty your mind by connecting with your body and nature.
  • Explore movement, yoga and meditation daily.
  • Walk silently in a paradise of calm, surrounded by natural beauty.

 

Who is this retreat for?

For everyone, regardless of physical condition, level of practice or age. Because movement and yoga practice is for everyone.

During these days we will practice daily:

  • movement sessions in nature
  • meditative hiking
  • yoga asana sessions
  • meditation
  • movement techniques such as Body Weather, Katsugen Undo, Yuki, among others.

Rates include

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.
5 Nights of accommodation.
Guided meditations.
5 Yoga and movement sessions.
2 Satsangs.
Mindful movement workshops.
2 Meditative hikes in nature.
2 Long half-day hikes in the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.
All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.

Not included

Transportation
Rates per person on a scale by room type

We propose range rates, where contributions are variable, according to the economic possibilities of each person. They operate based on trust, solidarity and reciprocity. More information in the PRICE RANGE tab.

Rates per person
Type of accommodationAssistedStandardGenerous
Without accommodation575 €675 €770 €
Shared bedroom670 €785 €900 €
Double room with shared bathroom- 840 €967 €
Single room with shared bathroom-925 €1055 €
Double room with bathroom-950 €1075 €
Single room with bathroom-1108 €1235 €
Double room with daybed and bathroom-1017 €1150 €
Single room with daybed and bathroom-1147 €1270 €

To reserve, you will only have to make a payment of 200 euros as a deposit.

SEE THE ROOMS

Casa Cuadrau is a Cooperative Society of Social Interest.

We want our programs to be accessible to the greatest number of people, regardless of their economic situation.

This is why we put forward a sliding scale contribution system, to adapt to the economic capabilities of each person. The sliding scale is based on trust, solidarity and reciprocity.

Rates vary depending on the type of accommodation. There is a minimum price (assisted rate*), a standard price and a maximum (generous rate).

Minimum prices are available for the shared dorms or for the “no accommodation” options (if you stay in your van).

Please consider paying the highest rate you can afford, to support others in a more difficult financial situation. You will also be supporting Casa Cuadrau to continue renewing its facilities.

To reserve, you will only have to make a payment of 200 euros as a deposit.
You can make the remaining payment at the end of the retreat by credit card or cash.

Remember that you can also make a donation here.

*If you cannot afford any of these fees, consider applying for a Karma Yoga/Volunteer program (minimum stays are of 8 weeks).

At the end of the retreat we will open a space for donations. With your generosity you are supporting Casa Cuadrau (Cooperative of Social Interest) and its team. You are also enabling other fellow practitioners, who are in a more difficult financial situation, to attend our programmes.

Activities

Daily circumstances are full of wonder if one encounters the serenity to observe them in silence. And being conscious that we a part of something bigger, maybe infinite is mind blowing.

Life is movement. No matter how small or slow, this constant and continuous vibration is present in every cell that forms part of the Universe. So the Universe breathing is also present in our bodies. Looking deeply this movement, a beautiful dance in itself, arises the same awe that in a child watching the sky.

In the movement sessions we will explore movement techniques such as Body Weather, Katsugen Undo, Yuki, among others.

Yoga classes are for all levels of practice.  The sesiones are based on principles of Kashmir Yoga.

In this practice, the asanas are special moments in which we sense the tranquility that lies at the heart of all life. Time between the asana practice is dedicated to meditation allowing us space to familiarise ourselves with our body’s natural absorption and vibrational state that arises unexpectedly during these moments.

We will explore the body just as it is in each moment – any areas where we feel emptiness, tension or reaction. Allowing deep listening to become the guiding principle, without expecting anything in return.

During the meditative walks we connect with our internal nature, as well as with our external surroundings, allowing our perception of nature to flow through all our senses, including those we may not even be aware of. Perceptions and sensations flowing from inside to outside and visaversa.

Our breath and its modifications, sensations and bodily reactions, the organic movement that the body creates and the perception of the environment through all of our senses are some of the elements that allow us to re-learn to walk, experiencing the integration of the body, mind and all life.

Walking in silence we can find a natural state of calmness and harmony within ourselves and with everything around us. In this state our minds can experience a deep sense of rest.

There will be 2 longer excursions in Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.

Everyday there will be guided meditation sessions, in the morning and some nights 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.

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.

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.

6:30 Wake up
7:00 Meditation
7:45 Yoga
9:15 Breakfast
10:00 Meditative Hike
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free Time
16:30 Movement session
19:00 Dinner
20:30 Satsang
22:00 Rest

DATES: August 27 to September 1, 2024
LEVELS: principiante, intermedio y avanzado

Duration

The retreat starts on Tuesday, August 27th at 16h and it finishes on Sunday, September 1st at 12h, after brunch.

Check-in is from 15 to 16:30h, then there will be a yoga class and an introduction, followed by a dinner and an opening of the retreat.

Facilitators

Carme Torrent

Movement, yoga and meditation

Eeva Varja

Mountain guide

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