December 5 - 10, 2023.
The Art of Cooking - Yoga, Meditation, Hiking & Cooking
Yoga, Meditation, Hiking & Cooking Retreat
Awaken your sensitivity and your connection with nature, with your body and with food. A retreat designed to savor the present moment. You can practice meditation in everything you do: moving, breathing, cooking, eating, walking in the mountains,…
This retreat is an opportunity to delve into the Art of Cooking with conscience and love. We will prepare very special vegan dishes with the help of Casa Cuadrau’s chef: Manu Loizaga.
New creations and the discovery of flavors make us pay more attention and enjoy the present moment. The kitchen is an ideal place to practice mindful eating.
Give yourself a few days of:
- Cooking mindfully and healthy delicious dishes,
- Integrate yoga and meditation teachings into every aspect of your life,
- Go snowshoeing* into virgin nature, contemplate it, breathe it and feel part of it.
*Snowshoe excursions will depend on weather and conditions.
Who is this retreat for?
For everyone, regardless of physical condition, level of practice or age. Because yoga practice is for everyone.
During these days we will practice daily:
- yoga asanas,
- meditative hiking,
- mindfulness techniques,
- mindful cooking.
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 classes are usually dynamic, except after the long meditative hikes there are gentle yoga classes (yin yoga).
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.
A day 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.
*One snowshoe excursion will be offered depending on weather and conditions.
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.
Cooking and eating are also a moments when we can practice mindfulness and cultivate loving presence. The state of your mind and your heart when cooking will permeate the food you prepare. Eating is not only nourishing the body but also the mind and heart.
In the 2 cooking workshops with Manu Loizaga we will learn that cooking can be an exploration of creativity as well as a meditative practice. Manu will share tricks to give everyday dishes poetic touches and make everyday life something extraordinary.
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.
A moment of silence to connect with nature, with yourself and with the group. Sharing a bowl of “living tea” we deepen all the richness that dwells in “the way of tea” (Cha Dao).
We give ourselves the opportunity to make from something ordinary something extraordinary and full of meaning.
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 chopping vegetables, drying dishes, etc.
8:00 Yoga Class
10:30 Meditative walk
14:00 Free time
17:00 Cooking Workshop
20:00 Lazy Time
The retreat starts on Tuesday, December 5, at 16h. 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. The retreat finishes on Sunday, December 10 at 12h, after brunch.
Rates per person
Types of accommodation
Rates per person
Standard shared dormitory
Attic double occupancy
Attic single occupancy
Elderberry Cabin double occupancy
Elderberry Cabin individual occupancy
Chandra double occupancy
Chandra single occupancy
Bhumi double occupancy
Bhumi single occupancy
Surya double occupancy
Surya single occupancy
*Without accommodation: it includes all the retreat activities and meals. It doesn’t include the accommodation, that can be in another guest house nearby.
Super reduced rate
We want our programs to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their economic situation.
The published rates correspond to the basic/standard retreat prices. If you are in a difficult financial situation and require financial help to attend this programme, you can find here two support options we are offering. You can select one when you make your booking.
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.
The assistance we offer is only for people in a difficult financial situation, who are unable to afford the cost of this programme.
The price includes:
– Shared dormitory accommodation
– All meals
– All activities
– Taxes & Insurance
Please consider paying the highest rate you can afford from the following:
– Reduced dorm rate: 700€
– Super reduced dorm rate: 677€
If you cannot afford either of these rates, please consider applying for a Karma Yoga/Volunteer programme (minimum stays are 8 weeks).