August 15 - 20, 2023
Forest Bathing: Yoga, Meditation & Hiking
Forest Bathing: Yoga, Meditation & Hiking
"Real change will happen only when we fall in love with our planet. Only love can show us how to live in harmony with nature and with each other."
Allow yourself to stop and relax in the nature. Immerse yourself in it, listen to it and feel it with every pore of your skin. With a forest bath you can recover your energy, connect with the natural rhythms and your inner voice.
- Recover your vitality with simple practices that can transform your daily life.
- Reconnect with nature and its cycles.
- Enjoy the natural movement, breathing in and out and simply being in nature.
In the 80’s the term shinrin-yoku emerged in Japan, to give an ecological alternative after the exhaustion of the technological boom and to bring people closer to nature again. This term can be translated as Forest Bath.
In the 1990’s, science began to investigate the physiological benefits of this practice. To name a few:
- lowering blood pressure
- lowering cortisol levels
- improving concentration and memory
- it was also discovered that a chemical released by trees and plants, called phytoncide, stimulates the immune system.
- and that the benefits are evident even several hours after exposure to trees, the sky, birdsong ….
We believe that the benefits are not only evident a few hours later, but for days and months. In our retreats, it is one of the fundamental practices.
Who is this retreat for?
For everyone, regardless of physical condition, level of practice or age. Because the practice of yoga is for everyone.
During these days we will practice daily:
- yoga asanas
- forest baths and meditative trekking
- art and creativity
- mindfulness techniques
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.
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.
In all hikes we will include Forest Bath activities.
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.
During the week we will have some planned activities to awaken our creativity being inspired from the connection with nature and with ourselves.
We will explore art through dance, painting and writing, to name a few proposals. It will be a time to experience and feel, and thus allow us to get to know ourselves better.
Through silence, calmness and the awakening of our senses it gets easier to connect with our creative power. In some of us this power is forgotten, asleep. We just need space, practice and care to cultivate it.
These activities are intended to connect us with our listening skills and our intuition, so we can let emerge what we carry inside. The essence is in the process, in self-discovery and exploration. The result does not matter, but our ability to be present, to relax and to rediscover ourselves, without judging. In this way, we broaden our vision with another perspective, from which we recognize, accept and embrace what arises.
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 fetching water from the fountain, chopping vegetables, drying dishes, etc.
6:30 Wake up
9:00 Meditative Hike
14:00 Free time
17:00 Yoga class
The retreat starts on Tuesday, August 15th 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, August 20th at 12h, after brunch.
Rates per person
Types of accommodation
Rates per person
Standard shared dormitory
Attic double occupancy
Attic single 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.
Prices, donations and grants
We want our programs to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial 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: 675€
– Super reduced dorm rate: 625€
If you cannot afford either of these rates, please consider applying for a Karma Yoga/Volunteer programme (minimum stays are 8 weeks).