June 21 - 25, 2023
Summer Solstice: Long Trekking and Yoga
Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a Long Trekking & Yoga Retreat.
“We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”
The Summer Solstice is a time to honor and celebrate the process of life at its best. What is happening around us, in the Nature we inhabit, will also be reflected internally. Open yourself towards this new station and receive what it has to teach you and give you.
- Awaken your senses and open your heart.
- Live a journey of deep conexion with Mother Nature and with your essence.
- Walking, step by step, you will rediscover the true nature of your being.
From that integration, your purpose in this life will reveal itself. Opportunities to get to know yourself better and grow will unfold along the way.
This retreat includes 3-day and 2-night excursion ascending and exploring the corners of the mythical Sestrales Mountain and Añisclo Canyon, Ordesa National Park.
Who is this retreat for?
For all people who love nature and want to get into the wild. The daily routes will be accessible for all those who have an acceptable physical shape.
The first day we will prepare physically and mentally for the trekking experience. We will do it in Casa Cuadrau and surroundings, through yoga class (hatha yoga and vinyasa), and a check up of your backpack. We will help you to organise your equipment and we will have a brief explanation about the route and about the excursion.
The second day we will venture on an exciting meditative route of 3 days through the mountains. We will 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. He will offer us his holistic vision of the pilgrimage, meditative movement sessions, pranayama and the possibility of meditating in the middle of nature.
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. We will be ready to go home completely transformed and with full of energy and vitality.
It is an accessible trekking if you are in acceptable physical shape and have a minimum of experience hiking in the mountains. It is a suitable option for initiation to trekking or excursions of several days sleeping in nature.
We will leave Casa Cuadrau with our backpacks loaded with what is truly essential to satisfy our basic needs. During these three days, we are going to be absolutely self-sufficient. Sleeping, cooking and eating in the middle of nature and by our own means, that is, without the support of infrastructures, such as mountain refuges with services. We will make use of what Mother Nature offers us to establish our camp with what we take with us.
On the first day of the journey, we will go down the path marked GR-15.1 to the hermitage of San Urbez. After commending ourselves to this inspiring local saint, we will go up the Añisclo Canyon. Day 1 is the hardest part of the journey. We will walk more than 17 km. and we will progressively save a drop of more than +1000 meters. This canyon is one of the great jewels of the Pyrenees, both for the extraordinary beauty of its rocky cliffs sculpted by the passage of water, and for the exuberance of its biodiversity. In this wild botanical museum, there are more plant species than in the whole of the United Kingdom. A magical place, where we will immerse ourselves in an authentic forest bathing. We will enjoy the pools and waterfalls of a virgin high mountain river that will offer us a dream accommodation in Fuenblanca (1800mts).
On the second day, we will leave the canyon through the Grau de Foratiello, we will pass through San Vicenda, a paradise for cattle at this time of year. From here we will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Monte Perdido, Sesa Mountain and the Añisclo Canyon. We will pass through Plana Canal, we will ascend through Tozal de la Fueva to reach the top of Los Sestrales (2,101mts.), the summit of our pilgrimage. This powerful mountain will offer us a fantastic bedroom under the light of the stars, where we can contemplate the immensity of the Milky Way and feel part of the immensity of the Cosmos.
On the third day, we will go around Los Sestrales and, after a dizzying descent of more than 1,200 meters of slope, once again crossing majestic mixed forests, we will arrive at the Romanesque Bridge of San Urbez, which we will cross again after three unforgettable days of journey. From there, only remains to overcome the last ascent to get out of the bottom of the canyon and return to the house, thus concluding a transformative and powerful pilgrimage experience in which we face our difficulties and overcome our fears.
- Route Difficulty: Moderate
- Total distance: 17 Km.
- Slope: +1.280 m. – 430m.
- Total time hiking: 9h.
- Type of Terrain: Marked trails in most of the route with uneven terrain and even the need to use your hands in specific steps.
- 7:30 h. Departure from the Casa
- 10:30 h. Lunch on the banks of the Río Bellos
- 14:00h. Rest and Snack in La Ripareta
- 19:00 h. Dinner, we set up camp and rest.
- Route Difficulty: Moderate
- Total distance: 12 Km.
- Slope: +874 m. – 489 m.
- Total time hiking: 7h.
Type of Terrain: Trails marked out in most of the route with uneven terrain in specific steps.
- 8:00 h. Departure from La Fuenblanca
- 10:30 h. Lunch in Foratiello
- 14:00 h. Rest and Snack
- 19:00 h. Dinner, we set up camp in Sestrales and rest.
- Route Difficulty: Moderate
- Total distance: 10 Km.
- Slope: + 644 m. – 1.240m.
- Total time hiking: 7h.
Type of Terrain: Marked trails in most of the route with uneven terrain and even the need to use your hands in specific steps.
- 8:30 h. Departure from Sestrales
- 10:30 h. Lunch in Portal de Belén
- 14:00 h. Rest and Snack
- 16:00 h. Expected arrival at Casa Cuadrau
Note: the route and schedules are subject to changes depending on the group and/or weather conditions.
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.
What is the level of difficulty of the journey?
The level of difficulty is medium. It may include sections with certain challenges.
People with little or no prior mountain experience, and a good physical condition, had no problem doing it.
Do you need to be well trained or is it something more relaxed?
You need to have a good physical condition and some experience in this kind of physical activity.
How many hours are we expected to walk per day?
About 8 hours per the day, including pauses for meals, interpretation of nature, etc. Approximately there will be around 6 hours of active walk.
The time of activity in the mountains can always vary depending on the conditions of the group and/or the weather.
Will the trek be very difficult and with big differences in elevation?
Technically they are not very difficult. However, you should to take into account the hours of walking and occasional steep slopes, both positive and negative.
Where will we sleep?
In two-person tents, shepherd’s huts (without services of any kind) and, if weather is favorable, in bivouacs.
Does everyone carry their backpack (including tents) or will they be carried to the destination every day?
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.
How much weight will we have to carry?
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.
Is the trek 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.
Will we practice yoga daily?
Before leaving for the daily walk and at the end of the day, we will spend a few minutes practicing Sun Salutations and some yoga asanas to stretch and relax the body.
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.
Including what we wear on the first day of the trek.
- 1 Light trekking footwear (sneakers or boots)
- 1 flip flops or crocs to rest the feet
- 1 summer trekking trousers (1 short or convertible and a long 3 seasons)
- 2 T-shirts (one on and a spare)
- 1 Underpants/panties
- 2 Pairs of socks (trekking)
- 1 pijama (or whatever you wear to sleep)
- 1 Thermal vest, merino or polyester
- Windbreaker jacket with gore-tex membrane or similar. Down jacket or similar
- Raincoat or poncho (ideal for Summer)
- Hat or cap
- Buff, hat and gloves
- Swimsuit (optional)
- Waterproof or plastic bag for dry clothes
- 2 plastic bags for dirty or wet clothes
- A pair of zip-loc bags for utensils (torch/batteries/camera)
- Technical trekking backpack (55 L minimum.): Once you have put all your things, there must be at least 10 liters of free space for the food of the 3 days that we will supply you.
- Light and warm sleeping bag. (nights at 2,500 m altitude can be cold) . We recommend you to bring a good sleeping bag down or synthetic. Approximate temperature range recommended: 1C ° comfort, Transition -5 °, Risk: -18 ° C
- Light and insulating mat (Yoga mats are NOT appropriate)
- Water bottle or Hydration Bladder Bag (min. 1,5 litre)
- Trekking poles (optional, but very recommendable)
If you lack some of the necessary equipment, at Casa Cuadrau we have good quality sleeping bags and backpacks for rent.
- Simond Feather Bag or similar 0*C comfort temperature: €45 for the entire trekking.
- Trekking backpack of high quality comfortable and light: Woman 50lts.+ Man 60 lts.+: €35 for the entire trekking.
Check availability of these services by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or WhatsApp at: 645 830 346.
The retreat starts on Wednesday, June 21st 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 son Sunday, June 25th 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: 395€
– Super reduced dorm rate: 360€
If you cannot afford either of these rates, please consider applying for a Karma Yoga/Volunteer programme (minimum stays are 8 weeks).