June 21 - 25, 2024

Summer Solstice & Noche de San Juan: - Yoga, Music, Movement & Nature

Summer Solstice & San Juan Celebration with rituals

«Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.»
-Kahlil Gibran

The Summer Solstice is a time to honor and celebrate life at its best. Nature is effervescent and exploding with colors, smells and beauty. That is also a reflection of what happens within each of us. Tune into the energy of the mountains and offer your reverence to life.

In this days:

  • Celebrate the Summer Solstice with yoga practices, meditation and rituals with the elements to find well-being and inner calm.
  • Connect with the ancestral fire element that invites to celebrate light and vibrate to the rhythm of the energy of nature.
  • Let your body and voice expand through music, singing and somatic movement.

Who is this retreat for?

For everyone, regardless of physical condition, level of practice or age. Because yoga, meditation and singing practice is for everyone. During these days we will practice daily:

  • yoga asanas,
  • pranayama,
  • meditation,
  • celebrations and rituals with music and singing circles,
  • meditative hiking,
  • mindfulness techniques.

Rates include

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.
4 nights of accommodation
4 meditation sessions.
4 yoga and movement classes.
1 tea ceremony.
1 satsang.
San Juan ritual celebration.
Singing circle.
Movement and music sessions.
1 forest bathing and 1 meditative hike.
1 long half-day excursions 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 accommodation455 €540 €625 €
Shared bedroom530 €625 €720 €
Double room with shared bathroom- 675 €770 €
Single room with shared bathroom-740 €835 €
Double room with bathroom-760 €855 €
Single room with bathroom-887 €985 €
Double room with daybed and bathroom-800 € 900 €
Single room with daybed and bathroom-910 €1008 €

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

There is one yoga class per day. 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 will be some sessions more gentle with Yin Yoga practice. 

Yoga classes are progressive, variations for different levels of practice and particular limitations are always offered.

Movement Sessions

In the morning we will have time to move mindfully through space, connect with our breathing and the body through the practice of somatic movement.

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.

One day will be dedicated to a Forest Bathing and another one to a Meditative Hike, 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.

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.

After the meditations we open a sharing circle for questions or to offer mindfulness tools and practices to guide us during the day.

Summer Solstice

The night of June 21st is the shortest of the year, the maximum expression of light. It is from that light that we prepare to live the Summer that begins. So we invite you to celebrate this special date with us, to honor the light, to be grateful for what you have harvested so far in your year and share with us the joy of living.

We will collect plants found in the surroundings to create an altar and offer it to nature, along with songs and mantras.

We will share a good dinner with seasonal foods to nourish our body and soul.

San Juan’s Night

We will celebrate  with a ritual to get in tune with the energy of the Summer, to the rhythm of the energy of Nature and the ancestral fire, letting our voices expand and our bodies move freely with the music. We will honor and offer gratitude for what we have received up to this time of the year and celebrate life.

On the last day, after Noche de San Juan Celebration, we have 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.

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.

6:30 Wake up
7:00 Meditation
8:00 Movement Session
9:00  Breakfast
10:00 Meditative Hike
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free time
17:00 Yoga Class
19:00 Dinner
20:30 Satsang/ Celebration & Rituals
22:00 Rest

DATES: June 21 to 25 junio, 2024
LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

Duration

The retreat starts on Friday, June 21 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 Tuesday, June 25th at 12h, after brunch.

Facilitators

Katya Ríos

Yoga & meditation

Gladys Cuéllar Gisbert

Meditation & mindful movement

Agustina Valerga

Music & singing

Eeva Varja

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