After a long time in lockdown, we understand that what we most need now is to spend as much time as possible in nature.
We follow the measures established by the Secretaría de Estado de Turismo and the Ministerio de Salud.
Yes, it is OK if this is your first retreat, if you have practiced yoga, meditation and hiking or not… All people are welcome! The most important thing is to come with an open mind and to be in a good physical condition.
Yes. We simply ask you to let us know beforehand through the booking form and during the first yoga and hiking sessions, so we are aware of it and can offer you variations or adjustments.
Let us know through the booking form.
There are several options. We usually organise carpooling about 15 days before the start of the retreat. We connect those people who are planning to drive here with those of you who don’t, and happen to be on the same route.
If there weren’t any available cars to carpool in, we will let you know so you can either rent a car or we can help organize a shared taxi pick-up from Barbastro or Aínsa (this service will be paid directly to the taxi driver, in cash).
This 2020, due to the situation the maximum capacity would be 16-17 people per retreat.
The average age is between 35 and 45 years old. It can vary quite a bit, though, as there are many young people (18-20 years old) and other more senior ones (67-70 years old).
Retreats at Casa Cuadrau are designed so that each one of you can immerse themselves in the inner retreat experience, beyond mind and emotions.
We wake up early to meditate and practice yoga, before breakfast. Then we go on a meditative hike for 2 hours and, when we return to the house, we have lunch. After that, there is some free time to rest, take a nap, go for a light walk, read, etc.
In the afternoon, depending on the retreat, we have a shorter meditation and a workshop (the content of which will depend on the retreat you sign up to).
We have an early and light dinner, then move on to a Satsang, which consists of a meditation, some time for sharing and, occasionally, we sign meditative songs from different cultures.
During retreats, we do longer one-day hikes on one or two days. That day, the schedule varies slightly. After the morning meditation we have breakfast and leave for the hike. Upon our return, we have a softer yoga class, dinner and Satsang, or a relaxation session.
Schedules are usually very similar across retreats, but they can vary depending on the core activities or time of the year. We recommend you to check the specific retreat page for more details.
Arriving before the beginning of a retreat: Sometimes the house is closed before the beginning of a retreat or we might be in the middle of a different program, which is why we don’t usually offer the option to stay in the house before the start of a retreat.
Arriving before the beginning of a retreat: It is important for us that the group is complete when we begin a retreat, as this is when we run an orientation sessions, all participants introduce themselves and activities that we will be doing are introduced.
Leaving before a retreat ends: As much as possible, we ask all participants to stay until the end of the retreat, but we are aware and understand that many times this is not possible and they must leave for different reasons. However, the price of the retreat will remain the same.
Leaving after the retreat ends: Yes, we can accommodate you a few more days in Casa Cuadrau, if we there is available room and if the house plans to remain open. We ask you to let us know if you’d like to stay longer in the comment section of the booking form.
Both the schedule and all activities programmed are optional. The idea is that you make the most of your time in Casa Cuadrau, but we also know that sometimes what you need the most is some good rest. It is important that you listen to yourself and that you use your time in the most adequate way, resting when necessary and doing whatever it is that you feel like doing.
The hikes are progressive. The first walk is useful in allowing us to evaluate the group and each participant in it, so we can offer accessible walks for everyone.
Our yoga classes combine the principles of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, as well as breathework, movement and mobility exercises and ANIMAL FLOW movements.
For more information on our yoga practice, please click here.
We use simple meditation techniques. We focus on posture, breath and sensations/emotions that keep arising, which are all universal objects of concentration.
For more information on our meditation practice, please click here.
No, but here in Casa Cuadrau we appreciate silence very much. In truth, all activities suggested invite us to take a pause, listen to ourselves and observe. During half of the day we practice joyful silence, which starts every night after the last activity (Satsang) and lasts until lunchtime on the following day.
For more information on our joyful silence practice, please click here.
The food we serve is ecologic, local and seasonal, as much as possible. We follow a vegetarian diet, making limited use of ecologic eggs and dairy (sheep or goat). We are able to offer a vegan or special diet menu in cases of medically-diagnosed conditions, if this is requested in advance through the booking form.
For more information on our food, please click here.
No. You will find fresh sheets and towels when you arrive, as well as a shared-use hairdryer. It is advisable to bring your own towel and bathing suit in the Summer, for those times we go swimming in the river.
In the shala you will also find all kinds of equipment to practice yoga with (mats, blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps…).
This 2020 we invite you to bring your yoga mat and meditation blanket and cushion, if you are used to practicing with blocks and straps bring them too.
For more information on what to bring to a retreat, please click here.
Except for winter time, when it can get very cold, Vió usually enjoys a mild, friendly climate. It is important to note that we are at 1,210m high and that, during excursions, we can reach up to 3,355m.
In the mountain, weather can be very variable. In the middle of August, a strong shower might surprise us, suddenly dropping temperature and, in high altitude, even snow.
We do not offer internet service, to preserve the retreat atmosphere and the benefits that the contact with nature offers.
When you walk into the house, we will invite you to turn off your phones and all electronic devices, and that you leave them aside to have a complete electronic detox.
We ask you that, before coming, you let family, friends and work know that you won’t be available during your stay here.
If you feel it is extremely necessary for you to use your phone, in case of an emergency, we ask you to find a place outside our facilities to make a call and that, when you return, you turn it off again.
The price of every retreat includes full-board accommodation and all activities offered and mentioned in the schedule.
This 2020 the rates published include full board accommodation and accident insurances and public liability.
The teachings and activities will be offered on a donation basis. This way, we make the experience accessible for everybody who finds themselves in a challenging financial situation. This is a great opportunity to cultivate generosity and trust. Offering all activities in our retreat on a donation basis doesn’t mean they are free. Our effort and dedication needs to be rewarded to be able to continue doing the work that we love.
HOW MUCH AND HOW TO DONATE?
At the end of your stay you will be able to value what you received and offer a donation, in cash or credit card, according to your possibilities.
In ashrams and monasteries, it is tradition that the dana or donation is in line with your income. We like this idea because it makes it accessible to more people and according to each person’s possibilities. It also allows those in a more favorable situation to help those in a more difficult situation.
Your intention with which you donate is more important than the amount you donate. Your donation will allow us to keep the project alive.
The price does not include transport to arrive to or leave from Casa Cuadrau, or any additional activity such as private class, massage, etc.
On 2020, the rates do not include activities and teachings offered during the retreat, they are offered on a donation basis explained in the previous question.
We request you to make a deposit to book the retreat, this can be done online. The remaining balance can be paid through a bank transfer, before arriving, or else by cash or card once you arrive to Casa Cuadrau.
“Cancellation” is understood as not attending a retreat that is programmed at Casa Cuadrau.
The deposit is transferable to another person and only refundable in case that another participant takes your place. In that case, 80% of the deposit will be reimbursed.
In case of cancellation during the retreat, there is no possibility of making a refund.
The discounts we offer are shown in each retreat’s specific page. We typically offer discounts in those retreats that we, Daniel and Katya, directly facilitate, to those people who have already attended a retreat with us and to those coming in groups of 4 or more. We do not offer discounts in those retreats where other teachers or instructors are facilitators.
On 2020 we are not offering any discounts as the activities and teachings are offered on a donation basis, so we understand that everyone would donate according to their possibilities.