MANDALA YOGA-VENTURE ~ SPAIN 2021: Asturias, Oct 4-Oct 11 with Nicole & Lena

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What is MANDALA YOGA-VENTURE ~ SPAIN 2021: Asturias, Oct 4-Oct 11 with Nicole & Lena?

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Mandala Ventures are creative, out-of-the-box yoga-based experiences we want to participate in. Our ventures are always combined with the natural element as we deem nature and attention to our physical, mental and spiritual well being to be essential ingredients in bringing us back to ourselves and into meaningful connection with our lives. Revitalize your senses, re-embody your yoga in the spectacular mountain panorama of Asturias, Spain! Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have pushed this retreat back to Fall 2021 to inspire safe and adventurous international travel.

Join Nicole & Lena in this week-long immersion in the Catalan culture of Northern Spain. Refine your practice. Build social emotional capital. Rediscover Purpose. The rest will follow! We will revel together in our yoga sadhana, enjoy truly awe-inspiring hikes through the untouched landscapes of Northwestern Spain via well-trodden pathways visiting remote villages with our fearless guides Mario and Camilo, and savor the flavors of our dinner feasts at Spanish Steps, your home-away-from-home.

Retreat owners and hosts of Spanish Steps, Juan Carlos and Judy, operate Fuentes de Lucía, a converted farmhouse that rests on the hillside of a green valley in the hamlet of Faedo and is part of the Parque Natural Urbiñas-La Mesa in the heart of Asturias. The Inn can accommodate 14 people in 7 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and either a balcony or terrace. Nestled in Quirós Valley, this casa rural is surrounded by dramatic peaks, deep gorges and crystal clear rivers, and ancient forests, a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.

We will begin our day with a ritual heart vow meditation and early morning subtle energy body yoga practice followed by a hearty breakfast in the main dining room, formerly a mill, before the day’s hiking adventure unfolds. We walk beautiful mountain trails, averaging anywhere from 5 to 15 kilometers per day, lead by our gracious and knowledgeable guides who will fill our days with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, historical insights, traditional experiences and wonderful food.  Savor local Asturian cuisine, sample aromatic cheeses and sip the traditional beverage, Sidra Asturianu, a cider made from locally grown apples. Trek through scenic gorges and alongside babbling brooks; dine in local taverns; explore 10th-century churches; and relax under Spain’s oldest yew tree, El Tiexo, planted more than 1000 years ago in a sacred meadow. In the late afternoon, we journey deep into yoga’s restorative yin and nidra practices to rejuvenate our trekking legs and resorb nature’s bounty from the day before we enjoy lovely home-cooked dinners prepared by Juan Carlos. No matter what your level of practice and yoga experience the whole of this offers you the perfect excuse to escape to this bountiful mountain haven for a while and find yourself in the grace of nature.

Welcome to Spanish Steps Hotel Fuentes de Lucia (video)

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

MANDALA PROGRAM INVESTMENT OPTIONS: 

Includes: Accommodations, 2 yoga sessions daily; breakfast & dinner; guided hikes with bi-lingual guide; pick-up / drop-off in Oviedo (airport). Does not include the cost of (off-peak) flights

  • $800 Deposit by January 31, 2021 (Check made out to Yoga Mandala or online HERE)
  • $1600 Outstanding by May 30, 2021 (double room) / $2200 Outstanding by May 30, 2021 (single room)

SPANISH STEPS/MANDALA PROGRAM ITINERARY [limited to 14 participants]:

  • 7:30 a Guided seated meditation or aimless wandering (walking meditation)
  • 8:00 a Chakra vinyasa yoga 
  • 9:30 a Breakfast
  • 10:15 a Guided hike
  • 2:00 p Lunch somewhere or picnic
  • 5:00 p Back at hotel (rest, massages, chill out) 
  • 6:30 p Restorative or yin yoga / yoga nidra 
  • 8:00 p Dinner 
  • 10:00 p  A la Cama (to bed) 

FLIGHT DETAILS (most under $1000) – Boston [BOS] to Oviedo, Spain [OVD, Asturias]:

Outgoing flight is typically an overnight flight (from Boston) so your departure date will be Sunday October 3, 2021, unless you decide to arrive earlier and stay in Oviedo (or elsewhere) prior to the retreat; return departure is Monday October 11, 2021 (unless you decide to stay longer or pursue travel):

  • TAP Portugal: BOS-LIS (Lisbon, Portugal)-OVD
  • Iberia: BOS-MAD (Madrid, Spain)-OVD
  • British Airways: BOS-MAD-OVD
  • American Airlines: BOS-MAD-OVD
  • Finnair: BOS-MAD-OVD