MANDALA YOGA VENTURE – SPAIN 2020: Asturias, Oct 3- Oct 10, 2020 with Nicole & Lena

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REGISTRATION FOR OUR SPAIN 2020 VENTURE RETREAT OPENS 12.01.19!

Yoga Mandala designs and leads innovative and transformative ventures we want to attend.  These retreats serve to help you re-discover the natural element and find refuge in your yoga and other embodiment practices because they teach us presence. 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.

We know how hard it can be to take time out for yourself when you are consumed or overwhelmed by the busyness–or business–of life, by the assault of, or addiction to, devices, news, or the needs of others. So when your body sends you a distress signal, your mind short-circuits, or your soul is in crisis, it can be easier to ignore than to feel what is really going on. Carving out time and space for yourself, for self-practice, for ritual well being is a statement of self-worth. Together, we will step outside of the habitual–our habitual environment and relationships, our habitual way of doing things, and our habitual thinking and inner narratives–into the freedom of feeling and freshness! We combine the wisdom and methodologies of yoga and meditation with the natural elements, along with other integrative experiences that engage senses and sangha (community), as powerful tools to return you to balanced relationships and presence in your work, family and personal life.

In October 2020, we return to the spectacular untouched landscapes of Northwest Spain at Spanish Steps for you to bask in the restorative flow and yin of yoga with your fearless yoga leaders, Nicole Grant & Lena El-Chehabi. Retreat owners and hosts of Spanish Steps, Juan Carlos and Judy, operate your home-away-from-home, 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 16 people in 8 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.  An intricate system of marked footpaths leads you from one small village to the next, up and over mountain passes, and through river valleys.  Our delightful Spanish Steps guides, Mario y Camilo, will take us on colorful hikes through the magnificent landscape via well-trodden pathways visiting remote villages where life continues much as it always has.

We will begin our day with a ritual heart vow meditation and early morning chakra 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 fitness 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 (opens December 1st, 2019)

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, 2020 (Check only)
  • $1600 Outstanding by May 30, 2020 (double room) / $2200 Outstanding by May 30, 2020 (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 
  • Optional: Silent meditation (10 minutes)
  • 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 Friday October 2, 2020, unless you decide to arrive earlier and stay in Oviedo (or elsewhere) prior to the retreat; return departure is Saturday October 10, 2020 (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