After the hectic holiday season a New Year retreat to rest, renew and connect to your deepest wishes for 2018. An invitation to awaken body, mind and soul, through a deep nourishment of and listening to body; discovering how to move into 2018 with natural vitality and clear vision.
This yoga invites you to embrace much more than just ‘doing’ the posture and when the posture is no longer the goal , the practice takes on a whole new attitude. We are kinder , more patient , more present and the body responds by softening, opening and the postures open to us.
This weekend will invite you to a deep listening of the body, an awakening of the spine through playful exploration of our body through the asanas, through breathe, meditation and simply arriving into a sense of wholeness.
A space to connect with just you this New Year. This New Year Retreat weekend is an opportunity to sit and listen with your heart at whatever point you are in your life. And all within the community of the group.
About Cal Pau Cruset
Cal Pau Cruset is a beautifully and lovingly renovated traditional Catalan farmhouse dating over 150 years old. Situated among vineyards in the Alt Penedes, the town of Torrelles de Foix is a region famous for its wines and champagnes.
The grounds accommodate many gardens and patios to settle down with friends you meet, a good book or even a glass of wine or local Cava. Then there is a swimming pool, barbecue, jacuzzi, sauna, sunbeds and a small bar. Not forgetting the organic vegetable garden and the resident pig “Lola”.
It is an inspiring, idyllic and peaceful place where the owners have worked with love and care to create the perfect surroundings for students to come and fully immerse themselves on retreat. The calm and beauty of the vineyards and hills that surround the house together with the dedication of the experienced expert retreat team at Cal Pau Cruset make it a truly unique and perfect place for yoga retreat.
Cal Pau Cruset is only 40 minutes by road from Barcelona and Barcelona airport, making it easily accessible. Barcelona El Prat airport is well served by flights from all main European cities. From the UK, Gatwick, Bristol, Stansted, Luton and Southend airports all have regular and economic direct flights to Barcelona El Prat.
From Barcelona trains run regularly to nearby Vilafranca de Penedes from Barcelona and from where can be picked up by Cal Pau Cruset staff to take the short 10-15 minute drive to the centre.
The daily programme
Julie will offer two yoga sessions each day. A morning and evening practice with optional meditation and / or sun gazing sessions also offered.
On the arrival day Friday there will be one evening session in which we will arrive as a group and together lay the ground in a practice that will invite deep rest and reconnection to the wisdom of the body.
Over the weekend the yoga sessions will begin with a gentle invitation to open up the body and then gently explore and deepen into different postures, breath and meditation through the weekend and so deepen in our connection to our deepest wishes.
The yoga will be suitable for all. Experienced and those new to yoga.
There will then be time in the day to enjoy free time, immersed in the inspiring natural surroundings , you might sit in the gardens with new friends, go for a walk or bike ride through the vineyards and forests, or to the nearby waterfalls. On the Saturday there will be an option to put on our hiking shoes, take a picnic lunch and walk as a group to a waterfall or lake and enjoy a meditation in nature together.
The evening yoga session on Friday and Saturday will be a more restorative practice and the afternoon session on Sunday a gentle closing practice.
There will be periods of silence on Friday and Saturday evening and early morning to support each other in arrival and to begin the invitation to be with our heart , in gentle mindfulness.
All yoga classes will take place in the stunning Sala a room of 120 m2 with oak wooden floors, amazing views, lots of natural light through 12 arched windows and central heating to be able to receive groups all year.
Also note that due to the set up at Cal Pau Cruset students will have the option to join another programme outside our own group timetable for an activity during the weekend. This could be anything from sun gazing to Biodanza according to the schedule. This might be a wonderful opportunity to explore a little further on retreat!
Reiki and anti Stress massage will be on offer by resident practitioners for an extra cost.
Beginning with Friday evening dinner you will be offered delicious, organic meals created by Cal Pau Cruset’s Italian cook Claudio Masala. Followed by deliciously nutricious breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
Meals are prepared’ with love, dedication, creativity , happiness , generosity and olive oil” says Claudio. With fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients, perhaps from the small vegetable garden.
The meals prepared are Spanish, Catalan and Italian, Greek and Moroccan, Indian and Indonesian dishes. Meals are vegan and vegetarian but dishes with fish or meat are also on offer. All special dietary requirements are catered for.
In addition they have organic almond, cherry, apple, nisperos, kaki, plum and lemon trees, in addition to 3 hectares of vineyards. CPC make their own chutneys out of nisperos and grapes. bottle their cherries so they last over the winter, roast their almonds and make marmelades that their guests can buy.
For more information see Cal Pau Cruset webpage on food;
Cal Pau Cruset offer luxurious, stylish and elegant accommodation.
The beautiful farmhouse is made up of a main building and three smaller houses. As Cal Pau Cruset is situated in the wine region of Penedes and the area is famous for its Cava (Spanish champagne) the houses are named after the various native grapes.
Our yoga group has been given the gorgeous houses Casa Moscatel and Casa Parellada. Each house has wonderful views of the vineyards and hills, with each house having balconies, kitchen area and lounge area, patios and gardens to chill and enjoy.
There is a selection of uniquely designed rooms within the houses.
From private double or single room and luxurious shared rooms from 2 – 4 people.