Spanish Pyrenees yoga and walking retreat

“Spend a week saluting the sun, wild swimming and mountain hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees on this yoga and walking retreat.”

Highlights

Al fresco yoga | poolside meditation | river swimming | Ordesa National Park hikes | raw food, nutrition and power drink workshops | farmhouse accommodation

Description of Spanish Pyrenees yoga and walking retreat

This yoga and walking holiday in Spain squeezes the most out of its locale. You can join daily al fresco yoga sessions. Go wild swimming in the freshwater pools and rivers. Hike the mountain landscapes of the Pyrenees.

Although this is an active holiday, you’ll also have plenty of downtime to dig into vegetarian meals, relax into meditation and nutrition workshops and add an optional massage (or five). Group sizes are small, so peace – inner and out – is a given.

You’ll spend this yoga and walking retreat in a 17th-century Pyrenean farmhouse kitted out with luxury touches like en-suite bathrooms and rain showers. Meals are given the Pyrenean touch, too, cooked using organic produce grown right here in the Spanish mountains.

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05 Jul 2020
1350
excluding flights
Full
 
12 Jul 2020
1350
excluding flights
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Spanish Pyrenees yoga and walking retreat

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted.

The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer english lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).
We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining the stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future.

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Reviewed on 18 Jul 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Pyreness themselves; the stunning scenery , hiking and swimming were out of this world.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go with an open mind and embrace all the activities. Stick to the provided kit list as you'll definitely need everything they suggest! Hiking boots and river shoes are a must. I also found having a water bladder extremely useful over a water bottle.I wouldn't join this retreat if you are an avid yoga enthusiast. Yoga is once each morning which was perfect for me being a beginner but if you want more than that then this isn't for you. This retreat is more rounded with the hiking, nutrition and meditation as well.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We visited the local town to support the local vendors. Lucy and Simon are very environmentally conscious; growing their own vegetables and promoting that we don't leave a mark on the places we visit; no litter etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An absolutely fantastic experience. Lucy, Simon and their two girls are welcoming and accommodating from start to finish. Everyday was an adventure and brought something new.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were too many memorable moments on this yoga & wellness retreat but if I had to choose one it would have to be the meditation with the horses. Personally I am frightened of horses but by the end of the trip the horses were breathing on the back of my neck & I was resting my head on theirs, it was an incredible experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you are going to book this retreat you must start it with an open heart & absorb every last minute of every day. Pack some sturdy walking boots & a
camera is a must. Apart from that just relax & be prepared to be absolutely
spoilt & treated like one of the family.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most definitely

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This retreat was the best experience I have had as a vacation. Simon & Lucy
were the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. Their daughters Penny &
Sophia are adorable & were so much fun to be around, the best behaved
children I have ever met. The food was delicious, it was vegetarian & who would of thought you could have such a variety of meals, all explained to us as served & presented like a 5* restaurant.

The sense of wellbeing on this trip is magical, you seem to float the whole time. Surrounded by superb scenery from when you wake till you go to sleep. I've already reserved my place for next year. AMAZING

Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Spanish Pyrenees every day , walking in the lovely countryside surrounding the village, walks in Ordesa National Park, yoga in a small group wth individual attention.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take good walking boots, suitable for rough terrain, and plenty layers of warm practical clothing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The yoga teachers and guide lived locally.
Food was sourced locally.
The owners of the guest house had restored and converted a beautiful old farmhouse and barns into a property that fits well with the surrounding village, using local materials and labour.
Care had been taken to source and install eco friendly heating, windows and French doors.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic; I enjoyed every minute. Simon and Lucy are wonderful hosts and worked tirelessly to ensure everything ran smoothly. The yoga teachers and guide were excellent.

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