Spanish Pyrenees yoga and walking retreat
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.
3 Reviews of Spanish Pyrenees yoga and walking retreat
Reviewed on 18 Jul 2017 by Hannah MitchellThe Pyreness themselves; the stunning scenery , hiking and swimming were out of this world. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2016 by Lesley GoldburnThis retreat was the best experience I have had as a vacation. Simon & Lucy were the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by ROS LITTLEFantastic; I enjoyed every minute. Read full review
PlanetWe 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.
PeopleWe 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.