I will return to this beautiful country for another retreat sometime in the future. But sorry to say I will not be able to do it in 2017.
What is the terrain like? The paths are well worn and are not difficult. There will be some long, slow climbs through farming areas. We walk along a lot of secondary farming roads, through forests of chestnuts, hazelnuts and apple orchards. .....don't miss this amazing retreat experience!
Hamlet of Faedo in the heart of Asturias
September 10 – 17, 2016
Namaste from the mountains of Asturias! Northern Spain’s best kept secret and home to our perfect mountain retreat. This week long retreat with Dorothy will combine yoga and hiking. It will include twice daily yoga, pranayama and meditation classes. No matter what your level of yoga experience you are welcome on this active holiday. Surrounded by dramatic peaks, deep gorges and crystal clear rivers. Trek through scenic gorges and alongside babbling brooks; have lunch in a local tavern; explore 10th-century churches and relax under Spain’s oldest yew tree, El Tiexo, planted more than 1000 years ago in a sacred meadow. Click here for a tour of this beautiful, mountainous area. Owners and hosts of Spanish Steps Retreats, Juan Carlos and Judy, operate the delightful Hotel Fuentes de Lucia, situated in a spectacular and untouched corner of northwest Spain. The recently converted farmhouse rests on the hillside of a green valley in the hamlet of Faedo and is part of the Parque Natural Urbinas-La Mesa in the heart of Asturias. This lovely little hotel (turned retreat centre) will be entirely ours for the retreat.
Our home for the week.
Per Person Pricing:
- Shared Accommodation (2 per room)
$700 CAD plus $1000 EURO = Total retreat cost
- Private Accommodation
$700 CAD plus $1400 EURO = Total retreat cost
- All local taxes are included.
- Cost of Euro will be determined at the time of payment
- Two separate, partial payments will be made. One to Dorothy Price Yoga for registration and yoga tuition; and one to Hotel Fuentes de Lucia for meals, accommodation, pick-ups and guided hikes.
What is included?
-Pick up & drop off in the city of Oviedo
-7 nights of private or shared (2 per room) accommodations with en suite bathrooms
-Twice daily yoga classes
-Twice daily pranayama and meditation
-Guided walks in the surrounding mountains and river valleys
-Hearty and healthy breakfasts
-Delicious dinners with wine
-Light hands-on cooking classes with Chef Juan Carlos.
-This retreat does not* include airfare
Yoga, Food and Miles of Hiking!
Start the morning with an energizing yoga session complete with pranayama and meditation. Followed by a hearty breakfast in the main dining room, formerly a mill, before the day’s hiking adventure unfolds. Then our guides will take us through magnificent landscapes via well-trodden pathways visiting remote villages where life unchanged, continues much as it always has. We will walk beautiful mountain trails, averaging approximately 15 kilometers (9 miles) per day, accompanied by friendly and knowledgeable guides who will fill our days with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, historical insights, traditional experiences and wonderful food. In the late afternoon, we enjoy a deep stretch or restorative yoga practice to rejuvenate our trekking legs before enjoying lovely home-cooked dinners prepared by the owners of Fuentes de Lucia.
Yoga inside & yoga outside! There is nowhere better to breathe in the pure mountain air and stretch your limbs than at our tranquil restored farmhouse, Fuentes de Lucia, and purpose built yoga studio. There are indoor and outdoor spaces for practicing yoga. The indoor yoga room is constructed with wooden flooring and is fully equipped with yoga mats, blankets, bolsters, belts and blocks. Weather permitting, we will enjoy some of our yoga practices while on our hikes!
Dorothy will guide you through a series of breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation; as well as stretching and strengthening postures (asanas). Dorothy’s yoga sessions are a balanced combination of sustained poses (Hatha) as well as poses flowing in a mindful progression from one to another (Hatha Flow). Mindfulness and focus on breath are an integral part of the class. Attention is always given to basic alignment & therapeutic principals. A variety of yoga styles will be taught including Hatha, Hatha Flow, Restorative, Yin-style, Yoga Nidra and core strengthening.
- Modifications are offered to help individuals understand and work with their own unique limitations.
- Classes are balanced with energy, to give you a good physical work-out and calm to keep you balanced.
- Classes are suited for all levels of practice
Pranayama and Meditation
Methodically work through pranayama techniques designed to purify the body and prepare the mind for meditation. Explore a number of meditation styles to find which one work best for you. Pranayama and meditation is taught on a beginner level.
Situated in a spectacular and untouched corner of northwest Spain. The recently converted farmhouse rests on the hillside of a green valley in the hamlet of Faedo; a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. The Inn can accommodate 16 people in 8 rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and either a balcony or terrace.
Our Hosts and Our Meals
Our hosts, husband and wife team Juan Carlos Fuentes and Judy Colaneri both have a passion for cooking. Juan Carlos’s garden is abundant with organic vegetables and fruit trees which he has loved and nurtured and will then serve on your plate. When he’s not tending the vegetable patch, you’ll find him in the kitchen experimenting with local ingredients, creating classic Spanish cuisine, with his own twists, for you to savor alongside a good glass of wine.
Judy Colaneri is a culinary trained chef from the mountain town of Aspen, Colorado where she prepares feasts and healthy meals for the Hollywood jet-set crowd during her ‘down’ season. Judy’s contagious passion for exploration and the great outdoors joined with her continuing love for language and the culinary arts, and generous warmth of her personality will make your trip to Asturias a walking-gourmet odyssey!