An Immersion in Beauty

Yoga + Nature + Art + Culture

MAY 3 - 9, 2020 - Cuenca, Spain

 
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Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a town like no other. To be there is to be immersed in beauty: from the world class art museums, the architecture that fits perfectly into the natural landscape, the Jucar and Huécar river gorges, the poetic graffiti, I could go on and on…

Join me for a personal exploration of what happens when we are immersed in beauty. You’ll spend your day moving between yoga, meditation, art museums and exhibitions, gorgeous landscapes and hiking trails, cathedrals, 8th - 18th century architecture, nourishing food, and beautiful company. Some questions you might explore; What inspires me? What role does beauty play in my life? What effect does beauty have on my stress level? What feels possible when I pay attention to what is beautiful and engage with it? How might beauty play a role in my own self-care moving forward? This retreat is an opportunity to explore these questions and more by stepping away from our daily responsibilities, and finding profound relaxation and inspiration. In order to ensure an intimate experience, I am limiting this retreat to 12 participants so register soon!

 

Cuenca

Cuenca has been my home since July 2018. Since I arrived, I’ve been dreaming up a way to hold a retreat here and it has finally come to fruition. My family chose Cuenca for its beauty - it’s access to nature, hiking, and climbing, and it’s stunning old city full of history dating back to the 8th century. What I love most is the harmony between this small old city and the natural landscape surrounding it. Cuenca is perched atop cliffs formed by its two rivers the Jucar and the Huécar and as I look at the city from afar, it feels like the structures built on top of and into the rocks actually belong there. Not a day goes by when I’m not blown away by how beautiful my home is. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this place with you.

Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO sites can be both cultural and/or natural places, and are considered to be of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, and thought to have “special importance for everyone and represent unique, or the most significant, examples of the world’s cultural and/or natural heritage”. Cuenca is both a cultural and natural heritage site. The 1996 designation protects both the historic buildings in the old city as well as the natural landscapes surrounding them.


Yoga and our Shala

Our yoga shala is in the historical, family home of one of Cuenca and Spain’s most treasured abstract artists. We’ll be hosted by Pablo and Angeles, who have graciously offered up their incredible space for us to practice in and share meals together. It is full of incredible art pieces and offers expansive views of the Jucar River Gorge. The home itself is yet another example of the blend of old and modern, and natural and human-made forms. It is this harmony that is the essence of Cuenca.

This retreat is open to yoga practitioners of all levels. That means beginners as well as more experienced yogis. I teach to the group that arrives, and offer modifications as needed. Our classes will range from dynamic vinyasa to relaxing restorative, integrating asana, guided meditation, pranayama (breath work) and reflection. I typically have participants of all ages and backgrounds. I‘m prepared with a plan but the group that arrives dictates the program. I have something for everyone. In order to ensure an intimate experience, I am limiting this retreat to 12 participants so register soon!

Activities

My intention in creating this retreat is to offer an experience in which we interact with both interior and exterior landscapes. Interior, through our yoga and contemplative practices and exterior through both the natural and cultural world of Cuenca, Spain. Cuenca was founded in the 8th century and has been home to Muslims, Jews, and Christians. It is a hub for abstract art creating an incredible melding of ancient structures and modern art. Every aspect of this retreat will be an immersion in beauty. Your tuition includes daily activities that will inspire you and instill a sense of wonder. Explorations include:

  1. Guided hikes through the Jucar and Huécar River Gorges.

  2. Walking tour of the old city

  3. Visit to Cuenca’s 12th century Cathedral

  4. Visit to Cuenca’s world class abstract art museums and famous “Casas Colgadas”

  5. Visit to the Parador de Cuenca

Sample Daily Schedule

Schedule may vary based on the needs of the group and daily activities.

  • 7::30 Light Breakfast

  • 8:30 - 10:30 Morning Practice, to include Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga and Contemplation

  • 10:30 Brunch

  • 11:30 Guided Explorations including hikes, museums, architecture, cathedrals, etc.

  • 2:00 Lunch

  • 6:30-8:00 pm Evening Yoga Practice

  • 8:00 Dinner

Your Retreat Includes

  • 6 Nights accommodation at an extraordinary hotel in the heart of the old city

  • An incredible space to practice yoga and enjoy meals with a sweeping view of the Jucar River Gorge

  • Delicious organic and locally sourced mediterranean meals and non-alcoholic beverages

  • 2 yoga sessions per day

  • Guided hikes through the Jucar and Huécar River Gorges

  • Entrance to incredible art museums and Cuenca’s 12th century Cathedral

  • Walking tour of the old city

  • Pick-up from the Cuenca train station

Accommodations

We’ll stay in the historic Hospedería de Cuenca, located in the center of the old city. Originally the home of one of Cuenca’s noble families, the hotel was restored in 2009 and is another perfect example of the old and new. The rooms are decorated with original prints, antique furniture and four-poster beds and many have views of the Jucar Gorge. The hotel is conveniently located just next door to our yoga shala and if weather permits, you’ll enjoy breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Jucar Gorge.

 
 
 

Rates

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

(1 Queen Bed or 2 Twins depending on availability)

Early Bird Rate - 10% off - Pay in full by Feb 1st

Cost TBD

Standard Registration
Cost TBD


DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

(1 Queen Bed or 2 Twins depending on availability)

Early Bird Rate - 10% off - Pay in full by Feb 1st

Cost TBD

Standard Registration
Cost TBD


 

Payment Information

A $500 deposit will hold your space.
Remaining balance is due by April 1st, 2018.
Pay in full by Feb 1st and get the early bird rate - 10% off the retreat package.
Your deposit is non-refundable. I highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in the event of emergencies.

Pay by Venmo, Zelle, check, or Paypal (for paypal add 3%). Please fill out the contact form, and specify your preferred room choice and payment option. I will confirm availability and invoice you via email.

Feel free to contact me if you need help with room selections.

 

Getting There


OUR LOCATION

The retreat is located in Cuenca, Spain (roughly 1 hour by AVE train from Madrid).

 
 
 
 

ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL

The easiest way to get to Cuenca is to fly into the Madrid (MAD) airport, take a taxi to the Atocha Madrid train station and then take a train to Cuenca.

You can purchase train tickets on omio.com - Madrid Train Station (Atocha) to Cuenca Train Station (Fernando Zobel).

***You cannot purchase train tickets more than 60 days in advance so you can start by buying your plane tickets to Spain and then organize your transport to Cuenca as we get closer. There are trains leaving all day.

Once you arrive in Cuenca, I will arrange for a taxi to pick you up from the Fernando Zobel Train Station.

Our first meeting is at 5 pm on May 3 and we will end the morning of May 9 (exact time dependent on travel plans).

 

your arrival

Our first meeting will be at 5 pm on May 3 but you can check in anytime after 2pm and settle in.


YOUR DEPARTURE

We will end the morning of May 9 (exact time dependent on group travel plans). If you plan to fly out of Spain on May 9, keep in mind that it can take 20-60 minutes to get from the Madrid Train Station to the Madrid Airport (depending on whether you go by taxi, bus or train) and trains are occasionally late.


passports and visas

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in this chart except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

insurance

I highly recommend getting travel insurance. It is inexpensive and always a good idea!


 

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Application

I’m so happy you want to join me. Enrollment is very limited, so please fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you right away.

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 "Accommodating all levels of experience
and energy, Rachel is a gifted teacher
who continues to expand her own yoga understanding, sharing that with her students.  
She is easily one of the three best teachers
I've had in 40 years of practicing yoga!"

/  LINDA  / Yoga Instructor and PARTICIPANT IN RACHEL'S YOGA CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS FOR over 10 YEARS  /