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Urban Grace at Biblioteca Almirall

  • Antiga Biblioteca Almirall 43 Camí de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo Barcelona, CT, 08035 Spain (map)

A Journey into the Heart’s Cave

8-9/9  2018

“When we become more interested in being than in improving, more interested in truth than in feeling comfortable, when we prefer listening to “knowing“, when we are more intrigued by now than by then or when. This is a journey into the Heart’s Cave, a cave that holds a mystery, a precious jewel, but can be reached only by exploring the unknown. Instead of looking out, as we might look out at a sunset or at our most beloved friend, we invite attention to turn inward, not simply to our ideas or memories, but more deeply–deeper than these productions of mind, deeper than feelings, deeper than sensations, beyond all words and concepts.“  – Dorothy S. Hunt

You are welcome to join this special 2–day retreat at the unique venue of Antiga Biblioteca Almirall. You may have visited Barcelona many times before, but we are pretty sure that you have not enjoyed a yoga retreat in a historical private home where its hosts go the extra mile to make every single person feel special. We can assure you that his weekend retreat is going to be an experience to remember. You will not only see a new side of Barcelona but also find yourself immersed in a complete oasis while still being only 30 minutes from the city center.


“The Best Kept Secret of Barcelona.“

What was an old private library has now been converted into a private residence with a distinctive character. A unique blend of old and modern, nestled on top of the hillside of Tibidabo overlooking Barcelona.

Antiga Biblioteca Almirall is not a usual venue. It is a place where guests are treated as friends of the family, and are invited to feel at home. The symbiosis of history, culture and nature, combined with the warm hospitality of its hosts makes Antiga Biblioteca Almirall a perfect arena for a workshop like this one.



With spectacular views, the building is surrounded by a garden and a forest with pines and holm oaks. From the swimming pool one can see some of the best sunsets in Barcelona with the skyline of Montserrat on one side and the lighted Temple of Tibidabo on the other. During the retreat we will practice by the stunning pool area, and in between the session you are free to enjoy and relax by the pool and in the beautiful garden. 




During the retreat the two sisters of Biblioteca Almirall will be providing us with meals made with local and organic produce. They believe in the idea that food can be simple yet extremely delicious if one prioritizes high quality ingredients. Every day they will provide us with a hearty breakfast, lunch and an evening snack. 



During this weekend we dive into an explorative practice with the intention of bringing new perspectives, freedom and creativity to your yoga as well as new insights about the architecture and the essence of your Body. The themes we will explore this Urban Grace are the following:

  • The practice of Somatic Meditation in the purpose of truly Inhabiting the internal space of the Body.
  • Embodying/Experiencing the Qualities of the Heart: Openheartedness and Clear Sightedness.
  • Forgiveness practice in theory and practice.
  • The practice of attuning to the felt sense experience of bodily Spaciousness and Integrity. 
  • Exploration of different movement qualities such as control and fluidity.
  •  Explore how Shoulder Girdle, Spine and Hip Mobility and Stability can integrate the body as a unit. 
  • Exploration of the Diaphragm and the breath. 
  • Exploration of the Functional and Subtle (energetic) Core of the body.


  • 4 x 2 h Virya Yoga Classes
  • 2 x Lecture and Embodiment Workshops
  • 2 x Breakfasts
  • 2 x Lunch
  • 2 x Evening Snacks
  • Water and fruits


350 euro
(excluding 21% VAT)


Book your spot by sending an email to

Note that minimum amount of participants are 8. If we are less than 8 participating by the 8th of August we have the right to cancel.


  • Flights
  • Accommodation



To get up to Biblioteca Almirall you can take Train S1 (Terrassa) or S2 (Sabadell) from Plaça Catalunya. Get off at "Peu del Funicular” and take the lift up to Vallvidrera Superior. When you are up in Vallvidrera (last stop) go to the bus stop in front of the cafe and we will come there to pick you up.

If you wish to take the bus from Vallvidrera, take bus 111 (which passes every 15 min). Get off at the stop of"Cruilla de Carreteres" and walk the road that goes up to the left. The house is the second one after the parking.

This might sound complicated but since there are not many other transition options after you have left Pl. Catalunya it goes very smoothly.


SATURDAY 8th of September

  • 8 am Arrival to Antiga Biblioteca Almirall
  • 8–10 am Morning Class
  • 10 am Breakfast
  • 11 am Time to Relax and enjoy the garden and the pool. 
  • 1 pm Lecture and Meditation Workshop
  • 2.30 Lunch
  • 3.30 pm Time to Relax and enjoy the garden and the pool.
  • 5 pm Evening Class
  • 7 pm  Evening Snack. 
  • 7.30 Enjoy your evening in Barcelona.

OBS. Accommodation not included. Recommendations down below.

SUNDAY 9th of September

  • 8 am Arrival to Antiga Biblioteca Almirall
  • 8–10 am Morning Class
  • 10 am Breakfast
  • 11 am Time to Relax and enjoy the garden and the pool. 
  • 1 pm Lecture and Meditation Workshop
  • 2.30 Lunch
  • 3.30 pm Time to Relax and enjoy the garden and the pool.
  • 5 pm Evening Class
  • 7 pm  Evening Snack. 

Enjoy the rest of your stay in Barcelona!


We recommend hotels or apartments that are close to any stop that is in the train line S1 or S2. That makes the journey easier. Otherwise we would recommend the following:

  • Gran Hotel La Florida: walking distance to the venue, but also more upscale (5 stars). Beautiful view, swimming pool and spa.
  • Margot House: Small and cute right in the center and one of most emblematic streets in Barcelona (Passeig de Gracia)
  • Primero Primera: Renovated family house turned into a boutique hotel. Located in one of the best neighborhoods of Barcelona, that is note crowded with tourists. Just a stop from Peu del Funicular, so relatively close to the venue.
  • Palauet Living: Cute hotel in the charming neighborhood of Gracia.
  • Casa Gracia: Good hostel located in the charming neighborhood of Gracia.
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