and welcome to En Casa de Gracia!
I am Gracia Lafuente and I want to introduce you to En Casa de Gracia, my home, which has now become an extension of my personal project that stems from the desire to share and broaden my experiences. I invite you to embark on a transformative adventure that will take you to a place where you can recognize yourself once again. Together we will feel inspired and stimulated to evolve and transform ourselves embraced by a beautiful land, guided by carefully curated facilitators and surrounded by a group of like-minded participants.
I am committed to offer you high-quality content, accompanied by a very special wellness offer, to give you the opportunity to rediscover yourself and restore coherence within your personal, family and professional life. It may be that you are starting a new project, that you find yourself in a moment of transformation or that you simply want to stop the daily hustle and bustle and find time to think and reflect without pressure. We will provide you with the tools and resources that will impact your world through your own renewal. Whatever your stage in life, coming here will help you achieve a new way of being you.
Based on my extensive experience with teams and people from very different fields, I have designed a specific and multidisciplinary methodology that promotes personal growth through creativity and lateral thinking. By coherently aligning your intra and extra personal values, you will reconnect with them to ratify or adapt them to your new beliefs/experiences to empower you going forward.
Let me tell you about my house, Viña del Cura, which will also be yours during your stay.
For more than twenty years, this house has been a family project in constant evolution, fueled by the energy of its surrounding nature. The farm is located in a magical place, protected by the shade of chestnut and cork trees and dotted with wildflowers and aromatic herbs. Throughout its fifty hectares of olive groves, we follow the age-old technique of cold pressing to extract our own olive oil, and our Tempranillo and Cabernet grape varieties produce an honest organic wine that we bottle locally. We also have seasonal beehives that provide us with our exquisite native eco-honey. And our organic garden supplies us with vegetables, cherries and quinces that you can enjoy fresh daily.
As it could not be otherwise, our cuisine is based on the products of the land; few delicacies can surpass the perfect combination of our free-range eggs and harvest potatoes served along with the famous Iberico ham from our dehesas, our Extremaduran meadows. And thanks to the efforts of Ronald, our agricultural magician, we now have a new crop of pistachio, our last addition to the traditional native almonds and pine nuts.
Lastly, I am proud to share with you our commitment to the environment through our most recent achievement: We are delighted that Viña del Cura's power now comes entirely from a different kind of farm, the solar farm which it was recently installed, generating all our electricity.
The story of the house
I was only seven or eightyears old when my father, an architect and urban planner, suggested that we join him during the school holidays at the site of one of his restoration projects: the historic centre of Trujillo in Extremadura. It coincided with El Chíviri, the grand finale of the local Easter holiday, and I was eager to immerse myself fully in the celebrations. I still feel nostalgic looking at a faded photo from those days when I posed, dressed as a pastora, next to the fountain in the Plaza Mayor while I followed the dances, the charanga music and the preparation of the traditional lamb frite, eagerly wishing I could participate.
After many years of gazpachos enjoyed at local friends’ houses, my husband Jake, an American from Vermont, and I began the search for a place for ourselves where we could gather our children, family, and friends and enjoy the Spanish customs and traditions during the holidays. My love for Extremadura made it our first choice and Jake smiles when I remind him how, getting out of the car with José María and Ana, our friends and mentors here, I commented "Jake, this farm has found us on our first day of looking". The two of us immediately identified with the land, drawn by its vast horizons of silvery olive groves, dehesas and robust cork trees. We had found it. Together and without thinking twice, we pooled our savings and bought this abandoned ruin and surrounding land, where grapes had been trodden and olives pressed since time immemorial.
The former owners told us that the original vineyard had been transformed into an olive grove in the 19th century when the phylloxera virus killed most of the grape vines. For this reason, we were delighted to recover part of those vines and to preserve the old name of the farm: Viña del Cura (The Priest’s Vineyard) The hundreds-year-old ruin included a cracked granite vault used to store wine and needed urgent professional intervention. Luckily, my father took the reins of the restoration and dismantled the vault stone by stone, numbering the ashlars one by one to rebuild it, and then turn it into the living room that today houses our busy family gatherings. Thus, our dream came true, and today, over twenty years down the road, Viña del Cura is home to three independent houses, a fully functioning organic olive grove, a small vineyard, a kitchen orchard and a free-range chicken farm. We love sharing our pantry with our global family and guests from around the world and we hope to continue building bridges between different cultures savouring a delicious dish prepared by Ronald’s wife, Ana María. Now, the time has come for us to widen the circle and share with you the beauty of this very special place and the wonderful energy that emanates from the land.
I am Gracia Lafuente and I divide my time between London, Spain, Africa and Vermont in the United States. This is no coincidence. Since I was a child I have been attracted to traveling, people, different customs and never tire of accumulating experiences that enrich me. I love talking to people, exchanging experiences and ways of understanding the world, asking myself questions and looking for answers, helping and supporting. In short, what moves me is building rapport, connection and commitment, starting with myself and transferring it to everything that surrounds me.
I come from a large family to which I am very close. They have given me deep roots and have instilled in me values that are my best guide in challenging times. I have managed to juggle a job, my husband’s many career’s moves and raising three global children, having accumulated throughout this vital trajectory the necessary tools to manage an extraordinarily rich but very complex life.
My coaching practice sits at an intersection that promotes balance between the professional and the personal, supporting my clients to help them regain coherence in their lives. For this, I have been trained in two complementary methodologies, having achieved accreditation as an Advanced Executive Coach, by the Møller Institute at Cambridge University, and as Embodied Systemic Coach with Jenny Mckewn from Schumacher College. My previous background is in Art History, and I obtained a Master’s in Museum Studies from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and I finished my doctoral courses in Art and Education at Columbia University in New York.
After a few years dedicated to teaching, my professional career began in the early 90s at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where I founded the first Teacher Information Center and developed a curriculum, introducing art and creativity as a learning vehicle. I also ran the educational training and coaching program for teachers, educators and art administrators. As part of the MoMA team , I collaborated in research programs for educational innovation in association with Harvard University, among others. I have trained hundreds of educators and team managers and collaborated with some of the most outstanding cultural institutions in Europe and the United States, such as the Victoria & Albert in London, the Guggenheim in New York, the Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza and National Heritage in Spain, as well as with other institutions in Latin America such as the Museum of Decorative Art of Buenos Aires and BA Art.
I enrich and support my professional practice, taking care of myself by practicing yoga and meditation for fifteen years and I continue to incorporate mental health and self-knowledge techniques such as reiki and visualization.
At this point in my professional career as a coach, I have developed my own person-centered methodology, integrating tools from my educational and artistic background and adapting them to the field of personal growth through creativity and self-discovery in order to promote work-life balance. My approach to the coaching process differs from the conventional corporate coaching, in my unconditional loyalty to my client’s personal goals, value alignment, mental health and wellbeing.
Transformative Coaching and Personal Growth
Our program is designed to offer you a unique and personalized experience.
Our highly qualified team of experts carefully selects the content of each of our sessions to offer you innovative and cutting-edge approaches on various topics that will allow you to explore new paths and acquire new skills. In our workshops, you will be able to enjoy transformative experiences that will lead you to deepen your awareness and self-discovery.
SOME OF THE THEMES INCLUDE:
SELF DISCOVERY AND TRANSFORMATION · LIFE COACHING · TEAM COACHING · CREATIVITY, SELF-EXPRESSION AND INNOVATION · PAINTING, SCULPTURE, CERAMICS · FLORAL AND NATURAL ART · CREATIVE WRITING · MUSIC CREATIVITY · TALKS WITH ARTISTS AND CREATORS · THEATRE, CINEMA, DANCE, MOVEMENT
In addition, we offer you a wide variety of complementary activities including Pilates, Yoga, Reiki, massage and meditation as well as silent walks and healthy nutrition. We also offer you gastronomy and wine workshops, where you can enjoy the 3 Michelin Star Atrio experience, visits to wineries and tastings of organic and traditional food. For those interested in culture and nature, we can organize private excursions to Trujillo, Cáceres, Mérida, the Monfragüe National Park, and the monasteries of Guadalupe or Yuste. And if you want to extend your trip, we help you to continue your experience in Madrid, Lisbon, Seville and many other fascinating places. We invite you to join us in a transformative and unforgettable experience!
AUTODESCUBRIMIENTO Y TRANSFORMACIÓN · LIFE COACHING · COACHING DE EQUIPOS · CREATIVIDAD E INNOVACIÓN Y EXPRESIÓN · PINTURA, ESCULTURA, CERÁMICA · ARTE FLORAL Y NATURAL · ESCRITURA CREATIVA · CREATIVIDAD MUSICAL · CHARLAS CON ARTISTAS Y CREADORES · TEATRO, CINE, DANZA Y MOVIMIENTO
Además, te ofrecemos una amplia variedad de actividades complementarias diseñadas para enriquecer el enfoque curricular de cada encuentro. Desde Pilates, Yoga, Reiki, masajes y meditación hasta caminatas silenciosas y nutrición saludable. También ponemos a tu alcance talleres de gastronomía y vino, donde podrás disfrutar de la experiencia Atrio, visitas a bodegas y degustaciones de comida ecológica y tradicional. Para aquellos interesados en la cultura autóctona, organizamos excursiones privadas a lugares como Trujillo, Cáceres, Mérida, el Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, y los monasterios de Guadalupe o Yuste. Y si deseas extender tu viaje, te ayudamos a continuar tu experiencia en Madrid, Lisboa, Sevilla y otros muchos lugares fascinantes. ¡Te invitamos a unirte a nosotros en una experiencia transformadora e inolvidable!
I always wanted the name of this adventure to capture the spirit of unorthodox retreats, a place to share where I make my home available to our guests as an extension of my personal project in Extremadura. That is why it was clear to me that my own name should be present in the name of such an intimate endeavor and I like to play with its meaning; Grace is harmony and elegance, traits that certainly define the project from the beginning. In addition, the plural in Spanish, Gracias "thank you" is the simplest - and in my case the most sincere - expression of gratitude to our guests and to those who recognize themselves in our way of celebrating life and now want to share in this experience physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you very much for being part of this adventure!