Alive listening in deep nature

We invite you to immerse yourself for four days in a magical and wild corner of the Sierra del Montsant where you can be renewed deeply and remember the essence of what gives meaning to your life. Here you can find space and time for a retreat in the middle of nature, in which the elements will help you to listen again to your wisest and most authentic voice, the voice of your heart

.One of our intentions for this retreat is to offer a space, in circle, where we can cultivate our capacity for deep listening: of ourselves, of those we spend time with, and of the messages that life is continually offering us. The mountains, the rocks, the source, the eagles, the horses that live here wildly… become our guide and mirror and allow us to remember our nature, pure, free and generous.

From this place of intimate connection with the elements and their cycles, we can continue walking, sharing and giving in our daily life from an abundant, effortless place.

During this retreat, our intention is to:

. Discover the principles of “Council”, a transformative way of sharing in circle.

. Make a journey through the four directions and the medicine wheel.

. Connect with the horses that live freely and remember your wild nature.

. Receive inspiration and guidance through the medicine walk.

. Drink from the source of silence.

. Enjoy exploring your creativity with natural elements.

. Learn to create your own rituals as a healing tool.

. Participate in the beauty and simplicity of living together in a place created with the principles of permaculture.


We have created this retreat with the hope of sharing it with you,

if you want to reconnect with your deeper purposes and align with them from your center,

if you want to give yourself four days to “fill your cup” and be more aware of everything that truly nourishes you,

if in your life you accompany and take care of other people and you are looking for a place where you feel sustained,

if you feel called to sit in a circle of women and men where deep listening and loving presence are the basis of what is offered.

The places are limited to a maximum of 15 people which will allow us to offer a personalized holding of the group.

The course will be offered in English and Spanish or Catalan depending on the needs of the group.



Sophia Style

Anthropologist, doula, writer and mother. She has spent fifteen years facilitating women’s circles in England and Spain, in connection to the wisdom of the feminine cycles. Creator of the project “Mujer Cíclica”, she currently supports and trains women through workshops and online courses “El Camino de la Facilitadora” and “Las Cuatro Lunas en Mí”. Sophia writes and shares resources and inspiration about women’s cycles, female archetypes and rites of passage.


Gemma Polo Pujol

Spiritual guide and facilitator of deep rest and meditation retreats with “Open Dharma” for fifteen years. Theologian, beekeeper, poet and mother, Gemma recognizes nature as her most intimate home. She created “Dharmaloca”, an eco-retreat center in the heart of Montsant, Tarragona, and the project “Awakening with Horses”, with the wish to offer a space where to reconnect with the essence and to emerge from the heart.


Where will the retreat take place?

In the heart of the Sierra del Montsant Natural Park, in the middle of hundreds of protected hectares, is Dharmaloca, an eco retreat center and a place for reconnection with nature. It is a beautiful, simple and wild space co-created in 2008 by Gemma Polo and Jaya Ashmore, based on the principles of permaculture and ecological self-sufficiency.




For this residential retreat, for a maximum of 15 people, we offer several sleeping options:

• Three large cotton tents with comfortable mattresses, to share between three people.

• Three cozy caravans if you want to enjoy your own space.

• Two plots for two people if you want to bring your own individual tent. 




During the retreat, we offer vegetarian and mostly organic food. As part of the community dynamics of the place, you will participate in the preparation of some of the food and the general care of the space.


The retreat is from Thursday to Sunday.

First day:

Arrival between 17.00 and 18.00 / 19.00 – 21.00 Welcome Circle / 21.00 Dinner.

Second and third day:

08.00 Connected movement / 09.00: Breakfast / 10.30 – 14.00: Council and dynamics in nature / 14.30: Lunch and rest / 17.00 – 20.30: Council and dynamics in nature / 21.00: Dinner

Fourth day:

09.00 Breakfast / 10.30 – 14.00: Council and dynamics in nature. Closing with everyone / 14.30: Eating / packing up and goodbyes. 



How to get there

Dharmaloca is a 45-minute drive from the village of Falset, in the Priorat region. When you sign up we will give you the complete directions to arrive. We can organize pickups at the Marçà / Falset station for the train which arrives from Barcelona at 15:32 on October 12th and when the retreat ends on Sunday, October 15th , for the train leaving at 18:21 and arriving in Barcelona in a couple of hours later.



Here you can see a breakdown of the costs of the different parts of the retreat, from Thursday to Sunday, and at the end you can see the total price, depending on your accommodation option.

Facilitation and support by Sophia and Gemma: 180 euros

Organization and materials: 50 euros

Food: 80 euros


60 euros in caravan, with linen included (available for 3 people)

45 euros in shared cotton tents, just bring your sleeping bag (available for 9 people)

15 euros in personal tent, you have to bring your tent, mat and sleeping bag (available for 3 people)


370 euros if you sleep in an individual caravan

355 euros if you sleep in a shared tent

325 euros if you bring your own tent



Do you want to sign up?

The places for this retreat are limited and will be filled in order of registration. To confirm your reservation, a deposit of 95 euros is required, in the following account number: “Open Dharma associació per l’harmonia natural”, Triodos Bank, ES31 1491 0001 2210 09539220 or through Paypal: https: // www.

The registration fee to confirm your place has two intentions. One is so that we can know clearly if there is a minimum of participants to run the retreat, or if the places are full and we create a waiting list. The other has to do with your own personal  commitment when deciding to set aside the time to do this retreat, with everything that it will bring you.

This fee guarantees that we will keep a space for you. Therefore, if you decide not to come less than one month before the retreat starts, it will not be possible to give you a refund.


 If you have any questions, please write to

 We would love to share this beautiful place and the retreat with you.

Sophia and Gemma