“The weekend with you and the horses was a magical time for me really & truly. To be able to work with the horses in such a way is very different to any retreat I have done and from the bottom of my heart to you, Ganga, Sophia, Taky & Chandra beyond the sky and the earth thank you! I feel my heart has been nourished.” Lisa, from England
Since ancient times humans have communicated with horses on many levels. Now, in our culture of making and using, we often approach horses trying to do something with them instead of simply allowing ourselves to BE in their presence.
When we give ourselves time and allow ourselves to be in our presence, we are offered the possibility of reconnecting with our wild essence and remembering who we are.
During the retreat we will get closer to the 4 mares that live freely in the surroundings of Dharmaloca by communicating with them respectfully, moving and acting from the knowledge of the body language used by horses in freedom, and letting the horses be a mirror of our habits so that we can see and be free from them, as well as transformed internally and externally.
We will divide our time between some theory about equine ethology, deep observation of the mares, guided meditations, chi kung or some other form of connected movement, and doing some exercises to get closer to the mares while being aware of our actions and the purpose of our actions as well as initiating ourselves to the basis of somatic riding.
This proposal is open to women and men. The places are limited to a maximum of 12 participants 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 group needs.
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. http://gemmapolopujol.com/
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.
In on the Dharmaloca surroundings where the four Pottoka mares live freely.
For this residential retreat, for a maximum of 12 people, we offer two 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.
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.
Arrival at 6:30h / 18h welcome circle and meditation / 19h dinner / 20:15h connected singing.
8h connected movement / 8:45h breakfast / 10h walk to the horses, visualization, equine ethology / 13:15h lunch / 15h contact, exercises with horses, ancestral walk, meditation / 19h dinner / 20:15h documentary
8h connected movement / 8:45h breakfast / 9:45h meditation, exercises with horses / 13h lunch / 15h basis of somatic riding, closing circle / 16:30 ending.
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 September 29th and when the retreat ends on Sunday, October1st , for the train leaving at 18:21 and arriving in Barcelona in a couple of hours later.
Total price (includes course, food and accommodation):
195 euros if you sleep in an individual caravan. With linen included (available for 3 people).
185 euros if you sleep in a shared setup tent. Just bring your sleeping bag (available for 9 people)
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 105 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. Paypal.me/OpenDharmaSpain/105
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.
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