It is what we are that heals, not what we know.
My name is Gemma; I have always been guided by the fire of my soul and for more than 15 years I have been accompanying people on their spiritual journey and offering deep rest meditation retreats with Open Dharma* around the world.
I was born in Barcelona and never believed that life was limited to the explicable and tangible. At age of eleven I consciously started my spiritual journey after seeing the biographical film of St. Francis of Assisi, Brother Sun Sister Moon. Nature was my temple, my place of encounter with the divine and where everything made sense.
Later on, the question about death ignited my inner fire and at sixteen I began to practice Zen intensively with Berta Meneses.
Pilgrimages, days of solitude in hermitages and caves, meetings with mystics and hermits of the mountains, together with a year of committed activism in the Dominican Republic and another year as a Catholic nun in a small community located in Catalonia gave me the bases for an alive practice rooted in heart.
I studied Agriculture, International Development and Religious Sciences. I was involved in the process of creating l’AUDIR (UNESCO Association for Interreligious Dialogue) and I was a professional beekeeper with my own organic honey.
After some experiences for which I found no books or words, I went to India in search of someone who would know this luminous place, and found Ajay Pal Singh, my kalyan mittra (spiritual friend). I stayed in India for the next 10 years and together with Ajay Pal Singh and Jaya Ashmore, we created the Open Dharma association and offered retreats in many countries.
In 2007 I returned to Catalonia to create Dharmaloca, an eco-retreat center located in the heart of Montsant in Tarragona, fruit of the vision of offering a space rooted in nature for whoever wishes to dive in, connect with nature, and deepen while being supported.
Moved by the longing to go back to what is wild and essential, I created the Awakening With Horses program. I love bringing people closer to my four pottokas mares living in freedom. They become our mirrors and remind us who we really are.
Lately, I have also explored the beauty of women’s cycles and accompany women to heal, deepen, and rediscover their feminine wisdom, offering retreats for women and personalized guidance.
I am a mother and a poet, and I still experience life wider than the explicable and tangible.
*Open Dharma is a non-profit organization registered in India, the U.S, and Spain. Open Dharma offers meditation retreats and teachings since 1999, to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to discover their calling and live an awakened life. Here you can see more of what I offer through Open Dharma and be nourished by its resources.
Your donations given regularly or occasionally make it possible for me to dedicate myself fully and with continuity to what I offer.
Thank you for your generosity!