Surrounded by thousands of acres of protected biosphere, in the heart of the holy ridge of Montsantm Spain, lies Dharmaloca, our beautiful eco-retreat place.

Dharmaloca is open to any woman or man with the urge to reconnect with life. A place of beauty, simplicity, and great purity, sustained by the generosity of many hearts.

How could the sky or the warmth of the earth be bought or sold?
Indian Chief Seattle

If you have already done a retreat with Gemma or with Open Dharma, you are welcome to co-create your own self-retreat. If you do not know us yet, you can also enjoy the group retreats and workshops that we offer in Dharmaloca.
Dharmaloca is open for group and self-retreats from May to October. During the winter there is only one space available for a self-retreat.


We have 4 individual and 9 shared spaces, as well as the possibility of bringing your own tent or campervan.


Do you know the pleasure of sleeping near the earth? We have large cotton tents with comfortable mattresses.


Do you want to relax in one of our cozy caravans and enjoy your own mini-space?


The Cottage is a little stone self-sufficient space with its own kitchen and wooden stove. If you come from October to May or have any special needs, the Cottage can be your home.


We invite you to bring your own tent and find your favorite spot.

Community facilities: All the structures are made respecting the environment and based on the principles of permaculture. We have an outdoor kitchen and dining room, dry toilet, shower, two covered outdoor spaces for meditation and inspiration, library, orchard, carpentry workspace, a natural pond and basic infrastructure for activities with horses.

Each person is invited to participate in daily tasks such as cooking or washing dishes, and to participate in different projects and tasks of the land.

A magical space of great purity, wild, solitary, remote … where you can see the eagle fly, and walk endlessly among the rocks that have been home to many hermits and hearts with great longing for the divine.

group retreats and workshops


In Dharmaloca we offer retreats for small groups of maximum 15 people in full contact with nature. The group retreats offered in Dharmaloca combine different themes such as deep rest, connected work, immersions in nature, deep listening, women’s circles, or expansive awareness. They can also focus on more specific explorations such as medicinal plants, beekeeping or connection with horses, among others.

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2012 10 11 Personal retreats are the soul of Dharmaloca and are born from the vision of offering spaces of silence and reconnection with oneself and nature. In this magical place you can come to dive in, take care of yourself, and be renovated. Mostly in solitude but also occasionally with some support form Gemma. The recommended stay is between 2 weeks and 3 months. The accommodation for personal retreats is in the caravans or the cottage. Cooking your own food and participating in maintenance tasks is essential, as well as integrating your own spiritual practice with connected daily work for at least an hour and a half of you time.


meditation with horses retreats

Meditation with horses retreats

When I first dreamed of bringing horses home, people would ask me, “What do you want to do with them? What do you want them for? “And I would respond:” I simply want to open my window and see the horses, they have the power to transport me to the essence.”
Based on my experience of being with horses, I offer the meditation retreats with horses at Dharmaloca, Tarragona, Spain. On these retreats, we learn basic equine ethology and approach the horses according to their body language. We cultivate awareness of our own body movements and mental moods.SONY DSC
We combine direct contact with horses, the practice of connected movement, meditation, and ancestral walking with horses. We also do ground-to-ground exercises of self-knowledge and leadership, letting the horses be our mirror, and practice somatic or synchronized riding.



Upcoming events

See the project Awakening With Horses

Dharmaloca was founded by Open Dharma facilitators Gemma Polo and Jaya Ashmore, and is directed by Gemma. Currently, Milton is our resident manager and the person that will welcome you and take care of the practicalities. Depending on the season, Gemma can also offer personal guidance during your self-retreat.


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