For 10 years, it has been run as an off-grid and unique retreat center which can host up to 15 people in caravans and glamping tents. All buildings and structures are of eco-building design and materials and the land is run on permaculture principles. The property is of 1Ha in size and includes a 75m2 family house, a 30m2 apartment and 15m2 stone cottage. It has an abundant fresh water supply all year round from a nearby mountain spring, with official water rights. There is no acoustic or light contamination.
Price: 285.000 Euros (negotiable)
History and creation:
This property was bought in 2008 by Open Dharma facilitators Gemma Polo and Jaya Ashmore, an international network which offers meditations retreats around the world since 1999.
Under the name of ‘Dharmaloca’ (located in the ‘Cavaloca’ valley of Cabaces), the vision for this property was to create and run a small retreat centre based on the deep belief in wild nature as a healing and transformative place for humans.
For the past 10 years, it has offered retreats for both individuals and groups who travel here from different parts of the world.
The sale of this property includes the possibility of passing on the domain of the Dharmaloca website and of redirecting our international network to the new owners, if we share the same vision and principles.
For more information, please visit Dharmaloca’s website.
Here you can see an inspiring slide-show with photos of the project as it is now:
More property details
A magical place of great beauty, purity, wilderness and silence, situated near Cabacés in southern Catalonia, 60 km from Reus international airport and 170 km from Barcelona.
This 1-hectare property is located within the Montsant nature preserve in the Priorat area, a world famous exclusive wine region, soon to be designated a World Heritage Site.
For the past 10 years, it has been running as a completely off-the-grid and unique retreat center which can currently accommodate up to 15 people in caravans and glamping tents.
All the buildings and structures are based on eco-building design and materials and the land as a whole is run on permaculture principles.
The property includes a 75m2 family house, a 30m2 apartment and 15m2 stone cottage.
It has an abundant fresh water supply all year round from a nearby mountain spring, with official water rights. There is no acoustic or light contamination.
It is a 15 minute drive on a mountain road from the nearest village, Cabacés. 4×4 car preferred.
The village of Cabacés has many services such as local school, medical centre, restaurant, bakery, food store, swimming pool, cinema, and bus service.
–Family house of 75m2 with a lovely big kitchen and living space. 2 bedrooms (with space to create a 3rd bedroom) and 1 bathroom. Central wood heating system, with radiators in each compartment of the house.
–Fully equipped apartment of 30m2 with a loft that fits a double bed, kitchen and a separate full bathroom with dry toilet, shower and laundry area. Ideal for B&B off-grid apartment.
–Stone cottage of 15m2 with one bed, kitchen, shower and a wooden stove.
Retreat centre facilities:
-3 big cotton tents for glamping (for 10 people)
-3 caravans for self retreat
-Outdoor covered dining area
-2 dry compost toilets
-Meditation hall (around 20 m2)
-Wooden dome built on wooden raised platform with handmade cover to protect from sun and rain (5m diameter)
Other resources and facilities:
-Carpentry and storage space in double dome
-2 vegetable gardens
-An open corral for animals
-Natural pond/swimming pool (5m x 3m, 3m deep)
-30 producing olive trees
-30 producing almond trees
-A range of fruit trees (cherry, apricot, plum…)
Renewable Energy sources:
-Photovoltaic installation able to give 4000w of electricity and 2808Ah of battery storage to cover all the electricity needs of the center and to heat water with excess supply.
-Solar thermic installation to heat 150 liters of water.
Additional purchase of neighboring land:
As well as the 1 Hectare property of Dharmaloca, there is also the possibility of purchasing an additional half Hectare of land directly bordering the north-west side of Dharmaloca. This land includes 150 mature olive trees in full production and with irrigation system installed. The flat terraces can provide extra space for tents or yurts, plus the annual income from olive oil production. Price: 15,000 euros
Why are we selling? :
The two owners are now taking separate paths and are attending new projects, and the family needs have changed.
Our wish is to meet the right person or persons that would love to purchase Dharmaloca with the wish to take care of this place of beauty, be nourished by it, and hopefully keep on offering it to people to reconnect with nature and themselves.
Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have this dream and wish to buy Dharmaloca, Gemma (current director and co-creator of Dharmaloca) will answer any possible questions.
More photos of Dharmaloca
Glamping tents and caravans:
Inspiration and resources on the area:
About the Priorat area:
Montsant Natural Park, the holy mountain of Catalonia:
European recognition of sustainable tourism:
Priorat landscape, soon to become a World Heritage Site recognized by the UNESCO: