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 20 years I have been accompanying people to live and die, offering deep rest and meditation retreats, pilgrimages, rites of passage and council in nature.
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, after the death of my aunt and my father, the question about life and death ignited even more my inner fire, and at age 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 Dominican Republic and another year as a Catholic monastic 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 the AUDIR (UNESCO’s Association for Interreligious Dialogue) and I was a professional beekeeper producing 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 and Jaya Ashmore, we ran the Open Dharma association and offered retreats around the world.
In 2007 I returned to Catalonia to create Dharmaloca, an eco-retreat center located in the heart of Montsant and lead the Awakening with horses project for a decade.
Since 2016 I live in a town near the northern coast of Catalonia together with my partner Sophia Style, creator of the Cyclical Woman project and with our 3 children, our dog and our kitten.
Today I continue to offer spiritual guidance, deep rest and meditation retreats, pilgrimages, council in nature, and all my services as a “death doula”.
Together with Sophia we have combined our more than 20 years of experience in the field of spirituality and the wisdom of women’s cycles, and we offer a wide range of online courses, retreats, and trainings to accompany moments of transition through beautiful and meaningful rituals.
I’m a poet, passionate, and I still don’t believe in what we take for granted …
My first book “There is Light and only Light, teachings to illuminate your inner journey” gathers what I have been sharing in dozens of retreats around the world. It is published in English by Watkins publishing.
If you feel inspired to organize a retreat, or wish to start deepening through one-to one sessions with me, please contact me.