July 30, 2021 | 7:00 pm August 4, 2021 | 4:00 pm
Les Gavatxes, Catalan Pyrenees, Spain

Language: English/ Spanish - GUIDANCE ON DONATION BASIS -


deep rest in wild nature


30 July – 4 August, 2021

in the Catalan Pyrenees, Spain.

∞ with Gemma Polo Pujol ∞

group limited to 20 people


A retreat to open up to life through becoming intimate with the elements, the cycles of nature, the ancient practice of sharing in a circle, and deep rest meditation.


About the retreat

In this six-day retreat in the rural house “Les Gavatxes”, a space of great beauty surrounded by wild nature, we invite you to become intimate with nature, deeply listen and rest fully.

The connection with the elements, the true sharing and the guidance of Gemma both in the goup and individually, will help you to release layers of conditioning and fear and find rest in a space beyond the mind.

In this inner space we will come in contact with our vital source, where goodness and abundance sprout, from which goodness and abundance sprout, and from where we can start manifesting our life’s full potential.




How will we do it?

The 6 days of the retreat will be a journey through the medicine wheel and the qualities of the elements to deepen and transform different areas of our being.

The retreat will combine periods of silence and the ancient practice of sharing and listening form the heart within the circle ceremony. We will weave the days with intentional solo time in nature, guided and silent meditations together.

We will enjoy group medicine walks, with simple rituals to help us transform and comprehend.

We will have time for personal integration through creativity.

We will end the day by opening our hearts with meditative songs.

Throughout the retreat there will have optional individual sessions with Gemma.


altar creado durante un retiro


About the facilitator: 

Gemma Polo Pujol offers Deep Rest meditation retreats and pilgrimages in nature around the world since 2002.

Theologian, pilgrim, poet and mother, lived in India for a decade, co-founded Open Dharma in Europe and created a pioneering eco

-retreat centre in Spain.

With a wealth of experience of spiritual practices as diverse as contemplation, Zen, advaita, various forms of devotion an

d a deep connection to the ancient, nature-based, wisdom traditions; Gemma accompanies and guides each person genuinely to listen to the whispers of their own heart.

Together with Sophia Style, Gemma has co-created and offers the Facilitator and Ritual Guide training, and the online course Medicine Woman: a journey to your center.

Her first book “There is Light and only Light, teachings to illuminate your inner journey” that gathers what she has shared in dozens of retreats around the world, has been published in English by Watkins publishing.

For more details about her trajectory and what she offers, you can visit:



You can also read this extract from Gemma’s book where she speaks about the practice of deep rest meditation as a transformative and radical practice.


Testimonials from participants on retreats with Gemma:

“I am deeply, deeply grateful for the retreat. I am still so much impressed by the softness of the week, and the depth of the changes. Thank you, thank you, thank you for you kind and loving presence, creating this safe heaven to open up my soul and let the sacred light in.”


“The retreat was very touching and watered a long forgotten seed in me.”                                                                                            


“I felt my hand softly held while I find my way back home…”


Your presence in the retreat holds with security, wisdom, and compassion.”


I’m grateful for your beautiful and inspiring talks, and your absolute commitment to the path.”


“Your words are still with me… they touch me, they inspire me. Now I lie down with the intention to become intimate with myself…what is there, beyond the mind? What does it mean to be alive?”



sala de meditación con un grupo meditando


Practical questions:


The house has beautiful apartments and shared wooden houses with 2-3-4 beds and bathroom. Bed sheets and towels are included.

There is also the option to bring your own tent and camp in a space reserved for tents.



The food is vegetarian, with mostly organic local and seasonal products. If you need a vegan diet or have any food intolerance, please indicate it on the registration form.

comiendo durante el retiro de verano con Gemma

paella vegetariana durante un retiro con Gemma en verano

contemlando durante el retiro de verano con Gemma


How to get there?

Les Gavatxes, 17867 Beget (Girona), Spain.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/3ntgYdwwzicxzNDQ6

You can arrive with your own vehicle or by bus (http://www.teisa-bus.com) from Barcelona or Girona to Castellfollit de la Roca. There we can come to pick you up or we can organize to share cars to the house.



Starting: Friday the 30th of July at 7 p.m.

Finishing: Wednesday the 4th of August around 4 p.m.


Price and donations

The price to cover the 6-day stay, vegetarian food and organizational expenses is:

  • € 295 if you stay in an apartment or shared house.
  • € 245 if you stay in your own camping tent.
  • + conscious donation for the facilitator that you can make at the end of the retreat.

Gemma offers her guidance without any fixed price, as it has been done in many traditions for millennia in the spiritual realm, with the intention of giving space to everyone, and with the beauty of not limiting what is infinite. At the end of the retreat you will have the opportunity to offer donations to Gemma. Thanks for your generosity!

There is a universe of freedom when we offer without a fixed price, both for the one who gives and for the one who receives.

bote de barro con flores


Do you want to join?

To reserve your place please fill in this form:


To confirm your reservation you will have to make an advance payment of €195, which will be deducted from the total price of the retreat.

These are the bank details to make the deposit:

Open Dharma Association,

Triodos Bank ES31 1491 0001 2210 09539220 (Please put your name and “August retreat” in the concept)

Or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/OpenDharmaSpain

If you have to cancel your place after having made the reservation payment, we will refund the entire reservation minus 10% for administration costs until July 15. After this date we can only refund 50% of the reservation. If we have to cancel the retreat due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, we will refund the entire reservation.

Remember that for this retreat the space is limited to 20 participants. So if you wish to come, please reserve your seat as soon as possible!

For further questions: gemmapolopujol@gmail.com

manos descansando en forma de corazón