30 septiembre, 2020 4 octubre, 2020
Santuari de la mare de Déu de Queralt, Catalunya., Spain.

Language: English

Pilgrimage-retreat

The path of abundance

Catalan Pyrenees, Spain.

30 September – 4 October, 2020

 

circle by the emblematic mountain of Pedraforca

A 5-day transformational journey

following the steps of the Cathars

from the Pyrenees to the Sanctuary of Queralt, Spain.

 

Guided by Gemma Polo

group limited to 12 participants

 

On this transformative non-religious walk we will be following part of the ancient pilgrimage route “El Cami dels Bons Homes”: the path of the ‘good women’ and ‘good men’, the Cathars who embraced the Catholic religion as a genuine spiritual practice of simplicity, good will and generosity in the 13th century, in contrast to the corrupt and ostentatious Catholic Church of that time.

It is through walking in simplicity and silence that we will intend to embrace the values of this pilgrimage and bring alive our own spirituality in modern times, being one with the elements and connect from our hearts to the loving energy of the symbolic destination of the Madonna of Queralt.

Madonna of Queralt

Abundance comes to us when we do not hold on to anything, when we become humble, open, grateful for this life and everything that we are offered.

A pilgrimage is a beautiful way of entering the realm of the heart by simply taking one step after the other. The majesty and immense beauty of the surroundings are a great help on the way, continuously whispering to us “keep going, keep going…”

We walk along healing and transformative paths

for ourselves, for the earth, and for all beings.

Please see the page about pilgrimages on Gemma’s website to have a better way of tuning into her understanding of what it means to be a pilgrim: https://gemmapolopujol.com/en/pilgrimages/

 

resting on the way

 

Landscape:

During this 5-day retreat-journey we will pass through ancient forests, high hills, rivers and waterfalls, powerful cliffs, green spacious meadows, XII century little churches, old castles, picturesque villages, and the sanctuary of Queralt. On the way will also walk around the emblematic mountain of Pedraforca, drawn by many as all embracing mother, guardian, and ever flowing source of abundance and fluidity.

Gallina Pelada

ridge of “la Gallina Pelada”

A taste of what we will do:
The essence of this pilgrimage is the practice of walking in itself, as a spiritual and transformative journey. These are some additional elements:

– Wake up with the sunrise.
– Combine walking in silence and resting through the whole day in direct contact with nature.
– Circle sharing, meditative singing, guided connected movement.

– Moments of solitude and integration.

– Sleep in simple and beautiful refuges.

– Share meals cooked for us by local hosts.

sunset singing meditation

Some practicalities:

-We will be walking 4 to 7 hours every day (12-19 Km per day).

-The elevation drop will vary between +100 and +800 meters per day. Please start walking every day including going up hill, if you are thinking of joining!

-No technical knowledge of mountaineering is needed but it is crucial that you are used or able to walk in nature for 4-5 hours and have the strength or confidence to go uphill and downhill.

-We will sleep 3 nights in well-equipped mountain refuges and 1 night in a rural house. Through the whole way we will have the pleasure to meet great hosts with warm hearts!

-We will walk carrying all of our luggage plus the daily picnic. Once you formalize the reservation you will receive a very specific list of things to bring with the aim of walking as light as possible.

-The group will be limited to a minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 participants.

 

some of our accommodation on the journey

 

Where and when?

This pilgrimage will take place on the Northern Catalonia, Spain.

We will meet on the 31st September at 3 pm in Bellever de Cerdanya, near Puigcerdà.

https://goo.gl/maps/WaVjnw95cXdn3QJy5

We will end on the 4th October around 16h in Santa Maria de Queralt, near Berga.

https://goo.gl/maps/shiV1gCFZK2fGPQ57

If you come from abroad or do not have a car, there is the option to get to Puigcerdà from Barccelona by train (www.renfe.com) or by bus (www.alsa.es). You can also get to Puigcerdà from Girona by bus (www.teisa-bus.com). From Puicgerdà to our meeting point at Bellver de Cerdanya, there are only a few kilometers that could be done by taxi or by sharing cars at our arrival.

When making plans, please leave plenty of time before and after the retreat to get to the airport with time. If this is an option for you, the best would be to get to the area a day earlier and leave a day after the retreat ends.

 

 

Price and registration:


The total price is 580 Euros, which includes four nights of accommodation, all meals and snacks, three logistic taxi rides, insurance, and Gemma’s guidance.

If you would like to participate, please fill in this form:

https://forms.gle/VM9Q3S1z2g43xtJQ8

In order book the accommodation in advance and to secure your place on the pilgrimage, we ask you to make a reservation of 230* euros before September 10th. Thank you!

Please send us an email once you have transferred the reservation fee to let us know:

You can make the reservation via bank transfer to the Open Dharma’s association bank account based in Spain: ES31 1491 0001 2210 09539220 (Triodos Bank) adding in the concept your full name and Pilgrimage October 20.

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

*Cancellation policy: In case of making the reservation and then needing to cancel, we will refund the full amount before August the 31st and half of the the amount after that date.

 

If you have any question or doubts, please write to us at:

gemmaji@gmail.com

 

 

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