febrero 7, 2019 febrero 10, 2019
Orvelte, Holland

Language: English

The way of the heart,

a deep rest winter retreat in Holland.

7-10 February, 2019

With the willingness to offer more continuity and depth, we invite you to join this retreat organized by the Open Dharma* team of Holland, and facilitated by Gemma Polo.

This retreat is an opportunity to become intimate with your own heart and the heart of life, through softness, deep rest, and genuine inquiry.

During the retreat, everyone will be encouraged and guided to find her or his own Way of the Heart, while combining lying down silent and guided meditations, healing sound and chanting, connected walks in nature; one-to-one meetings and inspiring talks by Gemma.

Apart from some sharing moments, the retreat will be held in joyful silence and in beautiful nature.


About the Facilitator:

Gemma Polo has been offering meditation retreats with Open Dharma* for the last fifteen years around the world.

Theologian, bee keeper, poet, mystic, and mother, Gemma lived in India for a decade and co-created “Dharmaloca”, an eco-retreat center in the sacred mountains of Montsant, Spain, where she also leads the “awakening with horses” project that she envisioned.

With a wealth of experience from different spiritual practices such as contemplation, Zen, devotion and a deep connection with nature, Gemma holds and guides each individual to find her or his own whispers of the heart.

*Open Dharma: is a non-profit organization registered in India, the U.S, and Spain. Open Dharma offers meditation retreats and teachings since 1999, to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to discover their calling and live an awakened life.

You can see more about Gemma and Open Dharma at:




Practical information:

-The retreat is appropriate for people at all experience levels or with no meditation experience.

-Participants are expected to stay for the whole retreat.

-Teachings are given in English.



The retreat starts on Thursday-evening the 7th of February 2019 and will end Sunday afternoon on the 10th of February.

Arrival time: Between 18-19h.

Departure time: Between 13-14h.



The retreat will be held in the beautiful and peaceful center Smalhoorn in Orvelte (www.smalhoorn.nl).


Accomodation and food

-There are 2 sleeping halls, each one divided into small compartments to offer a good sense of privacy.

-The food will be vegetarian.


Cost and donations

-Price with full pension: 220 €. This price includes the costs of accommodation, food, and organizational expenses of the retreat.

-Donations: The retreat program is offered completely on donation basis.

(Please note that the amount of 220 € does only cover the expenses made.)

As for the facilitator, Gemma honours an ageless tradition of generosity, and invites you to join her in supporting, and being supported by, what is beyond measure and price.

At the end of the retreat you will have the opportunity to express your gratitude and offer back donations towards Gemma’s teachings and guidance.




  • Make the payment of 220 €


Via Bank transfer:

Account Name: Open Dharma associació per l’harmonia natural
IBAN number: ES31 1491 0001 2210 09539220
Bank Name: Triodos Bank
Bank Address: C/ Ferraz 52 (esq. C/ Quintana)
28008 – Madrid, Spain

Via Pay Pal: https://www.paypal.me/OpenDharmaSpain


  • After receiving your subscription form and payment, we will send you a confirmation by e-mail, and later on another e-mail with a proper route description, what to bring list, and all the other information that you will need. (Please note that we prefer that you come as much as possible with your own means of transport, since it would be challenging for us to organize your transportation the way we do for the summer retreats.)
  • Due to the financial risk we take by organizing this retreat, please let us know as soon as possible in case you need to cancel. If you cancel before one month we can give back 75% (€165,00), less than a month 50% (€110,00) will be refunded.


We look forward to hearing from you!

With love,

The Open Dharma Team – Holland

For questions and registration you can e-mail to opendharmaholland@gmail.com