29 abril, 2020 | 10:30 3 mayo, 2020 | 17:00
Cap de creus, Catalunya

Language: English

Walking retreat:

The path of wisdom and fluidity

Costa Brava, Catalonia

29 April – 3 May 2020

5-day pilgrimage through the wildest coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Guided by Gemma Polo

group limited to 14 participants 



We will practice the art of walking in silence, in deep contact with the elements, becoming intimate with ourselves, and being a prayer for the world.


 Our journey will also be an exploration of the threshold between land and sea, the world of depth and mystery and what we experience as secure and known, as metaphor of moving between the realms of death and life.

As we embrace the unknown and let our inner wisdom guide us, we find ourselves flowing in the midst of life’s challenges, and a deep sense of joy and ease arises.

Wisdom and fluidity will dance together, as we simply walk the path, step by step, immersed in breath-taking beauty.


A taste of what we will do:
The essence of this walking retreat or non-religious pilgrimage is the practice of walking in itself, as a spiritual and transformative journey. These are some additional elements on our path:

– 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 but comfortable guesthouses.

– Share meals cooked for us.


Some practicalities:

-We will be walking 3 to 6 hours every day (10-15 Km per day).

-No technical knowledge of mountaineering is needed but it is crucial that you are used or able to walk in nature for 3-5 hours. Please start walking regularly if you are thinking of joining!

-We will sleep 1 night in a guesthouse 2 nights in apartments, and 1 night in bungalows.

-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 14 participants.


Where and when?

This walking retreat will take place around the Natural park of Cap de Creus located on the North-East of Catalonia, in the well-known area of Costa Brava, Spain.

We will meet on the 29th of April at 3pm in the beach of Port de la Selva. https://goo.gl/maps/Tk7E7xupNbFVbRmJA

We will end on the 3th of May around 16h in Roses


If you come from abroad or do not have a car, there is the option to get to Port de la Selva and to leave from Roses by bus www.sarfa.com. The biggest nearby cities both well connected by train (www.renfe.com) are Figueres and Girona. When making plans, please leave plenty of time before and after the retreat to get to the airport with time. If this were 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 except 2 dinners (those 2 evenings you will be able to choose where and what to eat), insurance, and Gemma’s guidance.

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


In order book the accommodation in advance and to secure your place on the walking retreat, we ask you to make a reservation of 280* euros before March 15th 2020. Thank you!

Please send us an email at gemmaji@gmail.com 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 “walking retreat May 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 March the 15st and half of the amount after that date.

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


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

Looking forward to sharing this path of wisdom with you!



The sea shore is sacred. As we sit at her feet our first prayer should be to the goddess of the ocean.

Sri Mata Amritanandamaji


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