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(English) Awaken Heart, Deep Rest Retreat in Wild Nature with Gemma Polo Pujol

juliol 31 @ 7:00 pm - agost 5 @ 4:00 pm


Ho sentim, aquesta entrada es troba disponible únicament en Anglès Americà i Espanyol Europeu.

31 July, 2020 | 19:00 – 5 August, 2021 | 16:00
Les Gavatxes, Catalan Pyrenees, Spain

∞ with Gemma Polo Pujol ∞

Teachings offered on a donation basis.
In English and Spanish.

A silent retreat to open up to life and all its potential, through the practice of deep rest meditation,
and the power of interconnectedness.

In this six-day retreat held in place of great beauty and wild nature, we will be guided into deep rest through the practice of lying down meditation. With the silent support of the group and Gemma’s guidance, we will overcome layers of tiredness, patterns and fears, to finally find ourselves in a place of ease and trust.

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

The natural environment and the deep connection with the elements will also be a gateway to the experience of unity and to the realization of being partakers of a much wider reality.


The fruits of a Deep rest retreat:

After facilitating deep rest retreats for more than 17 years and observing the fruits that they bring into our lives, I can say with certainty that among many other things, Deep Rest meditation offers us:

  • A doorway to creativity and joy.
  • The opportunity to drop our beliefs around effort and discipline, and allow life to flow more.
  • A sense of being deeply rested and slowly dissolving the layers of tiredness that we carry.
  • The possibility of becoming much more productive or effective in our actions as they emerge from an inner alive place.
  • A safe and wide space within form which to embrace all our feelings and emotions.
  • A loving acceptance of ourselves as we are.
  • A rediscovering our deepest longings and the urge to honor them.
  • The ability to acknowledge the small and simple practices that keep alive our connection to the sacred.
  • The experience of connecting to softness, gentleness and kindness.
  • A sense of living from a place of trust, abundance and generosity.

A taste of what we will do

This retreat held entirely in joyful silence, also incorporates:

  • Guided meditations and visualizations
  • Connected movement in nature
  • Inspirational talks by Gemma with different themes around the spiritual process
  • Lead group sharing’s with the respectful principles of the circle
  • Medicine walks with simple rituals to help us transform and integrate the inner journey
  • Personal creative time
  • Meditative singing
  • Optional one-to-one sessions with Gemma


Due to the situation we are experiencing as a result of COVID-19, we have been forced to modify some of the dates of our planned retreats / workshops.

Currently the planned summer retreats are still going ahead, and we would love to get an idea of how many people are interested in order to be able to plan everything as well as possible.

So we are asking you to help us by filling out this form which is a ‘show of intention’.

If you fill it in to say that you are interested in one or more of the events, we will contact you to continue the registration process.

About the facilitator:

Gemma Polo Pujol

Gemma Polo Pujol

Gemma Polo Pujol offers Deep Rest and meditation retreats around the world since 2002 with the international Open Dharma trust, of which she is co-founder in Europe. Theologian, pilgrim, poet and mother, she lived in India for a decade 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, and a deep connection to the ancient, nature-based, wisdom traditions, Gemma accompanies and guides each person to listen deeply to the whispers of their own heart.

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

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


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?”


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.

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 July 31 at 7 p.m.

Finishing: Wednesday August 5th at 4p.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.

Do you want to sign up?

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 paying the reservation, we will refund the entire reservation until July 10th. After this date we can only refund 50% of the reservation.

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

For more information:


We encourage you to make space in your life to come and rest deeply, renew yourself in wild nature, and listen again to the whispers of your soul.

With love,

Gemma and the Open Dharma team


juliol 31 @ 7:00 pm
agost 5 @ 4:00 pm
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Kshanti Foundation
Open Dharma


Les Gavatxes
Beget, Girona 17867 Spain + Google Map