About Gravito

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GRAVITO

“Gravito is nestled in the landscape as if it was hugged by it.”

An old Portuguese schist hamlet situated in the forested hills of Beira Baixa, central Portugal, a region of lakes and rivers. Remotely situated in a self-contained valley with its river and lush spring and surrounded by oaks, pines, heather and ferns.

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RECLAIMING THE HERITAGE

Gravito was abandoned like many “aldeias” of its kind many years ago, leaving the work of generations to be overtaken by wilderness. We are restoring the buildings and the terraces bit by bit with the help of family, friends and volunteers. There are hundreds of metres of old dry walls to protect and reclaim in order to reveal all its potential and beauty.

PERMACULTURE & SACRED GEOMETRY

We are now planting orchards and designing gardens, reintroducing indigenous species and looking after the many varieties of wild plants that came with the land being abandoned for 70 years. We are aiming to create spaces that resonate with the surroundings.

A PLATFORM FOR HOLISTIC WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

Gravito is a truly magical spot with many acres of land surrounded by forests. There is a great river swimming spot on the land with a waterfall, many walking trails and it is at walking distance from a river beach with restaurants and local cafes.

We will have individual terraces each with decked and furnished tepees for group accommodation, a large outdoor circle for practice and a giant yurt for the workshops, and a barn with kitchen and dining room for the groups. Our project is ongoing. The restoration of part of the hamlet will provide further accommodation in the future.

We aim to use homegrown and locally sourced organic ingredients to create inventive and nutritious vegetarian cuisine.

We have worked alongside therapists and group leaders over many years, running a holistic centre in the UK and are now bringing workshops and retreats to Portugal.

PHILOSOPHY

Inter-connectedness and awareness in the present moment are ways of being that we cherish and promote with humility and humour.

Meditation, ceremonies, work and music are paths we want to explore in Gravito to live this life peacefully and gently transform towards who we truly are.

“I want to do to you what the spring does to cherry trees.” Pablo Neruda.

  Who we are

Shobha is half Portugese, her great great great grandfather was from Gravito. She was managing director of the Relaxation Centre, a spa and holistic centre in Bristol, for 9 years before moving to Portugal.

www.relaxationcentre.co.uk

Miguel is a Belgian designer and maker. Passionate about sacred space and self transformation, he has been holding the vision for Gravito for many years.

www.miguelhumblet.com

  Events and Program for 2016

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Upcoming Events and Courses in 2016

The 2016 season starts in May and there will be yoga and meditation retreats, transformative workshops, shamanic works and trainings, massage courses and our annual Sacred Music Gathering.

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28th of May - 4th of June

"Engaged Yoga and Pranamotion" with Christopher Gladwell and Sarah Harlow

Clarity, sustainability and power in practice. Generate high states of wellbeing.

What is yoga really about?

Yoga has alway been about Moksha or authentic freedom. Learn the five key energies of yogic practice, the four principles that generate authentic freedom and the three keys to non-dual realisation. Working with understanding how the practice can be used to be effective for our bodies, work with Ahimsa and preventative medicine in practice. Sustainability and power in practice and generating high states of wellbeing. Toxic conditioning (samsara halahala in Sanskrit) makes you small, weak, inadequate and powerless. Engaged Yoga-Tantra invites you to find your greatest potential and live an empowered, engaged and awakened life. Fully knowing your core-identity is key to this empowerment. Living from this radiance in each moment is not only more than possible, it’s the life you most deeply want. Engaged Yoga-Tantra says it’s not only possible , it is inevitable, through discipline, diligence, devotion, awareness and relaxation into what is.

See details here

22nd - 26th of June

"Inner-quest and meditation retreat" with Suta and Miguel Humblet

In this retreat, we will explore our spiritual purpose and vision for this lifetime through guided meditation, journeys in the inner-worlds and ceremonies. There will be a Temascal/sweatlodge, wild river swimming and treks in the surrounding nature.

Details coming soon

6th - 11th of July

"Bees and women caring for each other - A holistic approach to bees and beekeeping" with Sandira Cornuejols and Belinda Bluebell

For eons, bees were considered as sacred beings of the goddesses and gods, messengers of love and guardians of the threshold between life and death.

During the last centuries this sacred relationship has been lost as we have come to see bees only as little machines that produce our honey and pollinate our monocultures. Today, bees are dying all over the world. Their disappearance feels like a radical response to the disrespect that they have been receiving from their old human friends.

During this workshop, we will reawaken our innate knowledge of the bee hive as a living being with its own soul and personality. 

As we enter deeper and deeper into the fascinating world of the bee community, we will re-emerge into the sacred relationship between bees and human beings.

How do we create home for bees where we live, in a way that is based on cooperation, a process far removed from exploitation and the pressure of honey production.

Together, we will hone our perceptive tools and abilities enabling us to live within in a mutually nourishing connection with the bees.

The invitation to this workshop is restricted to women so we may create a space for the unfolding of our feminine wisdom through the contact with our Little sisters of deep knowledge.

Team: Directed by Sandira Cornuejols, assisted by Belinda Bluebell

Sandira is born from a bee-keeping mother in Brittany (France) and therefore bathed from early childhood into the world of the bees.

Today, she lives in the Peace Research Community of Tamera, in the south of Portugal. There, she has created a educational bee garden, living along side the bees with much love and passion.

Belinda started her training at The Sacred Trust working with Bee Shamanism (The Path Of Pollen) in 2006 and she has beautifully  integrated this work into her practice as an intuitive Healer and Body-worker; Belinda has travelled widely studying different bodywork modalities and now lives in Totnes, Devon,England.

Some contents of this course:

-Biology of the bee and the beehive

-Global situation of the bee worldwide

-Material and tips to visit a beehive safely and respectfully

-Overview of natural bee-keeping hives

-Daily bodywork and sensorial awakening

-Visit of a hive, and making contact with the spirit of the bee

-Making your own candles and wax&honey cream

Language: English

Fee: 580 Euros (including tuition, accommodation and food)

Accommodation: 4 beds tipis and tents

Food: vegetarian full board

Arrival and departure: the day before/after the course

Minimum and maximum number of participants: 6 to 12 women

Registration: info@gravito.co.uk or 00351 236 098082

20th - 25th July

"Free-flow community retreat "with Claire Smith

"just hanging out and enjoying qi-gong, meditation, yoga, dance, singing, music, swimming, massage, solo, partner, group connects."

Please note this is a closed group.

26th - 30th of July

"Summer Tao Yoga Retreat" with Marian Rose and Leah Barnett

Come explore your senses, celebrate your sensuality and reconnect to your true nature in this luscious Portuguese retreat.

An enticing alchemy of ancient traditions tailored for modern earth walkers. Experience gentle yet powerful taoist and yoga practices, plus time for relaxation in the rivers, lakes and forested hills. You’ll leave revitalised and reconnected to your bodies and to the magic of life!

Cost: £300 (approx 388 euros)

Includes full board in glam tipis and 3 locally sourced, home cooked meals a day.

Contact Marian on taotreasures@gmail.com or Leah on leahbasana@gmail.com

Open to seasoned practitioners and newcomers in both yoga and qi gong / taoist practise. All welcome!

RETREAT DETAILS

Included in the retreat:

3 delicious home cooked meals a day. (Locally sourced, mainly organic)

Accommodation is Glamping in shared tipis. 4 people max per tipi. (single available at a supplement)

1 Early Morning Qi Gong session per day – your morning prayer to connect with the earth!

1 Taoist practice session per day, (incl: meditations, healing sounds, micro-cosmic orbit activation, energy cultivation and circulation)

2 Yoga sessions per day (incl: mindful movement led by the breath, mantra and Japa sounding, pranayama, deep relaxation & gentle inner reflection).

One optional session (for women only) to explore the sacred taoist healing art of the Jade Egg.

One optional session (TBC) for men only to explore the men’s sacred practises of the tao.

Free time in the hottest part of the day to siesta / swim in the river / explore the fields and forests….

For more details re ‘Getting There’ and local places to visit near the Gravito retreat centre check out www.gravito.co.uk

Payment

Deposit on booking: £140 (180 euros) Account details upon request.

Remainder: £160 (208 euros) by 7.07.2016

1st - 10th of August

"ENCOUNTER SOURCE POWER AND ENGAGED YOGA THROUGH PURE YOGA-TANTRA "

A seven night empowerment retreat with Christopher Gladwell and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

With ritual space holding and healing ceremonies, women’s circles, life-stage initiations and men’s group work.

See details here

15th – 20th August 2016

"Fire of the Heart" – with Katy Keel

Connect with your heart and your authentic self

Learn techniques to connect to spirit through your heart centre

Clear obstacles and reveal the clarity and radiance of your soul

Walk your path and understand your life purpose

The retreat includes:

❖ Accommodation in glamping teepees

❖ All meals, freshly prepared locally sourced vegan /vegetarian food

❖ Daily yoga practice on beautiful outdoor decking or in the large yurt

❖ Program of meditation and transformational practices

❖ On-site holistic therapies (charged separately)

❖ Free time hiking, walking, swimming in the river

❖ Optional permaculture activities

❖ Partners and children welcome

The sun will be in Leo and we are lucky enough to have a full moon during the retreat!

This is an incredible opportunity to get away from it all, spend time in nature, connect with like-minded others and really get clear on your soul path and life purpose. You will also have the chance to learn about Eco living, permaculture and sustainable practices.

Retreat Price: £550

Non-refundable deposit: £220

Balance of £330 payable by 15th July.

Price does not include flights. Transfers can be arranged on request.

Your retreat leader is Katy Keel, healer, spirit coach and groupleader who teaches courses, runs regular women's circles and meditation groups, and holds transformational retreats in Glastonbury and around the world. Katy is passionate about bringing people together for Lightwork and self-mastery, and loves working with sacred sites and astrological portals, incorporating shamanic, spiritual and alchemical processes into her work.

For more info, contact Katy at Soul Radiance:

www.katykeel.com Info@katykeel.com Facebook: Soul Radiance

25th August – 30th August

'Satya Summer Retreat" with Tara Walsh

6 days of yoga, meditation, and sacred music immersed in nature, and surrounded by the beautiful mountains and valleys of Portugal.

The retreat includes:

- daily yoga classes

- evening meditations

- sacred song circles

- vegetarian food

- 1 day juice cleanse

- accommodation in tipis

- river swimming and hiking

- hammock relaxing and much more….!

Tara Walsh has more than 16 years experience studying the art of yoga. In her own yoga centre in San Lorenzo de El Escorial she teaches weekly yoga classes, meditation workshops, holds sacred song circles, and gathers groups together on a monthly basis to celebrate the new moon and detoxing rituals. During this retreat she will combine all her experience and knowledge to offer you an unforgettable experience of rejuvenation and profound relaxation.

In collaboration with David Regos, vegetarian cook, they are preparing a retreat focused on inspiring a deep reconnection with nature where we will once again experience the sacred language of the body and breath. You will have the opportunity to receive invigorating and cleansing morning yoga classes, relaxing evening meditations, sacred music by firelight and delicious vegetarian food to feed the body and soul.

Gravito has been chosen as the venue to host this beautiful offering for its magic and exquisiteness. We will be well looked after with all comforts whilst remaining deeply rooted in nature and natural surroundings.

Hidden in a valley of tipis and yurts with access to a private river, this place forms part of a project envisioned by Miguel and Shobha, a couple with extensive experience in hosting all manner of retreats dedicated to healing and reconnection with oneself and nature. We will spend out days immersed in nature whilst also retaining all of our home comforts to give us the ultimate experience of relaxation and rejuvenation. The tipis are well equipped with real beds and linen, lighting, and the food will be 100% vegetarian and organic. There are communal bathrooms, crafted by Miguel, with all we could wish for, plus many hidden spaces where we can lounge in hammocks, reading and relaxing, returning to our breath and returning to silence.

Prices:

SPECIAL OFFER FOR BOOKINGS BEFORE 1st MAY: 390€

AFTER 1st MAY: 450€

For more information: tara@satya-centro.com

3rd - 9th of September

"Portugal retreat" with Gudrun Boost and Geoffrey Smith

for a full program detail see www.thehealinghome.dk

12th - 18th of September

"Heart Listening Training & Retreat ' With Dominique Meeroff

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Heart Listening is a practice of inner awareness, transformation and creativity, a new of tuning in to your heart for clear and direct inner guidance in all areas of your life. This is next level awareness, a new way of accessing deep inner wisdom for healing & transformation, and to create & manifest from the heart so that we can live differently, relate differently, and create the world we live in from a new heart centred perspective. Learn to listen to your heart, learn to listen to others through your heart. This simple practice will change your life.

On this training you will learn to:

-Listen to your heart, listen to others through your heart

-Access the inner guidance of your heart, the heart of humanity, of the planet and of Life itself.

-Create from the heart, discover what the heart wants to create in your life, your relationships, your work and your community

-Heal and transform issues and patterns that hold you back, block or challenge your relationships, your work, or your creativity

Heart Listening is used for:

Self Practice & Personal Expansion

Learn to practice heart listening in every area of your life including your personal evolution, your body’s needs and challenges, your relationships, your work & purpose.

Learn to create from heart: bring through a new relationship, a BOOK or creative project, a business using heart guidance

Learn to transform old blocks and patterns using the power of the heart

Working with others

Learn to work one on one with clients live or on Skype

Learn to work with couples & families

Learn to work with businesses to resolve challenges or bring through heart wisdom around new businesses or new expressions of existing businesses

Creative sessions with clients who want to create a BOOK, a project or a company that is heart based

Group Work

Learn to run Vision Circles, a practice of accessing heart wisdom in groups

Work with groups, teams, businesses & communities live or online focusing on any issue that needs clarity and expansion

Planetary Work

Work with groups focusing on planetary issues to access the deeper heart wisdom around the purpose, meaning and way forward beyond these challenges

Who is Heart Listening for:

Individuals ready to move beyond the mind and live from the heart

Anyone who wants the heart’s perspective & solutions around their story, issues and challenges

Anyone who has physical issues and wants to understand the true nature of the experience and how to transform it

Couples & parents who want to create and maintain a heart centred relationship and family, using heart wisdom

Creatives & manifestors who want to birth a relationship, a BOOK, a business or creative project

Healers and practitioners who want to add a new dimension to their work

Counsellors who want to move out of the head and fast track their clients progress by accessing the hearts perspective and solutions

Business leaders who want to align their business to the deeper needs of Humanity, the Planet and Life itself

Visionaries who want to run groups to understand & transform the great challenges we face by accessing heart wisdom & creativity

The training comes with a comprehensive manual & Certificate of Attendance, so you can work professionally and go on to give sessions & run groups.

When: Monday September 12th 6pm – Sunday September 18th 12pm

Where: Gravito, Leiria, Portugal (click here for directions, pictures and more information)

Cost: £975 includes the training, your food and accommodation (transport not included)

Payment Options:

Early bird before August 1st, 2016 £875 (save £100)

Full Price after August 1st, 2016 £975

DEPOSIT £300 to reserve your place. If balance is paid in instalments or in full by August 1st you may pay the Early Bird Price of £875, if not paid full by August 1st, then the full payment of £975 will be due. In case of all cancellations £300 is non-refundable.

30th of September - 2nd of October

"Sacred Music Gathering" with Mariana Root, Ravi Ji, Adrian Freedman, Tara Walsh, Miranda Bungi and special guests.

Mariana Root Natural expression of Love through acoustic world medicine portuguese music.

Ravi Ji is a world-known Kora player and singer/songwriter.

Adrian Freedman is a master of Japanese Shakuhashi. He teaches worldwide.

Tara Walsh is a kirtan facilitator and musician.

Miranda Bungi is a kirtan facilitator and musician.

A camp of concerts, kirtan and workshops. Price: 160 euros

Advance booking deal before 1st of July: 120 Euros

Includes all vegetarian meals.

Tipis available (sleeps 4/5 people) for an extra 100 Euros.

Or book yourself a glamping Tipi, a luxury set up for 2 people for an extra 200 Euros.

Details coming soon

What we facilitate...

Yoga, Healing, Chi Kung, Tantra, Meditation, Massage, Ceremonies, Shamanic work and courses, Music & Art workshops, Dance and more…

Excursions to mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, river beaches, sea and various Portuguese power sites.

We also organise canoeing trips in beautiful lake sites near Gravito.

If you are interested in bringing a group to Gravito or want more information about running a retreat or a workshop here please contact us.

We are ideally suited to cater to groups of between 10 and 30 people. For this we charge 50 euros per person per day for groups of 10+ and 65 euros per day for groups of 5+. This includes full use of the facilities, accomodation in a shared tipi and full board. The teacher ifs offered aprivate bedroom free of charge.

Gravito is a non-profit organisation. All the profits are invested in the project of sustainable developement of the valley and the promotion of conscious awareness.

  Glamping

Glamping in Gravito

From the 1st of June until the 30th September, you can lodge in one of our 3 stylishly furnished tipi for a 2-day minimum period, with breakfast for 50 euros for 2 people per day, 320 euros per week, and full board for 90 euros for 2 people per day, 600 euros per week.

For those wishing to self-cater there is a fully equipped semi-outdoor kitchen.

The tipis have a raised wooden deck and great views of the surroundings.

Contact us to book your tipi now for this season.

Here are a few glamping websites that feature Gravito:

responsibletravel.com

goglamping.net

pureportugalholidays.com

hideawayportugal.com

  Volunteering

Work in Progress

The vision for Gravito is expansive and organic. Every year various targets are to be achieved during the off-season months. These include building the infrastructure for the centre and its gardens, developing the energy systems and the permaculture, restoring the terraces and the river banks, forest managing and the long-term tree plantation program.

We are welcoming volunteers and woofers this year from the 1st of March. Workers will work 5 hours a day, eat our home cooking, sleep in a shared tepee and participate in domestic tasks.

We are looking for inspired and positive characters who are not afraid to work. The skills needed are: Gardening, permaculture, carpentry, joinery, tree surgery, all-round building, plumbing, child minding, cooking.

Miguel will provide training and share his knowledge in organic architecture.

We are listed on the Helpx website.

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Address:

Gravito

3270-351 Pedrogao Grande

Leiria

Portugal

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Phone:

00351 236 098082

E-mail:

info@gravito.co.uk

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How to Get Here

By Train: The nearest train station is Pombal (trains from Lisbon, Porto & Coimbra) 50kms from Gravito. Transport, by prior arrangement, can be provided to take you from Pombal to Gravito.

By Coach: The nearest coach station is Pedrogao Grande, 3kms from Gravito (coaches from Lisbon's Sete Rios coach station, Castelo Branco, Coimbra - see http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx). From there you can either take a taxi (about 7 euros), or give us a call and we may be able to come and collect you.

By Car: From Lisbon or Porto exit the A1 at Pombal and take the IC8 until you reach the Mosteiro/Troviscais exit. 100 metres or so after you have taken the exit you will see a track on your left with three post boxes at its entrance. Take the track and, always following the main track, you will arrive at Gravito after a drive of about 1km.

From Spain (Castelo Branco direction) take the IC8 towards Pombal until you reach the Mosteiro/Troviscais exit. Take your first left which will take you on a bridge back over the IC8. After the bridge you will see a track on your right with three post boxes at its entrance. Take the track and, always following the main track, you will arrive at Gravito after a drive of about 1km.

By Plane: Gravito is situated between Portugal's main cities of Lisbon and Porto (approximately 2 hours from each). From both Lisbon and Porto you can get a train, bus, hire a car or, arrange a pick up in advance.

If you are interested in bringing a group to Gravito or want more information about running a retreat or a workshop here please contact us.

We are ideally suited to cater to groups of between 10 and 30 people. For this we charge 50 euros per person per day, based on at least a one-week stay. This includes full use of the facilities, accomodation in a shared tipi and full board.

Gravito is a non-profit organisation. All the profits are invested in the project of sustainable developement of the valley and the promotion of awareness of unity.

  Contact us

Address:

Gravito

3270-351 Pedrogao Grande

Portugal

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Phone:

00351 236 098082

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E-mail:

info@gravito.co.uk

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  Testimonials

"In total appreciation of everything you guys have done for us, it's been a total honour and pleasure to be around you for this month. You are all beautiful, unique, creative creatures. Thank you!" Loren

"Oh my god this place is insane!! WOW! A real vision manifested. Thanks to all of you here and to Gravito. Once met forever entwined. Huge love." Ben.

"Nature Nurture Gravito, suspended in levity of infinite Heart opening, grace opening in this space of Vision , unfoldment and evolution into spaciousness of superconciousness...love beyond belief." Christopher.

"Gratitude for reminders of harmony. Pleasure and fun to meet you beautiful souls/minds. Live Love Laugh Play." Shaheen.

"Love and gratitude to each and every one of you beautiful people for your love and care and sensitive attentiveness during this chapter of my journey. Infinite love." Louise

"Gravito family, Thank you for the love and nurture and the opportunity to be a part of this beautiful space. I hope to return next year. Love." Lin

  Links

Here are a few related and useful links:

  • miguelhumblet.comMiguel's personal website
  • hearthworks.co.ukThe home of tipis and yurt
  • walktallpilates.co.ukPilates
  • jewelswingfield.comTantra
  • yasia.orgVoice & movement
  • freetheinnervoice.comVoice work
  • yogatara.co.ukYoga
  • yogasara.co.ukYoga
  • chooseblissnow.co.ukTantra
  • shamanicthaimassage.co.uk . Shamanic work
  • radikalfreedom.comYoga
  • relaxedbirthandparenting.comDoula training
  • maennerinitiation.euLocal men's group/ therapist
  • goladinha.euLocal healing centre
  • livinginportugal.orgLocal self-catereing accomodation
  • ecolivingportugal.orgEco-blog
  • indigenouspeople.org.ukSustainable living
  • permaculture.co.ukPermaculture
  • survival-international.orgSustainable living
  • bethechangeinitiative.org . Change the world
  • www.louisewender.com . Photography