About Gravito

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“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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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Upcoming Events

The 2015 season starts in May and there will be Yoga retreats, transformative workshops, shamanic works and trainings..

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23rd - 30th of May

"Engaged Yoga retreat "with Christopher Gladwell

"I am looking forward to your company on my Empowerment Retreats. The purpose behind these retreats is for you to deepen in practice, insight, yogic realisation, love and empowerment."

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12th -15th of June

"Prayer of the heart retreat" with Dominique Sakoilsky, Amanda Rayment and Louise Bennet

The annual Prayer of the Heart retreat is offered to everyone who yearns to step back for a few days from daily life and discover...

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4th - 7th 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: 400 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

16th - 20th July

Radiance and Space: A Vinyasa Flow Immersion with Hermione Armitage

16th - 20th July - £275

Join Hermione in Portugal for a magical 5 days of creating space and connecting back to your true nature through daily Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Immerse yourself, feeling the earth under your feet, the summer sky above you, and space all around you to breathe. This magical summer yoga immersion at Gravito Eco retreat in Portugal will be just that - magic.

Hermione currently teaches creative, accessible Vinyasa Flow Yoga for beginners through to advanced/open level practitioners in studios, homes and offices across London.

She completed her first Yoga teacher training with Yoga Campus (London) in 2011, Then went on to train at the Special Yoga Centre (London) in Teaching Yoga to Children and Yoga Therapy for Children with Special Needs. Hermione has also studied with and worked alongside Mollie McClelland Yoga/ Sadhaka Yoga, through Mollie’s unique teacher training and mentoring programmes. Hermione is a trained massage therapist in both deep tissue and Thai Yoga Massage therapy.

Hermione is currently studying towards a 300hr Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa certification with Shiva Rea.


Starting with an opening meditation on Thursday evening and moving into 3 days of Vinyasa flow immersion. There will be 2 sessions each day, the mornings will consist of a stronger/ solar practice working on radiant back bends and inversions. The afternoons, a more lunar/ quieter practice moving into deeper hip opening and forward bending work, meditation and relaxation.

This immersion is designed to help anyone, no matter where they are on their path -beginners or experienced practitioners, to deepen their own experience and connection to themselves. The weekend will end with final group practice on Monday morning followed by breakfast.

The full cost for the retreat is £275, incuding accomodation, yoga and all meals.

If you would like to join us, please get in touch at info@yogawanders.com

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25th of July - 8th of August

"Yoga Immersion Course" with Christopher Gladwell

"I am looking forward to your company on my Empowerment Retreats. The purpose behind these retreats is for you to deepen in practice, insight, yogic realisation, love and empowerment. We will be exploring practices of Contemporary Yoga Tantra."

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25th - 31st of August

"A journey through the five elements with music, Yoga and reconnection with nature" with Ravi Ramoneda and Tara Walsh

Family and Friends!!

A beautiful offering for these coming summer holidays....

Yoga and Sacred Music retreat for families

Tuesday 25th August to Monday 31st August

A journey through the 5 elements.

A very special experience in the Portuguese mountains.

6 days and nights of yoga, bhakti, music, meditation and reconnection with nature for adults and children, guided by Ravi Ramoneda and Tara Walsh.

Activities included are:

- daily yoga asana and pranayama practice for adults and children

- sacred music circles and kirtan

- sound journey and bhakti yoga workshop

- meditation and movement

- ceremonies to reconnect with nature and the elements

The place:

Tucked away in a secret valley of tipis and yurts with our own private river, this space has been created and nurtured over the years by Shobha and Miguel, a very special couple who have a huge amount of experience in holding space for retreats and healing work.

Children can run free across many acres of land, enjoying all the benefits of their natural surroundings. We will be completely submerged in nature but with all the benefits and comforts of home. The tipis are spacious and can accommodate a family of four with proper beds and linen, electricity and your own fire-pit. There is a communal dining space where all the food will be prepared organically, and there are hand-crafted bathrooms equipped with all the necessities. You will find private corners, under dappled light for reading, reflection and meditation.

This space is truly a wonder to experience and an ideal way to experience an alternative and conscious family holiday.

The whole retreat will be guided in both English and Spanish.

Weekly prices:

(includes accommodation, food, all retreat activities for both adults and children. Does not include flights and transport)

Adults: 540€

Children (4+) 270€

Children under 4yrs go free!

Family of 4: 2 adults, 2 children over 4yrs: 10% discount.

50% deposit before 1st of June 2015.


12th - 19th of September

"Yoga by Nature Retreat" with Morven Hamilton

A week to reconnect to nature and to yourself.

The yoga will be taught by Morven, who teaches in the Akhanda yoga style. All abilities are welcome - you will be supported and challenged in your practice whether you are relatively new to yoga or whether you are a seasoned practitioner. Our morning practice will be meditation for early risers, followed by a two-hour Akhanda yoga practice designed to both nurture and challenge you whatever your ability or experience may be. The evening practice will be a gentle practice - we'll explore mindfulness techniques, restorative yoga and yoga nidra, and there'll be some time allocated to discussion either during the afternoon or in evening session time.

Miranda Bungey will be coming to lead us in some optional singing circles during the evenings, and we will also have nightly jams with Tamsin Marshall, Andy Smart, Morven and anyone else who wants to bring an instrument and join in. There are lots of drums to play at Gravito and there'll be the opportunity to have music circles around the fire pit.

Treatments on offer are Reflexology and Thai Yoga massage.

We will meet in Lisbon on Friday the 11th September (see the website for alternative travel arrangemets for those who prefer to travel straight to Gravito), and enjoy the food and culture of this lovely city. Guests will arrive throughout the day and we'll convene in the evening for a group meal out. On Saturday morning we'll travel together by private bus to the countryside just outside Pedragao Grande for a week in the mountains doing yoga, resting and enjoying local walks.

Retreat can be a time to improve and recommit to asana (posture) practice, but it's also an inner process where we have the opportunity to adjust our perspective and re-centre ourselves. As always, there will be some exploration of aspects of yoga philosophy and its application in our daily lives, with plenty of opportunity to discuss what that means for us as individuals.

Easyjet and Ryanair both fly to Lisbon at reasonable prices.

The price of £650 includes hostel accommodation at Old Town Hostel in Lisbon on Friday 11th Sept, transport to and from Gravito from Lisbon, twice-daily yoga, morning meditation, sweat lodge, seven nights teepee accommodation, evening events and all meals.

Details of the retreat here

What we facilitate...

Yoga, 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 42 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.


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 80 euros for 2 people per day, 530 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:






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.





3270-351 Pedrogao Grande


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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 42 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.

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3270-351 Pedrogao Grande


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00351 236 098082

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"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


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  • relaxationcentre.co.ukSpa & holistic centre, UK
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  • yasia.orgVoice & movement
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  • livinginportugal.orgLocal self-catereing accomodation
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  • indigenouspeople.org.ukSustainable living
  • permaculture.co.ukPermaculture
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  • bethechangeinitiative.org . Change the world
  • unitednaturesmovie.com . legal rights for the planet
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