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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.
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.
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.