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.


  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

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!


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


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

Remainder: £160 (208 euros) by 7.07.2016

1st - 10th of August


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.



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

10th - 17th of September

"Naked the Retreat ' With Dara & Simon

The program consists of daily practices such as Yoga/qigong, dance or shaking and writing exercises to get you into the habit of expanding your mind and body. An immersion into you, the days are packed, starting with the morning routines, full on days of learning and growing, up until our famous evening treats.

This is a reboot into your greatness, a dance with darkness, anger and dirt. But in all the seriousness, laughter is our anchor to see the comedy and purity of being alive.

Please note that this retreat is not primarily about being without clothes. This is an inquiry into nakedness and what it means on all levels, not just the physical. If you are already very comfortable with being nude, awesome! If not, awesome too! You are not expected to be nude, if it doesn’t feel right for you. We want to bring the metaphorical nakedness into all aspects of your life, into your thoughts, words and actions and we will meet you, where YOU are.

Details here

18th - 25th of September

"The Wave "- Spine, Sequencing & Headstand.

The Foundation of Health & Movement with Helen Noakes, Rupert Johnson & Steve Bracken taught in the spirit of Vanda Scaravelli.

Come and join us

for a dedicated Yoga teacher training Module. Designed to deepen your practice, improve injury rehabilitation, awaken the felt sence & understanding of the body's wisdom.

Our ethos lays in encouraging self awareness, movement and its teaching from a place of feeling with an emphasis on personal enquiery.


  • Movement sequences for the rehabilitation injuries with an emphasis on problems for the hip, lower back, and shoulder girdle.
  • Learning simple and effective adjustements to releive pain.
  • Sensing the fluid body - perceiving beyond the idea of the body as a " solid structure" into its fluid interconnection.
  • Exploring variations of headstand with the focus on safety, alignement and partner work.
  • Sweat-lodge - For cleansing and purification,
  • Breath-work and Meditation.
  • For all information please contact:

    info@yogahealthmandala.co.uk or phone =44(0)77248774283


    30th of September- 2nd of October

    "Journey with the Bee Spirit" with Sandira Belia

    Bees are way more than pollinators and honey producers.

    They carry huge wisdom about community, nature and Life itself.

    In many traditions, bees have been worshiped as messengers of the Gods and Goddesses.

    It is time to reactivate the sacred partnership that exists between bees and humans.

    During this workshop we will explore and practice how to get into authentic contact with the Bee in its physical and energetic form… We will dance, sing and travel through different worlds with her. We will touch notions of geobiology, apitherapy, soft bee-tendering, influences of the moon, and more…

    Fees : full 180€ - reduced (low income) 120€

    Food & accomodation (in comfortable tipis) :


    Inscriptions and requests: Sandira Belia

    (00351) 938 027 343 - 110souris@gmail.com

    What we facilitate at Gravito...

    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.

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    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 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:






    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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    00351 236 098082



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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



    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


    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