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.

See pictures of the hamlet's location

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 2017

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Upcoming Events and Courses in 2017

The 2017 season starts in May and there will be yoga and meditation retreats, transformative workshops, taoist work and shamanic works and trainings.

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18th - 23rd May

"Pregnancy Yoga" with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

'This is an opportunity to retreat deeply and enjoy the practices which Uma is sharing (womb yoga, total yoga nidra, pranayama, chanting) in the context of the most exquisitely nourishing and wholesome off-grid eco-retreat imaginable. Come alone, or come with your family and friends (men and boys are welcome to come for the retreat time with you). The option is there to take the full range of course material on offer and complete the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course in total, or simply to enjoy the practices and the place of beauty in which they are shared.'

See:

http://www.wombyoga.org/pregnancy-portugal-2017

http://www.wombyoga.org/training/pregnancy-yoga

23rd - 30th May

"Well Woman Womb Yoga Training" with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Sivani Mata Francis

'This is an opportunity to retreat deeply and enjoy the practices which Uma and Sivani Mata are sharing (womb yoga, total yoga nidra, pranayama, chanting) in the context of the most exquisitely nourishing and wholesome off-grid eco-retreat imaginable. Come alone, or come with your family and friends (men and boys are welcome to come for the retreat time with you). The option is there to take the full range of course material on offer and complete the Well-Woman Yoga Teacher Training course in total, or simply to enjoy the practices and the place of beauty in which they are shared.'

See:

http://www.wombyoga.org/wellwoman-portugal-2017

http://www.wombyoga.org/training/womb-yoga

30th May - 5th June

"Mother & Baby Training" with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

'This is an opportunity to retreat deeply and enjoy the practices which Uma is sharing (womb yoga, total yoga nidra, pranayama, chanting) in the context of the most exquisitely nourishing and wholesome off-grid eco-retreat imaginable. Come alone, or come with your family and friends (men and boys are welcome to come for the retreat time with you). The option is there to take the full range of course material on offer and complete the Mother and Baby Yoga (from birth til four years) Teacher Training course in total, or simply to enjoy the practices and the place of beauty in which they are shared.'

See:

http://www.wombyoga.org/mumbaby-portugal-2017

http://www.wombyoga.org/training/mother-and-baby

10th - 16th June

"Happy Healthy Juicy Retreat" with Sally Sampson & Juliette Bryant

Yoga, Meditation, Deep Relaxation, Sound Healing, Conscious Nutrition, Raw Food Demos, Foraging, Treking, River Swimming, Feeling Amazing!

About Sally:

Sally Sampson’s Luna Rhythms Yoga classes in Eastbourne, Sussex and around the world, are a call to humanity to return once more to a way of life that is more in tune to the natural rhythms of Gaia, Mother Earth and the cosmos. Human Beings are the only species on the Earth that have lost this rhythm, and in turn have caused disharmony within themselves and the planet. Sally, like many others in this time of great change, feels the return to this natural rhythm of balance and harmony, within nature and ourselves, is now imperative. This theme imbues all her classes, from the breathing exercises, to the yoga sequences,to the powerful sound healing, and her deep relaxation techniques.

“When we learn to live in harmony with ourselves,we can then live in harmony with each other. Gaia, our beautiful Mother Earth, feels these changes and the world heals. Quite simply we can then realise a Heaven on Earth and an Earth in Heaven. Om shanti, Hare Krishna, Blessed be, Amen!!! “

About Juliette:

Juliette Bryant presents cutting edge nutritional information in an accessible, dynamic, fun and real way to show people how ‘delicious food can be your medicine.’ She has 20 years experience helping people to better health and happiness and gives talks, workshops and consultations around the world. She is the author of three books "Superfoods And How To Use Them", "Divine Desserts" and "The Divine Detox Plan."

Cost: £675

See: https://www.facebook.com/GravitoPortugal/photos/a.497975466970177.1073741830.369525113148547/963970500370669/?type=3&theater

www.luna-yoga.co.uk

www.julietteskitchen.tv

25th June - 1st July

"The Artist Within You: An Art & Yoga Retreat" with Amie Mignatti & Alicia Henry

Join artist Alicia Henry and yoga instructor Amie Mignatti for an unforgettable week long yoga and art retreat. We will practice Vinyasa flow yoga every morning with Amie, followed by breakfast, and then spend the days outdoors creating art with Alicia.

This retreat will give you the space to open up to your own creativity, to focus on your dreams and wishes, and to allow yourself to spend a week in the process of creation, movement and flow.

Instruction is in English and German.

Cost: 872 Euros

Contact: Amie - naledilove@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartistwithinyougravito/

Yoga & Creativity Retreat

1st - 7th July

"A Deepening" with Tara Walsh

Join us for a week of in-depth study and exploration on the four paths of yoga: Karma, Raja, Jnana and Bhakti. We will journey through each practice, working towards a deeper appreciation and understanding of each one and how they all fit together to form a very complete and integrated path of awakening. Daily yoga asana practice will be complimented by the study of yoga philosophy, sacred music and song, the practice of selfless service, meditation and connection with nature.

Cost: 540€ discounted price before 1st April, 620€ thereafter

Contact: tara@satya-centro.com

See:

www.satya-centro.com

https://www.facebook.com/satyacentro/

https://www.instagram.com/satyatara/

7th - 15th July

"Yogasara Foundation Course" with Christopher Gladwell & Sarah Harlow

Please note this is a closed group.

http://www.yogasara.co.uk/teacher-training/

http://www.christophergladwell.com

16th - 23rd July

"Naked the Retreat ' With Dara & Simon

NAKED The Retreat returns Gravito July 16th - 23rd 2017

We loved the land of Gravito so much, not just for its beauty but for the whole experience, and how the space has been created and held so beautifully from Shoba and Miguel. it served and opened its heart to NAKED The Retreat and was a perfect setting for that we invite. So it was a blessing when we managed to get a slot for 2017.

Are you ready to breathe life back into your very being and fall in love with your self? Come dive with us.

✈ 7 Days to Strip Yourself Bare: http://www.nakedtheretreat.com/

A 7 day retreat to dive into the depths of you. Strip yourself bare, take off what you no longer need. Let go and liberate yourself. Reprogram outdated beliefs and dance to the rhythm of your truth. Eat, Dance, Laugh and Communicate nakedly with or without your clothes on... This is not just about taking your clothes off. Can you get NAKED in your words, actions, feelings and thoughts?

Simon & Dara have created a truly outlandish 7 day fun, reLOVEutionary retreat, taking you on a physical, emotional and mental journey within. Combining yoga, acro yoga, dance, meditation, neuroscience, emotional release, communicating transparently, sharing circles, music and healthy eating.

Turn off your mobile phones, disconnect from the internet, shift your environment and deeply connect to yourself and others in the sacred space called Gravito. This is where the real work takes place. You want to make the world a better place, you want to create real change in your life and on this planet? then do the inner work and make a conscious decision to live your wildest dream, dare to be great and co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

We are the way, we are it. Nobody is coming to save or do the work for us.

Freedom from suffering is our birthright and NAKED is that call to freedom.

Don't second guess or over analyse, just ask yourself does this feel like your path? does it excite you? does it scare you? if YES then apply. Our motto is this; if your dreams are not scary then they are not big enough.

Please DIGEST ALL that we share on the website, then answer the questions on the application page and book your Skype call. If you cant make this one, then check out the website to see when the next one is on: http://www.nakedtheretreat.com/

Here is the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events

24th July - 10th August

"Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training (relaxed option)" with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli

'This is an opportunity to retreat deeply and enjoy the practices on offer (total yoga nidra, pranayama, chanting and more) in the context of the most exquisitely nourishing and wholesome off-grid eco-retreat imaginable. Come alone, or come with your family and friends (to share for the retreat time with you). The option is there to take the full range of course material on offer and complete the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator training in full - or simply to enjoy the practices and the place of beauty in which they are shared.'

See:

http://www.yoganidranetwork.org/tyntft-portugal-2017

12th - 22nd August

"Yogasara Foundation Course" with Christopher Gladwell & Sarah Harlow

Please note this is a closed group.

http://www.yogasara.co.uk/teacher-training/

http://www.christophergladwell.com

23rd - 28th August

"Yoga retreat / holiday"with Claire Smith & Emma Burton

Offering an hour's morning hatha yoga, including working with the chakras, yoga nidra & mediation.

Plenty of space to simply relax, swim, go for walks.

Afternoon circles journeying through the senses, & sharing in contact yoga & massage.

Please note this is a closed retreat.

28th August - 1st September

"Free-flow community retreat "with Claire Smith

Please note this is a closed retreat.

3rd - 9th September

"An Alchemy of Love, Vitality, Relationship" with Marian Rose & Barry Spendlove

Immerse yourself in nature and treat yourself to a week of potent taoist tools for rejuvenation and self-empowerment.

We’ll enjoy breath work, sounding, grounding & structure, sexual energy & vitality cultivation, exploring the art of relationship with everything, body work & play.

We’ll enjoy too, morning qi gong in the ancient root circle, inner alchemy meditations for self -exploration, self-love, emotional re-balancing and for re-uniting our inner masculine & feminine.

The week includes circles with Barry for sacred taoist men’s practises, including conserving, cultivating and circulating sexual energy.…

and women’s circles with Marian, enjoying the sacred healing art of the Jade Egg, chi self-massage and ovarian breathing.

A full moon surrendering & intention setting ceremony will further ignite our transformations.

Both seasoned practitioners and newcomers welcome. Open to single men, single women and couples.

Cost: £690 (or £630 early bird if paid before July 1st)

See: http://www.healingtaobritain.com/p812-his-her-whole-story-in-Portugal.html

Contact: Marian on taotreasures@gmail.com / Barry on healingtaobritain@gmail.com

See:

www.healingtaobritain.com

www.taotreasures.com

9th - 16th September

"Yoga Retreat" with Nina Pipita

Details coming soon...

See:

https://www.facebook.com/ninapach.yoga/posts/1298688483535058

http://pranichealing-aachen.weebly.com

17th - 24th September

The Foundation of Health & Movement

with Helen Noakes & Rupert Johnson, taught in the spirit of Vanda Scaravelli

Details coming soon....

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

See:

www.yogahealthmandala.co.uk

27th - 29th September

"Journey with the Deva of the bees" with Sandira Belia

The Bee Deva is the energetic intelligence that creates the bees in their physical form.

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 how to get into authentic contact with the bees in their physical and spiritual form. We will dance, sing, meditate and journey through different worlds with the Bee deva and the bee hives. We will touch notions of geobiology, apitherapy, soft bee-keeping, influences of the moon and stars… We will also practice simple techniques to develop our abilities to communicate with the subtle realms.

About Sandira:

Sandira is born in France, from a mother bee-keeper, bathing in the bee world from early age. Throughout the last years she is exploring the interactions between the spiritual and the practical approaches of bee-keeping. She learned to communicate with the Deva of the bees, with nature beings and other presences.

She lives in Portugal (Alentejo) since 2011 and is co-creating together with those allies from the subtle realms a network of bee colonies and human beings who wish to work and evolve together on a base of trust and respectful relationship.

-Cost (2 nights and all meals included):

Full: 280€

Early inscription, before the 13th of August: 245€

Reduced (low income): 210€

-Min/max of participants: 6 to 12

-Inscriptions and questions: sandirabelia@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 55 euros per person per day for groups of 10+ and 70 euros per day for groups of 5+. This includes full use of the facilities, accomodation in a shared tipi of four and full board. The teacher is offered a private 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