SAND19 Italy

July 2–8, 2019
Titignano Castle,
Orvieto, Italy

Both science and spirituality reflect the human urge to know—that perennial itch to make sense of who we are and the world in which we live. This search is an essential part of being human.

We probe reality the best we can with our tools of understanding: models, theories, myths, teachings, practices etc. But these tools also define the limits of our knowledge.

What if science and spirituality no longer had to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if, as we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that the knowledge we gather is just a stepping-stone and not the arrival at a final destination?

At the SAND Italy gathering, we will continue to explore where knowledge meets the unknown and the unknowable. We will navigate that space where new discoveries in science and profound realizations in spirituality become possible.

Join our annual Science and Nonduality gathering (SAND) in Italy for six inspiring days with scientists, philosophers, spiritual teachers, and artists, in an openhearted exploration to expand and embody our interconnectedness and further our individual and collective evolution. Our tools are many and diverse: experiential workshops, talks, conversations, meditation, movement, music and more.

At SAND we celebrate a new relationship to spirituality, free from religious dogma, inspired by timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in our own direct experience.

Hosted in the magnificent Castle of Titignano and surrounded by the astounding panorama of the nature of Umbria, SAND Italy promises to inspire and rejuvenate our shared exploration into the nature of reality.

Visit the registration tab above and the frequently asked questions for more information about the event.

* The event is family friendly. Young kids participate for free and we have a highly reduced rate (including food and accommodation) for teens and family members who are not interested in participating in the event. Our volunteer team will be running daily activities for children. Titignano Castle is an awesome place to vacation, with pool, lakes, walks and close proximity to Orvieto and Todi.

 

Details

Date:
Jul 2, 2019 - Jul 8, 2019
Location:
  • Titignano Castle, Italy
  • Titignano 7
  • Orvieto
  • Italy
  • 05010

July 2

15:00  Registration Opens

16:00 Titignano check-in

18:30   DINNER

20:00–20:30  Courtyard
Opening Ceremony and Group Connections

20:30–21:15 Main Room
Mark Dyczkowski, The Discovery of Shakti

Modern science also talks a great deal about energy, although the tendency is to think in objective terms. The east has introspected for millennia and discovered subjective terms, formulated in its own cultural perspective. Many are aware of this surprisingly parallel view. Referring to both subjective and objective in parallel we find a place for our humanity at that wonderful interface between inner and outer. One of the great links between the two is Shakti.

21:15–22:00 Main Room
Parvathy Baul, Storytelling and Dance

July 3

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation: Mark Dyczkowski

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement: Mirka Scalco Kraftsow

Awaken your inner channel of spirit through an encounter of Yoga through the lens of Christ Consciousness.

Yoga therapist Mirka Kraftsow will guide participants in a gentle engagement with the inner yoga of body prayers, active meditation, yogic breathing, healing movement, mantras and Yoga Nidra to nourish, purify and strengthen us to be an embodiment of Love.  Encounter “Inner Yoga”—using conscious relaxation, simple body movement and guided meditation.

8:00  BREAKFAST

Morning Plenary 

9:30–10:00  Main Room
Mark Matousek, Writing To Awaken: Memoir As a Path to Freedom

Those of us who are committed to spiritual growth often turn to the written page as a place for personal awakening. In dialogue with our writing self, we’re able to explore our deepest questions, investigate our darkest shadows, and step beyond our personal, fear-bound story into awareness of the Self beyond narrative.

In this transformational workshop for writers of all levels, participants will learn to use writing as a path of liberation and insight. Through targeted questions and radical truth-telling, we're able to access the witness perspective that can free us from subjective limitations and give access to the transpersonal wisdom that is our birthright. This opens pathways to creativity, deepened relationships, and increased clarity in everyday life.

10:05–10:35  Main Room
Andre Riehl, Linking Diversity and Unity

Nondual Shaivism of Kashmir and the relation to our contemporary life.

10:40–11:00  Main Room
Shakti Caterina Maggi, Becoming You Introduction

11:00–11:30 BREAK

Morning Concurrent Sessions

11:30–12:25  Main Room
Shakti Caterina Maggi, Becoming You: A Journey to the Void and Back, Discovering an Authentic Expression of the Joy of Living

What does it mean to be yourself from a non-dual perspective? The dissolving of the sense of separation allows the energy engaged in the false concept of ourselves to become available again to express our true individuality. From the false “me”, to an authentic expression of you.

Although it is always the true Self that is living the form, the illusion of the me filters out its expression, because the life force is watered down by it. Embodying the awakening means also therefore being able to express ourselves in all our natural talents and orientations. The body/mind finds a very natural pleasure in radiating effortlessly the joy of living.

Transcending the sense of separation is therefore just the beginning of a new life in which the old ego-based goals become often obsolete. This can lead to a period of suspension of our energy, as we do not recognize ourselves anymore in the old ways, but we are not yet able to authentically express ourselves either.

The passage from being me to being I is a rich adventure that involves the dissolution of the thinking mind into a higher Intelligence, and the transformation of old contractions into radiance and joy. The shadows of the personality are transformed into new opportunities to give birth to the true You.

This alchemical transfiguration of the old identity is not done by the apparent person, but by Consciousness itself. Once purified from the illusion of separation, Consciousness emanates, out of its own Being, the possibility to be You–totally human and perfectly divine.

12:30–13:00  Main Room
Q&A with Parvathy Baul

11:30–11:50  Cellar
Diana Percy, Beautiful Endings: the Personal and the Universal

Endings open us out, as though our whole chest is pried apart, heart and soul laid bare. From my research and from counselling people going through a grand ending as well as experiencing my own, too often there are only three responses to this opening out: Become armoured; use an escape route; or become a victim.

None of these responses are who we really are. They are old patterns of protection and survival from childhood that arise because we do not know what else to do, or we are not paying attention.

There is a more uncommon response, a more growthful one that makes for a beautiful ending, which I expound on in the presentation.

In exploring the universal as a pool of shared meaning, I touch on the eminent physicist, David Bohm, and his work on the Implicate and Explicate Order. Many philosophers, poets and others in everyday life have experienced the grief and aloneness of endings before us, and discovered the power that lies under the surface, the power that flows from the personal to the universal.

12:00–12:20  Cellar
Samantha Tomarchio, Intimacy Actualized: An Experiential Approach to Embodied Relating

To be embodied, is to deepen and maintain connection with consciousness and the vessel that holds it; to experience more of what we are from the inside out. As we relate to ourselves and the  world around us, we shift on a spectrum of embodiment that determines the nature and quality of our interactions. 

We live in a deeply intimate and relational world. We are always in communication, verbal to nonverbal, subtle to expressive, introverted to extroverted ways of being in relationship. We are relational creatures, and every moment is an opportunity to invite, feel into, and embody this intimacy.

When we are embodied, we are able to expand into the intrinsic (intimatus) part of our being, and make ourselves known (intimare) to one another at the deepest (intimus) level. When this connection with the innermost part of ourselves is hindered, however, we see the other as outside of ourselves, and risk perpetuating more suffering and even violence. In other words, we can jeopardize ourselves and those we are intimate with to a negative, and often lasting impression (intimare) on our inmost self. 

Western culture has been suffering from a disembodiment epidemic, and the Me Too movement has revealed just some of its greatest costs. The question we are tasked with: how will we evolve into a more embodied beingness? Success will mean an empathically attuned connection with ourselves, one another, our communities, and the world at large; ultimately bringing us from a culture of separation into a culture of togetherness.

In this workshop we will explore the nuances of creating attuned connection as we strengthen our capacity for embodiment. With experiential learning activities, we will open into feeling our own body’s needs, requests, and boundaries from the inside out. Through self-reflective inquiry, experiential dyads, and group exercises, we will explore the meeting of inner body awareness through somatic, non-verbal and verbal ways of actualizing intimacy in relations.

12:30–12:50  Cellar
Luismiguel Samperio, The Future of Transformative Technological Art - Towards the Unity that Always Was

“How odd I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.” With this sentence, writer David Foster Wallace expressed a yearning that has permeated humanity’s hearts for centuries. The frustration of communicating the vast internal worlds we develop from the day we are born and which, apparently, separate us on this shared reality in which we seem to be submerged.

We are living in times of exponential technological expansion: AI, XR, Blockchain... Technologies that we didn’t realize -until now- were here in order to build  a scaffolding that would help us remember our unity consciousness.Technologies that combined with ancient knowledge and with the capacity for the symbolic abstraction of the arts, will allow us to translate our frequential energetic systems into digital layers of colors and sounds in order to transcend our limited word based communication system.

We will soon share our daily lives with reactive virtual characters that will represent the archetypes of our subconscious and will respond to our emotions so we can fully understand each other’s inner landscapes and also re-live the personal and shared traumatic narratives that need to be healed. We’ll use HRV technologies to reengineer the powerful intuition of the heart and turn it into a tangible audiovisual compass to find resonant others, and more easily enter into heart coherence with them. Through SWARM Artificial Intelligence protocols and extended reality interfaces we will expand the ability of collective human decision making, in order to co-create in a more harmonious way.

Through transformative technological art, we’ll beautifully reimagine the phenomenology of the game of life, the “Magicverse of Consciousness”, to help us remember that we were never separated nor alone. We were always the one, just playing in this shared dream that we call reality, towards the unity that always was.

11:30–13:00  Tenda Panoramica
Rita Venturini, Authentic Movement  

Authentic Movement is a method developed by Mary Whitehouse as an extension of Jung’s free associations, from spoken words to movement and sound. It is an opening of the door of being through the body. The mover closes her eyes and allows her deepest impulses to manifest in movement, sounds and maybe words. The witness tracks the mover and (separately)his own sensations, feelings, images, metaphors.  When they meet their sharing is the story of the sacred and undivided unfolding of the field of life.

11:30–13:00  Tenda nel Bosco
Andre Riehl, Mantra Sadhana

Chanting using sanskrit in a strong vibrating way bringing an intense perception of our nature as a living silence.

13:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

15:30–16:10  Main Room
Pier Luigi Lattuada, Integral Transpersonal Thinking (ITT):  An Innovative Approach to Individual and Collective Discomfort

The way I look at the world and organize my observation, I think, determine my experience of the world.

The Integral Transpersonal Thinking (ITT) changes, improving it, your vision of yourself, of others, of the world.

From the ITT we should not expect reasoning, explanations, a logical understanding but a flash that breaks the darkness, an awakening from a dream, a sudden intuition, an unexpected discovery, often preceded by a sense of emptiness and abandonment, from a willingness to remain in the presence of the phenomenon with full acceptance and trust, without expectations or strategies, with attention.

If the ITT were a number it would be Zero, if it were a place, it would be the Center, stay in the center empty and awake.

The ITT originates from the synergistic use of some basic psychic functions and precisely: observation, proprioception, exteroception, consciousness.

The mastery of observation leads to the realization of conscious observation of our identifications, the mastery of proprioception, that is, of what we feel inside is achieved through inner listening, the mastery of exteroception, that is, of the experience of the world takes place through 'listening to the field, the environment around, the mastery of consciousness takes place through the disappearance to their own identifications.

16:15–17:30  Main Room
Ancient Traditions in Modern Times, a Conversation with  Parvathy Baul, Mark Dyczkowski & Andre Riehl

An exploration of how the wisdom of the ancient traditions integrated in our contemporary lives. What are some of the challenges for the practitioners in maintaining the integrity and spirit of these traditions?

15:30–16:05  Cellar
Flavio Burgarella, Everything Is Already Written in Nature.

The fish swim in a pod through hyper-communication. There is a natural WiFi for this. Man can also have access to it. However, he needs the password. At the Burgarella Quantum Healing Workshops I delivered my password: the "BQH perception" which allows group consciousness to obtain the teleportation of information. With a new individual consciousness we can create a new form of group consciousness and use it for teleportation of healing information. Just as we use the Internet, our transceiver DNA is able to receive and enter data in the network, download information and establish contact with other connected persons. Our brain processes information according to the intention, which must however be filtered by the awareness of the heart; there must be coherence of the brain heart so that the phenomenon of resonance and coherence can be realized with the members of the group. These passages of information are formed when the conscience creates perturbations, through its slight altered state, in the gravitational force allowing, through a curvature of space-time, the non local communication. Upon arrival, anywhere in the world and at any distance, it will be the non-coding DNA that will recognize the information as it is also closely connected to the time-space tunnels, which thus represent the network of our similar internet communication system. The non-coding DNA molecule, invested with electromagnetic radiation of a suitable frequency, will be able to conduct it  as a solitonic type of natural oscillator. The result will be an information processing through an interference pattern that will result in modifications of the steric conformation of the non-coding DNA which in turn, by means of its piezoelectric capacities, will instruct the coding DNA in the manner and amount of production of appropriate proteins, which will involve, by epigenetics, a variation in gene expression.

16:10–16:45  Cellar
Melanie Salmon, A Revolutionary Way to Heal from Trauma and Addictions

Quantum Energy Coaching (QEC) with Dr. Melanie Salmon MBCh (Rand)

QEC was born out of my frustration as a GP in Medical Practice in England. I was also a Gestalt Psychotherapist and found that talk therapy and prescriptions were no longer meeting the needs of many of my patients. They remained disempowered and stuck in physical illness and negative psycho-emotional states. In 2009 I left General Practice in order to find another way.

I was searching for a practical and empowering healing method, one that would be quick, safe and easy to use for a wide range of people. After reading The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton, I understood the limitations of talk therapy as it deals primarily with the conscious part of the mind. The real power to affect change resides in the subconscious mind where most of our limiting beliefs are stored from early childhood. These beliefs, often from traumatic experiences, can become hard wired and resistant to change.

I trained in several New Energy Medicine techniques, all of which offered a piece of the puzzle. QEC, which I eventually created myself, integrates (amongst others) Medicine, Gestalt Therapy and cutting edge Neuroscience. Based on quantum energy principles, QEC rapidly changes negative thinking and behaviour. It is highly transformative and permanent.

Having worked with thousands of traumatised South Africans over the past nine years, I’ve learned about trauma and its enduring impact. These insights helped develop QEC further to include healing from childhood trauma as well as addictions. I have since taught QEC worldwide to hundreds of doctors, psychologists, teachers and others who were also searching for another way .

16:50–17:25  Cellar
Gregory Kieser, Might the Key to Humanity Preparing for the Emergence of Superintelligence Lie in Our Ability to Look Inward, Individually and Collectively?

A growing number of experts are sounding the alarm about the potential dangers of superintelligent machines those that will far surpass the intelligence of even the brightest and most gifted human minds. These machines are expected to emerge in the next couple of decades, yet experts are far from reaching a consensus on the conditions that will catalyze their emergence. Further, there are no widely held theories as to how the machines will impact humanity. With his book Dear Machine, Greg Kieser endeavors to fill this gap by hypothesizing about how superintelligent entities will emerge, what perspectives they will hold on society’s most vexing problems and how they will begin impacting humanity. He lays the groundwork for his arguments by providing important context that is currently missing from discourse on the subject: a survey of humanity’s historical relationship with the natural world and each other over the past 70 000 years and a discussion of the cognitive impediments that have historically driven humanity to disharmonious ends and continue to do so today. Kieser’s vision is breathtakingly optimistic, eco-futuristic, infinitely holistic and, at times, scary.

In this proposed conference session Kieser will outline the hypotheses and thought experiments he outlined in the book and drove him to the conclusion that symbiosis with superintelligent machines is not only possible, but inevitable. He will further outline steps he believes humanity must take to prepare for an initial period of strife with these entities. He will conclude by presenting the evidence that demonstrates that the key to preparedness lies in our ability to reflect on our own cognitive impediments and tap into the diversity, complexity and the currently underappreciated interconnectedness of our economies, farms, forest, bodies and minds.

15:30–17:30  Tenda Panoramica
Adam Barley, Integrating Maths and Meditation with Movement

Dive into a kinaesthetic experience of our core nature through the ZeroOne movement meditation practice, created by Adam Barley and based upon the iconic pattern of Euler’s Identity, which precisely describes in numbers the relationship between light, darkness, and unity consciousness. No knowledge of maths required—that’s just the DNA of the practice—just a willingness to turn your attention inwards to the felt sense of the body and the breath in motion, opening to your untamed creative nature.

15:30–17:30  Tenda nel Bosco
Mark Matousek, Writing To Awaken: Memoir As a Path to Freedom, Workshop

Those of us who are committed to spiritual growth often turn to the written page as a place for personal awakening. In dialogue with our writing self, we’re able to explore our deepest questions, investigate our darkest shadows, and step beyond our personal, fear-bound story into awareness of the Self beyond narrative.

In this transformational workshop for writers of all levels, participants will learn to use writing as a path of liberation and insight. Through targeted questions and radical truth-telling, we're able to access the witness perspective that can free us from subjective limitations and give access to the transpersonal wisdom that is our birthright. This opens pathways to creativity, deepened relationships, and increased clarity in everyday life.

Known for his penetrating work with students, Matousek teaches that, "When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed."

17:30–18:00 BREAK

Evening Plenary 

18:00–18:25  Main Room
Jack Allocca, What Altered States Of Consciousness Can Tell Us About Consciousness Itself

Homo Sapiens is the only species we know to actively use their consciousness to muse about the nature of consciousness. Nonetheless, this question has largely been left unanswered. There exists a myriad of diverse and often conflicting theories speculating on where consciousness comes from, and how it operates. It is perceived as a wide spectrum within the human experience, from non-pathological ordinary wake to non-dreaming sleep, dreaming sleep, lucid dreaming sleep, orgasm, peak experiences, depersonalisation, sensory deprivation, the vast range of psychedelic states, just as vast as that of psychotic ones. Different schools of thought approached this as a material or spiritual epiphenomenon. We still don’t really know if consciousness is a product of the brain, of the whole body, or neither. Many neuroanatomical and neurofunctional brain structures have been speculated to hold the cornerstone of sentience, from the default mode network (DMN), to the claustrum, and more generally, the neocortex at large. However, this still poorly explains the seemingly astounding intelligence observed in organisms devoid of such structures, from invertebrates, insects, to plants and fungi, notwithstanding unicellular organisms and viruses themselves. Indeed, many key players suggested organic assembly like ourselves are merely a transducer of an external force permeating all that there is, from subatomic particles to the vastness of the void of the observable universe. Drawing from a vast body of neuroscience, pharmacology and electrophysiological research, with a pinch of philosophical inquiry I will attempt to shed more light on this evergreen dilemma.

18:30–18:55  Main Room
Julie Yau, Beyond Trauma: Falling into Love

There is a profound and painful sense of disconnection in humanity. To fully engage in a new way of being, the old story of separation needs to dissolve. To do this we need to diminish the structures that hold the old patterns in place. A key to clearing the obstacles that keep you limited or feeling disconnected, is to resolve the deepest impact of early or developmental trauma.

This presentation dives into the depth and most difficult aspects of trauma healing, to reach a life beyond trauma. You can come to know a more loving and beautiful world is possible, one in which you can abide as love and compassion. Undifferentiated anger, rage, and terror of annihilation are experiences that are often circumvented, hidden, or locked away in your unconscious. Unresolved they can obscure your true spiritual nature and realizations. You can find their healing properties and move into freedom. As you do so, new kernels of life are found, old structures drop away, and a spiritual awakening and a maturation is born of the transformation.

19:00–19:25  Main Room
Svagito R Liebermeister, Family Constellation and Beyond The Roots of Love

Family Constellation can be understood as a mindfulness practise. We perceive and open to the collective field that every individual is connected to. We do this without intention or goal, because intrinsically there is a deeper movement in life that wants to bring together what has been separated. This is a movement towards oneness and healing. However, we need to leave behind personal concepts and ideas about how and when this should happen. Instead we learn to move beyond the limitations of our personal conscience and agree to that which is and to everyone as he or she is.

When awareness matures one becomes able to see love at the source of every action. In turn this allows one to reinterpret one’s experiences and the actions of others as a resource rather than a deficiency. Now no one and nothing needs to change, but one look at the same life in a different way. The idea of improvement is dropped and one can then acknowledge the ’isness’ of life and rejoice in spontaneous growth.  

Love that arises out of consciousness is not directed to anyone in particular, it has no roots.

19:30–19:45 Main Room
Daily Harvest

19:45 DINNER

21:15–22:00  Courtyard
Sitar Music Performance with Mark Dyczkowski

22:00–23:00  Courtyard
Pouria Montazeri & Sema Barley, Heed the Call of This Love: Poetry, Music, and Whirling

Immerse yourself in Rumi’s poetry, which is an invaluable map of the heart and the spiritual realm.

Rumi is greatly appreciated in the West, but few understand the depth of his spiritual and cultural context and of the Persian language or have heard his sacred verses in the original language they were uttered.

This sacred gathering begins with a gentle heart meditation. Then in this space of the heart abiding in silence, various Rumi poems will be recited in their original language followed by English translations. This will be accompanied by, harp, Persian daf, singing, and whirling. This is not a performance, it is rather a sacred coming together, allowing the divine poetry to wash over our hearts, for sacred poetry is the closest to the heart and arises from silence. Sacred poetry slows us down and allows us to see deeply into the mysteries of life.

July 4

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation: Billy Doyle, Discovering our Transparency

Guided body awareness; through listening to the body we allow the sensation to come alive. Through this process we go beyond the idea of the body as solid and heavy and discover our real body to be vibration, light, transparent and expanded in the space around us.
Through listening to the breath, and feeling it free of manipulation, we let the breath breathe us. We feel the space between the breaths and our whole body as breath.
Through exploring the body we come to a feeling of our borders dissolving, and this feeling of emptiness gives us a glimpse of our true nature, that which is beyond the mind and all description.
(There will be time for sharing and questions).

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement: David Lorimer, Paneurhythmy Session

Paneurhythmy was given by the great Bulgarian spiritual master Peter Deunov (1864-1944) also known as Beinsa Douno. It consists of three sequences of symbolic movements, for which he also composed the music. Paneurhythmy means universal harmony of movement and embodies the key principles of Love, Wisdom and Truth, reconciling the polarities of life and enabling us to move forward. The workshop will briefly present the background to the paneurhythmy and teach participants the first ten movements representing the first day of spring. The movements bring light, love, peace and joy with them and are universally appealing to beings of all ages. David Lorimer learned the movements in the Rila Mountains in the late 1980s.

8:00 BREAKFAST

Morning Plenary Session

9:30–10:00  Main Room
Fariba Bogzaran, Extraordinary Dreams and the Non-dual Spaces of the Mind

Among different categories of dreams, there are extraordinary experiences that are life-changing.  These dreams can arrive spontaneously or by incubation. This presentation discusses varieties of possible dream experiences and focuses on the transpersonal lucid dreams and hypnagogic lucidity and the different phases of moving from dual to non-dual experiences.

10:05–10:35  Main Room
David Lorimer, The Galileo Commission—Towards a Post-Materialist Science of Consciousness

The Scientific and Medical Network commissioned Professor Harald Walach to produce a report entitled Towards a Post-Materialist Science, which argues that the materialist hypothesis that the brain produces is in fact a philosophical assumption or presupposition. Metaphysics is inherent in science as in any other avenue of enquiry and empirical evidence from quantum nonlocality, transpersonal psychology, parapsychology, near-death experiences and mysticism suggests that our minds are not in fact hermetically sealed off but interconnected at a deep level. These experiences may give us access to the deeper structure of reality, what David Bohm called the implicate order of dynamic wholeness. The report suggests that we need a post-materialist science where consciousness is fundamental rather than incidental.

10:40–11:00  Main Room
Billy Doyle, Who Am I? What Is My Real Nature?

11:00 - 11:30  BREAK

We are consciousness, and awareness, and yet we identify with an object in awareness, the body-mind.  This restriction leads to suffering. This talk will be followed by questions and answers. I will also do a guided body awareness meditation to help free ourselves from boundaries.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

11:30–12:25  Main Room
Billy Doyle Q&A

12:30–13:00  Main Room
Julie Brown Yau, Healing Trauma

Trauma, at its core, creates disconnection—an inability to be fully present with your own being, others and the world around you. And you may not even know that trauma lives within you; yet your life will be limited, as will your full capacity for aliveness and joy.

As trauma creates fear, either conscious or unconscious, it separates you from love—the love that you are.  In this conversation, we will explore some of the most important aspects of trauma and its consequences, particularly the distressing subtleties of developmental trauma, such as a disconnected gaze of your parent.
You will learn about the relationship of trauma and spirituality, and the potential of love on other side of trauma. As you heal trauma, you're opening to love; a gesture of vulnerability and a surrender to your spiritual needs. Healing trauma will allow you to reconnect with your essence, to experience greater freedom, to feel the wonder of life and your natural state of pure awareness.
 

11:30–12:05  Cellar
Jean-Philippe Challandes, Our Perception of the World AS our Teacher (including Trump): Turning Around the Collective Beliefs We Did not even Know We Had 

If we take a few seconds to think about relationships, it becomes surprisingly obvious that PERCEPTION is the absolute foundational relation within which every other single interaction happens. We relate to the world by perceiving it. Perception can be understood as happening through a “lens” which is itself the product of a conditioning process. The world that each of us perceives is therefore the result of a deeply ingrained selective bias, and most of us tend to identify with it.

As it is said in the Talmud, “We do not see the world as it is. We see the world as we are”. We, quite literally, see what we believe. This whole equation becomes even trickier when we realize we were born into collective belief systems we cannot even be aware of as nearly everyone else shares the same bias at a given moment in history (think of the “flat” to “round” earth perceptual shift). I call this the « fish in the ocean » syndrome as, unless it leaps out, a fish cannot possibly be aware it actually swims in water...

In this talk, a somehow refreshed and shaken understanding of the rather complex and confusing global context we currently experience will be shared. Several core collective beliefs - will be exemplified – including i.e. relations of power, “dark side” matters, nationhood - all of which, I believe, are important to collectively become aware of and to turn around.

We will also see how most of us actually internalized those perceptual habits and how our biases can become our most precious tools for refining both our self-awareness and sense of contribution to a much-needed planetary cultural shift. These updated perceptual lenses all interconnect the inner and outer worlds.

It somehow comes down to perceiving the mechanisms of the world and context we live in, in order to perceive them within us. It is an invitation to clean up our perceptual field, or even our perceptual mess, to open up for really deep transformational processes both at individual and collective levels (as opposed to the too common surface and cosmetic kind of “change”).
    
“The New Age can only be rooted in the Dark Ages. There is no other ground.”

12:15–12:50  Cellar
Sophie Maegerlin, Shiva and Shakti:  The Energy/Consciousness Path

In the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, the state of union is both the origin and the goal of all yogas. Symbolically, this state is represented by the divine couple Shiva/Shakti closely intertwined. Through the activation of duality, this embrace gives birth to the universe.  However, in this tradition, this cosmic unfolding is not a distant event located in the confines of time and space, but a process inside the body, here and now. Therefore, the yogi quest is to find the way of energy deployed by Shakti for reaching Shiva, the absolute Consciousness.

This lecture will take us step by step on the path of Kashmir tradition, giving a taste of the depths and beauty of non-duality.

11:30–13:00  Tenda Panoramica
Fariba Bogzaran, Integral Dream Practice (IDP) and Poetic Synthesis

There are varieties of approaches to dream practice.  Within Integral Dream Practice, there are two distinct phases: Reflexive (Non-interpretative) and Reflective. In this workshop, we will first explore the reflexive approach to dreams by re-entry through shamanic drum followed by automatic writings and creation of Poetic Synthesis.  The Reflective approach follows to bring integration to dream exploration.

11:30–13:00  Tenda nel Bosco
Pier Luigi Lattuada, Biotransenergetics:  A Psychology of Presence, Here, Now, and all Around

This workshop covers both the theory and techniques of Biotransenergetics. We’ll learn the persistency of the contact and the mastery of the Transe. Transe is that state or field that allows the individual to have a felt sense of direct contact with the divine dimension. The word, Transe, describes a non-ordinary state of consciousness, from a psychological perspective, can be seen as the state of being integrating the five levels of experience: physical, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual.

By persisting in contact and letting flow, our mind is emptied, false needs disappear, the different persons, roles and masks we built for ourselves disappear and finally we always find ourselves again. Light appears at the end of the tunnel, always, just like the darkest night is always followed by dawn, always.

By persisting in contact and letting go, chronic tensions in our body, depositary of past traumas and current conflicts of the I, dissolve, and in our organism, life starts pulsating again, and biological pulsating and healing occur.

13:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

15:30–16:10  Main Room
Jack Allocca Q&A Session

16:20–17:30  Main Room
What is a Theory of Consciousness for?
Conversation with Stuart Hameroff, Chris Fields, Rob Nail, Paul Bush and Riccardo Manzotti

15:30–16:05  Cellar
Peppino Bellusci, How Duality Creates Life—Sacred Geometry, Science and Shamanism.

Participants will be guided to experience the energy of creation. Starting from the masculine and feminine essence, understanding their interaction—as forces incarnated in men and women's bodies—you will rise upon the differences and fights between the polarities of life, to merge your consciousness into a lighter space. When you allow the polarities to act (inside yourselves, as energies rather than concepts), they will automatically balance your system and align you in the wider and wiser space of Life. This space is sacred and intimate, is the place of nonduality as a whole-body experience. This energy is considered the highest vibration of healing, where you allow life to freeflow into your system.

16:10–16:45   Cellar
Umberto Del Noce, Christ and Non-duality

We will explore the meanings of the original text of the Gospels and its relationship with nonduality.
How can Christ's teaching become a modern message of Liberation?
What do the Gospels still have to tell us today?
How can Love become revolutionary again?
Asking ourselves the right questions can change our path and the world.

16:50–17:25  Cellar
Parisa Soultani, Pico Didn't Meet Rumi's Shams

This is a presentation on Rumi of Balkh and Pico della Mirandola of Italy, an East-West exploration of non-duality by looking at these two seminal figures in Islamic thought and the European Renaissance, respectively, and their experience in the quest for God or Truth. Something happened to Rumi that did not happen to Pico, and that was the meeting with Shams of Tabriz. Rumi overcame the intense emotions that ruled his loss of Shams, but he emerged with a new synthesis of poetry and scholarship. That synthesis is at once a description, an explanation and a justification of his religious experience... combining and merging into a higher unity Rumi’s symphony of Love. In this way, Rumi discovered something deeper in his own experience than Pico was able to achieve in his short life. Despite striking similarities in their use of language, the two thinkers, both advocates of direct human experience with the divine, could not be more different in their knowledge of such experience.

15:30–17:30  Tenda Panoramica
Svagito Liebermeister, Family Constellations Workshop

Family Constellation can be understood as a mindfulness practice workshop.

When awareness matures one becomes able to see love at the source of every action -- no one and nothing needs to change, but we can look at the same life in a different way.  

Love that arises out of consciousness is not directed to anyone in particular, it has no roots.

15:30–17:30  Tenda nel Bosco
Andre Riehl, Nidrâ Yoga

The discovery of very deep relaxation states with powerful tension free degrees of concentration, setting a natural meditative state in the body and mind.

17:30 - 18:00  BREAK

Evening Plenary 

18:00–18:25  Main Room
Tomás Páleníček, What Is The Therapeutic Potential Of Psychedelics?

The knowledge of healing and spiritual properties of natural psychedelic medicines such as ayahuasca, teōnanācatl  (psilocybe mushrooms), peyote (cacti Lophophora williamsii), Tabernanthe iboga containing DMT, psilocybin , mescaline or ibogaine have been preserved continuously till these days by native people of Latin America and Africa. The active substances contained in these medicines, so called psychedelics, hallucinogens or entheogens, are powerful substances that in modern language alter one´s perception, thinking, emotional and cognitive processing and can also induce strong spiritual and mystical experiences. Westerner’s science has technically discovered psychedelics in end of 19th century by isolation of mescaline while the biggest boom of psychedelic research and potential therapeutic use came out in 50´s of the past century after the discovery of LSD. After almost 40 years of prohibition these substances found a way back to the human clinical research and nowadays we are witnesses of the renaissance of clinical studies focusing on their therapeutic potential. After isolated case reports and open label studies, controlled double blind phase II and III clinical studies are emerging, showing huge therapeutic potential of psychedelics in affective disorders, anxiety, addiction and some other disorders. But at the end of the story, we are technically rediscovering the old knowledge and trying to match it to our modern westerner´s way of thinking. Is there still something we can learn from the traditional use of psychedelic medicines?

18:30–18:55  Main Room
Stuart Hameroff, Is Your Brain Really A Computer? Or Is It A Quantum Orchestra Tuned To The Universe?

Understanding consciousness as an output of computation among brain neurons has failed. But if the brain isn’t a computer, what is it? Another view is that the brain is a multi-scale hierarchical dynamical system, more like music than computation, extending inside neurons to smaller, faster vibrations in microtubules. Evidence suggests that anesthesia selectively prevents consciousness by dampening terahertz vibrations (1012 hertz, in visible light spectrum) in microtubules, vibrations which may interfere to give slower, larger scale effects including EEG. Quantum vibrations in microtubules may also extend to even smaller, faster quantum processes in spacetime geometry, the underlying non-local, fine scale structure of the universe. Consciousness may be more like music than computation.

19:00–19:25  Main Room
Annette Kaiser, The Art Of Loving

Love is the highest and most precious "asset" of human existence. The whole world, everything that exists, is within itself pure consciousness vibrating in love. This is the essential nature of us human beings. When we are fully present and aware this love can come more and more forward, can unite what is separated and will thus enable a way of life that allows the well-being of everybody and all at once.

19:30 - 19:45 Main Room
Daily Harvest

19:45 DINNER

21:15–22:30  Main Room
Svagito Liebermeister, Celebrating Life, Creativity Event and Exhibition

In this event Svagito Liebermeister will introduce the work and art of Japanese artist Meera Hashimoto, who left her body exactly 2 years before. She had a special gift to awaken the creative potential in everyone and open people to discover their inherent aliveness and joy.

There will be some guided meditation, playful exercises and we will also see a video of Meera’s work and a display of some of her paintings—of whom many had been chosen by Osho to illustrate his books.

All what counts is to disappear for creativity to happen ~ Meera

Whether you are creating something—all that has to be remembered is that it is coming out of a silence within you, that it has a spontaneity. It is not prearranged, preprogrammed, pre-thought. ~ Osho

22:15–23:00  Courtyard
Dance with  DJ Clandestina

 

July 5

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation:  Annette Kaiser

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement: Mirka Kraftsow

8:00 BREAKFAST

Morning Plenary

9:30–10:00  Main Room
Shantena Sabbadini, The Dance of Consciousness and World

Our primary evidence, our only certainty is consciousness. Consciousness is the basic stuff our experience consists of. In that sense we can certainly say that the world arises "in consciousness". Yet in our experience consciousness always appears to be embodied, appears to be "in the world". So consciousness and world seem to be in a peculiar container/contained circular dance. Would the world exist without consciousness? Would consciousness exist without the world?

The consciousness/world circle is well represented in the ancient symbol of the ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, or in Escher's drawing of two hands drawing each other. In this conversation we will explore this paradoxical reality from the perspective of quantum physics and Dao, and trace the path from one-sided materialism or idealism to an integral view engaging both polarities in a circular dance.

10:05–10:35  Main Room
Pouria Montazeri, This Beautiful Drowning: Returning to the Ocean of Is-Ness

How can a fish become aware that it is drowned in that which it seeks?

Mystics throughout the ages have always known from within what science later discovers and validates. Over 745 years ago, in one of the many poems he uttered that points to the essence of nonduality (Divân, poem #323), Rumi speaks to the secrets of the breath and with great artistry paints a picture that juxtaposes a life lead by the sense of identity and personhood with one that is lead by abiding in the Is-ness.

Awakening unfolds when we heed the call of the universal Love whose seat resides in the compass of the human heart.  Through understanding the undifferentiated aspect of Love out of which everything in Existence arises, one gets to awaken, realizing the permanency of reality behind all impermanence and shifting from the superficiality of this life toward the deeper and higher reality that permeates our Being inside out. Our breath becomes the vehicle of awakening.

Consider the supreme spirit as the sea and the bodies as the foam;
come, you who are the pearl of the sea.
(Rumi, Divân, poem #3110)

Here, there is no room for two, what is the meaning of I and you
consider these two as one, so long as you are in our assembly.
(Rumi, Divân, poem #2965)

10:40–11:00  Main Room
Stephen Bodian, Entering the Gateless Gate: A Journey through the Stages of Spiritual Awakening

According to a time-honored metaphor, our essential nondual spiritual nature is an open secret: It’s never been hidden even for an instant, but it remains a secret to us until we realize it for ourselves. In Zen, a gateless gate or barrier appears to separate us from truth—only when we finally pass through it do we realize that the barrier doesn’t really exist and the separation was illusory from the start. Likewise, Tibetan Buddhism speaks of ground, path, and fruition: The ground of our Buddha nature is ever-present and all-pervasive, but until we embark on the path and realize the ground for ourselves, we never experience the fruition of our search.

In spiritual circles these days, we tend to talk about the nondual as an ontological reality, as if we all know exactly what we’re talking about. But traditionally, the nondual must be experienced, intimately and directly, as our very own true self, for it to become a living reality in our lives. In this presentation, we’ll outline the path by exploring the four primary stages of spiritual awakening through teachings and guided meditations that point us directly to our radiant, boundless spiritual nature, beyond the mind.

11:00 - 11:30 BREAK

Morning Concurrent Sessions

11:30–12:00  Main Room
Shantena Sabbadini Q&A

12:05–13:00  Main Room
Stephen Bodian Q&A

11:30–12:05  Cellar
Kent Welsh, Nonduality Embodied

How does Nonduality live? What is the expression of consciousness and love in the form of human life?  Living Nonduality is consciousness flowering as heart’s undivided intimacy with being. Life becomes a portal from which divine being emerges into form. When identity with self is surrendered, when our resistance to fundamental silence ends, when truth matters more than the structure of beliefs, divine flow steps in, consciousness and love stand up and dance freely.

12:15–12:50  Cellar
Ricky Derisz, Welcome To The Age Of Re-Enchantment: Magic Transforming Mental Health & The World

The signs are there. They've been there for thousands of years. In this talk I'll take you through a personal journey of my own hero's return from the darkness of depression and psychosis, to a world of magic and mysticism. As above, so below; as the Hermetics proposed, I'll argue why this individual awakening process is being mirrored on the global scale.

I'll illustrate how the process of alchemising existential despair, or spiritual awakening, is unfolding across the world. From the Mayans, to Carl Jung, Vedanta, Astrology, predictions from some of the world's greatest thinkers are leading us to what Teilhard de Chardin referred to as the Omega Point, the divine harmony of the metaphysical and the material, and how quantum physics is catalysing our global understanding on our non-dual nature.

In the early 1900s, sociologist Max Weber bemoaned the age of disenchantment, the de-magic-ation of our world and the mysterious within and without. We killed God, according to Nietzsche, but thanks to advances in science and the crumbling of institutionalised religion, and increase is esoteric practice, we're on the cusp of an unfathomable shift in consciousness. The sacred union of spirit and the physical is happening. Our relationship with the world, with ourselves, and with each other, will be enriched beyond comprehension.

It's written in the stars. Welcome to the return of magic. Welcome to the age of Re-Enchantment.

11:30–13:00  Tenda Panoramica
Ellen Emmet, Body Of Truth, Body Of Vibration: A Ritual

When we knowingly take our stand as the limitless field of Awareness we may recognise that all experiences arise spontaneously within it and share their deepest reality with it. In this workshop, we will give special attention to the body. For most of us, even after an awakening to our true nature of Awareness, we continue to experience the body as a habitual and intricate network of density and tension which perpetuates and reflects the belief in being a fragment that needs to defend, assert and protect itself... These habits are layered, deep rooted and active under the surface of our contemplation.  Thus, the body’s original and harmonious nature, its lively flowing expression, and deep silent vibration remain compromised by the impossible task of maintaining itself as an anchor and cage for the separate one...

Together we will explore and discover.

11:30–13:00  Tenda nel Bosco
Pouria Montazeri & Sema Barley, Zikr: Remembering the One Thing Needful

In Islamic Sufism, which was Rumi’s universe, the primary practice is Zikr (Dhikr), which literally means, “remembrance”.  In Zikr with its many forms, we gather all the scattered energies of our mind, body, and five senses and concentrate them inside of our hearts where we abide mindfully in the state of awareness of the Divine Presence, for the Prophet Mohammad taught us that there is no prayer without the presence of the heart. By unifying our bodies and our minds with our hearts we shift from a more superficial level of consciousness to deeper and more inherent aspects of our Being and embody Divine beauty and harmony. Everyone is welcomed to participate in this sacred gathering of music, singing, and movement.

11:30–13:00 Pool Lawn
Estrella Jimenez Gomez, The Space Arche:  A Solar System Group Adventure GAME

In this activity, you and your friends will have to solve riddles and pass cosmic tests in order to be able to find a way to survive from a great danger threatening humanity and all life on Earth.

In teams, we will explore the cosmic realms, adventuring ourselves in an astrophysical trip.

Let's have some fun in fresh air, around Titignano Castle, discovering the wonders of the universe!

Afternoon Open Space

15:00–19:45  Main Room & Everywhere!
Exploration with facilitators Stephane Vallee and Giles Vialard, The SAND Gathering—Inspirations & Impact

19:45 DINNER

Evening Plenary

21:15–21:55  Main Room
Sasha Cobra, Orgasmicness as a Healing Mode

Life has gifted us with Orgasmicness for many more reasons than just pleasure. It is a healing modality.

In this short talk, Sasha will be discussing how Orgasmic States (different from peak type of ejaculatory orgasms) can be utilized in and out of lovemaking for healing and transformation, with a specific focus on trauma and trauma release.

Utilizing our orgasmic potential and orgasmic response we are able to generate potent healing energy that has the capacity to melt accumulated tension in the body, clear psychic toxicity, and release trauma, which in return rebalances the nervous system, the physical body, and our connection to Spirit. These powerful states can be generated in a sexual interaction, as well as through other “modalities”. 

22:00–23:00  Courtyard
DANCE PARTY
 with Adam Barley!

July 6

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation:  Peta Morton, Morning Reiki Meditation

A Reiki meditation using traditional Japanese mantra in order to achieve a deeper sense of presence, reminding us of our True Nature and our interconnectedness.

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement:  Billy Doyle, Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition: Empty Body, Empty Mind

It is difficult to come to know our real nature when the body is a mass of density and defence. It is this contraction that sustains our ego identity. Through exploring the body and letting it awaken as sensation we come to discover the energetic body. This brings us to a feeling of openness where we will engage the body in movements in yoga postures and breathing practices of pranayama to further free the body and bring the mind to quietness.
Ultimately the emphasis is not on the body, or on any object, but on awareness itself, to know ourselves in silence. (There will be time for sharing and questions).
 

8:00 BREAKFAST

Morning Plenary

9:30–10:00  Main Room
Annette Kaiser, The Art of Loving (continued)

10:05–10:35  Main Room
Turiya Hanover, Polishing The Mirror Of The Heart

Love is the greatest power in the universe. When the heart awakens to love, I can carry the human being beyond the horizon of the ego.
The process of inner transformation is both spiritual and psychological. The spiritual work is about awakening to higher states of consciousness; the psychological work involves cleaning the psyche of all conditionings, psychological blocks, complex contradiction and traumas. In owning our shadows, projections and inner conflicts, we create a foundation for our spiritual life. Confrontation and acceptance of the shadow are the cornerstones of all inner work. The shadow contains the secret of our inner nature. This is what I call the ‘inner work’; an ongoing process of revelation and exploration.

10:40–11:00  Main Room
Mauro Bergonzi, The Bottomless Ground Of Our Identity

Any idea about what we really are is false, as it comes from a deceptive identification.  Identification is a reiterated act occurring over time, i.e. a mental process whereby some features that appear as 'objects' in our experience (e.g. this body, this mind, this thought, this emotion, etc.) are regarded as our self or as a part of it.

By contrast, identity is just a given, an actuality that cannot be 'produced' in time: it can only be discovered, since it is already present as a doubtless sense of being ('I am'), though unknowable by our mind as an object in front of it.

When all ideas about ourselves collapse and this puzzling presence is recognized just as it is, through and beyond it the bottomless ground of being may shine forth as a glowing and ineffable awe.

11:00–11:30 BREAK

Morning Concurrent Sessions

11:30–12:25  Main Room
Mauro Bergonzi Q&A

12:30–13:00  Main Room
Annette Kaiser Q&A

11:30–12:05  Cellar
Thais Harris & Nick Sholley, Optimizing your DIET: Your Daily Intake of Every Thing

We invite our audience to generate and access more love for themselves and for those around them, through mindfulness about how they nourish themselves on a regular basis, including food, feelings, thoughts, and everything else they take in.

We consider our DIET to be our Daily Intake of Everything and explore the macro and micronutrients for a healthy body and a thriving life. By inviting more love, allowing vulnerability, and paying attention to our relationship with food and what it tells us about how we treat ourselves, we hope to leave our audience inspired and empowered to show up in their relationships and in the world at large feeling fully nourished and present.

In this talk we discuss:

  • Love as fuel
  • Relating to food and relating to ourselves
  • The illusion of separation
  • Strength in vulnerability
  • Feeding gut, heart, and mind
  • Macro and micronutrients for healthy body and happy life

Nick Sholley is a licensed somatic psychotherapist and Thais Harris is a board-certified holistic nutritionist. They hold that relationships, including relationship to self, to other, to food, to media, and to environment, occur in a continuum. What and how we eat becomes how we react and relate. The more mindful we are of the interaction of these relationships, the more able we will be to receive full nourishment and deepen into our nurturing nature.

12:15–12:55  Cellar
Nick Day, Painting The World With Fractals: How Creative Expression Reveals A Deeper Order Of Reality & Consciousness

“Our graphics [fractals] did more than inform.  They made people dream. Colleagues flocked to tell us that we had made them see their own work in a different light, and had helped them by unveiling previously unnoticed analogies.  For the first time, they felt that what they saw directly affected what they did next.” ~ Benoit Mandelbrot.

Most of us are familiar with the typical fractal image, a geometric pattern with a highly complex edge that repeats infinitely when scaled up or down. Fractals were first described in 1980 by mathematician and IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot, who showed that certain phenomena that were previously considered to be essentially “chaotic,” such as shorelines or clouds, were actually bound by an underlying order. Fractal forms in nature can be explicate—tree branches, river deltas, the cardiovascular system—or implicate, apparent only when our default perception has been significantly altered, possibly by psychedelics or even from neurological damage. Fractal form can be found in the arts, for example in painting and storytelling, which are modes of human expression also defined by archetypes. By revealing geometric patterns that exist at deeper levels of reality, fractals themselves have archetypal properties. In this talk I shall explore the connection between fractals, archetypes and art, and whether this points to consciousness itself having a fundamentally fractal nature.

11:30–13:00  Tenda Panoramica
Turiya Hanover, The Time Is Now:  A Women’s Retreat

The time has come for all of us women to wake up to the depth and power of being a woman in a woman’s body.  We are at an evolutionary edge in society where the integration of mature feminine qualities is absolutely essential. Not only for the relationship between women and men, but for the values of our culture on which we base the future of humanity.

The time has come for us to evolve—and become torchbearers of the true meaning of the feminine. To embody our feminine essence; our sensitivity, our creativity, our ability for deep knowing beyond the existing values of society, our connection to the collective, to the planet and to life itself and our ability to speak our truth and have an impact. We want to reawaken our senses, to ‘clean our own houses’ and ready them for a new way of connecting with ourselves—and the masculine.

11:30–13:00  Tenda nel Bosco
Antonella Usai, Harmoníai:  Dance, Singing, Poetry—Discovering the Poetic & Musical Value of the Gesture

"Keep your throat full of song, Let your hands bring out the meaning.  May your glance be full of expression, While your feet maintain the rhythm "~Bharata Muni

From the earliest evidence known to us, Greek music, was closely linked to poetry. The greek bards told mythical and heroic deeds accompanied by a sort of lyre. In the formulation of harmoníai, developed by the master and advisor of Pericles, Damone, music was based on laws and relationships linked to the cosmos and to the human soul.  The harmoníai were classified according to ethical, as well as formal, criterion. In India, where tradition has remained alive for millennia, bharatanatyam, amongst the oldest forms of theater-dance in the world, is an inseparable combination of poetry, music and gesture. The custodians of this ancient tradition were dancers, actresses, musicians and writers. Like the bards of ancient Greece they narrated deeds and myths but also performed specific ritual dances for different occasions and were considered like priestesses able to mediate between the human and the divine world. In this context, the variety of rhythms and melodic scales is truly extraordinary and so is the richness of gestures that can speak not only about the myths of the past but also about the contemporary history, poetry and philosophical thought.

During this workshop we’ll concentrate on: From Breathing to Sound; Sound and movement; Body as Space; The words of the body or creating poetry starting from the body.

13:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

15:30–16:00  Main Room
Paul Bush, Science And Nonduality: Where Are We Now?

Where have we got to in this conversation? I will discuss relevant findings from the twin scientific pillars of neuroscience and quantum physics, then look at nonduality from the perspective of the major mystical religions. Finally I will consider how far we have come in uniting these points of view.

16:10–16:40 Main Room
Nicola Amadora, Revolution of Life: Blazing a New Trail in a World on the Edge

Infinitely tender and infinitely strong, life’s power is surging from the very depth of our being. A love rises that meets and radically embraces all: the form and formless, human and divine, feminine and masculine, personal and global, suffering and bliss.... It is here, where separation ends and liberation begins. In the midst of crumbling old cultural and spiritual structures, a new way of living emerges to usher in a world our hearts are longing for.

How do we evolve our way of living and relating to show up awake, intimately connected and engaged, even amid the present challenges? How do we root in the power of loving presence and take beneficial action in our beautiful and troubled world?

There is a rumbling, a shaking and waking in people all across the earth. And you are important in this great turning here and now.

16:50–17:20 Main Room
Chiara Baldini, Dancing & Nonduality: The Cult of Dionysus & His Radically Ambiguous Followers

More than two thousand years ago a series of cults were rapidly spreading across Greece and the whole ancient western world, mingling shamanic techniques of ecstasy of prehistoric origin with the newly born philosophic discourse. These cults, known as the Mystery Religions, brought a much-needed wave of fresh air to those who could not find any spiritual meaning in the Olympian religion, allowing for a real transformation of consciousness in the initiates. These practices and the value-system associated to them, triggered a new religious and cultural movement able to join people from different origins, reconnect them with the ecstatic dimension of spirituality and the paradoxical nature of reality.

In this presentation we will follow the cult of Dionysus along its evolutionary trajectory and we will explore the social, spiritual and political outcomes of ecstatic group rituals. Who was Dionysus, what did he represent? Which consciousness-altering techniques were used to induce a sense of being possessed by the god of ecstasy himself? How did the political authorities react to a religion that held ego-dissolution and radical ambiguity at the height of its spiritual practice?

15:30–16:05  Cellar
Jerri Diamanti, Touch: A Way To Wholeness

The experience to which we give the name "I" is a stage of the flow of consciousness that is configured and takes shape through the persistence of contact in the womb, the contractions during birth, the touch and human warmth received during the years of our life. —"I cannot contain the universe"—These simple and sincere words were uttered by a woman whose perception of reality was strongly influenced by the difficulty of feeling the boundaries of her body. The openness of Being totally indistinct, the here-and-now of intersubjectivity, the ego, the "Us"... In the skin: different qualities of contact in the adventure of Being Human.

16:10–16:45  Cellar
Keith Salmon, Intimations of Nature's Grace

To explore how Nature’s creations can help us to live in greater harmony with the Natural World, this session will interweave biological science, depth psychology, and spirituality with song, poetry, and nature videography.
Many of us today embrace perspectives and belief systems that are in discord with Nature’s rhythms. This discord disturbs the wellbeing of both individuals and our collective.

Visitations by Nature’s animals in our waking lives, meditations, visions, and dreams are often invitations to resolve our discord with Nature. We can accept these invitations by developing an experiential rapport with physical manifestations of our animal visitors.

By surrendering to this rapport, Life is revealed as a radiant Net of Gems. A Net of Gems held together by relationship. As we find our own place within that relationship, this Net of Gems becomes one Gem. And that one Gem is Love…Unconditional, Transpersonal Love…The one great Love of Existence. 

16:50–17:25  Cellar
Karen Jaenke, Spiritual Intelligence and the Body

Most definitions of spiritual intelligence are mind-heavy, neglecting the role of the body for developing  holistic spiritual intelligence, and falling into the long-standing spirit-matter, mind-body and self-world  splits of Western culture. This presentation on Spiritual Intelligence and the Body first briefly looks at general intelligence theory and Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, in order to contextualize the conversation on spiritual intelligence.  Then several definitions of spiritual intelligence from key authors are compared, along with their associated criteria for spiritual intelligence.

Authors who include the body in their discussion of spiritual intelligence--David King, Danah Zohar & Ian Marshall and Michal Levin-- are then explored further.  King suggests that the addition of bodily intelligence would complete holistic intelligence theory. Zohar and Marshal examine the vital role of the Hindu chakras in spiritual intelligence, while Levin speaks to the necessity of clearing and purifying the chakras in order to access expansive and unclouded perception.  

Finally, the presenter suggests the four mind-body capacities of:  body awareness, unified mind-body connection, balancing the energy body, and accessing simultaneous internal and external flow states, as potential defining criteria for the body's role in spiritual intelligence.  Each of these are broken down into more specific skill sets. In conclusion, it is through accessing, clearing and balancing the energy body that it becomes possible to generate oneness with self and oneness with creation--the mature realization of spiritual intelligence.   

15:30–17:30  Tenda Panoramica
Sasha Cobra, The Spiritual Side of “Dis-ease”

Mind/body/spirit is all one. We are unified beings, and yet, rarely is the spiritual side of disease addressed in medical research. In other words, we rarely ever address how we have taken our bodies from a state of “ease” to a state of “dis-ease”, often times, as a result of neglecting the guidance of our spirit. 

It is imperative that we refrain from listening only to traditional medical research, and start also listening to the wisdom of our bodies to reveal to us what is necessary for healing.

In this experiential event, we will be discussing the spiritual side of imbalances in the body, and how our spirit uses the body as a messaging board for communication. All of us are dealing with some kind of dis-ease, whether it is physical (illness, pain, tension, injury, etc), mental (depression, anxiety, etc) or emotional (anger, sadness, grief, etc.). This event will be an opportunity to be guided by Sasha in an energetic exploration of our bodies, learning to communicate with our spirit via the body’s intelligence, for healing, balance, and health.

15:30–17:30  Tenda nel Bosco
Suzy Adra, Mandalas & Meditation

In this two hour workshop we will begin with a short calming and rejuvenating yoga flow followed by a visualization meditation.  I shall speak a little bit about what a mandala is and show you how to create one while infusing it with intentions. Participants will walk away with an understanding of what mandalas are, where they came from, how to make an endless amount of mandalas,  and how they can be used not only aesthetically but also as a powerful spiritual practice tool of manifestation.

17:30–18:00  BREAK

Evening Plenary

18:00–18:25  Main Room
Nadeshwari Joythimayananda, Archetypes And Yogic Practices Of Human Being Cycles

The yogis sages anticipated quantum physics by noting that a subtle vibrational energy is the substratum of everything we know. Unlike scientists, clairvoyant sages experienced this energy not only as an abstract vibration, but as an expression of the divine feminine power called Shakti. The word Shakti means "power", understood as the power of life. But the Tantric sages were not satisfied with a generalized view of energy perception like Shakti. They decoded this vortex of energy giving this "power" an anthropomorphic image and a mythical language, thus creating a spiritual technology to best enjoy the divine qualities in human energy. To live this they introduced spiritual practices, sadhana, focused on the figures of the Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon.

What would happen if we take these teachings that are deeply rooted in a universal reality and we play with the cyclical nature of the earth and of the living beings that live there ... among us human beings?

There are simple practices which can be focused on the use of the body and the voice that facilitate our transitioning from one frequency to another, from one archetype to another.

Not in a linear way and not to get enlightenment. But in a coherent way with the cyclicity of nature,  to facilitate our embodiment in this reality. In this way we are not just "dancing" in our habitual patterns, but we open up dormant archetypal channels and therefore we have the possibility to make presence, awareness and energy flow in landscapes in us that we rarely contemplate.

Not to be able to be multidimensional and with psychic abilities (that could be a side effect), but to live with the sense of pleasure this life that is in us and that for various reasons we are not always able to taste.

Choosing not to live on the outskirts of the Existence.

18:30–18:55  Main Room
Rob Nail, Navigating Through Technological Disruption

Exponential technologies are fundamentally disrupting every aspect of our lives, every business, every industry, and society as a whole. Even what it means to be human is shifting in our lifetimes. This talk will explore the meta trends we should watch for, their long term implications and opportunities, and what we can do to navigate the accelerating change around us.

19:00–19:25  Main Room
Riccardo Manzotti, The Rainbow World: A New Physics for a New Self

Neuroscience and psychology have been unable to address the hard problem of consciousness because they have assumed a naïve notion of the physical world. We have not been able to locate ourselves in nature because we have been unable to see the world for what the world really is. The world is not a monochromatic collection of objective physical properties perceived through multiple subjective appearances. Rather, the world is a rainbow world where everything existing in multiple versions relative to everything else. Rather than dividing physics into separate entities loosely connected by means of information, I will show that it is possible to step ahead and develop a new physics in which there is no longer any separation between self and world. The object is a multitude and we are a subset of such a multitude. Each of us has a body that singles out a unique path of light towards a rainbow world.

19:30–19:45 Main Room
Daily Harvest

19:45 DINNER

21:15–22:00  Courtyard
Shakti Caterina Maggi, Oneness, A Movement

22:00–23:30 , Courtyard
Open Mic!

 

July 7

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation: Shakti Caterina Maggi

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement: Lorraine Taylor, The Intimate Embrace Of Shiva & Shakti

Come explore the authentic meaning of Tantra through Yoga asana. The Divine Feminine (Shakti) and Masculine (Shiva) are united through the play of Consciousness and Energy within each and every individual Being. In our Yoga practice, we can directly experience this rather than intellectually knowing it and begin to truly integrate that knowledge within the body.

Throughout the class, we will explore the different levels of manifestation within which the yogis call Pancha Maya Kosa and create new pathways of connection to the more subtle layers that can often be ignored. Yet this subtlety and depth is exactly what we are all searching for as therein lies our deep wisdom and blissfulness.

We use the practice of asana (postures) to make these different levels absolutely clear all the way from the physical to the beyond, and start to understand ourselves more deeply.  What arises is a greater intimacy and fascination of the totality of who we are and the beautiful realization that Shiva & Shakti lie within.

Mystical poetry and verses of the ancient text Vijnana Bhairava Tantra are read throughout to inspire and guide us deeper. 

8:00 BREAKFAST

Morning Plenary

9:30–10:00  Main room
Chris Fields, Emergence Of Space And Time In A Holographic Universe

Space and time have traditionally been regarded as fundamental to physics, and many prominent physicists still regard them as fundamental.  The emerging discipline of quantum information, however, increasingly suggests that space and time are somehow emergent from observation. This talk will focus on the holographic principle, and dig beneath its usual spacetime formulation to its roots as a principle concerning observation.  Examining holography from a quantum-information point of view makes it clear that what we experience as "space" and "time" are not fundamental ingredients of the informational structure of the universe. It suggests that the reason that organisms (including us) perceive space is error correction, and the reason they perceive time is to organize memory.  A pure, entangled universe with no classical memory would have no spatial or temporal structure at all. Different kinds of organisms construct space and time to different extents; the same applies to AI systems or other artifacts.

10:05–10:35  Main room
Tina Lindhard, Our Embryonic Development: The Universe Within

In this presentation we look at the developing embryo through the eyes of Dr Jaap van der Wal, embryologist, anatomist and inspired by Rudolf Steiner. The development of the heart based on its dissection by Dr Torrent-Guasp and on Eastern philosophy, is also included. We also consider how our embryonic development was intuited by mystics like Rumi and expressed in one of his poems:
I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
After that, soaring higher than angels -
What you cannot imagine
I shall be that. (Rumi, n.d.)

10:40–11:00  Main room
Prajnaparamita, Introduction

11:00–11:30 BREAK

Morning Concurrent Sessions

11:30–12:00  Main Room
Conversation with Ellen Emmet

12:10–13:00  Main Room
Prajnaparamita, Satsang

Prajnaparamita has been holding satsang and retreats worldwide for twenty years. Her teaching is universal, her expression vital, playful and deeply free—offering a passionate invitation to awaken and spread wide wings of freedom.  With Prajnaparamita, one is guided with piercing clarity to see the illusory nature of ideas and beliefs. Nothing needs to be understood, done or solved to realise the supreme reality, the Self of all that exists. This true home is to be found in the direct experience without any intervention of definitions and ideas. Here, knowledge gives way to truth and any logic and every opinion loses importance. It is the dedication to truth that yields awakening, an overwhelming dawn of peace and unconditional love.

11:30–12:05  Cellar
Adam Chacksfield, Inside Together: Sharing We-Consciousness

This session will use simple practices to lead us into the direct experience of sharing we-consciousness. When we come together like this we activate a new inter-subjective consciousness that is far greater than the sum of its parts. The increased complexity of this consciousness creates new possibilities and capacities beyond those available to the individual participants by themselves.

The realization that we-consciousness is possible, deeply resonant, and already readily available for many of us, has profound implications for our personal development and collective evolution. It points to the deeper purpose of following the call of love into ever greater intimacy and union. It reveals a higher possibility for our relationships, beyond that of individual authenticity.

We-consciousness also provides a powerful and direct field of support for the opening of consciousness within participants and the stabilization of this openness. And it enables us to viscerally realize ourselves as unique contributors to a much greater consciousness that is dynamic, alive, and evolving. In we-consciousness this realization emerges spontaneously without any need to contemplate or visualize it.

For any group or organization, turning toward we-consciousness offers an opportunity for greater coherence and creativity within, and a more harmonious relationship with the larger field. And most importantly a shift into we-consciousness offers humanity perhaps our best opportunity to become sufficiently intelligent and responsive to avoid destroying ourselves as we access ever greater power through technological development. In we-consciousness we're collectively available to the whole, without the separating, distancing, and denial that allows harm-doing to continue unchecked.

Despite being typically overlooked, we-consciousness is immediately available as soon as we turn towards it together. This session is an opportunity for us to tap the extraordinary potential of sharing

12:15–12:50  Cellar
Roger Castillo, Nonduality: A Daily Living Perspective

The teaching of non-duality from a practical, daily living perspective is central to the exploration, that which enlightenment delivers in practical terms—unbroken peace of mind.

After all, if enlightenment doesn't deliver something practical, then what's the point?

The conceptual framework centres around the question: "So what are you REALLY looking for, in practical terms?" It proposes an answer—peace of mind for the person in daily living regardless of circumstance. Peace of mind is defined as the absence of suffering, and the framework unfolds along these lines providing descriptions and explanations of the various relevant components and dynamics. For those who resonate with the teaching’s quite common for the explanations to sink in and start to function automatically, delivering insights and shifting the understanding from intellectual to experiential.

If someone has been exposed to years of the profound more esoteric non-duality teachings (which by default often need to downplay the practical aspects of life and sometimes even the existence of a person) it can be refreshing and indeed very helpful to receive a comprehensive framework which, in a complementary way, works into the mix the very many aspects which, no matter how enlightened one becomes, still remain present in life.

The teaching very much incorporates an ontological approach alongside the practical explanations and suggests that the core of the human being when unencumbered by various ingrained thought patterns is quite capable of naturally and effortlessly being in a state of unbroken contentment and peace.

11:30–13:00  Tenda Panoramica
Nadeshwari Joythimayananda, Dance The 12 Archetypes Of Human Being Cycles

From the New York street dance to the rituals on the banks of the Ganges, from the pounding Psytrance of Goa to the power of the Brazilian Orishas. Without a doubt, dance represents one of the most ancient and powerful ways to get in touch with the environment and with the vibrational dynamics of nature and embody them through the rhythmic movement of every part of the body.

Vital energy in the body, in the breath and in the dance in coherence with the cycles of life and death.

Through the movement of the body in the flow of music, we allow the whole organism to simultaneously tune to certain frequencies. The mobilization of the joints and the simultaneous activity in resonance of the diaphragms modulate the flows of the vital energy, the physiological process that informs and connects in a systemic way each of the individual cells that creates the various tissues, organs and systems of our body. This dialogue between sound and movement, between vibration and form, generates greater connection, promotes an increase coherence between the different parts facilitating the de-activation of strongly activated circuits and the remodulation of dysfunctional patterns of the organism.

Dance invites us to be music, stimulates organic intelligence and builds new resilience and well-being.

The meeting between individuals in vibration and fusion generated by music ... so much fun in consciousness!

11:30–13:00  Tenda nel Bosco
Tina Lindhard, A Taste of Intuitive Meditation (also known as Arka Dhyana)

Intuitive Meditation is a heart-based meditation method which is based on three pillars: touch, sound and breath. It helps the practitioner journey from the mind to heart so that he or she can discover his or her deeper Self. It was developed by the philosopher and yogi Srinivas Arka and is practiced in many countries around the globe.

11:30 - 13:00 Green Room
Claudia Piscitelli, Drawing Inside

This will be a painting session in which it will be possible to experiment in the freedom of drawing or painting directly from your own inspiration, following the advice and guidance of the artist.

In the last few years of her personal research, Claudia Piscitelli developed two different skills in painting: drawing and painting to music and making soul portraits.

Participants will be challenged to experience free drawing and painting straight from the heart.

13:00 LUNCH

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

15:30–17:30  Main Room
What’s Alive in the Field? A Conversation

15:30–16:05  Cellar
Peta Morton, The Sounds of Surrender

What does it mean to be a human being living harmoniously or dis-harmoniously within a complex and ever-changing network of nested systems?

Peta shares insights from her quest to better understand the relationship between mind, emotion and body as they express themselves in terms of harmonic interactions, frequencies and rhythm. She calls upon video and audio material from her online Reiki sessions, and her study of cymatics, vibrational medicine, astrology and alchemy to illustrate her presentation.

16:10–16:45  Cellar
Natalie Zeituny, Ensoulment—Discover your Soul's DNA, Experience the Soul of the World

For seven years, beginning in 2007, I underwent a perplexing and tumultuous series of events that became the catalyst for my soul revealing herself to me, while at the same time stripping away anything that was not her true essence. I later came to call this process, ensoulment. The Ensoulment model introduces the deep experiences, the vivid visions and clear transmissions that streamed through my psyche and culminated in the inception of a profound framework explaining how the universe comes into being and how we play a very personal role in it. The final model revealed, links our personal soul, with our collective soul, with the Soul of the World through particles of experience. I found the realizations so compelling for first time soul travelers that I decided to write about it.

Who is your soul, what is her language, what are her primary archetypes and why did she choose to journey in a human form? Is Ensoulment the same for everyone and who is the Soul of the World? Revealing and living your primordial blueprint, your soul DNA, is crucial not only to our well being, but to the evolution of our species and the cosmos as a whole. Allow yourself to adventure into ensoulment, to taste your soul, to decipher her whispers and possibly fulfill your destiny.

Live your Soul, Experience the Soul of the World

16:50–17:25  Cellar
Anja-Karina Pahl, A Non-Dual Science of the Sacred: The Eye That Sees Itself

What if we could change our conversation about Science and Non-Duality, from being about divorced entities sitting in different corners, to marry them in a Science OF Nonduality? What if we move beyond treating each subject as separate and instead speak of the underlying, unbroken, fundamental patterns that connect all things into an integrated unity, a common, interdisciplinary language, that naturally includes the sacred, that by default includes all disciplines and topics, describing not only cosmos but also consciousness, holography as well as theodicy, integrating art AND science AND life?  What if simply changing our initial frame of reference, our worldview, from split to whole in that way, does what Einstein said we should do—helps us solve problems from a different perspective? And what if this were not just a platitude with which to soothe a lack of understanding, but actually a mathematical formula x mind practise we could teach our kids at school?

It’s exciting to think that creating this science can be part of SAND because academia as it exists on its own today, cannot do it alone.  I’d love to open a new angle on discussion by presenting some radical mathematical patterns that connect seas and trees and skies, stars and DNA and Psyche. I discovered them in meditation practise 25 years ago, during my first PhD research on a Theory of Everything [TOE] and translated them into science. Unfortunately that conversation fell flat as other scientists didn’t naturally use a non-dual reference frame as a starting axiom. But now we’re all in a position to discuss why and how this should be done. Please join me.  

16:30–17:30  Pool Lawn
Angela Halvorsen Bogo, Where Wisdom Lives, Stories and Songs from the Celtic World

Searching for the music for a medieval ballad of transformation performer Angela Halvorsen Bogo met master singer and storyteller of the Scottish Travelling People, Duncan Williamson. She became apprenticed to him and learnt the ancient tradition of transmitting wisdom, wonder and joy, eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart.

These folk stories are many faceted, precious diamonds with great healing presence. In traditional storytelling, the listeners collectively are creating a sacred field into which beauty and magic come with each story that is given. Where the storytelling is happening, who is there, the time of year all have a bearing.

The stories are interwoven with unaccompanied song and blessings. The stories are usually chosen in connection with the audience in the moment, so that every individual  listener receives what they need, be it inspiration, a message, pleasure or all these. The level of attention possible at SAND promises a beautiful alchemy.

17:30–18:00 BREAK

18:00–19:30  Main Room
Closing Circle

19:30 DINNER

21:00–21:30  Courtyard
Lucia Comnes Performance

21:30-22:30  Piazza      
Drumming Circle with Harshil Filippo Chiostri!

 

July 8

7:30–8:30  Main Room
Morning Meditation: Shakti Caterina Maggi

7:30–8:30  Tenda Panoramica
Morning Movement: Lorraine Taylor

8:00–9:30 BREAKFAST

10:00 Check-out of Titignano

 

July 2–8, 2019

Come join with us again or for the first time at the Castello di Titignano for a one week gathering designed to expand your mind and open your heart, while celebrating the mystery and beauty of life!

The event will begin on Tuesday evening, July 2nd with a dinner followed by the opening session, and end on Monday July 8th after breakfast. Registration on-site begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, July 2nd.

Room options

ALL SINGLE ROOMS ARE SOLD OUT AT THIS TIME. Our ticketing site on Eventbrite has our most up-to-date and current availability on rooming options at the Castle. Please visit it HERE and let us know if you have any questions.

If you are looking for different solutions, you are welcome to register as a commuter and find accommodations nearby via Airbnb, Booking.com, etc. Find a list of some of the available options nearby here.
 

GO TO EVENTBRITE

 

Registration price includes all conference programming, evening entertainment, accommodations, and three meals per day; beginning with dinner on July 2nd and ending with breakfast on July 8th. Weekend and day-only registration and daily passes are available as well on our registration site. Registration prices are based on accommodation type, all rooms have private bathrooms.

Additional Items like shuttle tickets to and from the event site and camping gear rental are available on the ticketing site.

Senior/student discount available. SAND Supporter discount available as well. Discounts cannot be combined, and only apply for main event registration categories (not valid for additional items and special registration types).

Cancellation policy

No cancellation fee prior to March 1st. There is a $100 administration fee for cancellations March 1st to May 25th. There is a $200 administration fee for cancellations May 26th to June 15th. No refunds after June 15th. Tickets are transferable. Email [email protected] to cancel or transfer.

Contact

If you have questions about registration, contact: [email protected]

For general event inquiries contact: [email protected]

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