We are watching closely and carefully the evolution of the coronavirus situation in the world and in Italy. Please rest assured that our first priority is the safety of our community. We hope the event is far away enough that the situation will significantly improve before then, and we will be able to proceed. We will take a final decision by April 10 and let you know. In case the event is canceled, we will refund all tickets, including accommodations. We will not, however, be able to refund flights or other purchases people may make individually.
Join our annual gathering in Italy for six inspiring days of exploration, experience and celebration of this mystery we call life.
SAND is a place for an open-hearted, authentic connection with a community of people who are drawn to explore together what it means to be a human being, standing at the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts.
In the magnificent setting of the Castle of Titignano, surrounded by the astounding panorama of Umbria, you will enjoy daily meditation, yoga, dance, science talks, dialogues, somatic modalities, sharing circles, sacred storytelling and evening concerts. A host of leading teachers, scientists, facilitators and artists from all over the world come together to share their wisdom and passion.
Our explorations will unfold across the themes of:
• The Science of Consciousness
• Embodied Spirituality
• Trauma and Healing
• Relationships and Sexuality
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.
Come nourish your body, mind and heart with like-minded travelers who together, form an intergenerational village community. Bring your family and friends or just come on your own. All are welcome! Our volunteer team organize daily activities for children, while adolescents & young adults bond easily and build friendships, as they play & learn within the SAND field.
Each day, three delicious meals from produce grown on Titignano’s farm are served to attendees. In the hot summer afternoons, enjoy the panoramic pool, visit the lake, or hike in the woods.
Castello di Titignano is perfectly located between the beautiful Umbrian towns of Orvieto and Todi.
SAND is a place where we can be more at home with ourselves, each other and life. Welcome home!
Visit the registration tab above and the frequently asked questions for more information about the event.
Shakti Caterina Maggi
The event will begin on Tuesday, July 14 with dinner followed by the opening session, and end on Monday, July 20 after breakfast. On-site registration begins at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, July 14.
SAND Supporters: click here to get a $100 discount
|Tickets||Until March 31||After April 1|
|Full week - Single room||$2,530||$2,600|
|Full week - Double room||$1,700||$1,770|
|Full week - Triple room||$1,350||$1,420|
|Full week - Shared room||$1,240||$1,310|
|Full week - Camping||$740||$810|
|Child (3-12) - Room||$500||$500|
|Child (3-12) - Camping||$370||$370|
Until May 1, receive a $70 discount on your registration if you register both for this event and for Returning to Ourselves: The Wisdom of Trauma with Dr. Gabor Maté & Betsy Polatin that will be held immediately after the SAND Gathering at the same venue (July 20-24). Look for your discount registration link in your confirmation email when you complete your registration.
Everyone eats meals together at Titignano. Your Accommodation and Meals registration option includes three delicious homemade Italian meals a day from dinner 7/14 through breakfast 7/20.
When you register, you will be able to select your dietary preferences (omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free), and alert us of any food allergies.
Getting to the event
Please see the travel information section on our venue page.
Registering more than one person
During the event registration process you will be able to add additional individuals. Register yourself first and before you make a payment you will be asked "Will you be registering any other attendees for this event?" Answer "Yes" and then enter the next person's info. You can add as many people as you like. When you are done click on "Complete Registration". You will make one payment for all attendees.
Modifying your registration
You can add shuttle ticket purchases or rent camping gear at a later date. To add to or change your registration click on the main registration link and then click on "Modify Registration". Enter your email and first name to access your registration record. The total price shown at the bottom of your record includes what you have already paid. Do not remove anything unless you no longer want that option. You will not be charged twice.
Gabor Maté, M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages internationally. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician, and for fourteen years practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As a speaker he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honourary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D. Scientist/Artist founded the Dream Studies Program at JFK University where she taught for twenty-five years. She is one of the pioneers in the field of dream studies and has received recognition of outstanding contribution to the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She has written and taught about lucid dreaming and creativity internationally since 1984 and conducted the first major scientific research project on transpersonal experiences in lucid dreaming (Experiencing the Divine in Lucid Dream State, UMI, 1989). Her pioneering Art-based research focused on the phenomenology of lucid dreaming and modern painting (Images of the Lucid Mind, UMI, 1996), which led to the concept of Lucid Art. With the surrealist painter Gordon Onslow Ford, she co-founded the Lucid Art Foundation in 1998. Among her publications are: Extraordinary Dreams and how to work with them (SUNY Press, 2002), Lucid Art and Hyperspace Lucidity (Human Sciences Press 2003) and Integral Dreaming: A holistic approach to dreams (SUNY Press, 2012). She is an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and has an in-depth background in art, contemplative practices, East-West and somatic psychology. www.faribabogzaran.com
Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD, author, theologian, and activist priest, has been calling people of spirit and conscience into the Creation Spirituality lineage for over 50 years. His 37 books, lectures, retreats, and innovative education models have ignited an international movement to awaken people to be mystics and prophets, contemplative activists, who honor and defend the earth and work for justice. Seeking to establish a new pedagogy for learning spirituality that was grounded in an effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical traditions in such figures as Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas, as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics, Fox founded the University of Creation Spirituality. His recent projects include Order of the Sacred Earth, Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox, and a Certificate Program in Leadership and the Creation Spirituality Tradition. His most recent book is The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times.
Shakti Caterina Maggi has been sharing a message of awakening to our true nature as One Consciousness since 2003, with workshops and meetings held in Italy, Europe, and around the world. “The opportunity to meet what we are, and to embody it in everyday life, is the very meaning of life itself – not as human beings who seek God, but as the Divine itself experiencing itself through the human experience.” Shakti shares a very contemporary approach to self-realization and reveals the real possibility of seeing what we are and embodying it in our everyday life with clarity, wisdom, and humor.
Shakti Caterina Maggi points directly to the essence of what we are and invites you to rediscover the divine Self in the core of one's own humanity. Overcoming fear and illusion is to wake up to extraordinary beauty of the moment and be the true embodiment of Consciousness itself in human form. She has been sharing a message of awakening to Life since 2003 with seminars and retreats hold mainly in Italy and Europe. www.shakticaterinamaggi.com/
Keith interweaves original imagery, prose, poetry, sound, and song to explore the intimate relationship between the Natural World and our own True Nature. His work represents a constellation of the training, experience, insights, and revelations of his diverse career as a professor of Animal Genetics, sheep farmer, and a teacher of body-based psycho-spirituality—together with his lifelong exploration of Nature through photography, poetry, song, and nature sound recording. He has offered workshops, concerts, and presentations based upon his explorations at gatherings throughout the Canada and the US—including the 2018 International Association for the Study of Dreams Annual Conference. www.truenature.earth
Betsy Polatin, an internationally recognized teacher, is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. She has been teaching for forty years and has training in music, dance, yoga, trauma, meditation, and the healing arts. Teaching experience includes; Music Schools, Meditation Centers, the Psychotherapy Networker, Performing Arts Medicine Association, Bessel van der Kolk’s International Trauma Conference, and many other classes in the US and abroad. Betsy is currently co-teaching a class with Dr Peter Levine, international trauma expert, called, "Trauma and the Performing Artist.” Her unique combination of work, The Actor’s Secret, blends the Alexander Technique with Carl Stough’s Breathing Coordination principles and Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing. Having been involved with meditation since 1966, her work is greatly influenced by spiritual, and meditation masters. As a breathing and movement specialist, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post. Her new book, Humanual, is a manual for being human. theactorssecretbook.com
Rekha is a performer/choreographer, teacher and researcher in classical Indian odissi dance. She received traditional training within the guru-shishya parampara for seventeen years and presented odissi extensively around the world. In 1997, she stepped away to do a PHD in Dance Studies at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, where she deepened her dance journey by exploring odissi’s roots in yoga and tantric ritual. Dance Routes, her repertory company, was co-founded with her partner Michael Weston. It was initially based in Odisha, Eastern India, and worked extensively with traditional performers from villages around the pilgrim town of Puri.
Since 2013, Dance Routes has established a permanent centre at Skandavan beside the international township of Auroville, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is a place for learning and sharing a dance practice that integrates traditional teachings and philosophy, with a return to holistic living. Rekha has authored two books “Odissi – A Dance of Sculpture” and “Dance as Yoga-The Spirit and Technique of Odissi”.
From a very young age, Lorraine was fascinated by the beauty of movement and music. Her childhood was spent exploring the body through gymnastics, ice skating and different styles of dance. In her early twenties, a strong calling to the path of Yoga became the catalyst for many deeper realisations in her life and she left everything behind to follow this call. She has now been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth for more than a couple of decades. She specializes in offering an insightful feminine way of practising Yoga bringing forth her love of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism. She has also dedicated many years to the study of Jnana (Non Duality), Bhakti (Devotion) as well as Traditional Hatha Yoga which has led her to discover the depths of the Yogic practice, understanding the beauty of the fluid form while investigating the more subtle layers that exist within us. Ultimately pointing to what lies beyond which is the true meaning of Yoga. Union. Oneness. Love. Her classes are a journey of who we are on every level from the physical to the beyond all shared with a healthy dose of humour and an open heart.
Nadeshwari Joythimayananda embodies the embrace between East and West, desired by the sages of the last century: she was born in Sri Lanka, has Indian origins and grew up in Italy were She acquired the knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga as a family tradition in her family Ashram. In India she explores the teachings of Mata Amritanandamayi and Ramana Maharshi and She approaches Tantra Yoga meeting Guru-ji Baswar Rajkumar and his sadhanas through mantras. In Asia, as a child, she learned Bharatanatyam, the indian classical temple dance which she deepened as an adult and became a teacher in Mystical Dance. In 2011 She meets the Mayan shamanism of Vera Cruz and began to perceive the multidimensionality of reality. Since 2013 She is dedicated to the project Danzando La Dea – Female Awareness Meeting. Since 2015 she is the co-creator and author of Matrika - Consciousness Development. She collaborates with the project La Grande Via founded by the oncologis Dr. Franco Berrino. She currently expands the Vedic knowledge concerning the manifestation of human life on Earth with the method of Prenatal and Birth Therapy of Dominique Degranges.
Jerry Diamanti, is a biologist and a mindbody therapist that embodies an unusual and effective combination of Presence and Heart. He has His formation covers various interwoven focus areas that weave together into a unified somatic approach to touch, awareness and relationship. Specialized in Ortho-Bionomy and Ethnic Osteopath, soothing and effective body treatments that stimulate the organism’s natural self-correction capabilities.He is also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner that has more then 10 years of clinical expertise, including in his sessions stress recovery, self-regulation skills and resilience. www.equilibrinaturali.net
Godfrey’s workshops will put the intelligence of your mind directly in touch with the intelligence of Consciousness by way of the intelligence of your body. Movement will initiate experiential and perceptual pathways that access the Love you most deeply are. This will be followed by guided stillness that allows the Love you most deeply are to flow back through those pathways into your immediate experience of the world.
Godfrey has been pioneering Somatic Awareness Methodologies for over forty years. This has allowed him to not only clearly understand the non-duality of body and mind, matter and spirit, but also to facilitate the direct experience of it. His teaching is as simple and direct as it is lucid and accessible. His guidance will allow you to access the non-duality of your Bio-Spiritual nature in a simple and fully conscious way.
Sea Stars is the musical collaboration of Kurt Baumann and Katie Gray.
Through the power of intention and a heartfelt tapestry of vibrancy and sound, the music offers deep entry into the subtle and sacred chambers of emotion, feeling and intimacy.
By building and nurturing their connection over the past decade, the two artists co-create a light-filled pathway of sonic resonance that welcomes the listener into spaciousness and self reflection.
Collectively, their music and voices have been featured on 8 major television shows, Jimmy Kimmel, Sirius XM and most recently, a live performance on the NBC Today show.
Sea Stars are honored and humbled to be welcomed into the SAND community and look forward to learning, growing and expanding with all of you!
Anna Bacchia - Researcher Teacher Writer Innovator
● For her research in human sciences and intercultural EDU Projects involving 65 Countries, Anna Bacchia is among the laureates of the ‘Luxembourg World Peace Prize’ 2017, and member of the World Peace Forum.
● Founder of the ‘Consciousness Institute’ - LIFE Leaders .international® in Lugano Switzerland, in 40 years of teaching she has trained thousands of persons in Europe, China, United States, South America.
● As a ‘globally thinking leader in the cause of Peace and Human Enhancement’, Anna Bacchia has been nominated by the Goi Peace Foundation, Tokyo, Japan, as a Honorary Signatory of the worldwide declaration for Peace ‘The Fuji Declaration’.
● Anna Bacchia is member of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration IIAV, Auburn - Alabama, USA. She is Creative Member of the Club of Budapest, one of the most prestigious international organizations for culture science and art. And Research Fellow of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research, Italy.
Ellen’s deepest intuition was confirmed when she met her teacher, Francis Lucille. In his presence, she recognized the eternal, limitless and universal nature of our shared reality. Over many years, her understanding deepened to touch all levels of experience. The process of aligning and stabilizing all aspects of her life to this understanding has continued to unfold since then.
As a child Ellen loved to move and dance. She knew without words the joy and limitless transparency that the body dissolved into when it was free and alive.
As an adolescent and young adult, she acutely felt and enacted suffering through her body.
Thus, the experience that we call the body has always been central to all of Ellen’s experiences, both in the ignoring and in the recognition of our true nature.
Today, Ellen offers meetings and retreats in The Awakening Body, sharing a direct exploration of reality sourced in the tradition of Kashmiri Shaivism and self-inquiry.
In addition, she has a private practice as a Psychotherapist, and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Her background of Dance-Movement Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology is shaped by the non-dual understanding.
Ellen lives in Oxford with her husband Rupert Spira, also a teacher in the tradition of non-duality.
Chris Fields uses concepts and tools from physics, information theory, evolutionary and developmental biology, and cognitive neuroscience in an attempt to understand how, and to what extent, one part of the world can be aware of another part of the world. Underlying this question is that of how observers draw boundaries around the systems being observed, including themselves. This later question raises, in turn, questions concerning the nature and awareness of time, memory and identity through time. Answers to these questions, however tentative, suggest approaches to open problems in cosmology, developmental biology, and the etiology of developmental disorders such as autism. Dr. Fields has also been a volunteer firefighter, a visual artist, and a travel writer. He currently divides his time between Sonoma, CA and Caunes Minervois, a village in southwestern France. Biographical details and recent publications are available from http://chrisfieldsresearch.com.
The founder of Transformative Medicine, Ruediger Dahlke is a physician, seminar leader and author of 70 books in his native German—including Illness As a Language of the Soul, Disease as a Symbol, The Shadow Principle, and The Healing Power of Illness: Understanding What Your Symptoms Are Telling You. Dahlke has trained thousands of doctors, nurses, psychologists, coaches and laypeople in the philosophy in Europe and led Transformative Medicine workshops at the Esalen Institute and the Omega Institute. He is one of the world’s leading proponents of the idea that disease is an opportunity to become more conscious.
Learn more about Dr. Ruediger at www.anewmainstream.com
Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and a writer. He received a Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was based at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. His book, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures was published in May by Random House (US) and The Bodley Head (UK). He is a musician and keen fermenter. Find out more at merlinsheldrake.com.
Mauro Bergonzi taught Religion and Philosophy of India at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” for thirty years. He is a member of I.A.A.P. (International Association for Analytical Psychology) and of C.I.P.A. (Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica). He is author of academic essays and articles on Oriental Philosophies, Comparative Religion, Psychology of Mysticism and Transpersonal Psychology. He is author of academic essays and articles on Oriental Philosophies, Comparative Religion, Psychology of Mysticism and Transpersonal Psychology. Since 1970, he has practiced meditation (mainly within Buddhist, Taoist and Vedānta traditions), always preserving a non-confessional and non-dogmatic approach. After a natural and spontaneous fading out of both seeking and the seeker, only a radical non dualism prevailed in him. In this respect, his long-standing familiarity with the teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Tony Parsons was crucial. In the last ten years, he has been invited to give regular sat-sang in Italy. A survey of the nondual communication occurring in these meetings has been published in the book Il sorriso segreto dell’essere (Mondadori).
Nayano has practiced as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst since the 80’s. She discovered The Work of Byron Katie in 1999, long after learning that you cannot trust your thinking. In fact, you shouldn't trust anything coming from the mind!
Witnessing someone do The Work on their thinking and seeing the changes, that came about, was a huge wakeup-call. She went to see Katie almost immediately and has been with this form of INQUIRY, ever since. With The Work she found a way to move from the mind into a direct experience of reality—being with “what is".
She became amongst the first to be certified by Byron Katie and has given lectures, workshops and individual sessions with The Work ever since.
Emahó is an American Indian who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lives with his family in New Mexico and gives seminars in Europe and the USA. He has helped many people bring more respect and kindness into their lives – more love, care and understanding into everything they do.
He teaches the common sense of living with honesty, compassion and a sense of responsibility. This challenges our assumptions, dreams and expectations – the stuff of our conditioning. It takes courage and compassion to cut through the complacency of our everyday lives – but it is worth it.
Most of us operate from hurt and disappointment, though we might not know it. To reach the ability to see through ‘Life’s Eyes’ Emahó suggests you seek simply because you have realised the goodness of life, not because you are desperate, lonely or hungry, the point at which most of us start searching.
Rather than being 'spiritual' it is to be a spirited human being in nature – to begin to wake up in your life and fight to be more alive in it.
Ben Bushill is a mystic, poet and circle leader devoted to the remembrance of the simple miracle of existence. His poetry is a call to see and feel what we are being given in every unfolding moment. To realise our perfection through the honouring of our flawed humanity and the deep honesty of the earth. The seed of life is within us all, our dance here is mundane, strange and wonderful. Ben doesn’t bring answers but instead asks us to push our hearts and our lives up against the place where our finite hearts meet the great wave of life that is within and which contains us. At that merciful and merciless meeting point we catch a glimpse of the love that we are. Circles to draw close to each other and the mystery we carry. Poetry and spoken word to carry the vibration of wonder and remembrance of our own miraculous hearts.
Within a field of unconditionally loving presence, Ajaya facilitates a unique discovery process called, Core Embodiment ®. An integrated system of embodiment practices, principles and perceptual orientations to awaken and align with the power of your human potential. She is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Integration Teacher, Authorized Continuum Teacher, gifted healer, writer and creative catalyst in the field of embodied awakening and trauma resolution for the last 26 years. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice and made real through direct experience.
ACC professional coach certified by ICF (International Coach Federation). For me coaching is bringing awareness to action.
Founder and director of Espace & Solutions (http://www.espace-et-solutions.com/). Since January 2010, he accompanied the officers, employees and teams in companies, associations and the public sector to achieve their goals. Whether skills to strengthen performance to meet or give meaning to, its interventions to adapt to customer needs: Coaching, training, consulting.
He completed his university studies (Master in Economics and Local Development) by professional training in individual and team coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming (Master), Neuro-Semantics, Systemic, Non Violent Communication, coaching and in Collective Intelligence. He is curious, enthusiastic and passionate about human relationships and group dynamics. What inspires him, is with the teams, groups and organizations to build the world they want to belong to!
Maya Luna is a Poet and Ritual Performance Artist. She offers Spiritual Transmission through Medicinal Poetry. Her Art focuses on the themes of: Love.Sex.Life.Death.Truth.Reality.Darkness.The Sacred Feminine.Embodiment. Non-Duality. Tantra. Mystery & Taboo
Her first spoken word poetry album Holy Darkness: A Tantric Opus is available now.
She is also the creator of the Deep Feminine Mystery School, supporting women to remember the power and wisdom of the embodied feminine essence.
Producer, Director, and Executive Producer of International repute, Paul has worked across most disciplines in the film/television industry over the past 30 years in Ireland and overseas covering genres such as biography, natural history, and wildlife. He has directed many critically acclaimed documentaries and has recently completed work on the documentary titled INFINITE POTENTIAL – THE LIFE AND IDEAS OF DAVID BOHM for release in 2020. Paul is married to Bernadette. They have four children; three boys and one girl.
Dr. Rama Mani is a peacebuilder and performance artist passionate about human and global transformation. Through her tailor-made transcultural performances, keynotes and courses based on real-life testimonies of people she collaborates with in crisis zones worldwide, Rama ignites participants to envision and enact transformation in their own lives and societies. Her interactive programs aim to create circles of solidarity across borders, and champion grassroots organizations in warzones.
With Professor Jean Houston and Dr. Scilla Elworthy, Rama co-founded ‘Rising Women Rising World’. With her husband, Professor Alexander Schieffer, Rama co-hosts Home for Humanity. Together with a global alliance of partners, they aspire to embody the unity embedded in our humanity, and actualize a civilization of inclusion.
Rama received the 2018 Excellence in Leadership Award of the Global Thinkers Forum in the UK, and the 2013 Peter Becker Peace Prize in Germany.
Alexander Schieffer pursues an integral path to life in service of the holistic development of humanity. He is, simultaneously, a transformative educator, engaged activist, passionate community builder, integral philosopher, and spiritual poet. He lives in the French countryside near Geneva with his wife, poet-performer-activist Rama Mani, where they co-host “Home for Humanity”, which aspires to be an integral sanctuary and global alliance in service of the essential unity of all life. This place is also the home campus of Trans4m Center for Integral Development co-founded by Alexander.
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