SAND20 Europe Gathering 

July 14-20, 2020
Titignano Castle 

We have taken the difficult and painful decision to cancel our upcoming European events: the SAND Italy gathering and the Returning to Ourselves retreat with Gabor Mate and Betsy Polatin, which were to be held in July at the Castle of Titignano, Italy. The complexities of event planning and organization and considerations of well-being for registrants, speakers, and volunteers have all contributed to this decision, which was not taken lightly. 

If you have already registered, you will receive an email with the details of the refund.


We have been hard at work to ensure continuity in our mission and provide stability and inspiration for our community. We are committed to moving forward, despite these challenging circumstances.

We have started an online, donation-based, weekly series of SAND Community Gatherings where we can connect, reflect, meditate, nourish one another with our presence and create a field of resilience and mutual support. Each week features SAND guest speakers sharing their perspective and wisdom live with the group. These meetings have been precious, and we invite you to join if you have not done so already.

The Returning to Ourselves event with Gabor Maté and Betsy Polatin will transition to a 4-day live online event to be held July 16-19. This will include 3+ hours a day of Gabor and Betsy addressing the Wisdom of Trauma—a topic that has only become more relevant and pressing given the recent crisis. As the event will be live, you will be able to ask questions, engage in compassionate inquiry with Dr. Gabor Maté and integrate. This is a unique opportunity to study with Dr. Maté and it is the only event of this type he is offering at this point. 

We are also excited to announce the launch, in mid-May, of our first online summit, (tentatively called) Wisdom in Times of Crisis, with the intent to create a space to explore the contributions of leading experts in spiritual traditions, physical science, social science, ecology, sacred activism, social justice, love and relationships, psychedelics and the arts regarding this crisis, its challenges and opportunities, notably as a catalyst for awakening. 

Once again, we are extremely sorry we will not see your beautiful smiles in person this July. We look forward to meeting you again in the new and improved world we will create together after this crisis, when the current lesson has been fully digested!

Holding you all in our hearts.

With love,

The SAND Team



Photos from our 2019 gathering




  • Titignano Castle, Italy
  • Titignano 7
  • Orvieto
  • Italy
  • 05010

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