Join our annual gathering in Italy 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.
Hosted in the magnificent Castle of Titignano and 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. More than 40 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.
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
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!
I am not much of anything. I am the moment that ends, the one that is already started and the one that maybe should have not been there at all. At times I notice being the moment of sorrow. Other times I am the sensation in the front of the belly, and again the laughter on the face of the grandmother. I remember once being the joy in the eyes of the little boy when he won the marble. Witnessing all of these moments I have been getting closer to being nothing, and all. That started in Italy many years ago and has been continuing around the world, from California to Portugal following the routes of the old discoverers, just all backward.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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