A New Horizon

October 13, 2019

In the emptiness of visible human life appears a magnificent messenger tree whispering that all, no matter what, is perfect.
It is such a privilege to walk into another decade of my life with these precious feet across a whole country. We are half way and have walked through desolation into small villages, towns and cities, flat lands and mountains and back to desolation again. There is a magnitude of tests and gifts. Everyday different. Such a great reminder that this is simply life.

I have decided to be still for a couple of days in the vibrant little city of Salamanca and draft for you a new venue on the horizon, the Italy retreat.


Join me for a very special retreat in the hills of Le Marche, Italy where we will unravel our busyness and delve into tastes of a slow movement. From meditation to yoga and Qigong, from sourcing our food to outdoor dining with a culinary twist.
We will stay in Italy’s Le Marche region of rolling hills of olive orchards and constant vineyards spotted with historical hilltop cities. A neighbour to Tuscany yet far from the tourist buses and souvenir stores.
One of the focuses of this retreat will be to experience food as directly from source as the sun and rain nourish the soil. To see deeply into this extraordinary sustenance we get to share.

To visit local markets and artisanal shops for ingredients in some of the exquisite historic hillside cities.

To hunt for truffles with Alessandro and his faithful dogs Frida and Viola to harvest that day’s bounty and after run into what comes next: a super delicious meal with fresh truffles prepared by Alessandro.
To learn how to turn flour into a wood-fired lasagne, ravioli or pici noodles. To mindfully and joyfully get to look deeply into the source of what sustains us. These are gifts.

We have a teaching kitchen in the villa for those interested to learn the art of the recipes we get to savour. It is my aim to create a breath of life inspired cookbook of our week. A contemplative week to experience food as a meditation, as art, as poetry in a communal share.

There are only nine spaces available for this retreat so please don’t delay if it calls to you. Come and be part of the unfolding.

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From the Camino with love, a bow and a smile


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