Connections, knowledge and contact with nature
More than 50 participants had an agenda full of
activities. Each morning, they were offered different options to start the day:
meditation, spiritual immersion in nature through the forest, or yoga, then
breakfast, followed by presentations.
Participants had the opportunity not only to learn
from outstanding speakers, but also to foster interpersonal growth through a
conscious and innovative approach, combining self-reflection, excursions,
fasting experience, sustainable cooking, theoretical inputs and contact with
nature. Each day, the participants joined in group sharing to discuss the
inputs they received. There were also several excursions to places that focus
on innovation: a sustainable farm, a company that makes high quality household
appliances, and a university research center.
Valerio Ciriello, who initiated the program, shared his desire for the
participants not only to acquire technical knowledge about the issues
discussed, but also to forge lasting relationships with others. Thus, several
activities were aimed at sharing the motivations, dreams and hopes of each participant.
They also had the opportunity to promote their local culture through forms of
artistic expression like music, poetry, and dance.