It is time for me to go back to the solitudes where it's easier to listen to the rhythm of the heart. I will be back in August 2022 with new experiences to share with you during new mindtreks. I'll keep you in my heart until then!
“In ordinary life
Continuously in shape
Of endless projects.
Seeing them as useless,
Abu's heart longs
For the mountain solitudes.”
(Enlightened Vagabond, Tibet XIX° century)
TREKKING AND MEDITATION WELLBEING
At every step we leave behind a copy of ourselves,
Of what we were when we made it.
Looking back after a long journey
We can see the ruins of an old crumbling wall
Which used to divide us from the world
An old wall made of the shells we left behind,
Old cocoons we got out from.
Small giant steps
Mindtrek is a way of walking that removes step by step the layers between ourselves and the world accumulated in a liftime and even more. Mindtrek brings us back to our inner quiet and to our psychophysical well-being and consists in the integration of walking with meditation, based on ancient contemplative practices supported by modern neuroscience.
The effectiveness of mindrekking is linked to a precise protocol that requires a guide with a broad spectrum of academic background and contemplative outdoor experience.
antropologist, trekking guide AIGAE, MBSR instructor
I am an anthropologist specialized in neuroscience and contemplative practices,
I'm also a certified (aigae) trekking guide and certified (mbsr) meditation instructor.
Years ago, while shooting a documentary on the civil war in Nepal,
I met women and men who faced hunger, cold and all the difficulties of a 5000m Himalayan pass.
They were on a pilgrimage aimed at giving meaning to a life marked by hardship and wretched of hedonistic pleasures.
They settled in my heart until my eyes became more sensitive to their spiritual presence.
In the remote villages of the Himalayan valleys the poorest children in the world played and laughed.
Happy with their fantasies, they shone with a treasure that I perceived but could not see,
so I began to search for it, shyly pretending to do something else.
It didn't take long for the treasure to find me.
Monasteries nested among 8000m peaks appeared to me, exceptional guides pointed me in the right direction,
masters capable of satisfying my skeptical mind reconnect me
with that dreamy, sensitive and adventurous child I had been and had forgotten.
Pilgrimages and circumambulations became an important element of my studies,
A universal river of eudaimonic well-being flows under all spiritual paths,
a profound truth available to secular minds too.
Learning to meditate I re-learned to walk:
No longer to conquer peaks or to attempt records, but to meet myself in the world.
Thus was born the Mindtrek, as a path that gives back to the word Nature the pure and profound sense of reunion
of our Inner Nature with the Nature that hosts us and cares for us.
Mindtrek is a pause to catch your breath between two steps.
It's a rhythm that slows one down from the constant shoving of an unnecessarily anxious world.
It's a new and ancient way of rediscovering a dormant but never completely lost well-being.
Mindtrek invitations with
Daily and week-end Mindtreks
Starting Christmas 2021 I will be on a spiritual retreat and in a solitary mindtrek.
My activity as a Guide is on hold until August 2022.
4day MINDTREK in GOZO (Malta) March 2022
We'll travel with Viaggi dell'Elefante to Gozo for 4 days dedicated to mindtrekking, sightseeing, meditation, yoga, ayurvedic massage. We'll be hosted in a 5-star Ecoluxury® resort.
The mountains of bears and wolves
From the more Dolomitic sides of Terminillo and Gran Sasso to the karst plateaus that suddenly open up between immense beech woods, there is a world that has remained wild, where cattle live without fences and the wolf and the bear are the real lords of the territory. This is the world of San Francesco and the great National Parks, an ideal environment for mindtrek both in winter with snowshoes and in summer with the coolness of high altitude. From one week-end to a whole week we can offer you a great brake from stress, though walking, sightseeing and Ecoluxury® philosophy of travel.
Less than one hour from Rome there's a wild and ancient world with impenetrable gorges, many waterfalls, tall forests, large pastures with great views over the sea, among medieval and Etruscan ruins. A very varied territory suitable for mindtrek in all seasons.
Himalaya, Tibet, Mongolia
With VIAGGI DELL'ELEFANTE to the roots of MINDTREK
from September 2022
11 days to discover the real Nepal
Machapuchhare is the sacred peak of the Gurung people. It dominates a luxuriant hill area lying at the foot of the 8000m high Annapurna range. This Mindtrek is conceived for those who are at their first experience in Nepal, with enough time to sightsee World Heritage sites and trekking to traditional Gurung villages and Buddhist monasteries. Mindtrek pace is never rushy (4-5 hrs walk/day) and is interspersed with relaxing meditation pauses.
Mindtrek in a secret valley
This 18 days trek will take us to a remote valley of Himalayan Nepal where contemplative practices flourish and where we will be welcomed in true friendship in villages and monasteries. The perfect valley for mindtrekking to the roots of Mindtrek.
The valley of the monasteries
While most monasteries in Chinese Tibet were looted and destroyed by Mao, Tibetan culture is flourishing in this remote northern Indian valley, where some of the most ancient monasteries safely keep Vajrayana secrets at the foot of 6000m peaks.
The most sacred mountain of Tibet
For thousend of years Mount Kailash has been considered the mythical Mount Meru, the abode of Vishnu, of Padmasambhava, of Buddha which connects heaven and earth, mind and body. From India to Mongolia, from Kashmir to Bhutan, every year pilgrims of all religions of the East face the difficult circumaambulation of Kailash after having traveled thousands of kilometers on foot to get there.
Below you can watch some footage of documentaries I shot durign my work as an anthropologist.