5-day listening retreat
21-25 June 2019
a live slow, immersive listening retreat in Basilicata, south of Italy
includes a full day visit to Matera, European City of Culture 2019
Rediscover the power of listening.
Reset and recharge by immersing yourself in the pristine soundscape of Italy’s largest national park: il Parco Nazionale del Pollino.
Through daily site-specific soundwalks, ear cleansing exercises, listening sessions and outdoor activities, we will reconnect with the power of listening in all its forms: as an opening to the natural soundscape, to each other, and to our own inner voice.
The Retreat: 'Piano, piano' is an Italian expression that translates in English as 'take it slow'. It is one that my mother (wisely!) uses all the time and that, to me, perfectly captures the spirit of this retreat: to truly take the time to listen and live slow, in this unspoilt corner of southern Italy.
Inspired by Basilicata, the region that has been my ancestral home for generations and that continues to inspire my practice, I have carefully devised a series of site-specific daily activities for our time together. These will include soundwalks, ear cleansing exercises, guided sonic meditations, listening sessions as well as energy exercises in the woods, inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or 'forest bathing'. Keeping our use of technology to the bare minimum, we will be going back to our collective sound source with a sense of curiosity, lightness and ease.
To get a true sense of the sonic heritage of this region, we will also be doing some exploring. We will be learning about the local musical instruments and watch them being made, spend a full day in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera (European City of Culture 2019) and listen out for the local fauna in the company of an experienced Park Guide. We will even tune into the sounds of Italian cooking, as we will learn to prepare a traditional Basilicata dish the mindful, slow food way.
Each day will be unique, inspiring and enriching, providing a spiritual toolbox that, I hope, will serve you long after the retreat is over.
"It is my hope that this retreat will allow you to pause, tune in and take heart. After a few days immersed in this idyllic location, learning to appreciate silence and slowness in nurturing and supportive company, you will return with a renewed and optimistic view of the world and of your place in it.
Join me there,
The details: this listening retreat is intended for a small group (6 participants max) and will take place from 21st June 2019 (arrival) to 26th June (departure), for a total of 5 nights. The working language of the workshop will be English, however both Italian and French are spoken.
Accommodation: We will be staying in the atmospheric and beautifully restored Palazzo Rinaldi dating back from 1822, at the heart of the ancient hilltop community of Noepoli (one of only six villages in the Basilicata confines of the Pollino National Park). We will live slow, following the rhythms dictated by nature and making time to admire evening sunsets from the panoramic terrace. At night we will share food, drink, our thoughts and inspirations under a sky free of light pollution, and full of stars.
Who is this listening retreat for? Anyone wishing to reconnect to the power of nature, improve their listening skills, and rekindle their creativity and joy. And, in the process, discover first hand the incredible cultural and culinary heritage of Basilicata. No previous experience is required.
Dates & Booking: 21st June (arrival) to 26th June (departure), 5 nights. Due to the intimate nature of this retreat availability is strictly limited to 6 participants, therefore early booking is advised.
Included in the Retreat fee are:
5 nights' accommodation at historical Palazzo Rinaldi in the centre of the village of Noepoli, based on twin sharing (2 people max per room, private beds) and shared bathrooms (2). Includes 24/h access to 2 in-house meditation spaces and panoramic terrace, use of linen, bathrobes and slippers.
Breakfast daily with home-made, local produce
Welcoming reception on the first evening with a light buffet of traditional southern Italian produce and local wine
Kitchen available to cook your own meals
Tea & Coffee making facilities
Farewell dinner on the last night (drinks included)
Daily programme of activities, exercises, listening sessions and one-to-one tutorage with sound artist La Cosa Preziosa
Full day trip to Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Half day guided National Park visit with certified Park Guide
Visit to the village of Terranova and instrument-making experience
Ground transportation for all excursions above
Traditional cooking demonstration
Free canvas bag and resource pack with reference notes to take home
Retreat fee: Eur850/ $968
A non-refundable Eur300/ $340 deposit is required upon booking to secure your place, with the balance due by 20th May 2019.
To apply, simply fill out the online Application Form. On receipt we will email you with availability of places and the Booking Deposit payment details (PayPal).
How to Get There: closest airports are Bari and Naples, these both have regular bus connections to and from Senise, the nearest town to Noepoli. A comprehensive PDF with travel advice and up to date schedules, tips on what to pack, etc. will be emailed to all participants upon registration. For any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to get in touch at info[at]lacosapreziosa.net
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