Invitation to a Philosophical-Contemplative retreat in Italy

Invitation to a unique retreat of philosophical-contemplation
In the spirit of silence, reflection, and philosophical togetherness

Liguria (northwest Italy) between April 28-May 2

Come and leave at your own free time
Free participation (except for your food)


Interested in philosophical reflection and contemplation? Interested to explore the power of philosophy to touch us and inspire us?
    If so, you are invited to a philosophical-contemplative retreat in Italy. There will be no program – every day we will combine periods of silence and sessions of philosophical companionship. Philosophical practitioners (from Italy or any other country) are especially invited!


Organizer and facilitator: Ran Lahav

Location: Near the town of Montenotte Superiore, Liguria, Italy, about 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Savona, about 130 km from Torino, and 200 km from Milano. There is no public transportation to this town, so it is best to arrive by car (private or rented). Alternatively, you can go by public transportation to a nearby town such as Ferrania, and I might be able to pick you up – please consult with me in advance.

Retreat building: An isolated farm house, situated in nature, on the side of a mountain. This is a green mountainous region. The closest town is Montenotte Superiore.

Time: you may come and leave any time between Friday, April 28 and Tuesday morning, May 2. You are welcome to come for half a day or more.


Format of the retreat: There will be no fixed program, so you may come and leave whenever you want. Each day will be a combination of (1) Silent time, when participants can walk silently in nature, sit outside, read, etc.; (2) Three sessions of philosophical-contemplative companionship – morning, mid-day, and evening; (3) One session of free conversation, for sharing thoughts and experiences.


Language: Basic English is sufficient, but Italian is also an alternative.

Accommodations: There are a limited number of bedrooms in the house. If you want to sleep in the house, please let me know as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can rent a room in a hotel or B&B in the area.

Payment: Free, except for your own food (which we will buy together). In addition, if too many people want to sleep in the house (for free), you may need to rent a hotel room in the area. You can find hotel rooms in the area for 50-100 euro per night. Feel free to consult with me if there is any issue.

Reservation in advance: If you need a place to sleep and would like to sleep in the house (for free), please let me as soon as possible, so I can reserve a room for you.

No reservation is necessary if you DON'T need a place to sleep (if you come for less than a day, or if you have your own sleeping arrangement). Nevertheless, it would help me a lot if you tell me as soon as you can if you are thinking of coming.


For more details: Please contact Ran Lahav. More details will be advertised here in the future.

Philosophy is not about truth (John Powys)
Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 2)


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