Mindfulness walking and hiking retreats

Anita unites the creative spontaneity of an artist, the ethics of a true spiritual practitioner, and the attention to detail and nuance of a professional guide in her work leading retreats. Each person on the retreat felt cared for, listened to, and included, and each turn of the trail unveiled in surprising and revelatory ways the beauty of a natural world infused with thousands of years of Italian culture and history. We all would do well to follow her way—one mindful step at a time—of generating understanding and compassion through immersion in nature and its wonders.
— Brother Phap Luu, Plum Village Dharma teacher

A walking retreat is a time to connect deeply to oneself and to the energy of nature. It's a time to slow down, to feel wonder and gratitude, to detox and nourish ourselves. 

How? We train to bring back our mind to the present moment. Every time we bring our attention to our breath, to our steps and our body, we are nurturing the energy of mindfulness. Mindfulness is the capacity to be with what is inside of us and around us. 

The daily schedule follows the rhythm of a meditation retreat. We begin with sitting meditation and Chi gong/ body mindfulness exercises. We practice eating meditation to fully enjoy our breakfast. Instructions are given to practice mindfulness while walking along with exercises to amplify our perception. We walk in silence in touch with the earth so that each step becomes a  seal of attention to the Earth.

These retreats are the fruit of Anita's practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh whom she met in 1993 for the first time. In 2005 she organized together with two nuns from the monastic community of Plum Village the first hiking retreat in the Dolomites (Italian Alps). Offering a mindfulness retreat in a powerful natural context, where the woods are the meditation hall and the rhythm of the mountain becomes our rhythm, is a meaningful return to the past. The Buddha, like St. Francis, loved to walk with his disciples on his bare feet. 

Since 2014 Anita has offered (together with sister Tue Nghiem and Kaira Jewel Lingo) retreats in various parts of Italy: Casentino, Island of Elba, Dolomites, Val d’Orcia, Salento….

Whether walking on the via Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage route that leads to Rome, or on the volcanic Island of Pantelleria, I discover again and again the pleasure of traveling in across the region on my own feet. In the last six years the fertile seed of hiking retreats has grown within me joining the threads of my life. Today I offer my experience and enthusiasm, bringing greater awareness of nature and a sense of togetherness in concentration and joy.

hiking val d'orcia
mountain stream in Dolomites

2019 Program

Retreats will be led both in english and italian.

Yearly programs also on  Essere Pace (in Italian), and on Compagnia dei Cammini’s dedicated section Cammini di Pace.

Please contact us for private retreats.

salento

April 27 - May 3

The tree of breath, Hiking retreat in Salento

L’Albero del Respiro: in terra d’Otranto

With brothers Phap Luu and Dao Luc (Plum Village Community)

forest bathing therapy

May 30 - June 2

Forest Bathing on Monte Amiata, Tuscany

Bagno di Foresta sul Monte Amiata

Dolomites

July 1 - 7

Climbing up the mountain, Being the Mountain; Dolomites

Salire la Montagna, Essere la Montagna: le Dolomiti d’Ampezzo

barefoot walking makes feet happy

September 30 - October 5

Blooming at every step, Island of Elba

Isola d’Elba: Fiorire ad ogni passo 



roccalbegna monte labbro

October 28 - November 3

On the footprints of Time: from Arcidosso to Pitigliano, Tuscany

Sulle orme del Tempo: da Arcidosso a Pitigliano