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Cortona Week 2022 Programme

The 2022 edition Cortona Week will take place between the Sunday morning June 26th and Sunday July 3rd in the beautiful Certosa di Pontignano, near Siena, Tuscany, Italy. The Week’s theme is Rinascita (Rebirth).

All lectures include discussion; the afternoon is reserved to workshops (with Wednesday afternoon free). Breakfast till 9.00, lunch at 13.00, dinner at 20.00

Sunday 26th June 2022

Arrival and Registration at front desk: get your room and check Workshop List

19:15 – Orgel Concert with Jörg Rasche

20:00 – Dinner – every night


Monday 27th June 2022

9:15-9:30Opening presentation by Chairman Pier Luigi Luisi

9:30-10:15 – “Pandemics and Anthropocene” Ernesto Burgio, ECERI (European Cancer and Environment Research Institute), Bruxelles

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 – Students interviewing Speakers

Tuesday 28th June 2022

9:15-10:00“Consciousness, Life and Information” Federico Faggin, Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

Wednesday 29th June 202

9:15-10:00The Light and Shadow of Apartheid – Trauma and Art as Reparative Quest”

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Introduced by Renuka Singh

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 – “Women and Social Fabric in IndiaRenuka Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Afternoon : Free – Optional excursions to Siena and/or Florence, Dinner (free) available in the hotel

Thursday 30th June 2022

9:15-10:00 – “Our warming Earth” Paolo Saraceno, National Research Council (CNR), and National Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (INAF), Italy

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 – “Water is even more central to life than you might have imaginedGerald Pollack, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Friday 1st July 2022

9:15-10:00 – “Soil: the Soul of Society? An exploration in fact, theory and practice” Christer Soederberg and Astrid Colemar, Ecology Circle Carbon Labs, Sweden

10:45-11:30 “Working with complexity” Marinella De Simone, Complexity Institute, Italy Introduced by Dario Simoncini

Saturday 2nd July 2022

9:15-10:00 “Lights and Shadows of Artificial Intelligence” – Francesco Lapenta, Institute for future and innovation studies, John Cabot University, Rome

10:15-10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 – “What is Mind? What is Life?  “Mind and Life” and “Mind in Life”– An Imaginary Dialogue between Varela and WhiteheadGabor Karsai, Dharma Gate Buddhist College, Budapest, Hungary and MIND and Life Europe

21:30 – Evening/Night Party – ask and collaborate with Tony Majdalani

Sunday 3rd July 2022

Last breakfast together
luggage please out of the room

10:30-11:30Cortona Association annual assembly All welcome

Departure before Lunch – Lunch at Certosa possible (self-pay)


These will be held in parallel in the afternoon in three distinct shifts:
15.00-16.15; 16.45-18.00 and 18.30-19.45.
There is the morning one held from 7.30-8.15
In addition the ATELIER is always open.

On Wednesday the afternoon will be free (only the lectures in the morning, no workshops in the afternoon). Dinner served in the hotel for those who stay.

How to select your workshop? Choose By Web, communicate by email.
Each Workshop is unequivocally characterized as by a label, e.g. M2, A2, F6 etc.
Important! You should indicate the desired workshop(s) t the time of registration -or immediately after- directly at worshops2022@cortonafriends.org

Distribution of the participants will be communicated by web and it will be posted in the gazebo before the beginning of the meeting.

The workshop(s) is to be maintained during the entire week (please no free jumping from one workshop to the other).

The working rooms indicated below may undergo some adjustment in situ.

MORNING: 7:30-8:15

M2: HANS-PETER SIBLER, Taiji and Qigong school, Zürich, Tai Ji and Qi Gong basic Movement – EVERY MORNING – OUTSIDE CHIOSTRO GRANDE

Full afternoon Workshops

ATELIER: (always open, by appointment)- limited to 15 people

A1: ANDREA SCHNEIDER, artist in Zurich, Sculpting with Alabaster stone, every day -OUTSIDE IN GIARDINO ITALIANO

A2: HONG ZHANG, Artist, Rome Italy and Dalian China, Painting together – SALA FOCOLARE


FA1:  JORG RASCHE, psychologist, Berlin: One common orientation workshop unit on Monday the 27th, SALA LOGGIA, then 1h single conversations with participants, one at a time, per appointment.

FA2: KAMRAN MOFID, President GCGI, UK, The importance and greatness of kindness, three workshop units on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – SALA PALIO

FA3: PAOLO SARACENO, On our warming Earth, Thursday and Friday –

FA4: CLIFF SARON and BARBARA BOGATINThe Buddha, the Brain, and Bach every day – SALA VERANDA

FA5: TONY MAJADALANI, Musician, Zurich, Drumming, every day, limited to 15 people – OUTSIDE IN THE FRUTTETO

FA6: ANNA BACCHIA, Honor Guest of Cortona week, Consciousness Institute, one workshop unit, “In dialogue with (his) life, man creates reality”, Monday – SALA PALIO

FA7: SUSAN EIRICH, Earthfire Institute, Idaho, USA: Transformative Experiences in Nature: A Path to a Livable Planet three workshop units, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – SALA CARATELLI


SA1: SHAMS ANWARI ALHOSSEYNI, University of Köln, Germany, on Islamic calligraphy, every day – SALA VERANDA

SA3: HORTENSE REINTJENS, ethnologist and theologian, Köln, Germany, with a workshop Nature and the Sacred, three workshop units Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – SALA LOGGIA

SA5:  DORIS LAESSER STILLWATER and MICHAEL STILLWATER, Helsinki, Finland, Transformational breathwork techniques, every day – SALA RIUNIONI


TA1: OTTAVIO ROSATI, psycho-dramatist, Rome, Italy, workshop on Fashion as art: a multi-awarded video-movie about Roberto Capucci, two workshop units, Tuesday and Thursday – SALA VERANDA

TA2: FRANCO GIOVANNELLI, INAF- Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma

The Impact of Space Experiments on Our Knowledge of the Physics of the Universe

Emeritus Senior Scientist at INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma. three workshops units, Tuesday Thursday and Friday – SALA PALIO

See You NeXT year