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This is the summer camp for you, if you are a movement enthusiast, if you are a meditator, change maker, martial artist, yogi, sustainability advocate, nature lover! Let’s get together and move, learn, share, grow, and love. A training event, festival, and outdoor camp, the journey of the Spirit of the Hero is not just a normal workshop. It is a powerful process. You will come as you are and leave as a hero. Full of energy, with new uplifting routines, a detoxed body and mind, and supportive new friends. Join Life Atlas and awake your inner hero.
Centro Anidra is an eco-village, organic farm, and retreat center located in the Sturla Valley, formed by a rocky stream coming down from the mountains. The center is so vast that it contains a waterfall, mountain forests, hidden glades and a hiking track and crossfit parkour that takes 45 minutes to walk. Perfect for the Spirit of the Hero camp!
Its massive tent-like "dojo", the training hall, can be opened so the daily sessions will be literally outside, if the group doesn’t train in the forest.
Imagine you wake up to the sound of the birds in the mountains. Start your day with a session of meditation and the Hero wake up training, overlooking the valley of Centro Anidra. And then enjoy the beautiful healthy superfood breakfast in the company of great like-minded people.
You can set up your own tent on one of the beautiful sites in the forest near the river. Outdoor toilets and washing facilities are provided. You will be in the middle of nature to enjoy the real adventure. The meals will be provided in the dining house with all the other participants, a walk trough the woods away.
The Eco-Village consists of several wooden houses arranged into a beautiful little village. Your room will be in one of the cozy houses. Bathrooms and toilets are either in-house or in the neighboring bathroom house. There is also a sauna in the Eco-Village and the dining house belongs to it. The village is the central hub of Centro Anidra.
The old stone house was turned into a lodge with five beautiful rooms arranged after the five elements by a Feng Shui adviser. All rooms have a bath ensuite and in-floor heating. The old stone house is beneath the herbal gardens and right by the Eco-Village. Its cozy rooms offer a comfortable and elegant stay during the camp.
Life Atlas believes people need to come back to a holistic lifestyle and that is why the hero needs to consciously go through all aspects of his being. This is reflected in the physical training, in the meditation, inner work and in the connection to the outside world and the skills you will train in the hero camp.
Each day emphasizes one of these aspects, but also contains the other two parts. It is a fractal structure. Every topic is part of the whole. And this also boosts the outcome you get in each area.
The Spirit of the Hero camp is a powerful process. It opens the door between body, mind, and emotions through conscious and aware training methods. And it is unbelievable how much you can achieve in such an intense time.
Every day will be a Yang or a Yin day on a rotating basis. On the Yang days the focus lies on conscious bodywork, outdoor training, and fitness. On the Yin days it lies on Qi Gong, meditation, and self-development training. Nevertheless will each day contain elements from all Hero areas (body, soul, connection).
This process enables the best immersion effects and results. Every Yin day will also lead you through the phases of the five Chinese elements, which then culminate in the final Hero day.
Go through this adventure as an elite athlete or total couch potato, totally stressed out or as a longtime meditator. Let yourself be supported by inspirational like-minded people and inspire and support others. This is the Spirit of the Hero!
When you put people in a save, supportive environment and let them grow together, an unbeatable community is created.
Fresh veggies and fruits straight from the permaculture plantations of Centro Anidra and prepared with love. Best Italian food, sugar free, gluten free, and vegan.
Ancestral movement training, Qi Gong, and Body Mapping will get you in a state of extreme connection to your own body.
The Hero Wake Up training in the morning and the whole 12-day process will give you strong routines you can keep up after the camp.
Twelve days of meditation, Qi Gong and refocusing on what is really important to you will drastically reduce the stress you accumulated.
The camp will bring you to the next level of your fitness (wherever you are at the moment).
You will reconnect with yourself through meditation, being in nature and the reflection exercises you do.
You will go home feeling more content and heroic than before and realize that you actually are on your own hero journey!
Sascha has been training in martial arts from his childhood and started to travel to Asia to deepen his knowledge. He trained in various places, in monasteries and temples and widened his perspective with many different health methods. He went on a two-year exploration project around the globe searching for lost wisdom and traditional techniques. From this broad and deep source, he creates training programs and concepts for private and business applications all around the world. In his hometown Dortmund in Germany, he founded the martial arts, health, and Asia center "Mein Tempel" (my temple).
Conny has been into martial arts since childhood and started to cross-train and expand her knowledge into different styles. She also has a professional background in psychology. She is a founding member of the Missing Link martial arts community. Her training led her to places like India and China which further widened her perspective on martial arts and physical training. She offers not only a deeply rooted Karate training, which focuses on the understanding and application of Kata, the traditional forms, but also holistic physical training approaches and psychological background knowledge.
Joana started with oriental dance and became an experienced teacher and dancer. She is also a fitness enthusiast, yoga practitioner, and generally, movement addicted. After kung fu training in China, she started to practice Qi Gong. She uses it on a daily basis to bring balance into her demanding days. She builds a close relationship with her students and combines her physical training with a pinch of hippie love. She is an environmental scientist and specialized on the effects of plastic. She will share her expertise in how to avoid plastic and how to create plastic-free products.
Camilla is the organizer behind the camp and creates the flow of the whole experience. She used to work for five-star hotels all around the world before she was drawn to new challenges and adventures. Since then, she has completed an education as a Thai yoga massage therapist in one of the most prestigious training centers in Bangkok and has broadened this knowledge with a Shiatsu education. She is a Qi Gong instructor and enthusiast for a tasty and healthy plant-based nutrition. She loves to collect recipes from local chefs from around the world like Bali and Vietnam.
A life long studier of dance in all forms, Dana has trained in Polestar Pilates, various martial arts, yoga, meditation, modern dance/ballet and a variety of energy healing modalities. She is considered one of Australia’s foremost Argentine Tango dance specialists (Tango Butterfly). More recently, Dana’s curiosities have led to studies in Ancestral Movement (re)patterning, Neurology, releasing trauma in the body, Regression and Hypnosis Therapy and reclaiming intuitive knowledge.
In the mountains of Liguria, far away from the touristic centers, where porcupines stroll trough the forests and pass along old abandoned stone houses, lies Centro Anidra, where you will be staying during the retreat.
Centro Anidra is located in the wonderful Northern Italian region of Liguria. There are plenty of things to do and explore in the area.
You can use a couple of days before or after the camp to see more from Liguria. Or you can use the free day during the camp.
Starting directly from Centro Anidra there are wonderful hiking tracks. In the surrounding mountain region, you can visit old churches, manufactories, see wild horses, climb, bike or kayak.
Following down the valley you will soon reach the Mediterranean Sea where the world famous villages Portofino and Cinque Terre are just a short drive away.
A camp of physical training, inner cleansing, and holistic living should also be accompanied by great food. During the camp you will enjoy a full catering of freshly made organic food from Italian produce of the region. The meals will be vegetarian / vegan health food arranged by a food enthusiast, Camilla, and cooked by the Italian chefs at the center.
You will start the day with a fresh smoothie enriched with superfoods and granola. After the morning trainings, a full lunch menu will give you enough power for the rest of the day. And then a healthy dinner will round up the exciting days in the camp.
The dishes served will be vegan or vegetarian, whole grain, wheat-free, and sugar-free. Completely gluten-free options are also available. A great amount of the produce will come from the center’s own organic farming.
Please book your flight to arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Pisa International Airport (PSA). Continue your journey by car or public transportation. If you live in central Europe, it is a very recommendable to go by car. The drive to Centro Anidra leads trough beautiful Liguria and Northern Italy. And maybe if you have some extra days you can even turn it into a roadtrip.
There is a public bus running from Chiavari to Centro Anidra. It is very cheap but does not run very regularly.
From every airport you can take a train to Chiavari near Genua. The train system is very reliable and easy to navigate.