Our blog, Make Haste Slowly, explores the underlying motivation and drive for this love we call Adventures in Italy. In addition, we reflect on things in our world today that we believe provide reasons why it makes such sense to do our trips! Finally, we provide updates on new trips or changes. Below is an entry to the blog to give you a taste.
Make Haste Slowly
We are not skydiving, swimming with sharks, extreme mountain biking. There are no adrenalin pumping, heart pounding activities. So where's the adventure? It is a different kind of adventure - adventure in self discovery, in unleashing latent talents, in finding one's potential, in aligning oneself with what's at your core.
It begins sometime in your 40's. The kids may not be gone, but you can see the time when they will be. You are still hip deep in work, but retirement is something you think about. The endless years stretching out before you in your youth are no longer endless, you perceive the horizon. Slowly, you begin to ask not "What is the meaning of life" but "What is the meaning of my life." You look at your fingertips. Nobody before you has ever had those fingerprints, and not a soul in the future will have them either. "What am I doing" you ask.
Is there any bigger adventure in life?
It is hard to describe how Italy brings focus and clarity to the questions and longings we develop. It has something to do with the human scaled environment, one in which all of technology's manifestations - cars and television and Internet and cell phones and MP3 players - melt away, leaving you with yourself and other people relating face-to-face. It has something to do with the fact that the buildings surrounding you go back over 1000 years giving you an anchor in an anchorless world. It has something to do with Italians being connected to their Etruscan roots, nearly 3000 years deep, and we're connected to what - our ipods?
In such an environment you begin to discover yourself. The cacophony of the modern world fades away. You hear yourself, feel yourself, understand yourself.
Another element of our trips is the cadre of unbelievable teachers we have. Through the work you do with them you look more deeply, observe more closely, listen more astutely, perceive more accurately, reflect consciously.
It is an unbelievable experience. And it truly is an adventure. That's why we call it Adventures in Italy.
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