The ever-growing complexity of today’s world requires us, as future leaders and managers in any field, to have a more and more comprehensive view of reality and history. Yet, in the everyday rush, most of us are absorbed in our businesses and can hardly even attempt it. We, a compact group of scientists and young professionals, do not want to surrender to this situation and organize Todi-week, a gathering that has the ambition to foster such a view.

Todi-week is the prosecution of Cortona-week, a long-standing event taking place every year since 1983 at a beautiful location in Italy and consisting of an immersive week of lectures and workshops where participants are blended with outstanding scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, spiritual leaders, policy-makers and famous professionals.

The special format of this interdisciplinary retreat gives the 100 attendees from all over the world the opportunity to exchange with the experts seamlessly, in formal as well as informal moments (meals, evenings, breaks). Together with the experiential workshops, this characteristic makes this event unique and exciting.

In the coming edition, with the theme Ecology of Mind and Matter, the illustrious experts will lecture on, just to name a few, the future of computing, cryptocurrencies, the new frontiers of artificial intelligence and genetics, sustainable architecture, complexity; and will give workshops ranging from music, painting and theatre to eco-systemic intelligence for managers and leaders.

Program 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 in the Hotel Bramante.

Friday June 22 Registration at the Hotel Bramante. Getting together dinner buffet.

Saturday June 23 Starting with life 09.00 Opening of the week (P.L.Luisi) and introduction with music
09.15 - 10.15 Opening lecture by David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, Ithaca, USA, The mystery of Life
10.15 - 11.15, David Lorimer, Writer and educationalist, Science and Consciousness, Spirituality and Death
11.15 - 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 - 13.00 Students interview main speakers (participant: if you wish to be one of the interviewers, say so in the registration)

15.00 -16.30 Presentation of the workshop leaders (max. 5 min. each)
16.30-18.00 Coffee break. Participants choose their workshops, workshop leaders show their room and their work, answer questions
18.o0-19.00 Nino Galloni, Economist, From Shells to Bitcoins
19.00-20.00 “Selfie” of the participants: six-seven participants, in ca, 7 min. each, tell us who they are and what they want to do in life (participant: if you wish to be one of the presenters, say so in the registration)

21.30-22.15 Organ concert by Jörg Rasche (at the Chiesa della Conciliazione, Todi)

Sunday June 24 Ecology of Law, Mind and Matter
09.00-10.00, Ugo Mattei, Professor of International law, University of Turin, The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community
10.00-10.45 Stuart Kauffman, Theoretical biologist Santa Fe Institute , Complexity today
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.00 Joerg Rasche, former President C.G. Jung German Society, Berlin, Germany, Music and Matter: About the co-ontogenetic dance and the algorithms of mind.
12.00-12.45, Ottavio Rosati, psycho-dramatist Roma, Psychodrama in our new world

Monday June 25 Mind and Consciousness
09.00-10.00 Cliff Saron, Neuroscientist, Neurobiology and the Shamantha project
10.00-11.00 Michel Bitbol, Husserl Archive, CNRS/Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, Schrödinger and the Upanishads
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.00 On consciousness, “tri-alogue” M. Bergonzi, A. Shantena Sabbadini, F. Faggin, chaired by Michel Bitbol

Tuesday June 26 Bio-architecture
(This part of the Todi-week is in collaboration with the Italian Association Bioarchitettura. This Association is responsible for the Master in bio-architecture hosted by the Lumsa University in Rome)

09.00-10.00 Marko Pogacnik, Artist and author, Geomantic and the matrix of life
10.00-11.00 Joachim Eble & Witti Mitterer, Professors of architecture, Architecture: integral & sustainable building to a better living
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.00 Participants round table discussion on “How do I see “The house and the city of Tomorrow”? (participant: if you wish to be one of the presenters, say so in the registration)

Wednesday June 27 Aspect of Spirituality
09.00-09.45 Andreas Weber, Author, Matter and Desire.
09.45-10.30 Renuka Singh, Sociologist, Indian Women: Spirituality and Sexuality
10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-11.45 Antonio Bonaldi, Slow Medicine, A systemic approach to healtcare
11.45-13.00 Participants round table discussion on science/spirituality
(participant: if you wish to say your opinion here, say so in the registration. The main questions are: How to maintain human dignity in a world of technology? and: Do we need spirituality to live in todays’ world?)

Thursday June 28 The world of the East, & the world of Mythology
09.00-10.00 Vittorio Capecchi, Professor Emeritus of sociology, The I Ching
10.00-11.00 Erika Maderna, Archeologist & Elena Macellari, Botanist, Comparative Mythology
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 selfies of the participants (7 minutes each) (participant: if you wish to be one of the selfie presenters, say so in the registration)

Annual Assembly of the Cortonafriends Association

Friday June 29
Panorama on new frontiers of Science and Sociality
09.00-10.00 Federico Faggin, Physicist, The new generations of computers
10.00-11.00 Luisa Damiano, Philosopher, University of Messina, On humanistic robotics
11.00-11.30 Coffee break,
11.30-12.15 Franco Giovannelli, AF (Istituto Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma), Space missions: powerful tools for opening a multi-coloured window to the universe.
12.15-13.00 Ernesto Burgio: The new biology: From genetics to epigenetics and hologenomics
21.00-...Traditional night party

Saturday June 30 (in Todi in the main Sala del Consiglio)
From spirituality to a new world’s vision

9.00 -10.00 Kamran Mofid, Economist, Our Journey of Hope: A Path to Co-creating the Better World we are all Yearning for
10.00-10.15 Barbara Bogatin, cello concert intermezzo
10.15-11.00 participants inputs and remarks. Chairman P L Luisi

11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.30 Kamran Mofid, Brother David Steindl Rast, Pier Luigi Luisi, How do we see the future?
12.30-13.00 Check-out and Farewell, dance with Irene Reintjens


After the presentation/interview of the workshop leaders in the first day, participants split at their choice into small groups (10-20 people). The workshops, which will be held in parallel as indicated below, take place in the early morning and afternoon, after lunch. The length of each workshop is indicated in parenthesis, where the number 1 indicates Sunday June 24, the number 2 indicates the following Monday, and so on; workshops end with Saturday June 30, number 7).

Morning session, waking practice (07.30 - 08.15)
Meditation, with Franco Bertossa (1-7), Sala Todi
Non-dual Tantric Yoga with Gioia Lussana (1-7), Garden
Tai ji juan, with Amanda Carloni (5); Garden
Qigong with Mauro Bergonzi (6-7), Garden
Paneurhythmy (meditation dance), with David Lorimer (1-7), Garden

First afternoon session, theoretical work (15.00 - 16.15)
The impact of C.G. Jung today, with Jörg Rasche (1-3), Sala Todi
Psychology in the working team, with Mirella Cleri (3-4) Hall 1
Cosmotheism: a transformative vision, with Hortense Reintjens (3-4), Hall 2
Psychodrama in our new world, with Ottavio Rosati (4-7), Garden
Self, non-dualistic philosophy, eastern philosophy, with Bergonzi and Shantena (2-4), Main Hall

Second afternoon session, self-experience (16.45 - 18.00)
Interpersonal and eco-systemic intelligences for managers and leaders, with Marinella De Simone & Dario Simoncini (1-7), Sala Todi
Transforming through breath, with Doris Lesser Stillwater/Michael Stillwater (1-7), Hall 1
Discovering yourself through Performing Arts, with Alok Ulaf (1-7), Garden
Uniting diversity in dance, with Irene Reintjens (1-5), Hall 2

Third afternoon session, creative practices (18.30-19.45)
Drumming, with Tony Majdalani (1-7), Garden
Calligraphy, with Shams Anwari Alhosseyni (1-7), Sala Todi
Inventing music, with John Wolf Brennan (1-7), Garden and/or Hall 2
The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach, with Cliff and Barbara Saron (1-5), Main Hall

Ateliers (15.00 - 16.15)
Painting together, with Marino Moretti (1-7), Garden
Carving and sculpturing alabaster, with Andrea Schneider (1-7), Garden