IT ALL STARTED FROM THE SKYadmin2023-01-27T14:52:32+00:00
IT ALL CAME FROM THE SKY:
ECO-TREKKING ENCOUNTERS MUSIC UNDER A STARRY NIGHT
Event to promote the territory
and encourage respect for Nature
and awareness about light pollution.
In the heavens, the song of only one note
“It all started from the Sky”: an evening in Monte San Giovanni (Rieti), rich with memorable events: eco-trekking, guided meditation, open-air dinner, candle light concert, a discussion on light pollution, astronomical observation of stars, planets and constellations.
Where to begin?
To recount the experience of such a vast and intense event, full of inspiring moments, seems almost impossible… but I trust that the right words will come to our aid.
Joy was no doubt the protagonist: the pure joy of “being” was the brightest of stars in a night when all the stars seemed to be shining their brightest.
It is a rare occasion when more than 200 people come together several hours without any interference from dissonant notes. Surely the unpolluted nature, that reigns in proximity of the small town of Monte San Giovanni, near Rieti, with its majestic mountain range surrounding Monte Tancia, fostered the unfolding of harmony and beauty: irresistible simplicity.
Nature, generous as it is, went beyond our expectations, pulling from its hat moments of pure magic: all of a sudden, during the eco-trekking hike, delicate drops of rain accompanied our steps, and they were very welcomed considering the unusually warm temperature; but when we turned to look up to the sky… there wasn’t even a cloud in sight! Only blue sky, a thrilling blue as deep as the ocean’s floor! No, the Earth had not been turned upside down, and yet…
Only afterwards, while seated on the cushions, chairs, and benches, did the clouds appear, and we enveloped ourselves in a moment of deep internalization. For a few minutes we sang together the sacred sound of the syllable “OM”, followed by an enlightening guided meditation.
And nature kept right on pulling things out of its hat: while Neeraja, the meditation teacher, guided us with words of inspiration into pure silence, a grandiose rainbow appeared behind her, leaving a feeling — as many later described it — of a deep sense of peace, as if nature, vigilant within each of us, had begun to reveal itself.
And so we ask ourselves: is this deep sense of peace a communal note of the heavens? An inner peace that creates joy, a unique kind of joy that does not need something specific to be joyful about?
By then, the balmy gentle evening had left its place to the darkness of night, and in a romantic atmosphere, by candle light, under a sky of stars, a stage lit up to give way to the enticing concert for guitar and voice by composer Fausto Ciotti. With his engaging talent, that made us feel light-hearted and elated, his notes reached as far as the sky and then reverberated back to us, reminding us that there’s always music that vibrates, lightly, all around us. Thank you, Fausto!
In the company of these notes that continued to flutter everywhere, Astronomitaly experts shared with us important information regarding light pollution. This theme is not very talked about, but by creating awareness on the subject, we came to realize that we are all responsible for dampening the stars brightness with our “artificial excesses”.
Luckily at Monte Tancia, enveloped by nature and distant from all that is artificial, the stars, undisturbed, continue to shine bright. In fact, experts confirm that it is one of the most beautiful skies in all of Italy.
We were able to touch this beauty with our very own eyes, by means of professional telescopes. As if on a powerful space shuttle, we took off and landed on stars, planets and constellations. There was only time for a cup of coffee, and once back on planet Earth we observed:
Infinity is in every star and every star guides us to immensity!
Edited by the Open Sky Team
CONCERT “WEST COAST COUNTRY BLUES”
CONCERT “WEST COAST COUNTRY BLUES”
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm RECEPTION
Participants will be greeted at an Open Sky reception desk from where they can access the event free of charge. A “l’orto lieto” booth will be set up with its organic food products and handicrafts made with organic alpine lavender grown at an altitude of 900 meters.
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm ECO-TREKKING
Led by Mauro Cappelletti, environmental tour guide.
The concept behind eco-trekking will be explained, along with the ethics of tourist hiking and how to limit as much as possible the environmental impact of a hike.
Our itinerary will allow us to discover this area of great naturalistic interest that was very important in the past for its strategic position.
The duration of the trek is about one and a half hours (roundtrip), difficulty level: “easy”.
Please bring gloves and bags to collect garbage,
a few extra bags will be available on site.
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm MOMENT OF MEDITATION
When heart and mind are in peace we
can hear the silent whisper of nature.
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LIGHT DINNER ON THE RESTAURANT'S PANORAMIC TERRACE
Tasting (by reservation only) of “fregnacce alla sabinese”: homemade pasta with tomato sauce and olives, a typical dish from Sabina.
In keeping with the theme, a selection of “astronomical” beers will be available, each named after a planet in the solar system.
For those who prefer to bring their own food, they can opt for a picnic in the surrounding area which is vast and welcoming.
After dinner, in the same area, a candle light concert for guitar and voice will be held by guitarist and composer Fausto Ciotti who will perform hits by artists like James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Eagles.
10:00 pm - 10:15 pm
A REPORT ON LIGHT POLLUTION’S HARMFUL EFFECT
Astronomitaly experts will take on the theme of light pollution, explaining the causes and giving useful advice on how to limit this serious phenomenon.
10:15 pm - 11:45 pm ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION
We will offer the opportunity of an astronomical observation with the powerful professional telescopes of Astronomitaly. Well-known astronomers will guide us in the observation of the stars, planets and constellations, reminding us that “we are sky and earth”.
WHAT TO BRING WITH ME?
Warm clothing for the evening program.
Small cushion for sitting in the open.
“l’orto lieto”, promotion of local products
Organic farm in mount Sole and mount Navegna
“Astronomitaly”, astronomical observation
National Network of Astronomical Tourism that certifies ideal locations for astrotourism: stays where stars can be best observed.
“Tancia Hostel House”, location and restaurant
An organization of social promotion created with the aim of enhancing the territory of Monte San Giovanni in Sabina; a certified facility by Astronomitaly.
For further information, please contact us via email or by phone. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.