ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts) is a Retreat and Community Center located underneath a medieval village in Southern Tuscany. The Center is the cornerstone of an initiative to regenerate the village – which is mostly uninhabited – into a thriving Intentional Community.
The continuation of growing our existing 40,000 person online community is the foundation for the center. It will become the land-based academy and safe haven dedicated to ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible living, commerce, and business.
Our soft opening is scheduled for October 2020 with Anthony’s breathwork students. Then we will be open to guests following.
Our official opening will be May 2021 with a celebration, 1st annual experimental community festival based on performance art, music, dance, movement, and storytelling – plus, with workshops on leadership and business.
The ASHA Community is based in and around an ex-mining town in Tuscany. Since the mines were closed some 25 years ago, most of the youth have left to find work in bigger cities.
With the support of the ASHA Foundation, we seek to regenerate the town and its surroundings in two ways: by attracting the younger generation back with zero-impact light industry initiatives, and by creating a nomad oasis for those who may have roamed the world in the past, but now understand the climate consequences of random international travel.
With the understanding and commitment that creating a new community is an inside-out job, we seek community members who are financially able and independent, and who share a common ethos dedicated to co-creativity and inspired living. (Give link to the 10 co-commitments here)
ASHA is a Pilot Project for collaboration and creation of similar communities around the world. The first purchase of land and buildings provides the venue for retreats as well as a community centre for those who choose to relocate here. We see the town and surrounding area as a safe-haven dedicated to ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible living, commerce, and business.
Designed to work holistically with the natural cycles and seasons, based on:
The center sits on a vast vein of spring water, and may also have mineral water. Our vision is to use and take care of the water, as a central part of healing, growing food, generating power, functional purposes, and also for beauty, pleasure, and play.
Residential housing on site, in town (1 k away), and in constructing a neighborhood within walking distance to the retreat center.
A waterpark for hot and cold pools, swimming, waterfalls, fountains, etc.
Village: initiatives to regenerate the village with local businesses spearheaded by community members for local services (cafes, shuttle service, taxi, laundry, etc.).
The Community Centre will offer the following services:
In and around the town, we will fulfil the vision by:
This project is bigger than any one of us, and it has been seeded and sprouted with a view to “What can I do for my community?” Rather than “What can my community do for me?”
There are times that community can provide the reflection and support we need to further ourselves towards our highest self-value. This quality of support is based on supporting the strength in each of us, rather than indulging the weakness.
If each member of the community is willing to bring more than they need to take, there will be abundance.
This abundance can then spread from the individual to others, and from our human community to serve the land and environment in which we live. It can be applied to everything we do, including our approach to ethical, zero-impact business, and sustaining a virtuous circle that does not weigh on the world, but rather serves its interest.
Anthony and Amy have been looking for the right property to bring their community, colleagues, friends, and family after leaving Bali in 2015.
On the verge of giving up, and longing for home and a place to ground the vision, a dear friend who used to work with Anthony in his property business in Tuscany in the 80’s and 90’s found an abandoned retreat center – and village in the mountains of southern Tuscany. After contemplating it for 3 years, and influenced by the troubled times we live in, Anthony and Amy bought the retreat center in January 2020.
They decided on the name ASHA (Alchemy School of Healing Arts), as Anthony’s Alchemy of Breath first came from the restaurant and community hub in Bali that Anthony co-founded in Ubud. And Anthony and Amy believe in the alchemy we each bring to community, and that it’s magic, culture, and creation stems from what each person brings to it.
As healers, this name was also born out of their love for to see a human soul flourish to a community – and the planet thrive as old structures naturally die, and more conducive ones birth.