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 the meeting place for the virtual community. Virtual to in person, it is dedicated to the understanding that the only way we can change the world around us, is to begin right here, right now, in ourselves.
ASHA not only grounds the vision of this community, but offers a model as a Pilot Project for collaboration and creation of other communities around the world. It will become the land-based academy and 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.).
At the center we accomplish this through the following services:
In town, we fulfill the vision by:
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.