Just Breathing

4 EPISODES   |  LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

Series Overview

I spent a huge part of my childhood playing with fish in the blue of the Mediterranean. A little kid who wanted so much to stay swimming with them, that stretched his breath more and more, sometimes wholly forgetting about it. I still remember the quietness, the sounds, the pure contact both with the whole world underneath and with my feelings within, my changing heartbeat, and the taste of the air as I resurfaced. Freediving has been my first experience of breathing as a door to an unknown world.

I’ve kept cultivating my freediving capabilities for decades and, in the meanwhile, at the age of 15 I’ve begun practicing Qi Gong in the lineage of Master Li Rong Mei and her own Master Fu Zhong Wen. Within my practice of Wu Shu - which still continues - I lived an unforgettable adventure in China in 1997 at the Shanghai Ti Yu Xue Yuan, the University of Sport of Shanghai. Or at least, this is what I thought I was experiencing. In fact, what I had earned in 20 years of careful and variegate breathing is an incommensurable treasure, that I began understanding only when I lost it.

We take breathing for granted. When we look at sea creatures we notice how water is all around and enters their body nurturing them with life. But when we are back out, we never think that just the same happens to us. We too inhale a fluid that embraces us carrying life in an incredible amount of forms, and that enters our body and merges with it. The Bible says God breathed life into us. The most ancient human healing practices bear breathing as the carrier of life force: qi in China, prana in India, and much, much more. The physiology of breathing is astonishing. It renews us, relaxes us, focuses us, expands us. I had all of this, purely and naturally, without knowing, and I lost it.

It took me more than a decade to get it back. This time at a whole new level of maturity, of conscious care. And then, I lost it again. So many things in our lives take us far from what simply matters most. We get distracted away from the depth of what we can live, of what we really are. An endless journey. Mind-blowing, quite literally. Finally, I’ve recently earned it again, through careful practice at all the levels of my life.
This time, as my perception of myself has evolved, it does not make much sense to me if I do not share it and co-live it. This is what this series is about, no theories, no new-age cheap chat: a few hours together just breathing.

Who should join us

Any curious human being who wishes to explore the simple power of breathing, as a door to what matters most in life.

All episodes details

EPISODE 0

Breathing

What is a breath for you? What could it be?

Let’s meet breathing, and each other, and see what this series is about.

DATE: 6 March 2021
TIME: 15:00 – 16:00 CET
FORMAT: MEETUP
PRICE: FREE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 25
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM

EPISODE 1

Breathing and relaxation

Breathing into our tensions. Realising them. Releasing them.

DATE: 27 March 2021
TIME: 15:00 – 16:00 CET
FORMAT: WORKSHOP
PRICE: € 18 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 25
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM

EPISODE 2

Breathing and emotions

Breathing with our emotions. Recognizing them. Gardening them.

DATE: 3 April 2021
TIME: 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
FORMAT: WORKSHOP
PRICE: € 18 + VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 25
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM

EPISODE 3

Breathing and expansion

Breathing with all of ourselves. Diving into ourselves. Expanding within and out.

DATE: 17 April 2021
TIME: 15:00 – 16:00 CEST
FORMAT: WORKSHOP
PRICE: € 18+ VAT
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
TOTAL SEATS: 25
YOU WILL USE: ZOOM

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What participants say

I am learning tremendously from the presentations, I want to hear even more from Paul, Pete and Stu, we are just scratching the surface! and the discussions are very interesting too because of the range of experiences and perspectives.
I've enjoyed all the episodes attended so far. Each one builds on the next, but could be attended individually and still make sense. The facilitators work well together and Emanuele's hosting is excellent. There's also lots of audience participation, plus the topics discussed are relevant and practical