I see a world expressed only as myths, legends and fairy tales (*), which are geographically located and interconnected. I see a map, which can direct people to special places, to stay - for One Night, or for One Thousand and One Nights - to observe, explore, celebrate and listen....

 
 

(*) Many great stories have very specific geographic locations where they unfolded, were conceived, or simply in our minds: Ulysses - Ithaca, Don Quixote - La Mancha; King Arthur - Glamorgan. Contrarily to common belief, the dividing line between fact and fiction, between history and legend, is very slender... Whenever you will go walking on the other side, you will come back enriched, strengthened, magnified.

 
 

The Word of The Founder

I’m a man old enough to have lived in an age of letter writing and telegraph but also young enough to have witnessed the furious acceleration of informatics technology and multimedia. In a short span of a few years, I have watched technological advance – stunning and rich in all its possibilities – dehumanize and de-naturalize the world, endangering both inner and outer habitat. 

I saw my sons’ generation, being deprived - in the name of technical efficiency - of the tools of man-making: arts and humanities, a mental frame for listening, looking and reflecting, and even of the art of communication, without the support of social media. 

Being a storyteller and humanist at heart, I began chasing the thread of childhood tales, from home and garden into distant lands and ages. This revealed, increasingly, the story-place-time factor as an exceptional bridge between imagination and the practical needs of a functional life. For my investigation, I could experiment with my own historic garden, RVS, near Rome, where my children grew up. Here, stories seemed to grow spontaneously among the shrubs and ruins, needing only a little hoeing, troweling and grafting.

I called this strange new work 'story-gardening'.

But the growth seemed random and chaotic and the dividing line between fable and fact, almost indistinguishable, prompting questions - from both children and adults - such as: “What is real?” “What is true?” " What is the difference between fact and fiction?”   Continue reading.