Sant'Andrea was established amongst the green hills of northern
Umbria in 1988.
From the very beginning our intentions have always been to provide a
welcoming peaceful environment for those who are looking for a different
vacation in close contact with nature, as well as for those who
appreciate eating healthy, savoury and organic food.
The place is also available for groups that want to organize and
develop their own workshops such as yoga, meditation, shiatsu, dance,
etc. These activities can be held in a charming de-consecrated church, a
really ancient building, which may also be used for sitting quietly,
reading, listening to or making music.
The centuries old farmhouse can accommodate up to twenty people in
eight comfortable bedrooms, six of which have their own shower and
Meals can be consumed in two dining rooms, one with a large open
hearth for log fires. An adjacent courtyard provides a shady area for
summer outdoor dinners as well as for guests to enjoy each others
company. Both church and rooms can be heated during the cold season.
There is a small swimming pool on the premises to refresh yourself
during the summer heat, or simply relax in a shady spot. On clear starry
nights one can sit around an outdoor camp fire.
Sant'Andrea is also an excellent place to use as a base for either
walking or biking excursions, in which you can explore hills, woods,
various hidden winding paths that marvelously unfold before your eyes.
Furthermore at Pianello's river you will be surrounded by wonderful
natural scenery with pools of crystal clear water that is readily
accessible for those brave enough to dive in.
Alternatively, you may decide to take a car ride, visiting some of
the most architecturally and culturally interesting cities of central
Italy such as Gubbio, Assisi, Urbino, Perugia, Cortona, Città di
Meals are strictly vegetarian, prepared with great care, using
organic vegetables which come mostly from our own garden. We also bake
our own bread, as well as making tofu and seitan (proteins from soya and
wheat), and a variety of jams and tomatoes sauces. We have beehives
which provide most of our honey, and hens which provide free range eggs.
The quality of our hospitality can be defined as "simple but
comfortable" and prices are kept reasonably low.
Certain arrangements can be made for those who would like to help in
the farm chores in exchange for food and lodging.
Sant'Andrea is very suitable for those who want to take a retreat
and/or want to explore in depth the work of J. Krishnamurti. A library
with a collection of his books and videos is available.
Particularly, our attention is focused on the value of dialogue as
well as relationship with one another.
Some organized activities are:
- Guided nature walks.
- Educational experiences for children.
- Meetings with people interested in the teachings of J.