"Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
THE IDEA: Artist Andy Goldsworthy says to be disconnected from nature is to be disconnected from ourselves; these days, most of us are. The gulf between us people and the natural world our happiness and very existence depends on has never been so great. We lead fast-paced, urban lives, and few of us can remember the last time we stood barefoot in the grass. That's not good for our mental health and spiritual wellbeing; and it's not good for the natural resources we're busy wasting, either.
Which is why we invite you to pause.
The idea of pause is to focus on the big things that really matter while enjoying some deep natural immersion. Over the course of five days in August (18-22), we're hosting a series of musical concerts and improvised music sessions featuring musicians from around the world.
The setting is Finca La Donaira, a sustainable farm, equestrian centre and smart design retreat on the border between the provinces of Malaga and Cadiz in the mountains of Andalucia, an inspirational hub for all-round better living.
The daily highlight is a concert held at night on an outdoor stage. Music, perhaps the highest form of artistic expression, is also the most basic, transporting us beyond intellectual thought for a glimpse of the universal all around us. And we help further by bringing performance out of the concert hall into the open air. Featuring top performers, these events promise to be unique and exciting – early booking advised.
By day, you'll have the chance to ride, trek, or get involved in the hands-on, productive activities of daily life on the farm. And plenty of time too, to simply relax, reconnect, realign and recharge your natural batteries.