Antonio

Hi, I'm Antonio, the person behind this project, and I'd like to tell you a bit about how it all started more than 20 years ago when I was meditating for the first time.

For some reason I've always been fascinated by stories of mystics and magicians, flying carpets, desert camels, or tales about traveling to other realms.

But in my naivety to explore life in that direction, I had an hallucinogens overdose which almost killed me at the age of 19 (in 1997), an episode that I managed to overcome thanks to the infinite love of my parents.

After a time of recovery, maturity and personal growth, in 2004 I packed my bags for my first trip to India… I never thought I was on the verge of an adventure that in the end would last more than 10 years.

There I went through schools, monasteries, ashrams... many times I slept in the streets, in train stations, on the banks of rivers... I was in ancient millennial palaces but also admitted into hospitals sick with dengue and malaria... I learned with university teachers as well as with naked sadhus and swamis of the desert. I know it sounds surreal, but it is what could happen in India to those who have the motivation to live life like that... and I had it.

I devoted myself entirely to meditation, ancient yoga and Samkhya philosophy. At the same time I was trained in energy optimisation techniques such as the movement-culture and intermittent fasting.

In 2011 I moved to The Yoga Institute Mumbai, the oldest yoga school in the world, where I started as a student and then as a coordinator of international programs. I'll be eternally grateful for the Yogendra family's love and support when I was seriously ill in the hospital, and in many of my follies traveling through deep India.

In 2015 I moved to Nepal, where I spent a couple of years documenting textually and photographically ancient Himalayan meditation techniques.

By 2018, after a short period working for the Embassy of Costa Rica in India (where I never felt comfortable), the same fate which years ago brought me to India for the first time, brings me back to Costa Rica with the mission of creating Finca Elefante to spread the ancestral roots of meditation, ancient yoga and wellness as lifestyles.

I fully trust in the power of silence and meditation as the key to open the doors of our individual and collective evolution.

Under that vision I hope to see you here soon. It will be a pleasure to meditate with you.

CONTACT

antonio@fincaelefante.org

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