The Pari Center was created 20 years ago by the late F. David Peat and Maureen Doolan as congenial location where people can think, learn, meet together, all the while enjoying the surrounding environment and helping the local community.
The legacy of Gentle Action
Today, Pari Center is a peaceful haven offering a place to pause and reflect on the important things around us. It connects people who feel a special connection to Pari—to its community living a traditional rural life and continuing the work of David Peat with people across the world and in the local community.
Pari Center works with people, organizations, and entrepreneurs, along with the people of Pari to provide an experience that helps foster the interconnectedness of nature, people and cultures. It offers the perfect location and facilities for those who are looking for a more holistic way of living, working and/or doing business.
“Gentle action can lead to miracle outcomes.”
Who we are today
We are group of people who feel a special connection to Pari—to its community living a traditional rural life and continuing the work of David Peat. Inspired by David Bohm’s ideas about quantum physics, philosophy and his approach to dialogue, we are open to people from across the world who share our interests and wish to connect with the local community.
Through our network, we aim to create a network of people and associations working together as a network.
Here in Pari, our international Network and the village people come together:
- to tell our stories
- to share knowledge and learn from each other
- to ask questions—questions open a door; questions create energy
- to talk on a human, personal level—not simply to indulge in abstract ideas
- to be part of an ongoing conversation across disciplines and cultures
- to encourage creativity that lies in revisiting the past and renewing and recreating for the present and future
- to develop new ways of living, working and organizing that contribute to social justice, ecological integrity and improved quality of life for all
We believe that all participants in the Pari Networks bring something of great value. All are worthy of respect. All contribute. If you or your group are seeking new challenges and directions, if you wish to explore new ways of being, if you are eager to be part of a like-minded community and form new relationships and partnerships, then we invite you to join us, the Pari Networks, an oasis of hope in a turbulent world.
To visit the Pari Center is to enter the life of a closely knit and welcoming community. The remaining families continue with their traditional farming methods and celebrating the festivals and seasons. Pari produces some of the best olive oil in Italy. The surrounding land is generally poor and rocky and there is a saying that, ‘The poorer the soil, the better the oil’ and this certainly holds true for the local oil. Some families produce a little more oil than they can consume and are willing to sell visitors a bottle or two at a very reasonable price. In addition to the production of oil and wine most families keep chickens and have a large kitchen garden and a few fruit and nut trees.
Herbs are cultivated (and found wild in the countryside) both for cooking and for traditional medicines. One family produces honey and saffron. A few families keep a pig for their annual supply of prosciutto. There are small flocks of sheep on the surrounding hills kept, not only for their wool and meat, but also for pecorino cheese.
Porcini mushrooms are gathered in the fall and wild asparagus in the spring. The men also hunt wild boar, deer, pheasant, hare, etc. in the local woods. So, it is still possible to live off the land—and to live well!
For those contemplating a longer stay in Pari, cycling, hiking, rafting, horseback riding, oil and wine tasting can be arranged. Visits can be made to the sulfur hot springs followed by a cooling swim in the river (both free of charge) and then to the nearby thermal spa, which offers massages, inhalation treatments, thermal face and body masks.
As well as being an ideal site for meetings and seminars, Pari is also a perfect center for tourism. Day trips can be made to Florence and Siena by bus, while those with cars may wish go a little further afield to such centers of art and architecture as San Gimignano, Arezzo, Orvieto, Cortona, Montepulciano, Volterra, Pisa, Lucca, Rome and Assisi. And the sea is a 50-minute drive away.