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The Pari Center Team

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

Emeritus Director


Shantena Augusto Sabbadini (www.shantena.com) worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and at the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole. In the 1990s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation. In that context he studied Chinese classics and produced various translations and commentaries in Italian and English, including the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu and the Lieh Tzu. He has been associated with the Pari Center for 15 years and became director in 2017. His most recent books include Pilgrimages to Emptiness: Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics, Pari Publishing, 2017, and Buchi neri (in Italian), Lindau, Turin, 2018.

Godelieve Spaas

Associate Director


Consultant, maker and researcher.

Godelieve Spaas is associate director of the Pari Center and a regular guest in Pari; to write, to participate in dialogues and to follow and give courses. She is a researcher, advisor and creator of new ways of entrepreneurial organizing where ecology, society, and the economy all benefit from and interact seamlessly with each other. Her aim is to increase diversity in organizational and entrepreneurial models and realities with a view to the development of a fairer, more sustainable and robust entrepreneurial space. By sharing yet unheard stories and walking untrodden paths, we allow interdependent systems to reveal themselves, to be identified and interpreted and to become a platform for action in everyday organizational reality.

Working in Europe and Africa, with companies, NGOs as well as governments, deepened her insight into how to combine worlds that are often separated such as art, science, indigenous knowledge, nature and entrepreneurship. Godelieve is professor Sustainable Strategy and Innovation at Avans University of Applied Science.

Maureen Doolan

Founder and Editor of Pari Perspectives

In 2000, Maureen Doolan co-founded the Pari Center with the late David Peat.

In Canada she worked extensively with illiterate adults in the volunteer sector (matching learners with trained volunteer tutors) in a program she co-created, called People, Words and Change. In 1993, after 13 years of contributions to PWC she received the Governor General of Canada’s Award for Volunteerism. She has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations.

In Ottawa she worked as a writer-researcher for CGEAVC (Canadian Government Exposition and Audio-Visual Centre) and the National Museums of Canada providing research and written text for national exhibitions, international expositions and trade fairs, and museum exhibits.

In 2008, in partnership with her daughter Eleanor Peat, she began Pari Publishing, a publishing house specializing in science, religion, and psychology. She is currently Commissioning Editor at Pari Publishing.

Eleanor Peat

Program Director


Eleanor Peat, originally from Canada, has been living in Pari for over 20 years. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Pari Center, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Pari Perspectives journal. Her interests include community building, theatre, and education. She has been organizing seminars, events and international conferences at The Pari Center since 2000 and has been President of the center since 2017.

She is very active in the local community and is continuing her father David Peat’s work in bringing together the village of Pari and the visitors to The Pari Center to share in activities.

She is Managing Director of Pari Publishing, a publishing house specializing in science, religion, psychology, and society.

She teaches English as a second language privately and in schools in Siena and Grosseto.

James Peat Barbieri

Assistant Program Director


James Peat Barbieri is the Associate Programme Director at the Pari Center, and host of the Pari Center online events. He studied at a professional dance school, Ateneo della Danza, Siena, but moved on to academic studies. James is now a King’s College, University of London graduate in Physics and Philosophy. His other interests include Film, Art, and Philosophy. He is interested in analysing cinema and works of art by applying philosophical approaches such as aesthetics and the Continental philosophies.

James has been taking part in conferences and courses at the Pari Center since he was 11. He was David Peat’s Teaching Assistant from the age of 15 and has since then given several presentations at the Pari Center, including two mini-courses on Beauty and Mathematics, dealing with the relationship of Nature and the Golden Section, on Hegel’s philosophy and its symmetry with the works of David Bohm, and the historical relationship between Art and Science.

Genny Rabazzi



Genny graduated in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Siena in 2013, and completed her Master’s thesis in contemporary history in 2017. She is also a qualified teacher specializing in teaching children with learning difficulties. In 2015, Genny started collaborating with Eleanor and the Peat family in the organization of events at the Pari Center acting, not just as a co-organizer of events, but also as a liaison bringing together the Pari Networks and Pari Center with the village associations and local government.

As a local person, she feels proud that a small village like Pari is the place where such important cultural events are taking place. Her hope is that Pari will always be an open and welcoming place to new people from all over the world. Genny will continue in her role as liaison between the Pari Center, the village and the comune, and as co-administrator, along with Eleanor, of events at the Pari Center. She is also the local representative on the editorial board of the Center’s journal, The Pari Dialogues, which will include a local story in each issue.