The current state
Negotiation with local and regional authorities over the past four years have enabled the acquisition of the necessary zoning and building permits for creating CCR.
During the spring of 2019, the 5 hectares of land on which 18 meditation cabins will be built were acquired, as well as an adjacent house that will serve as CCR’s administrative headquarters.
Scientists from the University of Pisa, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, and the University of Trento are already involved in the project, and many others worldwide have expressed interest in participating in research at the Center.
In order to build all the cabins and related infrastructure, our present fundraising goal for phase 2 is US$2.8 million. This follows a successful initial round of fundraising, in which $1.3mn were raised, in order to support the acquisition of the land, and of the building where CCR’s headquarters and the science lab, will be located. Assuming fundraising efforts continue to be successful, we expect to have the Center operational in the next few years.
Environmentally-sound cabin design
Our 18 cabins are designed specifically to support meditators in long-term retreat. They feature sustainably sourced and energy-efficient wood frame construction in a compact layout providing comfortable and healthy conditions for months and years of solitary practice. The kitchen is well separated from the primary meditation space which offers panoramic vistas of the Mediterranean and mountain peaks. The passive solar design will provide year-round comfort with reduced energy input.
US$2.8 million required
Over the past two years, more than US$1.2 million dollars has been raised, thanks to the generosity of supporters from many different countries. This has enabled us to purchase the 5 hectares of land and an adjacent house with 13 rooms. We expect get the building permit by the autumn of 2020. To complete all the cabins, bring water and electricity, build the access and internal roads, plant the garden and orchards, and renovate the adjacent house will require another US$2.8 million. All this work will take up to eighteen months, so if the needed funds are acquired swiftly, research at the Center will commence in 2022- 2023.