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Aug 8, 2013

The 5 elements expedition is a one week trip for city guys that seek to disconnect from the humdrum of bustling city contexts, where smart phones and time pressure control the mind. They are guest of a self sustaining community called "La Vita Pura" (the Pure Life) that lives in the Otro Valley, hidden between the peaks of the Italian Alps and only to be reached by foot. Surrounded by impressive mountains, where the facebook friends, your job title and ego are useless. A week of digging with the bare hands in the earth, plantings seeds, cook home grown products, hike to snowy mountain tops, practice Tai Chi, meditatively cut wood, try to breathe calmly when plunging in a stream of icewater, get humbled nature's powers by spending 3 hours in a pitch-black 100 degrees sweatlodge. Real growth takes place, where your comfortzone ends. Earth below me, sky above me, fire within me. All photos by Caspar Diederik

The Otro Valley by Caspar Diederik
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Photo by Caspar Diederik

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