Facilitated by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo
Filmmaker and cofounder of Science and Nonduality
Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.
Her lifelong passion for science and mysticism merged when she met Maurizio Benazzo in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.
Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984, he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.
When Maurizio met Zaya in 2007, their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next evolution of creation and collaboration, Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.
After more than 10 years of intense event organization, community growing, parenting, and managing a household, it became apparent to both Zaya and Maurizio that the test of real practice, spiritual teaching, and realization was their relationship—the crucible for awakening.
Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.
March 3 - 8, 2019
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights
Spiritual practices can help soften shame, confusion, anger, and pain. We often seek the release of meditation, yoga, or chanting and they can soothe the discomfort of fear or self-judgment. But many people get lost in what can be called Spiritual Bypass—when our spiritual identity, beliefs, or practice become a defense to avoid honestly experiencing...
May 25 - 28, 2018
Friday - Monday, 3 nights
We all long for love. We long for fulfilling relationships in which we are seen, and adored, for who we are. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For many of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing. Radiant...