3 weeks, 3 topics, 1 family.
This is the summer camp for you, if you are a movement enthusiast,
if you are a meditator, change maker, martial artist,
yogi, sustainability advocate, nature lover!

Let’s get together and move, learn, share, grow & love.
Go with us through the process of becoming a hero.

Northern Italy / September 2017


A training event, festival & outdoor camp. The Spirit of the Hero weeks are not just a normal workshop. They are a powerful process. A training camp with a goal! Yet free and creative for people to share and grow their own ideas.

Training, because each week focuses on a distinct topic that we will train together every day like a monastic family. Festival, because there is time to make music, to dance, to enjoy wonderful vegan/vegetarian health food and share ideas with the hero family. Camp, because we will spent most time in nature, swim in the waterfall, gather around the fire and see the stars in the beautiful setting of the Italian mountains.

Choose your weeks


Every week there will be a different focus. You can choose from one of the weeks or go through the whole process.

We believe we need to come back to a holistic lifestyle and that is why the hero needs to consciously go through all aspects of his being. This is reflected in the physical training, in the meditation & inner work and in the connection to the outside world and the skills we will share in the hero weeks.

Each week emphasizes one of these aspects, but also contains parts of the topics of the other weeks. It is a fractal structure. Every topic is part of the whole.

Body week
The training of the hero


What: Holistic body training, outdoor challenges, meditation, mind training
Main topic: Martial arts and the power of internal movement principles, as well as realistic application training
For: Everyone who loves movement and loves to challenge his abilities and perceptions. Karate and martial arts people who search for a deeper approach to their art. And for all heroes. No prior skills needed.

  • Develop internal power and free movement for all martial artists and generally everybody with a body (Missing Link Internal)
  • Realistic drills and application training (Missing Link Karate)
  • Develop free advanced movement patterns
  • Morning meditation & Hero wake up training
  • Outdoor crossfit parkour training in the forest
  • Archery session in the forest
  • Stick fighting
  • Daily Hero Mission
  • ‘Mori-Gari’ team fighting challenge in the forest
  • Final challenges and presentations

09. – 16. September 2017

Soul week
The temple of the hero

What: A week of stillness and movement, of internal and external expedition
Main topic:
Qi Gong, Body & Mind Awareness
Everyone who wants to experience him/herself, everyone who wants to heal, move and feel. For you. And for Meditators, Qi Gong, Taiji & Yoga people and all other seekers. And for all heroes. No prior skills needed.

  • Gain a deep body awareness and body/mind connection with Qi Gong (Secret Elements & Wudang Qi Gong)
  • The complete Level 1 of Secret Elements Qi Gong is integrated into the Soul week. An additional ‘Basic Teacher’ certification is possible.
  • Living in the present moment
  • Morning meditation & Hero wake up training
  • Intuitive development training
  • Archery session in the forest
  • Yoga and Dance connection sessions
  • Daily Hero Mission
  • ‘Mori-Gari’ soul challenge in the forest
  • Final challenges and presentations

16. – 23. September 2017

Connection week
The skills of the hero

What: A kick of a group experience. New skills, coaching, sustainability & organic farming. Inspire yourself and get active!
Main topic:
5 Elements coaching process & holistic workshops
Everyone who loves to be together with conscious people, everyone who wants to connect and learn new things and wants to change the world for the better. And for all heroes. No prior skills needed.

  • 5 Elements coaching process. Use traditional Daoist wisdom for your life planning, your work and relationships.
  • Counseling & support from like-minded people
  • Organic farming workshop in Centro Anidra
  • Morning meditation & Hero wake up training
  • ‘Plastic free’ workshop with producing own products
  • Herb workshop in the forest
  • Opportunity for helping at a natural building construction site
  • Archery session in the forest
  • Daily Hero Mission
  • ‘Mori-Gari’ teamwork challenge in the forest
  • Final challenges and presentations

23. – 30. September 2017

The Spirit of the Hero Process
Doing all weeks

Each Spirit of the Hero week is a powerful process on its own. But the whole experience is to take part in the full hero process.

Three weeks are not a lifetime, but you can achieve so much in such an intense time. You will start with training your body. It will strengthen your physical abilities & health but will also manifest a strong mind and willpower. Besides that the Body Week is not merely a physical training camp, it is much more than that. It opens the door between body, mind and emotions through conscious and aware training methods.

You will then be able to go into the Soul Week more focused and calm than you would usually be able to. Even if there is still time for physical training, the main focus lies on meditation and the sophisticated awareness practice of Qi Gong. You will be able to look deeper into your body’s blockages and create a wonderfully light and flexible physical and mental state. After these two weeks you will be ready for change.

The Connection Week transfers all the inner work to the outside and brings it to fruition. The 5 Elements coaching lets you continue the Qi Gong work and shows you how to apply the same philosophy to the rest of your life. In the workshops you will get new ideas and the empowerment to start whatever your heart desires. Let yourself be supported by inspirational like-minded people and inspire and support others.
This is the Spirit of the Hero!

09. – 30. September 2017

The Location

In the mountains of Liguria, far away from the touristic centers, were porcupines stroll trough the forests and pass along old abandoned stone houses – lies Centro Anidra.

An Eco-village, organic farm and retreat centre located in the Sturla valley, formed by a rocky stream coming down from the mountains. The centre is so vast that it contains a waterfall, mountain forests, hidden glades and a hiking track & crossfit parkour that takes 45 minutes to walk. Perfect for the Spirit of the Hero camp!

Its massive tent-like ‘dojo’, the training hall, can be opened so the daily sessions will be literally outside, if we don’t train in the forest.

Imagine you wake up to the sound of the birds in the mountains. Start your day with a session of meditation and the Hero wake up training, overlooking the valley of Centro Anidra. And then enjoy the beautiful healthy superfood breakfast in the company of great like-minded people.


The Surrounding

Centro Anidra is located in the wonderful Northern Italian region of Liguria. There are plenty of things to do and explore in the area.

You can use a couple of days before or after the camp to see more from Liguria. Or you can use one of the free days during the camp.

Starting directly from Centro Anidra there are wonderful hiking tracks. In the surrounding mountain region, you can visit old churches, manufactories, see wild horses, climb, bike or kayak.

Following down the valley you will soon reach the Mediterranean Sea where the world famous village Portofino is nestled into the rocks by the sea.

The Cuisine

A camp of physical training, inner cleansing and holistic living should also be accompanied by great food that goes along with it.

During the camp you will enjoy a full catering of freshly made organic food from Italian produce of the region. The meals will be vegetarian/vegan health food arranged by our food enthusiast Camilla and cooked by the Italian chefs at the centre.

We will start the day with a fresh smoothie enriched with super foods and granola. After the morning trainings a full lunch menu will give us enough power for the rest of the day. And then a healthy dinner will round up the exciting days in the camp.

The dishes served will be vegan/vegetarian, whole grain, wheat-free and sugar-free. Completely gluten-free options are also available. A great amount of the produce will come from the center’s own organic farming.

What’s included each week:

  • Daily professional training in theory & practice

  • Additional activities and fun like archery, camp fires, music
  • Daily hero mission

  • Your Hero book guides you trough the training and gives room to note down epiphanies

  • Fractal structure: Each week has a focus but always contains physical, mental and group training

  • 6 days training and one free exploration day per week

  • 7 nights in one of the accommodation types of Centro Anidra

  • Time to relax or to explore the Centro and its surrounding

  • 3 meals of organic vegan/vegetarian health food each day

  • Welcome evening at the camp fire with music, our ‘hero drink’ & night meditation
  • Initialisation morning in nature
  • The opportunity to share your skills with others

  • Final challenges at the end of each week followed by a communal festival evening 
  • Free use of the whole area including the crossfit forest route

What’s not included:

  • Transportation to the center
  • Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner on the free day
  • The Eco Village sauna can be used for a small fee

What to bring:

  • Training clothes
  • Shoes for outdoor training
  • Rain-proof equipment
  • Your musical instrument, if you play one

How to get there:

  • By plane: nearest airports are Milan or Pisa (very cheap tickets from all around Europe)
  • By car
  • By train and local bus (stops right at the centers entrance)
  • Get friends to join you and share a car

Spirit of the Hero – Body / Soul / Connection

Body week / Sep 09.-16. 2017
Soul week / Sep 16.-23. 2017
Connection week / Sep 23.-30. 2017

Centro Anidra / Retreat, Eco Village & Nature Park in Liguria, Northern Italy

For Who
People who are into movement, into holistic living and nature. For all the martial artists, for yogis, sustainability champions, bio-hacker, urban gardeners… for all the heroes out there.

Not for
People who are not open to different modalities, traditions and new approaches.

Daily physical and mental training, self-reflection, practical & knowledge lessons, meditation, adventure, experience & challenges.

Camp languages: English, German
Also spoken: Italian, French

Camp Price

The price for the camp and its training process excluding accommodation and food. The longer you stay the better the price gets. And if you bring a bunch of friends or family you can even save more.


One week


Training & Camp Fee per week

you can choose from any of the three weeks

Two weeks


Training & Camp Fee per week

you can choose from two of the three weeks

Three weeks


Training & Camp Fee per week

you take part in the whole hero process

Come as a group!: Bring 3 or more friends and each of you pays 100 € less.

Deposit: We require a non-refundable deposit of the price for one week to reserve your spot.

The balance is due 60 days before the camp.

Please note: Any cancellation will result in a total loss of the 399 € deposit. Any cancellation received in writing between July 1st, 2017 and August 1st, 2017 will result in a loss of 50% of the total camp price (with the minimum of the deposit). Any cancellation made between: August 2nd, 2017 and the camp’s start date will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the camp if it is not meeting the participant minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full). Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended whenever making travel plans.

Accommodation & Organic health food

The prices for the accommodation and organic food at Centro Anidra. You can choose just the right type of accommodation for your needs and budget. Just like the camp fee, it gets cheaper the longer you stay.

Outdoor camping

from 245

Food & Accommodation per week

One week stay / 315 € per week
Two weeks stay / 280 € per week
Three weeks stay / 245 € per week

You can set up your own tent on one of the beautiful sites in the forest near the river. Outdoor toilets and washing facilities are provided. You will be in the middle of nature to enjoy the real adventure.
The meals will be provided in the dining house with all the other participants, a walk trough the woods away.

Comfortable tents

from 280

Food & Accommodation per week

One week stay / 350 € per week
Two weeks stay / 315 € per week
Three weeks stay / 280 € per week

These tents are set up on wooden platforms near the Eco-Village. You will have real beds in a tent environment. Bathrooms and toilets are provided in the Eco-Village and you will be near the dining house and the social hub of the Centro.

Ecological Village

from 371

Food & Accommodation per week

One week stay / 441 € per week
Two weeks stay / 406 € per week
Three weeks stay / 371 € per week

The Eco-Village consists of several wooden houses arranged into a beautiful little village. Your room will be in one of the cosy houses. Bathrooms and toilets are either in-house or in the neighboring bathroom house. There is also a sauna in the Eco-Village and the dining house belongs to it. The village is the central hub of Centro Anidra.

Old Stonehouse

from 476

Food & Accommodation per week

One week stay / 532 € per week
Two weeks stay / 497 € per week
Three weeks stay / 476 € per week

The old stone house was turned into a lodge with 5 beautiful rooms arranged after the 5 elements by a Feng Shui adviser. All rooms have a bath ensuite and in-floor heating. The old stone house is beneath the herbal gardens and right by the Eco-Village. Its cozy rooms offer a comfortable and elegant stay during the camp.

You can arrange just the right accommodation for you and your friends/family with the staff at Centro Anidra. They have rooms for almost every constellation.

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The Hero Team

The training in all three weeks is a professional process instructed by the well-experienced team of the Spirit of the Hero camp and supported by workshops from the staff at Centro Anidra. Nevertheless the camp is also created and completed by its participants, by you.


Main instructor for the weekly topics

Sascha led a very special life in the last 20 years. Training martial arts from his childhood on, he started to travel to Asia to deepen his knowledge. He trained in various places, in monasteries and temples and widened his perspective with many different health methods.

He then started on a 2 year exploration project around the globe searching for lost wisdom and traditional techniques. From this broad and deep source he creates training programs and concepts for private and business applications all around the world.

In his hometown Dortmund in Germany he founded the martial arts, health and Asia center ‘Mein Tempel’ (my temple), is founding member of the international Missing Link martial arts community and co-founder of the Secret Elements Qi Gong system.



Camp organization, nutrition, Qi Gong instructor

Camilla is the organizer behind the camp and creates the flow of the whole experience. She used to work for five star hotels all around the world before she was drawn to new challenges and adventures.

Since then, she has completed an education as a Thai yoga massage therapist in one of the most prestigious training centers in Bangkok and has broaden this knowledge with a Shiatsu education. She is a Qi Gong instructor and enthusiast for a tasty and healthy plant based nutrition. She loves to collect recipes from local chefs from around the world like Bali and Vietnam.
Camilla will help to create the culinary experience and will pass on some of her easy to make recipes and nutrition tips in a weekly cooking class during the camp. Additionally she will use her contagious passion for trail and obstacle runs to help you through our cross fit challenge.


Martial arts instructor & Integrated physical training

Conny is practicing martial arts since her childhood. She early on started to cross-train and expand her knowledge into different styles. Her professional background as studied psychologist also contributes to her unique blend of skills.

She belongs to the group of founding members of the Missing Link martial arts community. Her training led her to places like India and China which further widened her perspective on martial arts and physical training.

She offers not only a deep rooted Karate training, which focuses on the understanding and application of Kata, the traditional forms, but also holistic physical training approaches and psychological background knowledge.



Intuitive development training, meditation, flowing movement, Qi Gong instructor

Joana has a well rounded background in various moving arts. As a child she started with oriental dance and became an experienced teacher and dancer. Besides that she is a fitness enthusiast, Yoga practitioner and generally movement addicted.

After training Kungfu in China she started to practice Qi Gong. She uses it on a daily basis to bring balance into her demanding days.

In her trainings she builds a close relationship with her students and combines her
physical training with a pinch of hippie love.

Besides that she is an environmental scientist and specialized on the effects of plastic. She will share her expertise in how to avoid plastic and how to create plastic free products.

Guest teacher: Dana Parker

Ancestral movement, Regression, Intuitive development 

A life long studier of dance in all forms, Dana has trained in Polestar Pilates, various martial arts, yoga, meditation, modern dance/ballet and a variety of energy healing modalities. She is considered one of Australia’s foremost Argentine Tango dance specialists (Tango Butterfly).

More recently Dana’s curiosities have led to studies in Ancestral Movement (re)patterning, Neurology, releasing trauma in the body, Regression & Hypnosis Therapy and reclaiming intuitive knowledge.

She is humbled to be invited to share her work with the Spirit of the Hero camp! Hopefully you can join in as we journey together.

To read more about Dana, see www.tangobutterfly.com.au / www.thebutterflytechnique.com / www.danaspiritbutterfly.com


Centro Anidra Staff & Experts

Workshops, Organization, Catering 

The wonderfully friendly staff at Centro Anidra consists of permanent residents and international volunteers. Themselves trained in different traditional movement styles they are competent hosts for our camp.

Their experts will arrange some of the workshops during the Connection week, like organic farming and herb picking in the forest.

Known for their fine home cooking style of food, they will also provide the catering for our camp.


Share, teach, perform

If you have some extraordinary skills or teaching expertise in an area that fits to the hero camp we welcome you to share it with us. We will see where we can fit your skill into the schedule so you can share it with all of us.

If you can perform, in music, dance or other fields, let us know and we would love to see your performance. Either around the campfire, under the stars or at the final challenge evening.


Qi Gong teacher certification

The Level 1 of Secret Elements Qi Gong is incorporated into the training of the Soul week. If you want to take part in the special teacher training sessions and take the certification test in the end of the week you can add this educational module to your camp experience. It is the perfect opportunity to become a Qi Gong teacher while you attend the camp:

+ 200 € – Qi Gong teacher training module

The teacher training module contains some additional in-depth sessions with Sascha, Joana & Camilla. You will get individual corrections and all the background knowledge necessary to take the teacher certification test.

+ 650 € Secret Elements Level 2

All Secret Elements Qi Gong Level 1 teachers can do their full Level 2 education during the Soul week. The teacher training modules will be in the afternoon. The week long process during the camp will allow for a more thorough training than the usual intense workshops.

What is Secret Elements Qi Gong:


Secret Elements Qi Gong is a Qi Gong, Self-Balance & Therapy method developed by international teacher Sascha Wagener and well-known German Kinesiologist Martin Nienhaus.

It connects the ancient knowledge of Chinese Qi Gong & medicine with modern research from Kinesiology and Psychology. As a compact self-help tool it empowers people to balance their physical and emotional state and actively take their health and happiness in their own hands.

The body awareness gained by practicing Qi Gong is unparalleled and lets the practitioner experience himself/herself on a new level of connection.

Now taught around the world it enriches the toolbox of many therapists, Yoga teachers & people interested in their own holistic health preservation.

  • I went to the level 1 course of Secret Elements Qi Gong to learn more about Yin and Yang energies and the wisdom of Qi Gong. I had no more expectations. When I started the course, I sensed that Sascha wasn’t just our teacher, he was much more than that. I was privileged enough to share two days with truly amazing people and having the mentorship of Sascha. I left the course inspired and keen to learn more about Qi Gong. In fact, the course was so amazing that I decided to do Level 2 the following weekend ! Thank you so much for all your care in teaching and for all the effort preparing templates, videos and manuals. Thank you for showing me that Qi Gong is much more than a 2-day course. It is a way of life!!
    Isabel Alexandra Cunha
  • The Secret Elements Qi Gong Course was deeply insightful and gave me a great understanding of how energy and the natural laws of the universe work. Sascha is a patient and kind teacher and holds a depth of knowledge. I feel excited to share what I have learned with others and to continue to practice the techniques to master Qi Gong and all areas of my life.
    Skye Smith
    Yoga teacher & graphic designer

Apply for the ‘Spirit of the Hero’ now

There are limited rooms in each accommodation category, so make sure to apply now and secure your spot.

Location of the camp


Centro Olistico Anidra – Borzonasca, Genova
Località Casali di Stibiveri, 3
16041  Borzonasca  (Genova)