I grew up in Rome, a beautiful, intense, and chaotic city – I was an urban kid, living among computers, science fiction novels, scooters, and electronic music. I had the incredible luck of growing up in a family that was full of love and understanding; yet, my soul was restless.
When I was a child, I used to play a game with myself at night, just before falling asleep: I would use a magic word to stop my thoughts. As soon as I spoke the word inside my head, any other thought had to stop – this was the only rule of the game. Sometimes, I reached a point in which the magic word could stop even the magic word itself, so that, all of a sudden, there was perfect silence and stillness in me. With no more thoughts, I enjoyed this state of peace before falling asleep.
As a teenager, I started being more and more interested in sexuality, and I discovered the immense, frightening, and delightful power of the Feminine. These were the times of broken hearts, sexual insecurities, and social awkwardness; for every moment of bliss, there were often weeks of struggle.
In those years I also became involved with activism and social struggle. I felt a strong desire to change the world, starting from my own life.
This is how I came to experience living in communities and participate in socially conscious groups. There, I learned new and amazing ways to live relationships, sexuality, friendship, and political ideals. In those frenetic times, I also came in contact with Tantra, by reading an inspiring and crazy novel. I started practicing sexual Tantra in the most spontaneous, unorganized way – and I discovered that there were some interesting ways to channel my sexual energy.
After a decade of living this lifestyle, I felt the need to move on, and I entered a time of crisis, uncertainty, and change. What was going to be the next chapter in the book of my life? I only knew that I had to leave. I decided to follow my intuition and travel to Asia. It felt like where something was calling me there.
As soon as I set foot on the Asian continent, I realized that the next step was going to happen there. Through a series of seemingly random events, I ended up meeting the teachers that, without even knowing, I was actually looking for. Before I knew it, I had found a Tantra school and was dedicating my life fully to the study and practice of Tantra Yoga.
I dove into it with enthusiasm and dedication. I deepened my studies of Yoga and Tantra, studied ancient Tantric texts, and practiced for hours and hours a day.
After seven years of intense practice and study, I created a workshop called The Network of Love, in which I supported people to expand their awareness around sexual polarity, jealousy, openness, and communication in love relationships. I’ve been offering this workshop until 2016.
That year, after a deep spiritual crisis, I decided to leave the world of traditional Tantra. As much as I loved that path, some fundamental things were not fully in alignment with my deepest values. I needed something different, something that was looking to the future rather than to the past. Leaving the Tantra school was a difficult decision, and that was a difficult year. But I needed to die before I could be reborn.
After around nine months of deep inner search, I decided to just surrender to the process and wait for a signal. And that signal came in the form of an encounter with a woman, who introduced me to a school I hadn’t heard about before, but that was going to become my community and my tribe. It was ISTA, the international school of temple arts.
Meeting ISTA was like a new beginning. I found a tribe of people that had similar interests to mine, that traveled the world teaching about sexuality and spirituality, but that were not following any guru. A horizontal community based on sovereignty and respect, on responsibility and transparency. I felt home.
Since then, I’ve been deepening my journey with ISTA and sexual shamanism (this is the way we prefer to call our unique path). I started serving as a facilitator and then a lead facilitator, and contributed to the creation of the ISTA Practitioner Training, a program developed for those shamans that do hands-on sessions with their seekers.
Around this time, more and more people started asking me for sessions and individual coaching. Responding to the request, I developed a coaching program with which I support people in their main spiritual, sexual, and emotional challenges.
Life is an ongoing dance, and to my own surprise, in 2019 I decided to resume my academic studies (I held a master’s degree in Philosophy but had left the academia upon graduation and had never looked back). I decided to enroll in a Ph. D. program with an amazing school called Ubiquity University. If you dig that kind of stuff, you can access my academic papers here.
These days, I spend most of my time either teaching workshops and seminars, or coaching and giving sessions, or studying. It’s a blessed life, not without its challenges obviously, but rich and fulfilling.
Everything you find here comes from my direct experience: a lifelong quest and exploration, and the failures and successes that I’ve experienced along the way.