When Quantum Physics Meets Daoism - Holistic thinking in caring for Planet Earth

Holistic Education

Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) is glad to present 'When Quantum Physics Meets Daoism - Holistic thinking in caring for Planet Earth' 5-day Residential Workshop given by Shantena Augusto Sabbadini on 26th-30th September, 2014.

The purpose of the workshop is to explore and find a new, balanced, relationship between nature and humans. By retracing the origins of our present, unsustainable, way of living and look at ways to move forward sustainably, we will try to discover the balanced relationship that we once had in our past that is hidden in ancient wisdom and traditions, such as in Daoism. We will also find a new expression of that ancient wisdom, while incorporating the findings of the long scientific journey humans have made.

On one hand, we will look for this new world-view through the insights of quantum physics, open up vistas that move beyond the materialistic approach and build holistic thinking in caring for Planet Earth. On the other hand, we will be inspired by Mother Nature herself in embodied ecological experiences, in harmony with nature, at KFBG.

Details of 'When Quantum Physics Meets Daoism - Holistic thinking in caring for Planet Earth' 5-day Residential Workshop are as follow:


26th-30th September, 2014 (Friday – Tuesday)


Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – outdoor activities

Kadoorie Centre (Shek Kong), the University of Hong Kong - accommodation and lectures


$3,000 per person (including lecture fee, accommodation, daily vegetarian meals, workshop materials and shuttle bus service)



Target group:

General public aged 18 years and above;

A scientific background or understanding of Daoism is NOT required


- From Primitive Cultures to Modern Science

- Quantum Physics: A New Paradigm

- Quantum Physics and Wholeness

- The Primacy of Experiencing

- Introduction to Holistic Science

- The Nameless Dao

- Daoist Wisdom for Our Times

- The Future: Complexity, Gentle Action and Citizenship in the 21st Century


Ms Grace Li : (852) 2483 7111 or holisticedu@kfbg.org



Application deadline:

9th September, 2014


About the Lecturer:

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini worked as a theoretical physicist at the University of Milan and the University of California. In Milan he researched the foundations of quantum physics, focusing on the description of the quantum process of observation, a problem that fascinates him to this day. In California he contributed to the first identification of a black hole.

In the 1990's he was a scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research centre founded under the guidance of C.G. Jung in the 1930's. In that context he studied Chinese classics under the guidance of the Dutch sinologist Rudolf Ritsema and produced various translations and commentaries, including the Yi Jing and the Dao De Jing.

Since 2002 he has been an associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an alternative educational institution in Tuscany, Italy. He teaches short courses at the Schumacher College, Devon, UK, and leads workshops on quantum physics and Daoism, using the Yi Jing as a tool for introspection. Shantena is also a farmer.


Shantena's website: http://www.shantena.com/

Earth Talk: The Quantum Revolution and the Soul of the World by Shantena:



“Depriving the world of a soul eventually leads to human beings losing their soul also. Then human life loses meaning and our relationship to our fellow humans becomes purely instrumental: the objectification of the world translates into the objectification of other human beings. Money, as the general abstract measurement of all material exchanges, becomes the ultimate criterion of all human exchanges. The servant becomes the master: our own invention turns around and enslaves us.”

- Shantena Augusto Sabbadini