It’s not long now. There will be lots of you and you can enjoy the landscape, actually you will be the landscape. Because the landscape only exists inside us, in our perception. Therefore, the natural landscape is a creative construction of ours and, through our actions, we determine what it is. For better or for worse. Taking part in the Maratona means constructing a beautiful landscape inside us and, for once, we switch off our car engines and switch on our desire for freedom.
May 25, 2022read more
Only a few months have passed since the 2021 edition but we are already busy getting ready for a new Marathon. Which will naturally be even better. Why? Because we are all nature so there couldn’t be a more suitable dedication: flora, in all languages; but we are Ladin people, so we wanted to call it Ciüf, the word for flowers in our language. Flora is beautiful, flora surrounds us and also reflects the nature of human beings. Some flowers seem to smile while others are a bit sad; some are a bit scary, like carnivorous plants, and others almost seem suspicious, just like some of us. There are simple ones, straight, curved, and fortunately also those that turn their heads to look for sunlight. And it’s those ones that we need for looking forward to another successful Marathon. To anyone dreaming of taking part, have a wonderful autumn - the larches here are yellow, some are already on fire. That’s also how the flora affirms its expression of the absolute.
January 09, 2022
Let us hope to learn from roots. They are otherworldly spaces for us; but they, the roots, transform the narrow into life, the underworld becomes paradise. They grow, develop and feed on what they find.
Observing roots to gain a new awareness and finally begin to feed on what we have, accepting what is because it cannot be otherwise. With lightness and not superficiality, because life, made of obstacles and hindrances and lack of light, remains an immense gift of colours, scents and beauty.
May it be a good year, with the wish to love each other.
January 01, 2022
The lights went down, the music was turned off and the party was over: it looked like the last supper. Yet on Sunday morning, it seemed as if the world still needed to be discovered. We were vagabonds, sailors with a deep-rooted desire to explore the unexplored. After a year which offered no cause for celebration and turned out to be tragic for many of us and exciting for very few, we came back to life in the mountains surrounded by people. And we needed it. How we needed it! Our hope is to come back to a better world. Our hope is for a sincere and deep commitment. Hope is understanding that these times we are living in move at breakneck speeds. They fly by quickly, removing every certainty and allowing for infinite possibilities. Centuries go by with such effortlessness, as if nothing came before. But we are not the owners of the Land or Time for that matter - nor have we ever been - even though we are deeply convinced we are. Feeling that we are Nature maybe helps us to put things into perspective. Thinking like a Mountain may help us to reflect. And, seeing as we are on the topic, let's think about our future Maratona, which in 2022 will be dedicated to Flora. We are flowers, "ciüf" in our local dialect, and we are constantly communicating with the earth and sunlight, even if it doesn't feel that way. We use water and minerals to grow and change. Just like flowers. It'll be a beautiful Maratona, one of petals, pollen and wonder.
July 04, 2021
Abandon hope is written over that gloomy entrance. Yes, the huge problem still exists. Small hearts understand each other, they have small problems; but big hearts have big problems, just as great minds have to address unsolvable problems. The bigger the issue, the more difficult the solution. No, the comedy does not end divinely, Dante’s task is not fulfilled with Heaven. Now it’s time to put things in practice. What can we do?
June 01, 2021read more
This year’s draw will be a little different than usual. The good luck of those who’ll be there, and also the good luck of those who won't - because luck doesn't give itself away, it merely lends itself. Bad luck is also just a passing thing, and not seeing each other over the last year will only increase our desire to meet up again. We must all stop waiting for our lucky day and take our lives in our own hands, putting the wind in our own sails to carry us forward. Let's hope there’s good weather along the way.
November 20, 2020
by Michil Costa
Autumn. The season when the beautiful wind blows. The “in” season, not a season that we’d otherwise call “out”. The seasons are not merely a result of tourism - far from it. It would actually be much better to get rid of “tourist seasons”; at the end of the day, beauty can be found in all seasons. Autumn is beautiful, a strange one this year.
August 07, 2020read more