“A Quantum Journey to Nature’s Tao” - Experiencing the unseen that moves us
Fri, February 24 2017 to Sat, February 25 2017
All Day
The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, Tai Po, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

1. Nature / Objectives

How does a caterpillar transform into a butterfly? How can a person that is focused on collection of money and material goods in their search for happiness, evolve into an individual that is in tune with nature, and satisfied with what they have? “A Quantum Journey to Nature’s Tao” goes beyond a mere workshop, as we dive deeper into the human psyche and the mysteries of the universe.

Our goal is to offer you a nurturing, inspiring, and open space to go deep within and explore mind-opening concepts from Quantum Physics, Taoism and Nature so we can spread our wings wider together, and be the inspiring force that this world needs.

Dr. Shantena Sabbadini and KFBG facilitators will guide this inspiring journey by guiding us through the following dimensions:

  • Quantum physics: Realizing the inseparability of mind and matter and the essential unity of the Universe
  • Taoism: Reclaiming one of the oldest Eastern wisdom traditions and discovering surprising parallels between the ancient teachings and modern scientific insights
  • Mother Nature: Reconnecting to our inner nature and the outer nature

In spite of the challenges, we’ll get through this transition, leaving our behaviours as caterpillars behind, as the Tao goes:  

“When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.”


“Lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously”

– said the butterfly to the caterpillar.

Get ready for a big shift, one where an old habit, way of thinking, or lifestyle is going out, and a new way of being is emerging. As the caterpillar, we humans are evolving from the current “Ego-focused individuals” to “Eco-focused community members”; people who are brave enough to claim their personal power, in order to make a positive difference. 

Please click here to view the event report of 'When Quantum Physics Meets Daoism - Holistic thinking in caring for Planet Earth' 5-day Residential Workshop 2015.

Teacher: Shantena Augusto Sabbadini

A farmer disguised as a renowned physicist, Dr. Shantena 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 Tao De Jing.

Since 2002, he has been an associate director of the Pari Center for New Learning, an alternative education institution in Tuscani, Italy. He teaches short courses at the Schumacher College, Devon, UK, and leads workshops on Taoism, quantum physics and the use of the Yi Jing as a tool for introspection.

For more details, please visit Shantena’s website:

We at KFBG are honoured to be hosting Dr. Sabaddini for the third time and honoured to be welcoming our course participants to co-create this experiential workshop.

2. Content

Join us to experience a magical journey of self-discovery. We have created a nurturing space that opens minds and hearts at the Green Hub in Tai Po. There we will explore the endless possibilities of creativity and the unexpected power of community building activities.

This two-day transformative residential workshop includes the following content:

Insightful lectures and Q&A sessions by Shantena Sabbadini, a Quantum Physics and Taoism expert, covering the following topics:

  • The Rise of Science and Abstraction
  • The Quantum Revolution
  • Chaos, Order and the Nature of Life
  • A Daoist Understanding of Wholeness

Experiential activities that help us to explore the Quantum Universe and Taoist wisdom, designed and led by KFBG facilitators, including:

  • Sound relaxation with singing bowls and gongs by Mr. Tsang Man Tung, Allpamama Healing Circle
  • Eat Well Cookery Workshop
  • Herbal Salt Making Workshop

***Activities are subject to changes depending on weather conditions.

The Workshop will be a combination of lectures and experiential activities in the beautiful environment of KFBG and the Green Hub, Tai Po. As part of the learning process, participants will be invited to participate in short, daily community-service activities such as gardening, food preparation, and washing up after meals.

3. Language


4. Target group / No. of Participants

- Curious minds, aged 18 or above, looking for a deeper understanding of the world where we live, and seeking more sustainable ways to relate to nature. Scientific background of Quantum Physics or Taoism is NOT required.
- Maximum 25 participants.

5. Date / Time

24 – 25 February 2017 (Friday - Saturday)

24 February: 09:00 - 09:30 Reception, 09:30 to 21:00 Workshop
25 February: 09:00 to 17:00 Workshop

Participants are expected to be residential and participate fully in every session.

6. Venue

The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, Tai Po, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Located on a small hill at Wan Tau Kok, the Old Tai Po Police Station was the first permanent Police Station built in the New Territories in 1899. The Antiquities Advisory Board accorded the Old Tai Po Police Station Grade 1 Historic Building status in December 2009. The Development Bureau awarded the site to KFBG to transform the Old Tai Po Police Station into a 'Green Hub for Sustainable Living' under the Batch II of the "Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme".

In revitalising the Green Hub, KFBG adopted an integrated approach to conserve the historic, architectural and ecological values of the site. At the Green Hub, a range of low-carbon living programmes, and residential transformative workshops are now provided, to help individuals and organisations understand the low-carbon living alternatives to unsustainable consumption that is causing climate change and rapid resource depletion.

The ‘Revitalization of the old Tai Po Police Station into the Green Hub for Sustainable Living’ project has received awards from UNESCO and the Green Buildings Council. You may visit the Green Hub website at for more information.

7. Fee

Course Fee# HK$1,200 per person plus Accommodation Fee+

#including lecture fee, vegetarian meals, outing arrangement and shuttle bus service between Green Hub and visiting sites during the workshop
+Accommodation Fee (depends on the room type; breakfast is included) Per-bed price:

Room Type Single Room Twin-bed Room Triple-bed Room Six-bed Room
Price per night HK$420 HK$330 HK$280 HK$200

- Multi-bed rooms will be organized according to gender
- Most rooms have fans and natural ventilation, only a couple of rooms have air-conditioners. You may indicate your preference in the application form. We will try to arrange your accommodation based on your preference. Please note that a first-come-first-served policy will be adopted. For more information about the rooms, please visit

8. Application 

Please visit the KFBG website, complete the online application form and pay the course fee (HK$1,200) online on or before 19 February, 2017. Details are as follows:

  1. Please click here for the online registration and payment.
  2.  Upon receipt of the application form and course fee payment, acknowledgement of application will be sent to you by email within 5 working days.
  3. Spaces are limited and we may have to select participants from a large number of applicants.
  4.  If your application is accepted an accommodation fee notice will be sent to you once we have worked out the accommodation allocation, by e-mail within 5 working days. We may need to ask you to be flexible over your accommodation request (not everyone can have a single room, and sharing is more fun!)
  5.  If your application is not accepted, full payment will be refunded to you by bank transfer or cheque within one month.  
  6. Payment method will be provided in the notice. Please settle the accommodation fee within one week after receiving the notice. Otherwise, your reservation may be cancelled and released for others.
  7. A confirmation letter will be sent to you by email after all payment is settled.
  8. Payment is not refundable after acceptance.

Cheque should be payable to Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation and please write:
  a. The name of the participant; and 
  b. Write "A Quantum Journey to Nature’s Tao” on the back of your cheque.
3) After we receive your online application and payment by cheque, a confirmation email will be sent to you.
4) Payment is not refundable after acceptance.

9. Enquiry

For enquiries, please contact Ms Irene Pang at (852) 2483 7109 or email

10. Note 

Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted, sorry.