Other teachers active at the Center

Diana Petech has a past of humanistic and musical studies and artistic activity as harpsichordist and musicologist. She has been practicing in the Zen Buddhist tradition, the Thich Nhat Hanh School, since 1994; in 2002, she joined the Order of Interbeing and in 2006 she received the Transmission of the Lamp. She offers retreats, conferences and seminars on mindfulness, in close collaboration with local and national Sanghas. She has had the privilege of being able to immerse herself in the teachings also thanks to her activity as translator. She has translated about fifty of Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and of other contemporary teachers, for different publishers including Corbaccio, Mondadori and Terra Nuova. She actively takes part in the life of the Avalokita Center and of the Foundation.

Silvia Lombardi initially practiced in the Vipassana tradition. In 1993 she met the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. For years, she took an active part in the meetings in Milan and at national level, becoming in 2002 a member of the Italian Community of the Order of Interbeing. She volunteered as a clown in hospital and hospice. In 2006, chosen by the Italian community, she received the Transmission of the Lamp from Thich Nhat Hanh. She is one of the founders of the Avalokita Center.
In 2016, she graduated in Anthropology, Religions and Oriental Civilizations. She offers teachings specifically on the art of death and dying, joy in the practice, conscious relationships and meditative massage.


Giuseppe Gambardella began his journey with the practice in the Plum Village tradition about twenty years ago. He joined the Community of the Order of Interbeing in 2005 (in Pomaia, with Karl and Helga Riedl) and received the Transmission of the Lamp from Thây in Plum Village in May 2014. He took part from the very beginning in the collective path of practice that led to the establishment of the Avalokita Center and its subsequent development. He has extensive experience, including professional experience, in the educational field (particularly in the areas of science education in compulsory school, and dance-movement-therapy); experience that over time has become increasingly richer and more integrated with the practice.

Letizia and Stefano Carboni have been practicing for 20 years in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. They have lived at the Avalokita Center since its opening in 2012, dedicating their lives to personal practice and sharing the practice of mindfulness with all who visit the Center, offering retreats and mindfulness weekends together with the resident community. They received the Transmission of the Lamp from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2006 (Stefano) and 2014 (Letizia). In their journey, they have been able to benefit from the constant inspiration and support of Helga and Karl Riedl.