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We invite you to our unfolding story…

img_2642In October 2013,  a remarkable gathering took place in Istanbul Turkey. Called  Giftival, a diverse group of writers, teachers, healers, film-makers, and GIFTivists from thirteen countries responded to a unique invitation:  to come together to celebrate, share and explore their lives that center on gift culture and their communities.

They provided a glimpse of the quiet and powerful changes that are happening worldwide:  People are seeking alternatives to rampant competition, greed and commodification of life. Grounded on basic and sacred principles of generosity, care, forgiveness, kindness and mutuality, gift cultures are emerging and growing.


Ilots-of-hugsn 2015, Giftival Italia was seven days of sharing gift practices and stories, deepening conversations and exchanging ideas.  The Giftival community grew with giftivists from Japan, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, and many other countries from around the world.

From this, we saw that Giftival is a part of a larger global movement–the gift and gift cultures are penetrating in every aspect of our lives.  Slowly, quietly, but surely seeds of a larger movement are emerging which has the power to help forge a new story for what it means to be human.

We believe it is important to nourish these seeds.
We believe it is important to connect these seeds with each other.
We believe it is important to share these seeds with other communities.
Download a photo essay from Giftival Italia.


Photo by Biga Appes

Giftival Brazil brings an added significance.  Following our Giftivals in Istanbul, Turkey, Kerala, India, and Rome, Italy this year’s gathering will be a time of reflection and exploration. Gifitval has been a three year process of deepening inquiry that brings us together, invites new participants, and creates possibilities that will positively impact our communities.  We will revisit our core objectives including:

  • assess/deepen our personal and collective understanding and practice of the gift culture;

  • develop a clarity about it that transcends our own experience by witnessing GIFT in different  contexts, different languages and within different cultures;

  • tap into the collective wisdom manifest in the variety of questions/intentions/aspirations held by the participants and the hosts (both people and place);

  • bring together our energy to advance gifting as a way of being for ourselves and in the world thereby creating a tipping point network for the gift culture;

  • create a social network (website, articles, blogs) that will generate sharing, exchange and global networking; and

  • organize local Giftival events.

We invite you to this unfolding story.