Francesca Cassini

About us

Francesca Cassini has facilitated this tour and will be with you throughout. Over ten years ago the white lions came to her in a dream before she knew they existed. They have fed her imagination ever since and her first books, the trilogy Waking the Lions, will be dedicated to them. Francesca loves to translate and share the magic of life. Storytelling has always been her passion. She published a free magazine, The Changing Times, in London on living more lightly on the planet and was a founder member of a social network for conscious living called Copperstrings. Living nomadically she is now a freelance writer and lives inspired by her fertile imagination. You can download the first three chapters of the first novel at


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My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

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