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SILENCIO
10 Unlikely places of silent energy and peace
#silenciobook
Silencio is a celebration to the quiet we need. In this meditative book, Elena shares her personal exploration to silence through travel. It reads like a peaceful stroll of 10 places around the world—from Syria and Japan to Brazil and USA—which offer soulful lessons.

Silencio is an invitation for you to seek out your own places to tune into the restorative chords of silence. To enjoy being.
Silence is what you forgot you needed
And you can get back
“Taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live, work, and lead”
Duke Medical School’s Imke Kirste recently found that silence is associated with the development of new cells in the hippocampus, the key brain region associated with learning and memory.”
“Physician Luciano Bernardi found that two-minutes of silence inserted between musical pieces proved more stabilizing to cardiovascular and respiratory systems than even the music categorized as “relaxing.””
Excerpt from the Harvard Business Review “The busier you are, the more quiet time you need” by Justin Talbot-Zorn and Leigh Marz
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Chapter 7.
Deir Mar Musa Monastery, Syria

It’s rare that you visit a place knowing you will never be able to visit again. Mar Musa should be remembered as a place of humanity’s fight for peace in the face of unlikely odds.
Endorsements
Elena Rodriguez Blanco is a talented and artistic woman of Central America, committed in many ways of making the world a so much better place for us all. This need not be a complex process. Here in powerful meditative spaces, she shares experiences that have made her heart sing. With simple, evocative text and colourful line drawings, she will make your heart sing too, and inspire you to pause, take stock, and be present with the place where you are right now.

John Croft
Co-founder of the Gaia Foundation of Australia and co-creator and developer of the internationally recognised Dragon Dreaming methods of Consensual Participatory Strategic Planning.
Nothing is as illuminating as traveling, if done right. Elena is an explorer of the world and her journeys to the far corners of the planet infuse her words with wisdom.

Daniel Hires
Manager of The Switchers community, a network of inspiring green entrepreneurs driving sustainable change
in the Mediterranean and MENA region.
Elena takes you on an intentional journey around the world to ten different locations with deep respect for history and nature. All of the places share the common thread of stillness, beauty, and restoration. Her love of and respect for these journeys and meditation in such diverse spaces teaches us that purpose can be found in the peaceful silence of the space between the noise no matter where you are.

Christina Ware
“An anthem of personal discovery
while a guidebook (in life
and in travels) for others.”

Jessica Akpan
Elena Rodríguez Blanco
Elena Rodríguez Blanco is a social entrepreneur and avid traveller since she left El Salvador where she grew up.

Currently she is the CEO and co-founder of Authenticitys and has also co-founded Bloom Microventures in Vietnam as well as participated in several startups and business development teams for educational projects around the world that are addressing some of the challenges that our society is facing today.

Elena has recently focused on bringing mindfulness in entrepreneurship in her recent TEDx Talk: Mind your Business. She is a researcher at the ESADE Institute for Social Innovation, where she has published several studies, including Innovating for social change: From idea to action (2012) and Learning from social enterprises (2012) and has co-designed and implemented a program for Women Social Innovators at the European level. She is a visiting professor of entrepreneurship at Univeristat Pompeu Fabra, Basque Culinary Centre, Institute of European Design, Universidad de Barcelona, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Mondragon Team Academy. Some of her areas of expertise also include start-up process, facilitation and coaching through Design Thinking, Service Design, Art of Hosting, and Team Coaching, Dragon Dreaming.

Elena has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from SDA Bocconi Master and Development Management from The London School of Economics and a Master in Team Coaching Entrepreneurship pedagogy from Team Academy and Partus. Writing and travel are her outlet to life.

All proceeds from Silencio go to support the social enterprise: Authenticitys.

Authenticitys curates social impact experiences with NGO’s and social organisations for people to travel, share, and learn together in unforgettable settin pags in the worlds’ cities. Each experience contributes directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Authenticitys is a B Corp certified organisation that meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.
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