The Magical Valley of Arriri

Coming to the Arriri Festival in Sicily? Let me share with you my experience of the place, the landscape, the Sicilian rock, and I don’t mean the music. I visited Arriri’s Full Moon Gathering with friends in October 2017. Trying to find the superlatives to describe my experience…

’OMG’ doesn’t capture it. ‘Life changing’ it was, but the phrase is over-used. ’Awesome’, ‘Incredible’, yes, my experience was beyond belief at times… but none of those words does it. So I revert to the words of my host, my good friend who organised our beautiful gathering:

“Be aware…. Be prepared…. Be yourself…. and all will end with smiles  ;-)”


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ARRIRI ::: No Wifi

  • ARRIRI ::: Amici

  • Friends of Arriri

    Marco Andolina – Organic Sculptures


    Massimiliano Taki – Handmade Jewellery


    Cherub Sanson – Therapeutic Musician & Sound Imagineer


    Alessandro di Benedetto – Handmade Jewellery and Indian Stones


    Salvo – Sculptor and Metal Specialist


    Wolf – Mime Artist and Landscaping Specialist


    Vito See – Sculptor and Landscaping Artist


    Pepe – Construction Wizard


    Enzo – Sound & Stage Manifestator


    ADAM.X – Pianist, Saxophonist, Producer, DJ


  • Healing


    Sound has a far greater effect on our everyday existence than we can even imagine. High frequency sound can measurably affect brainwave activity, stimulating sympathetic vibration in our cells. It can be said that illness is a manifestation of dis-harmony within the body—an imbalance in the cells or organs. Since all matter is energy vibrating at different rates, by altering the rate of vibration we can change the structure of matter….




    The Gong has been used in various cultures as far back as 16,000bc. It stimulates the glandular system, mega portal to the brain, sonic tool to empower health, learning and productivity. The gong resonates all cells of the body, impacting brain waves, respiratory rate and heart rate. It develops and stimulates neurons in the frontal cortex, making it a powerful vehicle for meditation and a gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness.




    Masters of healing high frequency, Tim Wheater & Cherub are dedicated ambassadors for the transformational powers of sound. Tim has presented his acclaimed inspirational music all over the world. He has played alongside some of the world’s leading teachers, including Wayne Dyer, Julia Cameron, Deepak Chopra and his holiness, the Dalai Lama.

    Cherub took the leap of faith from a life she knew before, and committed wholeheartedly to her path of pure purpose and passion. Cherub founded Play Around Sound; exploring children’s creative expression through music, poetry and play.

    Together Tim & Cherub champion specific ancient frequencies to raise the collective vibration, sharing sound’s infinite wisdom with the whole world!

  • ARRIRI ::: The Music

  • 3 STAGES

    Three Music Stages Featuring International DJs, Live Acts, Sound Healing and Music Composed Exclusively for ARRIRI. Music styles: Chillout, Psydub, Techno, Minimal, House, Trance, Live Acoustic, Psytrance, Psybient, Electronic….


    The Line-Up

    2018 (preliminary)

    Herukajon (UK), Little Thoughts (UK), Technical Pillow (UK), FL3X (IN), Uroboro (IT), Plantstep (IT), Nonzobass (It), Psyked (IT), Iano Orofino (IT), Ctrl.Alt.Break (IT), Pulao (IT), Brain Drain (IT), The S.o.M. (IT) & More To Be Confirmed!

    ARRIRI 2017 Retrospect:



    View some of the Arriri artists on AiOwave.com:

    EVP (UK)

    Digital Dream (South Africa)

    Herukajon (UK)

    Mark Beardy (UK)

    Iano Orofino (Sicily)

    PsyCow (Sicily)

    Nonzobass (Sicily)

    Young Kim (South Korea)

    Thalia (South Africa)

    Slavaki (Russia)




  • ARRIRI ::: Participate

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  • ARRIRI ::: Full Moon Events


  • ARRIRI ::: The Way

  • How to reach Arriri

    Arriri is located in the beautiful Pantalica Area near Syracuse, Sicily, less than an hours drive from Catania airport. The festival site is on the SP9 (Strada Provincial 9), in between Carlentini and Sortino.

    Nearest Airport: Catania “Fontanarossa” (CTA)

  • ARRIRI ::: The Food

  • Did I mention the food? Did I mention that the area has biggest pistachios in world and the strongest flavoured Pachino tomatoes that only grow in Southern Sicily? The food is abundant, all of it tasty beyond belief. Arancini, Cannoli, Pizzoli, Parmigiana, Granita…. there just isn’t such a thing as bad food on Sicily. The Arriri valley has fields of nut trees that will be ripe during the festival, but try to leave alone the other wild food that you find in the woods, such as wild pigs and horses. It has been said that in the season the forest’s bounty even includes magic mushrooms.

    The Foraging Cooks

    Two of our Sicilian hosts were great foraging cooks, Antonella and her husband Ciccio (nicknamed Caravallo Pazzo or “Wild Horse” on account of his diminutive stature housing a giant inside). Late one night they allowed us to witness under torchlight Antonella foraging for herbs in the lush meadows, chatting away to herself in anticipation of the feast she was planning. She found wild spring onions, wild garlic, borage, mint and other green leave, which she later cooked on the campsite little 2-ring stove into an amazing meal for a dozen hungry English blokes.

    Ciccio kneaded chapatti bread (I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had ground the grain himself), rolled it using a beer bottle, then cooked it outside on the open fire, before Antonella wrapped each chapatti around some lumps of Ricotta (made from goats milk that afternoon) and spoonfuls of her cooked herb concoction. Served with local red wine beside the fire, it was a morsel of paradise. My mates and I had tasted Ricotta (the British supermarket version), but the homemade Sicilian variety, flavoured with hand-picked herbs and a pinch of chilli flakes, put smiles on our faces.


  • ARRIRI ::: The Magic

  • One with the Rock.

    April’s sun already burned, when I lay prostate on a rock overlooking the valley with a local guy, who teaches tantric sex to couch surfing travellers. Waddaguy! He was becoming one with the rock, lying across a giant boulder as if mounting it, telling us to make love to the rock from where our atoms originate. He feels connected to the rock, it was visible, believable.

    Visitors from all around the world.

    Later we visited his rooftop pad in Catania and read a few of the hundred goodbye notes left pinned to a door. We felt like we understood his couch surfing mentality. All these visiting Europeans who had felt the need to leave love notes to the Sicilian prince of tantra:
    “You changed my life” and “You made me see a new side to Sicily”…  There’s a natural freedom here, something raw, and alive with international souls.

    The Path of Arriri.

    Normally I’m all about finding your own way, creating your own path. But here… a word of warning: don’t come to the paradise valley expecting to be embraced and nurtured like you are in the maternal English countryside. This is Sicilian farming country at the foot of an active volcano. The landscape is magnificent but it will chew you up and spit you out, if you take the rocky route up the valley’s side like we did. The scenery on the plateau above the valley is worth the climb up the valley wall, and then some. You imagine yourself in a Palaeolithic landscape, with human cave homes, crystal springs, Roman aqueducts and flower meadows. Stick to the paths to enjoy these sights unscathed. Up here you can camp during the festival, and relax whilst overlooking the valley arenas and swimming pool. That’s my advice.

  • ARRIRI ::: Accommodation

  • Accommodation

    • 3 Nights included. You can arrive one day before the festival start (26 July 2018)
    • Rustic camping
    • Showers & toilets
    • Bring your own tent, sleeping bag & sleeping mat
    • Dogs are not allowed anywhere on site

    Sleeping Locations

    • Main Rustic Camping Area.
    • Wild Camping Area.
    • Sleeping Under the Stars.
    • Hammock (bring your own).
    • Caves! The mountains surrounding the valley are studded with caves. Explore at your own discretion: Original Cave Man living, with no amenities.

    The Weather

    • Sunny during the day, Moony during the night. Summer starts around April and ends in November.
      Expect temperatures around 30 degrees in the daytime, 16 degrees in the night.