1984 an encounter in the Sahel ravaged by draught
marked the beginning of our human adventure among
the nomad shepherds. Ever since, we went back more
and more often to those sandy, grassy and snowy lands
to share the daily life of families who welcomed us
as one of them.
We are touched by the deep link with the earth, the
strength and wisdom of these people living in some
of the most fragile and severe lands of our planet.
Their extraordinary capacity to integrate themselves
into the harshest environment and to turn simplicity
into a lifestyle is a continuous surprise to us.
The nomads’ spontaneous respect for nature and ecosystems
is the result of their knowledge and understanding
of the environment they live in as well as of their
continuous effort to adapt to it in order to maintain
a balance vital to their own survival.
Human relationships and shared values are the core
of nomads’ life in which the Other has a privileged
After each journey, our certainties of sedentary people
become less and less certainties.
The Nomad Spirit project is the result of a personal
path. A journey in the pursuit of a more authentic
human dimension among the nomads who are the guardians
of behaviours and values that are the basis of the
human being and from which we might draw out inspiration
for a new way to consider our relationship with the
Other and Nature.
Presenting the nomad shepherds as one entity, and
not by geographical areas or by ethnic groups, we
wish to emphasize their unique way of life which –
beyond cultural appearances – is based on common values.
Nowadays nomads are living a period of transition,
trying to find a difficult balance between tradition
This project reflects the way of thinking of nomadic
people who could prove to be precious allies to modern
man in the preservation and conservation of environment.
We should never forget their priceless heritage of
traditional knowledge and that “nomad spirit” in which
stays the force and hope for the future of Man.