IL NODO GROUP Association is pleased to announce the

7th International Working Conference

LFA 2017


20 to 22 October 2018 | Casa Emmaus | Maccagno (VA), Italy

cover LFA 2017

The primary task of this working conference is to offer an opportunity to explore how unconscious and non-verbal communication shapes Decision-Making processes and influences accountability and various other aspects of ‘working together’ in this temporary learning community.
Participants learn directly by sharing their life and forming a Temporary Learning Community for the length of the event, developing fundamental competences for all those who work in residential or semi residential institutions, and more generally in mental health institutions within the public service.
Such competences are highly valuable for a wide range of professionals such as educators, nurses, administrators, managers, consultants, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neuro- psychologists, social workers, etc. However, as has already been successfully experienced, professionals working in other areas are most welcome to join the conference.


Director Giada Boldetti
Co-Director Luca Mingarelli
Project Administrator Simona Masnata
Associate Administrator Lili Valko

CONSULTANTS will be chosen from the following
John Diamond
Gilad Ovadia
Giovanni Foresti

(not attending the Conference)
Robert Hinshelwood
Before the conference, applicants will receive a descriptive card of each event and task and indications / rules for coexistence.

English will be the main language of the
Working Conference.

There are bursaries to be requested by September 16, 2017

Download the brochure

The applications to the event are now closed due to the maximum number of participants reached.


The residential International Working Conference will start on 20th October at 13,15 and will end on Sunday 22nd October at 15.15. We recommend that participants arrive on time on Friday for registration and allocation of rooms between 11.45 and 12.30. Lunch on Friday is not included. A snack will be available.


Maccagno is a coastal village on Lake Maggiore. Due to its location at the estuary of the River Giona, the village is divided in two sections: Maccagno Superiore, North of the river and bordering with Vedasca Valley, and Maccagno Inferiore, South of the river, nested within a natural, sheltered harbour along the coast.
» See the venue on the map
» Get directions from Milano Malpensa airport


Casa Emmaus is surrounded by a park and a private parking area. It is conveniently located right by the lake shore, within a quiet, green residential area. The structure is made up of 7 independent units. It has a central hub for community activities including a conference hall, a large dining room, a kitchen and a leisure room. Guests may arrive the evening before, paying an extra 25 Euros.


Fondazione Emmaus
Appartamenti Emmaus
Comune di Maccagno



Malpensa - Laveno - Luino (train or substitute bus)

Luino - Maccagno

Linea N02 - Luino - Maccagno - Biegno
Linea N02 - Luino - Maccagno - Diramazione ZENNA (dogana CH)

Malpensa - Milano Porta Garibaldi - Maccagno

for the station of Maccagno see the page of Swiss Railway Passenger Traffic (SBB)

To search on Google Maps we advise to type: Malpensa - Luino

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We give support also to organize groups to divide the cost of the taxi, or to give contacts of participants, who would give a lift from Malpensa Airport or Milano Centrale train station.

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Agenzia Mosaico
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