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Founder and President
Marco Ferrini

Marco Ferrini was born in Pisa (Ponsacco) in 1945. After graduating from the Magistero d’Arte of Florence, he began his apprenticeship under an antiquarian of international reputation esteemed by prestigious art museums. In 1967 he launched his professional interior design firm, through which he would collaborate with major Italian and international private clients and some of the most highly regarded Italian and international industrial firms in the field.



Since young age, he felt a certain vocation to inquire on the fundamentals of life and soon undertook a gripping formative and spiritual path. The turning point finally came in 1976: when he met the saintly Vaishnava A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), one of the most authoritative representers of the spiritual and philosophical thought of India, ambassador of Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of love) in the West , who became his Master and initiated him with the name Matsya Avatar das.



After years of several journeys to the most sacred sites of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism in India and of intense spiritual practice of devotional service, in 1995 he founded the Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta: Academy of Traditional Indian Sciences, today known as Popular University of Indo-Vedic Studies, recognized by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Reserach), providing accredited training courses for teachers and Italian school staff, in accordance with Directive 170/16.

The institution immediately engaged in the spreading of the universal wisdom of Yoga Psychology and Philosophy, with particular focus on the teachings of Bhakti Yoga according to the Vaishnava tradition, always integrating in the offered curriculum the Eastern vision with the Western one.

Marco Ferrini's aim is to preserve the holy scriptures and traditions of the Vaishnavas, the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Itihasas, Yoga Darshana and Ayurveda, to study them, following academic methods, in their historical and philosophical context, inspired by the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and widespread through this Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta.

Characteristic of his activity as educator and disseminator is an authentic attention to the person, whom he listens to according to his or her needs with humanity, expertly valorises in his or her potentialities, and considers in his or her widest evolutional vocation.

“In recognition of his contribution to the dissemination of the Vedic knowledge throughout the world, entirely dedicated and without other purposes, to the authentic spirit of Vedas for the wellbeing and welfare of humanity”, in 2012 the President of India and the Rector of the Dev Sanskriti University in Haridwar awarded him a golden medal with a honorary certificate along with the academic title of Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa.

Marco Ferrini is author of more than a thousand publications, including audios, videos and books, that, in a modern key, repropose the Indo-Vedic historical, sociological, philosophical, psychological and spiritual thought, within the dialogue between East and West, between modernity and tradition.


I dedicate the teaching and research work of the Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta to my eternal Well-Wisher and Master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, on whose teachings I have based my life.

Marco Ferrini

Experience CSB Campus

An experience that can enrich your life

🍃 Are you an inner seeker and do you desire to evolve?
🍃 Do you want to practice yoga and meditation?
🍃 Do you wish to experience spirituality in your life?
🍃 Do you want to learn the universal science of Bhakti Yoga?
🍃 Do you enjoy sharing and making new friends?
🍃 Do you appreciate natural, ayurvedic, vegetarian, vegan cuisine?

If your answer is yes, come visit us at Shanti Ashrama!

You can spend a few days with us, participate in the daily activities of the Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta, practice yoga and meditation, enjoy our Kitchen for the Soul and learn the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, considered by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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