Philosophical House in Sicily, Italy

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  • Description

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    *️️️️️*️️️️️*️️️️️ N.B. This year we're preferring to host people speaking ITALIAN, because in September our first son was born so now it's a bit stressful for us to speak a lot in english! *️️️️️*️️️️️*️️️️️

    We are Simona and Davide, a couple of philosophers in our thirties, and Ulisse, our baby. We live in an old stone country house in a sunny untouched place in Sicily near Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa). We own an hectare of land where we are practicing permaculture. Here we have about sixty olive trees, some old oaks, pines, cypresses, indian figs, many fruit trees (figs, orange and lemon trees, pomegranates, pear, plum, almond and carob trees) and an organic vegetable garden. There is a little cave on our land, and six months a year a stream flows through our valley. We live with a variable number of cats and kittens and with Nìura, our dog.

    We have embraced a simple and slow way of life, far away from city traffic and without TV (we love peace and quiet). Our common interests, other than philosophy, are books, movies, art and music. Our philosophies tend towards freethinking, rationalism and anarchism. In addition, Davide plays guitar and loves DIYing, and Simona practices yoga and likes sewing. Moreover, once a week we take part in a sustainable food market, and twice a month we and other friends and neighbors organize a “MAI”, a mutual aid day to help each other work together.

    Our philosophical house is a convivial place where we exchange ideas and experiences and work together. You can come here and stay with us for two weeks or more on agreement. We speak basic english – if you speak some italian it is better!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    You can help us in many ways. At this time we are mainly restoring our house, mostly with green building. This summer we have to finish our rooms. So especially if you are a builder, you are welcome!
    If not, don't worry: there are also many works to do outside: in the vegetable garden (tilling, mulching, manuring), in the olive grove (olive harvest in october, then pruning in winter time), collecting firewood for the winter... You can help us also with our self-production: making bread, beer, soap, liquors, jams and other preserves.
    To work you need working shoes (or at least hiking shoes), old or cheap clothes (it is likely that you get dirty at work), sunscreen and hat if you want (here in summer it's very hot and sunny!). We'll provide you work gloves if you need and you don't have it.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, sicilian, english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    At this time we can accommodate max. two persons in our camper (our house currently is under restoration so we don’t have yet a guest room) and more people in tent, if the camper is busy (if you prefer you can still camp in tent under the oaks: there is a lot of space around the home, and we can provide you with a tent). We have a bathroom in the house (with laundry and dishwasher) but we prefer to use the outdoor compost toilet to produces humanure. We have a common kitchen inside and another kitchen outdoors, inside the cave, where we usually cook in the summertime. We cook and eat mostly vegetarian meals, organic if possible.
    In the summertime we grow a beautiful vegetable garden, so we'll eat exclusively self-made food with plenty of tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, zucchini and onions!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The best way to come here probably is by plane. Comiso Airport (13 km away from our house) actually provides flights from Rome, Milan, Pisa, London, Frankfurt and Brussels. Alternatively you can fly to Catania Airport (85 km from us) and then take a bus to Ragusa.
    Coming here by train is more complicated. Sadly, in Sicily, trains are very slow and inefficient. Anyway the nearest train station is in Ragusa, 30 km away from us. From there you can easily take a bus to our village.
    The nearest bus station is 7 km away (of course we would bring you there by car). There are many buses each day to Ragusa (25 km) and to Catania (85 km). From Ragusa you can reach other baroque Sicilian cities (Ibla, Modica, Scicli) and various beautiful beaches in summertime (Marina di Ragusa, Donnalucata, Camarina). From Catania you can reach Mount Etna (the tallest active volcano in Europe).
    Anyway, from our home you can walk through the woods, go for a bike ride (also reaching the center of Chiaramonte Gulfi if you are in good shape!), or simply stay under the trees reading and thinking in peace, playing guitar or whatever else you want...

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Helping us you can learn how to restore an old house, how to grow a vegetable garden, how to make beer and plenty more. Also you can improve your italian talking with us (we can help you with Italian grammar too).
    But we hope that you especially learn from us how to live in a simple way and close to nature, with no formal employment or regular job and using less money as possible :-)

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week (or rather 25 hours per week - some days full, some days part time, some days free, depending on the period and on the works...)

My Photo Album

Our camper (your bedroom) :-)
Simona between zucchini
Our plums
Back of house
Davide tilling with a DIY broadfork
Simona and Niura
Our house
Our valley







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