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We are two artists family: I am Claudia from Turin, Italy, and my husband Sergey is from Russia. We travelled for several years with our art project In Kind Exchange. We bartered portraits for food, accommodation and travel tickets. Now we are based in Italian Alps. And even the house we are living in at the moment is a result of a barter.
Moving from one city to another, we have never lived for a long time in any village. And since 2017 here we are testing ourselves and trying alternative ways of living. We are living in an old house with a big stone oven. We are surrounded by nature, sometimes by goats and caws.
When we got the house it was an abandoned building. We renovated it and turned into an art space. We define it art residency: a creative and exhibition space, where anyone is invited to interact with artists. In the warm season every weekend we open its doors for an event (concert, exhibition, projection, etc, etc).
We are looking for one or two travellers who can join our house and help us with gardening, general maintenance of the house, home renovations, developing art events. We don't need people who are looking for a all inclusive free vacation, but we do need for someone with helping skill, curious about new things, especially practical skills, and curious about people. In our place there is always something to do, from chopping wood to collecting wild plants, but we enjoy the incredible nature and every meal we are sitting around the table chatting and having delicious food. It is a quite demanding project, but it gives a lot to everyone who is patient and ready to work.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
In our residency you can meet artists and other travellers from all over the world, explore Italian culture, enjoy nature and clean air, have delicious food and wine, learn new works, discover or develop your personal skills and talents. We are also happy to help travellers with Italian language practice. But we don't mind to practise our english or french ;)
We need help in gardening, general maintenance, renovations, cleaning, developing art events.
English, Italian, Russian, French.
Shared room or private room (in case of a couple and according the availability).
We are one hour and fifteen minutes from Turin, a city that worthwhile to explore. The city is plenty of museums and interesting spots. Our house is located in the municipality of Rorà, a small village that you can reach walking 15-20 minutes from our house. In Rorà there is an interesting museum about the local culture where you can access to free internet wifi. There are also a small shop and a public library,
If you love nature, you can enjoy the surrounding area: there are a lot of pathways around our house. 5 minutes walking from us there is a waterfall with an amazing natural swimming pool where you can have a fresh bath. Everyday there is something new to discover around, even for us.
YOU CAN REACH US taking a direct train from Torino Porta Susa or Torino Lingotto to Pinerolo. From Pinerolo train station you need to take a twenty minutes bus to Luserna San Giovanni (901 - direction Torre Pellice). We will meet you in Luserna San Giovanni bus stop, but if you wanted, you can easily hitchhike. Usually most of the people know where we are.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week