Help with the house and farm, experience cultural exchange at our eco-village in the Appenine Mountains, Italy



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a self-managed community of people and animals that has always been centered around spontaneous hospitality of friends and travelers. Located at 800 metres of altitude in the woods of the beautiful Acquacheta Valley, in the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, we strive for a self-sufficient and sustainable life, inspired by the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture and our respect of all living beings.

    We are two groups of adults and small children who live in two 19th century stone houses that are about 15 minutes walk away from each other, and share these ideas and lifestyle and work together as needed.

    LIVING IN Casa delle Streghe now: Francesca (38) Aradia (2) Pado (34) Buldro (33) Monica (31)...

    LIVING IN Trafossi now: Margherita (27) Trem (26) Florens (almost 3) Finn (1)...


    A note after almost 1 (great!) year on workaway.... if we are in contact and your travel plans change and you cannot come anymore, please tell us as soon as you can! Our time and energy are just as valuable as yours and it makes us frustrated to be left there hanging ♡

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    By visiting us we will learn together about communal living, cooperation and self-sufficiency from a place that has a 40+ year history of spontaneous hospitality and organic farming, plus of course the various jobs detailed in the "help required" section.

  • Help


    If you decide to visit us you could be involved in a wide range of daily activities such as: handicraft and maintenance/building of houses and fences; taking care of farm animals and with them in the stables, fields and woods; cooking and processing/preseverving the food we produce (including cheesemaking, bread and pizza making with sourdough, canning and fermenting); identifying and picking wild herbs to prepare food, herbal teas and distillates, as well as other phytoterapic and spagyric remedies; gardening and agricultural activities like hoeing, weeding, harvesting, seed reproduction/preservation/sowing and manual haymaking with scythes.

    All of our tasks are seasonal and is assigned daily or weekly as a group decision so we can't say for sure which combination of these activities you will be involved with, but once we are in contact we will be able to give you more information based on the time of your visit.

    Since we raise our children with a homeschooling/libertarian/Montessori approach, they partecipate actively in our daily life and work, and although it is by no means a requirement we would love to host people who share these interests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Italian, English (various levels), French (beginner level), Spanish (various levels)

  • Accommodation


    You will be accomodated in one of the two houses, Trafossi and Casa delle Streghe.

    Depending on the time of the year and weather we can accomodate guests in rooms, dormitories and tent space outside.

    Food is central to our lives, and every day we spend time growing, preparing and cooking it in light of self-sufficiency, so you will definetely share meals and may help prepare them.


    We are reachable only by means of a foot path (an actual mountain path) which takes about 1 hour to complete (there is a gated dirt road used only by park rangers and residents which requires a key and an offroad vehicle that is 10 and 30 mins walk away from the houses). If weather conditions are too bad to walk, we will pick you up by car.

    We have limited showering facilities and no toilet facilities (we go outside, we would like a to build a compost toilet but haven't done so yet).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we are located in a world-famous National Park there are many trekking routes that cross the area. There is also a beautiful river with waterfalls that is 15 minutes away walking distance.

    We are reachable by bus from Forlì to San Benedetto in Alpe (closest village), plus 1 hour walking on the Nature Trail. Bus lines are active monday to saturday (winter schedule - until june).

    The closest airport and international bus station is Bologna (1 hour regional train to Forlì).

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Max 25 hours - Generally any day of the week for varying hours, guests can take breaks or days off as needed, while respecting Workaway's 5 days/week 5 hours/day maximum.

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Host ref number: 258886374792