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Sustainable living with an eco project in the heart of Calabria, Pizzoni, Italy

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  • Last activity: 19 Apr 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our home, that we call Poly Hortus is an ever developing eco-sustainable project based on permaculture principles. The journey started in 2020.

    We are located in the southern part of Italy, in the green heart of Calabria.
    Surrounding us, as a core of steady tenants that live on the land full time, there is a dynamic and diverse group of friends. What connects us is the goal of creating a safe and protected space where it is possible to disconnect from the rhythm of the outside world, reconnect to the core essence of the human spirit and live and work symbiotically and harmoniously with Nature.

    Nestled in a lush forest, blessed by refreshing waters of a running river and surrounded by centuries old, large olive trees, our sanctuary is a true gem. Fruits, vegetables and wild edible plants can be found in abundance all year round on the land and its surroundings.

    Our daily life is simple and full. We live and adjust our work patterns to be in a symbiotic connection with Mother Nature. The rhythm is given by the sun, the works managed by the weather, the season and the planets through the biodynamic calendar. We are committed to a process of patient observation and interaction, at times hard physical input as well as dedication. In our garden this entails the use of natural treatments, thus avoiding all use of chemical products, heavy machinery, and intrusive technologies.
    We embrace the permaculture principles and also use methods of synergistic gardening to preserve our environment, improve soil fertility and maintain biodiversity. We take care of the plants, the animals and ourselves, moving and interacting consciously with what surrounds us.

    Our aspiration is to be a living example of a balanced and healthy relationship between humans and nature. We want to show and share our possibility to have a wealthy and abundant life without exploiting or misusing natural resources.

    All together we take our time to cook and share the table, as well as meditate, walk around the woods, explore the river and practice arts or simply relax.

    If you are ready to share this life, work hard but also simply enjoy the beauty that surrounds us, we are very happy to welcome your help and presence from where- and whatever you come from.

    Magic awaits you.

    Love & Light

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    On the work side we are happy to exchange experience and knowledge about:
    - food self-sufficiency from soil to plate: farming based on permaculture (biodynamics and synergic gardening), cooking, preserving, etc., collecting wild herbs and vegetables, making bread in the stone oven, seasonal also our wine and olive oil
    - sustainable living including alternative housing solutions, natural building, use of renewable energy, etc.
    - wood harvesting and working

    On the not-work side you will always be invited to join get-togethers with friends e.g. around the fire, where musicians or musicians-to-be are more than welcome to express themselves. The seasons and the moon are usually celebrated this way and our daily lives give us time to meditate, do yoga or other energetic/ spiritual body work.

  • Help


    While the ever growing and evolving garden asks for year-round attention there is also still a lot of construction/ building work to be done. Therefore we are always happy to have skilled and independent helpers around.
    As said before the work will be seasonal, from more building and woodwork in winter, to tree-trimming (we have 400 olive trees plus a fruit orchard) and garden preparation in spring on to lots of watering and other garden works in summer over to preserving and transforming the summer harvest as well as collecting olives in autumn.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We have a big Yurt hosting up to three people. Equipped with a wooden stove and all matrasses, sheets and blankets it’s also suitable for winter. A roulotte, also with stove, is free at times for long-term guests. If you have your own tent or van, we might have space for more people. We provide the kitchen and food, bathrooms or river/waterfall-shower and a warm fire.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The land is surrounded by woods to be explored and touched by a stream. The coastal line is about 30 mins drive. If you have you own car you can easily go around and discover this amazing region.

    Once we are together we are a community and share the care for common spaces that are our home. That is why we prefer having mature beings around that come with experience in shared housing and living. We move consciously with who and what surrounds us and ask our guests to do the same in order to allow a harmonious environment and joyful time.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet connection is only possible by personal phone hotspot

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have three dogs and two cats, a few chicken and six sheep - just for your pet to know

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 374197855887

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