Help us create a self-sufficent eco-friendly place in Levice, Italy



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    Me (Ulrich), or us, that are Jeanette (Ulrichs partner) and Maxl (a dog) and me (again - Ulrich) have bought a small piece of land in southern Piedmont (close to Levice, Cuneo). The property is situated in the forest at about 600 meters altitude. On the property is a collection of around 8 - 10 buildings (former buildings, I have to admit, it's all ruins actually) of wich we plan to reconstruct at least 4.
    The idea is to use materials, the land around us provides - straw, clay, stones, wood. At the moment we are working on the smallest building - "il Castano" - to make it winterproof.
    Next step after building number 2 ("il finile") will be an open air theatre with a small stage and place for around 150 people.
    Jeanette is a designer and carpenter, mother of three and a most wonderful woman anyway,
    Maxl is an eleven year old shepherd-mix. He is not very relaxed with other male dogs (sorry!)
    Ulrich studied architecture, learned woodturning and works as an actor (in fact he is a small one-man-theatre) and is pretty much a DIY-fan. In his second life he works as a personality/communications trainer
    The property has 2500 square meters and is shaped through its terraces that span around 20 meters in altitude.
    On the ground is a shower (heated) and a compost-toilet (with a very comfortable seat) apart from that we have a small kitchen-building (with one sleeping-place) the rest of us resides in tents or vans.
    Electricity comes from solar panels and batteries. Drinking water from our neighbors.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    I can teach you basics in plastering walls, in wood-construction and optimism, German (of course) and maybe you can profit from my experience as a trainer in communications and personality....
    Jeanettes skills are obvious. As a designer - drawing, painting, creativity....

  • Help


    This fall we need help with wooden construction, building and plastering walls, roof construction, working with clay, natural stones, straw and wood. Tools are provided.
    Work that can always be done is - carefully demolishing the ruins, sorting stones, moving dirt ....
    Anyone with experience in designing permaculture gardens is heavily invited and most welcome!!!
    Apart from construction I would be thrilled to have someone here who could teach me Italian.
    But in general - anyone with open minds and open hearts is welcome to stay.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I definetely need help with my italian and can offer help with german or english instead

  • Accommodation


    in a tent (we have a small one and a family-tent for guests and a couple of sleeping mats) / or your own camper. As soon as buildings are finished in those buildings...

    i / we provide for food and drinking - of course - mostly vegetarian with a tendency to vegan, but that is not a religion...
    cooking, shopping and eating preferably will be done together - so anyone is free to communicate their needs.
    should your needs be excessive alcohol or soda pops, you might want to bring some money for your own....

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Since our place is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, there's lots of possibilities for hiking, walking, being on your own. The towns of Alba, Savona, Acqui Terme are about an hour drive away. If you are traveling with your own car we could guide you to the place, if you are traveling by bus or train, we of course can pick you up in Alba, Cortemilia, Acqui Terme or Savona. Public transport via bus to Coremilia is ok.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I can provide space for small campervans

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    since I have a male shepherd dog with me - please no other "not castrated" male dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 864397122959