Permaculture and holistic lifestyle in a family run farmstead near Paternò, Italy

  • Italy
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  • Last activity: 31 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    This is a permaculture and holistic natural lifestyle project, born in 2021. We are located in the Simeto river valley, a few minutes away from the small town of Paternò. Our land is a 1,7 hectares citrus grove with blood oranges, mandarins, clementines, pomegranates, olives, aloe and vegetable gardens for home consumption.
    We are a family of 3 people, 4 dogs and 1 cat. The humans are a young couple, Carlo and Federica and Lidia, Federicas mother.
    We tend to our land with love and we try to live a simple life in contact with nature. We research ancient and new precious wisdom that teaches us how to value and transform all that nature has to offer. We dabble in the transformation of the fruits of our land in juices, jams, herbal medicine and cosmetics. We study the arts and techniques that help us build and embellish this place. And we research those practices and wisdom that lead us to rediscover our true being, uncontaminated by the folly our modern world.
    Having settled here only two years ago we are still in a phase of design and transformation, with the intention of:
    *Diversifying the crops and creating a food forest where now there are only citruses.
    *Renovating existing structures and building new ones using natural construction
    *Expand the activities held on site to include events, training courses, artistic and holistic activities.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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

    Coming to visit us as volunteers you will be able to taste the daily atmosphere of a small family run organic farm and learn through direct experience on the field theories and practices of natural agriculture, permaculture, natural construction, recycling and conscious consumption, vegan cooking, natural diet and medicine, communal living and much more. All of this practised with a special attention to a harmonious interaction with nature and the elements.
    We collaborate in various projects with other similar realities near us so you will have the opportunity to know other farming and communal projects.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Depending on the month of the year we will be busy picking and transforming our fruits, or in other management works like pruning and fertilizing but also in construction or for any other extraordinary jobs dictated by the necessities of the time.
    Harvesting is from January to March for citruses, in October pomegranates, grapes and wine making, olives in November. The help we ask is for these tasks and the daily management of the house, communal areas and vegetable gardens.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Guests will be accommodated in a camper, properly heated in the winter. And tents or dormitory when its not too cold. We can provide tents, mattresses and sleeping bags. The diet we offer is vegan/vegetarian but you are always free to eat whatever you like.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In the winter we suggest you bring waterproof shoes and layered clothing because it can still be warm during the day but go below zero in the nights!
    Nearby apart from the Simeto valley and the small town of Paternò there are many beautiful places to visit in your free time like Etna volcano, the city of Catania, etc.
    Paternò station is reachable from Catania by train and bus even though the information isn't easily found online, please don't hesitate to ask us for help to plan your arrival!

  • 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

    We have enough space for one medium large campervan, max 7mt long. can also be hooked up to electricity and running water to fill tanks.

  • 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: 974792675923


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