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We are a young family - George and Sophie and our kids Caio and India...and our cow Moona.
We're welcoming enthusiastic Workawayers to help us with all the general tasks involved with running a homestead.
Our main projects for this year are collecting firewood and improving our 3km long ancient stone road. This will involve cleaning ditches and cutting back the overgrowth, filling holes using stones from the immediate area, then resurfacing with bought in gravel from the local quarry. This is supposed to be our main focus for the immediate future however, there is always so much other stuff to do such as general house renovation projects and gardening etc.
General info on our life and project....
Our life project focuses on maintaining and renovating two off-grid farmhouses. We live in one while the other is set up for guests. It's an ideal playground for the DIY enthusiast and for anyone wanting to practice amd learn more building/DIY skills. Any help related to house renovation needs doing here. We are committed to keeping the project off-the-grid, which means we are not connected to the mains electricity. We have only solar power for electrics. We have a large vegetable garden so help is always needed here because it is a never ending task.
The 3km road to the house is very bad so sometimes we might work on the road cleaning the ditches and filling holes etc. The road is only suitable for 4x4 vehicles, we have an old ex-military Landrover Defender which is our lifeline to the outside world!
Collecting and chopping firewood is never ending so this is something we'll always need help with whatever the season.
We cook, eat and live together. We welcome single travellers, couples and families.
We're passionate about living the off-the-grid lifestyle, building things, hosting guests, baking bread and gardening. We enjoy the peace and slow pace of living in this environment close to nature and the commitment to the work involved in restoring and maintaining the beautiful off-grid farmhouses that we live in.
Outside of the work we enjoy playing with our kids, walking around the forest, drinking some nice wine over dinner, going to the river, cooking food and baking sourdough bread.
We have a young cow which we will eventually use for milk.
Práctica de idiomas
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Ayuda en una granja
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
Although we are in Italy we're very isolated so it's not the best place for volunteers to come expecting a Italian cultural exchange. We are English. George speaks Italian and is trying to teach Sophie, but he's not doing such a great job at the moment! So an Italian/English language exchange would be good.
We offer the opportunity to learn many life skills from cooking and baking bread to gardening and fixing the roof.
We live off-the-grid and practice organic gardening, self-sufficiency and alternative technology. So our cultural exchange would be an exchange of lifestyle and knowledge rather than a typical Italian cultural exchange...however we can teach you to make Italian food :). Otherwise, if you'd like to learn how to drink English tea and talk about the weather then you're in the right place! ;)
We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about nature, independent, hardworking and enjoy being outside and getting stuck in!
As previously mentioned, at the moment we're trying to focus on improving our 3km long stone road and collecting firewood.
If you come to stay with us when the road or firewood is not the focus there are always so many others things to do. What you could do here greatly depends on what you're capable of doing. There's always new stuff to build and old stuff to fix and renovate and it's an ideal playground to the DIY enthusiast.
Depending on your skills such tasks could be....
Roof building projects
Painting and decorating
General manual labour
General house renovation
Building and repairing dry stone walls
Fixing tools and machines
The garden and house need constant attention and improvement.
We have a small fruit tree orchard so help could include keeping the grass cut, clearing weeds from the around the trees, watering, and also clearing brambles to make space for to plant new trees.
You will have a private room in the house.
You will have access to whole house. There is a separate bathroom for guests.
The house is off-grid, which means we are not connected to the mains electricity. We only have a small solar panel system - not a problem in summer but it can mean we have limited electricity supply in the spring and autumn months. Our water, comes clean and natural to the house from a nearby spring.
About the place and your stay...
We are in a very remote part of east Tuscany called the Casentino. In contrast to the rolling hills, vine yards and the olive groves of what you imagine to be the classic Tuscany, here it is very wild and mountainous and we are surrounded by lush forests. The houses are literally in the middle of the woods within the National Park of the Casentine forests. The houses are reached by a 3km old stone track only accessible on foot or 4x4 vehicle. The houses are fully off grid. Our electricity comes from solar and water is sourced from a natural spring. Hot water is supplied from a wood burning stove. It is an exceptionally peaceful place of untouched natural beauty. The nearest neighbor is a 30min walk away and there is no light pollution, perfect for stargazing and forest-walks. This is a very special place just to be and experience nature.
Places to visit during your stay....
La Verna - the medieval monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi. Perched high on a cliff face at the top of the mountain this sacred place is surrounded by some of the oldest and largest trees in the valley in a forest known as the 'foresta encantata' (enchanted forest). It is here where the Saint retreated in his cave and communed with the wildlife and nature and eventually received his stigmata. It is clear to understand why even to this day many pilgrims still visit this sacred wild place for prayer and meditation... or perhaps for some, just simply to enjoy the view!
Next is the 'abandoned village' of San Silvestre. This once thriving village was deserted after the second world war and since then it has been left open to the destructive forces of nature and has slowly been eaten up by the wilderness. Here trees grow from the middle of the ruins and the only signs of life are the sheep loitering the old lanes and grazing the overgrowth. Although only abandoned this century, the village emanates a feeling of a 'lost civilisation'. Beautiful place for sunset!
There are several waterfalls and rivers big enough for swimming in the valley. Indispensable on a hot day, these can be reached on foot and will no doubt be visited during your stay with us.
Please be aware that we are isolated and hard to get to. The house is literally in the middle of the woods, it can only be reached by 4x4 vehicles and of course on foot. It is a place to immerse yourself into nature, explore forests and footpaths and to simply enjoy the peace. Fantastic for walkers. It is not a place to use as a base from where you can easily go on day trips to other tourist cities in Italy.
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