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Our beautiful farm is situated in a small canyon created by a continuously flowing river called Manghisi inside a natural reserve. Here there are an incredible number of wild plants and flowers, animals, migratory birds and wild tortoises. The river is full of fish and is lined by huge trees including walnut trees. Through the wildness we have found an ancient jumping platform where children and adults through the centuries have enjoyed jumping into the deep pools.
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1) 3 weeks minimum stay, we are also looking for skilled/experienced longer stay workaways, But first we always have up to one week trial to see if work for both us and get on well..
2) We are In Italy, the kingdom of gluten diet. Sorry but We are not suitable for gluten free workaways. We grind our own local grain to make our pasta and bread.
3) Minimum age 24 years old for workaways with no feedback.
4) Please Let us know which food you don't eat. Very important
5) Permaculture its a way of life not just the gardening aspect. We dont have a commercial veg garden but we move with season, summer is super hot here ( 50 degrees ) , so the summer garden is not the best. We are also concetrating on building a place for running workshop , eating toghether after hikes , big tents for accomodations for groups and learning all his needed for this kind of activities.
The farm and watermill has been abandoned for the the last 60 years, nature took back all the buildings, which we have started restoring. Me (Sicilian) and my wife (UK), after 6 years of off grid life in yurts in England, decided to move back to the warmth of Sicily to continue our lives here. This was the first place we found (or what we feel is that it found us). In August 2013 we embarked on an epic journey transporting all our yurts, tools and materials from England to Sicily in a 16m lorry used to export tomatoes and vegetables from Sicily. After 8 years living in our yurts we now live in our off grid house built with the help of many workaways, also we now have our beautiful children our son, Alfeo, who was born in October 2014 and daughter, Flora born in December 2016.
In the UK we ran a conservation organisation working to raise awareness, create and protect habitats for wild bees and pollinating insects but we are also artists, entomologists, and doers. Carlo is now a qualified Nature and Historical Guide. We work hard but believe in living life well and enjoying life's simple riches. We are working here to create a Non Profit environmental educational centre. We have already created an organic vegetable garden, planted fruit trees, have welcomed chickens, sheep, 2 dogs and 1 cats into our family and are on the verge of completing a house, outdoor kitchen and bathroom for campers. Thanks to all the workaways, friends and family we are making huge strides in restoring the other buildings, managing the land and are planning to set up craft/educational workshop spaces, and renovate the watermill. We are also committed to generating our own energy and remaining off grid.
We also make a home restaurant for tourists! We are food obsessed, and great cooks, we believe In growing our own food in our organic garden and eating the wild plants that grow here, helping us to be as independent as we can. We are in the process to writing a receipe book. We have had many Workaways who were professional cooks coming to stay to get inspired by the unique Sicilian ingredients and the abundant food of this island. Over the years we have collected recipes from workaways from all around the world.
We spend lots of time making lots of food, conserves, jams, tomatoes passata, bread, pasta, pickled vegetables and we pressure can food to keep us going through the winter We don't waste any surplus from our crops. We also pick olives to make our own olive oil. Trying to stay away as much possible from super market.
Why Eco Nature Sanctuary ?
ECO: In our farm all our electric energy comes from sustainable source, we have been living for over 14 years completely off grid and we plan to do so until we are alive. No bills life, free up your dream life.
NATURE: The farm is located inside a natural reserve, surrounded by a river with above small cliff protecting the farm, we have many diverse Sicilian habitats inside the same farm, welcoming an incredible variety of bio-diversitiy. The river makes it a hot spot for wildlife, a Sicilian jungle, most especially in the Summer time when may not rain for at least 3 months.
SANCTUARY: This is not a Sanctuary in the sense that we look after protected species like RSPB or WWF, but because this land has always been remembered in history as a sacred place of great importance and is now a sanctuary for many wild plants and animals but also for all who come to stay here. Inside our land we have heavy archeological restrictions because there are many evidence that was a sacred place. You will be able to visit a over 2000 year old cemetery, made by Siculi one of the first civilisation of Sicily, then used by Greeks and Romans and we have also beautiful cave altars and more.
Workaways now are staying in the yurts and caravan. We are in the process to finish facilities for the environmental centre.
Carlo has become a Naturalist Guide taking tourists around the most beautiful natural reserves of our area, which are full of waterfalls and clear fresh water pools, time to time he works also for a company that makes cookery tours for international cooks and food-lovers, visiting the kitchens of the best restaurants in Sicily.
Jessie is an artist, maker, gardener, herbal woman, weaver, builder, social and environmental thinker and doer, mummy and English teacher.
Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizajeTrabajo de caridadProyectos artísticosPráctica de idiomasAyuda en proyectos ecológicosJardineríaConstrucción y bricolajeCuidado de animalesAyuda en una granjaCuidado de niños y juegos creativosCocinar para toda la familiaAyuda domésticaMantenimiento general
Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión
Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje
Here you can learn about living close to the land, making, building, organic gardening, foraging, gentle land management, grafting, cooking, woodwork, and much more....
Proyectos con niños
En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.
We ask a minimum stay of 3 weeks to 4 weeks, but already many people have returned and we are also now ready to host longer term skilled/experienced Workaways.
The varied tasks are carried out in a friendly atmosphere for 5 hours a day.
We ask for a 4 euro per day contribution..
We also look for Workaways who are independent and can cook.
No Tabacco SMOKERS live here, many smokers choose this place to quit , we really like people that come with that intention..
*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Why is a contribution is required ? –
To achieve our long term goal to create an educational retreat centre, the Workaway team has agreed to support us in asking for this small contribution towards food (4Euros per day). The Workaway team works really hard to select projects that are worth supporting in this way. We are a very rare case and in exchange we thank you and the the workaway team, by making sure that people coming to stay with us eat extremely well and have an excellent experience.
We love to cook really good, fresh and organic food and here you can also learn traditional Sicilian cooking.
Remember life on the land is very different from the "push button" lifestyle in a city. Everything requires a physical effort, this effort is what we love about living in nature, with nature and connected to nature. For most people this effort is called "hard work", for us it is called "living" and it makes us feel alive. Many styles of living nowadays requires no effort, we like the sense of satisfaction that "effort" gives us.
We have found that many people who visit us are not used to physical work because they never have had to use their bodies in such a way (eg. Collecting water and digging). Coming here will hopefully reconnect you with the memory locked in your body, passed on from your ancestors who for thousands of years used that effort (physical work) to keep your family alive. In the meantime our ancestors were connected to the natural world in order to survive. We hope to share a way of living that connects the head, the heart and the hands.
If you expect to use no effort during your stay, please visit other hosts.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
Este anfitrión ha indicado que está interesado en compartir su idioma o aprender otro.
Ponte en contacto con él para obtener más información.
Depending on the time of the year Yurts, tents, caravan and some rooms in the house are available in winter time. Spaces usually are shared by more than one Workaway. We do our best to make it as comfortable as possible for you during your stay. We have lived off-grid for many years and we have everything we need but the facilities are pretty basic by modern standards and it not always easy during winter months. Do not expect en-suite bathrooms and endless hot water but we now have a bathroom in the house with a flushable toilet and the possibility to heat up water for a shower.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SLEEPINGBAG, TORCH, WORK GLOVES AND WORKING BOOTS ( HIKING BOOTS FINE TOO), SHOWER TOWEL AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BE INDEPENDENT AND HAPPY, THIS ARE ESSENTIAL TO OVERCOME TRIAL DAYS especially rainy ones.
We are situated between 3 nature reserves, Vendicari, Cavagrande and Pantalica. It is situated in the countryside between Palazzolo Acreide (10km), Cannicattini Bagni (7km) and Noto (18km). It takes 30 mins to get to the sea by car. It is very easy to get to and from our farm gate by bus. The best airport to get to us is Catania Airport. There are 4 buses per day from Catania Airport via Siracusa, it is the bus for Palazzolo Acreide. But BE AWARE that the last bus from airport leaves at 18:30 and there are NO buses on Sundays. We ask if possible that you arrive on Tuesday.
Also if you choose other landing destination from wherever you land in Sicily you need to get to Catania to get to us.
Please understand that travel is always an adventure. Sometime things happen and "you" have to accept it, but we try our best to support you in your arrival to us.
At weekends or in the evenings we often like to explore special places of natural/historical importance around our local area or go to the sea. Many people choose to join us. We kindly ask a small contribution towards fuel.
We believe it is important to enjoy life, to live creatively and to be passionate about life so we especially welcome craftspeople, boffins, musicians, artist, positive pirates and everyone who is open to sharing and learning.
Finally… If you would like to bring a gift, we love to remember our Workaways, so if possible….. please bring a recipe, a song or album or a book to share with us….
WE LOVE TAHINI PASTE, Music, books, something you have made to decorate for this land.
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Acceso a Internet limitado
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¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?
Más de dos
maximum 5 hours, 5 days per week ( you will need to track your hours)
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Jasmine thank you so much for being such great company, such a great help and
for integrating into our family and for
The work was varied, including preparing
First of all, Jessie and Carlo are two curious, loving and passionate human beings who both share the inate desire to live a life driven by love. From the moment I arrived, I felt their kindness in abundance and did so until the moment I left.
It was so special how you came to know about us, it meant so much that from this connection you came to stay. It was
Jessy and Carlo are both super sweet people who welcome you with an open heart. Together with their children, Flora & Alfeo, they make you feel at home.
The work itself is also very pleasant, it always varies which makes every day different.
And the food, wow! So tasty and special that everything
Between working in the gardens in the morning and playing with the kids in
Half of the food was
They work really hard and methodically (make sure you are clear on instructions) and they will always do a brilliant job and on top of that, they cook for everybody almost everyday, making pizza and
Alfeo kidnapped me the first day and showed me around their beautiful land, he is such a good guide. He knew all the history behind the old ruins, caves trenches and stones.
It was still cold when we were there, but we went for a swim in the river now and then
Where to begin...
My stay with you was so special and I will never forget it. From day one, I felt very welcome and the family accepted me with open arms. I learnt a lot about a permaculture way of living, and a new way to live in peace with nature and with consideration and respect for the environment around
Mila came to stay with a group of wonderful friends to help us as we cleared and prepared our olive orchard, our wild pear field ready to graft this next winter, a small woodland and the section of the river bank. Mila and her friends were fantastic, great company, joyous, talented, beautiful, great cooks and a real gift to have with us on
They are incredibly welcoming and I felt at home the minute I came. The kids Flora and Alfeo didn't hesitate to invite us into their world of games, stories and all the mysteries that lay in their land.
Jessie looked out for us workawayers, made sure we felt good, always having an idea on how to solve a
What an absolute pleasure and challenge have these 2 months been! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me experience the beauty of the nature that surrounds you. Living in the yurt is not as easy in the winter as some might believe but I loved it (tho I believe because I shared the yurt, it was sometimes
The life in the jurt, bathing in the river every day, eating your amazing food (the best pasta I´ve ever eaten, Carlo made it himself!), just slowing down and learning about your lifestyle, its difficulties and its beauty was just what I needed.
My stay was shorter
As magical as the farm itself is, the family is equally special. It gave me a glimpse of how adults and children can interact among themselves and their environment much different than the way that I grew up. I learned
Sultan was welcomed by the
I can't even begin to express in words what spending time on their farm does to one's entire being - a being, that in my case, was feeling very stale from years sitting in front of a computer for a living. Being in the family's company, the company of
Jessie, Carlo, Flora and Alfeo are such beautiful Human-beings who taught me a lot! I have some new skills (like using an axt or knowing how to light a fire -finally 😅, etc) and I learned a lot about myself!!! thank you sooo much!!! I feel
I got the chance to connect to this beautiful land in a strong way, through living in the yurt, sharing adventures with the family and Johan - my yurt companion -, using daily my body to work in the garden. It felt very nurturing and I
Thank you dear friend for all that you shared with us, for
5 months later and my experience off working and living at your place is still deep in my heart.
I found there a home in Sicilie and I left there also some off my roots :).
The feeling off supporting there project wass quiet easy for me. This was because our way of thinking and being in this society is on
I enjoyed that people and their way to live. I have learned a lot of things there and met wonderful people. I have been so lucky to be there with Jessie, Carlo, Alfeo & Flora in the house during the first week of my workaway and after on the yurth with my
I am happy I came here. I was a bit messed up inside when I first arrived; they were very understanding and patient, and helped me through :) It was a good experience coming here! Eating sun-baked bread, mandaranci, and
This is definitely a great place
Stephanie, thank you so very much for all the help you gave to us whilst you were here. The children loved you and we think any hosts who you choose to stay with during your travels will be
Vincent, we wish you a fantastic adventure and all the very best for the future. Buon Camino
Thank you so much, it was great to have you here. Thank you for all your hard work and company. Next time we promise there will be a guitar.
The help was lots of fun and the family are just amazing. I’m already planning to return.
Carlo, Jessie and all. Wishing you all the
We've particularly enjoyed working in their beautiful garden (weeding, planting, collecting) and even if it was a first time for us, it was no problem with Carlo and
for me this was a life changing experience. Thanks to you all in the family, the way you have decided to live and Sicily. You showed me the importance in life and I came back to my big city life with a way more easy way of seeing everything. I’m more harmonic and happy over smaller things. All the conversations and laughs made the start
(family, dogs, cats, donkeys, sheep, chikens, river, garden, trees, wind...)
I am a believer in destiny. When you need something, it finds you and hugs you.
That same destiny brought me with you and I am very happy to have met you.
For me you are the best example of love, union and purpose.
I only have good wishes for you, that
The way that I arrive at the farm was unexpected for both parts. Although I tried hard to get during the day at Catania, I was able to only make at 2.30 pm, and the last bus during the day was at 2pm. So, if you are thinking to apply to this work, arrive during the
Carlo and Jessie and their family are warm-hearted, kind and cheerful people. They welcome everybody into their life, are eager to make you feel at ease and care for your wellbeing.
Work on the farm is diverse. The hosts make sure that you never get
The nature of life and
To be honest, it was not allways easy for me to addapt to such a different way of life, but in the end, it was a really nice experience and I gained tones of
It was a real shame that during your stay
As soon as I arrived I felt very welcomed and instantly part of the family :) During my stay we mainly focused on starting a completely new garden bed from scratch, clearing brambles, and daily tasks such as feeding the chickens/ giving water to the donkeys. As for food, the shared lunch was always delicious! Breakfast and
Jessie and Carlo were great hosts that made sure I was well fed and well rested however it could get a bit hectic and chaotic at times with the a two year old and an infant. Now the work expected of the volunteer was definitely hard and physically exhausting work but, this experience was one worth
the farm is off-grind and if you are interested in renewable energy and pumping systems there is a lot to learn.
gladly i had a
We wish you all the best and would
I did a lot of garden work which I have to say is very
I've decided to backpack through Sicily for all the month of August, and I've chosen to stay during a few weeks with Carlo and Jessie, to make them part of my first trip alone. Thus, I have to say it was an amazing experience (I've caught the
Carlo and Jessie and the most loving, welcoming, hospitable and generous people I know. Spending time on the farm I learnt so much about; Sicilian cooking, the historical artefacts, yoga, and sustainable lifestyles. Their family have a consistent energy and positivity which is
Three weeks weren't enough. I love your beautiful paradisiac home/farm. You are really lucky to have that piece of land as your house. The river is amazing, I just loved swimming there everyday. The garden is awesome too, and the food we eated, the salad, the vegetables, so fresh, I'm thankful for
Um dos pontos positivos é que o Carlo deixa bem claro na descrição e nos emails o que você irá encontrar no sítio, e isso é muito bom. O lugar é muito bonito e tranquilo, e o tempo que se passa lá parece voar de tão rápido! Os voluntários ficam alojados numa tenda, e usamos o rio
From there it only got better, as I experienced being in an environment full of learning opportunities and diverse challenges I've not faced
As Ben has said below, the work was varied, fun and sometimes a welcome physical challenge. I loved living outside, washing in the river and
The food I
I had an incredible time here which I will never forget. I spent 4 weeks (felt like fast forward though) on this farm and I hope to be able to return soon.
Jessie and Carlo are so welcoming and warm. They are people that you actually like to work for and help out and people you can have loads of fun with, too.
I spent my entire life in cities and never had any experience with the countryside. So I got to Sicily with a certain respect for what espects me. I arrived at lunch time, already in a good mood due to the
I enjoyed the variety and physicality of the outdoor work, despite my stay coinciding with a period when I wasn't at my best physically. One
Make sure he has his tabacco and he will work more then you expect doing all the tasks requested. One Workaway hard to find and hard to say see you soon. Really hope will come back To share wiTh us his
GoodMood Jess your creative head inspired us a lot. Only one week with you was not enough.
Little Alfeo keep
The enjoyment was the starry night sky~
Just in two weeks, I got uncountable first time experience in here.
It's definitely happy family and lovely place to be with, they eased my nervousness as me being a totally new workawayer.
I had also learned a lot from Carlo, Jessie, Carmina and Alfeo, about
If you give Giovanni a task he will do it extremely thoroughly and with the greatest of care as long the as
Alex we wish you the very very best and have no doubt that you'll
On the other hand Tyrone since he arrived did not show any real interest on working or socializing. He also didn't seem particularly open to listen advise on how to cope with the hot weather. Eg Get your
Jessie and Carlo are good people and the farm is beautiful, however sometimes the work and everyday life on the farm was too hard in the extreme Sicilian heat and we weren't ready for it. If we had chosen a bit more carefully what time of the year to go it would've been a totally different experience for us. After
He has the strength of dragon. It was really fun seeing him breaking wood with his hands. Ricardo his an increadible cook, thank you for your Brazilian recipes and he loves hard work. It was amazing seeing Ricardo growing and changing every day. We felt so lucky to have him
We wish you all the
Also, the land is amazing! I loved been surrounded completely by nature. The sounds of the river and all the crickets
We wish you all the
I have spent the last two weeks here and they have been amazing!
i have choosen this place because I was interested in their project, and because I wanted to know more about living more conected to nature and I can sincerely say that this two weeks has overcome my expectations! the work is hard sometimes but they never asked anything
Thank you both for my time with you and your family (humans and animals). I have known the two of you since your time in the UK, building
I am so inspired to move to some land in the country and love
Jessie and Carlo are both truly wonderful people, they are hard workers, enthusiastic, creative and also know how to have fun! I really enjoyed the hard physical work and watching how quickly things move when everyone works together. as everything they do, this project is very ambitious and i found it inspiring to see how
Can't believe it's already my very last day here ! Feel like I could just stay here forever! (Sorry, mommy and daddy back in Taiwan...XD) having met sooooo many nice and interesting people here, most of all, hardworking and all trying to live a better life
I stayed 2 weeks & didn't want to leave.
I was incredibly lucky to have come at a time where i got to be part of baby Alfeos 6mth celebration & what an honour it was to be part of & too meet the wonderful family.
Carlo & Jesse are so warm & welcoming. Very easy
That said, there was still lots of variety in the work I did. It was hard, especially
Right from the beginning Jesse and Carlo made us feel welcome and started to show us the ways of the yurt. Jesse is an amazing mother, cook, host and friend.
We toasted to honesty so that's how I'm gonna be in this review.
I had a good time during the two weeks I spend here. The work was hard, sometimes I felt it was a bit too much even if it was fun and most importantly, expressly announced in the profile. They have an amazing project
animals whilst we travelled to visit our family over Christmas. Martin and
Katrina stayed for a week before hand learning how we run everything, they
worked extremely well with Carlo, they were thorough, calm and methodical
in every job they did. We returned to find all
In between the birth of Alfeo, the relaxing evening playing music and singing and the work on the house and on the land I can really say that my stay here has taught me much more on so many levels then whatever I was expecting when coming in Sicily !
Since Peter arrived he
It really is AMAZING, I spent 3 AMAZING weeks with Jessie and Carlo, the animals and a few other volunteers.
They are relaxed and fun people who make you feel at home, and their AMAZING cooking is really worth the money and much more!
I feel so lucky to
The land is a paradise in the rough. The work is basic manual labor. The hosts are very good managers. The area is littered with remnants from old civilizations dating back 20.000 years.
Your bath is the most idyllic little
This is a beautiful historical wild spot in the Sicilian countryside. The hosts Carlo and Jessie are just lovely. I’ll remember their stories about the
We were really sad to see you go, especially as it was much sooner than we or you expected but just to
Thanks for all the delicious food we cooked and shared together, the new steps down to the river, the happy watered plants, healthy chickens, thanks for all your positivity, hard work and