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***PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE CONTACTING US! THANK YOU!***
We are Simona and Davide, a couple of 40-year-old philosophers, and Ulisse, our child (almost 5 years old). We live in a sunny untouched place in Sicily near Ragusa, in the countryside of Chiaramonte Gulfi, in a typical old sicilian stone country house that we are restoring by ourselves. Around the house we have an hectare of land where we are practicing organic farming: there are about sixty olive trees, some old oaks, pines, cypresses, indian figs, lemon trees and other fruit trees (figs, oranges, pomegranates, pear, plum, almond and carob trees) and an organic vegetable garden. There is a small cave in our land, and a creek flows through our valley if in wintertime it rains enough (not this year, sadly). We live with a variable number of cats and kittens and with Nìura, our dog.
We have embraced a simple and slow way of life and we enjoy living in the countryside, far away from city traffic (the nearest town is 7 km away) and without television (neither Netflix…). We are trying to live in an ecological way with as little money as possible! We are two freethinkers, and our philosophy tends towards rationalism, realism, libertarianism, anarchism and atheism. Our common interests, other than philosophy, are books, movies, music… and cooking, of course: we sincerely believe that the flavors that Sicily can offer are the best in the world! In addition, Davide plays electric guitar and loves DIY, Simona practices yoga and meditation.
Our philosophical house is a convivial place where exchange ideas and experiences and work and eat together! Since 2015 we have hosted over 90 workawayers (if we don't have a corresponding number of feedback it's just because we are very slow in writing feedback...). In these years we have understood that our ideal helper is a nature lover with the desire to learn (we like to teach what we have learned over the years!), quite independent (sometimes we have many different work to do, so we'll assign you a work to do on your own) and with a certain physical resistance (the work usually is not too hard, but sometimes is not suitable for “desk people”, not used to stay in the sun and move the body...). We also like people with a good sense of humor… If you think you are such a person we will be happy to host you!
You can stay here with us for at least one month (we can consider shorter stays only in a “last minute” agreement during summertime). We like better lasting human and working relationships and strongly encourage slow tourism: that's why we prefer to avoid “hit and run” helpers. So, if you have enough time to come and stay here, you can also keep on reading before contacting us – and don't worry if we don't answer you immediately: sometimes we are too busy and we only find time to reply after a while...
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Aide à la maison
Helping us here you can learn how to grow a lush organic vegetable garden, how to self-produce a lot of necessities (from bread to soap!) and also how to restore an old house, if you are interested (recovering stone walls, building new walls, making hydraulic and electrical systems, plastering and flooring, but actually this depends on the work period...). Of course you can also learn several typical Sicilian recipes! (During weekends we open our house as a pop-up restaurant...).
Also you can improve your italian talking with us. We really love to speak not only about our lifestyle, of which we can explain everything you want to know, but also about philosophy, literature, politics, economy... and this is a lot easier and pleasant for us in our mother tongue! Moreover, once a month we organize a philosophical dinner with our friends to talk about a theme that we choose from time to time!
But we hope that you especially learn from us how to live in a simple way and close to nature, with no formal employment or regular job and using less money as possible! Although it is sometimes hard, we still prefer an alternative way of life rather than a job as frustrated employees...
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
Here there is always a lot of work to be done, and any help is welcome!
You can help us in many ways! The main work is… to move stuff. (We are kidding, but not too much. Moving things is the common trait of all kinds of work we do here…).
In spring and summer there is a lot of work to do in the vegetable garden: to seed and plant, then till, mulch and manur, take care of plants and at the end, finally, harvest!
Specially during summertime we work restoring our house (probably it's the work we need the most help with…). In the past years we completed to restore the main rooms inside, so now we are working on the other buildings around and outside the house: the goal for summer 2022 is to restore a cellar that we want to use as a guest room and to build an outdoor toilet with a shower.
In autumn we pick olives (only in the years in which the olive trees are productive), collect wood for our stove and work in the garden seeding fava beans and garlic and preparing the ground for the following year.
In wintertime the main work is to prune the olive trees! (But usually we don't host people in winter, or just for short periods).
You can help us, on occasion, also with our self-production: making bread, soap, jams and other preserves like tomato sauce. In the summer we often work cooking for tourists, so you can also help us with our guests and have a typical Sicilian lunch with us!
Moreover, you can help us playing with our son while we are working!
We will work together about 25 hours per week, plus we ask you a bit of extra help to prepare lunch and to clean up before and after meals (our house is not a hotel!). We don't have fixed times (especially since our son was born...), so some days could be full, some days part time and some days free, depending also on the period, on the work and on the weather if we are working outdoor… We just try not to work during the hottest hours in summertime: after lunch we prefer to take a siesta! We will try to give you two consecutive days off every week and we encourage you to take a trip in that days and explore the surroundings (we also need rest and solitude every now and then!).
To work in gardening or building you can need working shoes (or at least hiking shoes), old or cheap clothes (it is likely that you get dirty at work) and work gloves if you prefer (we'll provide you if you don't have it). Also, we suggest you to use sunglasses, sunscreen and hat if you need (here summer it's very hot and sunny!) and anti-mosquito spray in the summertime, if you think some mosquitoes can be annoying for you (not for us, we don't use any repellent).
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We can accommodate a person or a couple in our old camper (equipped with electricity) and more people in our tents in summertime, if the camper is busy (if you prefer you can still camp in tent under the trees: there is a lot of space around the house, and we can provide you with a good tent – however no electricity…). Both the camper and the tents have a double bed: we will provide you mattress, sheets, pillows and blankets.
Our house at this moment is mostly an open plan, so we don’t have yet a proper guest room inside. But we have a couch in case of need: if the camper is momentary busy or if it's too cold in spring or autumn you can stay in our couch for some day... not the ultimate in privacy, however.
We have a shared bathroom inside the house with a shower and a washing machine, and we plan to build soon another bathroom outdoor (at the moment there is an outdoor shower with a curtain and a compost toilet). We do not want to pollute our soil with chemical detergents, so we use only self-produced vegetable soap and shampoos: we will ask you to use them too.
There is a common kitchen indoor with a dishwasher, and we plan to restore a cooker outdoor to cook in the summertime. We cook mostly vegetarian meals, organic if possibile; in the summertime we'll eat plenty of delicious tomatoes, lettuces, eggplants, zucchini and onions from our organic garden! Keep in mind that we eat practically everyday pasta and bread (we're in Italy after all!), often cheese and eggs, and meat once or twice a week: if you have special dietary requests (gluten-free, fruitarian or need to eat a lot of meat) unfortunately we can't afford to buy extra food for you. Also, honestly it’s very difficult for us to arrange meals for strictly vegans: a lot of our recipes contains eggs or dairy products, and we don’t have time to cook twice to prepare also the vegan version of our food everyday…
Food of course will be totally free for you (someone asked us!), but… if you like to drink alcohol we have to ask you for a contribution to buy wine and beer, since these are the most expensive (and almost the only…) things we buy!
We do not have a wi-fi indoor with unlimited internet connection. If you need internet and you don’t have it on your phone (but is there really still someone who doesn't have it nowadays, in 2022?) we can certainly turn on the hotspot in our smartphone so you can browse, but our connection is limited (no Youtube or video streaming…). Now, if you have read this so far, as we hope, please write us in your message which is your favorite song or musical composition. In this way we will understand that you have really read our profile… and also we will know a little more about you!
To finish: true nature can sometimes be dirty, smelly and pungent. Ok, we’re exaggerating! We mean: if you have a citizen vision of nature (with lawns and English gardens...), maybe this isn’t the right place for you. But if you are a true nature lover, you are welcome!
The best way to come here probably is by plane. Comiso Airport (13 km away from our house) currently provides flights from Rome, Milan, Pisa, London, Frankfurt and Brussels (check Ryanair.com). If you land in Comiso we will pick up you with our car.
Alternatively you can fly to Catania Airport (85 km from us) and then take a bus from the airport to Ragusa, provided by Etna Trasporti (check Etnatrasporti.it). Just get off at "Coffa", 20 minutes before Ragusa (if in doubt, ask the driver: it's a bus stop inside a Lukoil gas station, at these coordinates: 37.032300, 14.658450) and we'll pick up you in the car.
If you are yet in Italy you can also come on a bus (check Saistrasporti.it or Buscenter.it or else Flixbus.it – or Astsicilia.it from Palermo or Siracusa), arriving in Ragusa or Catania (then you have to take the bus to Coffa provided by Etna Trasporti).
If you want to come by train (check Trenitalia.it), we strongly suggest you to stop in Catania, and then take a bus from there to Ragusa (Coffa stop, Etna Trasporti again, read above for details...), because the final part of train journey after Catania it's insanely slow and inefficient (4 or 5 hours with 2 or 3 changes, whereas bus takes only 1h30min...). Luckily train station and bus station in Catania are very close. Anyway the nearest train station to our house is in Ragusa, 30 km away from us. From there you have to walk a kilometer to the bus terminal and take a bus to Coffa (Etna Trasporti, yes...).
In your free time, from our home you can easily walk through the woods which are full of beautiful paths and views, go for a bike ride on the countryside (we can lend you a bike) so you can reach the centre of Chiaramonte Gulfi (the nearest town, 7 km away) or other towns around if you are in good shape, or simply stay under the trees reading and thinking in peace, relaxing or whatever else you want.
Once a week we go to the city of Ragusa for our affairs: so you can come with us to visit Ragusa and especially Ibla, the wonderful baroque old part of the city. From Ragusa you can also reach by bus or by train other baroque Sicilian cities like Modica and Scicli, the Donnafugata castle and some beautiful beaches in summertime (Marina di Ragusa, Punta Secca, Donnalucata): we just advise you not to rely too much on sicilian public transport, because sadly does not always work well… Moreover, twice a month we like to go to the sea in our favourite beach, Randello (it's a natural reserve, far away from tourism and impossible to reach by public transport): surely we will go together!
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We can host digital nomads but we can't offer a reliable hotspot.
We have enough space for a campervan.
25 hours per week (variable)
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