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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 1-5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 15394
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: February 18, 2015

Update 18.2.2015
Due to the trasformational period that we are in right now at Ghiro Tondo, unfortunately we cannot take new helpers at the moment. Or in other words we can't afford to pay peoples food.
We are happy to welcome someone who can contribute to the food expences, and/or our "old" friends from HelpX are most welcome to come back.


"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to
be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can
disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.'
It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away."

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer-(a piece from)The Invitation-

How does that feel as an invitation to you?:)
continue reading if you resonate with it and are NOT looking for a place where -you'll have three hours of work, lots of "freetime" for touristing around, comfortable private rooms and food served ready on the table- because if you are, don't waste your time, move along. This is not a holiday place. And even this site might be mainly used for work-exchange-with-food-and-accomodation, that's only a small part of what we are about here and how HelpX is helping us.

For us this kind of exchange tool can be used for an exchange on another level.. for us it has become a tool that can help people to take the responsibility of our life's back (for free:p)and getting really involved in changing the world, being the change, starting from the inside, from your self. Starting to learn skills that we need for living as a sustainable being, and a sustainable community of humans on earth. Stepping out from the system that steals from poor and from the future of our children/grandchildren. That keeps people asleep and hypnotized in their comfortable entertained life, afraid of being natural, spontaneous, expressive, awake & alive.
It's a way for exchanging information and skills about all aspects of life that supports natural well-being of all beings on earth. Meeting people in this way can be seen like silent&peaceful revolution:)

And as a base of the respect, love for all Life and the will to share there is this awakening to the seeing that we really are One with all and the presence is divine, the most ordinary life a great gift.. full of magic, joy, gratitude and curiosity for what Is. Always learning & expanding...
Actually this exchange and living in a small community situation has become like a continuous (spiritual) retreat for us and for many that share a piece of their journey with us. The vibration is often so high that it helps us to heal our selves from the inside, our past (and future) in the presence. This can be very intense and openness to see and readiness to let go is needed.

Please don't ask to come to visit us if your intention is to stay less than three weeks..then of course you can leave when you wish to or stay as long as we get along.. But we ask you to have the possibility to stay three weeks.
Actually we would love to have one or two people coming who would have the possibility to stay even six months or more if there is a really good feeling between us.


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We are an extended family with three wild little girls (born -07,-09 and -11). And many other dear friends that are a part of our tribe/community one way or another. Our organic home is in Valsassina at 650m above the sea level, in the chestnut forest. The place is very beautiful, quiet and green (or white), with a view to the Como-lake and to the Swiss Alps. It's isolated, but in a forty minutes walk there are shops etc. at the lake. Directly from our land one can start trekking as well even until 2500m of altitude.

A part of our life is self-sufficient and/or has an economy based on exchange. At the moment we are mostly using what others throw away, so called Freegan and we are always learning more about growing our own food, living with the essential, respecting the nature, staying well with all the abundance the life offers us (and again and again we are amazed how much is does offer!). Treating all living things with love, for we are One.

We make cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, jams and other preserves from our/and exchange ingredients. And also our own soaps/detergents for the house.

We have vegetable cultivations, fruit trees and berries. Plus few sheep, chicken, ducks, geese and bees (with barefoot beekeeper/ top bar method). We are learning to cultivate with permaculture/Fukuoka ways.

We breed Bernese Mountain Dogs And we have four dogs at the moment (Bernese Mountain dogs & one Bergamasco Shepherd), and puppies maybe once a year.

Sometimes we might go to cook in spiritual retreats/ meditation groups/ festivals etc. and so for those times we also need "house- and animal sitters".

Our wish is to share the life here with all kinds of works at the farm, gardens, animals, house, cleaning, sharing with kids (it's very important that who comes here love children and have patience with them!!), cooking, building, fencing, making firewood, computer, artistic work (decorating the house/garden), working the wool...etc etc. And to have people coming who if not experienced are anyway enthusiastic about some of these things and HONESTLY interested in self-sufficiency & sustainable living and spirituality, like animals (but have no problem that we keep them also for the meat), are understanding & tolerant with kids (and how all life for them is play, experiment and learn), enjoy work (for us it too is play, experiment & learn:)). Plus are able to take care of their own space, keep clean the toilet and handle with attention the fire in the yurt. We have lot's to do and cannot host people who need constant looking-after and who are not able/willing to work independently. So maturity (not about age), sense of responsibility & awareness are highly appreciated.

We appreciate understanding and curiosity about Life and it's spiritual side as well and love the sharing about it.. for us the earth, the plants and animals are our brothers and sisters, being one with all, and the consciousness of the whole Universe is our true Self.

Hard workers are very appreciated here but even more people who are awake (or awakening;)), who really get involved in the life &sharing, enjoy their work, have a positive vibration, are open and curious so we can meet and connect in a "deeper" level and become friends!
More than HelpX for us this is ShareX:-)!!!
Hosting for us has been like traveling without ever leaving home!

Being in contact with earth is often being in contact with dirt, and with all kinds of insects. Lots of the work is physically hard, living in the mountain means also that when you walk, you walk always up or down:) We don't follow the clock or the rhythm of weekdays and weekends that much. Nor separate working from freedom. Every moment, day, season etc. is different and that's our rhythm. We work often all day, but taking our time and enjoying the doing as much as the breaks. If you live with us you need to be brave enough to say "today I strike":)
Besides the so called work we enjoy for example: CELEBRATING LIFE, music, art & handcrafts, cooking & eating!, conversations and silence, yoga, meditation, dance, hiking..and so on...

We are not serious people, not taking our selves and life seriously. Perhaps instead we are quite nuts (plus we live in the nuts forest:).
We have chosen this lifestyle because it felt like the most natural thing to do and for the freedom of being your own boss, and the boss of nobody. Giving as little energy to the system that is being controlled/manipulated by the psychopathic few;).

We invite people to come and be a part of this family/tribe for the time of their stay, to get fully involved in this lifestyle without thinking about working hours or even seeing it as a job..but just life, where one for example sees how the ingredients of our dinner are born, taken care of and prepared.
The more presence, acceptance and openness we give in our meeting with one-another the more exchange and learning happens.

Children are very welcome as well!

Besides many new experiences our helpers get food(non veg but not that much meat either,and one can cook vegetarian/vegan food and we are happy to eat it!) and accommodation (in the yurt (mongolian tent, shared with others, taken care by it's inhabitants together), and internet (slow connection-no wireless) as well. Wine and beer is not included, we can share the expenses.

The biggest help HelpX has been/is for us is a help in finding friends with similar in-outlook of life, that like it here so much that they come again and again and stay longer and longer and we melt together like a "tribe", though not necessarily living always in the same spot.. we can be a tribe of the whole earth:-)

PS. we (not all) speak Italian, Finnish & English
(Thank you helpers our kids are learning to speak English as well!)



Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

-John Lennon-

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