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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 20
Persons: up to 100
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 54079
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: January 28, 2018

We are building an adventure park on the sunny island Sicily.

It is for both children & adults to get back in touch with nature, experience adventures and to enjoy the beauty of the world.

All we ask is that you respect the environment. (And that you read further info, which we send you by email.)

This is a wonderful green place full of life and under beautiful sunshine. You can enjoy the sea view to the Aeolian islands close to us as well natural lonely beaches.

We are currently setting up basic facilities such as solar showers, a workshop, sleeping huts and are rebuilding the hundred years old farm. We have some tents & hammocks - please enquire before hand for availability.

When you are here you can do permaculture gardening as well as assisting in the construction of buildings in wood & stone.

We have a lot of building material from good partners & friends - you are welcome to put this to use :)

We produce our own olive oil (real virgin - from handpicked fruits), wine (own foot production!) fresh tomato sauce (one of the world's best thanks to Sicilian sun & Mount Aetna) as well as much more with ecologically valuable produce from our land & garden.

We are always being as simplistic and as close to nature as possible - the off-grid dream!

(We have a little solar module. You can load some devices.)

Life here is very simple. Just like Robinson Crusoe when he was stranded on a lonely island. The difference; on our sunny island we are never alone, thanks to the very hospitable Sicilians, friends and volunteers.

Everybody and every soul that visits here falls in love with this paradise island.

You are always welcome. :-)

Type of help:
Cooking / shopping
General Maintenance
Help with Eco project
Animal care
Helping with Tourists
Charity work
Language practice
Art project

You are a manufacturer or a dab hand at building?
We are looking for people who are willing to work with their hands & creative minds as well.

Best would be carpenters and other craftsmen,
but anyone willing to pick up a shovel or a hammer is welcome.

You can
- help in the Garden (plant, maintain, harvest)
- help with buildings (dig holes, do carpentry)
- build your own version of a treehouse or tent (it has to be safe though)

Languages spoken:
German, Italian, English


We got work to do and the site is big (200.000m) so we can host up to 100 volunteers at a time. Moreover, we are social people and we like to be in company. We speak italian, english and german.

Mostly 5 to 15 adventurers are with us, 35 was the maximum until now. Always open minded people from all over the world.

We have hammocks & tents to sleep in. You can bring your own tent and hammock if you would like.

We cook over open fire or on our big BBQ and eat together underneath orange and tangerine trees or the starlit sky. The menu is quite diverse, as our garden provides us with a variety of ecological vegetables and fruits - and as we are in Sicily pasta and rice is kind of obligatory.

There even is an very old pizza oven which needs restoration. So maybe this might be your personal project?

Other wooden constructions we can realize with you:

Treehouses, Thermo-Solar-Shower, COBs, Yurts, and much more.

There is a room we can lock for your personal belongings and even a restored barn, in case the weather should be bad. Currently it is used to store our building material.

We built a compost toilet, as it is not yet complete we still use our natural basic toilet in the woods. We will soon finish "the most beautiful compost toilet in the world"...

Up to now, we heat our showering water by solar power but one of the next steps will be to build a solarthermic shower.

In the carpentry (the biggest from Sicily) we are welcome to make use of the working tools and machinery. The owner supports the project.

What else ...

Currently the only 'stationary' pioneers here are Christian and Daniele.
They are accompanied by our great donkey Hercules, handsome dogs & cats, several chicken, a few guest horses and the occasional snakes. (The black snakes you can meet in summer are as dangerous as the worms in the garden - not at all :-D ...Instead the worms are very usefull and "nearly big as little snakes", thanks to the very good soil. ;-)

What the area can offer:
An epic view on the Tyrrhenian sea, including the seven Aeolian Islands, the Sanctuary of Tyndari and the archaeological site of Tyndaris nearby,
as well as amazing lonesome beaches and many tourist attractions, like old castles and natural preserves only a stone's throw away!

A little more information
We have animals: cats, dogs, chicken, donkeys, horses, ponies...

How many helpers can stay?
100 and more

Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

We will show you the most beautiful spots of the island and you can make your own adventure trips; on the mountains and especially Aetna, discover the hidden beach or 'God's arm' - the blue lagoon - and the rich cultural history of the region. Experience what it's like to make your own wine, have a taste of a simpler, slowed down life and get in touch with the original rural life of Sicily.

Near here are the Aeolian Islands. Seven magical little islands, each has it's own character and are wealthy with minerals and, rightly so, The Aeolian Islands are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. 2014 one swam from them to us... only 30km! Normally we prefer the boat...

We will build our own sailing ship in the next years. Right now you can learn of the construction of little wooden buildings up to big tree houses. Also you can learn by doing - using alternative natural building materials, such as for yurts and cob houses...

... you are free to learn by doing here - the possibilities are endless.

If you ever wanted to give a place your own brush stroke, this is the place to do it.

Volunteering hours expected

3-4 hours a day in exchange for accommodation only (15 euros a week for optional food share)

Some days more, therefore than some days free. You can walk with us & our donkey around the sunny island, ride horses from friends, or travel by your own. All free eco adventure life. :-)

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