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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 22
Persons: maximum 8
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 15886
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: June 23, 2019

Secluded unic old farm in a beautiful natural spot in the mountains of the German speaking part of North Italy.


-> I look for someone who is a real help and who is respectful. Please read all information:
The essential fact of this place is the seclusion. There is no road-access to the house You have to walk the last 20 minutes from the car-parking-place by foot. If you do not come by car: I normally can not pick you up in the valley - so you have to walk from the village about 1,5 hours up to us. A backpack with light luggage is helpful! At the parking-place (the last 20-30 minutes before you arrive at our place) there is a cable-car for loads, as e.g. your luggage.(Info: The taxis from the village take quite a lot of money to drive up to our mountain. But a former helper was lucky to take a taxi right from the little city nearby and paid just 27 Euro.) The natural spot is settled at the sunside at 1160 meters in the German speaking part of Northern Italy. The house is old, the conditions are basic and the daily life as well does not spoil you everywhere like the „modern“ life suggests you often. But that is exactly what finally can gives a lot of personal benefit.

The idea for this place was to live that much self-catering as possible – a former established way of life. The content is not to live a dogmatic ideology and to resist money at all – but that much to be as little as possible dependent on money and state-constrains or paternalism.
There are to learn a lot of little but essential things. It needs time to arrive really, to get involved in community and to act responsible on his/her own. The understanding that most things are not self-evident and the importance of being self-responsible is connected to the benefit of an arising community feeling. That are two sides of a medal.
Furthermore you mostly just start after three weeks to perceive the different speed of life here. Speaking from personal experience: after some time you arrive fully and suddenly you see which rubbish had inundated you in the life of modern society.


1. There is work with wood, stones, earth and water – simply with the elements.

From spring to autumn there is a lot to do in the GARDEN. Furthermore there is for example to reinforce dry STONEWALLS, to tann sheep‘ fur or to make hay in summer. At the moment we are rebuilding the stable - with excavator, cement, wood/saw and our hands. Sometimes you support us there by e.g. collecting stones.
Help is also needed with bringing TRUNKS and FIREWOOD down to the street by using the cable winch. It demands sure-footed people (solid alpine boots are important!), mindfulness, endurance and temporary power. Often you must wait some time till there is work again. Besides there is always firewood to be prepared for the house.
If you know how to repair and fix things you will be welcome for this work, too.

2. But help is also needed in the house. As it was build in 19th century there is a lot to do, in particular CLEANING and COOKING and REPAIRING. Thus you must be aware that daily life with its normal actions - as e.g. cooking or heating a room - takes more time (oven, wood).

Sometimes there has to be done more and at other days there is less - what allows the weather and what the life here demands from us. You are included in everything.

The spoken languages here are German (mother language); and English as well as Italian (fundamental)

a simple room with covered bed - sometimes together with other helpers but that's rather seldom1; food that you prepare on your own or meals that we have together (vegetarian possible but we are not); music; great nature

- Good hiking shoes/boots!
- your own personal stuff (in winter warm clothes)

- health insurance
- flashlight

!!!Underlined addition because of plenty experience/ to prevend wrong expactations!!!

You have to be able and you must like to live in the mountains, without much comfort. It is a very old house. It would be helpful if you already have some experience with similar living-places and especially with its typical works. Cooking and heating we do with wood. Properly work is necessary here - sometimes even more than it is fixed because living here demands more daily work from all of us in comparison to a life in a city-flat or in modernized farms. I can not provide a scedule as "monday-friday/ 9- 12 and 15 -17 o' clock" since a selfsuffiecient life as a farmer is depend on weather and the rhythm of repetitive and spontanouse tasks. I look for s.o. who likes to work/live with those conditions. You must like movement and being able to do it. Mountainlife is tough. There is also a lot of handicraft to do.
Please no people without any sense for reality - e.g. hardcore esoterics. By dreaming we can not advance. We also can not handle people who want or have to drink DAILY more than one beer or more than a normal small amount of alcohol...! (nothing to say against a CASUAL glas of beer, wine etc.!)
You also should be social and open-minded the same as easygoing. Furthermore I ask for trustworthy, reliable and respectful people who respect the already exciting order and system here. I would be happy to host long-term helpers.

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