Experience a self sustainable lifestyle in Dorzano, Italy

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Tired of the drab of normal everyday life and feel like taking a break from the smog of the cities?

Join a community of volunteers โ€“ As of March 2019, we are opening “La village” an alternative, non-commercial, self-sustaining, organic farm in Dorzano, in sunny northern Italy.

We offer board, lodging and an alternative kibbutz-style, self-sufficient life with an organic focus in exchange of 25 hours of help per week (+-5 hours a day for 5 days). assistance needed in planting, weeding, wood harvesting(cutting and stacking), maintenance, building, painting, etc. basically any chores that are needed on a small farm.
There are a couple of bicycles that volunteers are welcome to use. For the artistic ones, there is plenty of floor and wall space in need of murals.

Interest in custom-growing your own veggie/fruit/flower patch? Plenty of space here.


If you are interested in a new experience, an off-grid lifestyle.

Fresh veggies from the orchard chickens and eggs, from the yard.

No chemicals or fertilizers are used, only fully organic compost which is made by the resident chickens.

We use well water and our own harvested wood for water and ambient heating. For 9 months of the year, we also use a wood-burning “potage'” for cooking.

During summer, helpers that wish to detoxify, are welcomed to partake in the juicing diet, using our organically grown veggies.

…and if you are serious, you can have your own patch of land, grow your own produce and be creative.

There are a couple of bicycles that the volunteers are welcome to use.

Bus stop to Biella and other areas is a ten minutes walk.

An hourly train to Torino or Milan leaves from salussola station, a thirty minutes walk.

Interested? Hope to hear from you!
Type of help
  • Gardening
  • Building
  • General Maintenance
  • Farmstay
  • Other
  • Help with Eco project
  • Help in the house
  • Animal care
  • Art project
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

There are stunning mountains and lakes close to us.

  • Oropa is a world-known pilgrimage sanctuary that venerates a black virgin mary. It has beautiful trails, a cable car to lake Mucrone and Monte Camino. It is only a local bus ride from Biella.
  • Pie di Cavallo is an ancient mountain village, worth a visit and also a local bus ride from Biella.
  • Lake Viverone is a 45 min. walk from the Cascina(or you can catch a rare bus)
  • Salussola train station has mostly an hourly train that connects to Milano or Torino

The main tasks are tending the:

  • vegetable/fruit orchard,
  • farm animals,
  • building,
  • maintenance/improvements.
  • general farming chores.
  • collecting wood for cooking and heating etc.
    there are also walls that need a few murals.
Languages spoken

English, Italian, Piedmontese, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Bahasa


You will stay in accommodation in the farmhouse. rooms sleep 3

What else

Dorzano is situated close to the stunning pre-alps. 2 local buses will take you skiing in winter, and the train is an easy trip to the coast.

A little more information
  • Limited internet access
  • We have pets
  • We are smokers
How many Voluntourists can stay?

More than two /community

Hours expected

25 hrs a week


To join this community of volunteers write to:

E-mail: begnim@gmail.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marco.begni.3

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4 thoughts on “Experience a self sustainable lifestyle in Dorzano, Italy

  1. Dear Team,
    I would be interested in volunteering, hence request to share details,
    how long can we volunteer for,
    what are facilities provided to volunteers.
    Is food included with the offered stay.
    Also, i am an Indian citizen, hence would i receive assistance with visa.

    1. Hello Samrat. Hosts in Voluntouring can usually cover for food and accommodation. However, they don’t cover VISA and travel costs. Volunteering can’t and will never enable you to travel or move to other countries for free, organizations don’t have resources to do it for you. For more details write the hosts or the organizations using the contact details session (not this session as it is the comment section).

  2. Hello from Bodrum Turkey. This is Ayca. I m a web and graphic designer. I am handicapped on one leg, able to walk with a prosthesis. That is why i can not help with maintenance farming etc. But i can cook and build or update your webpage, run your social accounts etc.

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