Christoph and Mario ‘s permaculture project is a beautiful place in Calabria, southern Italy. The area less touristic than the rest of Italy and has beautiful and undisturbed beaches as well as quiet forests and mountain lakes nearby. The little town Badolato invites you to explore its winding alleys and medieval ruins.

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Workshops at this location:

Sep 7 – Oct 11 2020Natural Building Workshop
we will build a PermaHome guesthouse
Apr 26 – Mar 30 2021Natural Building Workshop
we will restore a ruin (part 1)
Aug 30 – Oct 03 2021Natural Building Workshop
we will restore a ruin (part 2)

Hosts: Christoph & Mario


Christoph & Mario have been involved with permaculture, agroecology and natural building for several years and gained experience in different countries and projects worldwide. Their passion is contributing to a healthy and thriving planet.

After having attended several PDC’s, natural building workshops, agroecology workshops and more, their focus lies on soils and how to improve them in particular. They want to boost the microbial life in it and therefore its ability to capture more atmospheric carbon.

Project: A sustainability demonstration site

Christoph & Mario’s goal is to create and build a demonstration site for sustainability in Calabria. A place where adults and children can learn about regenerative practices, permaculture and soil management. 

At first their efforts will be focused on establishing effective water management systems and improving the soil structure and quality. In the following years they will also create edible forests and medicinal herb gardens.

one of the terraces on Christoph and Mario's land
one of the terraces on Christoph and Mario’s land

Christoph & Mario’s land is hidden behind a ridge just outside Badolato Borgo in a green oasis, filled with olive, orange, khaki and avocado trees, date palms and oaks. The place has, like most of the surrounding area, been used as an olive grove for the last 30 years. Christoph & Mario want to change this monoculture and grow a Food Forest and various polycultural crop management systems that will provide them, as well as friends and later workshop students with an abundant supply of healthy, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.

Location: Badolato

Badolato Borgo and Badolato Marina in the background, the location of Christoph and Mario 's permaculture project
Badolato Borgo and Badolato Marina in the background

The town of Badolato is divided into two different parts. One part is the medieval center ‘Badolato Borgo’ sitting on a hill at a height of 240 meters. The other part is the more developed ‘Badolato Marina’ at the coast. It is a unique jewel with its own history, culture and tradition. The thousand-year-old Borgo still retains its medieval urban structure. Here you will find romantic, narrow alleys, lined with flower pots, winding around old ruins, beautifully restored houses and 12 historical churches.

narrow winding alleys in Badolato Borgo
winding alley in Badolato

The area around Badolato offers beautiful deciduous forests, waterfalls and peaceful beaches. In the North there are hot springs in Lamezia Terme. In the South you can visit Aspromonte National Park, beautiful Reggio di Calabria and Mount Etna, highest active volcano of Europe (no worries, its far enough).

the surrounding area of Christoph and Mario 's permaculture project
surrounding area of Badolato


You will be camping in the lovely olive grove. Compost toilets, hot and cold showers, a dining area, yoga/dance space and a cozy hangout communal area with fire circle will be offered for maximum comfort and enjoyment during this wonderful and transformational time together. Wifi may be available onsite, if not, you can get a prepaid sim card at the airport (vodafone for 18,99€ with 40 GB including limited international calls).

possible camp site in Christoph and Mario's olive grove
possible camp site in Christoph and Mario’s olive grove

If you don’t want to bring your tent, Christoph & Mario offered to provide one for a one time fee of 50€ for the whole workshop. This could save you some kilos of luggage maybe even reduce your air fare.

There are also 5 beds available for rent in the main residence building upon request.

Getting there

By bus

There are several bus agencies offering service to Lamezia Terme. Try and change to your preferred language. Try to get to destination Lamezia Terme Centrale (Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Eufemia). A return ticket from Milano can be less than 40€ (checked on Dec 18, 2019)

By train

For an arrival by train, you can find affordable Tickets on, the Italian railroad company. With the train you can get directly to Badolato.

By plane

a map of flight prices from Lamezia Terme to nearby destinations in May, checked on Dec 18
flights from Lamezia Terme to nearby destinations in May, checked on Dec 18, 2019

Arriving by plane, you can fly into Lamezia Terme. First thing in Lamezia Terme Aeroporto (airport) is to get to Lamezia Terme Centrale (train station) by taxi, bus LMS47 or foot (2.5 km).

From Lamezia Terme Centrale

A map showing how to get from Lamezia Terme airport to Badolato by bus
Getting from Lamezia Terme airport to Badolato by bus

From Lamezia Terme Centrale (Stazione Ferroviaria Santa Eufemia) take a bus or train for 1.5 hours to Badolato Marina ( 6.90 € ) where we will pick you up. Check out the trainline app (android | ios) for a paperless ticket or the trenitalia website for direct booking (link). Please aim to arrive onsite by Sunday at noon at the latest but if you are coming from far away better to arrive on Friday or Saturday to have time to settle in and adjust.

By (rental) car

If you are planning to stay longer in the area (recommended) or you want to be flexible on weekends, you can also come by car. There is enough space for a small camper, but big RVs might not be able to get through the narrow roads.

If you want to arrive by car, stick to the following route: Lamezia Terme -> Catanzaro -> Soverato -> Badolato (Marina) -> Strada Provinciale 136