Panta Rei

Finally I visited Panta Rei. I heard about it long time ago, I knew its website, and it was time to be there in person. I went there by chance, last sunday, because I was invited, since new years eve, to th eannual WWOOF meeting who’s been hold in Panta Rei for the third time by now, Just because itì’s the perfect venue for such a event. Panta Rei is in Passignano, in the hills by the Trasimeno Lake, among hundreds of olive trees, in a fascinating nature.




With several hectars and buildings all made with natural materials (wood, Straw bale, clay) and greenbuilding technique, the place is an ongoing building site which works as a centre for sustainable practices, not just linked with architecture and building.

The main building is divided in a large dining room ad the kitchen next door, with a large room used for conferences and courses of many kind. Also, there are several buildings used by residents, another one with rooms for guests, and finally another building, which i didn’t see, use as a laboratory for schools. 



Beside the buildings, there are two sites for water herbal purification, and a quite large garden grown with the Emilia Hazelip methods.

In the morning, during my visit, I joined an interesting conference held by Gigi Manenti, a farmer from Biella, northern Italy, who introduced and shared his way of farming, an interesting one, based on few rules. For example, he doesnt fertilez the soil, and everything is based baring in mind the importance of some bacteria in the soil and their actions with the plant roots.



Many people were present, both wwoof host and volunteers, form Italy and foregners as well. There was a small market with local farmers. 

I haven’t spent much time there, but it was enough to enjoy the place, the people, and for understading the importance to have a place like this in Italy, and the lucky to have it not too far from my hometown. 

If you want to have a look at Panta Rei website, here it is the link





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