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Coliving: a space to foster social inclusion

In the world, the coworking, cohousing and coliving realities in which people work, live, or work and live in communities are increasing in number and size, sharing space, time and relationships.

In spite of this, if you search on the internet the definition of coliving it is not easy to find a clear and simple answer .. but for us one thing is certain: the most important aspect of a coliving is the community and the capability of the host to create connections between travelers and local people. 

Coliving in this sense is a real mission for us.

Since 2012 we have been hosting people from all over the world in Matera to create exchange opportunities with the inhabitants of the city and its Region. Basilicata is an unspoiled country of southern Italy that needs a lot of energy, visions and innovative ideas in order to grow, and therefore meeting with people from the rest of the world is vital.

Coliving thus becomes not only a way of sharing living spaces, but a real way of promoting culture and social inclusion.

Over the years we had the privilege of hosting digital nomads, designers, curious travelers, couples and families.
Each meeting was unique and started new friendships and important opportunities for cultural exchange. 

In 2018, for example, we hosted Brent Hartiger and Michael Jensen, a couple of American origins;
they are both digital writers and nomads and for about three years they have decided to travel the world and be inspired by the places they visit for their work. For this reason, they’re constantly looking for an optimal accommodation that meets all their needs.

They lived with us in our home in Italy and with our community throughout the summer, and in their words summed up everything that means coliving for us. 

brent e michael coliving casa netural

“Casa Netural really is truly unique compared to other co-living facilities. For one thing, Matera itself is spectacular, very very much worth visiting. So many wonderful memories of the Sassi, which is the most fantastic place we’d never heard of before arriving somewhere. (more…)

Coliving: a deep cultural exchange for communities

Over the years, the Coliving at Casa Netural has welcomed many guests, including digital nomads, freelance professionals, but also tourists and families from all over the world, who have inevitably left their mark and an irreplaceable and precious memory.

With most of our guests we created a deep bond of friendship and, despite the many kilometers that divide us, we are able to keep in touch and we have created a network that truly embraces the world.

Last month with Mike Knas, who lives in Boston – United States, we did a Netural School Live on FB on the topics he really cares more about: marketing, design thinking and innovative methods.

mike knas coliving casa neturalMike is a digital nomad and works remotely, traveling the world. Before visiting our Coliving in February 2019, he had already been to Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania and Slovenia and couldn’t wait to be in Matera to immerse himself in the magic of the historic center and Lucanian traditions. Casa Netural, for Mike, was the best solution for his lifestyle, balancing the work and the need to visit new exciting places.

Here is what he wrote about his experience:

“Upon arriving in Matera, I was anxious to find the old town and see it with my own eyes. But because of the 6 hour time zone difference I needed to work by 3pm. 

So I checked in at Case Netural. Samuele, one of the hosts, showed me around, my living quarters, coworking space, and introduced me to everyone as well. I immediately felt warmth and interest from people who used the space. Everyone was kind and super curious about how in the world I head about Matera and why I wanted to visit. Early in the afternoon, I experienced something really cool. The espresso break. One of the residents went downstairs and shortly thereafter came up with a tray of espresso and snacks. I really appreciated how social Casa Netural residents were. a few Casa Netural members went to the kitchen to prepare a meal with locally sourced ingredients. I definitely participated, and took moments to notice how a community became a family to make and share the meal. In addition, the Casa Netural members included people from different parts of the world, for someone like me who thrives on such diversity, it was the best day ever.I’ve been to so many innovation hubs, but the social ones stand out the most because they help preserve humanity, kindness, and provide economic opportunities. Casa Netural became my favorite. “ (more…)

SUMMER 2020: Have a one-week coliving experience in Matera.

Summer is coming and the Coliving of Casa Netural has finally opened again!

2020 tested us from its very beginning, and after more than two months at home we can finally go out again.

coliving italia

We are ready to welcome our guests at the Coliving of Casa Netural for a one-week special formula.

By choosing the Coliving of Casa Netural you will be able to get in touch with our Mediterranean culture of southern Italy, characterized by its calmness and warmth. 

Freelancers looking for inspiration, nomad workers, digital workers and explorers from all over the world curious to visit the city of the Sassi, but also families looking for new adventures, will be welcomed in our community with the great enthusiasm and affection that characterizes Casa Netural, in compliance with all the sanitation rules to prevent and defeat Covid-19. 

The environment is completely sanitized, has a temperature measuring device at the entrance, gloves and hand sanitizing gels are available throughout the house. (more…)

SUMMER 2020: one-week coliving experience in Matera

Summer is coming and the Coliving of Casa Netural has finally opened again!

2020 tested us from its very beginning, and after more than two months at home we can finally go out again.

Coliving Italy Casa Netural

We are ready to welcome our guests at the Coliving of Casa Netural for a one-week special formula.

By choosing the Coliving of Casa Netural you will be able to get in touch with our Mediterranean culture of southern Italy, characterized by its calmness and warmth. 

Freelancers looking for inspiration, nomad workers, digital workers and explorers from all over the world curious to visit the city of the Sassi, but also families looking for new adventures, will be welcomed in our community with the great enthusiasm and affection that characterizes Casa Netural, in compliance with all the sanitation rules to prevent and defeat Covid-19. 

The environment is completely sanitized, has a temperature measuring device at the entrance, gloves and hand sanitizing gels are available throughout the house. (more…)

Casa Netural all’Harvests Future Country Living Festival di Shanghai

Dal 3 al 24 novembre Casa Netural, Mammamiaaa e Wonder Grottole saranno presenti a The Zhangyan – Harvests Future Country Living Festival a Shanghai, Cina.

Harvests Future Country Living Festival a Shanghai

Il 3 e 4 novembre Andrea Paoletti presenterá i progetti durante l’ Urban-Rural Dialogues , momenti di discussione su come sia sempre più necessario creare un nuovo equilibrio tra l’uomo e la terra per generare la sostenibilità di cui ha bisogno il nostro pianeta.
Andrea nello specifico parlerá della grande mappatura di progetti di #socialfood sviluppati con Mammamiaaa, di nuovi modelli di ospitalità che si possono sviluppare nelle zone rurali, partendo dall’esperienza del coliving di Casa Netural, e di come progettare una riattivazione delle comunitá locali attirando nuove energie e competenze nei borghi piu isolati come nel processo di Wonder Grottole.
Harvests Future Country Living Festival a Shanghai

Un anno da host: arrivederci Casa Netural!

Poco più di un anno fa iniziava la mia avventura in Casa Netural. Arrivavo dall’ Abruzzo, la mia terra d’origine, in cui ero tornata nel 2015 per avviare un progetto di agricoltura sostenibile.

La mia vita è sempre stata un andirivieni tra varie città d’Italia e anche d’Europa. Sentivo il grande desiderio di contribuire alla rinascita del nostro Paese, ma le dinamiche vecchie e stantie, che ben conosciamo, mi spingevano sempre verso nuovi lidi.

Casa Netural mi apparve come un ottimo compromesso: lavorare per una delle realtà più innovative del nostro meridione, continuando a respirare un’aria internazionale.

Ed avevo ragione! (more…)

"An Ocean of Plastic" Erica Cirino's talk in Casa Netural

Deep in the blue, billions and billions of microplastics dwell among algae and fishes.

Their size is so small, that they can easily be mistaken for food by the unaware inhabitants of the ocean. The tiniest, the most dangerous. 

These are some of the worst threats to the Planet’s health.

Erica Cirino, journalist, scientist and artist from the U.S., guest of our Coliving space, gave us the greatest honour of hosting a talk about her days sailing the Pacific
Ocean
. She wasn’t on a pleasant cruise: the trip was an expedition with the aim of assessing the impact of plastics on marine ecosystems.

In front of a room full of attentive participants, Erica showed us the beautiful images captured on board of the S/Y Christianshavn.

“We must go and see for ourselves” 

The words from Jacques Cousteau have inspired the work of this young nature lover, who in 2016 has sailed for 23 days from Los Angeles to the Hawaii, together with a team of danish scientists. The danish NGO  Plastic Change wanted to have a first-hand look to the “garbage patch”, which was previously considered a floating island of bottles, containers and everything that has been made in plastic from the ’50s until now.  (more…)

Cercasi Host di Casa Netural

Matera è Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019 e siamo alla ricerca di una nuova figura all’interno del nostro organico: un/a Casa Netural Host. Per accogliere quanti verranno in città, vorranno conoscerci e scoprire il territorio e la comunità attraverso i nostri occhi.

HOST CASA NETURAL MATERA 2019

Casa Netural è un’associazione che ha sede a Matera in una casa speciale che aggrega persone da tutto il mondo, in cui ispirarsi, rigenerarsi e concretizzare le proprie idee attorno ai temi dell’innovazione sociale, culturale e creativa. Ospita al suo interno uno spazio di coworking, di coliving e un incubatore di imprese culturali e creative. L’ idea di Casa Netural nasce dal desiderio di creare un luogo di aggregazione di comunità, in cui le persone possano sperimentare concretamente l’innovazione sociale nelle pratiche di vita quotidiana, dal lavoro all’abitare all’economia collaborativa.

A quasi 7 anni dalla sua nascita, Casa Netural conta 100 associati annui, 2 risorse a tempo indeterminato, un team di 5 persone e numerosi progetti, attività ed eventi, e un numero crescente di partners nazionali e internazionali. L’ Associazione, quindi, necessita di una persona con doti organizzative, comunicative e relazionali speciali, con un evidente interesse nei confronti del mondo dell’innovazione sociale, culturale e creativa.

Il/la Casa Netural Host sarà una figura chiave per la crescita dell’ Associazione diventando al tempo stesso custode della Casa, responsabile di vari aspetti gestionali legati allo spazio, relazionali legati agli associati e del coordinamento degli eventi. La persona giusta deve avere entusiasmo, creatività, ottime capacità relazionali, essere solare, flessibile e affidabile nella cura e gestione della casa e della comunità.

Il 2019 è un anno di grande trambusto e attività, quindi dovrà essere garantita ampia flessibilità di orari, ma l’investimento di tempo è compensato dall’arricchimento culturale e personale originato dalla conoscenza di tante persone interessanti. E’ un modo per far entrare il mondo nella tua vita, quando non hai possibilità di esplorare il mondo fuori.

L’ host avendo casa e lavoro nello stesso luogo deve essere consapevole che spesso ci sia la sensazione di “non staccare mai”, quindi deve trovare un suo equilibrio per staccare e concentrarsi su propri interessi.

In particolare, la figura di Casa Netural Host sarà responsabile delle seguenti aree: (more…)

Gillian Miller, from Montana to Matera for a coliving experience

In 2012 Casa Netural launched the Coliving project, and started aggregating in Matera people from all around the world,  to work and grow together sharing skills and projects.

Every year we host many people from different countries and recently we have been mentioned by Code Control among the coliving space top ten in Europe.

In the last two months we had the pleasure to host really many interesting people, mostly digital nomad, for example a young girl from Montana: Gillian Miller. Here’s a little interview.

gillian miller coliving matera casa netural

“Hi Gillian, what’s your name, and where are you from?
Hi, my name is Gillian Miller, I’m 25, from Colstrip, Montana, USA.

What is your job, and how did you find Casa Netural?
I am a research associate for Remix Marketing Inc.
As remote worker, I can work from where everywhere, so I’m travelling as much as possible to discover new countries and cultures. I found Casa Netural on a Google search for the best coworking/coliving spaces in Europe. It was a bit of a whim for me. I wanted to go to Italy, and I wanted to try out coliving. I didn’t really care where I ended up. Luckily I ended up here! (more…)

Susanna Camerlengo, dall’Abruzzo una nuova host per Casa Netural

E’ terminata pochi giorni fa la call di Casa Netural per la ricerca di un nuovo host.
Da qualche tempo infatti la grande nostra casa aveva bisogno di una nuova figura che potesse prendersene cura, e con essa anche della sua community. Abbiamo così iniziato una ricerca che in un solo mese ha portato dei risultati incredibili.

La call ha infatti prodotto 18 candidature. Persone da tutta Italia (e non solo) ci hanno contattato entusiaste di poter lavorare con la nostra community e poter vivere in prima persona le opportunità generate dalle nostre attività.

Le candidature sono arrivate da Milano, Roma, Caserta, Modugno, Napoli, Valenzano, Melfi, Cassano Murge, Argentina, Bolivia, Rieti, Moliterno, Gorgoglione, Canosa, Villa d’agri, Martina Franca, Grottaglie. L’età dei candidati compresa dai 25 ai 38 anni.

Non è stato facile scegliere tra tutti una persona. Ogni curriculum era davvero ricco di esperienze e di competenze molto interessanti e ci piacerebbe davvero poter conoscere meglio tutti coloro che si sono candidati. Ma noi dovevamo scegliere una persona sola..e così…(rullo di tamburi)..

susanna camerlengo casa netural

Ecco a voi Susanna!

Giunta a Matera dall’Abruzzo, con un bagaglio ricco di esperienze legate al mondo della sostenibilità, Susanna Camerlengo è la nuova host di Casa Netural.

Agroecologa appassionata di Permacultura e con un’ amore infinito per le risorse naturali,  negli (more…)