Tree house living is a day-to-day lived fairy tale for a group of people who have made the forest atop the Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty) mountain in Piedmont, Italy their humble abode.
Taking sustainable living to the heights of this mountain region in Canavese, a small community have built tree houses from wood and recycled materials.
Given its remote location amidst the mountains, this community of forest dwellers have had to rely on back-to-basic methods of pulleys and ropes and green building techniques to build their tree house homes in the northeast of Piedmont.
The tree houses are located on the tops of chestnut trees, some six to seven metres high, supported by large wooden beams and stilts.
Bridges, stairs and wooden walkways allow the inhabitants to move through their houses without having to touch the ground below.
Living in harmony with nature is integral to this community’s desire to make the forest their home.
The construction of the village began in 2002. Prior to that the land was near empty, the results of having been stripped by the forest services for excessive logging. The community have helped to balance the ecosystem by nurturing the forest. Since the community’s support, the number of plant species, from the trees to weeds, is slowly growing.
Modern technology features in the tree houses too, as they are equipped with the mod-cons – internet, TV, phone and more.
Those that have chosen the tree houses to be their homes include managers, pharmacists, biologists, nurses, goldsmiths and researchers who work in the city during the day, and return to Mother Nature after work.
In the village, community vibes are strong – sharing and participation is encouraged. The community eat together daily, and help with building works and maintenance.
Italian journalist Antonio Gregolin was the first to document this small community of sustainable lifestylers who are living their dream.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com