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Salandra, Matera, Gravina, Italy

About the camp

Camp Rocciaviva , also known in Italian as “living stone”, is an innovative association with three different restoration locations that are being developed by a diverse team of biologists, agroecologists, educators, and designers.

Camp Rocciaviva-La Fiorita, the pilot program in Matera, Italy, encompasses 5 hectares of land, and this project focuses on repopulating the land with trees, as well as water management. This location was the catalyst for the organization getting discovered and accepted by the local and global community. The second site, Camp Rocciaviva-Terra Dei Venti in Gravina, is on 2 hectares of land. This location is used as a base for Eco-building experiences, edible gardens, food forest implementation, and fruit tree planting.

The third, and soon to be main camp, Camp Rocciaviva-Regenera, sits on 73 hectares of very hilly land and is nestled next to the beautiful, rustic town of Salandra, Italy. The Northern exposed land is surrounded by a wide forest populated with ancient oaks, but the Southern area of land has been severely over-exploited over the centuries due to intensive agriculture and animal grazing. These actions degraded the soil to the point where trees are almost inexistent. Worsening the effects of the exposed soil are the extremely arid summers. Worse, the water flow has stopped due to the constant exposure to the sun and heat, and therefore all biodiversity has suffered greatly. At Regenera, the most pressing concern is to build the infrastructure necessary to carry out the land restoration initiative as well as prepare the land with the appropriate earthworks to favor continued land transformation, restore three nearby lakes and bring back biodiversity. The team is working hard to implement this phase of the project and will soon be able to welcome campers to this location.

Achievements to date

We are experienced in getting people involved and creating moments of union and sharing. Our team has already organized successful public events, laboratories, and seminars on our territory, which has allowed us to earn the respect and trust of local institutions and the community.

We have already achieved our pilot project on 5 hectares of land, planted 6000 trees, and organized several courses guided by respected Italian and international experts.

What to expect at Camp Rocciaviva

Expect group meals, bright blue skies, rare birds, teaching and learnings about regenerative techniques, practical restoration work, camp fires, mountain hikes, and to have fantastic tours in our region which is full of natural and cultural wonders!

Camper experiences

We carry out different programmes focusing on research and practices in Permaculture in partnership with the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement as well as other local and international institutions such as Videterra in Turin and Cal-Earth in California, for workshops on eco-building.

Who is needed

Anyone with a strong determination to give a contribution and energy to our mission.

Cost to stay at the camp

For information about long term and short term camping  please use the contact form below.

Camp Rocciaviva after tree and grass regrowth

Vision and Socio-economic context


Who are we?

Our association is called ‘Rocciaviva’. ‘Roccia’ (stone) as the Murgia stone, ‘viva’ (alive) because it is full of life. Our group is made of young people coming from different cultural and professional backgrounds: biologists, agroecologists, educators and designers. After a deep internal process, carried out after searching for opportunities away from home and so after an experience of uprooting from our own land (something pretty normal among young people in this region), we all developed a communal reflection. A feeling of loss of identity convinced us to come back and put what we have learned on the table to re-build that same identity from the past with an amplified vision, open to the world and to the future. Following strong values of sharing and cooperation, we make a real change, starting materially from the land, the real treasure of human culture.

Our Mission

Cultivating well-being, environmental and social regeneration by sowing change, through: 

  • Construction of a community and a network on the territory 
  • Reforestation of degraded areas 
  • Creation of “forest gardens” 
  • Spreading of the way of permaculture as a sustainable way of living 
  • Creation of educational and cultural opportunities for the local community and visitors.

What do we do? 

“I could survive the disappearance of all the cathedrals of the world, I could never survive the disappearance of the forest that I see every morning from my window” – Ermanno Olmi 

This project starts with the study of the history of agriculture and how it affected our territory over time. Deforestation and intensive agricultural exploitation of soils by man’s hands brought on major issues such as the high rate of aridity in the summer season, soil erosion resulting in the leaching of nutrients and landslides, the shrinking diversity of plant and animal species, etc. Following the in-depth study of the endemic plants of the territory, including edible and officinal plants and the analysis of the water intake of the area, we decided to intervene with the reforestation of endemic plants and the restoration of the ecosystems based on the specific characteristics of the spaces available. 

Camp Roccia ViVa contour lines

Seedling camp

Organising Partners



Camping (basic) – bring your own tent
Homestays with local families
Sanitation– basic 
Cellphone/mobile signal 
Learning centre 

Restoration Activities

Water retention 
Tree planting 
Soil restoration
Regenerative entrepreneurialism 
Food planting 
Community building
Erosion prevention 
Natural building 
Fire prevention 
Cover cropping 
Water retention-pond

Latest News from the Camp

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Rocciaviva.

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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