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Telling you about life at Casa Viva

Here you’ll find stories about us, our zero-impact, straw houses, about ecology, nature and sustainability.

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Yin Yoga a Casa Viva Garda
1 April 2024

Creative Retreat April

Imagine spending days where time seems to expand, offering you the chance to delve into Yin Yoga, explore the depths of family constellations, and find peace and clarity in meditations with horses.

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bambine a cavallo nel prato
9 November 2022

Horse Riding at Garda Lake

Horses are strong masters who can teach you so much; you must listen and be guided by an instructor who can relate to you and the horse.

Near your room, you will find our eco-sustainable riding school, “Corti Gardesane,” with horses and ponies. In addition to English riding lessons for beginners and experts, we organize summer camps for children aged five and up.

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Leela means divine, creative, play and mirrors the ecosystem of our planet. Plant and insect life maintain the purity of the water. If the balance of the ecosystem is disturbed the water of the pool loses it’s purity.
12 June 2022

Have you ever swam in a biopool?

Swimming in water that is alive and crystal clear maintained without the use of chemical products gives a sensation of being completely immersed by nature; it’s regenerative and enchanting and immediately revitalizes the body and mind with fresh energy.

A biopool is an ecosystem which sustains its balance thanks to the aquatic plants like mint, water lilies and lotuses, and insects like dragonflies. It’s a pool with water that maintains its clarity because of the creation of an ecosystem and by a filtering system that oxygenates the water.

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This is how Casa Viva breathes

Passeggiate con Cavalli al Maneggio di Casa Viva a Garda

Horses

Horses are patient and empathetic beings and you will wonder at the emotions they stimulate: it is these emotions that, with our help, will let you relax and let go of your stresses.

Biopiscina con Fitodepurazione per vacanze eco a Garda

Our Natural Swimming Pool

Swimming in the pure water of our natural pool makes you feel at one with the natural environment. You will experience a dip in a living ecosystem which purifies your mind and stimulates your creativity giving you a great sense of wellbeing.

Giardino sul tetto di Casa Viva a Garda

Garden on the Roof

Sedum is a succulent which filters the air like lungs. It is a bright green plant which needs sun and stores water in its leaves. If you look closely at the roof, you will see its different shapes and brilliantly coloured flowers.

Colazione con Prodotti Locali a Casa Viva Garda

Local products for breakfast

Besides the fruit and vegetables from our vegetable patch, we choose only local environmentally friendly grown products from local producers who offer healthy things that sustain communities and realise certain values. Eco friendly for us is an ethical choice that gives benefits to Man, animals and the environment.

Infissi di Riciclo a Casa VIva Garda

Recycled fixtures

The walls of Casa Viva are built around the fixtures and non the other way round! Doors and window frames are one off recycled pieces because we believe in using what we already have on our planet without throwing more things away and thus creating something new from something old.

Costruzione in Paglia di Casa Viva a Garda

The Window of Truth

This is like a small picture which you will find in all our rooms which explains how we have built the Straw House Casa Viva. You will sleep in a living room scented by Nature.

Pavimento in Cotto nelle stanze di Casa Viva a Garda

Water at 13C

The water is 13C and comes from our well - it is this water that is fed through pipes under the terracotta floor. This is a technique known as Free Cooling: natural air conditioning which keeps things fresh in the summer and no need for other air conditioning.

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Passeggiate con Cavalli al Maneggio di Casa Viva a Garda

Horses

Biopiscina con Fitodepurazione per vacanze eco a Garda

Our Natural Swimming Pool

Giardino sul tetto di Casa Viva a Garda

Garden on the Roof

Colazione con Prodotti Locali a Casa Viva Garda

Local products for breakfast

Infissi di Riciclo a Casa VIva Garda

Recycled fixtures

Costruzione in Paglia di Casa Viva a Garda

The Window of Truth

Pavimento in Cotto nelle stanze di Casa Viva a Garda

Water at 13C