The Village Forest School, as we have come to affectionately call it, is a bilingual Italian English school being launched in September of 2020 at Cascina Iuli in Montaldo.
The Village Forest School is a bilingual school situated on a 500-year-old biodynamic farm in the vineyards of the Monferrato region of northern Italy. Starting this September, children from the age of 4 up to 11 will follow a Steiner-inspired Italian-English curriculum that embeds traditional academics in an outdoor classroom set in the vines and fields and woodland of the farm; a curriculum that is rich in the arts and athletics and the practical experience of a working farm, and guided by the natural cycle of the seasons. On land which has never been dosed with chemicals and pesticides, and which is removed from the buzzing and surging of mobile towers and WiFi, a radiation free zone. The children will learn in a pristine environment different to what most schools have become today. We envisage that the school will grow with the children, ultimately taking them through to the end of the secondary cycle.
We have long dreamed about what an ideal school and community for our children would be – one that helped them discover their strengths, fostered their creativity and curiosity, was balanced and well-rounded, and emphasized the value of being outside in the fresh air and natural light - a curriculum immersed in nature and nature immersed in the curriculum. We’ve seen the precautions that Covid is imposing on the traditional school environment and were impelled to make our dream a reality.