forest coworking: your office into plants

Coworking in the Forest has innumerable beneficial effects on both your health and your productivity. It is certainly not enough to put a few plants in an enclosed space (home, office) to improve a situation that is in itself not very good… but we need to completely reverse the point of view! At Tertulia you can work in a coworking space where all you have to do is open the door window to be in touch with nature. There are workstations outdoors and in the trees, the entire facility is immersed in the forest 24 hours a day and for the entire duration of your stay you will benefit tree positive influence! 

It has been proven by numerous scientific studies that working next to plants has several beneficial effects. Do you know how communication between plants and people works? First of all, you need to understand that plants are extremely sophisticated and evolved living beings, living in heterogeneous and biodiverse communities, and that they communicate a lot with each other, exactly as we human are doing. Plants use different ways to communicate, through their roots and mycorrhizae, through electrical signals, and what interests us most, by exchanging volatile substances (VOC volatile organic compounds). And it is precisely these substances that are continuously emitted into the air we breathe that have the property of having a beneficial effect on our organism and our living.

productivity benefits

At Tertulia you can work every day in contact with the plants of the forest. It could be visual contact if you work from a space inside the structure, visual, auditory and olfactory contact if you work outside, or even tactile contact if you are close to a tree (we are designing a platform to work from the tree directly…) or annual or shrubby plants.

There are numerous scientific studies that state how the presence of plants can affect our ability to work, but they often refer to the presence of potted plants, indoors, with little variety, small. Imagine how much this effect is multiplied by living and working in an environment rich in healthy plants, in their expression of life and with a variety and diversity as only wild nature can produce.

Effects on concentration and memory have been measured, we work better and more accurately (memory and attention performance increased by up to 20 per cent), creativity increases because we can relax better.

But the best thing is for you to directly experience the benefit and impact on your work performance, concentration and productivity by doing a period at Forest Coworking: people often tell us that they can work very well, that they are productive and concentrate a lot. We look forward to your feedback and feelings and hope that your projects can take off!

Health and well-being benefits of plants

Seven benefits of having plants in your office

Health benefits

Forest bathing is now also a proven therapeutic practice, both for psychological problems, various body problems and addictions. The beneficial effect depends on the dose, the longer you stay in the forest and the more frequently you go, the more lasting the effects are (broad-spectrum, long-lasting and without side effects): 3-4 days of immersion fortify the immune system for 1 month!

Every day in Tertulia you can dive in for a free forest bath: walk slowly, stop and breathe, touch leaves and wood, use all your senses and without excessive physical effort. Perhaps you can experiment in different times of the day (during full photosynthesis the release of VOCs is greater) and different seasons to discover the different benefits you might receive. 

Want to learn more? For example, look at this scientific article about experiences in Tuscany, not far from Tertulia:

Short-Term Effects of Forest Therapy on Mood States:

A Pilot Study


Regenerative gardening
We designed the garden with permaculture and with the principles of regenerative agriculture. From the garden we produce vegetables for the consumption of Tertulia coliving and sell the surplus through a network of purchasing groups and the Radici Umane social agriculture project. You will be able to participate in the harvest, taste seasonal vegetables, but also support us in the phases of the management of the garden if you wish!
Chestnut wood
We manage a centuries-old chestnut wood where we produce the "Marrone del Mugello IGP". The wood is a magical place, not only during the chestnut harvest, but in the various seasons of the year. It tells of the history of this land, of the generations of farmers who have handed it down, of the traditions and respect for the woods. It is not difficult to find delicious mushrooms, meet wild animals, breathe in the scents of the forest, let yourself be lulled by nature.
The forest that surrounds us is in a special position, perched on the hills of the Mugello Apennines while remaining just 10 minutes from the town. One of the things we love most about living in Tertulia is the 360-degree view that sweeps over the valleys, mountains, and woods of the Mugello around us. The toponym of the place is "Il Monte", precisely because we are on a hill and dominate the surrounding landscape.
Olive trees
You cannot imagine the pleasure of producing your own oil! In addition to being a real health juice, it accompanies us throughout the winter and summer season at every meal. Olive trees are fragrant plants, gentle in sharing space with other trees (do not imagine extensive monocultures of olive trees, ours is an olive grove where biodiversity dominates) and generous in offering their fruits and accepting ours pruning to facilitate the harvesting and production of olives.
In the middle of the woods means that by leaving the front door in Tertulia you can go for a walk. In every direction: to the north in the chestnut forest, to the south in the oak forest, to the west in the terraces, to the east going up towards Paterno and exploring the paths that lead on and on towards fascinating ways. Mushrooms, spontaneous fruits and berries (to be able to recognize them well!), shapes, smells and colors, the sound of the wind and walking on the soft forest ground, how many sensations and how much well-being these splendid living trees offer us that so much wisdom they bring with them .
Wild animals
In Tertulia it is not difficult to meet wild animals, it is easy to see their obvious traces (when they enter the garden, they eat the fruit that has fallen to the ground, they sing in the night, they launch their calls). In the dark with the car headlights on returning home we often encountered wild boars, roe deer, badgers, porcupines, foxes, nocturnal birds of prey. In late September, the deer let out their bells that you can clearly hear from home and sometimes we happened to find deer antlers nearby! The wolf is also an inhabitant of these areas. Then we cannot fail to consider the birds, many and different from each other that with their song color the days of Tertulia.
Stars, moon, firefly
When I moved to the countryside I was impressed by the moon: the difference between a full moon night and a new moon night is incredible when living in the same place! Then the absence of light pollution allows us to observe all the stars of the firmament in their splendor. In June you can't miss the fireflies: for about ten days the night lights up like at Christmas time with twinkling stars, which fly over the meadows offering a truly unique and special spectacle. Did you know that the male is flying and that the females are hidden in the meadow, attracting them with the light signal?
Did you know that 30% of our needs could be fed only with spontaneous plants? Do you know that there are more than 30,000 known species of edible plants and that in the world only 5 plants are 80% of what you eat? We are slowly learning to know them and we rely on experts to organize experiential meetings for the recognition, collection and cooking of wild herbs. It is wonderful to sit at the table and see the expression on the face of those who experience a new flavor for the first time in their life: like being a child again.
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