The management TEAM
The "first donkey of our organization" (CEO Christian Spang) and his four-legged brother Hercules. ;-)
Christian was leading various projects for other NPOs before we founded ECO-ADVENTURE.ORG
Since 2005 he's also an independent outdoor education teacher and mobile dog trainer.
In the year 2010 he moved 440 pounds only with muscle power over Alps & Apennines.
Like a donkey he pulled an special trailer - 2300 km in five weeks through five countries to Sicily.
Now he lives on our Adventure Hill, pioneering and traveling around the sunny island.
On our land with view to the Aeolian Islands we create a self sufficient community... The life here in the nature is still spartanic but especially because of this fact it is that pure. Living basic, living every moment. In handcrafted work building wooden houses, beginning from the tree to beams and planks, cooking over fire, sleeping in a hammock and riding with donkey Hercules to awesome lonely beaches and other attractions.
Mostly on the hills on wheels (skating) or snowboarding is Dr. phil. Moritz Petzi, our Master Educator
(sociology and psychology). He loves the outdoor, to relax and for exciting eco-adventure-tours.
By the way he's also a good music DJ - and otherwise always ready to have action and fun!
A strong woman in our team: Monika Kerschbaumer, specialized therapeutic care practitioner.
She also leads successfully a "small family business" as a mother of two kids. :-)
A few volunteers on the sunny island Sicily:
Giovanni Granata is studying veterinary medicine,
he helps where he can, and already knows a lot about animals,
his grandfather has 200 sheeps, dozens of pigs and chickens,
his uncle owns some cows and his father is breeding donkeys.
They have also the best place to eat on the Island: Pane e Vino.
Francesco Brancatelli is a breeder of horses & ponys
He always enjoys long excursions with us and his animals
and he also assists in rebuilding our farm for pet therapy.
Survivalist and artist with stones, paintings and more - Nino Buccolo.
Already a lifetime of traveling he knows a lot about nature
and easily speaks more than half a dozen languages
sicilian, italian, english, german, french, dutch...
He is teaching art and basic living in nature.
Member of Honor: Imaginative poet and musician Orazio Privato.
In the near future you can listen to his first music CD here:
This CD is - like all our work - 100 % for social projects.
We work as volunteers, our bread we earn in other ways.
You can join us and help, for a better future, together!
Every year volunteers are coming from all over the world,
and there are always more and more. So we do great things!
Last but not least, Phoenix, our therapy dog.
With his eight years, he is still as active as on the first day.
helps in the garden when we need him (digging on commando)
and already tooked hundreds of children the fear of dogs.
Update: 9.4.14: After three months with a worse wound
his vet amputated a toe from his right front paw
we hope that he soon runs again with pleasure.
Update: 6.6.14: He ran again with friends and kids,
he fighted again against diseases - but in the end cancer killed him.
Thanks for all Phoenix! May your soul fly free!
...That's not all, here we present our newest and youngest group member: Hercules
Hercules is a three year old sicilian donkey, a great one.
The youngest and strongest from the eco adventure team. By far!
He is already able to carry a great part from our luggage on journeys
and in the near future, he pulls our Sicilian-Cart throughout Europe!
"Hercules, the strongest donkey on the world!" they will call. :-)
In the moment he's still training for it, and also for pet therapy.
...But as you can see, he finds also time to relax on the beach.
Offspring Cultivation Program
Our next four-legged members will be a female horse and a Dober-wo-man.
So Hercules and Phoenix could create an even larger family.
Doberman + Dober-wo-man = Dog, best friend of (wo)man,
Donkey + Horse = Mule, best working-animal,
and also a good friend of human.
Even George Washington, first president of the USA, knew the mules to appreciate as
"Kings of the breeded animals."
Mules can be as big and beautiful in stature as noble horses. But they are much stronger,
more enduring, not as susceptible to disease, heat and cold, eat less, work more and live longer.
(Lucky horses arrive at 30 years, donkeys sometimes live up to 60 - mules up to 80 years!)
...And Dobermans are arguably the "kings of the dogs". Athletic, intelligent, loyal and reliable.
As we said above, using good training they could be the man's best friend.
Finally, also sheep, goats and chickens will live on our farm. In optimal conditions.
With plenty of free space for movement on our 36,399 square meters "Adventure Mountain".
And also YOU CAN LIVE HERE IN FREEDOM!