Italy Field School

Join Willowbank staff and our Italian conservation colleagues for a rare experiential educational opportunity!

The Willowbank Canova Field School program involves documenting and revitalizing an abandoned medieval stone village near Milan. Participants will be engaged in philosophical and technical debates as well as the hard but satisfying work of rebuilding beautiful stone and wood medieval structures.

With its unusual stone buildings including stone-tiled roofs and the remains of beautiful medieval frescoes this village will be your living laboratory for 15 days.

Dates for the 2018 Willowbank Canova Italy Field School will be announced soon.

Apply now by downloading and completing the form here and returning by mail or email to Willowbank along with a copy of your résumé.

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Located in the medieval village of Canova, Oira di Crevoladossola, Italy, the Canova Association brings together local and international participants to share experiences and stimulate local investment in the conservation and adaptive reuse of Italy’s rural medieval stone architecture.

The Willowbank Canova Field School focuses on the village of Ghesc, on the outskirts of Domodossola. It was built in the 15th century but was abandoned more than 50 years ago. The revitalization of Ghesc is the latest project undertaken by the Canova Association with its local partners.

With its unusual stone buildings including stone-tiled roofs and the remains of beautiful medieval frescoes this village will be your laboratory for 15 days as you acquire documentation skills, study design options, and implement the partial rebuilding of one of the stone structures.


The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below. The exact costs will be confirmed and will depend on the Euro exchange rate.
  • Deposit: $500 deposit due within 2 weeks of notification of place on the program. Deposit will be forfeited if you do not take up your place on the program.
  • Program Fee (accommodations, 3 meals per day during the program, local transportation): $2,400 (payable to Willowbank) please note this does not include deposit amount listed above.
  • Airfare (estimated cost): $1,400
  • Travel Health Insurance: $100
Additional costs to consider: Spending money for any additional food, clothing, transport and accommodation costs outside of the course dates. Please note that having a valid passport, booking travel to and from Domodossola, Italy and buying travel health insurance are the responsibility of the participant. Further details will be sent to you upon notification of your place on the program. For inquiries contact or 905.262.1239 x206