Catalina Serra

Catalina Serra – the creative women power in Sardinia

My dear friend from Norway, whom I met on Vis, once told me that she is sure that every person in the world has an interesting story about their life, but that the art is how we will hear and experience it and even better how we will talk or write about it.

My life is increasingly moving in the direction of constant movement and learning. Travelling is not only a physical form of change of place and a provocation to get out of the well-known “comfort zone”. Because, even without travelling, I am always “somewhere else”.

I travel to learn, to listen to the music in the instruments that play inside me. Travels are every book, photo or painting, a conversation with a stranger whose voice vibrates like something that has been in me for a long time, exciting landscapes or a craft production that is created before your eyes… A little bit of all of this, and the most is the silence when I return home and start dreaming about the traces left in me.

Sardinia through the novels of Nobel laureate Grazia Deledda or the English writer D.H. Lawrence. Sardinia through tastes and smells. Workshops, museums, architecture and most of all nature that lets out screams that crawl into your pores. And there are different birds, small and large, that overpower every conversation…almost a never more pleasant cacophony.

Catalina Serra is a multi-talented young woman who runs the family business, agriturismo Il Muto di Gallura in the town of Aggius in northern Sardinia. In the heart of the Gallura region known for its huge granite rocks, which were used to make megalithic monuments in prehistoric times.

She is director of a family business that has existed for decades. Although her house is in complete isolation, she enjoys her life (and work, because it’s one thing) and promotes everyone to experience exactly all the details of their life on the farm.

In order to convey the atmosphere to you, I must first go back in history for a moment.

In 1800, a decades-long conflict between two shepherd families escalated and caused great casualties, so that the story of a merciless killer nicknamed “Il Muto di Gallura” is still current today. He is the figure of the legendary romantic bandit, and after him Catalina’s family named the country estate on which they built agrotourism, a farm, apartments, a design studio, and a restaurant.

This is where the story of the philosophy of slow living begins. Catalina loves her life filled with various activities and responsibilities. They have a farm where they produce cheese, salami, pasta from their flour and various delicacies that they proudly serve to their guests. There, they only eat food that was created on the farm. When she finishes catering duties, Catalina goes to her small studio where she works on a loom where she learned from her aunt to make carpets, bags, special bags for long trips on horseback. Customs have always been the most vivid representation of a nation and all its specificities. In their family, the men took care of the animals and fields and the women cooked, took care of the children, and were creative in knitting, sewing, crocheting, weaving pillows, bags, fabrics and various woollen products.

I liked the most special (ceremonial) bag with embroidery that was made for brides who (of course) travel by horse to another village where the groom is, and the bag is placed over the horse (side pockets).

The conversation was dynamic, we fell into each other’s words, we couldn’t stop the flood of thoughts from joy and recognition. We notice the same things in society: that people come there for lunch or dinner, sleep over and run back into the crowd. Silence and slowness is almost claustrophobic fir them. Although tired and alienated in their daily routines, they feel lost in the atmosphere of complete relaxation of the rhythm.

That’s why Catalina has designed special tours where guests can truly experience rural life and its slow pace: riding in an ox-drawn cart, hunting and fishing the old-fashioned way, or working in the fields.

They say that in Sardinia you can truly experience the unspoiled life. Healthy life as part of tradition and heritage. Scientists are still working to discover all the factors that influence Sardinia’s longest-lived people. Maybe because they use everything that has worked for them and don’t change anything. Isolation pleases them, and they are self-sufficient.

What would contemporary theorists of society say to this?

Catalina and I continue our story, somewhere else, maybe in Montenegro or Argentina, somewhere where we will again feel belonging through smell and taste, courage and pride.

We are Sardinians

We are Spaniards, Africans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Pisani, Byzantines, Piedmontese.
We are the golden-yellow broom that showers onto rocky trails like huge lamps ablaze.
We are the wild solitude, the immense and profound silence,
the brilliance of the sky, the white flower of the cistus.
We are the uninterrupted reign of the mastic tree, of the waves that stream over ancient granite, of the dog-rose, of the wind, of the immensity of the sea.
We are a land of long silences, of horizons vast and pure, of plants glum, of mountains burnt by the sun and vengeance.
We are Sardinians.

Sardinian poet and Nobel Prize winner, Grazia Deledda


The characters and events in this story are partly fictitious. Any apparent similarity to real persons or events is intended by the author and is either a coincidence or the product of your own troubled imagination.

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Nataša Nikodijević Savin
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Producer (by degree and DNA structure).
A creative leader in business.
Entrepreneur. An artist. Curator and narrator.
Multitasking talent. Improviser. The inventor.



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