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Kleiwerks International, Ashevillage Institute
Hey, I'm Janell!
Asheville, North Carolina, United States · Member since September 2012

FAVORITE THINGS TO DO:
Walking these mountains...the oldest mountains on the planet. Hangin' with my peeps. Dancing, tubing and getting massaged (after). Drinking tea and fermenting. Yoga, if I ever get to a class! Oh, and I just found out there's a chlorine-free pool in town -- that's likely to be a new fave! And, of course, there's the MUD (see more below).

FOOD:
Serious foodie here. Anything wild, local, fermented, and delicious. I love the tapas and sushi restaurants in town. BACON! Popcorn and dark chocolate, not necessarily together, but bacon with both are great! Nettles n' seaweed. MEAT...without the hormones and antibiotics, puleeease :)

LOVE AFFAIRS:
Asheville has been home for 17 years. I call it my longest love affair ever. After exploring 34 countries, this place is where it's at!

MUD:
To the world out there, I'm known as a 'mud mama' -- nope, sorry to disappoint you, I'm not a mud wrestler. I build earthen dwellings and teach others to do the same. Kleiwerks International is the nonprofit I started. We use dirt to build communities and to remind people that we are all Earthlings (except a select few. I mean, really, Monsanto, what kind of mutant earthlings are behind that?!). Recently, my work is about building an alliance of women natural builders. I'm a lucky girl, I love what I do!

THE HOME FRONT:
Ashevillage is the apple of my eye, including the 'Sanctuary' with the guest house and acre of gardens, waterways and wooded area. Local clay plasters and paints that we made cover the walls. Don't worry, it's actually quite elegant. People say it feels like another country - beautiful, warm, inviting. We even rounded the corners and added niches and arches. Beauty and timeless design.

COOL LOCAL STUFF:
Through Ashevillage, there's a nonprofit 'Institute' that offers programs, ie: Urban Food Security; Living Wild in Appalachia; Community Place-Making; How to start your own Bee City; Urban Ecology Design/Build Lab; Wise Water Management Training; Transitional Economies & Leadership

ME AS A HOST:
I'm pretty hands-off. Life keeps me busy, but I love my guests to thoroughly enjoy and make themselves at home here. I love knowing they're living it up in this awesome town, and I'm especially happy when they don't want to leave 'cause it's so good here. What more could a host ask for?!

I look forward to seeing you here!