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9-Day Natural Building Extravaganza in Asheville, NC!

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Kleiwerks International and Ashevillage Institute will be hosting a 9-day Natural Building Extravaganza from August 9-18, offering 20 hands-on workshops on all things natural building. The Natural Building Extravaganza offers a comprehensive smorgasbord of workshops, classes, special projects and field trips on a beautiful site in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Participants will learn how to create beautiful, affordable, natural dwellings using local clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other abundant and salvaged materials. For more information and to sign up, visit our site: http://ashevillage.org/program/natural-building-extravaganza/

There is less than a month left to take advantage of our early bird special!


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