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We are a Jiu-Jitsu community in Asheville, NC! We have anywhere from 2-10 community members who all live and train together here on what we affectionately refer to as "The Compound". Myself (Bobby) and my wife, Amanda bought a fairly run-down piece of property back in 2017 and with the help of dozens of guests and volunteers have since transformed this place into a happier place.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Travelers could potentially benefit from us in a multitude of different ways. We've lived abroad and all over the place here in the States. We are a jiu-jitsu community so you will most likely have the chance to learn Jiu-Jitsu and/or Judo. You may pick up some creative construction ideas as well as useful handyperson skills.
We're happy to welcome all kinds of visitors with all kinds of backgrounds and ability levels! We're needing help with all sorts of typical home-related maintenance. It's spring time in Appalachia, so there's tons of raking, chopping wood and other landscaping-type activities going on. Our biggest (and most exciting) project we have going on right now is building an earth bag dome and a carport! Yay!
We're also patching holes in roofs, building a retaining wall out of old/upcycled tires, and building random stuff all around the compound. Other things we have going on include several DIY-style construction/restoration projects, like slapping some new paint on ugly parts of the house, building hang-out/chillin' spots around the yard and just generally beautifying the property as much as possible. Really, anybody of any ability level can help us out in some way, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us.
IMPORTANT!! Coronavirus Situation: Just like with the rest of the world, there's a lot of stuff up in the air for us and this includes hosting folks. As the weather gets warmer we may have more options open up, but we're going to be hesitant to room people together with each other as we would normally do. If you happen to have your own camper/rv/van etc then we'd be more likely to be able to host you. Please don't hesitate to reach out though!
You (or "y'all" if you're a couple) will have your own semi-private room with a twin bed in a shared 2-bedroom house, possibly an RV, a converted garage "dorm" or in a room attached to another building that is a short walk from the house. If you're traveling in your own mobile home/bus/RV even better! I know, there are lots of options, so as long as you'd be flexible with living arrangements we should be all good!
We should mention that there are also camping-type dwellings on our land as well, so I suppose that there's always the option to camp or to stay in some sort of RV/trailer/converted vehicle. in this case, you'd still have access to a bathroom and shower somewhere on the property so you'd be all set if that's your thing.
In their time off, volunteers are encouraged to go out and enjoy all Asheville has to offer; from one of the highest concentration of breweries in the world to some of the best nature walks this side of the Mississippi, this place has it all. We live in NW Asheville, very close to the West Asheville art scene and all the other zany stuff that goes on in this town. I could write it all down here but you'd probably find more info on stuff you like if you just google it.
Unfortunately, the closest bus stop is a 30-min. walk from our place, but we can offer to take you from A to B if it's on the way to where we'd be going, and we can guarantee you a ride to and from the Asheville airport if you are flying in/out during your travels. The roads near the house are sketchy at best in regards to riding a bicycle or walking, so please be advised that you should venture out at your own risk!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our internet connection is fairly decent most of the time. If you need to do tons of video calls for your job though, it might be kind of tough.
We are tailor-made for campervans/motorhomes. Well, for the most part at least. It would be important to have a semi-sustainable living apparatus because we don't have septic hook-up for RVs/converted vans. However, we can provide a standard 120v extension cord and a comfortable place to park, as well as a bathroom and hot shower.
Your pet should be well-behaved and quiet. Gotta pick up after your fur friends as well. But otherwise, we are a fairly pet-friendly establishment, assuming your pet will get along with random dogs and cats that wander in from neighboring properties.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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