We are delighted to introduce you to the hosts of our 7 day straw bale Rogersville, MO workshop coming up May 30-June 5, 2016. This beautiful family is so dynamic, gracious, loving, and kind that we are thrilled they are hosting our midwest location! To say that they are used to large groups is a mega understatement. Inna and Val both come from large Russian families and though Val’s family is based in Seattle, Inna’s lives in the same area as her and her parents, and get togethers are huge. They are consummate hosts and anyone that attends this workshop is up for a very special experience.
World, meet Inna, Val and family:
Hi my name is Inna and my husband’s name is Val. We have 4 children. Stephen is 17, Nickolas is 15, Stella is 8, and Ruben is 4. Val and I both have lots and lots of extended family, all of his are in Seattle area and most of mine here in Missouri. We are all about family here and are very close with our bothers and sisters. Our kids are also very close to all their cousins.
We bought 20 acres 10 years ago and gave 10 to my parents. They built a traditional construction home on it about 2 years ago. Val and I are building a straw bale home on this land for our family. A few miles away is another 40 acres that my brother and 2 of my sisters built their homes on.
About a year ago, we learned that Val has a rare cancer, called Squamis Thymic Carcinoma. In the past year he has had open heart surgery to remove the growth and has also had chemotherapy. We also tried everything possible naturally in this last year, from juicing every hour to only eating raw, vegan, and gluten free. He is now on chemo and we are praying for God’s divine healing. We want this straw bale home more than ever because we want to lower our bills so we can spend more time with each other. We really appreciate every person coming out and helping us get to our dream faster!
I saw information on straw bale construction online about 3 years ago when I was researching green home construction and really got interested. We really want to have a home with minimum bills. We are thinking of putting solar on the home as well. I love the aesthetics of a straw bale home and the thick walls which can create window nooks for reading or napping in.
In terms of the workshop location, we have 20 beautiful rolling acres between us and my parents’ house. There is plenty of room for tents and campers. We even have a camper that fits 6 people if some people would like to use it.
We will have a porta potty on site as well as real showers in my parents’ house for anyone to use. We will have lots of food and amazing options from Russian home made borsh and peroshkies to salads and other vegetarian options, to sandwiches and burgers. No one will go hungry with my mom and aunt in the kitchen! We will always have great homemade desert and cakes. Something at every meal.
We are also planning on having nightly campfires for hanging out by and if anyone wants to hang out and watch TV at my mom’s house, that will also be available because everyone winds down differently. We are all very excited to meet everyone and to get to see our little bale home go up. We look forward to learning a lot from Andrew and also to meet all the amazing people coming to help us with our home!
To read more about this workshop and to sign up, please click HERE