Mud Baths/Skin Infusion/Sea Minerals

Last week I went for a paddle in the nearby lagoon. I have a funky racing paddleboard (an ancient Joe Bark model) that glides deftly through the water and when the tide is right I cruise down a network of channels that are maybe 20-30′ wide. I paddled to a place where there’s very black, sticky mud, got off my board, stripped, and smeared the mud all over me, forehead to toes, all over my face, then stepped up on the bank to let the sun warm me. Very fine sensation. In a few minutes, I jumped in the water, washed it off and paddled back to town, greatly energized — infusion of skin with minerals of the sea. (A lot of) the best things in life are free…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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