Nine Mountain’s staff are here to welcome you, nourish your body with delicious organic and locally-sourced food, and warm your soul with our loving hospitality. We strive to bring the richness of our varied backgrounds to the depth and gentleness of the Hilltowns.

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Kelly Bitov, Owner, General Manager and Resident Caretaker, is a public interest environmental attorney, dance artist and past-professor of environmental law at Hampshire College. She developed a love for retreat centers, hosting and feeding big groups of travelers at places like Earthdance, the Fine Arts Work Center and the Appalachian Mountain Club huts. She loves caring for groups exploring transformation, supporting engagement with this land and creating opportunities for visitors to explore, connect, learn and grow. Contact:

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Brahim Ainabi, Owner and Head Chef, grew up in rural Morocco and began helping run his family’s hotel in his teens. As a young man, he apprenticed with a German chef and traveled around Europe cooking. He brings his many years of hospitality service and culinary expertise to Nine Mountain, and still travels to Morocco regularly to lead tour groups through the desert. His warm smile is infectious. Brahim is the Assistant Manager at Haven Cafe in Lenox, Massachusetts and is an excellent pastry chef. Contact:


Caelum is one of Nine Mountain’s extraordinary chefs. He applies his background in cooking with his family, in restaurants, and his Masters in Human Nutrition to empower guests to deepen connection their connection with healthy and sustainable food.

Find out more about his farm-to-table catering company, KaleYums, and his famous YumBars, at

Kale specializes in meeting the needs of special diets with organic and seasonal food for intentional gatherings, festivals and retreats.


Mira is a regular Nine Mountain cook. Find out
more about her farm-to-table catering company, Sprouted Violet Catering, at Mira specializes in organic and seasonal food for intentional gatherings and retreats.