Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

Posted March 23rd, 2006


7:00pm Dinner


Music of the Georgia Coast with Murray Wilson

A presentation of African-American slave songs, work songs, shouts and spirituals. Recordings made in South Georgia between 1980 and 1984 that captured a dwindling tradition of songs from a much harder time. Many of these recordings were from performers in their latter years including the remarkable Deacon James Cook, born in 1886 and who lived to the ripe old age of 108. These songs will raise a hair or two on the back of your neck, certainly a tear in your eye and will make you stomp your feet like never before. I made many recordings during those four years including some in slave graveyards, churches, revivals, festivals and even in the library at the Hostel. Share with me a slice of the musical past.


10:30am Brunch will be available in the screened porch.


Photography with Scott and Barrie Barbara

We will be discussing all aspects of photography � framing, editing, light, character, and emotion. Anyone can tell you how to take an accurate photo, but we hope to help capture the raw essence of everything around us. Captured Art Photography was formed in the Summer of 2004 and has grown into a booming business of personal art and portraiture. Many of you may be familiar with our walking hostel photo tour or perhaps you know us as �Scott, Barrie, and the kids from Indiana�. The hostel has meant everything to us as well as the growth of our careers. You can access many of our hostel photos at Scott’s site. We look forward to seeing you! Meet at the domes.


Ellijah Gilchrist and Hand Drumming.

Ellijah is a skilled and accomplished self-taught drummer who has played with countless bands. He will be teaching rhythm and technique on all levels of skill so no experience necessary. Bring your drums! In the Glass House.


Henna and body art workshop with Ray

Ray will share with us the style and design of traditional Henna Body Art. In the Screen Porch.


Freestyle Poetry Workshop with Micheal Tietz

Mikey is a current hostel staff member from New York and has been writing since age six. He has performed at The Apocalypse, KGB, and Nuyorican Poets Caf�. His workshop will strategically show us that not only can anyone write poetry, but that anyone can also freestyle. In the Glass House.

7:00pm – Dinner


Play reading and performance

We will be reading Neil Simon�s The Good Doctor. Neil Simon molds the stories of Anton Chekhov into exquisitely timed, often hilarious theatre, dramatizing seven stories which incorporate a wide variety of characters—a governess, a lady of the night, a blustering general, a wild woman with a nervous disorder, a rou� flirting with a new bride, a man who earns money by “drowning,” and an actress. The stories, adapted for the stage, are filled with dry humor, surprise endings, and clever common people in confrontations with “superiors,” ending in absurdities. “The Writer,” obviously Chekhov, who himself was a “good doctor,” acts as narrator and serves to connect the various scenes. If you�re interested in playing a part, let us know when you arrive. We will have scripts available.


10:30am Brunch will be available in the screened porch.


Creative Writing with Anneli Sundqvist

This workshop will focus on the enjoyment of writing. With simple assignments, we�ll find ways to improve our writing and use it as a tool to go beyond the self critic and the self drawn limits that hold us away from joyful and meaningful creations. Anneli is a current staff member from Sweden, who has studied creative writing and journalism, worked as a columnist for a Swedish newspaper and had her short-stories published in several magazines. The last 1,5 years she has been teaching writing classes on fiction, poetry, and drama.


Rhythm and Dance with Heather Tankersley.

From slow movement stretching to ecstatic dance, we will be experiencing the various ways in which we can release tension, stress, emotional blocks, and move into higher states of being. We will explore the power of intentional dance for healing and raising our vibrations. Where loose danceable clothing. Prepare to feel new areas of freedom within yourself. Heather has performed in over 200 theatrical performances that included multi-cultural dance. She performs Temple Belly dance at present and has owned a Face & Body Art business for 5 years. You can view her art and find more information about her on Heather’s website


Kimchi with Jeremy Wilson

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented chili peppers and vegetables, usually based on cabbage. Kimchi has been cited by Health Magazine as one of the world’s five “healthiest foods”, with the claim that it is rich in vitamins, aids digestion, and may even prevent cancer. Jeremy, the manager and gardener of the hostel, is a recent fan of wild fermentation and has been making kimchi for the last year. This workshop will show the process of making kimchi and also the importance of eating fermented foods. In the screen porch.

7:00pm Dinner


Poetry reading and open mic.

Bring your songs, poetry, and instruments! Fire side.

Painting Station

There will also be an on going painting station with acrylics open throughout the weekend for the creation of a community art piece.

Workshops will be announced by Bell.

A continental brunch of Fruit, bagels, toast, tea and coffee will be served on saturday and sunday morning from 10:30-1pm.

All reservations are 80$ and include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.