Crossroads of Paradise

Posted April 17th, 2006

4-18-06

The egg shell of spring has completely broken as this year�s new life develops toward summer. We�ve grown rather accustomed to the morning alarm of birds chirping in the trees as well as the plethora of reptiles abound, each mysteriously scurrying along the forest floor as we cross their paths on the hostel trails. The lake has reached perfection with just a hint of chill as it slowly warms towards its bath water temperature of mid summer and the bugs are still at bay. These are truly fine days.

Our weekend workshops have been quite a treat. Ken Stewart shared many of his talents with us a couple weeks ago and the Jazz Festival in Jacksonville was an absolute blast last weekend! This past Thursday, we were blessed by a grand full moon as well as Travis Bowman, a previous manager, who led a sweat lodge that was as impeccable as ever. We�re looking forward to the breathing workshop this coming Saturday and various yoga instructors who will be sharing their skills with us in the coming future. Our eight weeks of spring break will be coming to a close soon as most public schools will have completed their break. We still expect to be quite busy on weekends and fill up a couple weeks in advance for the rest of the spring and summer. Plans are still in the making for our Memorial Day artist retreat and we have a couple slots open for instructors. If you have a skill and are interested in sharing it with us, please give us a call.

We�ve had some really great families come through over the last couple weeks that were not only an incredible help to the hostel while they were here, but also an inspiration to each of us for the future of the world. You guys know who you are! Thank you greatly!

As spring grows closer to summer, we look forward to having each of you join us here in this crossroads of paradise.

May the Forest be with You

Mark