The Art of Coffee

The Hostel’s special Tree House Blend is roasted by PERC Coffee We are fortunate enough to have Spencer Perez, Director of Quality Assessment and Education at PERC, who will be sharing three Latin American coffees that display a range of flavors influenced by processing, terroir, and variety. He’ll be brewing on the Chemex, an American company famous since 1919 for its namesake brewer. “It’s one of my favorite brew methods when I’m sharing because it makes a ton of coffee with a lot of clarity. Plus, it’s beautiful. The demo will also serve as a primer on home brewing theory, a subject I think intimidates many coffee drinkers who probably don’t realize how easy it is to make an incredible cup on the cheap.” No charge for this event, but a small contribution to the Hostel Land Trust would be appreciated.

Spencer has been working in Savannah’s coffee scene since 2005. “I’d never seen an espresso machine, but I really took to the endless intrigue of the coffee process and frequently reaped the benefits of my dedication to the craft. I was constantly strung-out from late-night brewing experiments. I got an ulcer. After my folks went to bed, I’d smother the dial-up modem with pillows to read espresso theory instead of doing geometry homework. I failed geometry. In the summer of 2010, PERC Coffee came to Savannah. In Philip Brown, owner and roaster at PERC, I found a friend whose passion and ideology were aligned with my own. We are open-minded, driven, and uncompromising in our quest to discover and share great coffee with our community in Savannah and across the universe. FOR THE GREATER GOOD.”

Solar Power at the Hostel

This workshop is a primer on solar powered systems, their concepts, design, construction and use. It will start with the basics and explain how this readily available energy source can be harnessed to provide power for such things as lighting and pumping water. We will look into the various ways to convert the sun’s energy into electricity and examine both battery-based and battery-less systems. We will look into designing simple systems you can build at home and talk about where to source components. We will also look at how the Hostel is using solar and see it in action. These workshops are free to Hostel guests.

Earthen Oven Workshop November 7th-9th 2014

Do you enjoy natural building? Come gander down to the Forest for our two day cobb oven building workshop. Led by Karen George of Build Like a Bird Natural Building, this workshop will teach you how to make your own wood-fired earthen oven. The class will introduce the art and technique of utilizing sand, straw, and clay as natural building materials. Not only will you be learning this extraordinary natural building skill but also participating in the restoration of the Hostel’s cobb kitchen, where future forest dwellers will enjoy many delicious fire cooked treats. The cost for this event is $150 which includes accommodations at the Hostel Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night as well as vegetarian lunch and dinner on both days. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

Labyrinth Workshop – Wed, November 12th 2014:

Join M.E. (Beth) Langley from when she ventures down to The Forest to experience The Hostel’s glorious labyrinth. Beth was introduced to labyrinths over ten years ago, and began studying them through books, research, exploration, and participation in workshops. Soon her love for the labyrinth became her passion, and, being a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, much of her time is spent on all things labyrinthine.

In the late afternoon Beth will present a power point slide show of the various labyrinths she has built, visited, or collected from around the world. Bring your notebook and/or sketchpad for a tutorial on how to draw the classical and celestial labyrinths, as well as insight into the different ways labyrinths are interpreted. Beth will provide art supplies for creative expression and after dinner will lead participants in a candlelight walk around The Hostel’s labyrinth with a focus on self awareness If inclement weather keeps us inside, a temporary labyrinth can be constructed indoors. This workshop is free to all enjoying a night’s stay at The Hostel in the Forest on November 12th. Please arrive early to get the full labyrinth flow.