Forest Update August 2015

Posted August 8th, 2015

We have been having the most lovely time here in the forest. Our 40th Anniversary on the 4th of July was a wonderful success. Over 50 members were in attendance with live music performances from Danielle Hicks and Jai Biotic. We also had Yoga Nidra sessions in the morning along with yoga classes and a brunch. Saturday night we featured Veronika Tuskowski and Bridget Adams doing live painting. It was a delightful mixture of music, art, and spirituality. We were so inspired by the event that we decided to use the same format and plug in some outdoor nature connection classes. Forest Fusion, August 21st – 23rd 2015 will be offering the same format with two outdoor educators from the Earthskills scene; Wren Shoumate and Ex Umbra. This is going to be a fantastic event and all of the staff are eager to recreate the magic of the 4th of July celebration. With Meditation, Yoga, live music, live art, and nature connection classes, this weekend will have something for everyone! Please check out our Facebook page for more information and for pictures from the 4th of July 40th celebration.

The weekend after Forest Fusion, August 29th, we will be hosting Lou Thomann who is the founder of the Yaupon Tea Company for a lecture and plant walk focused on the Yaupon Holly. This understory tree is the only indigenous source of caffeine in North America and grows prevalently throughout the South Eastern US. We are excited about this offering and hope you will join us for this insightful weekend into a local sustainable source of caffeine.

We have been making the hostel more beautiful as always by adding a new set of stairs to the front of the screen porch and also expanding the cross way into the kitchen with a full fledged deck. The creative use of wisteria vines really makes these additions stunning. We also hosted Jay and Frank Belo for a couple of weeks while they built a beautiful new staff village toilet and shower. As always we are engaged in smaller repair projects and making the space shine.

It amazes me how much the canopy helps to keep the forest cool in this intense sun. Short afternoon showers have become more regular which really breaks the heat as well. We have had a steady stream of folks from the south east and all over the world. Please join us.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff