Join us in the forest for an uplifting weekend focused on nurturing our children’s creativity while teaching them everything from language arts, ecology, environmental studies and mathematics at the Hostel’s Children’s Retreat. Qadija Tatim-Aamir, an environmental artist and educator with an immense range of teaching experience, will be leading the retreat. She is a Master Naturalist certified in Early Childhood Education, as well as the lead teacher for the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Nature Director for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. She is a bold woman passionate about shattering education walls, and we couldn’t be more excited about her joining us. Class offerings include mandala making, spirit sticks, communicating with nature, and natural sculpture, a screening of “Rivers and Tides”, as well as a discussion on the the education of natural children. Accommodations will still be $25 per night for adults, but the cost for all classes, accommodations Friday and Saturday night, and lunch for the little ones will be $60 per child 7-14, and $30 for children 6 and under.

This course will explore the art of Nigirizushi, meaning hand-rolled sushi. We’ll spend the afternoon with Aleisha Fitzgerald, who in her time before the hostel worked as a sushi chef in St. Augustine. Thursday afternoon, guests will have an opportunity to learn to make sushi, and afterwards we’ll take all of our creations and enjoy an inventive, nourishing array of sushi for dinner, that we spent the day creating together.

Join us on Friday, July 29th, through Sunday July 31st. 2011 for our Paper, Bookmaking and Creative Writing Retreat. Participants will have an opportunity to learn a variety of paper making techniques from A-Lou, and make their own paper here in the forest. We’ll learn to bind our books, then decorate them with recycled and foraged materials. We’ll round off the workshop with a creative writing class Sunday morning led by Aleisha Fitzgerald. Cost for the entire weekend, Friday and Saturday including accommodation and evening meals along with all classes is *$100