Honey Moon Restoration and Visiting Bells

Posted September 19th, 2006

It has been an eventful week hostelers. We started the week off remembering a very important person from hostel history. Miss Louise. For those of you that did not know her, the Thirteenth of September was the day she passed in 2001. She was a laughing soul that brought joy to all who crossed her path, oh and she loved her Miller Highlife. Tom, Murray, Clyde and the staff went to her grave to drink a Highlife with her. We spent the evening telling stories of Loiuse, and after all these years she is still just as much a part of the hostel as she ever was.

On Friday we were fortunate to be a a part of by Brenda Hutchinson’s Bell Project. Hey, the chickens even made it into her video. There are some other pictures in the Hostel Pictures section. Thanks for Stopping by Brenda we enjoyed the bell, and we hope you and Norman will come back sometime. You can watch the video here.

The Honeymoon hut has begun phase two of renovations. We have Stephen Miller and Carol Howard, friends from Tybee Island, painting the floor. What it will be has gone unseen so far, it will have to a be a surpirse they said.

Stay tuned for more from the peanut gallery…

The Hostel Staff

Cooling off....

Posted September 12th, 2006

The dog days of summer have been kissed by a cool breeze and a break in the humidity, largely in thanks to the bits of rain we have finally recieved.

The week after the retreat was relaxed. We had some great hostelers, including Linda Eberle, who donated a push plow, Robert Ross, a raw food author and David Southerland. David Southerland came down to discuss our invite to speak at the Bioneers South Eastern Forum, to be held in Atlanta October 20th. – 22nd. 2006. We are very excited to have this opportunity to reach out into the growing eco-consciousness in this country and the world.

Our appearance at this conference will follow the closing of the hostel for one week, closing on the 12th of October and re-opening on the night of the 19th October 2006.

Now turn that frown upside down kids, its for a good reason. We will be implementing a brand new eco-friendly gray water filteration system during that time. Stay tuned for more information and possible future workshops about sustainable water practices here at the hostel after the implementation of the system.

Thank you for your understanding.

The Hostel Staff.

Labor Day Retreat

Posted September 6th, 2006

If you’ve been missing the retreats at the hostel, you’re missing out on some major happenings. Our Labor Day event entitled Mind, Body and Spirit, the fourth retreat of the year, just ended with a rousing success. The smiles on the faces of the thirty-something who attended and the words of praise were a good indication that they were all pretty well blown away by what took place.

Friday night began with Michael Stevens giving us a slide presentation after spending several months in Africa. The pictures of the animals, birds, plants and people were awesome. The lighted labyrinth walk followed, and this, frankly, has become one of the main events during our retreats. Saturday, we were treated to a guided walk to and through the Secret Garden led by Joey Brandt with a lot of help by Michael, a botanist and micro-biologist. He gave us the common name, the botanical name and the medicinal uses of practically every plant between the domes and the Secret Garden.

Later in the afternoon, Rachel Schattman led us through a botanacle drawing project, using our earlier knowledge of plants. Then Saturday night, after a wonderful meal, the staff performed a collection of scenes from David Ives’ “All in the Timing”. This was so much fun. Anytime you’re doing a slap-stick comedy, it’s a good time for the audience, and the cast really had a blast doing it.

Sunday began with yoga and meditation in the glass house led again by Rachel. Fifteen people made this ten o’clock event, a good indication of the enthusiasm of the guests. In the early afternoon, Dolly Russell, led a class on Art Therapy, A Guide for Artistic Release. Then later Sunday afternoon, a sweat lodge was held. They’re all good, but this one was about as good as it gets. After a candlelight dinner, Murray presented his music program consisting of tapes he made of various African-American groups singing slave songs. Some of these were actually recorded at the hostel, back at the time when Murray was manager (1979-1981.)

Mikey and all the staff did a tremendous job in getting the hostel ready, even renovated the Honeymoon Suite. They were tireless in doing everything that needed to be done during the weekend to pull this event off, and I’m really proud of all of them.

While each event held was really worth attending, the main thing was just being together and the camaraderie among a great group of people. Be on the look out for our next retreat. If it’s at all like this one, you’ll really enjoy yourself and come away with a feeling of being a better person as a result of it.

Tom Dennard, Sep 4, 2006.