Circles of Change

Posted July 30th, 2007

Keeping up with the continuous circle of change here at the Hostel a lot of new things happening in the forest to update you all with this week. Mike Joe and Ken have left the forest to travel up to Maine and visit our dear friend Dennis and help out on his homestead for awhile, but in their departing the forest has brought back some Hostel family to help out for a while. ‘Tree’ is here once again bringing love, light and chocolate with him and our always productive Mattchew is here working hard on projects. With the help of Hanoch, Erin and the always wonderful and willing Hostel guests, things are moving along in a very positive direction. A new dinner table has been built. The old dock has been refurbished and made to good use over by our fruit orchard out by the lake, and the chicken tractor and craft room have been given some much needed tender loving care.

As always the forest does provide us with what is needed and things are going well here, however even with all the new staff members coming so quickly we are still in need of a kitchen manager, as our current kitchen manager will soon be leaving to return to his teaching job in Florida.

The rain is continuing to provide a more constant source of refreshment to the land and we have started to see a rise in the water levels out in the duck pond, so thank you to all those keeping us in your thoughts and prayers! The rain also had a hand in a change of plans for our sweat lodge this month. Even though the lodge was rained out, Tom did lead a question and answer circle in the glass house with the would be lodge participants, which formed a sense of connection and growth for many who were there. So thank you to all that were there and helped make the “sweat lodge” all that it was!

With the sweat lodge over we can start to focus on the Midwife Weekend coming up August 10th. There is still space available, but please call soon to make reservations as we’re only taking a small number of guests that weekend!

Also thank you to everyone that’s been calling with interest in helping out with the Mind, Body and Spirit Retreat its greatly appreciated we couldn’t do it with out you!

Until next week,

May The Forest Be With You

Squash, Scrabble, and Southwoods:

Posted July 23rd, 2007

This last week at the Hostel, we did some much needed pathway repair by spreading new white sand over some of the more worn areas. The process took a lot of shoveling, and we’re thankful to everyone that helped with that project. We also took a trip to visit the nearby farm of some Hostel family, Jester and Marika’s place in Folkston. They have a wonderful place, with many chickens, a very nice garden, and some friendly goats (it makes us miss ours…).

In Hostel growth, we are happy to welcome Southwood back to the Hostel. He said he’s happy to be here, and we’re all glad that he’s around to spread his love and yummy cooking. He’ll have a lot to cook, as the garden is turning out giant fifteen pound Hopi squash!

Scrabble continues it’s hold on the Hostel, and last week we had an international game, when a family from Austria came in and played a game of ‘German scrabble’.

This next weekend is the full moon, which means the sweat lodge is quickly approaching. Its our second sweat since the Georgia fire ban, and we’re very much looking forward to it! We still need more sweat rocks, so if anyone is passing a river on their way here, grab us a rock or two! Other upcoming events include our midwife retreat on August 11th and 12th, as well as the labor day weekend “mind-body-spirit” retreat. We still have room for both of those retreats, so call and come visit us!

Until next week,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Update from the Forest

Posted July 16th, 2007

As the forest grows hotter, we’ve found ourselves spending a lot more time in the pool. Between swimming and late-night Uno games, we’re managing to survive the southern humidity, And Sunday night, we held a scrabble tournament, which was loads of fun. In Hostel fowl news, our baby ducks are doing well since their release into the wild last week. The same can’t be said for the Hostel chicken flock, who are growing to immense size. We gave away another six of the young chickens this week, and we’re thankful to our friend Floyd for giving them a good home.

More thanks also goes out to Kristen Bowman, who made us diner on Friday. The kitchen has begun posting recipes on the website, check out the kitchen recipe section for more info.

Mike Joe has once again returned to the forest to help out. He’ll be staying here for a week. After that, he’s headed up to Maine to help another hostel family member, Dennis, who is building a hostel up there. He’ll be taking Ken with him, another one of our staff, which means that the forest will be in need of more caretakers. If anyone is interesting in coming to help, please give us a call!

Until next time,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Birthday Thanks

Posted July 9th, 2007

Last Wednesday, the Hostel celebrated its 32nd birthday! We held a masquerade ball on Friday night, with a real party for the guests and staff, with music and dancing all night! Many thanks to all that participated, there were some really great costumes in the crowd! The lighting was donated by our friend Tree, as well as one of our staff, Tasha.

The following day we had an outside barbeque, and played games all day. Thanks to Dr. Rick, who gifted us the meat for the barbeque. We had fresh barbequed shish kabob, corn, black bean burgers, shrimp, trout (caught up in the mountains!) and pork rib. Thanks to everyone that helped cook the massive, delicious meal!

We also said goodbye to two more of our staff, Bo Post and Mike Jones. We appreciate all that they have done for the Hostel. Two more of our current staff are leaving shortly, Hannoch and Ken, and this puts us in a bit of a predicament. We need more people to assist us, so if anyone out there has the desire to join our dedicated staff, please call us as soon as possible! Details here.

The dock that Hannoch was working on is all but finished now, we’re just waiting on a few parts to come in the mail to complete it.

And, once again, we had a bit of rain, to the thanks of us all!

Until next time,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Lovely Rain

Posted July 2nd, 2007

Yesterday we were once again gifted with rain! The continued showers have helped to keep the fire ban lifted, which allows us to keep doing our sweat lodges. This weekend was the first lodge that we’ve held in months. Everyone gathered early to help clean up the lodge area, which looks amazing. Bo Post lead the lodge, and Mike Joe Jones came down from Asheville to tend the fire. The lodge went very well, and we thank everyone that participated!

Work continues on the new dock at the lake, and it should be done in time for the birthday weekend. The new dock is out floating, and the next step is to attach the decking to it.

The baby ducks are finally starting to quack, and the chickens are growing quickly. Now that they’re all grown, it has become apparent that we have too many chicks. So if anyone out has a good home for them, we’re looking to send a few of our girls out into the world.

The gardens are going strong as well. We’ve been harvesting fresh corn, okra, basil, salad greens, tomatoes, and soybeans. Mike Joe has also been helping the garden team, and mother earth is helping us with the watering a bit.

Ted Dennard also gifted us the supplies to finish our honey extraction. The final count was over 3 gallons of delicious hostel honey! Thanks bees!

And this 4th is the Hostel’s birthday, and next weekend we’ll be celebrating! We’ll be having a ball, barbeque, and be playing all sorts of fun games!

Until next time,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff