Weekly Update 2-25-2008

Posted February 25th, 2008

This week, we are sad to announce that the time has come for our manager Joey to move on to Asheville. He has done a loving, fantastic job of keeping this place running smoothly, and we are going to miss him terribly. But, as every change brings new blessings, Asheville has sent us Poppy instead to step up to the plate to be the next Hostel manager. We are thankful and happy to have him here in the forest family again.

Jennine’s sourdough workshop went deliciously well on Saturday, and Whitney has continued with her dreamcatcher making skillshares. Be sure to check out the new page of photos for all the workshops we do here.

Last night at the campfire, a little girl spoke about how she didn’t want to grow up. She said that “age” and “years” were made-up human concepts, and that they aren’t as relevant as the trees and the rocks. Wise words from a young mind. So ask yourself, as baseball Hall of Fame player Satchel Paige did, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” It’s never too late to be young at heart.

Until next time…

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 2-18-2008

Posted February 19th, 2008

Spring is in the air and the weather has been gorgeous! The lake has been quite the popular hangout as more and more folks are braving their way to canoe and swim out to lie on the dock in the sun. There’s even been a few sunburns around here… crazy, right? Our crawly cold-blooded lizard friends have been spotted out sunning themselves as well, and the frogs and crickets have rejoined the evening symphony of the forest. The garden has been getting a little extra tender loving care as we begin planting season again, and more blueberry bushes have been transplanted around the lake.

The guys (and Jennine!) have finished fixing the roofs over the main dome. Thanks to their hard work now hopefully we can still squeeze a few more good years out the old Mother. And speaking of new things, the next compost container has been completed before it was scheduled for, which as everyone knows doesn’t happen often around here.

On Sunday, some of the staff and guests traveled to the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens in Savannah for the First Annual Winter Bamboo Festival presented by The Southeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society, with a lecture by our Hostel friend Matthew. The Hostel was gifted with some timber bamboo and another noninvasive ornamental bamboo from the workshop. On Sunday night Candice from Atlanta came and taught us some water and energy conservation tips and ways to build and use environmentally friendly and sustainable homes and businesses. Our resident artist Whitney has been teaching dreamcatcher making skillshares, and several guests have left with beautiful new artworks to hang in their homes.

Well folks, if you happen to find yourself longing for the Hostel but can’t make it out to spend some special time with us, you can always look to the words of author Dale Carnegie. “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” Take the time to stop and smell the roses….

Until next time…

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 2-11-2008

Posted February 11th, 2008

This past week we have been lucky enough yet again to hatch some baby chicks, for a total of twelve little fluffballs in all now running around. The next generation of chicks is here, so the old girls (and guys) are going to have to step it up because the new competition for featured chicken is in town!

Spring is peeking its leaves out now from under the winter chill. The flowers are blooming, the pollen is decorating the spider webs, and the bees are out living it up. It’s getting close to that time for the Spring Spiritual Retreat. If you are interested in leading a workshop, we still have openings.

On Wednesday on the New Moon we had a small sweat lodge just for the staff. Everyone who participated truly enjoyed it, and it was a great chance for the staff to bond and build community amongst each other. It was the last sweat for that lodge, so for the next Full Moon sweat we will build a whole new lodge.

This weekend we had quite the circus and art fair going on. Wade from OBX brought his slack wire, and a few folks learned how to juggle while some of the staff stepped it up a notch in their own juggling prowesses. Whitney did her printmaking skillshares, and Victory from SCAD brought a twenty foot canvas that everyone painted with mud in the true spirit of Hostel artwork. Keep it coming guys; we love it when y’all bring fun stuff for everyone to share. Or, to quote actor David Niven, “Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.”

On Sunday we had an impromptu fermentation workshop, led by Jeremy and Jennine. We learned about kim chee and its history and benefits for the human body, and then we made some big batches of it with fresh picks from the veggie garden. It’s going to be delicious no doubt, and if you’re planning a visit soon you might be lucky enough to get some while you’re here. And speaking of delicious…

We are counting down the days until blueberry season. The gardeners have been at work in the blueberry patch, and have transplanted some young bushes to new growing locations all around the Hostel (to make blueberry grazing more convenient, of course!). Keep practicing those pie recipes folks, you’ve got until May…

Until next time…

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 2-4-2008

Posted February 7th, 2008

We have some new members to welcome into the Hostel family this week. After nearly escaping becoming an accidental breakfast, six little baby chicks have hatched! Two are black, and four are yellow and spotted. All are in good health and staying cozy with the hens in the coop, learning how to be chickens and peck for food and at each other.

The garden crew, with the help of Emiliano, has also planted thirteen new fruit trees in the orchard, for a total of twenty five fruit trees located around the lake. We can’t wait until they’re old enough to fruit so we can taste some delicious home grown fig, pawpaw, apricot, peaches and pecans. Better start practicing on your pie baking skills now so when they’re ready you can come and bake us some great deserts!

Recently we had a guest come through who is completing a world tour on his bicycle. Charlie was kind enough to repair some of the bikes here, so we are pleased to announce that the Bumble Bee and the Forest Cruiser are once again up and cruisin’.

The boys have been very busy around here being the burly men that are. They succeeded in moving the giant lumber pile from the fire break to the lake, where it is safer to be left out. When they weren’t hauling around heavy wood, they were high in the sky risking life and limb to put a new roof over the main dome and kitchen, which is coming along nicely and should be finished soon. They used the lumber that was cleared from around the Mystic Oak and milled, thanks to Karl, to rebuild the roof. Inspired by their ceaseless efforts, one might call to mind a quote by the late French painter Eugène Delacroix. “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” Food for thought, eh?

Until next time…

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff