Weekly Update 03/29/2010

Posted March 29th, 2010

t has been another eventful and plentiful week here in the forest. Spring is teasing with warm and sunny days, green budding trees, blossoms and yellow coatings of pollen on every hostel surface. There was an abundance of raw, organic cocoa goodies as two ladies from Asheville’s UliMana came through sharing the benefits of their homemade vegan superfoods. Ms Katie Mac celebrated a birthday and a belated throw in the pool as groom-to-be Papillon rolled in on Thursday. Saturday had many hostelers and staff fasting in preparation for their late evening Sweat Lodge Ceremony which ended just as the rest of us huddled round a fire playing mad-libs and telling stories of monkeys, pools in the sky and mirrored lovers. Some new hostel regalia has appeared as we begin to test our homemade silk screening kit and our kitchen has been turning out every form of banana-included dish you can think of. With a large donation of bananas from our local Pumpkin Patch we’ve been munching on banana bread, nanana ice-cream, banana heart shaped cake, dehydrated bananas and smoothies smoothies smoothies which are all 100% vegan and 100% scrumptious. Our tree houses are full, our bellies are full and our hearts are oh so full.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 03/22/2010

Posted March 22nd, 2010

This week at the Hostel continued with the theme of education. Work exchanger Amanda taught a workshop on making milk from soy, rice, oats, or peanuts. We also had some impromptu silkscreen skillsharing as we continue to make one-of-a-kind Hostel clothing. We are greatly looking forward to the completion of the new dome to be a space for education and hands-on experience as we will always continue to teach and learn here.

This week we have still seen temperatures that might make one guess it was fall rather than spring, but we are reveling in the spring time energy and beauty blooming all around the forest. We celebrated St Patty’s Day and the Spring Equinox decked out in our best green and flowery fabrics. Speaking of fabrics, we’ve also been having a closet swap that’s lasted all week. Several staff members left and purged their prior possessions to travel lighter, which inspired more folks to do a little spring cleaning themselves, so everyone combined to trade and share clothes, books, craft supplies, etc. Swapping instead of throwing away is a great way to be mindful of not hanging onto what you no longer to need and letting items pass into the hands of someone who will love them again, as well as a fun way to share with friends. For all the leftovers, we are donating them to a local community thrift store.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 03/16/2010

Posted March 16th, 2010

This week at the Hostel we have seen even more change that seems oh so appropriate during this spring time of rejuvination and reinvention. We said goodbye to our sisters Cora and Sprout, as well as our brother Chuck; each off to their next chapters and new adventures in life. We said hello to returning staff member Katelyn and some work exchangers from near and far, bringing new ideas and talents to give the forest some lovin’. This week has also been one in impromptu education. Our work exchanger Christopher taught a lesson in primitive fire making, using a bow drill and collected tinder. Later he also lead a fire making kit walk, where participants took a walk in the woods and harvested all the materials needed for a fire kit and then carved the instruments. We also had a guest Miranda lead a few pilates classes and our work exchanger Emily has been leading some yoga sessions. There was also a bicycle maintenance and safe riding class taught by some guests. Our Energy Awarness workshop went great and participants were enthused to learn about engery and holistic therapies. The Hostel is an abundant center of knowledge and skills all around. With each system in place and each task being done, there lies the collective experience and knowledge from every person that has passed through and contributed. Around every corner is an opportunity for observation, dialogue, and hands-on experience, and every person that comes through seems always happy to share. “Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” ~Henry L. Doherty

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 03/8/2010

Posted March 8th, 2010

During this past week at the Hostel hopefully we saw what will be the last of the cold nights of winter. Flowers are blooming, pine pollen is gently coating everything with it’s yellow glow, and there have even been a few bathing suites sported as guests are braving dips in the lake. The garden is growing and expanding in full force, and the blueberries have been given some sweet attention to allow them to grow in full glory in the coming months, as well as some blueberry bushes have been planted around the lake for snack time while canoeing. We’ve said goodbye to our staff member MikeJoe, and said hello to returning staff member Katie, and we are eagerly anticipating the arrivals new staff and work exchangers, as well as the next hostel manager. In the meantime, March is our busiest month of the year being spring break, so it’s best to make reservations before things fill up, and if you have to cancel, do call us and let us know so we can give up your space for another lovely guest to come through! On another note, we are relying entirely upon all guests to take out what you bring in as far as recycling goes… so when you are packing for your trip in the grocery store looking at that 12 pack, please remember that you will be taking it back with you when you leave here. Recycling starts not at the curb, but in the store, where you can choose to buy things that don’t come in excess packaging, where you can buy things in bulk or in larger quantities to reduce packaging, where you can use reusable grocery bags, and where you can buy items only in containers that are reusable, among many other ways to reduce your impact. Remember, leave no trace, or enhance the space!

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff