Weekly Update 7-29-2008

Posted July 29th, 2008

It’s getting hotter in the forest, approaching the dog days of summer even though the local talk says it’s not as hot as usual. Southwood rocked out with us in the kitchen and then departed at the end of the week, along with our staffer Carlyn Flake, who’s headed off to a summer job and then flying to Argentina in the fall.

This week there were a number of guests cooking in the kitchen and on various projects around the Hostel. Thanks to team L&J for helping us out in so many ways, and Steve & Carter for lugging in your tools and throwing down some love on some projects, and Mark & Christopher for some much-needed chainsaw work.

We’ve also been getting some garden love from the skies, with rain coming every other day or so. It continues to flourish, and we just ate our first watermelon from the patch.

Chomp!

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 7-21-2008

Posted July 21st, 2008

...And it rained, and it rained, and it rained. Every day the huge storm off the coast blew at least a few hours’ light rain, and sometimes more. Thankfully, the parched ground soaked it up and there was rarely any standing water to breed mosquitoes, though they are starting to emerge. It also stopped the day before our Yoga Retreat, which lent itself to both good times and plenty of work getting done over the weekend.

The Yoga Retreat was a smashing success, with the Hostel crammed full and lots of students participating both in morning classes and an afternoon work party, in which we cleaned up and lit the labyrinth, worked in the garden, and freed up the T-trails. Thanks to Kate for leading a great weekend, and all the guests who came through. We got nothing but positive feedback about the weekend and plan to do it again in the Fall.

Southwood has joined us in the kitchen for a week, so there’s been righteous dub pumping and booties shaking all week long. Trey left us for some time to wander, and we are in the process of re-organizing the kitchen management to include more staff and guests in cooking every night, rather than one dedicated individual creating the meals night after night.

We also have witnessed the return of fireflies to the Forest, beginning to light up our late nights under the full moon which just passed.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 7-14-2008

Posted July 14th, 2008

This week we’re finally slowing down at the Hostel, and have actually had some vacant beds during the week and weekend, giving the staff some much needed quiet time. It has been raining almost every day this week (it’s thundering right now) and the garden is still soaking it up. We’re producing tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, squash, and beans – and of course more blueberries.

Due to only a few people having signed up, the sweatlodge for this Friday June 18th is cancelled. However, that evening we’ll be kicking off the first workshop of our Yoga Retreat, which is packed full of aspiring practitioners and looks to be an eventful weekend.

We said goodbye to six baby chicks and thirteen hens and roosters, including Eagle Chicken, a.k.a. Bret Michaels, to bring our total population down to around thirty. They are now living peacefully on a local farm. We’ve still got some adolescents, including a new rooster named Bruno, and two baby chicks named Tiny Dancer and Moe.

This week we also found a baby bluejay who’d fallen from the nest. He hung out on Molly’s shoulder for the afternoon while she worked in the garden, and ate plenty of food that we mixed up for him. She named him Elephant, and after a night of sleep tucked away inside, his parents came and found him out by the fire circle and started feeding him and coaxing him to fly away with them. Soon he was gone. Our banjo was abducted a few days ago, and then returned to us fixed up and restrung. Thanks Ash!

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 7-07-2008

Posted July 7th, 2008

This week we celebrated the Hostel in the Forest’s 33rd birthday on July 4th, complete with two chocolate cakes shaped like the domes and shingled with sliced almonds, fennel and rosemary. Lots of incredible people showed up and participated in the festivities with a garden party, dancing and drumming out at the lake, and the flag project – envisioning and drawing or painting a new flag for America which incorporated the growth and change we’d like to create as our country continues to evolve. Thanks to everyone who made such an amazing weekend possible: Emily and Dawn from Connecticut and Texas cooking dinner, Kara and Leanne from Asheville cooking dinner for two nights, Chuck and Marissa cooking dinner for yet another night, and Tau leading a Tai Chi workshop in the glass house. And of course to everyone else who threw down and helped us love up the hostel over the weekend.

We’ve also had some huge thunderstorms pass through with some deafening lightning strikes right in the forest – one right behind the pool! Everyone is safe and we’ve only found one tree that blew down so far, and the garden has been soaking up the steady supply of sky water. The pond is even up a bit from its extremely low level due to local drought. This weekend Trey will be leading an Ingredients Workshop – learn what additives like sodium nitrite really are and what effect they have on your body, as well as some basic nutrition awareness. We also will be beginning a series of Candlelight Nights, most likely around the full moon schedule, where we will lead a candle-making workshop and then encourage everyone to forego the use of electric light that evening and use candles they’ve made.

Lately we’ve had very few no-shows, and lots of calls confirming or sometimes cancelling reservations – thanks for your consideration and respect for the hostel.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 7-02-2008

Posted July 2nd, 2008

We’ve been getting a fair amount of rain lately, enough to make the garden happy but not enough to birth any new rounds of mosquitoes. It hasn’t slowed us down much, and this week we’ve got a new path behind the church composter, constructed out of stones we found by the side of the road, by Dave from Atlanta.

We also had several guests help repaint and mural the interior of the Dragon’s Lair. We were gifted with several packs of Grolsch beer by some other guests and are brewing up some blueberry mead in the bottles. The blueberry bushes are still producing like crazy, and blueberry cobbler has become a regular dessert at dinnertime.

The fourth of July is coming up this weekend, and guests are encouraged to bring some meat to barbeque. Clyde and John will be heading up the cooking team.

We’re looking forward to seeing y’all and having a good time celebrating the Hostel in the Forest’s 33rd birthday.

Thanks y’all, and May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff