Weekly Update 8-25-2008

Posted August 25th, 2008

The hurricane blew through close to the Hostel over the weekend, and we were hammered by heavy rain and wind. Several trees came down throughout the forest, including the one standing right next to Elmo. Strangely it toppled over during a brief respite from the wind, and fortunately it only took out part of the chicken coop and part of the “hidey-hole” storage shed roof addition. We’ve been out there chainsawing away to collect firewood for winter, and will be doing lots of repair work and raking and sweeping the rest of the detritus for several days. The heavy rains have finally topped off the water table, and the mosquitoes are getting thicker along with the heat and humidity as the storm recedes.

After facing difficult times at the Hostel we are getting back into our unique rhythm, and really appreciate all the great guests who have been coming through and enlivening the forest. In the immortal words of our friend Trey Hayworth: “Embrace lifes, and there is no deaths.

Thank you for your love and support.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 8-16-2008

Posted August 16th, 2008

This week at the Hostel we have been blessed by the return of rain, filling the lake and ponds, cooling the August dog days with temperate mornings and evening. Its also been so wonderful having some previous staff members back in the house. Trey and Whitney have blessed us with their presence. We celebrated April’s birthday on Wednesday with wild antics. For the full-moon we enjoyed an impromptu meditation and yoga session in the glass house.

In garden news, we planted buckwheat as a cover crop in the Lake Garden and Zak came through and conducted some much needed garden maintenance. One of our favorite Polish chickens Tina Turner has been suffering from bumblefoot. We are all quite concerned so please send her your love and support.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 8-9-2008

Posted August 9th, 2008

On Sunday, August 3rd. a young man drowned in the lake at the hostel. Marquis Manuel, was 24 years old. According to his many friends he was an incredibly spiritual and beloved friend, a skilled and awarded culinary chef. It was the first time here for both him and his girlfriend.

Here at the Hostel, we have been taking good care of each other and receiving much love and support from Hostel family around the country. Midway through the week, we built a fire out at the lake and spent some time speaking our hearts and praying for Marquis. It was incredibly healing for all of us. Thursday we re-opened on a limited basis to allow some fresh new energy to move through the forest. We will continue to be open through the foreseeable future, though with a slower pace.

Thank you for your love and support.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff