Weekly Update 2-25-2009

Posted February 25th, 2009

Spring break is coming, and to prepare for the storm of young energy we are gathering ideas to help channel the high energy towards something positive. If you’re coming for the month of March then please read our spring break intentions.. The garden, and gardners are looking fowards for the soil to warm so we can begin planting, this has been a particulary hard winter for South Georgia. More updates will come next week, until then, we prepare for March!

Until next time,

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT ! !

Posted February 21st, 2009

Yesterday, on Friday, February 20, 2009, the Hostel finally, after all these many years, has purchased the Cyrus Dallas house and property, as well as the half-acre beside it on Mr. Road. So, we now officially own all of Mister Road from those trailers on the right hand side of the road all the way to the end. It’s a very long story, which is worthy of writing about, but the stars and moon and sun and all the planets came together about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon and all the legal documents were signed giving the title to The Hostel in The Forest Land Trust. The long story, which I will tell later, is how we got them to come down off their $100,000 asking price. We still paid entirely too much for it – $60,000 plus $10,000 for the half-acre next to it; but, as Murray says, we can’t afford not to buy it. That property has been an island within the Hostel property for a long time.

In order to pay for it, we’ve raised the price of the overnight from $20 to $25. The extra $5 will go directly into the Land Trust to pay for this mortgage, and, hopefully, we’ll get some donations to help us out.

I left my office immediately after the closing and bought bottles of Champagne. I called Zak to get everyone at the Hostel to come out to Mister Road. Clyde and Koalani, former managers, were among the group. We went down to Cyrus’s house and first poured Champagne around the front door of the house. Then we all toasted to our new acquisition. Funny thing, while we were toasting a dove flew into the tree above the house and began cooing. Who knows? It could’ve been Cyrus or his wife, Estella, but I want to think it was Louise trying to get in on the Champagne toast.

Please send us good vibes and good spirit that this will be a good move for the Hostel.

Love to all of you from the Hostel family,

Tom

Weekly Update 2-17-2009

Posted February 17th, 2009

Sunny days and cool nights have returned to the forest, good bye wool sock, plastic covers in the garden, and sniffles. We’re just 5 weeks away from our last frost date, so that means we’ve started seeding our beloved summer crops; tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and squash. The garden is thriving with 3 varieties of kale, collards, cabbage, arugala, onions, garlic, and more. We always welcome guests who are interested in learning how garden organically to join us out in our secret garden, let’s turn every green space into a veggie garden! Thank you to everyone who has put their love into garden.

Guests and staff had a chance to mentally, spiritually, and physically detoxify last Monday during our monthly sweat lodge. Rayne, our pacific coast resident wizard, along with other guests helped to make this months sweat another memorable experience for those involved. Thank you Rayne and everyone who helped to make the sweat lodge happen. The next full moon sweat lodge will be March 11th, reservations are being taken.

During a 35 person circle of thanks on valentines day the hostel was surprised with a guest getting down on his knee to propose to his girlfriend (she said yes). Congratulations! Valentines day was full of energy. Wizard Rayne led a “couples fire by friction” workshop that went great, and work exchange Rachel led an evening of wine taste testing. Hopefully guests left the forest knowing how to start fire and properly describe what fabric their wine resembles. Thank you to everyone who graced the hostel their energy this past week.

This upcoming we look forward to another candle making workshop by Chip, cooking workshops, organic gardening, and forest survival skills withwizard Rayne.

Until next time,

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 2-04-2009

Posted February 4th, 2009

Winter continues in the forest with waves of faucet dripping nights and frost kissed kale. The garden is holding on with all it’s might during these 20 degree nights, but our abundance of arugala has begun to show signs of stress. Thanks to our loyal wood burning stove we’ve been able to stay warm during these months of winter introspection and board games.

Baby chicks have been born! After 28 days of incubation in the loft of our dome, 17 deliciously precious chickens have been brought into this thing we call “life.”The chicken channel has provided hours of entertainment for everyone and has also brought a delicate chirp background to our dome. With no time to waste, Ken has begun to enrich these chicks by reading bed time stories from the “The Little Prince.”

The warmth and brilliance of spring is right around the corner waiting to sprout us out of reflection and into creativity. We’ve taken this time to begin organizing our Spring Retreats and Workshops. March 20-22 will be our Food, Farming, and Nutritional Healing retreat weekend, an entire weekend focused on everything that fast food is not, reservations are now being taken. Here are some other workshops that we’re working on: Yoga, Alternative Fuel, Spiritual Healing, & Artist Retreat. If you’re interested leading and/or attending these workshops then feel free to give us a call. More information about the retreats will be posted as soon as they’re available.

This week has also been a week of goodbyes. Ken the Werewolf, Mike Joe, and Oren, we wish you all peace and love on your journeys and we are grateful for every bit of love that you’ve shared with the forest. May the forest be with you.

This upcoming week we look forward to a sweat lodge on the full moon, a candle making workshop on Saturday by Mr. Wood Chip, and plenty of warm nights around the stove. Peace & Love

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff