Weekly Update 4-28-2009

Posted April 29th, 2009

I’m writing this approximately five minutes after having released the dozen baby ducks we have into the wild. Well, they’re really teenagers at this point, and the wild really just includes the duck pond and wherever else they’ll traverse within the hostel. Details details details aside, they’re free, and let’s all hope they live long enough to see you when you come to visit.

We’re done with weddings for the month, and likely for the rest of the existence of the hostel. Now don’t get me wrong, weddings are beautiful, and being able to act as the hosts of the consecration of love is equally beautiful, and I know every single one of us on staff here had a wonderful time taking care of both Nikki and Jeremy and Jesse and Julie on their day of days. It’s a busy process though, and can potentially leave quite the lasting footprint on the hostel. As a result, we’ll be showing a little greater discretion in choosing what large group events to hold here.

Speaking of large group events, yoga retreat! There are four spots left, and we’d love to fill them up, so holla ’ atcho’ hostel.

The mosquitoes have calmed down quite a bit, and the nights are staying warm, the days getting consistently hotter. Summer is on its way, and we’re draining the pool this Thursday to acknowledge the looming season.\

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 04-21-09

Posted April 21st, 2009

Last weekend saw the wedding celebration for Nikki and Jeremy, two former managers who met and fell in love at the hostel. Out of the 40 or so guests we had for the celebration, 13 were former managers, and who knows how many had previously been on staff here.

The next weekend we’ll be hosting another wedding, this one with even more guests, and also a peacock (a wedding gift for the hostel, from the newlyweds).

The weekend following, as I’m sure you all know by now, is our yoga retreat. Spots are quickly filling up, but there’s still a little room left, and I highly encourage you to call us asap to make a reservation.

We’re also finally making the big switch from propane to electric. This includes the power for our stoves and oven, and our hot water heater. Thankfully we won’t have to take part in the treacherous and potentially explodey task that is changing the propane tanks anymore! Thank you Thomas Edison! And yes, explodey is a word – look it up.

Also exploding at the hostel are the mosquitoes, but fear not, we’re in the process of collaborating with bats and will soon reach some conclusions of what we can do for them and what they can do for us. In a less cryptic description, we’re building bat houses and ordering guano to attract them to our neck of woods. Once here, they will feast on the plethora of blood sucking insects that our swampy forest has to offer.

So rejoice! Come to the hostel, immerse yourself in the remnants of love, of spring, of electricity, of sustainability, and of bats that eat mosquitoes!

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 4-15-2009

Posted April 15th, 2009

Oy vey, I must say, as passover was last weekend. The forest has been thriving with projects well underway and soon to begin. March saw the influx of excited youngcollege energy with a constant rotation of students spending their spring breaks at the Hostel. Now it’s April, and things have only slightly calmed down. The next two weekends we’ll be hosting two different wedding celebrations, and the first weekend in May is our yoga retreat.

There is still availability and I highly recommend reserving a spot for you and the friends I’m sure you want to bring. We’ve also seen quite a shift in staffing, with a current all-star team of seven eager and enthusiastic hostelers putting in just the right amounts of love and energy to the forest.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff