Weekly Update 11/12/2010

Posted November 12th, 2010

The past week moved slowly, but perception is everything. We have been busy as usual and so much of our efforts can be felt as you walk through the Forest. Change is part of the essence of this place and we have focused on positive change in all directions within and without.

Progress has been made in recapturing the garden and orchard by the Lake and Tepee after a long hot summer. We have begun to build bamboo screens around the lake tub and shower for the sake of our more modest visitors. Some food highlights of the week include homemade pizza baking, sprouting of at least 4 different kinds and instruction on making your own truffles.

Saturday brought amazing weather and the opportunity to learn the process of home brewing beer. Thanks to Walter Leibrich and Jay Wells, the Hostel now has five gallons of chocolate coffee oatmeal stout in production. The workshop began at about 6pm and continued on through the night. As we brewed, we discussed the intricacies of the process and the fascinating dance of yeast and sugar that has sustained our species for centuries. All the while we tasted several different styles of micro-brews from all over the country and even some home-brews made by the instructors. When it was all said and done, we were all thoroughly versed in the dazzling array of flavors that can be produced right in your own home.

I would like to conclude with a quote by Rumi that I hope will encourage you to let go of your computer mouse, go outside and experience the ground of all things that exists within you. “All the worlds’ genius makes books black with words, but simple knowing keeps the whole skies filled with light.”

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 11/5/2010

Posted November 5th, 2010

Living in the Forest has been such a pleasure so far. Another week has brought much work mixed with exciting endeavors and sensual delights. The mid-weeks have been slow and that has afforded us time to focus on projects.

Thanks to some diligent staff the art room in the Corral has taken a turn and been revived through organization, shelving and table space. The new dome is receiving some attention from Cody Ganter. Currently wire has been run for the outlets and we are forming a lighting plan. We recently sprouted a ton of wheatberries that turned into no less than 6 different kinds of bread and desserts. Speaking of desserts, one evening the Soul Kitchen exploded in sweets and we had seven different kinds of desserts including homemade chocolate, keylime pie and the best cake I’ve tasted in a long time.

To highlight our permaculture efforts, we have repurposed an old canoe into an awesome worm bin in the garden. The bin is layered with soil, compost and other earth-friendly materials and the worms will be loving it. Eventually we will be able to make a tea for our plants by draining water through the bin out of holes in the bottom.

In 2002 past manager Rob Jacoby put forth the effort to create the album Entwine, which is a compilation of original songs recorded at the Hostel and is for sale here for $5. Inspired by his efforts, we have begun to record another volume. We are armed with a small eight track recorder and tons of enthusiasm. We always encourage all musically talented guests to share their gift of sound with the Forest.

As for Halloween, we had two nights of festivities. Saturday night we were treated to an impromptu talent show full of music, magic and great hilarity. The master of ceremonies was none other than Kenny the Clown. We thank him for his exciting entertainment style. On Sunday we donned some lovingly created masks and socialized with the neighbors as they had a killer party. The yard was staked with many ghouls and the laughs carried deep into the night.

Although we are always having fun, I am continuously humbled by this experience. The challenges are numerous and the rewards are so gratifying. As difficult as it is sometimes to find solace in the everyday world, I am learning that it is always there right in front of you when you decide to see it.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff