Weekly Update 07/26/10

Posted July 26th, 2010

Our waxing week ended with howls to the full moon here at the Hostel after another incredible sweat lodge ceremony. Sunday was a day of pure celebration of the full moon, day out of time, Guru Purnima and a few birthdays too and as we commit to healing the earth rather than unconsciously destroying it there should be much to celebrate. We were able to get hold of some figs from a local farm this week and what a treat to crack open an eco-friendly, intentionally grown piece of fruit. These fruits, fresh harvested, can also be used to make home-made ferments like cider or blueberry wine.

A couple guests from New Orleans shared their home-made ferment with us just a little while ago and Alex shared his secrets on fermenting herbal teas. We currently have an airlock jumping like crazy as peppermint tea becomes a wine. We made mung bean injera this weekend with a millet and rice flour sourdough starter to keep things gluten-free and it is so wonderful playing with the plethora of grains and beans that can substitute the bleached white flour that fills market shelves. How did you save the world today? As you play with the wonders of the natural world.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 07/19/10

Posted July 19th, 2010

Where is the love Hostelites? Well, it has most definitely been in our garden and our Soul kitchen this week. We have been harvesting Pink Eyed Peas (terrible pun I know) all week and still have okra, tomatoes and pungent basil coming in. We have started playing with ferments again, harvesting the last of our garden’s cabbage for a kimchee with garlic, onions (garden fresh too), ginger and pepper. We made a sourdough pizza this weekend with a cashew creme cheez and sunflower basil pesto, me oh my and our newest troop member, dressing meister Alex is making a peppermint wine which we’ll be enjoying a couple of weeks thanks to this heat. We thought we’d have a week of fermentation to celebrate the magic of wild yeast and so starting tomorrow we’ll kick off with the peppermint wine, move into kombucha, a mead, sprouted grain bread, and whatever else our magical chefs can get their sparkling fingers around. We said goodbye to some family this week but said hello to a clear and expansive future of skill sharing and world healing.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 07/12/2010

Posted July 12th, 2010

As the summer rolls in with a Georgian vengeance we find solace in the morning with a bell waking us for fresh herbal teas and for work in the garden. We have been harvesting cucumbers and speckled pink eyed peas daily but our heirloom tomatoes have taken a knock. Our compost pile has gotten to enjoy many of them after we marvel at their magnificent yellow plum hues. We tackled the bamboo this week as early in the morning as our bodies would allow and used some of the harvested stalks to make dream catchers. The rest will be used, once dried, as fencing and such as we make sure to utilize the resources that we can from the forest. One man’s invasive weed, is another man’s doorway or dinner even! We recycled and revamped used paper too this weekend making a pulpy mush with water in a blender and then straining it in a rectangle mold and letting it dry. It is great to stick leaves or pressed flowers onto the paper and even greater to send love letters to fellow peacemakers who live just a little too far away (saving electricity and giving the postman something to do so that our stamp prices stop rising). We look forward to Batik making and drum immersion workshops this month and continue to be inspired by the spirit of sustainability and creative evolution that passes through the forest.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Weekly Update 07/5/2010

Posted July 5th, 2010

Happy days, birthdays and summer days, independence days and abundance days. We waved our green, white and brown colors proudly this July 4th celebrating our 35th year of life here in the forest. Our morning began in silence until midday where we gathered around the fire pit and shared the intention to live with peace while connecting and projecting this rainbow around the world. Other ways that peace has shone here in the forest this week is in the sharing of knowledge which is an integral part of every day in the forest. We had basket fulls of chantarelle mushrooms arrive, foraged from a forest nearby and while those were being sauteed up with a bunch of our garden’s garlic, colbert, one of their discoverers led some brave staff and guests on a forest walk pointing out the do’s and don’ts when it comes to wild edible plants.

Our vegan baking workshop week was as much of a success as our willing bellies could handle. All of our treats used flax as an egg substitute and non-dairy milks and we got to enjoy Banana Bread, Granola Bars, Fresh-picked blueberry cobbler, Carrot cake mmm, and raw (you betcha) flax crackers. Whether we take on a vegan, local or conscious omnivore diet, whether we choose to use CFL’s in our homes, whether we ride a bicycle or carpool, whether we begin our mornings with yoga to bring our mind in to a relaxed state of peace or whether we take re-usable bags when heading out to get groceries every conscious chose for improvement that we make is an improvement. We make these choices so that for another 35 years we can enjoy our forests and our water and our seasons together.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff