Forest Update Aug/Sept 2015

Posted August 25th, 2015

As you can imagine, South East georgia in the month of August is quite a hot and humid ordeal. However, thanks to the tree canopy, ample fans, and the refreshing watering holes on the property, we have thrived this month. The daily ritual has become the art of productivity in the mornings and finding slower tasks in the hotter afternoons. Rains have been consistent in cooling us down in the evenings and spontaneous dancing in the rain has happened on more than one occasion.

Members have been making consistent trips this month and we have been busier this year thanks to a particularly mild mosquito season and cool nights hovering in the low 70s. Our staff has been busy keeping the place in beautiful condition and there have been quite a few additions in terms of member and staff art. We continue to seek ways to improve member experience, decrease electricity use, and maintain the serenity of this legacy in the forest.

Our main event this month was the first of its kind which we have dubbed “Forest Fusion”. This event was an amalgamation education and entertainment. We hosted about 30 members for the weekend for classes on friction fire and local plants. There were other offerings such as meditation, body work, and a Cacao ceremony. Members reflected that this was one of their favorite events ever and that they received a lot of healing by being in nature in an open accepting environment. We are hoping to continue to offer this event monthly and will be posting details on our website as well as our facebook page.

We look longingly into the future months as temperatures will begin declining in September and looking forward to the fall. We hope to see you soon as September and October are some of the best months to enjoy the serenity of the forest.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff

Forest Update August 2015

Posted August 8th, 2015

We have been having the most lovely time here in the forest. Our 40th Anniversary on the 4th of July was a wonderful success. Over 50 members were in attendance with live music performances from Danielle Hicks and Jai Biotic. We also had Yoga Nidra sessions in the morning along with yoga classes and a brunch. Saturday night we featured Veronika Tuskowski and Bridget Adams doing live painting. It was a delightful mixture of music, art, and spirituality. We were so inspired by the event that we decided to use the same format and plug in some outdoor nature connection classes. Forest Fusion, August 21st – 23rd 2015 will be offering the same format with two outdoor educators from the Earthskills scene; Wren Shoumate and Ex Umbra. This is going to be a fantastic event and all of the staff are eager to recreate the magic of the 4th of July celebration. With Meditation, Yoga, live music, live art, and nature connection classes, this weekend will have something for everyone! Please check out our Facebook page for more information and for pictures from the 4th of July 40th celebration.

The weekend after Forest Fusion, August 29th, we will be hosting Lou Thomann who is the founder of the Yaupon Tea Company for a lecture and plant walk focused on the Yaupon Holly. This understory tree is the only indigenous source of caffeine in North America and grows prevalently throughout the South Eastern US. We are excited about this offering and hope you will join us for this insightful weekend into a local sustainable source of caffeine.

We have been making the hostel more beautiful as always by adding a new set of stairs to the front of the screen porch and also expanding the cross way into the kitchen with a full fledged deck. The creative use of wisteria vines really makes these additions stunning. We also hosted Jay and Frank Belo for a couple of weeks while they built a beautiful new staff village toilet and shower. As always we are engaged in smaller repair projects and making the space shine.

It amazes me how much the canopy helps to keep the forest cool in this intense sun. Short afternoon showers have become more regular which really breaks the heat as well. We have had a steady stream of folks from the south east and all over the world. Please join us.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff