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New Mural by Brandi

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by Marie

Brandi stayed with us for a total of a month. She’s a wonderful person and contributed to both the vibe of the Bosque and also the art! During her time here she painted an absolutely amazing mural on an exterior wall of the Casita.

When guests inquire about painting a mural, Brian usually lets them use his large containers of paint with basic colors, because the small, speciality colors are quite expensive. After day one of Brandi painting with the bulk paint we were impressed! She mixed the bright colors so well and is so completely talented!

Full paint access: granted. Final result: incredible.

Thanks Brandi, for not only contributing art to the Bosque that so many people will get to appreciate, but also for being such a wonderful guest.

Photos on Flickr

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 by Marie

Jacky, who has been volunteering with us for nearly two months, recently updated our flickr photo page.  The collections and sets were about 6 months out of date.  He selected the best photos to add to sets, which can give people a better idea of Bosque life.


We solicited Jacky’s help because of his excellent photography skills.  He has a good eye for setting up nice shots, and has captured some pretty amazing photos during his time at the Bosque.  A group favorite (taken during a capoiera class taught by Rik):


A photo he took of Alejandra and Lucy during their attempt to walk to Janitzio (which is an island…):


Check out our collections page to see more.

Silk Screening Workshop

Monday, January 25th, 2010 by Marie

Cathy and Caitlin led a silk screening workshop!  During the workshop participants designed images to print onto jeans, pieces of fabric, shirts, and hats.

The process is surprisingly simple and produces really nice results.  Paul designed a turtle, Peggy designed something that is not Kokopelli but looks like him, and Silvia made a print of a fun phrase.

Jacky printing the turtle onto his jeans:

Peggy’s design:

Caitlin (left) helping Peggy:

Silvia cutting out her screen:

Getting started (Cathy on right):

Cathy was kind enough to write up really nice instructions so we can potentially re-create the workshop.  Click on the images to see the instructions in our photostream.

Caitlin and Cathy volunteered at the Bosque for two weeks.  They helped build our chicken coop, they fought the pine beetle plague, and they were two very nice people to have here in the forest.  They also brought along their very fine dog who likes to sleep with her tongue sticking out:

Thanks to Cathy and Caitlin!  Come back soon!


Monday, December 28th, 2009 by Marie

Paul made this art with the sun and a magnifying glass:

The art of decorating a material with burn marks is called pyrography - “writing with fire”.  It can be done using a tip heated by fire or electricity, or using sunlight through a lens - Paul used a magnifying glass.  The bigger the lens, the bigger the burn mark.  Fine detail can be done using a small lens.

Paul is volunteering with us for two weeks, and we’re so happy to have him!  He leads cob, wakes up early and heats up water and oats for others, he makes art, and today he worked on his design for tents made out of tarps.  Thanks Paul!

Cathy trying out burning wood with a magnifying glass:

Paul after leading cob building:

‘Tis the season

Saturday, December 26th, 2009 by Marie

We have had an extremely busy insanely great December!  Due to people having time off from work and travelers wanting to spend the holiday season with a community, our group is larger than normal.  We’ve had people coming through from Canada, USA, Mexico, France, Australia, Italy, England, Germany, and India.  All of our visitors have been such a pleasure; leading activities such as meditation and temezcals (ritual sauna), making amazing sculptures and paintings, and working on building very needed furniture: tables, bunk beds, and shelving.

We are SO thankful to have such a large group of hard working individuals right now, especially since we are fighting a plague in our pine trees.  I’ll write a more in depth entry on that soon, but we really cannot express our gratitude for all the people who have helped us save the forest.  Their arrival and spirit was timely; we have cleared the plague out of several areas of the Bosque.  There is still work to be done, but the enthusiasm and drive of our volunteer team is astounding.

Though Christmas and holidays at the Bosque are not very traditional, we did take some time on the 25th to celebrate our current community.  Judith made an advent candle centerpiece for our table and Justine made a holiday tree.

The advent candles being lit for the second week of advent:

Justine’s tree (the base is the bottom of a maguey flower stem and the branches are madrone):

And now we prepare for the new year.  We are feeling really positive about what it will bring.  The amount of recent creativity and generosity has been such a wonderful thing for Brian and I to witness.

We wish you a happy solstice/Christmas/festivus/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/whatever.  Mostly, Happy December.

Looking foward to 2010!

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