» Archive for January, 2009

Charles and the Giant Puppet

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 by Marie

Charles, a great volunteer we had in December and January, taught us how to build giant puppet heads!  He worked hard for many days and completed the puppet head on his last night here.

It is, indeed, a giant puppet head.

giant puppet head and charles

In our volunteer program we try hard to engage our volunteers in tasks that develop new skills, as well as involve skills and knowledge that each individual brings to the Bosque.  Brie and Suzie brought papermaking and bookbinding, Johnny brought new ideas of drip irrigation for our mandarin tree, Dominik taught us how to make juggling clubs out of recycled materials, and Nancy contributed massage ideas.

(And that’s just to name a few)

It is exciting to watch every volunteer and visitor bring their past experience and skill to the Bosque.  We are continuing to have many people pass through, and the collective knowledge base is growing exponentially.

In addition to teaching us about giant puppets and creating el hermitaño (based on a traditional mask of a hermit living in a forest),  Charles taught us how to make kimchi, a Korean fermented vegetable dish, which is now a part of our monthly menu.

Charles teaches workshops on building puppets in Tuscon, Arizona with Tuscon Puppet Works.

Google image search on giant puppets.


Saturday, January 10th, 2009 by Marie

A friend of ours put bee hives on the north side of the Bosque last week.  In exchange, we will learn about beekeeping and get a bit of honey!

Bees are extremely interesting creatures.  Their caste system is very complex, and the queen bee is the only breeder in each colony. Beekeeping involves a fair amount of initial work to set up the colonies.  After that, the beekeeper needs only to harvest the honey twice a year, and check on the hives occasionally.


We don’t use white sugar in our meals here so honey is quite a valuable resource for us.  Producing our own will be a money saver… and it will also be very fun and cool!

So the first food-producing animals find their way to our forest.  Next - chickens for the eggs?  goats for the cheese?  Time will tell!

Therapeutic Massage

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 by Marie

Nancy is visiting from Australia, and has offered massage to several of our other volunteers and visitors.  She is putting our massage table into good use!
Nancy writes about her practice:

I used several techniques in my massage treatment to bring greater circulation to the body, in terms of muscles, tendons, ligaments and energy centers throughout the body.

Increased circulation, enhanced nutritions to the body so that healings can take place contribute to an elevated sense of well-being for the Mind, Body, Emotion and Spirit.

Chinese acupressure: To stimulate energy points in the muscles and tendons throughout the body.

Shiatsu techniques: for working along the meridians, which are lines of energy points correlating to the internal organs of the body such as the kidney, liver, etc.

Remedial massage techniques: focus on the problem areas of the body.  Deep tissue work helps to remove scar tissue and realign fibrous tissues of the muscles and tendons.

Swedish massage: with light strokes soothes painful parts of the body by applying firm and even pressure.

All of these techniques are applied by the use of thumbs, fingers, palms, knuckles and elbows.

Treatment can be through clothes or without clothes with oil on a portable massage table.


Thursday, January 1st, 2009 by Marie

Happy 2009 from the Bosque Village!

new years costumes

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