New Mural by Brandi

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mauricio

March 14th, 2011 by Marie

good-foto-of-himWe were so happy to have Mauricio join the Bosque team for three months!

Mauricio is originally from the state of Aguascalientes. He is a filming location manager and has been a part of creating several documentaries. His experience with filmmaking combined with his experience being a part of large teams made him an amazing addition to the Bosque.

Depending on the day, Mauricio helped out with general work such as building with cob and clearing trails, joined in on activities like pottery and papermaking, and filmed and edited videos that will give visitors a better idea of what to expect at the Bosque. During our team meetings he was able to provide valuable advice and ideas based on his experience running events and working to coordinate large groups of people.

In free time, Mauricio enjoys practicing yoga, meditating, and Edgu. He’s a people person but also enjoys time to himself; it was great to always know that he can be content with the simple forest setting and also participate in group events. A great person to know! We hope to have Mauricio back in the forest someday.

Be well Mauricio, and come back soon!

Videos Mauricio made:

Mauricio and Angela at bread class:
bread class

taking video

Editing video:
Editing video

Some Recent Posts by Bosque Visitors

February 9th, 2011 by Marie

We have been so thrilled to host so many amazing folks these last few months. Every single one of our guests has been a pleasure to meet and we’re happy that we can share this space with interesting travellers.

Seven recent guests have written about the Bosque on their blogs. Enjoy their entries!

  1. Eric and Sabrina are traveling through Mexico and Latin America on their motorcycle. Eric writes up their adventures (and takes amazing photos). See their entry about the Bosque here.
  2. Anna visited the Bosque and is en route - always! Her blog is a fascinating account of her world travels - by bicycle. Enjoy browsing her website. Her entry about the Bosque is here.
  3. Steven and Rossana were able to visit us during their latest trip to Michoacán. They founded Visionary Values; an organization committed to promoting sustainability and conscious consumerism. Their blog entry about the Bosque is here.
  4. Adam and Danny are on a long journey through Mexico, Central, and South America. We were happy they could make a stop at the Bosque! Adam wrote about his time at the Bosque here.

Mapmaker, mapmaker make me a map

February 3rd, 2011 by Marie

We have been working on the Bosque map for years. Since Brian first arrived to the Bosque with his GPS, up until yesterday when Jairo added some final touches; the Bosque map making process has been a long haul! And many people contributed to its creation. Hours of GPSing, converting files, and then painstakingly drawing each trail in Adobe Illustrator - many steps to a great map!

Step One: GPS

The first step to making the Bosque map included using a GPS to record all of the trails in the Bosque. Many people worked on this step, including Nika, Brian and Marie. We use a Garmin GPS to walk the trails, mark significant points, and learn about distances and elevation changes.


Step Two: GPS Trackmaker

The second step involves loading the files onto a program called GPS Trackmaker. This program allows us to fiddle around the different lines, making up for any obvious errors that happened while using the GPS. In Trackmaker we could change trail types, add symbols for different locations, and make a basic Bosque map.


Step Three: Adobe Illustrator

After the basic map is done in GPS Trackmaker, we convert the files so that we can edit the map in Adobe Illustrator. Using this program, at least four people have done work on the map. Brenda, Niklas, Jairo and Brian all contributed to making the map look pretty in Illustrator.

Niklas, in particular, spent hours and hours and hours tracing the lines on the Bosque map.


And the FINAL PRODUCT!!!!! (click on the image to see a large version)
This map will help visitors know their way around the Bosque - it is a really fun place to explore, and much easier to enjoy with a map. There will of course be changes as the Bosque continues to develop.


Thanks to everyone who helped along the way!

Hannah, a visual designer and illustrator, and friend from Seattle, created the first pretty Bosque map:


Brian working with one of the first drafts on a canvas:

Drafts, of both GPS Trackmaker files and Illustrator:



And last, the original map of the Bosque Village (and its old name)

New videos explain how to get to the Bosque!

January 15th, 2011 by Brian

It seems difficult to get people to the Bosque even after they decide to come visit.
It is farther out than they think it is! It is important to plan ahead.
These videos can help people get some idea of how to get here. Everyone still needs to have a prior reservation and print out the directions as well.

Mauricio made the videos! Thanks Mauricio!

Public transport: how to get to the Bosque Village and walk in with a guide.

How to get to the Bosque Village in your car

How to get to the Bosque in a plane.

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