Welcome to the Hostel in the Forest

The Hostel is a membership organization, please browse through our website before calling us to make a reservation. If you have further questions, we would be happy to answer them over the phone any day between 10am and 6pm, 912-264-9738. We can not accept reservations, cancellations or provide availability by email. If you have a reservation PLEASE check in no later than 7pm

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We are always looking for skilled instructors willing to share their knowledge on a variety of subjects that support our vision. If you have some ideas or suggestions, or would like give a suitable presentation or workshop, please contact us..

Now accepting Manager applications for June 1 2016?

If you are interested in working at the Hostel please review the applications page.*

Our Vision

The world would be a much healthier and better place if all its inhabitants advocated sustainability instead of unlimited growth. Rather than trying to control nature and use it as a resource for development, we should revere it, respect it, and work with it. The Hostel in the Forest is taking steps to manifest this vision. We see that nature’s creatures, including humans, animals, birds and insects share the same land in a unique manner. Inspired by the creativity found in the natural environment, we have transformed our ideas into actions by having an organic vegetable garden used in our dinners each night, recycling our wastes, having a cutting-edge gray-water system, watering plants with a solar powered irrigation system, and using a worm box that composts our table scraps into fertilizer for the garden. Hostel members sleep in tree houses, hike the T-trails through the 133 acre forest, swim and paddle canoes in the lake, take part in the healing process of walking our labyrinth, participate in the sweat lodges held on the nights of the full moon, eat a healthy vegetarian or vegan meal each night, and attend the many educational retreats and lectures designed to teach us how to move toward a wholesome and more sustainable future. We invite you to visit us and be a part of our work in progress; even participate in helping us with our projects, if you so desire. If you are financially able to do so, we would also be most appreciative of any gifts to our 501 C 3 tax-deductible organization in order to encourage and further our goals.

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Latest News and Events

Upcoming Events 2016

Posted January 6th, 2016

Sunday, May 8 Mother’s Day with Jim Seem

All guests are invited to the library after dinner for an acoustic concert by touring artist, Jim Seem.

Thai Yoga Therapy Training with Phoebe Diftler Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 22 2016

Limited to 12 Participants – Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient system of healing with roots in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. This unique and complete system of Yoga therapy combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, gentle twisting, deep stretching and meditation. It releases tension, increases vitality and creates wholeness of mind, body and spirit in both giver and receiver. The movements and adjustments you will learn are a valuable compliment to Yoga Teaching and other body work. This course is the equivalent of a two week course taught in Thailand.

For the first time ever, this transformational 9 day course is being offered at the Hostel in the Forest where our classes will take place in geodesic domes, by the lake under a canopy of trees, and in our unique glass house nestled into the forest on the far side of the pond. Lodging will be in tree houses, forest huts, or rooms painted by our resident artists. Breakfast and Lunch will be served solely to retreat participants, and dinners will be shared on the screen porch with hostel guests, staff, and travelers from around the globe.

In this course, you will learn:

To structure and give a full body Thai Massage
- Theory and massage of energy lines (meridians/nadis)
- Restorative Yoga poses to facilitate deep relaxation
- Applied Hatha Yoga stretching exercises and breathing exercises
- Principles of energetic healing
- Basic therapies for common ailments
- Using Thai Therapeutic movements to adjust, balance and correct Yoga Asanas
- To work in a meditative state of mind
- Helping the receiver to experience a deeply relaxed altered state
- History and theoretical foundations of Thai Yoga Therapy
- An introduction to and practice of meditation

This training is open to everyone. It is a great additional modality for Yoga teachers and massage therapists or for anyone interested in well being, healing and body work. The work is done in comfortable clothing on a mat. No prior Yoga or massage experience is necessary.

Certification All participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate of completion. Those wishing a Thai Yoga Therapy Practitioner certification will be given a home study/practice assignment to fulfill after the course.

Included in the retreat are daily yoga classes, a Kirtan experience, and the option to stay one extra day to participate in the Monthly Sweat Lodge.

Program cost $1850 for a private treehouse (6 available) $1700 for shared space (2-3 persons to a hut)
To register, contact Pinto at the Hostel in the Forest – manager[at]foresthostel.com 912-264-9738
$500 Deposit required for Registration (nonrefundable after April 16), Total balance due May 1st
Limited number of scholarships available ~ Contact Pinto for application

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5- Forest Fusion: Because FUN!

Join us in the mystical forest to bring in the Summer season in joyous celebration of music, education, and FUN! The days will be filled with workshops and play shops presented by our staff and the evenings will be ringing with live music.

Andrew, aka DJ IDEAL, has kept our feet dancing this spring, and we are bringing him back home to the forest for a Friday Night Black Light DJ Party and Sunday morning Live DJ YOGA session!

Saturday night we welcome special guests from Wisconsin and Oregon, DINGO FACTORY. Check them out at www.dingofactory.com. This three piece, original rock group will steal your heart! Opening for them is a female folksy duet featuring our very own, Pinto Bean, and St. Augustine artist Kensley Stewart (facebook.com/kensleystewartmusic).

$150/person includes two nights lodging, two brunches, two dinners, all classes, DJ Party and Saturday Night Concerts.

End of Winter Update: March 2016

Posted March 13th, 2016

Winter at the Hostel has been a joyous time of creation. New boardwalks were put immediately into use as extreme amounts of rain refilled our lake, our pond, and turned the forest floor into a magical winter swamp. Our ducks (first generation, hatched from our previous ducks last year) have loved the wet environment and roamed the forest’s waters with the guests and the number of rubber duckies that began to humorously scatter the environment.

Spring has made itself known this week as the trees funneled all that water to their new buds, the forest floor began drying up, and new baby chickens scratch at the ground around mama hen. Frank and Jay have returned and are creating a new building with a great view, and our Art Lab Carpentry club demolished the roof of Laundry Land to prepare the space for its next reincarnation. The Soul Kitchen is spoiled right now, with Cooper (our Baker extraordinaire from California) and the new range (stove/oven) feeding the rush of hungry travelers that spring brings to us.

The physical garden is being planted, while the gardens of our minds are being fertilized with daily classes and monthly retreats. What a privilege it is, to be in the forest at this time, where every one of us is a teacher and every one of us is a student. Until we leave here, teachers of teachers and students of students, sharing love and wisdom with the rest of the world.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff