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
PLEASE NOTE: THE ENTRANCE ROAD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. PLEASE ACCESS THE HOSTEL VIA MR.ROAD, ½ MILE WEST OF THE MAIN ENTRANCE
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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.
If you are interested in working at the Hostel please review the applications page.*
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.
OWN A PIECE OF HOSTEL HISTORY
Owner and Founder of Yaupon Tea Company, Lou Thomann, will be offering a lecture on the history, medicinal properties, and cultivation of the only indigenous caffeine producing plant in North America known as Yaupon. This plant is a prolific understory tree that grows all over the Hostel in the Forest property. Yaupon is a very hardy plant that can be wild harvested with minimal impact on the environment. Lou will be offering samples of the finished product; a line of Yaupon based drinks and dried tea under the brand Asi (Ah-see). Please join us as we investigate and celebrate this native plant!
Visit the Yaupon Tea website for more information on this delicious tea known to southern indigenous peoples as “Big Medicine”.
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