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 try to check in by 7pm or let us know if you can’t. and please bring a valid ID with you.

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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.*

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

Deep Connection Activities
Songs of Empowerment
Morning Yoga
Heart Healing Ceremony
Vocal Play & Cultivation
Emotional Sharing

The Awakening Harmony team is back to offer another inspiring weekend of movement, song, ceremony, and personal growth. Yoga literally translates as connection, body-and-mind unification, and the process of getting to know oneself. We will explore these in ways unlike you’ve ever experienced before to empower and deepen your relationship with your body, your self, your voice, your community, and your soul purpose. We will share a magical and transformative weekend, awakening ourselves with yoga, singing, deep connective activities, and ceremony. As we delve deep into the process, layers will begin to shed, as we courageously face and embrace who we are.

Tickets to this event include two dinners, two brunches, programming from 2pm Friday until 6pm on Sunday, and two night’s stay at the most amazing Hostel in the world! This transferable but non-refundable package is sold on a sliding scale from $250-$350 (please pay what you can). Early-bird price of $220 is available until January 10th!

Register soon if you’re interested: tickets are limited to 30 participants, and this event has sold out the last three times it has been offered! Call the hostel to register: 912-264-9738 More information here

Visionary Goddess Retreat 2018 April 26-29th 2018

Join us in celebrating the sacred divine feminine and art as a spiritual practice- with three days of visionary art workshops, sacred sweat lodge and meditation/healing activities. For creative women and feminine spirits. No art experience necessary.
Your stay includes: Lodging of three nights and three days on 133 acres of lush Forest. Two delicious vegetarian meals per day prepared by a holistic chef. (Brunch and Dinner). Access to all art classes/workshops. Participation in sweat lodge. Access to Hostel space and amenities (Treehouse linens included), outdoor showers, glasshouse, private lake access, swimming, hiking trails, labyrinth, and library. 

Classes PAINTING – Beginning Acrylics and Techniques with Veronika Rose. Acrylic Landscape Perspectives with speed painter Ania Amador. ART OF HENNA – Visionary Henna with Jennifer Duque. How to make henna, sacred symbols and designs and body application. Each participant will receive a henna cone to practice. SACRED BEADWORK – Learn to make earrings with colored beads and feathers with Astraya Luna. Each guest will leave with a new set of earrings. SPIRIT DOLLS - The practice of making dolls as a spiritual practice has been found in many cultures all over the world. Since ancient times dolls have been embodied with healing Protection and as a rights of passage. Join John Moore in the ceremony of creating your personal healing inner child doll. Create an effigy of your personal inner child doll and embody it with the essence of it’s healed and true nature.

Events – Art Church with Veronika Rose in the Glasshouse. Sacred Sweat Lodge and tobacco prayer, lead by Moon Dancer, Drea Silvestri. Yoga, Meditation and healing circles.

PRICE: $250 per person Please call the Hostel in the Forest at (912) 264-9738 to register.

Madre Tierra Retreat, May 25-28th, 2018  

Retreat includes: Daily Yoga classes, 3 night accommodation at Hostel in the Forest, Daily delicious and healthy vegetarian brunch and dinner (3 brunch, 3 dinners) Pricing: $300 per person In order to register for a this retreat, participants must call the Hostel at (912) 264-9738 to sign up, at which time the Hostel collects a $75 deposit (refundable up to 10 days prior to the event, you can pay for the event in full when registering if you wish).

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

“Stop, Drop & Breathe* Kristy Vizzone. Participants will be guided in mind, body and spirit activities to increase concentration, self-regulation, calmness and compassion; including yoga, meditation, pranayama, and hands-on projects. They will also learn how to extend these practices to children up to adults. Useful in schools, corporations, hospitals, and homes.

Learning objectives: Self-regulation/calming skills, elf-motivation/increase focus, Discover best personal practices for increasing inner calm.

Heartful Hooping Katie “Pinto” LaBrun. Time to embrace the therapeutic integration of yoga and the hula hoop.  We will begin and end with yoga practices that utilize the hula hoop for stability and alignment.  These practices will bookend a fun and challenging (but open to all levels!!!) hula hoop dance class that will get you jumping, rolling, and throwing things in the air.

Learning Objectives: Successfully accomplish a physical action that was previously unavailable to participant, especially if participant believed he/she was unable to do it.  aka … if you didn’t think you could do that, but you just did it… what else do you believe you can’t do that might need to be reconsidered?

Let go of something: We will address the concept of trust in the release by leaning tricks that involved jumping (letting go of the ground) and throwing the hoop (letting go of your security blanket) and apply the emotions and process to daily life. How to care for your body on a daily basis with exercises that can be done in 5-10 minutes, so that this movement can be a part of your life even when you don’t feel you have time to do a full practice or attend a class. Making this accessible to everyone   Chakra Journey Awakening the Rainbow Within* Beatriz Ricco A body mind soul experience through the 7 main energy centers of the body. Explaining about the Chakras in theory then moving along with dancing meditation, yoga Asanas for each Chakra, mudras and mantras to awake and create movement to balance the centers. In this workshop you will learn about the 7 main Chakras, experience dance with music and movements designed for each of the 7 Chakras and awakening the Kundalini energy.

Utilizing Chanting, Creativity, and Visualization: This workshop is designed to work on the soul and embark on a journey to come home to our real self.   Embodying Your Wisdom: How to Nurture and Grow a Simple Daily Practice. April Kline & Kimberly Bush. Do you ever long to feel more connected? Wish you had something to hold onto that could remind you to breathe and be present? In this one-day workshop, Kimberly Bush and April Kline invite you into a safe and powerful place of spiritual creativity. You will be encouraged to become still, listen deeply, and purposefully and intuitively weave your inner wisdom into a personal collaged journal and your own set of prayer beads. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to carry what you have experienced and learned into your daily life. No artistic ability or experience necessary.

Objectives/Outcomes Participants will be able to compare embodied and disembodied experiences as well as identify the advantages of being embodied, particularly in challenging circumstances.Participants will be able to identify five specific ways in which witnessing and embodied experiences can be strengthened and become second nature through concrete practices including: a silent practice; meditation; connection with breath; visual imagery; and the creative process/art making.Participants will be able to actively apply three principles of open studio process to increase empathic attunement with themselves and others. They will demonstrate an understanding of how these principles can deepen relationships with themselves and others and the benefits therein. Participants will be able to use the tools practiced in this workshop to directly enhance and expand upon a non-judgmental and open attitude towards their own creative process which increases non-judgment and unconditional acceptance of self in all aspects as well as increasing attunement to the delicacy of this process in others.

More information here

Winter Update

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Winter update coming soon!