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


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.


Latest News and Events

Join us in celebration of our country’s Independence Day and our 41st Anniversary at the Hostel in the Forest! Enjoy a fusion of acro, yin & dance yoga; expressive, contact, butoh & belly dance; live music, DJ dance art party, drum circle, body painting, performance, and interactive arts mixed with outrageous summer fun activities!

Get launched in the lake, squirm down our not-so-lazy river and celebrate with sparklers for this fourth of July weekend and anniversary blast!

The weekend includes your resting accommodations, vegetarian dinner each night, brunch every morning, access to all the classes and shows, and the magic of the forest! Price $150/person

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