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.


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

Daily Yoga, Meditation & Mantra, Creative Writing, Embodied Singing & Music Improvisation, Movement Medicine Dance, Kirtan & Healing Song Circles, Cacao & Ecstatic Dance Ceremony

Deep breaths. Feet on the Earth. Authentic smiles. Clear vision. Creative inspiration! We will remember how to live simply and from the heart on this immersive retreat at the Hostel in the Forest. By carving out time to remember stillness and silence, we reset our perception and can breathe fresh air into the rest of our lives. As a group, we will explore meditation, yoga and play with writing, dance, sound and improvisation. The abundance of beauty in the lush forest will ignite our inspiration and inform our activities. No matter your primary creative interest or experience, this is a space created for you to fill your cup and connect with others who are doing the same. We will dive deep into the creative process together and support each other on an exploratory journey into the now.

There will be time to enjoy the forest and adventure as you wish in between offerings!

$300 early-bird special (must pay in full) includes accommodations Friday through Sunday evenings; three healthy, vegetarian dinners and two brunches; all activities; and full access to the Hostel in the Forest’s 133 acres of land. After April 30th, the full ticket price will be $325. As an alternate payment option, $75 deposits will be accepted by phone towards the full ticket price (remaining $250 to be paid upon arrival).”

To register for this retreat, please call the Hostel at (912) 264-9738.

Please email jessicasirenamusic@gmail.com after purchasing for further details and instructions on what to bring.

Accommodations are limited, so make your reservation soon! There is a one-time Hostel membership fee of $10 (ID required), separate from the retreat fee, upon arrival if you are a first-timer. Please make their staff aware of dietary or allergy restrictions you have when making your reservation.

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).


“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

Three Day Hostel Acroyoga Fundraiser  

Come join Todd Duncan, Danielle Duncan, and Tracy Goodale for a Summer hostel fundraiser! We will spend two nights and three days in the forest of Brunswick, Ga. The hostel has treehouse lodging, amazing vegetarian meals, and a truly unique environment for our community. The retreat includes 5 workshops with over 10 hours of instruction, 4 meals, treehouse lodging, and a beautiful setting. The workshops include fun acrobatic games, partner work, washing machines, trios, and long thai massages! We guarantee that you will leave with a new set of acrobatic knowledge.

Early registration is $250 before June 1st. After that point it is $300.

This retreat is extra special to us as it is a fundraiser for our dear friend, fellow Acroyoga Montreal teacher, performance partner, and circus muse Sally Newman. She is battling a devastating cancer. Based in Charleston few Atlanta Acroyogis have had the pleasure of knowing her but you’ve seen her as the curly haired flier on the Atlanta Acroyoga webpage. Her story on gofundme.com can be read here: https://www.gofundme.com/assist-sally-newman.

We are teaching this retreat pro bono to benefit Sally; all proceeds go to her. We are doing this because acroyoga is so much more than just tricks. It is a place to foster community and connection, we lift each other up in every way possible.

Prereqs: You must have some experience with acroyoga to attend. We recommend experience with star, bird, side star, reverse star, and the washing machines ninja star and four step. Mastery of these skills is not required but all skills taught may not be accesible without experience.  
Todd Duncan todd@gnc.net http://www.yogatodd.com http://www.atlantaacro.com

Spring Update

Posted October 2nd, 2017

Spring update coming soon!