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.

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


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

Awakening Harmony Weekend Feb 14th-16th.

Posted January 12th, 2020

This Valentine’s Day weekend, join the Awakening Harmony team of Josh Fox L.Ac, Life coach Jon Handelman, and Somatic movement therapist Zara at the unbelievable Hostel in the Forest for an incredible and inspiring weekend of song, ceremony, deep connection, personal growth, art therapy, and dynamic movement that will empower and deepen your relationship with your self, your voice, your body, your community, and your soul purpose.

The weekend begins Friday afternoon with an opening circle that blends together songs, authentic relating games, and light cooperative movement. From there, we continue on through a musical journey of group activities that will deepen our understanding of ourselves, be able to share in our authentic selves, embrace our joys, face our fears, and connect to our most profound truths.

Tickets include 2 vegetarian brunches, 2 vegetarian dinners, and 2 nights stay at this magical gem of Southern Georgia, a tree house village that is as beautiful as it is memorable.

What you will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of who you are
  • More clarity about your life purpose
  • A stronger connection to your voice
  • A greater sense of confidence in being vulnerable
  • A renewed sense of creativity
  • Heightened awareness of your body
  • A genuine feeling of community

Tickets are limited to 30 participants. Each ticket is $250. These are Early-bird registration prices and are available until January 15, 2020. To register, call the hostel at (912) 264-9738. Office hours of the Hostel are 10AM-6PM.

For more information, visit: https://www.awakeningharmony.com/transformation

What people have been saying:

“I was blown away by the strong sense of community, by both the leaders and participants. We all felt safe opening up to each other. The ceremony was very cleansing and the music was extremely powerful. I hope to be back soon.” – J.Y. Jersey City, NY

“Experiences like this, this is the good stuff. The juiciness of life, it’s “hard,” it’s deep, it’s worth doing, it’s necessary for evolution and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it. Progress is a process and this is a great way to do that.” – T.F. West Virginia

About the Facilitators:

Josh Fox, L.Ac has built a life around the healing powers of plants, people, and community. He weaves herbalism, song, and acupuncture into his private practice, and writes music that uplifts the heart, honors his plant allies, and tickles the human spirit. In the same gentle, grounded nature in which he receives patients, he regularly holds group ceremony space around grief, heart-healing, and song-sharing.

Jon is a Life coach who has taught, inspired, and connected with people all around the world. With an unmatched quality of presence, engaging techniques, and a genuinely fierce commitment to helping people fully realize and live their true potential, he helps guide groups towards meaningful depth and vulnerability in exciting and impactful ways.

Zara has been experimenting with, gathering and sharing techniques that enliven our sense of inner and outer awareness. She quit a PhD in psychology to pursue more of what made her heart sing and eventually become a somatic movement therapist. She has been teaching movement in various forms for 10 years on four continents.

Fall/Winter Update

Posted October 11th, 2019

Whew, what a big summer we have had here in the forest! We’ve had a number of exciting projects that our dedicated volunteers have been working on. We have had the joy of introducing a bunch of new baby ducks and chicks into the forest family! They sure have some personality amongst them, and are extremely sociallable! They love climbing into someone’s lap for a nap. We’ll see if the trend continues as they grow older. One by one, each shingle on the main domes have been given the complete spa treatment. They each have received a wash and a coat of our special mixture of linseed oil and pine tar, now their original luster can shine through. The Art Corral has been redone as well, and looks better than ever before! Several artists spent time in the forest to collaborate on a new style for the building. The bunk space on the bottom floor has light flooding in to shine light on the beautiful murals that have been created.

It’s brought a lot of joy to the forest to see, our newest garden, the Solar Fields, really flourishing. Many visitors say how they can scarcely believe their eyes. All summer, there have been the most lovely zinnias in full bloom. The butterflies have been busily exploring the flowers of these and many other plants. The pathways have been opened up to reveal and support the longleaf pines and oaks that were planted only a few years ago. The beloved T-trail has even been rerouted to include the solar fields as a stop on its journey through the forest. The hugel mounds that were created five years ago were freshened up, and have proven to be beautiful spots for all sorts of plants to grow. More hugel mounds are being created so that the future forest gardeners will be able to plant fields of food. With the bulk of the hot weather behind us, our current gardeners have been dedicating most of their time to putting as much food in the ground as possible.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel