THE HOSTEL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Greetings from the Hostel on this beautiful, sunny Easter Morning. I am pleased to announce that my wife and I have had both our vaccinations and are past the two week mark that brings a greater sense of protection. However, we are still practicing the recommended public health safety measures by wearing masks when around others and cleaning our hands to protect not only ourselves but those with whom we come in contact. Our small staff, who have done such a superb job of keeping the hostel over the past year, have received their first vaccine shot last week and are due to receive the second one in a couple of weeks. This gives us hope that maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. However, the newspaper today carried an article on the front page entitled, “Rising Variants Imperil Return to Normal Life.” I want to thank all of you who have donated to the Hostel during our year-long closure. Our primary source of income is the hosting of our members, which, of course, ceased last March 2020. Those of you who have donated have helped us greatly in making our mortgage payments and the expenses of maintaining the hostel. I want to thank all of you who have been able to help sustain the hostel during this unusual time. I hope all of you are staying well and managing to cope during these trying times. We are looking forward to welcoming members again as soon as we are able to safely do so. Blessings to all of you, Tom Dennard The Hostel in the Forest

The Hostel's Fundraising Shop
One item that might brighten your day is that we have put together an online store in which you can procure ethically created items that have the Hostels imagery, logo, and the like. It is an option that many have requested, and through the hard work and time of a bright volunteer, we are happy to announce the launching of this site for your enjoyment.

Hostel Fundraising Shop


Any proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Hostel Land Trust. We are so thankful for all of our Hostel Guest Members, former Staff, and future Members for their help over these past few months. We hope that time has been good to you. We know that “hope springs eternal.”

The Hostel in the Forest
PO Box 1496, Brunswick, Georgia 31521 USA

We have linked the Hostel with smile.amazon.com - If you go to this website for Amazon purchases and select The Hostel in the Forest as your chosen non-profit, then Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Hostel. If all of our members made their Amazon purchases this way, it would be very helpful! We humbly ask that you please also share this with your friends and family. If you are using a mobile device, open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

The Hostel is a 501c3 eligible for tax deductible donations and you can make a direct donation below, of any amount:


Latest News and Events

Upcoming Events

Posted March 12th, 2020

The Hostel is currently closed. We do not have plans to start offering workshops until we re-open. Please check-out our Hostel Garden Updates here

HITF February Update 2021

Posted February 5th, 2021

There are many signs in the Forest that point towards the ushering of spring. The canopy shows glimmers of red, and upon closer inspection, it is clear that leaves are about to return to our deciduous trees. The young hens that hatched last spring have begun to lay and the surplus of eggs will be donated to local food banks. Cold weather greens in the winter garden are about to welcome the springtime starts from the green house. The Farmer’s Almanac says that our last frost is estimated for the 23rd of this month. Our elder neighbors suggest Valentine’s day as the time to plant potatoes, and we will follow their advice and garden throughout that special day. We are keeping busy during our closure.

We have been able to get rid of all the graffiti that guest members have scribbled on the huts, and it is hoped that the clean slate will allow the eye to see the forest with more ease. We have a wonderful art corral that we suggest anyone with the inspiration to create, to please direct that energy towards this area which has been designed for this purpose.

We want to assure our Hostel community that we will reopen when it is safe to host the Hostel experience. The challenges are multilayered, and the solutions are complex, but when we get to the point where we can reopen, we will spread the good word. Until then, we wish to thank everyone for the donations that have helped sustain the Forest during these past 11 months. It lights up our hearts and we are so grateful for our Hostel family.

We hope that you and yours are well, and that you have access to green space. May your spring garden grow flowers, herbs, produce, and leafy greens in bounty.

Take care and May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel