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

Upcoming Events

Posted April 24th, 2019

We are currently planning new events to take place at the Hostel over the coming weeks. Details of these will be published very soon.

Spring Update

Posted April 28th, 2019

It’s Springtime in Georgia, and the forest is waking up. With Spring’s renewal has come many new projects around the property. Our building crew has been hard at work, and we are thankful to now have a brand new, state-state-of-the-art Phoenix composting toilet system to handle the Hostel’s waste management needs. Seriously, it rules, come poop in it! Many new art projects have been taking shape around the property as well. Murals, woodworking pieces, and new paintings are popping up, each carrying the unique flair of their creators. The stairway to the Screen Hut was recently replaced, and sections of boardwalks and decks are constantly being updated as needed.

The gardens are coming to life, with a fresh surge of energy and effort going into cultivating and refining the Solar Fields garden as well as the main garden. The living roof to the Cob Kitchen has been rebuilt with non-toxic materials and is now home to many varieties of herbs and greens, thanks to the efforts of our garden manager and the contributions of countless volunteers. An ongoing project is also underway to inoculate many logs around the property with edible and medicinal mushroom species. The chickens are doing well, and we have been seeing an abundance of eggs! That is, when the chickens don’t hide them. Dr. Bronner is still the big man on campus and it seems like all he does is chase the hens around all day, so we’ll hopefully have some chicks soon. The weather is perfect, the lake water is warm and the Spring season is in full swing. Come see us soon!

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel