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
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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.*
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.
OWN A PIECE OF HOSTEL HISTORY
Owner and Founder of Yaupon Tea Company, Lou Thomann, will be offering a lecture on the history, medicinal properties, and cultivation of the only indigenous caffeine producing plant in North America known as Yaupon. This plant is a prolific understory tree that grows all over the Hostel in the Forest property. Yaupon is a very hardy plant that can be wild harvested with minimal impact on the environment. Lou will be offering samples of the finished product; a line of Yaupon based drinks and dried tea under the brand Asi (Ah-see). Please join us as we investigate and celebrate this native plant!
Visit the Yaupon Tea website for more information on this delicious tea known to southern indigenous peoples as “Big Medicine”.
The extraordinarily cool spring has given way to a hot dry summer in the forest. We are in the midst of a dry period here in the forest. Low rainfall and drainage ditches built by the county have been depleting the standing water on the property. The lake and pond are both very low and get fairly hot from the constant sun. The pool is a refreshing oasis this time of year and has become a refuge for staff and guests alike trying to beat that midday heat. The upshot of this is that the mosquitoes have been very manageable this year. No-seeums and yellow flies have been few and far between. While we are weary of the long term implications of this dryness, we have been very happy to enjoy outside spaces without the swarm of mosquitoes that are normal this time of year.
We have been heavily involved with making the place as clean and well taken care of as possible. Many of the enclosed areas have been rescreened and we have been busy with belt sanders to clear the spaces of graffiti and errant art. We understand people want to contribute to the space and feel apart of it. Unfortunately, if everyone does this, we end up with hundreds of hours of work restore the huts and infrastructure to vital glory. Please be mindful that we actually contract artists to install murals and art pieces in the rooms in an intentional way. Please review the membership agreement as we have included new language surrounding visual alteration of any space around the hostel. Always feel free to express yourself in a raw and creative way in our ‘Collabrotorium’ located just above the Corral.
The two rooms adjacent to ‘Laundry Land’ are being reimagined! Their previous names were ‘Mushroom’ and ‘Turtle’. Under the careful hand and brilliant imagination of our ‘Artist in Residence’, Terisa Wren Shoumate, they have taken on a new life as ‘Palmetto’ and ‘Chicken’. Be sure to check these rooms out in their brightness and how Wren managed to bring the beauty and magic of the forest into these rooms.
We are revving up for our Fourth of July celebration which will be marking 40 years of existence for the Hostel in the Forest. The place has grown and evolved in a remarkable way and we have a special 3 day – 2 night event planned to mark the occasion. Please check out our events for all the details. It will be a weekend to remember and please note that due to dry conditions we will not be permitting fireworks on the property.
Please be aware that South Georgia heat is very intense! Please hydrate and refrain from vigorous activities during the peak sun. Cool off in the swimming pool or the lake and wear sunscreen. Do come and join us under the tree canopy and help us to co create a world of serenity and abundance.
May the Forest Be With You
The Hostel Staff