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.

IF VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME PLEASE READ THIS

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.

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Latest News and Events

March 3-5 2017 Forest Fusion Tuning In

Posted January 9th, 2017

TUNE IN & ATTUNE your being internally & externally in the first Forest Fusion of 2017! The epic weekend will include exciting workshops, restorative yoga/meditation practice, awesome connections, and forest dance party flow. Steeped in sacred serenity and buzzing with bountiful energy, the Forest will provide the perfect “play-ground” for the fusion of FUN + TUNING IN. Space is limited… reserve your spot today!

$150/person includes two nights lodging, two community vegetarian brunches & dinners, all workshops and take-home workshop materials*, all meditation sessions, all yoga classes, and nightly dance flow concerts.

Workshop topics will include:

Wood/Tree ID & Wood Chopping, Fire Respect and Education, Building a Garden & Composting, Sacred Geometry & Art, Music & Healing, The Power of Writing, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Asana, How to Say YES Improv Circle, and Dance Movement Flow

April 17-25, 2017: Thai Yoga Therapy Training

Details forthcoming

Winter Update 2016

Posted November 8th, 2016

Thanks to the restart button hit by Hurricane Matthew, we have accumulated, bucked, chopped and stacked 9 chords of wood! That will get us through the winter quite comfortably. Bamboo, who we love dearly and thought was a goner, has been lowered to the ground, a new foundation set and is currently a floor and two walls awaiting to be completed. The new porch and stairs will be carved out of beautiful oak slices leading into our newly reconstructed labyrinth. Many guests and work traders arrived with the desire to contribute and, as is the nature and spirit of The Hostel, their love has left the forest more beautiful than she was before. Soon our new Narnia building will house guests that can enjoy a spacious area with a rustic loft lit by a charming skylight.

A two week Permaculture Design Course is under way and students are learning to grow food using the lay of the land, weather patterns and symbiotic planting patterns. Guests enjoy daily morning yoga and an afternoon lounge upon our newly finished floating dock on the lake.

Our juvenile chicks are getting big and will soon move into the expanded full grown chicken coop! Pico, our top cock, and Ember, a tiny, gorgeous silky arucana mix, have formed an alliance with so many hens to provide for and protect so there is now peace in the flock of 31 chickens. Change is in the air, fall in upon us and we are ready for the winds of winter!

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff