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


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..

We are currently looking for a Kitchen manager, please review the staff application or call 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 2015

Posted January 6th, 2016

Forest Fusion: For Love of Mother Earth: Feb 12-14

Yoga, movement, music, earth skills, writing, art, food, expression, and community will all be featured in our next Forest Fusion line up! Schedules will be posted in the weeks leading up to the event! $135 includes two nights stay, 2 dinners, 2 brunches, classes, and dance party

Forest Songs: Song Writers Retreat: Feb 24-28

Inspired by Steelbridge Fest in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This retreat is designed for everyone who writes music or has ever had interest in learning to do so. Over the course of a few days, participants will be randomly grouped with other musicians and song writers, sent to a randomly chosen location of the Forest, and given the rest of the day (until the next sunrise) to write a piece of music together, and record their creation in the library. Each day new groups and new locations get drawn at the morning meeting. Each evening we share dinner and guided discussions about writing and performing music with others, using music that was co-created, and different song writing styles and challenges. On the final day of the retreat, all songs that were written will be performed in a Forest Song Series concert! $265 includes four nights lodging, morning brunch, afternoon snack and dinner each day, morning yoga, evening discussions and classes, and a CD of all the music recorded during the event.

Forest Sound Series: Forest Songs Concert: Feb 28

Join us in the afternoon for a multi genre concert, in which the musicians of the Forest Songs retreat share the music that was composed in the forest!

Forest Fusion: Restorative Flow: March 17-20

Guest Presenter: Michelle Anthony (Innovative Yoga Instructor from Wisconsin and owner of BlissTonic Yoga and Movement Arts) and her teaching partner will be bringing their Yoga for Seekers and Yoga for Empaths programming to the forest this spring! Also featured will be our very own Johnny Savage’s exploratory three part peace series, Hula Hoop Yoga Fusion with Pinto Bella, and classes from Tampa area’s Raychel and Mars Firefly Flow! Yoga, Music, Dance, Earth Skills, Laughter, and celebration will come together for this special, restorative three night Forest Fusion event. $185 includes three nights lodging, brunches and dinners, all classes and DJ and Black light parties.

Full Circle: Hula Hoop and Yoga Retreat: April 1-3

Guest Presenter: Sheri Alice O’Brian (Nationally touring performer/teacher)

Fall Update Oct, 2015

Posted October 13th, 2015

The Forest received a lot of rain this month! The lake and pond have both been replenished to their original levels. The forest experienced a brief period of standing water around the single track boardwalk paths revealing their original intent to keep our feet dry. While the heat and mosquitoes continued we did enjoy a wide variety of guests from all over the world. Members got together for some amazing events including live music, dancing, and the second Forest Fusion event.

We had two fantastic live music offerings this month.

Tina and Her Pony performed in the library singing harmonies and playing the cello, guitar, and ukulele in a southern Appalachian style. It was well attended by members and it was a beautiful experience.

We also had a Tuvan Throat singer perform for hostellers named Jon Errkila. This type of singing is known as Khoomei and is the folk music of Tuva which was a country that existed from 1922 to 1941 before being absorbed into the Russian Federation. Jon performed in the full regalia of southern siberia and it was quite a delight.

The second Forest Fusion event was another success with approximately 28 members in attendance. The classes included survival skills as well as an art class focusing on Animal Totems. We will be hosting another version of this event for Halloween with a costume theme. Please check the facebook for updates and schedules as they become available.

October is sure to be much cooler as temperatures start to drop out of the 90s and the hostel can breathe a sigh of relief and start to welcome the cooler dryer fall months.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff