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..

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

Three-day, two-night event $150 + membership (non member)

Prepare yourself for success in ways you didn’t know you were able! In this event we aim to facilitate the changes in one’s relationship with money; provide information about earning, keeping travel and lifestyle costs low, resources for travelers on a tight budget and teach income earning skills like internet writing, wire wrapping and antiquing. We will provide speakers, instructors, brunch and dinner. You bring your sponge-like brain and get ready to be inspired!

Friday September 9th- Sunday September 11th Heal the Healer

Three-day, two-night event $150 Membership included

Come receive healing from healers and instructors of many modalities. A weekend of rejuvenation to allow your body’s natural ability to heal come into alignment. Learn how to heal yourself and others with Reiki levels I, II & III. Reiki sessions, discussions and techniques for continuing education. Massages, Yoga, Intuitive art, Meditation, Chakra Balancing, Energy clearing and building, and much more! Let your mind be carried away to the sweet sounds of Crystal Bowls and a guided, intuited meditation. Chair Massages by donation. Table Massage will be an additional fee.

Friday September 30th- October 2nd Goddess in the Forest

Three-day, two-night event All registrations are non-refundable after September 1st.

Early Registration ~ $189 until August 1st $250 after August 1st

Pay by contacting Cheryl @ 407-625-9719 or at thecrystalhealingspa@gmail.com

A sacred energy retreat for women. A separate Hostel in the Forest reservation must be made by September 28th by calling 912-264-9738

Women’s rituals, retreats, and gatherings help us to reclaim our birthright- Our power, our intuition, and our bodies. The general purpose is to Empower women to connect with themselves and their sisters in a deeper, fuller way. If you are craving a weekend of exploration, rejuvenation, and celebration then you will want to join Cheryl and Erica as they hold sacred space for you to create a stronger connection with yourself, the earth, and other women. You will be participating in energetic and creative activities, meditations, and so much more that will help you to reconnect to the most sacred part of you.

Event Price includes:
-3 days, 2 nights at Hostel in the Forest
-Brunch and dinner(vegetarian or vegan)
-sound healing
-energetic crafts that are yours to take home
-time to explore, relax
-medicine songs and song circles
And so much more!

Thursday November 3rd-15th Permaculture Design Course

Two-week course $300 deposit reserves your space and an early bird price of just $1000! ($1200 after September 2016)


A separate Hostel in the Forest reservation must be made by November 1st by calling 912-264-9738

Do you wonder what it’s like to pick your own berries, make natural medicines and eat nutrient dense foods from the earth? Wonder no more! You can make this dream a reality by taking a Permaculture Design Course at the Hostel in the Forest!

This dream has emerged in a very special place over the last few decades in the southeastern coast of Georgia. This magical forest has allowed for thousands of visitors from across the world to explore a deeper connection to nature. In a Permaculture Course like this, you will learn from experience and practical knowledge how to create a sustainable place of your own.

A Permaculture Design Course is a life changing experience filled with fun, inspiration and empowerment. Come and share 13 fascinating days living amongst the trees, beautiful people and becoming a designer of life! You will learn about the many facets of living in harmony with the earth.

This includes:
– Natural building – Alternative Energy
- Nutrient Cycling – Community Development
- Soil Restoration – Water Catchment
- Food Sovereignty …. and a whole lot more!


You will receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate for completing the 72hr PDC.

- Hands on activities developing sustainable systems
- Staying at the Hostel and learning from experts in the field
- Exploring geodesic dome developments, swimming in a pristine spring fed lake.
- Visiting the beach and beautiful nature preserves
- Guest Teachers that are experts on plants, alternative energy, natural building, soil development, water management and community development.
- 40 dynamic and fun classes on permaculture design
- A Permaculture Design Certificate once completed
- Making new connections/friends that are aligned with your values and will support you in your endeavors

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