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.

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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.*

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

Upcoming Events 2016

Posted April 13th, 2017

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

Ethnobotanical Intensive with Mycol Stevens & Marc Williams Oct 6th & 7th 2017

Mycol Stevens has a masters in aquatic ecology and has worked as a restoration ecologist/botanist for the Florida Fish and Game across the state of FL since 2004. He has traveled much of Central and South America and Africa, and has learned from some of the best teachers including Frank Cook. Mycol has been teaching ethnobotany and edible mushrooms on the side since 2005. He also lives off-the-grid on an “ecocentric” permaculture homestead where he eats from the wild almost daily and propagates and cultivates his own organic foods. Mycol’s philosophy is to ween off the “system” and to eat your food as medicine. Mycol has been inspired by the Hostel since the mid 90’s and much of its philosophy is reflected in his way of life. Knowing the living world around you, connects you to the living world. Mycol hosts (Willing Workers On Oraganic Farms, (WWOOFers) at his finca. Contact him if you are interested in visiting.

Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied plants intensively while learning to use them for food, medicine, biological conservation, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. Marc’s major research in graduate school focused on the most useful plants of Appalachia. However it is clear that a holistic appreciation of nature irrespective of utility will be necessary to create the new paradigm that are current global situation calls for. He has since spent significant time learning the plants of the Western U.S. and tropical regions as well. Marc has spent over a decade working at a multitude of restaurants, various farms, and travels throughout 23 countries in North/Central America and Europe and 49 of the United States of America. In those travels he has visited over 70 of the best botanical gardens in the world. He has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous lives of plants and their respective uses. Marc first came to the Hostel in the Forest in March of 1998 and was immediately transformed through a first time sweat lodge experience with Tom Dennard the hostel founder. Like Mycol many of the principles that make the Hostel in the Forest such a special place have informed his expression of life in this world ever since. Further info can be found at www.botanyeveryday.com where an online botany class in the tradition of Frank Cook is conducted by donation.

Teachings will start Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

Workshops will include:

Botany 101 presentation Wild Foods/Medicines walk Super Food preparation presentation Botanical Beach Walk Fermentation Overview with Honey Mead Making and sharing Potential Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Botanical slide shows of various parts of the world including Latin America, Africa and Europe are also possible.

More details soon…

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