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.*

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

The Art of Coffee

The Hostel’s special Tree House Blend is roasted by PERC Coffee We are fortunate enough to have Spencer Perez, Director of Quality Assessment and Education at PERC, who will be sharing three Latin American coffees that display a range of flavors influenced by processing, terroir, and variety. He’ll be brewing on the Chemex, an American company famous since 1919 for its namesake brewer. “It’s one of my favorite brew methods when I’m sharing because it makes a ton of coffee with a lot of clarity. Plus, it’s beautiful. The demo will also serve as a primer on home brewing theory, a subject I think intimidates many coffee drinkers who probably don’t realize how easy it is to make an incredible cup on the cheap.” No charge for this event, but a small contribution to the Hostel Land Trust would be appreciated.

Spencer has been working in Savannah’s coffee scene since 2005. “I’d never seen an espresso machine, but I really took to the endless intrigue of the coffee process and frequently reaped the benefits of my dedication to the craft. I was constantly strung-out from late-night brewing experiments. I got an ulcer. After my folks went to bed, I’d smother the dial-up modem with pillows to read espresso theory instead of doing geometry homework. I failed geometry. In the summer of 2010, PERC Coffee came to Savannah. In Philip Brown, owner and roaster at PERC, I found a friend whose passion and ideology were aligned with my own. We are open-minded, driven, and uncompromising in our quest to discover and share great coffee with our community in Savannah and across the universe. FOR THE GREATER GOOD.”

Solar Power at the Hostel

This workshop is a primer on solar powered systems, their concepts, design, construction and use. It will start with the basics and explain how this readily available energy source can be harnessed to provide power for such things as lighting and pumping water. We will look into the various ways to convert the sun’s energy into electricity and examine both battery-based and battery-less systems. We will look into designing simple systems you can build at home and talk about where to source components. We will also look at how the Hostel is using solar and see it in action. These workshops are free to Hostel guests.

Earthen Oven Workshop November 7th-9th 2014

Do you enjoy natural building? Come gander down to the Forest for our two day cobb oven building workshop. Led by Karen George of Build Like a Bird Natural Building, this workshop will teach you how to make your own wood-fired earthen oven. The class will introduce the art and technique of utilizing sand, straw, and clay as natural building materials. Not only will you be learning this extraordinary natural building skill but also participating in the restoration of the Hostel’s cobb kitchen, where future forest dwellers will enjoy many delicious fire cooked treats. The cost for this event is $150 which includes accommodations at the Hostel Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night as well as vegetarian lunch and dinner on both days. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

Labyrinth Workshop – Wed, November 12th 2014:

Join M.E. (Beth) Langley from www.LastingLabyrinths.com when she ventures down to The Forest to experience The Hostel’s glorious labyrinth. Beth was introduced to labyrinths over ten years ago, and began studying them through books, research, exploration, and participation in workshops. Soon her love for the labyrinth became her passion, and, being a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, much of her time is spent on all things labyrinthine.

In the late afternoon Beth will present a power point slide show of the various labyrinths she has built, visited, or collected from around the world. Bring your notebook and/or sketchpad for a tutorial on how to draw the classical and celestial labyrinths, as well as insight into the different ways labyrinths are interpreted. Beth will provide art supplies for creative expression and after dinner will lead participants in a candlelight walk around The Hostel’s labyrinth with a focus on self awareness If inclement weather keeps us inside, a temporary labyrinth can be constructed indoors. This workshop is free to all enjoying a night’s stay at The Hostel in the Forest on November 12th. Please arrive early to get the full labyrinth flow.

Forest Update Summer 2014

Posted May 26th, 2014

Spring has sprung in the forest and the summer sun has begun to shine down bright. Apollo (also known as Steven) has departed beyond the horizon, leaving good vibes and a field of solar beauty in his wake. During his mighty sun streaked chariot ride across the forest, Steven oversaw the reclamation of the Hostel’s dome roof which, after thirty nine years of moss growth and forest symbiosis, was ready to be repaired and re-imagined. A skilled team of hostel family craftsmen united to take on this important and prestigious project. Dirt, Freddy, Frank, and Eddie along with Hostel staff and dozens of gracious volunteers, dipped, hand cut, and nailed over three thousand red cedar shakes, completely transforming our beloved mothership. After seventy seven days and seven thousand nails the roof has been restored to it’s vital glory.

The inspiration and enthusiasm exuding from the dome’s grand completion has whirled down the garden path to the (not so) secret garden where the plant king Chris has been utilizing his extensive love and knowledge of all flora and permaculture technique to maximize the work and devotion that has come before him. The garden is now poised and ready to produce a summer of great abundance and beauty.

As always the soul kitchen is providing delicious vegetarian dinners courtesy of Jeff, the Hostel’s master of cuisine. When not intriguing weary travelers with the wafting smells of exemplary meals drifting throughout the dome, Jeff moonlights as the Hostel barber, resident reiki master and all around integral fellow.

Excitement flows deep as the era of the Fantastic Four comes to an end and the age of the Fearsome Five begins, with the advent of the great and glorious Dawn joining the forest crew.

From the acoustics of the library to the serenity of the lake the Hostel in the Forest is ready to usher in a summer of dreams.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff