About Sebring Institute

Family, nature, education and community. This is what we value.


Left to Right: Lincoln, Richard, Max, Duke, Colleen & Paris Paul-Hus

Inn the Woods has been a lifelong vision of Colleen Paul-Hus. Not only does her family wholly support her vision, they share the vision too. It has become a beautiful co-creation.

At the age of seven, Colleen moved from her family farm in Blanchester, Ohio to the suburbs of Cincinnati. Her heart ached for what she describes as her ‘Heaven on Earth’. She longed for the familiarity of family time, farm chores, and exploring nature in all it’s wonder. Out of this longing, and years of effort to recreate this experience for her own family, Inn the Woods was born.

Inn the Woods offers nature based community classes. Classes include, metalsmithing, woodworking, cooking, food preservation, permaculture/biodynamic farming, wild food forage, and other homesteading based classes.

What’s fun about learning these new skills is the presence of like-minded families. It’s a typical day at ITW, as children ebb and flow between class with their parent’s and running along in the woods with friends. This is why the Paul-Hus family values community; everyone is happy and enjoys the freedom to come and go. Rudolf Steiner an Austrian philosopher said it perfectly,

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living”.

The 27 acre nature based learning resort, currently offers sleeping tree cottages, communal gathering spaces, such as an outdoor kitchen, an indoor kitchen with lounge, and outdoor firepit area, laundry facility and children’s playground area, and a working farm with chickens, quail and large vegetable garden.

The magical master plan includes 30 sleeping cottages, an ecological swimming pond, learning center, rammed Earth buildings, ziplines, tree climbing, Max’s Cakes & Market, Duke’s Soccer Field, Lincoln’s Dog Sitting, and Paris’ Farm.

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