"The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand."
—Frederick L. Knowle
Have you ever sat in the bathhouse, enveloped by steamy, hot springs and watched the moonrise through the silhouettes of pine trees? Perhaps you’ve relaxed in the “talking tub” while searching the depths of a bedazzled night to make a wish on a shooting star. This month brings us a full moon on the 10th; the new moon on the 24th heralds the darkest skies of the month. The Leonid Meteor shower peaks on November 17 and is best seen before moonrise. Simply sky-gazing…one of the many ways to slow down here at Wilbur where the nights are quiet, the skies are dark and stars shine brightly. Sweet dreams!
Watch for us on November 8th as “Eye On the Bay,” the Emmy Award winning magazine-style show, features Wilbur along the tour of Capay Valley! That’s on San Francisco Channel 5 and the video will be online here soon after.
November Special: Half-off Wednesday. Stay two nights mid-week in November that includes a Wednesday (in a room of equal value) and receive 50% off Wednesday. Offer good Sunday through Thursday; non holiday periods; excludes camping. Offer valid until November 17, 2011.
Our next Guest Chef Weekend is November 11-13 with chef Marion Cascio.Vist our website for more information on Guest Chef Weekends at Wilbur.
Martha, a lifelong artist, art teacher and Locke, CA studio/gallery owner hosts exciting, fun paint-outs with guided drawing and painting exercises for artists of all skill levels. Participate in some, or all of our group activities, including: hiking, soaking, stretching, painting, critiquing and star gazing at Wilbur. For more information, please visit Martha’s blog.
Due to the popularity of Active Stretching at Wilbur, Diane will be presenting a two-part AIS workshop this weekend. Saturday will be lower body (hips, legs and feet) + torso; Sunday will be upper body (shoulders, hands & neck) + torso. Each session is 3 1/2 hrs* starting at 11am. Singularly each class is $60 - together they are $100 (better for your budget & your body!) Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is the next wave of flexibility training. No pain, lots of gain. By honoring our body’s natural reflexes, we are able to gently open our range of motion and elasticize our tissues. Diane will be teaching at Esalen in Spring of 2012, and has been sharing the magic of AIS with Wilbur guests this year. Diane will also be available for one-on-one sessions in the evening. For workshop info and registration contact Diane at (415) 40 7-3874, or visit her website (please contact Wilbur Hot Springs to reserve your room).
This complementary class on the yoga deck with Pnina will help you see your world with less strain, greater acuity, and a more spacious visual field. You will learn special exercises for the eyes such as summing, palming, shifting periphery movement and more.
"I first met Pnina at an introductory workshop at Wilbur Hot Springs. I learned from just one session that with a few simple techniques, I can feel better and see more clearly. I was so impressed with the results, I invited my family and friends to my home for a personalized session so they too could start learning about Eye Yoga. It is easy and fun to do with results by the end of one session." —Beth M.
Franklin’s Retreat, located on Wilbur’s 1,800-acre Nature Preserve, is now available to accommodate you and your four-legged friends. This unit features spectacular views of the Preserve and has its own kitchen, bathroom, and queen bed. Call Wilbur for more information and reservations.
NOTES FROM THE CARETAKER
Dear Friends of Wilbur:
This is the month that many of us take special time to give thanks. No matter what our mental, emotional, spiritual condition, we each have something to be thankful for and that is the gift of life.
Life is the great mystery for we do not know where we came from and we have only guesses as to where, if anywhere, we go next. And, yet, here we are. Some of us struggle and some live lives of convenience, but we all share the gift of life.
From a business perspective the gift of life is a depreciating asset in that every day we live brings us a day closer to the end of the gift. From a spiritual perspective our gift grows every day as we continue to evolve and expand.
I offer you my thanks for your gift of supporting this Sanctuary called Wilbur Hot Springs. It is because of each of you that Wilbur remains open.