Seems like a mild summer (thus far). How about a bike ride in our 1800 acre Nature Preserve or nearby Bear Valley followed by a steamy soak in our naturally occurring hot mineral springs? August 12th & 13th is the peak of the renowned Perseids Meteor shower. Wilbur is the perfect place to view the show, although there will be some serious competition from the full moon of August 13. The full moon illuminates the hills for a magical midnight stroll. New moon affords the best sky-watching on and around August 28. Far away from the city lights, we have the most amazing views!
Dear Friends of Wilbur:
It is with many deep emotions that I write to inform you that Richard and Ezzie Davis, who have managed Wilbur with loyalty, dedication and love, for the past 23 years, are retiring. The three of us have become close friends over the years and I have spent many a night dining at their home and sharing stories of Wilbur and our lives. All of our families have been to Wilbur coming from far and wide. It is really hard to believe that a day will arrive when Richard and Ezzie will not always be on the grounds for me to meet with and hang out with. However, both Richard and Ezzie will continue working with Wilbur in various ways.
Many years ago, I thought that if Richard and Ezzie ever leave I will sell Wilbur and move on myself. However, that view has changed as Wilbur Hot Springs and its Nature Preserve have become my legacy. When it is my time to step aside, my daughter, Sarana, will take over the stewardship. My younger daughter, Evacheska, may join her.
Please spread the word that we are looking for a couple to take over the on site management of Wilbur. It is a dream come true job for those wanting this special kind of lifestyle. Applicants please send a detailed letter of interest directly to me at: DrRichardLMiller@gmail.com.
Wishing you good health,
The lazy days of summer have inspired us to launch a poetry contest and the theme is Water Poems! Send us your original poetry (inspired by your Wilbur visit?) about water or including a reference to water. The winning entry will be selected by Wilbur staff. The winner will receive a gift certificate for an overnight stay for 2 people (in the same room) at Wilbur Hot Springs. Entries must be received by August 31, 2011. Winner will be announced in our October newsletter. Please email entries (one per person) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Half off Wednesdays is back for August! Stay two nights, including a Wednesday night, in a room of equal value, and receive 50 percent off the Wednesday. Not valid during holiday periods or combinable with other discounts. Visit our website for more info.
Do you want to take your yoga practice to the next level? Are you active in the world, yet also want a deeper spiritual practice to give you balance, joy, and clarity even in the midst of the challenges we all face? Do you want to step up your service in the world, and do that from a place of joy, love, balance, and clarity rather than one of anger and judgment? This workshop can serve you no matter what your level of yoga practice and service in the world.
Yoga and meditation provide us with the tools to open to the Divine Consciousness of Oneness. We can learn to embody this awareness through the practice of transforming fear, rigidity, and the ‘disease of disconnect’, and thus reclaim the wholeness and sacred interconnection of all life.
In this workshop, we will use meditation, chanting, and yoga (led by Sarana) and dialogue and reflection (facilitated by Julia) to explore how we can take the gifts and tools we learn in yoga and meditation and apply them toward making a difference in our own lives and in the world. With this embodied awareness, you will leave inspired and moved into conscious action, with a deeper connection to yourself, the community, and the world.
Weekend fee includes:
• 5 organic meals with Guest Chef Marion Cascio
• 5 yoga sessions
• 2 nights’ accommodations (including use of baths, sauna and grounds)
Private room: double occupancy, per person- $525
Private room: single occupancy - $725
Bunk: per person - $485
Camping: per person - $425
See our website for the complete weekend schedule and what to bring
Enrollment is limited. Please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space.
Contact Sarana Miller at 510-502-9642, or by email at email@example.com.
For more information about Sarana’s yoga teaching, see www.saranayoga.com
Warm summer nights floating in the pool under a blanket of stars. July 1st brings us a new moon which affords optimal sky watching. July 15, the full moon illuminates pathways for a moonlit stroll without a flashlight. The Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower peaks on July 29. The waning crescent moon presents no obstructions to viewing. The trail of meteors are remnants of a comet that no longer exists, but it gives some of us a little thrill to “wish upon a shooting star.”
Half Off Wednesdays are back for July and August! Stay two nights, including a Wednesday night, in a room of equal value, and receive 50 percent off the Wednesday. Not valid during holiday periods or combinable with other discounts.
This month, we feature Thai practitioner, Robert De Nies
About six years ago when I applied to do bodywork at Wilbur Hot Springs, I wrote in my resume: “My goal is to do some of my best work at Wilbur.” While it may have sounded good at the time, it has actually come true. This is through not only my own dedication to the craft, but from an unusual synergy of circumstance. Karen Kingston, a well known feng shui expert, talks a lot about providing a healing space. She writes, and I paraphrase: “Ninety percent of your work as a healer should already be done when the client enters the space.” At Wilbur, we have that space! By the time I see a client, they have soaked in the mineral-laden springs, gotten quiet, their cell phones are turned off, and they do not have to get back in their cars. This way, they can be fully present for our session. Similarly, I as a massag e provider have done my work; a soak, some breathing practices, a little yoga. Now we are ready to do something special together! During your next visit to Wilbur, I encourage you to connect with a massage provider you feel drawn to and let the waters, the environment, and the bodywork touch you on a deep level.
Robert de Nies practices Thai Yoga Massage at Wilbur Hot Springs. Visit him at BodyMindWork.com, where you can read more and get his Wilbur schedule.
Thanks for scheduling your massage when you reserve your room.
Dear Friends of Wilbur:
In 1972 when I first visited Wilbur Hot Springs, the pull of the land, the waters and nature was so great, that, in 1974, I gave up my successful clinic on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, and moved to Wilbur full time. I also had enough of the fear-driven socioeconomic stratification that was being created in our country, and I wanted out of the system. I knew from childhood experience that in the game of monopoly, the person who gets Board Walk and Park Place, and a few other choice properties, ends the game with all the money on the table and that was clearly the direction our country was headed.
In 1980, I came out of Wilbur, full of high energy, to turn back the cocaine epidemic which killed my friend, Roberta, whom I had met at Wilbur and who had met her husband at Wilbur.
Some of you may remember, that I then created the Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program (CADP) which brought holistic health into national drug treatment. Instead of taking my profoundly addicted patients to an institutional hospital, I brought them to Wilbur, one week per month, for an intensive week of residential treatment and education. During their one week, they participated in 30 hours of group therapy, which I personally led, and received nutrition training, aerobic training, meditation training, cognitive training, Yoga and massage. In addition to the loving atmosphere created by my staff, Wilbur’s healing waters (balneology) served as the detoxification medicine. In the 1980s, I detoxed approximately 1500 people from all combinations of licit and illicit drugs without hospitalizing or medicating one person. We eventually turned the spreading cocaine epidemic. Of course other drugs, called prescription medication, stepped in and there was created an ep idemic of prescription drug abuse, which is now inter generational and pervasive.
In the 1990s, I took the structure of the Cokenders Alcohol and Drug Program and designed personal private residential treatment programs which I have been conducting these past 20 years. My patients live on my property for various periods of time ranging from one week to one year. My research indicates that this intensive residential treatment yields significant and dramatic results which are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in traditional office visits.
In the Fall of 2011, I shall launch a new health program at Wilbur Springs. The program will include consultations, consciousness expansion, nutrition, exercise, balneology, Nature Preserve experience, personal reflection, massage, yoga, journal writing and art. Also, a lifestyle changing weight loss program is on the drawing board.
Of course Wilbur will remain open to all of you for joyously “doing your own thing.”
Wishing you great health,
GUEST CHEF WEEKENDS RETURN IN SEPTEMBER