Wilbur Hot Springs, California

Nourish your spirit in our steamy hot mineral springs located in the heart of an 1,800-acre private nature preserve. Off grid and solar powered. Slow down, relax, and renew.

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Wilbur Hot Springs October & Autumn Newsletter!

                     

            

     

IN THIS ISSUE

Transition Time

Poetry Contest

Time to Slow Down

Monthly Special

Guest Chef Weekend

Events

Franklin’s Retreat


TRANSITION TIME

Dear Friends of Wilbur—

Wilbur Hot Springs is in a remarkable period of transition. After 23 years of dedicated service our general managers, Richard and Ezzie Davis, are retiring. We are looking for people to join our Wilbur management team who will fit in with our community. If you have the appropriate experience and interest, we want to hear from you! Or if you know people who have experience in hotel management, spa management, or facilities management, who will be a good fit for Wilbur, please let them know about this unique opportunity to live and work at Wilbur.

We are grateful to Richard and Ezzie for their excellent work and we’re looking forward to meeting new people who will add to our healing community.

For the general manager position only, please send resume and cover letter to: Sarana@WilburHotSprings.com

We are also seeking candidates for these additional positions at Wilbur:

Front Desk, Live-In Position:Wilbur is seeking a qualified person for Front Desk/Reception work. This live-in position includes salary, room, board, laundry services, paid utilities and internet access. Benefits are provided after six months with full use of the facilities & grounds. Hospitality and customer service experience is preferred. Send resume & cover letter toinfo@wilburhotsprings.com.

Resident Artist/Staff Position: Night Position: Wilbur is looking for just the right person to fill our Late Night/ Housekeeping position. We are seeking a responsible, friendly, service-oriented person for 20 to 25 hours per week for evening and housekeeping. This position lasts three months and includes board and full use of Wilbur’s facilities in lieu of salary. Send resume and cover letter to info@wilburhotsprings.com

POETRY CONTEST!

Thank you all for your poetry submissions; all were delicious, lovely, reflective and, well, poetic—making the selection process all the more difficult. With thanks to all who submitted, we are pleased to announce the winner of our Facebook Poetry contest is Mary Swisher. Here’s her entry:

Wilbur Water

In the beginning
It was about the water
Bubbling hot with sulfuric fumes
Healing spas for Indians
Then white man rumbled in
Quick silver to be mined
An occasional bath for aching limbs
Until they arrived in buggies
“To take the waters.” 

The rest is recent history
Peacocks perched on the open porch
Screams to alarm late sleepers
Goats that grazed, giving up milk 
For the “Red House” crew
A daughter swings across the creek
Wild flowers hanging from her hair.
A Christmas full of peace
Hiking on early morning hoar frost
The spontaneities: music and singing
Poetry read by Kerosene light

Three days of snow in February
While we sat in steaming tubs
Transfixed with our good fortune
To be old and well 
Half floating in this sacred water.

TIME TO SLOW DOWN

You know the value of relaxing, yet often don’t schedule it into your calendar. Burning the candle at both ends? Wilbur is the perfect oasis from the stress of daily life. Peace and quiet. Steamy hot mineral springs that invite you to melt a busy mind and soften tense muscles. Turn off your cell phone. Listen to the birds, the breeze rustling the trees, the sound of the creek… you get the picture. Sky-gazers, perhaps you’d like to schedule your next visit to coincide with the full moon on October 11. The Orionid Meteor Shower passes through on the 21st. For the darkest skies, the new moon falls on the 26th of this month.

MONTHLY SPECIAL

October Special: Stay three nights, in a room of equal value, and receive the 3rd night free. Offer good Sunday through Thursday; non holiday periods. Excludes camping. Offer expires on October 27th, 2011.

GUEST CHEF WEEKEND: OCTOBER 14-16

Our farmer, beekeeper and chef Charlie Cascio of Big Sur, California will be cooking this weekend during the yoga retreat (see below). For more about Charlie, and Wilbur’s Guest Chef, see our website.

EVENTS

OCTOBER 5
YOGA FOR THE EYES WITH PNINA ZOHARAH, CMT

This complimentary workshop will help you to see your world with less strain, great acuity, and a more spacious visual field. Nurture and relax your nervous system and learn how to use your eyes, and your body in front of your computer. For more information about Pnina, visit her website or contact her at (415) 342-3007.

 

OCTOBER 14-16
YOGA RETREAT WITH SARANA MILLER 

Please join us for a weekend of breathing, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Come strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind. We’ll step back from our daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries.

“Our body is our teacher,” says Sarana, “and if we take a moment, an hour, a day, a weekend…and pause, we release the physical tensions that hold us back and we create space for something new to arise.”

Read about Sarana’s recent workshop with Julia Butterfly.

Students will practice yoga on Wilbur’s beautiful yoga deck, cradled in nature with the sounds of the breeze and the creek. We will begin each day with chanting and pranayama, followed by breakfast and then an active morning session. In the afternoon there will be time for bathing, hiking, massage and personal time. We will gather in the late afternoon for a restorative session followed by a delicious dinner.

See our website for cost, 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 atsarana@mac.com

For more information about Sarana’s yoga teaching, seewww.saranayoga.com, or or visit the website atwww.wilburhotsprings.com.

FRANKLIN’S RETREAT 

Franklin’s retreat, our Canine-friendly space, is ready for you and your friend. Overlooking the Wilbur Nature Preserve, this private space is the perfect place to bring your special four-legged friend on 1,800 acres of open space and preserve. Call Wilbur for more information about Franklin’s Retreat.

OCTOBER 2011

THE WILBUR PHILOSOPHY

Sustaining Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel and Preserve as the perfect place to relax.

A FREE FORM RETREAT

Wilbur Hot Springs is a free-form retreat, unobstructed by structure or dogma, self-directed by mutual respect, and is the creation of everyone who comes here. In short, it’s organic.”—RD

ON THE RADIO

Mind Body Health and Politics
Your Host: Dr. Richard L. Miller 
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 9am PST. 

On your computer 
at www.KZYX.org, click on “listen live.”

Call in during the program at: 
(707) 937-5103.
Email Dr. Miller at: DrRichardLMiller@gmail.com 

and www.MindBodyHealthPolitics.org

PHOTO GALLERY: WILBUR NATURE PRESERVE

Come wander on the Preserve as fall gently graces the land with warm days and cool nights. The 1,800 acre Preserve is the perfect place to take in the change of seasons as a time for personal reflection and renewal.

                                      

                                      

                                      

                                     

September Newsletter!

SEPTEMBER 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

* Closedown

* Poetry Contest

* Monthly Special

* Guest Chef Weekend

* Events

* Notes from the Caretaker

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CLOSEDOWN

Well, another successful Closedown has taken place over the past few weeks, and we’re ready to show it off. Thanks to a talented, and dedicated team of volunteer workers, carpenters, chefs and staff, we transformed the space yet again, making it fresh and clean, as we do each and every year at this time. You’ll notice some new features and enhancements to the Hotel, and recognize old, familiar things made new again. We think you’ll like the upgrades, subtle changes and the freshness of it all. Thanks to all who participated in making, and sustaining this unique place of healing waters, land and community we call Wilbur Hot Springs.

POETRY CONTEST!

We’ll be announcing the winner of of our poetry contest in the October issue of the Wilbur newsletter. Thank you to all those who entered!

MONTHLY SPECIAL

September Special: Stay two or more nights, in a room of equal value, and receive 25% off your stay. Offer good Sunday through Thursday; non holiday periods. Excludes camping. Offer expires on September 29th, 2011. Visit our website for more info.

GUEST CHEF WEEKEND

Our next Guest Chef Weekend will happen September 23-25 with chef Marion Cascio.  Join us for the the September Guest Chef as we kick off the fall season with a fresh new look and bounty of seasonal and local foods prepared lovingly by chef Marion and friends. For more information about Guest Chef at Wilbur, see our website.

*EVENTS*


SPIRITUAL ACTIVATION WITH JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL & SARANA MILLER — SEPTEMBER 16-18 

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.

See our website for cost, 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 sarana@mac.com

For more information about Sarana’s yoga teaching, see www.saranayoga.com, or or visit the website at www.wilburhotsprings.com.

NOTES FROM THE CARETAKER


Dear Friends of Wilbur:

Just prior to writing this, I opened a personal letter from Carolyn, a long time Wilburite, telling me how important Wilbur has been to her health throughout her adult  life.  She arrived at Wilbur, as a resident artist,  the same year Richard and Ezzie arrived as General Managers, in 1988. Her letter produced many sweet tears and deep smiles.

Reading Carolyn’s letter gave me pause regarding what I had originally planned to write you about.  Her letter served to remind me that this newsletter is about Wilbur and is not meant to be used by me as a vehicle for my political commentary.  And so, suffice to say, for those wishing to hear why I think the United States is engaged in an Undeclared Civil War go to my web site: MindBodyHealthPolitics.org and listen to the August 16th pod cast.

It is Closedown time at Wilbur and this is the most exciting, complicated, Closedown in Wilbur history. The Hotel and Red House are getting new paint with brand new decoration. The side entrances are becoming real entrances with awnings to match the trim color, toilets and sinks added to two of the rooms, and, while not a Closedown event,  Franklin’s Retreat, provided for those of you with canines, is getting spruced up.  I am researching tricycles and quadracycles for potential use at Wilbur.  Picture yourselves driving through the Nature Preserve on a two person quadracycle.  

Closedowners form a unique community of their own and some of the folks working Closedown have been doing it for 17 years. The close down food itself is a huge draw  for   It is like Guest Chef week end every day of the week.   You can work close down and earn gift certificates for use during the year. 

Paying guest, resident artist, close downer—many roads lead to Wilbur.

See you soon  at Wilbur.  Say  hello to the real  tall  guy with the big friendly smile and soft eyes.

Richard

THE WILBUR PHILOSOPHY

Sustaining Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel and Preserve as the perfect place to relax.

A FREE FORM RETREAT

Wilbur Hot Springs is a free-form retreat, unobstructed by structure or dogma, self-directed by mutual respect, and is the creation of everyone who comes here. In short, it’s organic.”—RD

ON THE RADIO

Mind Body Health and Politics
Your Host: 
Dr. Richard L. Miller 
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 9am PST.  
On your computer 
at www.KZYX.org, click on “listen live.” Call in during the program at: 
(707) 937-5103. Email Dr. Miller at: DrRichardLMiller@
gmail.com andwww.MindBody
HealthPolitics.org

PHOTO GALLERY: SUMMER CLOSEDOWN

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