Wilbur Hot Springs, California

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November 2011 Wilbur Hot Springs News Letter!

THE WILBUR PHILOSOPHY - Sustaining Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel and Preserve as the perfect place to relax.

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"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!


                            

IN THIS ISSUE:


1) In the News

2) Monthly Special

3) Guest Chef

4) Events

5) Franklin’s Retreat

6) Notes from the Caretaker

                            

IN THE NEWS

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.

MONHTLY SPECIAL

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.

GUEST CHEF WEEKEND

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.

EVENTS

NOVEMBER 4-6
PAINTING, HIKING & SOAKING 
WITH PAINTER MARTHA ESCH

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.  

NOVEMBER 19-20
ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCH WTIH DIANE WAYE

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).

NOVEMBER 21
YOGA FOR THE EYES WITH PNINA ZOHARA

 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.

For more information about Pnina, visit her website or contact her at (415) 342-3007

FRANKLIN’S RETREAT
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.

Thank you.

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

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3375 WILBUR SPRINGS ROAD, WILBUR SPRINGS, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306

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Our August Newsletter!!

               

AUGUST 2011 - IN THIS ISSUE

  Time to Slow Down

  Notes from the Caretaker

  Poetry Contest

  Monthly Special

  Events

SUMMER CLOSEDOWN

Wilbur will be closed August 15-25 for its annual summer cleanup.

       

TIME TO SLOW DOWN…

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!

NOTES FROM THE CARETAKER


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,

Richard

POETRY CONTEST!

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 jacqueline@wilburhotsprings.com.

MONTHLY SPECIAL

 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.

EVENTS


SPIRITUAL ACTIVATION WITH JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL 
AND 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.

Weekend fee includes:
• 5 organic meals with Guest Chef Marion Cascio
• 5 yoga sessions
• 2 nights’ accommodations (including use of baths, sauna and grounds)

Cost
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 sarana@mac.com

For more information about Sarana’s yoga teaching, see www.saranayoga.com

GUEST CHEF WEEKENDS RETURN IN SEPTEMBER

Guest Chef returns in September with chef Marion Cascio, September 23-25. For more information about Guest Chef at Wilbur, see ourwebsite.

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

 

WWW.WILBURHOTSPRINGS.COM

3375 WILBUR SPRINGS ROAD, WILBUR SPRINGS, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306

INFO@WILBURHOTSPRINGS.COM

September Yoga Retreat!

           SPIRITUAL ACTIVATION 
           WITH JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL 
           AND SARANA MILLER
           SEPTEMBER 16-18 2011

     

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 complete weekend schedule and cost.

Enrollment is limited. Please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space. 

Contact Sarana Miller at 510-502-9642, or by email

What is the biggest change that you have seen in your lifetime?

This weekend, I was fortunate enough to chat with Dr. Miller about life, the past, reflection, and more.  One thing we were talking about is a discussion that started with some guests* (on Facebook, of all places) about Wilbur Hot Springs, the Nature Preserve, and the old buildings disappearing, with a couple new ones popping up.  It’s somewhat tit for tat - Ernie Pierson’s house came down due to safety reasons (it was at the point where you could blow on it and it would tumble into dust), and Richard is putting up his cabin in its place.  Because of that, his trailer will eventually move out, and Sarana (our beloved yoga darling and Richard’s daughter) has her Yurt in lieu of his trailer.  It’s an amazing time, and I could see how the visual shock would make someone nervous… but it’s always more complex than an emotive reaction, or judgement without all the facts.

So.. yup. There’s 2 buildings there that didn’t exist before.  It’s also important to realize that Richard bought the space of the nature preserve precisely so it wouldn’t be developed by more aggressive (and vociferous) land owners.  Time marches on, and as such, changes happen to every topography.  In fact, there used to be a bustling city back there, and our nature preserve is one of the only reverse developed places in all of California!  That’s fairly amazing, and we are proud to have been a big part of that.

But now - the future! What can we expect?

I think it’s best put by a story Richard relayed this weekend.  I will do my best to properly quote him.  It was in regard to inevitable changes, and how to counter them.  In this, we were talking about Ernie’s home - something that doesn’t exist anymore except for memories as exist on cloud servers throughout the internet, like this one, or this one. I love how people called it names, like Old Man Mcgillicutty’s place.

Ernie’s house became entertainment, almost like television in a place of no flickering images - people would simply sit and comprehend.  With so little stimuli to distract, the most mundane minutia became epic adventures for our guests and friends. Instead of being a dilapidated piece of junk we zoomed by, it existed as an ancient palace that defiantly waited in the hallways of purgatory - a lone survivor from a neglected civilization that was to be explored as it trembled to dust and rot through decades of neglect.

There wasn’t one person that didn’t feel drawn to that building in some way, and it’s expected passing is still jarring, if not logical.  People were getting hurt, and we soon realized that, in due time, it wouldn’t be the errant nail or splinter causing the problem.  So off it shoved, wood reclaimed and memories parceled out as best they could.

The above is a picture of the house, color washed out like it’s presence against time.

Dr Miller had this to say:

"So it goes.  It couldn’t last forever, it was unsafe, but it’s hard to see something like that ‘end’.  I knew Ernie, and he lived there his whole life, over 80 years - the *only* place he *ever* lived. Scores of decades of watching that huge city turn into nothing but him.  Not long before he passed away, we had a chance to chat at length (as we were prone to do), I asked him what he thought was the biggest change during his lifetime.  Ernie said, ‘The automobile. The car’.

'These roads are all the same.  The major highways, the roads - Sacramento or through Wilbur's hills - are identical.  Nothing has changed.  It's just that they're blacktop now.  Before, when you were drawing a carriage with a horse, you would amble back and forth between these hills, and when you saw another human on their cart being drawn by a horse… you damn well stopped. You spoke to one another.  You see them from miles off, and you couldn't just whizz by.  You stopped, and you talked - about the direction you were going, the direction you were coming from - but you connected and you spoke. It wasn't kindness or community, it was simply what you did.  To not do so wouldn't have been rude or bad - it would have been unheard of.'

'Then the car - the auto.  All of a sudden, people are moving faster, people are gettin' to where they're going, and there wasn't time to stop.  There wasn't a need to pull over and chat - you'd stop the car, roll down the windows - it just wasn't the priority.  So that change was bigger than the auto - it altered communication. We don't connect, or care to.  Our community of humans got pushed aside so we could get where we were going. It never was the same.'”

It’s an amazing story - something as simple as the auto swept aside a real, engaged, interested community.  It’s telling, it’s fitting, and it’s powerfully relevant. That same community is the one that doesn’t know how to slow down - and the one that needs to slow down more than anything.  It’s always a pleasure to see people rolling up our windy road to motor into our little respite.  The enthusiasm and energy is obvious as it is intoxicating, and it’s well worn on the faces of our family as they are, as burners refer to the playa, “coming home”.

But this history of the area, and the people, and the stories, all beg one greater concern - and takes into account something much bigger than Wilbur’s brick and mortar buildings.  The way people reacted to the passing of Ernie Pierson’s home, just as they reacted to a new landscape in the preserve (and just how they will react in eons to Richard’s cabin tumbling, or the Yurt finding solace in entropy’s grasp) - 

We have one of the most incredible communities in the world.  It is a special family, of amazing people…. and we value it immensely.  What’s more, we want to share our community with other people… meaning those who would love to know about us but do not, and in knowledge of Wilbur may change their lives - and potentially other lives beyond that one - all for the better.  As I commented on this previous post, we need to recenter, unplug, truly escape, and reconnect with the humans we once knew ourselves to be.  The scientific evidence (if you are into that sort of thing, which many of us are) is *overwhelming*.

So - connections.  How do we do that?  How do we make people slow down, roll down their metaphoric windows, and talk about where we are going, or where we are coming from?  We think we are starting out right… finding all of you here, there, everywhere online.  We also think it’s time to start talking more at Wilbur about what makes this place special to one another, and learning more from the amazing people that wander our halls…. so be open to sharing with one another at Wilbur - and don’t feel so closed off that you can’t utter a word to a stranger-new-friend.

What’s more - we are open to expanding our community, our connections, and our philosophy, culture, and existence to those who may not have found us yet.  That means we are open to ideas, and beseech you for your thoughts…. How can we open Wilbur to a wider array of people and those that *need* to know about us, but haven’t found us yet?

What kind of changes have you seen in your lifetime, and what sort of change have you been part of?  We hope to inspire change and energize our community - and we want to hear from you how you are sharing Wilbur Hot Springs, and what it means to you?  Whether through past photos, paintings, thoughts, stories… we would love to hear from you.  Even if it’s just another picture of Ernie’s house… share it with us.  Mr. Pierson will appreciate knowing his memory and tiny footprint won’t ever leave the hearts and minds of Wilbur Hot Springs.

As always, let us know your thoughts!

Sincerely,

Michael with Dr. Miller at WHS

* It’s hard to humor the idea of these people as “guests”, in that their critical commentary was veiled by the anonymity of fake profiles.  We take every interaction and comment seriously, whether on Facebook or in front of our faces during real dialog and discussion at Wilbur…. but it’s hard to lend credibility to someone when their profiles are Idi Amin, the (potentially literal) bloodthirsty dictator from late 1970’s Uganda.  If you have an opinion, it’s valued no matter what.  Don’t hide behind fake profiles to make a point.