Subject: Wilbur News for March 2017

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C A R E T A K E R ' S  L E T T E R
Dear Patty, Chris, Nellie, Ana, Terrye, Oscar, Maggie, Kathy, Juan, Mimi, Andrew, Berney, Nicolette, Traci, and Maria:

I heartily commend every one of you, for coming together, and cooperating, as a community, and manifesting the deepest spirit of Wilbur, during the recent significant rainfall and consequences thereof.

Guests of The Sanctuary make up the wider Wilbur community while resident staff, who maintain it, are the core. Cooperation is the highest form of human endeavor and your level of cooperation was exemplary.

Wilbur's roots are in the soil of cooperation that was called, at one time, in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, "the back to the land movement. "

We, back to the landers, worked to change ourselves, from our upbringing as competitive, to being cooperative.

We took action to change win/lose to win/win.

We took "love thy neighbor" seriously.

We left our successful city lives and moved to the country in search of harmony with one another and with all living things.

We came to understand that even sand and rocks are alive.

In my case, my idealism, and my profession, directed me to create, what we originally called, A Peoples Health Sanctuary.

From another perspective, I was lucky to be assigned the job of Caretaker of Wilbur Hot Springs, the ideal venue for the ultimate in peace, quiet, safety, security and prescription grade nature (RxN) that are ideal ingredients for a Health Sanctuary. The medicinal waters provide a unique healing enhancement.

In the early days of The Health Sanctuary at Wilbur, all the fireplaces burned wood, 178 kerosene lamps lit our way, guests brought their own food, sheets, blankets, towels, washed ALL their dishes, cleaned their rooms and took all their garbage with them when they departed.

Guests often participated in work projects.
Such was the seminal spirit of this secular Health Sanctuary.

Over the decades, as the culture changed, the American competitive spirit came back with a vengeance. People worked harder, and longer, often making less money while others reaped astronomical fortunes.

Wilbur offered more and more amenities and the guests participated less and less while paying more in money. Paying with money is more distant than paying with participation and all of us, staff and guests, must remain mindful, and take appropriate action to maintain our community as provided by the spirit Wilbur.

Guests still bring their own towels and wash their dishes, both of which are symbolic reminders of the importance, if not imperative, of community cooperation and participation.

As for technology. Wilbur was amongst the first, if not the first, to provide digital detox.
Just for the fun of the exercise picture our Wilbur with guests and staff walking around with cell phones, cameras and lap the Hotel, in the kitchen, in the waters, in the Nature Preserve.

It is important to remind ourselves that The Health Sanctuary at Wilbur Hot Springs, is exactly what it states itself as being: A Health Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary is not a Hotel, though there is the historic Wilbur Springs Hotel on the grounds.
  • The Sanctuary is not a resort, though it has a swimming pool.
  • The Sanctuary is not a spa, though it has natural medicinal waters, a sauna and massage.
  • The Sanctuary is a wildlife refuge where animals abound within the Wilbur Springs Nature Preserve.
  • The Sanctuary at Wilbur Hot Springs is a Sanctuary in the historical and traditional sense of the word: a safe place, a refuge.

And, in my words:

A place for healing the body and the spirit.
A place for preventing future illness and healing present illness.
A place for inner exploration and outer communication with nature.
A place to be totally alone and a place to meet others who frequent such an environment.

I am confident that each of you will enjoy the healing and rejuvenation that our Health Sanctuary at Wilbur provides. It continues to enrich my spirit and body as it has these past 45 years.

With affection for each of you,

Caretaker, Wilbur Hot Springs

Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology
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Wilbur Hot Springs voted winner of the prestigious
2016 Wellness Travel Awards for
Best Hot Springs!

50% off third night when staying and paying for two nights
Monday through Thursday, not including holiday periods. May not be combined with other discounts.
Discount must be applied at check-in. No retroactive discounts will be given.

Use the Online Availability Request Form 
to plan your next Wilbur visit!
Meet Andrew
This month we are proud to introduce Andrew, our new maintenance manager. He is the person responsible for keeping Wilbur Hot Springs the wonderful place that it is. This is no small task however, for Andrew, not a problem.

Andrew comes to us from England by way of a number of stops in the US. In Andrew’s own words “I have lived in different states over the years from CA to Maine but never felt like anywhere was home, a place in which I could relax. That was until I discovered Wilbur Hot Springs. As soon as I came here everything just fell into place. I no longer feel like I should be somewhere else. I feel very fortunate to have finally found a place where I feel I belong and with people who feel the same way.

The next time you are here please give Andrew a warm hello and if you see him close to his bus, parked in our long term parking area, ask him for a tour. He loves his bus and the work he did on it is really amazing.
MARCH  E V E N T S  &  W O R K S H O P S
Dates for upcoming Wilbur events, workshops, specialized practitioners, and closures
are noted on our Wilbur event calendar on our website.
February 17 - 19 | March 3 - 5 | Complimentary for Wilbur Guests
Empathy workshops are offered by longtime Wilburite Angela Watrous. Her work is inspired by a rich lineage of nonviolence, the neurobiologically healing power of empathy, and diverse spiritual traditions. Learn more about Angela’s empathic counseling practice, her monthly Berkeley community Gather Together, and her upcoming online courses at
  • Fri. 6-7 pm: Compassion Meditation: Breathing in Warmth and Tenderness
  • Sat. 1-2 pm: Cultivating Resilient Self-Compassion: Warmly Attuning to Feelings and Needs
  • Sat. 6-7 pm: Somatic Empathy: Listening and Responding to the Body
  • Sun. 1-2 pm: Translating Self-Judgements into Life-Serving Messages
Enjoy delicious farm-to-fork meals - from dinner Friday to Sunday brunch!
March 24-26

Guest Chef Weekend offers delicious and healthy meals beginning with Friday dinner, concluding with Sunday brunch; served Wilbur buffet style. Come take the healing waters and enjoy inspired meals prepared with local organic foods (including vegetarian options).

Our next Guest Chef Weekend is scheduled for
April 21-23 hosted by Chef Liam McDermott

Call to make your reservation (530) 473-2306

2017 Dates
 April 7-9 • May 5-7 • June 9-11 • 
September 22-24 • October 6-8

Join Sarana for a weekend in 2017 of breathing, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind. You’ll step back from your daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries. The popular SaranaYoga retreats at Wilbur always fill up fast. Please click below for additional details, and/or to make your reservation.

Plan Your 2017 Retreat Here

Can't get enough of ​Wilbur Hot Springs? Join the Wilbur family, we are hiring for​ the following positions:

Housekeeping/Evening Attendant
General Maintenance/Evening Attendant
Independent Massage Providers

If you are interested in any of these positions and you would like to join our family here at Wilbur Hot Springs, kindly send your resume to: 
3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306
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3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987, United States
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