Subject: Wilbur News for December 2016

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C A R E T A K E R ' S  L E T T E R

Dear Wilbur Friends and Family,

In all of history there have been secular places of sanctuary where people go for refuge and safety. Wilbur Hot Springs has been a place of sanctuary for hundreds, or thousands, of years.

Our country is presently deeply divided along political lines. Some people are celebrating the presidential election while others are crying and angry.

Spending time at Wilbur is an opportunity to literally, and completely, leave the outside world, very much including politics, and immerse in true sanctuary where there is abundant space to be where personal respect and dignity prevail 24/7 (and cell phones and computers are left behind). 
While at Wilbur we are all one tribe of people, regardless of our size, shape, color, height, weight, religion, sexual orientation, finances, ethnic background or political party.

I believe that making time for sanctuary is essential for mental and physical health. That is why I spend time at Wilbur at least once, and most often twice, monthly. I prefer to do prevention than break down on the road of life's highway.

While I recognize my Wilbur plan is not realistic for most of you, there is a plan you can make work.

Come to Wilbur and join me and lets give thanks .... all year round for we all share the gift of life.
And say hello next time you are at Wilbur.

We are the very tall couple with smiling eyes and laughing hearts,

Richard & Jolee
Caretakers, Wilbur Hot Springs
We are proud to announce ... Wilbur Hot Springs has been voted winner of the prestigious 2016 Wellness Travel Awards for Best Hot Springs!
Ringing in the NEW YEAR with Chef Marion Cascio for a deliciously fun 
Guest Chef Weekend
December 30 - January 1 (Sold Out)

*We have just a few spaces left!
Thanksgiving Guest Chef Weekend November 23 - 25

Or, join us in January for a fresh start to the new year with
Guest Chef Weekend 
January 20 - 22

Call to make your reservation (530) 473-2306
November 26 - 27th | Complimentary for Wilbur Guests
Shundo David Haye is a priest from San Francisco Zen Center. After fifteen years of residential and monastic training, during which time he held a number of senior positions and helped to start the Young Urban Zen group, he is taking his practice out into the world to teach people who might never set foot inside a zen temple. He teaches at tech companies and the county jail. He likes to be outside, running, riding a bike or taking photographs. He also writes a blog about practice.
W I L B U R  T R I V I A
Did you know? In the 1880’s, guests of Wilbur Hot Springs would travel on the Southern Pacific Railroad to Williams, California and then travel an additional 22 miles to the springs, a four-hour trip by stagecoach, to reach the healing waters.
D E C E M B E R  P R O M O T I O N
"Cabin Fever" 30% Off 3 All Cabins + Cabin Suite
Monday­ through Thursday
Not including holiday periods & may not be combined with other discounts.
Discounts apply only for 2 night minimum overnight stays.
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 Zach Bockman
Zach offers massage at Wilbur and is a licensed acupuncturist with a private practice in Oakland, CA. His treatments utilize massage, acupuncture, and cupping to restore balance to better cope with the stressors of modern life.
Zach’s full body massage combines the best of old and new techniques, utilizing both a traditional Asian approach with sheets and a more modern style using oils. Rooted in Tuina, a 500-year old Chinese massage technique, his massage style can address the need to relax as well as musculoskeletal conditions. Zachary offers massage at Wilbur Hot Springs.

Clients will also have the option of incorporating acupuncture and cupping therapies at no additional cost. Using the ancient traditions of acupuncture and cupping, Zach will use tongue and pulse diagnosis to create a treatment customized for your body. This service enhances your ability to reduce stress and promote detoxification by relaxing muscles, increasing circulation, and aiding the natural detoxification process.
D E C E M B E R  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.
December 6 - 9th | Schedule Your Private Session Here
Rev. Julia Harrell is a spiritual minister who’s greatest joy is offering guidance to help others find their own higher truth on their path of daily living and awakening. 

Julia has had extensive training in clairvoyance techniques, spiritual healing modalities and trance mediumship for the past 17 years, with prior esoteric (meditation as a service to humanity) practice for 22+ years. You can learn more about her and her certifications on her website at
Workshop with Julia -
How to Ope
n Your Natural Spiritual Abilities
December 6th 7:00-8:15 p.m.

In this free evening workshop you will explore our natural spiritual abilities, how to utilize them to further our awareness in daily living, work, spiritual growth and ultimately to assist in fulfilling your purpose on your path. This will be a fun interactive evening for all levels of meditators, from no experience to years of practice. We will take it from where you are to your next level in development. No super powers necessary to join the class!
December 16 - 18th | 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
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

3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306
Photos by Laura Cirolia, Meg Solaegui, Trinette Reed, Monica and Michael Van Hall

3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987, United States
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