Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center is a remote forest sanctuary of timeless natural beauty on 154 acres surrounded by national forest. Blessed with abundant hot springs, a glacier-fed river, ancient forest and surrounding mountains, it is a place where you will disconnect from digital distraction and discover a deep personal connection with the natural world and with yourself. Every season brings its gifts and teachings whether you come for a workshop, personal retreat, or just the day.
The hot springs have been a place of gathering, rejuvenation, healing and relaxation for centuries. There are many options for enjoying the hot, soothing mineral waters. A spirit of respect and sanctuary pervades the clothing-optional pools.
There are three natural pools lined with smooth river rocks. One of these is designated as a “silent” pool for quiet, contemplative soaking. It overlooks the river below. The other two allow for conversation. All overlook a meadow and have views of the surrounding mountains.
Aligned in the four cardinal directions, the four Spiral Tubs vary in temperature from very warm to very hot. Adjoining them is a deep cedar tub brimming with cold water for a brisk plunge.
The Steam Sauna is a cedar cabin perched above steaming waters with steam rising through slots in the floor. Outside on the deck is a tub flowing with cold river water for plunging.
Daily Well-Being Programs
Well-being programs are offered daily, and vary from day to day. These may include yoga, dance, singing, meditation, Breitenbush history, a tour of our systems and more. The programs are usually 60 to 90 minutes long and are offered at no additional cost to guests. A daily listing can be found in the lobby of the lodge.
Organic Vegetarian Meals
Bountiful, organic, vegetarian meals are served buffet style three times daily and are included in the lodging cost. Meals are served from 8-9am, 1-2pm and 6-7pm in the lodge dining room. A bell rings throughout the grounds to summon guests to meals. You may request egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free meals (may contain trace amounts of gluten) when you register.
Massage – Healing Arts
The Healing Arts Team is honored to create a peaceful and safe atmosphere for physical and emotional healing, and deep relaxation. Our licensed massage therapists bring a focused, compassionate awareness to their work. We offer various bodywork modalities and may combine techniques to assist you in your goals.
Reservations can be made any time up to four weeks in advance of your visit by calling our office at 503.854.3320. Massage/bodywork sessions are 90 minutes long and are $110. A credit card is required to reserve an appointment. For sessions cancelled less than 24 hours in advance the massage fee is forfeited.
Modalities include the following:
Thai Massage is a type of bodywork that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor with the client wearing comfortable clothes that allow for movement. The practitioner explores range of motion using their whole body in a gentle but deep manner while the client relaxes and is prompted to breath and release.
Classic Swedish massage uses kneading and flowing strokes to increase circulation, detoxify body tissues, relax muscles, relieve pain, and bring peace and pleasure to your mind.
Deep Tissue Massage is often mistakenly thought to mean deep (‘hard’) pressure. Rather, this technique targets specific muscles located in deeper layers of the body. Pressure varies according to the state of the muscles and may be applied with or without movement. The aim of deep tissue massage is to release these deeper muscles and to help the client experience release of deeply held tension.
Chi Nei Tsang is abdominal massage for improved health, helping with the systems of digestion, reproduction, circulation and respiration. An average session is one hour of CNT mixed with half an hour of other work.
Reiki is a modality that originated in Japan in the 1930s. To perform Reiki, the therapist channels life energy to the client by lightly laying hands on or above the body, eventually covering the entire body. Effects during and afterwards include peacefulness, comfort, pain relief and calm.
Prenatal massage addresses the special needs of the mother-to-be in the second and third trimesters. It can help increase your breathing capacity, relieve the tensions created by your changing body, reduce fatigue and prepare you for delivery by increasing kinesthetic awareness. Prenatal energy work can also help you to connect with your baby.
Aromatherapy is offered by many of our therapists who will customize a blend of oils for use in massage to benefit your body, mind and spirit.
We often have visiting therapists who may bring additional modalities. The reservations desk will be happy to share these with you when you call.
Miles of trails radiate from Breitenbush into the surrounding forests. Our trails, “The Gorge,” “Spotted Owl,” “Emerald Forest,” “Devils Peak” and “Inner Path” lead through ancient forest cathedrals, past river cascades and on to magnificent mountain vistas.
View and download a PDF of the hiking trails map.
A meditative walk to the center of the labyrinth is a journey to one’s own center, enhanced by the song of the nearby river. The Breitenbush labyrinth, outlined in river rocks, is modeled after the nave at the famous Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France.
Built around 1930, the historic lodge is the center of activity at Breitenbush. The large decks are favorite places for summer dining. Inside the lodge is the dining room, a large event space, and two libraries for relaxing and reading. The lobby is a popular place for gathering and there you’ll find a board listing the daily well-being programs.
Off-the-Grid & Disconnected
The utilization of our own hydroelectric power from the Breitenbush River and heat from natural springs means your Breitenbush experience is off the grid. There is no cell service, TV or guest Internet – this provides you with an unusual opportunity for digital detox.
The Sanctuary is a lovely space with heated floor and large windows peering into the forest. It is a place to relax, meditate, read, do yoga or engage in a personal practice. It is also the space in which many of the daily well-being programs are held.
The gift shop offers an inspiring selection of books, writing materials and artisan crafted gifts. You’ll also find a selection of necessities that you may have forgotten.
In addition to the occasional sounds of a guitar, drums or the lodge piano, concerts are held on a monthly basis in the north wing of the lodge. These are open to all guests and are free of charge. Generally they are offered by acoustic singer-songwriters but have also included kirtan and even Tuvan throat singers.
Dave and Sharon Thormahlen, October 20th
Dave and Sharon Thormahlen play a combination of original compositions, fun Irish tunes, lively South American tunes and even some familiar tunes. With the exception of a 1923 tenor banjo, all music is performed with instruments Dave has built himself and includes a harp, guitar and mandolin. What a great team! Their original tunes are like musical watercolors. Sharon says, “We may not rock but we sure do ROLL!” www.thorharp.com/pages/cd.htm