We hope you have a wonderful experience and find the respite and renewal you seek. Below you will find important information for planning your visit.
DO NOT FOLLOW MAPQUEST, GOOGLE MAPS or GPS DIRECTIONS PAST DETROIT or FROM ESTACADA, OR!
By Air: The nearest large airport is Portland International. You may rent a car at the airport.
By Car: (IMPORTANT: Alternate route, Highway 224 (US Forest Service Route 46) from Estacada, OR to Breitenbush is IMPASSABLE FROM EARLY FALL TO LATE SPRING. Every year people get stranded on this road.)
From the West: (Interstate 5 at Salem), take exit 253 and go east on OR-22 toward Stayton/Detroit for approximately 49 miles to Detroit, OR. (See “At Detroit” below.)
From the East: (Redmond, Bend, Sisters) Take OR-20/126 west from Sisters for 25.5 miles and turn right onto OR-22W for 31 miles to Detroit, OR. (See “At Detroit” below.)
At Detroit, OR: Turn from OR-22 onto Highway 46 at the only gas station in Detroit. Drive 9.1 miles and just past Cleator Bend Campground take a right onto the single lane bridge crossing the Breitenbush River. The road is gravel after the bridge and has three forks in its 1.2 mile course. Stay left at each fork and you will end up in our parking lot. You’re home!
All visits, including day use, personal retreats and workshops require reservations in advance.
Included in your lodging are organic vegetarian meals, daily well-being programs, taxes and round-the-clock use of the hot springs. For lodging rates go to Lodging.
- Cabins have two or three beds with at least one double. Dorm cabins are same-gender and have two sets of bunk beds. Two lodge rooms have one double bed each.
- Beds come with a fitted sheet. Bring your own bedding or rent it for $18/individual and $24/couple per stay.
- Reservations for weekend nights are for a two-night minimum (i.e. Thu-Fri, Fri-Sat, Sat-Sun) unless there is availability on Friday night but Saturday night is full. In that case, you can book a single night stay for Friday. Single-night reservations for Friday or Saturday may be made one week in advance.
- If you come alone, you may be assigned a roommate of the same gender. As an individual, you may guarantee your privacy although a double rate will be assessed during the peak season. Personal retreat guests (not workshop participants) may guarantee privacy by adding $45 per night midweek and non-holidays during the non-peak season. See the lodging rates for season dates.
- You or your roommate may snore. Please come prepared (nose guards, ear plugs) for this possibility.
Closed Periods are times when our guest facilities are closed. However, our reservations office is open during regular hours at these times. Closed periods begin at 3:00pm on the first day and end at 3:00pm on the last day.
Jan 1-6, Feb 6-10, Feb 20-21, Apr 23-27, May 29-June 2
Reserved Times are times when our entire guest facilities are reserved for the participants in an event, workshop, gathering or conference. During these times there is no day use or personal retreat guests. Reserved events begin at 3:00pm on the first day and end at 3:00pm on the last day. For instance, a reserved period from Sunday to Thursday starts at 3:00pm on Sunday and ends at 3:00pm on Thursday.
Dec 20-22 Winter Solstice
Dec 30 – Jan 1 New Year’s Celebration
Feb 13-15 Private group
Feb 16-20 Private group
Meals are included with lodging. Vegetarian, mostly organic, buffet style meals are served daily: 8-9am, 1-2pm and 6-7pm. You may request egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free* meals when you register. Sack lunches can be ordered a day ahead for your hike.
* Trace amounts of gluten may be present as we do not have a gluten-free kitchen.
Please arrive after 3pm on your first day and depart before 3pm on your last day. All lodging is available after 4pm. If you arrive after the office has closed, your name and cabin number will be posted on the door at the office in the parking lot; enjoy the facilities and check-in at the office first thing after 9am. Please vacate your cabin by 1pm on your last day or you may be assessed a late-departure fee of $20.
A non-refundable deposit is required for all reservations. The deposit for personal retreat guests is the first night lodging for each person. The deposit for those attending a workshop is the full lodging amount. Deposits are non-refundable. With cancellation notice of at least seven days we will issue a credit voucher (good for one year) for the amount of your deposit less a $20 processing fee. If you cancel less than seven days in advance, your deposit will be forfeited. Your balance is due upon arrival. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash and personal check with ID.
Please bring bedding*, pillows*, towels*, bio-degradable toiletries, a low intensity flashlight, a water bottle (not bottled water), a clock, walking shoes, rain gear and caffeinated beverages if you want them. You or your roommate may snore; please come prepared for this possibility (nose guards and/or ear plugs). Traction devices for your vehicle are required by law from November to April.
* these may be rented.
Do not bring pets, burnables (candles, incense), high intensity flashlights, electric devices (hairdryers, curling irons, coffee makers), bottled water, recreational drugs or alcohol. Please refrain from use of perfume, cologne or scented toiletries. Firearms are not allowed on Breitenbush property.
Reservations and payment in advance are required. Payment is non-refundable. Call 503.854.3320 to make a reservation. We are open most days for day use from 9am to 6pm (see the Closed and Reserved Times section on this page). Rates are $18-$32 per adult, sliding scale. Children 4 and under are free; 5-12 year-olds are half the adult rate. Payment must be made in advance and is non-refundable. The day use fee includes use of the hot springs and daily well-being programs. If you would like lunch or dinner, they are additional.
Come explore community and service on this sacred land. Morning circles and sharings, heart-to-heart talks with Breitenbush community members and daily well being programs round out your experience. The opportunity for four hours of service daily leaves ample time for you to soak, relax and enjoy. Bring sturdy shoes, work clothes and rain gear. Most of the daily four hours of service will be physical and outdoors. Lodging rates are reduced approximately 33%.
Dates: Jan 22 – 27, May 8-12
Massage reservations can be made up to four weeks in advance. Early reservations are encouraged. A credit card is required at the time of reservation to hold your appointment. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, your massage fee is forfeited. Each 90-minute session is $110. See the Amenities page for more information.
Breitenbush is thankful for the many years that we were able to offer a traditional Lakota Inipi on our grounds. We offer our gratitude to the elders who gave permission, the teachings in how to care for it and the instructions on how to offer it as a gift to the people. Recently a news article was published for which there was no permission granted by Breitenbush or the intercessor of the ceremony. We understand that this was not appropriate and are sorry to our elders and native people that this occurred. As a result, we have discontinued having the Inipi Ceremony at Breitenbush as we feel that this is the best way to honor Native American people and culture. We pray for the healing of the historical trauma that has been imposed on Native American people. We pray for all of us to be able to heal together.
Swimsuits are optional in the soaking areas; most people do not wear swimsuits. We encourage you to use what is most comfortable for you. The atmosphere we strive for is one of sanctuary and respect. Nudity is not permitted in other areas.
Due to limited capacity, public phone and Internet access is for emergency use only. We are out of mobile-phone range. The nearest phone service is in Detroit, 10 miles away.
If you have a medical condition that may require attention, we remind you that the nearest hospital is in Stayton, OR, which is approximately 50 miles away.
Breitenbush welcomes children. To help you enjoy your experience at a place where many people come for relaxation as well as to support your children’s safety, we offer the guidelines below. We hope your stay at Breitenbush is wonderful and that your children have an enriching experience connecting with nature and the cycles of life.
- ADULT SUPERVISON: Accompany children under 12 at all times.
- POOLS: Maintain the tranquility of the soaking pools. Please, no jumping, splashing, pool toys, goggles, running or loud activity.
- SMALL LIBRARY: Use for reading and quiet activities. Tidy up after.
- LODGE: Please, no running in the lodge lobby or dining room. Maintain quiet in the lobby when a group is in the North Wing room.
- PIANO: Play softly and only when no group is in the North Wing room.
- DAILY WELL BEING PROGRAMS (yoga, music, dances, etc.): Children are welcome. If the program is a class, be sure your children are able to focus on the instruction.
Every season at Breitenbush brings magic and beauty. For a five-day forecast click here. If you would like to get an idea of our weather year-round, check the link below. This link shows the monthly weather indicators for Detroit, OR. Please remember that Detroit is lower in elevation by 500 feet than Breitenbush and that the weather varies a great deal from year to year. For historical monthly averages check here.
There are many great reasons to rideshare, from reducing greenhouse gases and saving money to meeting new people. We now have a Breitenbush rideshare website which is available to our registered guests.
Guests who stay seven days or more and employees of worker-owned cooperatives receive a 10% lodging discount. Elders (65+) receive a 10% discount for lodging and healing arts fees. Service Week program participants also enjoy a reduced rate. See the Workshops/Schedule for details and dates. We do not combine discounts.
We offer a limited number of scholarships for lodging based on financial need. Submit your application as early as possible. Awards are made the 1st week of the month preceding the month of your desired stay. You may fill out an online application here.
A Breitenbush gift certificate is the perfect gift for any occasion. Certificates may be purchased in any denomination using MC, Visa or Discover. Call 503.854.3320 or email us at with your phone number and we will call you back.
Pets are not allowed at Breitenbush.
If you have lost something at Breitenbush, we will do our best to locate it and get it to you in a timely manner. However, Breitenbush is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please send us an email by .
We are a rustic retreat center located in the forest. The distances between the cabins, lodge (for meals), hot springs and workshop spaces can be up to several hundred yards on hard-packed gravel paths or snow in winter. There is some uneven terrain and a steep grade to the Spiral Tubs and River Yurt.
In compliance with Oregon State law and the Americans With Disabilities Act we welcome trained guide dogs for persons who are blind, trained hearing-ear dogs for persons who are deaf, trained assistance dogs for persons who are permanently physically impaired and task-trained service dogs for persons with a mental disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. We do not allow pets.
Some events and times are gender-specific. For these events we recognize a person’s self-stated gender, regardless of birth assignment.
Soak, steam, relax and dream with other women in the splendor of the Cascades. Nourish your creative and expressive spirit with the excellent workshops offered, or come for a personal retreat. Children may be present. These periods begin at 3pm on the first day and end at 3pm on the last day. (Male staff will be present in work areas.)
Upcoming Women’s Only Weekends: Apr 27-30, 2017; Sept 14-17, 2017.
It is best to leave your valuables in the locked trunk of your car. The cabins lock from the inside while you are there, but do not have locks for when you are away from the cabin.
If you come alone you may be in a shared cabin. Come prepared as you or your roommate may snore (ear plugs, nose strips).