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 $123. A credit card is required to reserve an appointment. For sessions canceled less than 24 hours in advance the massage fee is forfeited.
PLEASE NOTE: If you suffer from any health condition or injury requiring the attention of a doctor, you may be required to provide your massage therapist with written clearance from your doctor to receive massage. When in doubt, ask your doctor.
If you get a cold or the flu, please contact the office to cancel your session (massage can make your illness worse)!
Modalities include the following:
Relaxation Massage uses kneading and flowing strokes to increase circulation, detoxify body tissues, relax muscles, relieve pain, and bring peace of mind and a felt sense of well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage is often mistakenly thought to mean hard pressure. Rather, the goal of this modality is to access and release deeper tissues of your body and it incorporates a variety of techniques to accomplish this. Clients are often surprised that deep release can happen with relatively gentle pressure. Please discuss your pressure preference with your therapist at the start of your session and remember to speak up if the pressure is too much.
Myofascial Release is a therapeutic technique focusing on releasing restrictions in the muscular (myo)/connective tissue (fascial) web of your body to restore proper alignment and function. Can be effective in addressing acute or chronic musculo-skeletal compensation patterns due to injury or postural deviation.
Treatment Massage includes brief, specific evaluation of the your condition and the use of various techniques to facilitate change in this condition, which may result in pain relief and/or increased mobility. Therapists who offer this treatment modality have additional training or experience in clinical evaluation. PLEASE NOTE: For injuries or conditions requiring ongoing care of a physician, you may need written clearance from your physician to receive treatment. (When in doubt, ask your doctor.)
Thai Massage is received on a floor mat while dressed in loose comfortable clothing. Therapist uses a combination of passive stretching, focused breathing, and rhythmic compressions. This modality clears blockages in energy flow, and increases flexibility, vitality and body awareness. Effective for all body types and recommended especially for low back and hip issues.
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is a form of abdominal massage for improved health that helps 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.
Cranio-Sacral is a gentle and effective technique affecting the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to help release deeply held tension & trauma, and assisting your body’s natural ability to heal.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. 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. (NOTE: Please provide your therapist with written release from your doctor, clearing you for massage.)
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.
Coming October 17, 2018: Hannah Jern Miller
Hannah Jern-Miller is a guitar/harmonica player, singer, and artist from Petaluma, CA. She has been bringing her smooth blend of folk, blues, bluegrass, and vintage rock music to the world for over 15 years. Born into a musical family, singing came naturally, and she flourished in Petaluma’s country setting. It was with her father’s old Yamaha guitar that she felt instant comfort, and was inspired to write songs and adapt cover tunes to her own style. Her soulful originals will leave you teary eyed and her fun, upbeat cover tunes will have you singing along and smiling.
Coming October 24, 2018: Tai Shan
Tai Shan is a Seattle-based pop-folk singer, composer and songwriter. Her catchy, layered melodies echo John Mayer and Jack Johnson while her soprano soars somewhere between Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrisette, and Adele. Tai has has performed on NPR and at nearly every major venue in Seattle, including Benaroya Hall, the Moore Theater, the Tractor, Bumbershoot, and Seattle Comicon.
CultureMob raves, “Tai Shan sings as if the world was unaware of beauty, and it is her task to describe it.” A Cornish College of the Arts- trained classical and jazz composer, Tai is known for her incredible versatility, in both music and subject matter. Though she has plenty of her own life stories to draw from—including singing for the Pope, watching all of her belongings ignite in a house fire, playing a music tour through Yellowstone National Park, and teaching music at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (Mo-Pop), Dusty Strings, and Seattle Girls School—Tai prefers to mine literature. She’s penned over 50 songs, in collaboration with Bushwick Book Club, that give musical voice to literary characters and immerse the audience in the story, the same way a novel does. Her last album, In 2016, Tai was awarded a Jack Straw Cultural Center artist recording grant to complete her third album, Meet in the Middle.
This year, however Tai and Austin are breaking new ground with a live show, which is going to be an immersive experience somewhat more like a theatrical play than a regular concert. They want you to take part in a show that will touch and move you.
Coming November 8, 2018: Lotus Unfolding
Lotus Unfolding is an ‘Earth Spirit’ music band formed by Sylvia Rodrigo Riverwind and Asante Riverwind. Sylvia sings and plays cello, Native American flutes, tamboura, congas, djembe and other percussion. Asante sings and plays electric, acoustic and bass guitars, traditional and electric sitars, Native American flutes, percussion and other instruments. Performing their own original songs inspired by dreams & visions, nature & spirit, Lotus Unfolding’s music ranges from deep meditative contemplation to impassioned celebration of the magical raison de etre’ of life itself; helping birth the healing transformation of compassion, sharing, and harmony emerging in these transformation times.
Coming December 6, 2018: Michael Mandrell
Michael Mandrell is an artistic and passionate contemporary American fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter with an ear for the creative side of the world fusion genre. His orchestral compositions offer equal parts world and new age, an array of middle Eastern rhythms and scales, with tinges of folk and an infusion of Celtic overtones.
He is one of those rare artists who has a strong sense of his Western musical roots, yet can make beautiful and sophisticated forays into the music of the East. His latest recording “Returning and Returned” is a great collection of his solo guitar work that covers a wide range of styles – and he excels in each.
“Returning and Returned” captures the quintessential Mandrell; reflecting, bopping, grooving, dreaming and spinning a yarn. He creates these yarns with a musical sleight of hand that points the listener away from his redoubtable fingerstyle technique. Therein lies the pleasure of it–music played with such skill and finesse that the technical prowess is just one element in the multicultural sonic tapestry.”
Michael’s guitar playing is extraordinary. His tunes are lyrical—the stuff fairy tales are made of. They are slightly jazzy, seductively smooth and consistently beautiful. His voice is rich and compelling, and in combination with his intricate fretboard work and technique, reflects an artist of vast creativity and a pan-global vision of the instrument he loves.
Coming January 19, 2019: OmTara (Erik Blender, Ashley Collins, Jack Inglis, Greg Allen)
OmTara crafts an invitational, intimate and uplifting live experience. Audiences sing along to Buddhist, Sanskrit, & Kundalini Mantras with English lyrics that tell heart-opening stories about what these ancient mantras convey. Three-part harmonies & lively melodies raise the collective vibration while audiences dance, sing, meditate and bliss out!