April 29-May 1
Charlie Cascio will be our featured chef for the month of February.
Charlie has cooked throughout Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium, and Spain. He has worked as a personal private chef and has been head chef for numerous restaurants. Charlie has taught natural food cooking seminars to individuals, restaurants, and health professionals throughout Europe and the United States. He continues to cook for large conventions to develop natural health food products and recipes, and to teach courses on cooking, including cooking with raw foods.
Charlie worked as the head chef and kitchen manager for the Esalen Institute, in Big Sur, California from 1998 through 2004 and continues to work for Esalen as a consultant and instructor. He lives on the Northern California Coast on a self-sustaining organic farm where he raises his own vegetables, chickens, goats, and honeybees and makes his own cheeses and olive oil.
Please visit our website's Chef Weekend page (click here) for more details.
Stay two nights in April, Sunday through Thursday in a room of equal value, and receive 25 percent off one night. Offer good through April 14th. Excludes camping; not valid during holiday periods. Not combinable with other discounts.
Staff Positions Available
Full-time Desk/Reception: Wilbur is looking for a full-time, live-in person for the front desk reception position. Seeking person with hospitality/customer service experience. Job includes full use of Wilbur facilities and grounds, plus wages, board and health benefits. Please send resume to email@example.com.
Accounting: Our current CPA is cutting back his practice and Wilbur is looking for a CPA, who loves Wilbur, for the yearly Federal and State tax filings. We have excellent bookkeeping. If you are a Wilbur regular and would like to take this account (and possibly Dr. Miller's personal account as well), please send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarana Miller Yoga Retreat
Please join us for a weekend of breathing, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Come strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind. We'll step back from our daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries.
Students will practice yoga on Wilbur's beautiful yoga deck, cradled in nature with the sounds of the breeze and the creek. We will begin each day with chanting and pranayama, followed by breakfast and then an active morning session. In the afternoon there will be time for bathing, hiking, massage and personal time. We will gather in the late afternoon for a restorative session followed by a delicious dinner.
Read more about Sarana here.
Come and join us for a retreat that will invigorate your body, renew your spirits, and quiet your mind.
- 5 organic meals with Guest Chef Marion Cascio
- yoga sessions
- 2 nights accommodations (including use of baths, sauna and grounds)
Schedule for the weekend:
- You are welcome to arrive anytime after 3 p.m. on Friday.
5:30 p.m. - First Asana session followed by dinner
7:30-8:30 a.m. - Chanting, pranayama and meditation; breakfast
10 a.m.-noon - Active Asana followed by lunch
5-6:30 p.m. - Restoratives and yin yoga followed by dinner
7-10 a.m. - Chanting, pranayama and meditation, Active Asana
Brunch to follow - We will end with brunch on Sunday and you are welcome to stay on the grounds until 5 p.m.
Private room $525 per person (double occupancy)
Private room $725 per person
Bunk $485 per person
Camping $425 per person
Enrollment is limited. Please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space. Contact Sarana Miller at 510-502-9642, or by email at email@example.com. Visit her website at www.saranayoga.com.
Complementary Alternative Medicine
Shalamah Yahchove, DC
Massage is a vital part of the Wilbur experience, especially in combination with the relaxing heated mineral-laden waters. Massage offers an essential key to the spirit of healing, calm and self-discovery. In the release of tensions through bodywork, there is restoration of emotional as well as physical balance, allowing a path to new perceptions.
Meet the Providers:
Robert deNies and Diane Waye
Robert and Diane offer Complementary Alternative Remedies to help decrease pain and restore function to muscles, joints and nerves. Robert is a Thai Massage provider and Diane use Active Isolated Stretch.
Robert has been providing Thai Massage at Wilbur Hot Springs for the past 10 years, and he regularly visits Thailand for the latest in Thai practices and continuing education. Robert has taught Thai Massage at massage schools and yoga centers throughout the Bay Area.
He says The simple way to describe Thai massage is, after I warm up the client's body with some rhythmic acupressure, I take the client through a whole series of deep, assisted, yoga-like stretches while I massage them. The client doesn't do anything, I do it all for them. Thai massage is done on a futon while comfortably clothed, and consists of rhythmic acupressure, gentle rocking and assisted yoga-like stretches. No oils are involved.
Visit Robert's Website at www.bodymindwork.com.
Diane Ways has been providing Active Isolated Stretch (AIS) techniques for over a decade.
Diane says AIS is the primary modality I use to help insure maximum joint function and elasticity of muscles, tendons and fascia tissues. Assisted AIS is performed one-on-one on a massage table. The AIS participant is assisting with the movements by gently engaging muscles opposite of the one being stretched. I love the results I get with AIS whether I am helping to free someone from years of pain or enhancing someone's game! I work with the body's natural reflexes to coax open soft tissue and restore function.
For more details and testimonials: www.StretchingbytheBay.com.
Remember to schedule your chiropractic and massage sessions when reserving your room.
Notes From the Caretaker
Dear Friends of Wilbur:
As I turn 72 next week my thoughts turn to my 39 years with this health experiment called Wilbur Hot Springs, designed to increase mental and physical health, expand consciousness, stimulate thinking, and encourage community.
At Wilbur, mindfulness and presence are supported as essential aspects of living gracefully.
To be mindful is to focus on what we sense and perceive with an observational eye without being judgmental or critical.
To be present is to be mindful with a keen awareness of the here and now. The now is what each of us experiences, for the future does not yet exist and the past is a memory in our minds.
We live in a digital age which attracts us with its magnetism often with the power of a drug. How many of us have found ourselves, first thing in the morning, sitting naked before our computers, checking email? How many of you have had the experience of being with a friend or business associate while the person takes or makes a text message or cell phone call and is thereby gone from direct contact and personal relating?
What is the effect of this digital lifestyle on what Martin Buber, who said "all real living is meeting," called the I/Thou relationship? How can we be here when technology calls us to the there of text messages and email?
Wilbur Hot Springs, set apart from the electrical power grid monopolized by PG&E, offers a pristine environment where one may communicate deeply with oneself and others as well as with nature. An integral aspect of Wilbur's health facilitation is a complete break from cell phone and internet access.
At Wilbur you can nurture a relationship with an important person in your life, without being called away by the phone, the cell phone, the computer, the television or the ringing door bell. At Wilbur you can get up in the morning and take a relaxing hot mineral bath (in all the world no waters like these) followed by breakfast, on your own schedule, without a sense of rushing and stressing.
Take off your watch, for at Wilbur you eat when hungry, sleep when tired, walk when the spirit moves you and bathe anytime, 24 hours a day.
Join me in the deliciously healthy experience of timeless relaxation at Wilbur Hot Springs. Your immune system will thank you and the health you generate will be your own.
Hugs to all,
Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Wilbur Caretaker since 1972
Spring Is Here!
For a little adventure, take an alternate route to Wilbur, over the Leesville Grade and through Bear Valley, "the back way." This loop, over the Three Sisters mountain range, offers vast expanses of green as spring makes its debut here at Wilbur. Here you will see flowers, cattle and horse ranches, wildlife, and even a ghost town. When you make your reservation, ask about directions for this scenic route.
Country Store Online
See our online store for Larry Wagner's photo book and Wilbur's bath crystals.