Charlie Cascio and Christopher A. West will be our featured chefs for the month of January.
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 Dining page (click here) for more details.
Group Room Special: Stay two nights in the group room and receive the third night free. Offer good Sunday through Thursday, non-holiday periods; not combinable with other discounts. Offer good until January 28th, 2010.
Half-off Wednesday: Back by popular demand! Stay two nights, in a private room that includes a Wednesday, and receive half off the Wednesday. Offer good for private rooms only; not combinable with other discounts. Valid non-holiday periods only; good through January 28th, 2010.
THRIVAL LIVING JOYSHOPS
Cultivating Bliss - March 5-7
This retreat offers support, guidance, influence and teaching of skills that will allow you to step into the true nature of who you are: a lovable and powerful being in this physical experience called life, seeking joy and wanting to be free to choose your life experience every step of the way. Tools and techniques will be offered to provide support when life conditions may show up in ways that feel difficult and interrupt our ability to create bliss. (Joyshop fee $125.)
Couples Thrival Joyshop - April 16-18
This JoyShop combines tools and techniques to support couples in learning more about themselves and each other in a collaborative and loving environment. There will be opportunities for experiential process--thereby providing immediate practice of new ways of thinking and behaving--blended with laughter, openness and the normalization of each couple's experiences with those of other couples. Much of the work is based on the new book The Couples Thrival Guide, which will be available for the workshop. (Joyshop fee $200 per couple.)
Instructor and facilitator Shannon Sheridan is a licensed Marriage, Family Counselor and works with a broad spectrum of issues, including addiction/alcoholism and recovery; couples' and women's issues; anxiety and depression; and anger as a tool. Shannon also provides an assortment of services for organizations related to team building, communication and conflict support, and offers classes and trainings in Authentic Therapy, Thrival Living and Couples work. For more information about Thrival Living services, visit www.thrivaliving.com.
To register for Thrival Joyshops contact Cheryl Shinn at 530-345-7875/530-520-7875, or email email@example.com. Room reservations are to be made directly through Wilbur Hot Springs by calling 530-473-2306.
Please note that workshop fees are in addition to Wilbur accomodation fees.
Complementary Alternative Medicine
What Are The Benefits of Massage?
Let's remember exactly some of the benefits of receiving a massage. Besides the pampering and rejuvenating benefits of massage, it can be a very powerful ally in one's healthcare regimen. Experts agree that upwards of 90% of disease is due to stress. So, receiving massage can do us a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. Massage is also useful for many conditions, such as staving off stress and depression; decreasing back and headache pains, spasms and cramping; increasing joint flexibility; and helping heal injured, tired and overused muscles. Massage can also assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers. When massage is combined with the delicious mineral-laden waters of Wilbur Hot Springs, enhanced benefits become available: stimulating lymph flow, recovery from strenuous workouts, and improving the condition of the body's largest organ--the skin. This is the beauty of touch-therapy!
In addition to Wilbur Hot Springs state-of-the-art massage and chiropractic remedies, we are pleased to announce that we are now offering Aromatherapy Facials and Clarity Breathwork treatments.
Meet the therapists
Annalisa Cunningham: Author, yoga instructor, massage therapist and aesthetician, Annalisa says "Beauty comes from the inside out. You will feel relaxed and refreshed--your skin will smile!" Her healing facial includes deep cleansing of the face, gentle exfoliant scrub and moisture hydrating masques, aromatherapy steam, acupressure to face, hand and foot massage, herbal mist toner, and alpha hydroxy moisturizer. For more information about Annalisa Cunningham, visit her website, www.openingheartjourneys.com.
Birding visitors to Wilbur Hot Springs are blessed to have no fewer than five National Wildlife Refuges nearby, including Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter and Sacramento River, as well as Greylodge Waterfowl Management Area, the BLM Cache Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Mendocino National Forest.
Opportunities to observe Northern California bird and wildlife populations in their natural habitat are abundant. Also, California's Central Valley provides wintering habitat for about 60% of the migratory waterfowl species of the Pacific Flyway, so this time of year is excellent for watching them. Join us as we create the Wilbur Bird Species List and visit the wealth of birding opportunity that surrounds us.
Notes From the Caretaker:
Dear Friends of Wilbur:
In my practice of clinical psychology, I have a canine companion, appropriately named Doctor Bovar. He is 9 years old and has been sitting in on all therapy consultations, doing great work since he was a puppy. When people ask me if he is my dog, I reply: "I am his human."
By a similar token, when people ask me how long I have owned Wilbur Hot Springs, I reply: "It has owned me for 37 years." I remind myself of the words of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata who said: "He who works the land owns it," and I say: "Those who soak benefit."
Maintaining Wilbur and offering its healing atmosphere and waters to the public, instead of merely keeping it as a private residence, is a great deal of work for all of us.
Thank you very much for participating with me and the Wilbur staff in sustaining, maintaining, and honoring this sacred healing place.
For 37 years you have supported Wilbur even when the roads were washed out and you walked in with your suitcases and food in wheelbarrows we provided. There have been conceptions (my daughter Sarana was conceived here), weddings, anniversaries and mostly healing.
Each of us have our own memories and meaning associated with Wilbur. For me, Wilbur has been a great teacher while also allowing me to bring to it an atmosphere combining naturalness, humanism, physical/psychological safety, dignity/respect for all.
We share the common experience of having immersed ourselves "In all the world no waters like these," and, after 37 years of witnessing the effects I take the liberty of adding: "Second to none in generating health."
With deep appreciation to your making it all possible and wishing you a healthy, joyous year,
Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Wilbur Caretaker since 1972
Country Store Online
See our new online store for Larry Wagner's photo book and Wilbur's new bath crystals.