Join our Northern California Gathering 22 – 23 Oct 2019
Hosted by Saratoga Springs, California

For a relaxing and intimate learning experience this is a small scale gathering
It follows on from the Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Retreat Centers Luncheon last year

Step back from your day to day responsibilities and consider a new perspective

Share challenges, best practices, ideas and inspiration

Discuss Emergency Response Teams and Evacuation Plans

Share learning and experience around fire prevention and recovery

Relax and renew in a neighbouring retreat center

Connect with your peers from other centers in Northern California

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After some enriching education around living with fire in Northern California,
enjoy a sumptuous meal under the Oaks of Saratoga.

Then relax and rejuvenate in the waters of Saratoga Springs’ exquisite pool and hot tub.
Our intention is to create a space for connection and camaraderie as peers,
a space where the magic of the moment happens.

And if you like, please stay the night! Sleep in a rustic cabin in this historic box canyon. After a light breakfast, there’ll be an optional meditation and yoga, a guided hike of this beautiful valley to explore the ecological regeneration after the intense fire last year and a sharing circle in the Heart Lodge.

We encourage the overnight stay for the optimal experience and nurturance of relationships…
time you’ll be grateful to have offered in service to your Self.

Long before it became Saratoga Springs, the Pomo Indians used this hidden valley
for peacemaking and healing. Today the valley still resonates with this energy,
which enhances the experiences of all who visit.


Light lunch
Fire Panel Discussion
Evening meal
Overnight accommodation
Light Breakfast
Sharing circle

Fire Panel

Steve Smith – Forester, Forestry and National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Current conditions of California and funding solutions

Neil Nelson – Vision Property Manager Harbin Hot Springs
Fire Prevention and Debris Cleanup/Erosion Control after fire and local Calfire Support Services

Deirdre Davis – Managing Director Harbin Hot Springs
Recovery after Fire and Firewise Communities

Will Erme – Managing Director Harbin Hot Springs
Creating an Emergency Response Team – Evacuation Protocol and Insurance/updated inventory assessment

Jason Courtis – Botanist/Ecologist, Manager Saratoga Springs
Rehabilitation of the Landscape after fire

Jared Hendricks, Ecologist and Prescribe Fire Manager
Being Proactive with Prescribed Fire

Carolyn Ruttan – Director of the Clearlake Environmental Research Center
Watershed Management and Grant Writing for Calfire


Standard Room

$140 per person
Shared room in a shared cabin
Shared bathroom


$70 per person
Day rate for Saturday only

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Booking & Travel

Reserve your place with $140 non refundable payment.
If you would prefer to attend the first day only the cost is $70.
Please note your registration will be sent to Saratoga Springs for confirmation.

Full payment is due two weeks prior, October 8th.
The cancellation policy will apply to any change of booking.

Please plan to arrive Tuesday October 23rd between 12 and 1pm and depart Wednesday 23rd after midday.
Saratoga Springs Retreat Center is nestled in a 260-acre pristine valley, in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern California.
Drive time from San Francisco is about 2 1/2 hours; from Sacramento, about 2 1/4 hours.

Travel Information

Relax and Rejuvenate

Walk the sacred grounds:
The valley floor is home to 45 acres of large oak and walnut trees and meadows

Hike to the Mineral Springs:
Enjoy a self guided hike to the origin of the mineral springs renowned for its healing water

Walk the Labyrinth:
Connect to the wholeness of being and experience spiritual and intuitive renewal

Enjoy stargazing:
The plateaus on the hills and mountains lend themselves to meditation or stargazing

Soak in the hot tub:
Relax in the healing waters or enjoy a swim in the adjacent pool

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