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Getting Here

If you are in Northern California, drive here. We use the facilities at Four Springs Retreat center, located 1 hour and 45 minutes north of San Francisco (without traffic), 2 hours from Sacramento. If you are coming from further away (we have clients come from all over the country and many from Canada and abroad) plan to fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Sonoma County Airport (STS), which is best for west coast travel and only 50 minutes away. Unless you are planning to rent a car, Sacramento and Oakland are not good airports to fly into because they don’t offer shuttle services.

From San Francisco Airport:

Option One: Rent a car and drive about 2.5 hours north of SFO—we’ll send you detailed driving directions.

Option Two: Take a shuttle to Sonoma Airport, which is just north of Santa Rosa; the cost is $34 one way. The shuttle leaves every hour and we’ll pick you up and when your retreat ends, drop you off at Sonoma Airport for $50 each way. We are a 50 minute drive from Sonoma Airport. For shuttle information visit Airport Express.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a car?

No you do not need a car. We can pick you up from Santa Rosa. Please check the information above.

What does a typical day look like?

Your personal retreat schedule will offer you plenty of time for being alone ( aloneness is needed for integration, reflection and individual inquiry time), and some time for group classes or trips, and if you booked Holistic Healing Retreat, one individual healing session per day (except the day of departure). Personal Transformation Retreat includes every day Breathwork counseling sessions, every other day bodywork/energy work sessions, trip to Harbin Hot Springs or Indian Springs for a mineral water/ mud bath.

Here’s a sample schedule:

8:30am – 9:45am: Yoga (or Chi-Gong, KUndalini, 5 Rhythms conscious movement)/Meditation

9:45am: Breakfast or Juice

10:30am – 1:30pm: Hikes – Table Rock/Labirynth mountain hike, Mount St. Helena, trip to Harbin Hot Springs (from January 2017), hikes on the property, meditative walk in the Labyrinth

11:00am: Juice (if on the juice plan)

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch or Juice

3:00pm: Juice (if on the juice plan)

2:00pm – 6:00pm: Private one-on-one session ( breathwork/counseling/couples therapy/Reiki/massage/foot reflexology, food preparation/nutrition class); or infra-red sauna, hikes, individual meditation time, reading, journaling, watching spiritual/education DVDs, or simply relaxing by the creek, pool or fireplace (in the cooler months)

6:00pm – Meditation and Inquiry

6:30pm – Dinner or Juice

Evening: Rest and relaxation, watch inspirational/educational DVDs, trip to Harbin (from January 2017) for a free-form dancing, soaking, etc.

During your retreat we may schedule a half a day (or longer) of structured silence, which includes guided and silent meditations, mindfulness walks, group breathwork.

You can add on many other options such as other types of healing sessions from our healing therapies page, collage making, art, journaling, tarot readings, raw foods prep class, raw chocolate making class, tennis, badminton or just do nothing and simply be.

What is included in Holistic Healing Program?

All Holistic Healing Retreats include lodging, 100% organic juice or meals, organic liquid supplements, herbal teas, morning yoga/exercise, twice daily guided/silent meditation and spiritual inquiry, use of infrared sauna, weekly visits to Harbin Hot Springs, nature hikes on the property, to waterfalls or nearby mountains (weather permitting), inspirational and educational films. You will have some structured time for sessions and classes, and plenty of free time on your own for nature walks, meditating and just being. In addition, daily individual therapeutic sessions are scheduled for each personal retreat program.

How many sessions do I get with a Holistic Healing Retreat Program?

Holistic Healing program includes daily individual healing sessions (1 session per day excluding the day of your departure). For example, on a 7-day retreat you get 6 sessions; on a 3-day retreat you get 2 sessions. We alternate breathwork / counseling / spiritual coaching sessions with bodywork / energy sessions (massage, Reiki, Watsu, Foot Reflexology with ionic bath detox). You may add additional sessions listed on Healing Therapies page at an extra charge.

What is Personal Transformation Retreat?

Our longer 5, 7, 10 or 14 day programs offering healing depression, stress, anxiety, trauma, PTSD retreats . Healing and transforming negative patterns and self-defeating behaviors resulting from birth/childhood trauma, abuse, accidents, surgeries and other traumatic life events. In addition to Holistic Healing Program described above, you will receive more personal attention and care with daily Breathwork/Counseling/Spiritual Life Coaching sessions and 3 weekly body/energy work sessions. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques to expel built up toxins and negativity; meditation, mindfulness and inquiry practices to rediscover your true self, release the illusion of separation and to live in joy and peace in the present moment. You will also get support to learn and create individual program and practices to continue after the retreat on your own at home.

How many people are at a retreat at a time?

We are a small, intimate retreat where you can enjoy peace and tranquility of nature. We usually have 2 to 8 people at a time.

Do you have wifi and cell phone use?

There is a cell phone reception at the property. You can get some reception in most areas. There is also an area with wifi, that could be available, if you really need an Internet connection. However we strongly recommend that you take a break from your computer and cell phone to experience a deeper retreat for yourself and respect others on retreat.

Do you have television in the room?

We don’t have television in your rooms to invite you to enjoy quiet reflection and the silence of your being. We do have a DVD player and a small library of spiritual and selected mainstream movies.

How far are you from Harbin Hot Springs?

We are a 10 minute drive from Harbin Hot Springs. Harbin Hot Springs will reopen after the fire in January 2017.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a list once you sign up.

How do I prepare for my juice fast retreat?

In order to receive more benefits from your cleanse, you should be eliminating acidic foods like: processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, meat, dairy and wheat from your diet, at least 2-3 days before the retreat. Eat more alkaline, whole foods such as: vegetables, fruits, almonds, quinoa, red rice. Drink plenty of fresh water, at least 8 glasses a day.

Can I do half juicing/half eating?

Yes, if you would like to split up your retreat and do half fasting and half eating we can arrange that. It is best to schedule this in advance.

What if I get hungry on the juice fast?

We serve five large glasses of juice a day, liquid supplements, unlimited tea and water. Most people feel quite full and do not get hungry and feel lighter with more energy then when eating since the digestive process normally consumes a lot of energy. Some people, on the first or second day, have a temporary sense of hunger because the organism is conditioned to want food and have a full feeling in the belly. This usually passes quickly. If you need extra nourishment, we can add blended raw green soups and miso broth.

Will I have support to come off my fast and retreat?

Yes, we will help you to come off of your fast with an hour or so meeting to look at your diet and nutritional needs, how to come off your fast slowly, what foods to eat, etc… with time for questions & answers. We will also provide you with a booklet including list of resources and information to support you in continuing healthy habits in your daily life.

What is a raw foods diet?

Raw foods are foods that are unprocessed, not heated over 110 degrees and contain live enzymes and all nutrients. Some people imagine a raw foods diet as a carrot and a stick of celery on a plate! They are completely surprised to discover our gourmet, delicious meals prepared daily by our professional chefs. We serve raw pizzas, pastas, sushi, falafel, neat burgers, soups, granola, smoothies, nut milks . . . We use soaked & sprouted nuts and grains, we dehydrate and make crackers, pizza crust, tortillas. We serve excellent desserts including raw chocolate, cheesecakes and apple pies. (You can see photos of some of these dishes on our Personal Retreats page.)

Do you have hiking trails on the property?

We are on 280 forested mountain land with many hiking trails and nature walks with beautiful views of the mountains. We also have many beautiful hiking trails within a short drive including gorgeous waterfalls and Table Rock where you can see expansive views over the Calistoga Valley. Harbin Hot Springs also has many wonderful hikes.

Do you have a raw food preparation and juice making class?

Yes, we can schedule that for you for an additional fee.

I see that you offer Spa Services. What should I expect?

If you expect a luxurious retreat and spa treatments, this may not be a right place for you. You are welcome to visit our new retreat center in Mexico, which offers more luxury and Spa with many services.

At Sacred Springs we provide comfort in rustic settings and we also offer some spa services, the main emphasis in our approach is on personal transformation, holistic healing and spiritual awakening. The retreats take place in the forest and the terrain is rugged at many places, offering a sense of being in the pristine and wild mountain environment.

Do you provide a space and supplies to do art?

Yes, there is an Art Studio in the forest cabin providing good light and privacy. There are some art supplies available and you may also bring your own.

Do you have a library?

Yes, we have an extensive library located in a separate 5 room cottage offering hundreds of books on psychology, spirituality, self-growth etc. It’s an ideal facility for a writer’s retreat or simply for reading, meditating or journaling.

What are the benefits of the retreat?

Here are some of the benefits that our clients have experienced in the past from this work. (Note that we cannot guarantee these results. Each person must take 100% responsibility for their own healing):

  • Stress Reduction & Relaxation
  • Peace of Mind
  • Rejuvenation of Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Reconnection with Nature
  • Healing Grief & Loss
  • Increase Health & Energy
  • Weight Loss
  • Freedom from Addictions; holistic support in the recovery
  • Transform Depression & Anxiety
  • Empower your Life Purpose & Vision
  • Heal Relationship patterns
  • Learn to be Present and experience Stillness