Brietenbush Hot Springs

About This Center

Breitenbush is a thriving center for learning and renewal, and remain true to our mission to provide a “… safe and potent environment where people can renew and evolve in ways they never imagined”.

Breitenbush is an intentional community and worker-owned cooperative. We, the members of the community, all live on 154 acres in this rugged and beautiful mountain setting and serve thousands of guests year-round. Our emphasis is on service to our guests, each other and to the greater global and universal community. Working at Breitenbush requires dedication to this service ethic, a sense of joy and excitement about your work, acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability, a desire for creativity and productivity and a willingness to communicate openly and honestly

A Place to Bring Life Into Balance

Venue Highlights

The Setting: Breitenbush is a remote forest retreat of timeless natural beauty, blessed with abundant hot springs, a glacier-fed river, ancient forests and surrounding mountains, where you will find a deep connection with nature in any season.
Common Facilities: The historic lodge with the dining room, library, decks and large event space is your center of activity. You’ll retreat to the
Sanctuary or the Buddha’s Playhouse: to reflect, meditate, practice yoga or just relax. You may attend a workshop in the Forest Shelter or River Yurt. You will find an inspiring selection of books and artisan-crafted gifts in the gift shop.
Hot Springs: Soak in the Meadow Pools lined in smooth river rocks and the four Spiral Hot Tubs of varying temperatures, or enjoy the sauna, heated with steaming water. A spirit of respect and sanctuary pervades the clothing-optional soaking pools.
Daily Well-Being Programs: Move, celebrate, reflect and connect in daily programs available at no cost. Offerings include yoga, meditation, EDGU, concerts, dances and more!
Healing Arts and Massage: Experience deep relaxation and healing with one of our caring massage therapists. A variety of massage modalities are offered. Sessions are 90 minutes and can be reserved up to four weeks in advance.
Hiking: Hike through ancient forests, along a pristine river, or to mountain vistas on the miles of trails that radiate from Breitenbush.


Lodging: Cozy, rustic cabins (some with bathrooms) and camping in summer give you many options for your stay. Men’s and women’s
bathhouses serve the needs of campers and those in cabins without bathrooms. Lodging rates are per person per night with tax and include three organic vegetarian meals a day as well as daily well-being programs.

Cabin with Sink & Toilet: These cabins come with at least one full size bed. The additional bed(s) may be another full size bed, a twin size bed or bunk beds. Some of these cabins have a second bedroom with one full size bed. Each cabin has a sink and a bathroom with a toilet. From $118
Cabin without Plumbing: These cabins come with at least one full size bed. Additional beds may be full size, twins or bunk beds. These cabins do not have toilets or sinks. Men and women’s bathhouses with toilets, sinks and showers are nearby.
Dorm Cabin: There is one dorm cabin for males and one for females. Each has two bunk beds. They have no sink or toilet. Men and women’s bathhouses with toilets, sinks and showers are nearby. From $97
Lodge Room: There are two small lodge rooms. Each has one double bed. They are located near the lodge lobby. While very popular, they can be noisy at times if there is activity in the lodge. From $75
Platform Tent: These generously sized tents rest on wooden platforms and are covered. Each tent comes with two foam camp mattresses on the floor. An additional mattress may be added. These tents are available seasonably from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. From $89
Tent Site: Each forested tent site will accommodate one medium-size tent. These sites do not have picnic tables or fire pits. Fires are not allowed. The sites are available seasonally from Memorial Day weekend until the end of September.
Personal Vehicle Site: These sites accommodate a truck with camper or a camper van of up to 21 feet in total length for in-vehicle sleeping. These sites are not meant for tow-behind trailers. There are no hookups. The sites are available seasonally from early May until the end of October.


  • Restaurant

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic Vegetarian Cuisine: sumptuous organic vegetarian meals served buffet style. Wheat, egg, dairy and gluten free options are available.


Getting to Breitenbush

We are located in the Oregon Cascades, 60 miles east of Salem, OR and about two hours from Portland, OR.

By Air: The nearest large airport is Portland International. Rent a car at the airport.

By Car: (IMPORTANT: Alternate route, Highway 224 (US Forest Service Route 46) from Estacada, OR to Breitenbush is IMPASSABLE FROM EARLY FALL TO LATE SPRING. Every year people get stranded on this road.)

From the West: (Interstate 5 at Salem), take exit 253 and go east on OR-22 toward Stayton/Detroit for approximately 49 miles to Detroit, OR. (See At Detroit below.)

From the East: (Redmond, Bend, Sisters) Take OR-20/126 west from Sisters for 25.5 miles and turn right onto OR-22W for 31 miles to Detroit, OR. (See At Detroit below.)

At Detroit, OR: Turn from OR-22 onto Highway 46 at the only gas station in Detroit. Drive 9.1 miles and just past Cleator Bend Campground take a right onto the single lane bridge crossing the Breitenbush River. The road is gravel after the bridge and has three forks in its 1.2 mile course. Take a left at every fork and you will end up in our parking lot. You’re home!

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