HONORING OUR BODIES, FEEDING OUR SOULS

  • Saratoga springs Saratoga springs
  • Saratoga Spring, CA, USA
  • Nov 15 - 18, 2018 (4 days)
  • From $695

About us

HONORING OUR BODIES, FEEDING OUR SOULS

A Workshop for Gay Men

For the first time on the West Coast, Saratoga Springs is pleased to host Honoring our Bodies, Feeding Our Souls - a workshop by long time Queer spiritual and academic leaders, Frank Dunn and David Townsend.  This juicy workshop creates a container for our unique spiritual, physical and erotic selves to dance and thrive together.

What happens in sacred space where you’re safe to come forward and give voice to the deepest longings of your body, mind, and soul?

What does a community of brothers look like who commit to holding that space for each other?

What spiritual practice will you be called to create for yourself as an expression of the fullness of life within you?

What rituals will you help build to hold the spiritual and erotic joys, sorrows, aspirations, and hopes of all?

What are the deepest desires of your heart and soul?

Our Promises . . .

  • a safe, welcoming group
  • total respect for you, your values, your commitments
  • free time for reflection, rest and play
  • simple, delicious meals
  • fun, laughter, and joy!

Event Highlights

  • Together we’ll…
  • build a sacred community
  • open up to one another in heart circles
  • explore the places in our lives where sex and spirit meet
  • create personal shrines and spiritual practices
  • celebrate eros in nature and in communal ritual
  • relax with each other
  • swap stories
  • weave a brotherhood of playful abandon and deep intention

Venue Highlights

Our amenities & facilities:
The Heart Lodge ~ A beautiful 2,400 sq ft multi-purpose room with radiant heated floors & stone fireplace.
Main Lodge ~ Historic 2 story lodge with dining room, large meeting area and conference room, and overnight lodging for up to 28 people.
Guest Cabins ~ 5 guest cabins and 8 smaller one room cabins (2 are not available in Winter) with bathrooms and both private & shared rooms. The Cabins can sleep between 50-80 guests.
Camping ~ generous grounds for camping allow for groups of over 100 people especially in warmer months.
Commercial kitchen & dining room
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Color Sketch of Valley & Buildings
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High speed wireless Internet access
Hot soaking pool ~ great relaxation.
Large swimming pool ~ clean, clear and refreshing!
Stone Labyrinth plus numerous hiking trails
Massage ~ a massage therapist is available by appointment
Acres of hiking trails with spectacular views
An antique 19th century round house mineral pool
Yoga and Exercise classes can be arranged in advance.
Outdoor showers
Fire and ceremonial circle
Large common grounds which are perfect for outdoor concerts or shows
Ancient native American natural power spot used often for weddings and group experiences

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian

Menu/Cuisine

Saratoga Springs works with private chef Gary Alinder, a 25-year veteran chef who delivers creative, high quality cuisine. His initial training came in a small restaurant in Osaka, Japan followed by six years working in French and natural foods restaurants in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

In the Bay Area, Gary has been a private chef and caterer specializing in cookery for weddings, special events and groups on retreat.

The Seasonal Menus that Gary has designed for our retreat groups include California comfort cuisine and a wide variety of ethnic and vegetarian cuisines using seasonal, fresh ingredients cooked from scratch. Whenever possible locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs are used in food preparations.

Accommodations

Main Lodge - Historic 2 story lodge with dining room, large meeting area and conference room, and overnight lodging for up to 28 people.
Guest Cabins - 5 guest cabins and 8 smaller one room cabins (2 are not available in Winter) with bathrooms and both private & shared rooms. The Cabins can sleep between 50-80 guests.
Camping - Generous grounds for camping allow for groups of over 100 people especially in warmer months

Directions

Drive time from San Francisco is about 2 1/2 hours; from Sacramento, about 2 1/4 hours.

From San Francisco:

Take 101 north 5 miles past Ukiah, then follow Highway 20 east for about 17 miles. 1.1 miles past Scott Valley Road (watch for Saratoga Springs sign), turn left at Saratoga Springs Road and drive three-quarters of a mile to end.

From Sacramento:

Take Interstate 5 north to Williams. Take Route 20 west from Williams about 60 miles to Upper Lake. 4 miles past Upper Lake, and after Witter Springs Road (watch for Saratoga Springs sign) take first right onto Saratoga Springs road and drive three-quarters of a mile to the end.

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Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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