Subject: Wilbur News for January 2018

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Dear Friends of Wilbur:

The Blue Zones are 5 distinct areas of the world where people live about 10 years longer than we do here in the USA. Here in America about 1 in 4000 people live to be 100. In the Blue Zones 1 in 250 people live to be 100.

Dan Beuttner has visited each of the 5 Blue Zones and has created a list of what the 5 Blue Zones have in common.

1. Move Naturally
The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t use mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

2. Purpose
The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans call it “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy

3. Down Shift
Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation, associated with every major age-related disease. What the world’s longest-lived people have that we don’t are routines to shed that stress.

4. 80% Rule
“Hara hachi bu” – the Okinawan, 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight or gaining it. People in the Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.

5. Plant Slant
Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat—mostly pork—is eaten on average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3-4 oz., about the size of deck or cards.

6. Wine @ 5
People in all Blue Zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Moderate drinkers outlive non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1-2 glasses per day with friends and/or with food.

7. Belong
Denomination doesn’t seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy.

8. Loved Ones First
Successful centenarians in the Blue Zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes).

9. Right Tribe
The world’s longest lived people chose–or were born into–social circles that supported healthy behaviors, Okinawans created ”moais”–groups of five friends that committed to each other for life.
Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-lived people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.
We want you to consider Wilbur Hot Springs your training ground for living the Blue Zone life style.

To listen to my recent interview with Nutritionist, Petra Schulte, about the Blue Zone go to my web site: The interview is in the archive.

Also, go to Amazon and check out my new book, Psychedelic Medicine: The healing powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin and Ayahuasca. I will be giving talks on the book at Wilbur during upcoming Guest Chef Weekends.

If you want to chat with me about the Blue Zones, or Psychedelic Medicine, say hello next time you are at Wilbur. We are the tall couple with the smiling eyes and laughing hearts.

With affection for each of you,

Richard and Jolee,
Caretakers, Wilbur Hot Springs

Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology
Wikipedia: Dr Richard Louis Miller
Wikipedia: Wilbur Hot Springs
Psychedelic Medicine
Dr. Richard L. Miller's new book is out!

Please pick up your copy at Wilbur's Country Store
or at any of the following these locations:
Monday - Thursday 20% Discount for Overnight Stays
2018 Wilbur offer- 20% off for overnight stays Monday - Thursday
*not applicable during holiday periods

Meet Rebecca Webb

Rebecca is an Energy Healing Practitioner who creates space for you to
activate your own wellspring of healing energy so you can clear
blockages, relax, distress and feel better.
When at Wilbur, Rebecca offers massage, clairvoyant readings and / or sound healing sessions.
Meet Frank!

Introducing Frank, the new Wilbur official feline (who only lives outdoors!). Read his introduction on our blog....

Wild Ponies

Have you met Wilbur's herd of wild ponies yet? They roam freely in the Nature Preserve since November. A rescued wild pony herd that was relocated to the 1560 acre Nature Preserve, are now part of the Wilbur Family. Find out more...
World Bathing Day

Wilbur Hot Springs is supporting this petition to the UN to declare JUNE 22 - World Bathing Day - we encourage everyone to partake by signing at
Please share this link with all your friends - we hope to celebrate WORLD BATHING DAY on June 22, 2018 with you!
Ringing in the NEW YEAR with Chef Marion Cascio for a deliciously fun 
Guest Chef Weekend (December 30 - January 1 -- fully booked)

2018 Wilbur Guest Chef Weekends
  • February 23-25
  • March 23-25
  • April 20-22
  • May 11-13
  • Sept 14-16
  • Oct 19-21
  • Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Celebrations
  • Dec 30- Jan 1 New Year's Feast

Call to make your reservation (530) 473-2306

2018 Dates
April 6 - 8 May 4 - 6 • June 8 - 10
Sept 21 - 23 • Oct 5 - 7

Join Sarana in 2018 for a weekend of breathing, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind.

You’ll step back from your daily routines and retreat to this sacred land, home to healing waters that have been used for renewal for centuries.

The popular SaranaYoga retreats at Wilbur always fill up fast. Please click below for additional details, and/or to make your reservation.

Plan Your 2018 Retreat Here
Dates for upcoming Wilbur events, workshops, specialized practitioners, and closures
are noted on our Wilbur event calendar on our website.
January 2 - 4
Rev. Julia Harrell is a spiritual minister who’s greatest joy is offering guidance to help others find their own higher truth on their path of daily living and awakening. 

Julia has had extensive training in clairvoyance techniques, spiritual healing modalities and trance mediumship for the past 17 years, with prior esoteric (meditation as a service to humanity) practice for 22+ years. Visit our website for more details and you can learn more about her and her certifications on her website at
Complimentary Meditation with Anyes
January 21 at 10:30 am

Visit our website for more details.
Morning Tai Chi Sessions with John Ropp
Saturday January 13 and Sunday January 14 at 8 am
Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28 at 8 am

Complimentary for all guests.

Come join us for a simple, gentle set of exercises based on Chinese traditional medicine and martial arts, suitable for all ages, all body types, and all levels of mobility. Enjoy having fun while learning about and practicing Tai Chi. John has been a Tai Chi and Qi Gong instructor since 1985. He offers classes in Paradise, CA with a focus on the senior citizen community. John is also a massage therapist here at Wilbur. He incorporates the movement, stillness, touch, pressure, chi (energy), manipulation, and breathing of these ancient vibrational healing arts into massage. Find out more....
January 26 - 28

Complimentary to all Wilbur Guests ~ Shundo offers 4 guided meditations:
  • December 16 a morning and afternoon session
  • Sunday December 17 a morning session.
Come up for the day or stay the weekend to enjoy all that he has to offer. Visit our website for more details and to learn more about Shundo check out his website:
Wilbur Hot Springs is now hiring for the following position:
  • General maintenance
  • Housekeeper
  • Front desk associate
If you are interested in this position and you would like to join our family here at Wilbur Hot Springs, kindly send your resume to:
3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306
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3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987, United States
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