Subject: Wilbur News for April 2019

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Dear Friends of Wilbur:

In our culture we often define ourselves in terms of what we do. I meet someone and I am asked: What do you do? The person asking the question is expecting to hear a response related to my vocation. If I respond with my vocation I immediately get categorized in some way.

If I say, I am a clinical psychologist, that creates a certain impression in the questioner’s mind about who I am. While I cannot separate my life's profession from who I am I certainly prefer to be known for the kind of person I am rather than for what I do for a living.

We also create impressions of people we meet based on what they wear for clothing and adornments such as jewelry.

Suppose we want to get to know someone based on who they are inside rather than what they manifest outside. How might this kind of knowing be accomplished? Perhaps, upon meeting, we might ask different kinds of questions. For example: Glad to meet you. What books are you reading lately? What reaction do you have when you see someone sleeping on the street? What are your thoughts on the inheritance tax? How long do you expect to live? Do you think the government has a right to issue marriage licenses? Make up your own questions.

My point is that we can ask questions to gain an understanding of other people by asking about their feelings and attitudes rather than the standard safe questions such as: What do you do?

Wilbur Hot Springs, where cars are parked out of view, attire is casual, and while in the medicinal waters, clothing is optional, we have a perfect opportunity to experiment with new ways of talking to others. Just for fun, next time at Wilbur, find out what you can, about a new person you meet, by asking questions you have never asked before.
And, when you meet me, I invite you to ask any possible question you can think of, including what you might consider to be the most personal of questions. I love personal questions and you already know I am a psychologist and that Wilbur has owned me for 47 years.

Wishing you excellent health,

Richard and Jolee,
Caretakers, Wilbur Hot Springs

Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology
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We’ve been at Wilbur for five months and love our new environment. Our initial transition was full of highs and lows, as change often is.

Initially, we struggled with leaving the big city of Phoenix with all of its options, along with the friends, family, and co-workers we love. We were used to having modern conveniences at our fingertips and easy access to restaurants, fitness centers, entertainment and grocery stores.

So, Wilbur was culture shock to say the least! Moving from the busy city to off of the grid with no cellular access, or simple modern appliances, and the nearest small town 40 minutes away was a massive adjustment.

Somewhere along the way our perspective shifted and we began to enjoy the slower pace that minimalistic living offers. Walking to and from work daily allows us to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of nature and to see the earth's creatures enjoying the environment with us.

The people we meet, work with and encounter on a daily basis are caring, intentional, and kind. The sky here is vivid blue by day and endless black at night with the brightest stars we’ve ever seen. The Milky Way is often in plain view. Having easy access to healing water has greatly improved our physical state. We sleep better and are more rested than we have ever been in our entire lives.

We indeed left much behind, but we have been adopted into the Wilbur family and feel so blessed to have landed where we are. There is much more to gain here than we ever realized. We are so grateful for all Wilbur has to offer.

If you’re also looking for a space to de-stress, slow down, and reset, come join us!


Jerry and Brennan Newberry
WHS General Managers

Dates for upcoming Wilbur events, workshops, specialized practitioners, and closures
are noted on our Wilbur event calendar on our website.

Guest Chef Weekend
April 19 - 21

Join Chef Liam in April for a deliciously fun weekend.

Call now to make your reservation (530) 473-2306
We still have a few spots left!

Welcome Robert Helliesen

Wilbur is happy to welcome Robert Helliesen to our bodywork staff. Having worked with various massage modalities since 2004 Robert brings depth of knowledge and passion for wellness to Wilbur's vibrant community. On Sunday April 7th Robert will be offering complimentary 15 min Tibetan Cranial Sessions from 9am to noon in the library. Stop by and sample this amazing healing modality.
Complimentary session: 7:30PM April 2
Private Readings: April 3 and April 4

Julia is a spiritual minister whose greatest joy is in offering spiritual guidance that will help others on their path of awakening. She offers individual guidance in clairvoyant readings and healings for individuals and businesses. Most of all she loves teaching and sharing how to open one’s own individual spiritual abilities and grow more in alignment with their soul purpose and true joy.
She is a long term meditator, with practice in ageless wisdom, international service groups, a graduate of Aesclepion Clairvoyant training, and the SHAPE Trancemedium Mastery Course, Clinics and Deprogramming mastery classes. She is currently a member of the SHAPE organization of healers, readers and teachers. She is also a professional musician playing drums, marimba and keyboards. Find out more at
April 6-7 and April 20-21 at 8 a.m.
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. 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.
April 27-28

Complimentary to all Wilbur Guests ~ Shundo offers guided meditation sessions. Come up for the day or stay Saturday Night to enjoy all that he has to offer. Visit our website for more details and to learn more about Shundo check out his website:
Sarana Yoga Retreats

Join Sarana in 2019 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.

2019 Dates
  • April 12 - 14
  • May 3 - 5
  • May 17 - 19
  • September 20 - 22
  • October 11 - 13
Attention Independent Massage Providers

We currently have an opening for a seasoned Massage Therapist who is available weekdays. Please send your credentials 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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