Winter Renewal Retreat


Join Solyoga Trips and Rachel Meyer for a twinkly wintertime escape to Harbin Hot Springs this December 7th-9th for a cozy weekend of yoga, hot springs, and great company!

Just in time for the holiday season, we’ll head to beautiful Harbin Hot Springs, a sanctuary of unspoiled wilderness less than 2 hours from San Francisco. Harbin has over 5000 acres of privacy, surrounded by many more acres of undeveloped woodland. With its location in Lake County it features the cleanest air in California. Get a dose of earth and sky during the daytime, and in the evening, soak in their indoor hot tub, with views of the starry night sky.

Yoga teacher Rachel Meyer, will lead three soulful, song-infused Bhakti Flow vinyasa classes. And when you’re not kicking it on the mat, you can join her in the kitchen for a casual, pastry-flour-covered, sugar-fueled baking session. Rachel will draw from her own longtime baking-as-yoga practice to explore a few new tricks with you for the holidays. We’ll crank up the tunes, get our hands dirty, and whip up a few cakes in the process. Best of all? The part where you dig into that deliciousness curled up in front of the wood-burning stove.

It’s the perfect opportunity to ground yourself in a relaxing escape before the rush of the holiday season. Come kick it in unspoiled wilderness accompanied by wonderful people and rediscover the soothing embodied meditation inherent in every practice of our lives, whether on the mat or off.

So roll up your yoga mat, bring your appetite, and slip away with us for a three days of sweat and sweetness.

For more, check out:

Harbin Hot Springs:
Rachel Meyer Yoga:
Rachel’s piece on the The Yoga of Baking in Yoga Journal: Yoga Journal


Friday Evening:
Arrive anytime after 3pm to settle in and soak
5:00 – Yoga class
7:00 – Dinner

Saturday Morning:
7:00 – Yoga class
9:00 – Breakfast
Free time for soaking/resting/exploring
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Casual/Optional baking

Sunday Morning:
8:00 – yoga class
10:00 – brunch

Afternoon free to stay, head home, wine taste your way home, etc.

Your weekend includes:

- 3 yoga classes with Rachel
- 1 baking session
- Access to Hot Springs and Pools from Friday – Sunday
- Friday Dinner – Saturday breakfast, lunch, diner – Sunday Brunch
- Indoor or outdoor camping

Your weekend does not include:

- Accommodations other than camping. Please visit Harbin’s Website to see prices for accommodation.
- Any bodywork or spa treatments. Please visit Harbin’s Website to see their offerings.
- Any beverages not served at group meals or any alcohol
- Transportation – Please visit our Facebook page to arrange carpools


Ready to embark on an adventure with us? This is how we roll.

We use a trust based payment structure. This means we’ll give you 3 payment options based on what you’re able to afford due to your current financial situation. We’re putting our trust in you that you’ll choose the right payment form for you. Those of you that choose to pay the regular price of option 3 are making it possible for us to offer a reduced price for those that are “just gettin’ by”, so we (and they) thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please review our trip agreement policy before purchasing to view our travel insurance policy (international trips), cancelation policy and other importnat info! Participation Agreement.

Reserve your spot – Deposit: To Reserve your spot please make a non-refundable deposit of $250 or pay the amount in full below.

$395 – Just gettin’ by: I am just scraping by, but what I really need right now in my life is this yoga retreat and I can only really afford to go at this reduced price.

*Purchase by Nov 1st – Only 6 Spots left

$480 – Doin’ Alright/Pretty Good: I’m doing alright financially, and although I’m not scraping by, this is still a pretty big purchase for me.

*Purchase by Nov 7 to receive this price.

$550 – Doin’ Well: I’m not a millionaire (or maybe I am) but I’m doing pretty well for myself now and can afford to pay the full price so that others who aren’t as fortunate can afford a yoga retreat.






Driving Directions

Harbin’s street address is 18424 Harbin Springs Road, Middletown, CA 95461. Click here to see our location using MapQuest or Google Maps.

Harbin Springs Road is a narrow, curving road with no shoulders and poor visibility. You may suddenly encounter cattle, deer, other wildlife, walkers, joggers or bicyclists, so please drive slowly and carefully.

(Driving through Napa Valley, the Lincoln Ave/CA-29 turnoff is in Calistoga, NOT the Lincoln Ave exit in Napa. Also, be aware that some onboard navigation systems have lead those driving through Cobb onto the unpaved Bogg Mountain Springs fire road. Do not attempt to access Harbin on this road. If you find yourself on an unpaved road on the way to Harbin, turn around.)


From San Francisco via Santa Rosa 
Our printable directions (pdf)
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From the East Bay via Napa Valley
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If you wish to avoid the sometimes traffic-heavy I-29 through the Napa Valley, consider taking the backroad (and beautiful) Silverado Trail route.

From Sacramento via Williams
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Online Ride Sharing Board

Rides to Harbin can be offered or accepted at the Harbin Ride Boardgroup at Yahoo Groups. Use it to see if you can join someone who is driving to Harbin soon, let others know when you’ll be driving to/from Harbin, or tell others when you’d like a ride. When you register (free) you may choose to receive all messages by e-mail as they are posted. Keep in mind that Harbin cannot be responsible for rides arranged on the board.


Green Summer Carpool Drawing

car This summer, we want to reward our carpooling guests with an extra incentive (besides the gas savings, cleaner air, and nice company for the ride). Arrive with three or more adults in your vehicle, and each person gets an entry for our Green Summer drawing. The drawing will happen after Labor Day weekend. First Prize will be 1-½ Hour Advanced Bodywork session (land or water), worth $130; two additional winners will receive our Second Prize, a 24-hour visit pass good for camping any day of the week. Be sure to ask the gate personnel for your entry forms at check-in. You could win some great prizes, while you make the world a better place to breathe.


Arriving by shuttle, bus or ride service

Airport shuttle service between Santa Rosa and San Francisco International Airport or Oakland Airport is offered daily by Sonoma County Airport Express. Call 800-327-2024 or (707) 837-8700 for details.

Public transit bus service to Santa Rosa from multiple San Francisco and Marin County locations is offered by Golden Gate Transit.

Personal ride service from Santa Rosa (approx. one hour from Harbin) or the bay area airports may be arranged for a fee through Harbin with 48-hour advance notice. Call Linda Miller at 707-987-2994, ext 107 (Mon-Fri) for more information.


Important things to know
See the Introductory Section for details on Harbin facilities. If this will be your first visit to Harbin, ask your check-in receptionist for a complete list of guest agreements, including pool etiquette guidelines.
• Harbin is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
• Guests must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by parent/guardian.
• The pool area is clothing-optional. (See details below.)
• Tobacco smoking is restricted to a specific area by the parking lot.

Items to pack
See our Packing List for a list of suggested items to bring.
• We recommend that you bring a towel, flashlight, non-breakable water bottle, and appropriate footwear for rugged terrain.
• Hikers should wear brightly-colored clothing when approaching property boundaries, especially during hunting season (mid-Aug to late-Sept).

Items to leave at home
• Alcohol, marijuana and illegal substances/drugs are not permitted.
• Open fires, candles and camp stoves are strictly forbidden.

• Cameras (in any form) or photography are not allowed.
• Mobile phones should be powered off upon arrival. (See technology note below.)

• Use of colognes, perfumes or scented personal care products should be avoided during your stay.
• Meat, fish or poultry are not allowed in the guest kitchen. 

• Pets are not allowed. Pets may not be left in vehicles. (In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we allow service dogs on-property. The owner must state what service the animal performs. We do not admit service dogs that are for emotional or mental support.)

Driving Here
See our Driving Directions page for maps and complete details.

• All vehicles must have a current paid guest permit visible in the window.
• Avoid parking in areas that block roadways or emergency vehicle access.
• Vehicles may be driven on the mainside area (past the dragon gate) from 9 am to 9 pm for loading and unloading purposes only.
• Luggage Shuttle. During summer weekends (Friday 3 PM to Sunday 6 PM), the road between the gazebo and the pool area will be closed to all guest traffic (except vehicles displaying official disability plates/placards). A friendly luggage shuttle will be in operation daytimes (Friday, 3-9 PM; Sat and Sun 11 AM – 5 PM).

See our Camping Section for complete details.
• Campers are requested to arrive and set up before dark.
• Open fires, candles and camp stoves are strictly forbidden.

• We do not rent tents or camping equipment.
• There are a limited number of parking spaces large enough to accommodate RVs up to 24 feet in length. Hookups and dumping stations are not provided, and generators are not to be operated during your stay. 
• A coin-operated laundrymat is located in Middletown (approx. 4 miles).

Food Options
See our Food Section for complete details.
• An ATM is located in the Harbin Market.
• Ice is available in small quantities from a coin-operated vending machine behind the Harbin Market. Bags of ice are sold in Middletown.
• The second Wednesday of most months (except July, November & December) our residents share a community dinner together at the Restaurant. Therefore, the line for ordering might be particularly long, and the atmosphere might be particularly boisterous.

Service Hours
Front Gate Office: 24 Hours
Reception Office & Bookstore: 9 am – 7 pm
Dragon Gate (near office): 9 am – 9 pm
Spring Pools: 24 Hours
Sauna and Steam Complex : 6 am to Midnight
Massage Office (Redwood): 8:30 am – 8 pm
Harbin Market: 9 am – 8 pm
Restaurant Breakfast (summer): 8-11 am
Restaurant Dinner (summer): 6-9 pm
Fern Guest Kitchen: 6 am to Midnight
Blue Room Café: Sun-Thur 7 am – 6 pm; Fri -Sat 7 am – 10 pm
La Sirena Poolside Café: Noon to 5 pm (seasonal)
Internet Access (by Stonefront Library): 24 Hours

Summer: June through September are typically warm, with little or no rain. Without the Bay Area fog, Harbin can be 30 degrees warmer than San Francisco this time of year. Evenings can be 20-30 degrees cooler than the days, so bring layers.

Fall / Winter / Spring: October through May can range from surprisingly sunny and warm, to rainy and cold. (Snow is rare.) It’s always a good idea to come prepared for showers.

Families with Children

Harbin is a quiet and rather rustic retreat center, and, as such, is not an entertaining or especially appropriate place to bring children for a vacation. We have established a number of rules to ensure a safe visit for children, and to preserve a restful retreat atmosphere for adults. Please familiarize yourself with the following rules, as they are strictly enforced.
• Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. We highly recommend that at least two adults arrive prepared to take turns supervising a child, freeing each other to enjoy a soak, massage, meditation or other adult activities.
• Families may camp away from the Mainside area, or rent one of the lower tent cabins. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in rooms.
• Children are allowed in the mainside area from 10 AM to 8 PM in the summer months, and 10 AM to dusk in the winter. This includes decks, sleeping deck, dressing room, guest kitchen and the movie theater. If your children are able to conform to adult standards of behavior, they may be present in the restaurant or movie theater after hours.
• Children may use the heart-shaped pool and large swimming pool only. Those not toilet-trained must wear plastic pants.
If you have questions or concerns about our policies for families, please contact us for clarification before your visit.

Clothing Optional
Clothing is optional and nudity is common in the Harbin pools and pool area. The dressing facilities are co-ed. Although clothing is not required anywhere on our property (other than in food service areas, in yoga classes, and on public roads), nudity is less common away from the pools, especially during cooler months. Harbin is not a nudist organization, and guests are encouraged to choose whatever clothing option is most comfortable for themselves.

Technology-Free Zone
One of our primary missions has been to create a place where guests can “unplug” from their day-to-day routines, including the use of technology. For this reason, we do not have phones or televisions in rooms, and limit mobile phone use to the parking lots. We also do not provide Wi-Fi signals in our guest areas. We do offer a few pay phones, plus high-speed Internet terminals (near the Blueroom Café) for those who must stay in touch, but these offerings are intentionally modest to discourage their overuse. Although we recognize that our policy is inconvenient, our hope is that guests will be encouraged to use their time at Harbin to connect with silence, nature and the beautiful fellow beings that reside and visit here.

Maintenance Projects
See our weekday Construction Noise Update for current projects.
•  noise On “Alligator Day” (usually the first Tuesday of the month) the warm pool is drained around 6 AM, allowing us to make repairs and do maintenance on the water purification system. The cold plunge then becomes hot; the heart pool serves as the warm pool; the large swimming pool serves as the cold plunge for the majority of the day. We also use this day to complete other maintenance projects around the pool area, so do expect noise and possible disruption of guest services.

Area Sightseeing
Harbin is located in the wine growing region north of San Francisco, approximately 2 hours from San Francisco or Sacramento, and about 25 miles north of Calistoga. This southern tip of Lake County is rather rural, with most wine tasting to the south, or boating and fishing on Clear Lake to the north. Due to its quiet roads and clean air, Lake County is growing in popularity with cross-country and amateur cyclists. Middletown features a surprisingly wide selection of restaurants, as well as hometown stores and antique shops. For more information on Lake County, contact the Visitor Information Center at 1-800-525-3743.

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