Special Events at the Historic Balch Hotel

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Upcoming Events, Retreats & Workshops

Upcoming Events, Retreats & Workshops

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Check back often: we are always updating, adding new experiences to excite and inspire you.


Soul Stories Retreat  Art, Writing, Movement & Storytelling February 17-19

Friday Night Music Jam Informal get-together Friday 24, 6-9 p.m.


The Show Up, Be Seen, Live Brave Retreat with Heather DeVore, LPC March 10-12

Dufur Hoot Central Oregon Bluegrass evening of music March 18 


Sisterhood Supper - Bi-Monthly Women's Dinner Party Thursday April 13, 6-9 p.m.

Wildflowers and Wine Weekend Hike, Explore & Relax in Nature. April 28-30

Soul Stories Retreat

Soul Stories Retreat

February 17-19, 2017

Art, Writing,Movement & Storytelling Weekend Retreat    

Bring a memory, your curiosity, and a desire to transform the power of memory into art to the historic Balch Hotel in the expansive landscape near Dufur.

Your soul story  describes a particular brush with fate, a sudden insight, unexpected encounter, haunting image, unresolved dilemma, journey to a place.  You will be guided to assemble parts of the story into compositions, written and voiced.  

In our weekend, we will awaken memory through movement and sound, sit in a circle and describe the memory movie in our head, paint images from the story to see the imaginative truth and emotional power that arises through even a single memory.  

You will play with perspective, free the story from fixations, stage it in settings we find in the hotel, trust the creative process that reveals the story's inherent wisdom.
For artists, writers, or non-artist/writers of any age or background.    

The Soul Stories method, developed 30 years ago by Susan Banyas, has sparked art making, personal growth, and professional projects through the deep pleasure of witnessing and expressing one's true nature, culture, and calling.  

Every story has a message.  

In these coming times, the work will be to clarify the message and put it out there with beauty and power. This retreat is designed to give you space and time to experiment, take risks, and relax.

The remarkable restorative Historic Balch Hotel, located where Oregon's High Desert meets the Columbia Gorge, is a boutique destination in Dufur, with 18 unique rooms and a full gourmet buffet breakfast included with your room.  

Other meals are offered ala carte at the Balch or in the local area.  We will plan a Saturday night dinner together, not included in your fee (optional).  

Coffee, tea, and cookies are available at all times in the hotel.  To see more about the hotel and book your room, go to www.BalchHotel.com 

We will take time to relax, take walks, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and surrounding rolling farmland.  Enjoy spa services provided by Balch Hotel co-owner, Claire Sierra.  Email Claire@BlissBreakthrough.com or call 541-659-7284 to reserve space session.  

Choose to give yourself a treat and stay an extra day to absorb the experience (Monday is President's Day).  Susan will offer a few select spaces for one-on-one consulting on Monday for $50/30 minutes.  Email Susan to schedule a session or to inquire about the workshop. sbanyas@teleport.com  

February 17-19 (optional day February 20)
Early Bird Special, $225 + room and board if you register by Jan. 10th
$275 + room and board after January 10th
Breakfast included.  Saturday night dinner at the hotel not included (optional).
Limited to 10 participants for maximum personal attention and quality experience.

To REGISTER:  Email Susan at: sbanyas@teleport.com

Susan will email details when you reserve your spot via email.  

Then send $150 check to Susan Banyas 1421 Irving Ave, Astoria, OR 97103 to hold your place, refundable until Feb. 1st.  Full amount due by January 10th for Early Bird Special.  Checks made out to Susan Banyas.  

To book your room, go to the Balch Hotel directly. 

Susan Banyas is a multi-media storyteller, director, and dancer.  No Strangers Here Today and The Hillsboro Story are both set in Highland County, Ohio,100 years apart, and combine history, memory, and multiple voices to shed light on what is hidden in the shadows of the American dream.  Other works--Blue Wheel, It's Been a Busy Week-- combine dance and storytelling into visual poetry, inspired by the ordinary day to day magic, informed by on-going collaborations with dancers, performance poets, and musicians.  www.susanbanyas.com

Email sbanyas@teleport.com for further information  -- 10 people max for the workshop -- register for workshop with me first, then book room with the hotel.  

Register before January 10 for $50 reduced fee.   


Show Up, Be Seen, Live Brave Retreat

Show Up, Be Seen, Live Brave Retreat

The Daring Way with Heather DeVore, LPC

How often do you hear yourself saying some version of the following:

• “I’m so stupid”

• “I’m so ugly/fat/disgusting”

• “If only I looked like [insert name of “ideal woman”], then I would be enough”.

• “If only I had more money”

Any of this sound familiar?  How long have you been trying to change thoughts like these?

Are you ready to know, without a doubt


Based on the maverick work of Brene Brown

Join  a circle of women for an incredible retreat where you will learn to:

•   Cultivate an authentic life through courage, vulnerability & compassion

•   Let go of perfectionism and fear of what others think

•   Quiet your inner critic and deepen your sense of worthiness and belonging

•   Identify the ways you numb your emotions

•   Practice shame resilience using empathy and self-compassion

Then join Heather DeVore, certified Daring Way Facilitator and Portland Therapist, for a  highly experiential retreat.

Experience 3 full days  filled with opportunities to go deep within and learn to recognize when shame is driving you and what to do in order to get yourself back into the driver’s seat.

A weekend of deep learning combined with deep relaxation and connection with a small group of incredible women.

All-inclusive price includes individual private rooms with shared bathrooms, all meals and retreat materials: $1200

With private bathroom (only 5 available): $300 upgrade

***Early Bird discount (before 2/10/17): $995***

To Register go to: heatherdevore.com/retreat

About Heather DeVore:

Heather is a therapist and life coach. She bases her work primarily on the belief that we are all whole, complete, and truly worthy right now. She helps guide her client’s through the shame and limiting beliefs that block them from believing this to be true about themselves.  Heather is a licensed therapist, certified by Brene Brown to teach the Daring Way and an NLP Master Practitioner. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon and is madly in love with her Pom-Chi Roxy. 

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party

Do you crave more time out with a few girlfriends? Experience a new quarterly space where women connect, laugh and have inspiring conversations.

Feminine energy is a powerful positive force we’re cultivating now.

Join a big table, order dinner, drink wine and savor dessert for a sweet time with new friends in sisterhood. Bring a friend or come alone.

Dinner available from our local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with local wine, beer, cider, and other beverages. FREE (Dinner and drinks not included)

Second Thursday every other month:
April 13, 6-9pm (But please, arrive/leave as your schedule allows)

CALL 541.467.2277
email: info@BalchHotel.com

Wildflowers and Wine Weekend

Wildflowers and Wine Weekend

Hike, Explore & Relax in Nature

The Columbia River Gorge is, um, gorgeous any time of the year. But our region is especially noted for its exquisite beauty and unparalleled access to fields of wildflowers in the spring.

Join us as we partner with Friends of the Columbia Gorge for the second year to create a memorable Play and Stay Weekend for you. 

We’re beyond excited to offer you this exquisite opportunity to enjoy the floral gems of the Gorge led by local naturalists at exclusive locations not available to general public!

Experience two full days of hiking, two different visits to wineries for wine tasting, picnic discussions, a Northwest Artisan feast, and evening presentations designed to enhance your knowledge of the wildflowers and wine in the region.

With your package, an artisan dinner and yummy lunches are provided. Memorable and serendipitous exchanges with other guest/participants to be expected, but not required! Book your Play & Stay weekend soon - last year sold out fast!

Weekend Itinerary

Friday Arrive in afternoon or evening and have dinner at the hotel (or before you arrive). We'll start with a a wine and dessert reception to meet and mingle with other guests. An evening presentation will welcome and orient you to what’s in store for the weekend.

Saturday  Enjoy breakfast at the hotel (included), then set out for a scenic hike on a private vineyard loaded with spring wildflowers.

Enjoy a custom boxed lunch for a lovely picnic at this gorge-worthy location.

Then, join the vineyard owners and winemakers for a private (and rare!) wine-tasting with and continue the day’s conversation of wildflowers and wine.

Return to the Balch Hotel Saturday afternoon and enjoy a luscious, Northwest-local themed feast at the hotel that evening. Sip local wines paired with the meal.

After dinner we'll hear view a multi-media presentation on wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge.

Sunday, after a leisurely morning breakfast (included), we'll caravan to picturesque Mosier Plateau, a Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust property, for another beautiful wildflower hike. 

Enjoy your picnic boxed lunch (provided) on trail while looking out over the Columbia River with views up and down the Gorge.

Afterward our hikes, we’ll head to a local winery for wine tasting (optional) and socializing with other guests to conclude this great weekend.

Package for Two Includes:

·         Two-night stay at The Historic Balch Hotel with gourmet buffet breakfast each morning

·         Exclusive hikes led by local experts

·         Friday night and wine dessert reception and presentation

·         Picnic lunches Saturday and Sunday

·         Gourmet dinner and multi-media presentation Saturday night


Traditional room: $349 including tax and gratuity (a $389 value) 
Modern room (with bath): $449 including tax and gratuity (valued at $521)

To Book this Play & Stay Weekend:

1.       Book your weekend lodging package with the Historic Balch Hotel online here. Start by selecting a room. When you choose a room for that event date, the package will come up for you to select. Or reserve by phone: 541-467-2277.

2.       Contact Friends of the Columbia Gorge Outdoor Programs Coordinator Kate Lindberg: katel@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265 with questions.



40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR 97021, United States  P: (541) 467-2277  E: info@balchhotel.com