Special Events at the Historic Balch Hotel

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Upcoming Events, Retreats & Workshops

Upcoming Events, Retreats & Workshops

Doing interesting things makes life richer

Check back often--we are always adding events and experiences to excite and inspire you. 


 Paint and Pinot for the Artful Soul: Golden Fields August 26, 6:30 - 9 p.m.


Paint and Pinot for the Artful Soul: Birch Trees Friday, September 9, 6:30 - 9 p.m

Boogie at the Balch: PT Barton and Ryan Kolberg Friday, September 23, 6:30 - 9 p.m.


Paint and Pinot for the Artful Soul: Pair Up Friday, October 7, 6:30 - 9 p.m

Boogie at the Balch: Richard Tillinghast Friday October 14, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

The Sovereign Self: A Contemplative Writing Retreat for Women October 21 - October 23


Paint & Pinot for the Artful Soul

Paint & Pinot for the Artful Soul

August 26, 6:30 p.m.

Art parties have taken the Gorge by storm. Don’t be left out!
Enjoy an evening of creativity, wine and play at the Balch Hotel. Bring a friend and meet new ones here. We’ll paint, eat, sip and play.

Painting is easy-peasy -- absolutely no experience required...Everything you need is provided!  You leave with your original masterpiece.

This month is Golden Fields

Golden Fields

Yummy food, local wine, beer and other beverages are available (not included)  Enjoy a fun, creative evening out. $40.00 fee includes all art supplies and instruction. August 26, 6:30-8:30pm

Register at: www.artontheriver.events Questions, call Nina 503-701-8959

Future events:

  • September 9 Birch Trees
  • October 7 Pair up
  • November 18 Red Forest
  • December 9 The Moth

Boogie at the Balch

Boogie at the Balch

Summer Outdoor Concert Series

One Friday a month we feature local musicians whoshare their talent. Enjoy dinner, wine, beer and other goodies, as you relax. 

Friday, Sept 23, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

PT Barton and Ryan Kolberg


Friday October 14, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Richard Tillinghast


More details coming shortly...stay tuned!


The Sovereign Self: A Contemplative Writing Retreat for Women

The Sovereign Self: A Contemplative Writing Retreat for Women

Friday, October 21 - Sunday, October 23


with Dawn Thompson of Portland Women Writers

 When you sit on the throne of the Sovereign Self you are self-governing, powerful and move through the world with grace. You act in accordance with your Soul’s purpose and remember you are the author of your own life story.

 In order to connect with your expansiveness and authenticity you must have opportunities to step away from the demands and loves of daily living. Women thrive when they gift themselves time and space to breathe, to be surrounded by beauty and when they honor their creative voice.

Gift yourself an inspiring weekend retreat this fall with long-time Portland Women Writer facilitator and writer Dawn Thompson at the charming and intimate Historic Balch Hotel located in the lush, golden hills of Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.

The sanctuary of this retreat will offer you the opportunity to reconnect deeply with your Sovereign Self through these powerful doorways:

  • Prompted writing to dive deeper into meaning and reflection of your authentic truth.
  • Sharing story to enable your voice to be heard and valued.
  • Guided meditation to connect you deeply to your inner wisdom.
  • Time in nature as well as silence to hear the call of your spirt.

No writing experience necessary.

For more information or to sign up visit:


or contact Dawn at: dawn@pdxwomenwriters.com

Portland Women Writers

At Portland Women Writers, our passion is to offer a safe environment for you to access your creative power and express your authentic voice. Our writing workshops and retreats give you the opportunity to share stories in a fun, transformational, and vibrant community. We offer breathing space for creative expression for beginning as well as seasoned writers of all ages and backgrounds

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