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 adding events and experiences to excite and inspire you. 


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

Girls' Night Out: Women's Dinner Party, Thursday September 15, 6 - 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


Awaken Feminine Soul Power & Live Your Purpose: A Magdalene Path Retreat with Claire Sierra, MA, LFT November 4 - 6

Paint & Pinot at the Balch Hotel

Paint & Pinot at the Balch Hotel

September 9, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a fun evening of creative expression. You’ll paint, nibble, sip and play. Bring a friend and leave with new ones. You’ll be expertly guided by local artist, Nina Buckley, to paint: “Birch Trees”. (shown here) Enjoy locally sourced menu options, local wine/beer and other beverages available for purchase (not included.) Absolutely no experience required! Everything you need is provided.

This month is Birch Trees

Birch Trees

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:

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

Girls’ Night Out: Women’s Dinner Party

Girls’ Night Out: Women’s Dinner Party

September 15, 6-9 p.m.

Don’t you love dinner out with a few girlfriends? How rare is it? Our monthly dinner is a new space for women to connect, laugh and have inspiring conversations. Dinner offering will be our usual local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with local wine, beer, cider, and other beverages. Join a big table, order dinner, drink wine, savor dessert as you meet new women or get to know girlfriends better. Pure femme fun. Bring a friend or come alone. FREE

Boogie at the Balch

Boogie at the Balch

Summer Outdoor Concert Series

Local musicians share their talents al fresco each month. Enjoy dinner, wine, beer and other treats, as you’re serenaded on the patio, lawn or indoors as the weather permits

Friday, Sept 23, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

PT Barton and Ryan KolbergP T Batron

PT Barton and Ryan Kolberg are musicians and songwriters who’ve called the Columbia Gorge home for years. PT Barton has partnered with alt-folk acts Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Shakey Graves and The Avett Brothers. This duo draws from traditional folk, bluegrass and country, weaving a variety of influences that create energetic, spontaneous, unique performances. Learn more at ptbarton.us


Friday October 14, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Richard Tillinghast


More details coming shortly...stay tuned!


Rogue Ale Harvest – Taste & Tour Weekend

Rogue Ale Harvest – Taste & Tour Weekend

October 14-16

If you’re a beer lover, this Ground to Glass weekend is for you. An exciting event in partnership with Rogue Ales in Portland—a fun exploration of micro-brewed, locally sourced beer. Start with a Friday evening tasting flight of their specialty IPA family as you nibble appetizers and mingle with other beer aficionados. Saturday travel by van on to tour their farm in Tygh Valley, where they grow the grains for their beer. That evening experience a 5 course tasting dinner prepared by culinary wizard Kathy Watson (formerly of Nora’s Table in Hood River), for an exquisite menu specially prepared to pair with Rogue’s fresh seasonal beers. Rogue Ales’ beer maker will provide tasting notes and educate on the beer chosen for the meal. Details on this limited space weekend package as well as ala carte dinner-only options will be coming soon!

The Sovereign Self: Contemplative Writing Retreat for Women

The Sovereign Self: 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

Awaken Your Feminine Soul Power & Live Your Purpose

Awaken Your Feminine Soul Power & Live Your Purpose

A Magdalene Path Retreat with Claire Sierra, MA, LFT

Are you longing to have a stronger, clearer connection to your Soul Guidance?

Perhaps you’ve had experiences of Divine Feminine connection but can’t sustain it in everyday life. Or you have a sense of a bigger calling but can’t quite get what that is.

You know, deep inside, that you are a beautiful, divine woman. But lately, you just haven’t been feeling it. I get it.

Everything feels like a struggle. 

Big changes and stress have you in their grip. Your path no longer seems clear.

Perhaps you think if just be more organized, delegate more, or do less, that your life would feel on purpose again?

Actually, there’s a better way. A path that takes you out of the doing, striving, busy struggle energy of the Masculine and connects you with the calm, easy, graceful, creative energy of your Divine Feminine Soul.

You can:

  • Experience your Feminine Soul power consistently, so you can access it on a daily basis.
  • Connect with your Divine Guidance with clarity and ease.
  • Feel tuned in to your Divine Purpose and be confident as you take steps towards living it.
  • Know when you feel off-course and what to do to get re-aligned.

Join an intimate gathering of women: Awaken Your Feminine Soul Power, Live Your Purpose: A Magdalene Path Retreat with Claire Sierra, MA at the Historic Balch Hotel.

Together we'll gather as a sacred circle of sisters to explore your Feminine Essence and express your soul’s voice. Experience art, meditation, and Listening to Spirit—a guided journaling process that led to the writing of my book, The Magdalene Path. 

Not an artist?  Not to worry!  We’ll use art, writing and movement in ways that even a novice will feel comfortable doing.

You’ll experience creative practices that will shift you from relying solely on your masculine power to activating your inherent feminine magic, making way for more ease and joy, and less stress and struggle in your life. 

By connecting with your personal soul guidance you can receive practical, useful information about your career, love, health and more. 

Where is this retreat?  We’ll do all of this in the elegance and simplicity of the Balch Hotel, a boutique inn in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. The Historic Balch Hotel offers a unique intimate experience for wellness retreats.

The elegance of this 18 room historic country inn, surrounded by the golden expanse of wide open meadows and big sky produces clarity of mind and heart that settles the soul. With on-site dining and spa services, sunny patio, beautiful garden grounds and majestic Mt Hood views inspire space for personal rejuvenation and re-connection.

You’ll choose your own lodging to fit your need for luxury or budget, from one of 18 uniquely appointed rooms filled with vintage décor and antiques, and a comfy bed guests rave about.

With 300 days of sunshine, the Balch is a great escape that’s close to Portland, Seattle, Salem, Bend and Boise. Centrally located in the Columbia River Gorge, after a short drive, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

What about meals? Breakfast is provided with your lodging.  Lunch, dinner are on your own and are available at the hotel so you don’t even have to leave the property. You can settle in and relax into your Feminine Essence, or venture out to explore the nearby village haunts if you’re interested and adventurous.

Ready to say yes to the power of your Feminine Soul and living your divine purpose?

Join us...

November 4-6, 2016 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

Early Bird Price: $497 ($597 after 10/8).
Lodging and meals not included.

Click here to purchase this package:

Questions? Claire@MagdalenePath.com
Inquire about payment plans or scholarships.



Who is Claire Sierra?  Claire Sierra, MA, LFT, is the author of The Magdalene Path – Awaken the Power of Your Feminine Soul ©. An Arts Therapist and True Purpose™ Master Coach, she's guided thousands of frustrated women into lives of deeper meaning, ease and new direction. Claire has led creative soul-centered workshops, retreats and private sessions for over 2 decades She uses art to help women at midlife who feel lost & confused about their purpose, connect to their divine guidance for clarity & confidence about their true path. To support greater re-connection she and her husband recently became proprietors of the Balch Hotel, a boutique destination retreat, spa and gallery in the Columbia River Gorge, in Oregon.

For free resources go to: MagdalenePath.com for sample chapters, meditations, audio interviews and more.

Do you have a payment plan or scholarships?  There will be a limited number of partial scholarships offered as work-trade. Payment plan is available, contact Claire directly to discuss: Claire@MagdalenePath.com

Do I have to pay for it all right now?  No, to register for the retreat, you’ll pay the retreat fee. Your lodging and meals are paid upon checkout at the hotel.

Are meals included?  Breakfast is provided with your lodging. Lunch and dinner are on your own, and are available at the hotel so you don’t even have to leave the property. We’ve found this affords the greatest flexibility, so everyone can eat when and how they want.

I have food sensitivities or preferences; can the hotel accommodate me?  Yes, the Balch Hotel staff is experienced with offering gluten free, vegetarian and other food preferences. Please let the hotel know this when you reserve your room so they can be prepared to serve your needs.

Can I bring my own food and cook my own meals?  Sorry we don’t have adequate refrigeration to store your food safely. There is a small mini-fridge in the dining room that is shared by all 18 rooms, so please be aware of other’s needs. Local health codes do not allow guests in the kitchen.

Where will we eat?  The Balch has a 40 seat dining room and a patio that seats 25-30 in warm weather. You can settle in and relax into your Feminine Essence, or venture out to explore the nearby village haunts if you’re interested and adventurous. There are several other options in downtown Dufur.

I'm not at all creative, can I do this?  First off, EVERYONE is creative, in their own way. In fact having less experience can be better sometimes, as it gives us a fresh start. You’re a clean slate. So yes, you can do this. I've been teaching these tools and methods for over 20 years and they work with everyone who gives an honest effort. You'll do fine.

What’s your Cancellation Policy? For these retreats to be intimate and personal, we limit their size. So last minute cancellations make a big difference in the quality of everyone’s experience. So if you won’t be able to attend after registering, we’ll refund you 100% if it is 30 days in advance. After that, you’ll receive a 50% refund of the retreat fee. For retreats that do not have exclusive use of the hotel, you will not be charged for your hotel room unless it is less than 72 hours prior to start of the event, per hotel cancellation policy.

Join us November 4-6, 2016

Early Bird Price $497 ($597 after 10/8). 
Lodging and meals not included.

Click here to purchase this package:

Questions? Claire@MagdalenePath.com
Inquire about payment plans or scholarships.

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