Events at the Balch Hotel

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Event Calendar



Retreats, Workshops & Tours in the Columbia Gorge

Be sure to check back often as we add events through out the year.



Write Away From It All RetreatMarch 5-8

4th Annual Dufur Bluegrass Hoot: March 13-15

The Dalles Chamber After Hours: March 19


Easter Brunch: April 12 10:30 am - 3 pm (Call for Reservations)

Wildflowers and Wine: April 17 - 19

Private Retreat: April 25


Mother's Day Brunch 10:30 am - 3 pm (Call for Reservations)

Private Event: May 31


Poetry Workshop June 25 - 27

Write Away From It All

Write Away From It All

Retreat for writers, artists and creatives who need dedicated time away to focus on their creative project.

“If I have 40 hours--uninterrupted or in chunks--I can write a book.” Author Ruth Miller, PhD

“I wrote 90% of The Magdalene Path away from home in a cabin—I don’t know how other writers get anything done in the midst of daily life, it was impossible for me.” Author Claire Sierra, MA

Do you have a book, painting or other creative project that you just can’t seem to get done?

Your idea hasn’t made it to the page yet, or your project is almost complete, but life distractions: kids, work, spouse, other obligations always seem to get in the way.

Whether it’s your great American novel, memoir, poetry chapbook, dissertation, screenplay, or HuffPost article*… you can’t get it done if you don’t have the time/space to focus. Make it happen for yourself!

Write Away From It All  Retreat is a clear space to focus and create.

Lightly structured with lots of time for writing or creating, this retreat weaves in  support, self-care (think yoga, walks and meditation) and time to interact with other participants--all optional. Minimal structure and social time if you want to squirrel away in your room to work. 

Evening or morning sharing circles are  included but optional. Read something you’re excited or want feedback about. Celebrate your progress, or get support during a stuck spot, so you can move ahead.

Retreat to the Balch: lovely vintage rooms, cozy beds, elegant lobby, library,  dining room  and outdoor patio (weather permitting) provide ample space for writing. Garden grounds, pond and stunning mountain view on the sunny east end of the Gorge provide fresh perspective to reflect and create. 

Meals are provided (or available) so that planning, cooking, & cleaning up are taken care of. You show up and eat when you want*, whether solo or with the group.

And should you need it, additional coaching is available from someone who knows the territory: author and soul coach Claire Sierra uses her skills as a counselor, aroma therapist, energy healer and writer to guide you through writer's blocks (additional fee of $75 per 1/2 hour.)

Also available are spa wellness treatments in Temple Spa at the Balch Hotel.

Private Option: Do this on your own schedule. Email or book online
Group Option: join us 3x year (March, May/June, October/November)

Retreat Schedule: Thursday 3 pm – Sunday 3 pm
(Tentative Outline, subject to change with participant input. )

Thursday: arrive evening circle at 7 pm

Mornings: Breakfast (included) with group check in (set your goals, plan your day, share celebrations and get support) then writing!!

Lunch breaks (included) with optional walk or  yoga

Afternoons: writing time and/or spa and breakthrough sessions if you’re stuck and need 1:1 support; otherwise support provided in group

Dinner available at Balch Bistro or in the village of Dufur (additional fee) 

Evenings Group reading/sharing — timing and need determined by group--participation is optional

Optional AM walk and PM yoga or meditation

*mealtimes will be developed with participants timing in mind. 

March 5-8

Retreat  includes support circles, yoga and walks, Lodging for 3 nights,  Breakfast and Lunch (Dinner is available on site and added to your retreat bill.)

Choose Your Room Type:
 Euro style, Queen bed with private bath across the hall) $548
Signature : Queen bed with bathroom en suite  $638.

Per person, single occupancy.

Coming as a couple or with a friend? Contact us for shared room rate

Book online at or call 541-467-2277

Click here to go to packages page

Cancellation Policy:  We hope this doesn't happen but...
Prior to seven (7) days before this event results in a 75% refund. 
Prior to three (3) days before this event results in a 50% refund. 
Within 72 hours of this event - no refund

Pedalling In The Vines

Pedalling In The Vines

Coming this spring

Is it a wine tour by bike, or a bike ride with wine tasting? Whichever way you look at it, this is serious fun.

This weekend includes a day spent riding through vineyards, meandering on back roads with e-bikes (electric assisted, so it helps you). With stops at wineries for tasting and antique shops for retail therapy.

Saturday we’re partnering with Hood River’s premier wine country bike tour, to offer an exclusive way for you to experience the best of what The Gorge has to offer – like a local!

With safety our priority, and all the details included, all you have to do is show up for an easy ride! .

Sunday  starts with yoga in the morning and a “plan your own adventure” with options for like spa treatment, hiking, waterfall viewing, and wandering Dufur or Hood River for ice cream and lattes.

"All you have to do is show up...the woman-run team at MountNbarreL does the rest. Grab your besties and be ready for serious fun." 
-- Jen Anderson - Travel Oregon 

Book this Pedalling in the Vines weekend package here

Per person, single occupancy.
Coming as a couple or with a friend? Contact us for shared room rate.

Book online at or call 541-467-2277



(Subject to change) 


3 -5 pm check in and enjoy dinner on your own at Balch Bistro or with other guests. 

7 pm Owner's Reception - enjoy a glass of wine on us, as you meet other tour participants and hear about weekend events. 


8:30 - 10  Breakfast Full luscious handmade

11 am MountNBarrel  Bike Tour - Van transports you to Hood River, for a day of cruising the back roads. With stops at 3 wineries for tasting, a seasonal u-pick orchard, and a catered Pairing Pack to enjoy along the way.

4 pm return to the Balch to relax and enjoy the patio, read in the parlor or get a spa treatment at Bliss at the Balch Wellness Spa.

6:30 Dinner at Balch BIstro Enjoy an artisan crafted meal of locally sourced and pacific northwest style delights. (menu forthcoming, please alert us to any dietary restrictions in advance.) 

8 pm Enjoy the star gazing around the firepit. 


8:30- 10 Breakfast - Full luscious & handmade

10 Yoga & Meditation - simple easy flow (optional but recommended!)

11  Plan your own adventure and Check out.

"Plan Your Own Adventure" options include: a spa treatment (additional fee) nearby hiking, waterfall viewing, local wine-tasting (provided), and wandering the village of Dufur for ice cream or lattes. (gift card provided.) 


Cancellation Policy:  We hope this doesn't happen but...
Prior to seven (7) days before this event results in a 75% refund. 
Prior to three (3) days before this event results in a 50% refund. 
Within 72 hours of this event - no refund

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party

Do you crave more time out with a few girlfriends?

Join our women’s dinner party -- a place to connect, laugh and have empowering, intentional dialogue. Feel safe and supported in a circle of sisterhood, where you belong and your voice is heard, all enhanced by yummy food and good wine (available for purchase separately.) 

You’ll join our  big table of 4-8 for curated conversation on topics that stir you, led by Balch owner, spa/retreat leader and art therapist Claire Sierra. Meet inspiring women and savor sweet rejuvenation of sharing a luscious meal together.

Bring a friend or come solo—you’ll make new ones in sisterhood!

Feminine energy is a powerful positive force that's needed right now--let's cultivate it together with our Gorge neighbors. Savor sweet synchronistic connections over food, wine and dessert for a nurturing time with friends new and old. 

Dinner is offered from our local/organic Light Fare menu (plus specials), along with locally sourced wine, beer, teas and coffee. (And yes, we can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free--let us know when you RSVP.)

Come early and have a spa treatment! (you can see luscious options and reserve HERE)

What the heck, spend the night! We'll gift you a 15% discount--book directly on our site and use PROMO CODE "15DEAL" or mention attending this event when booking on the phone. (not valid with other offers.)

2020 Dates TBD

6:30-8:30 pm  (but please, arrive/leave as you need)
FREE (Dinner and drinks For purchase--not included.) For possible food offerings, see our menu HERE

CALL 541.467.2277 or EMAIL YOUR RSVP: or


Rose Temple

Rose Temple

Are you yearning for deeper connection to your feminine power and magic? 
A sacred space to access your higher guidance & authentic self? 

Gather for an evening women’s temple* and experience your Divine Feminine Self...!   We'll explore seasonal messages in another temple experience.

Explore your sacred feminine self--in balance with the Masculine mode we've been taught to rely on. discover the path of priestess/priest through the Magdalene-Madonna Mysteries, and the Path of the Rose. (there's more here than we've been told!) 

Let's dive in!

Enjoy deep-dive connection, creative exploration, soulful conversation, and simple ceremony that spans religious traditions in a virtual circle on Facebook Live from the ruby parlor of the award-winning Balch Hotel.  

Access your Feminine magic, remember your Truth, and gain clarity about your soul's calling. Maybe do a little art, writing, meditation &/or embodiment practices, as you enjoy tea & treats. 

*These circles are open to all genders who are exploring this path. While they tend to be all women, men who are open are welcome, too.

Guided by Claire Sierra, MA (Art Therapist, retreat leader, Balch Hotel owner/spa director and author of The Magdalene Path.)

  • Access deeper spiritual connection and sense of belonging with other like-minded women (and a few cool men!)  from around the world.
  • Recharge in a supportive circle of sisters. Maybe even a brother, too. 
  • Explore your soul yearnings.authentic truth and sovereignty.
  • Celebrate the Light and blessings of the season.

2020 Dates COMING SOON!

For FREE replays of Livestreamed events, go to  
Magdalene Path page on Facebook 

No pre-registering or fee!

(The video will be pinned to the top of the page until the next Livestream. (Use the link above.)  

Questions? Call/Text Claire 541.659.7284 or 



40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR 97021, United States  
P: (541) 467-2277