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Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Retreats, Workshops & Tours in the Columbia Gorge

Check back often as we add details, dates and new experiences to inspire & delight you.



Breaking Rules: Poetry Workshop with Penelope Schott June 27-28


Sisterhood Supper July 11 6:30-8:30pm


Vintage Dufur Days August 9-11


Rose Temple - Equinox Circle September 20

Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree September 27-29


Sisterhood Supper Thursday October 3  6:30-8:30 pm

Oregon Trail: Barlow Road Tour  October 18-20

Fall Foliage & Fermentation October 25-26


Priestess Retreat - Nov 8-11 

Rose Temple November 15  6:30-8:30 pm

Friends-Giving Feast November 28  4 pm


Dufur Hometown Christmas December 13-15

Rose Temple - Solstice Circle Friday December 20 6:30-8:30 pm

Solstice Supper +  December 22 4 pm

New Year's Eve Celebration: Wine Dinner & Story Slam  December 31 7 pm

Breaking Rules: Poetry Workshop

Breaking Rules: Poetry Workshop

June 27-28


 led by Penelope Scambly Schott

This is an annual workshop, gathering  poets of all ages who have been writing poetry for awhile.  Perhaps you want to get new ideas or input for your poetry? 

In this workshop we will discuss, write, and critique your poetry. We limit the group to 10 writers so that everyone gets personal attention. (NOTE Only 2 spots remaining!!)

Thursday 10-ish to 5ish Poetry (break for lunch at the Balch or nearby in Dufur.
Dinner at the Balch together, not included)

Thursday 7 pm Poetry Reading at Penelope's little lavender house in Dufur. 

Friday  8:30-10 am Breakfast (Included with hotel stay)

 10-ish am - 2 pm Poetry

The cost for the workshop is $155 plus room and meals.

To apply for the workshop, or to ask questions, you must register by contacting: or 503-819-0975.

June 27- 28

FYI: Dufur is about 14 miles south of The Dalles, less than two hours from Portland,  Bend and Pendleton.

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party: July 11

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 (included). 

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 and mention attending this event. (not valid with other offers.)

July 11
6:30-8:30 pm  (but please, arrive/leave as you need)
$33 (Dinner and a glass of wine/beer or other beverage + goodies IS included. For possible food offerings, see our menu HERE)

RSVP, PLEASE! (So we have tables and food ready for you!)

Reserve online HERE

CALL 541.467.2277 or EMAIL YOUR RSVP: or



Goddessing Retreat


Embodying Your Divine Feminine Everyday.

Reawakening the Feminine in these times is a clarion call to return to Soul. Drop deeper into your feminine essence, sister and activating skills and capacities that have become lost or forgotten: your sovereign soul. 

Initiate the sovereign priestess-queen within. 

 Explore embodiment practices, Magdalene Mysteries and the Path of the Rose. Discover your personal magic needed to balance masculine-feminine inside and out.

Connect more clearly with Divine Guidance: see, hear and trust your next simple yet audacious steps in business and life.

Activate the calling that your heart yearns for (but seems out of reach.)

November 8-11

$997 Plus lodging 

$797 Register before September 1 

Details and registration here.

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