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Retreats, Workshops & Tours in the Columbia Gorge

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



Rose Temple - Equinox Circle September 20

Choosing Humanity's Future September 27-29

Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree September 27-29


Foliage & Fall Wine Frolic October 4-6

Sisterhood Supper Thursday October 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Oregon Trail: Barlow Road Tour October 18-20


Awaken Your Feminine Soul  Retreat- Nov 8-11 

Friends-Giving Feast November 28, 4 p.m.


Dufur Hometown Christmas December 13-15

Rose Temple Solstice Circle Friday December 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Solstice Supper +  December 22 4 p.m.

New Year's Eve Celebration: Wine Dinner & Story Slam  December 31, 7 p.m.

Link to Booking Page

Rose Temple

Rose Temple

Women's Circle

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 and activate your inner priestess at Equinox.  We'll explore balance of dark/ light and  Feminine/Masculine as we dip into Magdalene and Madonna Mysteries, and the path of the Rose

Enjoy deep-dive connection, creative exploration, soulful conversation, and simple ceremony that spans religious traditions in the ruby parlor of the award-winning Balch Hotel. . 

Access your vision, remember your dreams, and gain courage to follow your soul's calling.Maybe do a little art, writing, meditation& embodiment practices, as you enjoy tea & treats. 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.
  • Recharge in a supportive circle of sisters.
  • Express your own authentic truth and sovereignty.
  • Explore your soul yearnings.
  • Be seen and loved for who you really are!

Friday September 20  6:30-9 pm

$25 in advance | $33 at door** 

Reserve Your Seat in the Circle Here

Bring a Sister for half price!  Reserve her Seat Here

Want to buy yours and hers at the same time?
Reserve both Here (Or send her this link!) 

**Paying at the door? PLEASE RSVP so we know to expect you:

Call/Text Claire 541.659.7284

Questions? (To honor Inclusivity and Diversity I always offer barter or scholarship opportunities. Inquire via email. )




Choosing Humanity's Future

Choosing Humanity's Future

September 27-29

What’s the World REALLY Coming To?

Rapid changes in technology and consciousness are driving our society through a shift unlike anything humanity has seen in thousands of years. Many of us are concerned but don't really know what to do.

What if most of what we thought about the future was wrong?

Things were both better and worse than we suspect. Many hopeful, positive developments are being ignored by the media

What's our role in creating something beyond what we’re experiencing?

Discover new ways to consider where humanity has been and where we’re at now so we can see what is possible. Learn ways to envision and manifest the future our hearts know is possible. 

Join us for a 2 ½ day sojourn into this timely topic.  A weekend of understanding and hope for our future with internationally known futurist & metaphysician Dr. Ruth L Miller. 

You'll be guided through experiences and activities designed to aide your learning, receptivity and visioning for the future. Concludes with trans-denominational Sunday Service by Rev. Miller  that will uplift and inspire.

All at the award-winning The Balch Hotel, an award winning historic destination in the Columbia Gorge in Oregon.

Weekend includes all meals, lodging and program—all your needs are covered so you just get to sit back, absorb and enjoy. 

Friday, September 27- Sunday September 29 

$640 (Single in Traditional European-Style room**)

**Double occupancy package and other room types are available.**

Register for Workshop and Lodging  here, then by clicking date, choosing room type and adding package.

Deepen your experience  with a private wellness session at Bliss at the Balch Spa with Call/text Claire Sierra, MA, LFT to arrange your treatment. You can see her Spa Wellness treatment menu HERE

About the Presenter:

With degrees in anthropology, environmental studies, cybernetics, and the systems sciences, Reverend Ruth Miller, PhD has expert knowledge on new paradigms, systems thinking, and futures research. Her ministry is informed by study in world religions, science & religion, metaphysics, and New Thought. A witty, engaging presenter, and prolific author, she has authored many books and articles on the relationship between mind and body, culture and consciousness, today’s world and tomorrow’s possibilities. Learn more about her at

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Foliage & Fall Wine Frolic

Foliage & Fall Wine Frolic

October 4-6

Save the date! Join our Autumn cousin of popular Wildflowers & Wine weekend. Explore the East end of the Gorge at wine harvest and leaf-peeping season. A peak autumnal experience—the weather is so spectacular in October. You’ll experience foliage vistas and local color, paired with exclusive wine-tasting experiences at a private winery. Hike our favorite spots, then convene at wineries for tasting. Includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, van travel (once you get here), hikes, tasting fees, prepared box lunches, specialty artisan dinner, wine/dessert reception and evening activities. Details coming soon.

Sisterhood Supper

Sisterhood Supper

Women’s Dinner Party: October 10

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.)

Thursday, October 10
6:30-8:30 pm  (but please, arrive/leave as you need)
$33 (Dinner and a 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


Oregon Trail Tour: Barlow Road

Oregon Trail Tour: Barlow Road


Tour & Workshop with Wendell Baskins

Overland pioneers travelled over 1800 miles on the Oregon Trail before getting to the most difficult leg of the journey through the Gorge. One perilous option was traveling on makeshift rafts from The Dalles, down the white water of the Columbia — many often did not survive.

In 1845, the Barlow Road was created as an alternate overland route. Starting in The Dalles, traveling through Dufur to Mount Hood and onto Oregon City, this overland toll route was difficult, often taking 2 weeks to cover 150 miles of rugged terrain.

The silent reminders of this journey are in evidence today if you know where to look. 

Join the curious to explore the surviving remnants of this last section of the Oregon Trail from The Dalles through Dufur and beyond towards Mt Hood.  

Led by expert Oregon Trail and Barlow Road historian and storyteller, Wendell Baskins for a fun weekend as you actively explore the trail that is often hiding in plain sight. Travel by tour bus with a guide who'll keep your attention with facts and stories known by few. 

Enter the timeless imagination of traveling in a more primitive time. Start and end your day at the Balch, enjoying modern day luxuries of prepared meals, cozy beds and warm baths. Linger and socialize in easy connection with other guests on the tour. 

Friday  Gather in the evening after dinner and meet other tour participants over dessert followed by an engaging presentation mapping the trip by Wendell Baskins.

Saturday Roam the area by tour bus, reviewing the journey on the Barlow Road with fellow adventurers. Light to moderate hiking may ensue. Box lunch is provided for a picnic lunch along the trail.

Sunday After leisurely breakfast and check out, you’ll travel by caravan in your car to The Dalles. You’ll deepen your understanding of the Oregon Trail and Barlow Road, exploring the history and lore at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum and Wasco County Historical Society Museum.

(An alternate option for return guests: Fort Dalles Museum is also wonderful.) 

Lunch on your own as you travel back home at your leisure.

All other meals and activities included. Some light hiking may be optional.




Check in any time after 3 pm. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. Light fare menu is available along with a nightly special. Please make reservations so we can be sure to seat you! 541467.2277

7 p.m. Complimentary Dessert Reception, with local beer & wines available.

Orientation Meeting After dessert, Wendell Baskins will deliver an interactive lecture presentation, to outline the trip and what will be covered during the weekend.


Barlow Road Tour 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Immerse yourself in the exploration of this rich history study as you are traverse the region. You’ll be transported by tour bus. Explore local locations with stops, story and discussion.

Box lunch is provided for picnic stop along the way, then return to the Balch for dinner and evening presentation.

Late afternoon Relax back at the hotel. Enjoy a class of wine, get a spa treatmentwrite notes in your journal,  or take a nap before dinner.

7 p.m. Dinner  at the hotel is included.  A 3-course rustic artisan meal will be served, with wine and beer offerings available (Contact the hotel for menu update or with any food sensitivities 2 weeks prior to event.)

Evening: Lively storytelling with Wendell, with open discussion and Q & A.


 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Museum Tour

After breakfast (included) and leisurely check out from the Balch, you'll caravan to The Dalles and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Museum.

Expand your understanding of the route and trip. You'll tour the Wasco County Historical Society Museum there, and see their excellent exhibit about this section of the trail. If you’ve visited this before, you’ll see it with new eyes after your day out on the trail. (An alternate option for return guests: Fort Dalles Museum is also wonderful.) 

Lunch on your own at the museum or nearby in The Dalles (or elsewhere .)

Travel home at your leisure, feeling safe and sated in your comfy modern vehicle, appreciating the richness of this region and all the conveniences that were missing with the original overland travelers.

*All tour times approximate and subject to change for the needs of the group.


Wendell is an avid storyteller and trail walker, leading tours of the Barlow Road since 1989. He helped develop and initiate the Oregon Trail teacher exchange between Oregon City, Ore. and Independence Mo.  In 1991, he was appointed by Gov. Roberts to the Oregon Trail Advisory Council and then by Gov. Kitzhaber to the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, where he’s still active. He's a lifetime member of NW OCTA. When not exploring the back woods of the Barlow Road he can be found at the Rose Farm at Holmes House in Oregon City, where he volunteers.


This weekend for two includes lodging for 2 nights, all meals listed above, transportation and workshop presentations and museum admission. Based on double occupancy. Inquire at Balch Hotel: 541.467.2277 for single rate.

· Traditional room (European Style): $469  for 2 plus tax (more than $493 value)

·  Signature room (with Bath en Suite): $599 for 2  plus tax (valued at more than $635) 

Reserve your spot in this unique exploration of the history and geography of the Dufur area.




Awaken Your Feminine Soul Retreat

Awaken Your Feminine Soul Retreat

Embody Your Divine Self. Everyday.


Awakening the Feminine in these times is a clarion call to return to Soul sanity. Women today feel the stirring within. It's time.

Drop deeper into your feminine essence, sister. Awaken ease, grace and flow that are the hallmarks of your feminine soul. Balance and integrate the hyper-masculine lifestyle of our culture.

Activate the calling that your heart yearns for (but seems out of reach.) Discover skills and capacities that have become lost or forgotten: remember your sovereign soul. 

In this weekend retreat, you'll explore embodiment practices, soul art-making, meditation and the ancient, sacred art of anointing with Essential Oils.

Learn the intuitive writing practice Claire used to connect to Mary Magdalene and write The Magdalene Path. 

Embark on the hidden teaching of the Magdalene/ Madonna Mysteries--with practices and activities on the Path of the Rose. 

Discover Magdalene's core gifts and wounds and how to heal them in modern life. Discover your personal  essence and lineages you carry. 

With several days to drop in so deeply, you'll have time to wonder and wander, providing the rest and refreshment your world-weary goddess self most likely needs. 

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

You time in retreat will balance structure, flow and divine timing as our sisterhood convenes. Though learning, discovery, experience and reflection, we weave the inner and outer. (A loose Itinerary is posted below. Plan for fluidity and flux.)

You'll dive into simple sacred ceremony with like minded sisters,  uncover resonant  Feminine Mysteries. Experience  circles with powerful ritual and share deep heart yearnings.

Enjoy an afternoon of transformative visionary painting of your soul guide. Connect deeply with your luscious body through simple movement and embodiment  practices that return you to your center. 

Awaken ancient/future lineages of the modern day Priestess. Activate the sovereign Queen of your soul.

You're ready. It's time.

All this lusciousness is held in the vintage elegance of the Balch Hotel in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. We're a gorgeous, easy 2 hour drive from PDX.

Imagine gathering in an Edwardian era hotel surrounded by vintage furnishings and original art. We'll circle in comfy glamour of  the ruby red Parlor and share all meals in the Bistro. The patio, lobby, gardens and bistro are available for other activities.

And Spa Wellness Sessions with Claire Sierra can be woven in before, after or during breaks. 

All meals and lodging, along with rituals, teachings, experiences and art activity is included to enhance your experience of ease and flow.  Once you get here, you're taken care of. (Note, your wine and incidentals are on you. But room charges are easy!) 

To suit various needs and budgets there are 2 lodging packages. 

Are you in? Great! Click link below and choose your Awaken Feminine Soul Retreat Package

Need more info? Let's chat to be sure this is right for you. Set up a time to talk to Claire HERE

To suit various needs and budgets there are 2 lodging packages. 

Friday November 8 - Monday November 11

Package 1:  Includes 3 nights lodging in traditional room (with shared private bathroom), all teachings and ceremonies with Claire Sierra, all meals, and all art  and other supplies.   Full Price $988 



Package 2: Includes 3 nights  lodging in signature room with bathroom en suite,  all teachings and ceremonies with Claire Sierra, all meals, and all art and other supplies.  Full Price $1188 



Inquire for King Suite with private bath and Jacuzzi tub. Email us.

OR CALL TO REGISTER: 541.467.2277

Retreat Schedule-Coming Soon! 





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


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