Friday September 8th to Sunday September 10th 2017
Across the globe, hot spring water has been considered healing by innumerable cultures and before history began. Groundswell invites you to come and soak in our own hot spring water. No, we don’t have hot springs on the land, but our new commercial spa does a great job of heating our cold spring water to where your muscles un-knot and your whole being relaxes. In between soaks, meet some new friends or a new lover, go for hikes in the redwoods, meet the animals on our farm, and dine on dishes both delicious and nutritious.
Hydrotherapy has been used by many societies, from Babylonians to Native Americans to Romans to Russians. Proven health effects include increased bloodflow, relaxed muscles, lower blood pressure, less anxiety, deeper sleep, body cleansing, weight loss, and more. Spas also create space for social connections – sitting in a circle, relaxed, talking with that handsome stranger across the tub just seems easier. And who can deny the powerful connection spas and bathhouses have to LGBTQ* culture, especially gay men’s culture?
Groundswell hopes to recreate the atmosphere and history of some of these spaces with our new spa complex. The hot tub is 8 feet wide and 14 feet long, able to fit plenty of people, complete with a wrap-around deck and outdoor shower, all ADA-compliant. The whole area is clothing optional, as is most of the retreat center.
In addition to lodging and access to the spa, registration also includes brunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday, as well as treats throughout the weekend. Lodging in one of our shared cabins is available and there is also plenty of tent camping areas for those who prefer some privacy. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available to those who cannot afford registration.
Look forward to soaking with you!
*** Groundswell events are only open to adults. You must be over 18 to attend***
No pets except ADA defined service animals are allowed at Groundswell Institute’s events. If you will be bringing a service animal you need to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make other arrangements for the care of your pets while you are here.
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