This fall I was honored to be included as one of Chico Canyon Retreat’s Spa Day providers! This was an amazing way for event participants to experience a relaxing, multi-layered day of spa treatments and healing arts information.
A mere 30 minutes east of Chico, California, the surroundings at Chico Canyon Retreat are nothing short of spectacular. When I turned the corner to drop into the canyon, I had that thought, “Where am I?” Reminiscent of a southern Utah canyon, I had never seen a Northern California foothills location that was quite this amazing.
The buildings and property at the Retreat are stunningly beautiful: the main lodge is constructed of natural materials and built into the hillside as if it grew from the rocks; the grounds are returning back to native plants through the loving efforts of the landowner, Dulcy Schroeder; Chico Creek tinkles through the valley floor; the sun-drenched interior is decorated with memorabilia collected from a lifetime of travels and also from the grounds. Dulcy is an amazing woman with a beautiful vision: to create a serene retreat space where healing arts practitioners can offer their skills, and recipients can sink into the natural beauty of the land and become fully relaxed and rejuvenated.
Spa Day worked like this: the participants each moved through different “stations” where practitioners offered treatments and information: massage, reflexology, astrology, facials, energy work, ayurveda, hypnotism, and meditation. At future Spa Days the offerings will vary, so one could attend several events, each time learning bits about new therapies that may open doors to their health and well being. Kind of a “Taste Of ” event!
Speaking of taste, a delightful gourmet lunch was served in the fabulous dining room with tea and dessert bar. There was even a bit of time to chill on the patio watching hummingbirds greedily sip nectar and “listen” to the quiet sounds of nature. What an experience for all!
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(Apologies to the hosts for this late post!)