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Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

—Carl Jung
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Saratoga Springs in the Snow

Snow soothes the wounds of footprints
on Saratoga’s most tolerant cleavage;
she savors brief icy camouflage
while subtly archiving each heart-circle veteran.  

She’s seen so many now harried, now happy humans
trudge, run, skip and limp along her trails;
no other cozy canyon ever felt half this weighty human cargo
nor soothed such heart-felt tears of grief and joy
in mineral water’s sulfurous steam.  

Saratoga holds us with equal graciousness
be we spry or cane-dependent, jovial or grumpy;
she stores inviolate our shares and indiscretions
asking only, through her stewards, mindful use of land and water.  

Coyly rich in hidden history, both animal and plant,
Saratoga never upstages; she is glory understated;
she’s hard to know, nay impossible
for those forgetting to gaze at her in quiet.  

She tends wounds with shade from time-gnarled oaks,
tempts the hormonally-hyped with paths to sensual abandon,
tests primate jocks with breathless treks to her crowning crests and
turns through the years many a head in tear-streaked departure.  

For to tarry even a day or two at her curvaceous bosom
is to glimpse her in day-dream through a life-time
of unforgettable montaged foliar vignettes.  

Saratoga Springs would seductively sprawl just as un-flustered
if her name were Native American, Spanish, or non-existent
for her charms have long transcended mere human monikers;
her brood is wily rodent, cagey quail, phantom puma, stoic deer.  

We call her ours in but sweet delusion:
Her allegiance is solely Earth’s and Great Spirit’s.
We but sputtering finale in her lexicon of suitors,
cloaked in snow, kissed by rain, warmed by sun, or tucked in by night;
our thirst for Saratoga, like a mirage, shall hover always unquenched.

         Newton Butler, December 2014


The Land and Surroundings

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Gardens at the Heart Lodge
Saratoga Springs provides a safe and supportive place for you to follow your own path and nurture your body, mind and soul. It is a place where you can simply be present. This sacred site has been used for centuries by Native Americans to connect with nature and their inner-self. Most everyone who visits Saratoga Springs leaves with a renewed spirit and improved health just from walking our grounds.

The land at Saratoga Springs features:

  • Hiking Trails ~ with views of Clear Lake and beyond
  • Fire Circle Area ~ great for drumming circles
  • Saratoga Springs Stone Labyrinth
  • Plateaus on Hills & Mountains ~ For ceremonies, meditation or star gazing
  • Camping ~ additional 250, making our full capacity approximately 300.
  • Commercial kitchen & dining room
  • High speed wireless Internet access
  • Hot soaking pool ~ great relaxation
  • Large swimming pool ~ clean, clear and refreshing!
  • Stone Labyrinth plus numerous hiking trails
  • Massage ~ a massage therapist is available by appointment
  • Acres of hiking trails with spectacular views
  • An antique 19th century round house mineral pool
  • Yoga and Exercise classes upon demand
  • Indoor and Outdoor showers
  • Sweat lodge upon demand
  • Fire and ceremonial circle
  • Large common grounds which are perfect for outdoor concerts or shows
  • Ancient native American natural power spot used often for weddings and group celebrations

David Carroll was the landscape designer for Saratoga Springs for more than 20 years!

Walk the land, relax, and renew yourself!

Pool and Spa at Retreat Center
Pool and Spa
"Powerpoint" View of our Valley

The Stone Labyrinth

Valley Vista
West Valley and Labyrinth
The Retreat Center Commons

Tenting in the Meadow


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