I’m really looking forward to starting off the New Year right….. and what better way to do just that then a trip to California. I’ll be heading that way early next week. I’m spending a few days with family around San Diego before heading over to Desert Hot Springs, California where the Fur Peace Ranch (FPR) will be conducting two weeks of workshops at the wonderful and beautiful Miracle Springs Resort and Spa. This Fur Peace Ranch on the Road adventure will be a return trip to the Miracle Springs. We held workshops at this very special place in February of 08 and it worked out so well we just had to do it
We have a nice workshop schedule for the two weeks we are there….. the first session ..January 12 – 16….has Roy Book Binder teaching along with Jorma, who will be joined by his TA extraordinaire…..Marjorie Thompson. For the second week of workshops, January 19 – 23, Jorma will be joined by GE Smith, who will be teaching his first ACOUSTIC class for FPR. As of this writing there are still a few open spots in these classes. While Jorma’s class is FULL for the first session, Roy has recently had a couple of cancellations……. so he has room for two more students to sign up for his workshop. For the second week of workshops, both Jorma and GE have two spaces open in their classes as well. I know this posting doesn’t allow alot of time for planning, but sometimes things do work out on the fly, so……. if you have found yourself with some extra vacation time or in need of a retreat from the cold and dreary winter weather this might be just what the bushdoctor ordered. Details on these classes can be found on the FPR Special Events page.
I just want to say a few things about what a great time we had at the Miracle Springs Resort (MSR) on our last adventure. First off, MSR is in a fantastic location. Nestled in the foothills, not far from the Joshua Tree National Park, the MSR overlooks scenic Palm Springs and the California desert’s Coachella Valley. The Resort is surrounded by the San Jacinto Mountains which offer a wonderful view……you can gaze across the desert floor and let it carry you to the top of the mountains snow -covered peaks.
While you enjoy the spectacular view you can soak your cares away in one of the eight natural hot mineral pools on the Resorts grounds. Of course, you won’t want to skip class and you won’t have to ….. these mineral pools as well as the big swimming pool are open 24 hours. Last year I really enjoyed a late night soak beneath the star filled skies before heading back to the room for a good night’s sleep. The mineral pools are cool…and I don’t mean in temperature….the Resort sits on top of a aquifer that is 300 feet deep and the water rises up at a steamy 140 degrees…. it is cooled and pumped into the eight pools and spas at the hotel. Take a virtual tour.
The hotel is very nice and was a perfect fit to what we like to provide for our students venturing to the FPR in Ohio. Each student is checked into their own spacious guest room with private patio and panoramic view. The hotel is meticulously maintained and the grounds offer a nicely landscaped courtyard for relaxing. The Grand Ballroom at the hotel is where workshops are held and where we also eat our meals three times a day. Now as anyone knows who has been to the FPR before…….food, and good quality food is an important part of our camp experience. You will find that same regard for great food here at the Resort as well. The MSR’s staff is also very friendly and accommodating. So….. you see why I am so stoked about our FPR on the Road Workshops. I’m looking forward to seeing some of our Fur Peace Repeat Offenders and meeting some new folks. One thing for sure – you’re going to have an experience of a lifetime and a great time. The workshops will give you the opportunity to study with some real masters ….. and the Miracle Springs Resort will give you a perfect vacation spot to relax and rejuvenate.