Harbin Hot Springs ravaged by Valley Fire

By , September 14, 2015


MIDDLETOWN, Lake County — Harbin Hot Springs, a tranquil health resort with clothing-optional communal soaking pools in this Lake County town, was a favorite destination for those on a holistic pilgrimage into serene rural California. The devastation at Harbin at first wasn’t immediately known after the 61,000-acre fire ripped through Middletown, Cobb and the rural areas around the expansive resort.


Power poles and wires collapsed along Highway 109 blocking firefighters and reporters from getting into the area northeast of Middletown where the resort once stood. A Chronicle reporter hiked half a mile past a downed electrical lines early Monday to the once luxurious campus of pools, meditation gardens, camping areas and fountains. “Harbin’s center is maintained and operated by more than 100 residents who share the duties of preserving this land as a healing retreat,” the company said on its website. After the fire hit, Harbin posted an alert on its website saying, A wildfire forced evacuation of Harbin Hot Springs, Middletown, and neighboring areas on 9/12.

Source: Famed Harbin Hot Springs ravaged by Valley Fire

2 Responses to “Harbin Hot Springs ravaged by Valley Fire”

  1. inspiraven says:

    Oh Irony, you got me again.

    Improved Accessibility

    In our efforts to facilitate great retreats for all of our guests, we have been dedicating energy and resources into improving our accessibility for guests with disabilities. This initiative is a work-in-progress, with many changes — pool lifts, parking spaces, ramps, accessible rooms and camping areas — already in place. To see what is currently accessible, click here (pdf).

  2. inspiraven says:

    As we reported last weekend, Harbin Hot Springs, a retreat center nestled on 5,000 acres of land in California, was destroyed by the Valley Fire. Since our article was published, there have been continued efforts to help the people of Harbin, and the surrounding area, rebuild and recover. The region was declared a disaster area, which has now qualified it for federal disaster relief funds.

    On Sept 12, Harbin’s 285 residents and staff had to evacuate quickly, leaving behind personal belongings and, in some cases, animals. Many went to a nearby Red Cross shelter. Now there is a concerted effort by the local community to assist these people get back to their sacred land. A Staff Relief Fund has been set up to help those people as they recover. There is also a Facebook group that is acting as a central donation and aid center for the affected area. The public group contains stories and memories, as well as suggesting ways to help. At this time, the center is still closed until further noticed.

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