It is with heavy but grateful, hopeful hearts that we announce the temporary closure of Harbin School of Healing Arts, due to the destruction of the Valley Fire. For general information on the status of Harbin Hot Springs, the Harbin community and Middletown, please read the information below, visit the Harbin.org website or find us on FaceBook.
Students who had signed up for and made PAYMENTS toward upcoming classes: Please be advised that we will have some access to our files electronically due to our cloud backups, but at this time, we are still unable to get to that information or process any refunds. Harbin's IT personnel are working toward providing that capability, but please be advised that it may take up to ONE MONTH before refunds can be processed.
Students/Alumni needing TRANSCRIPTS from the school: Please be advised that we will have some access to our files electronically due to our cloud backups, but at this time, we are still unable to get to that information to process any transcripts. Harbin's IT personnel are working toward providing that capability, but please be advised that it may take up to ONE MONTH before transcripts can be processed and sent out.
Inika, the School Director, has been talking with CAMTC and they are willing to be flexible and work with us on the state approval process. The school will survive. We will post any updates to this website and our Harbin School of Healing Arts page on FaceBook.
At this time the best way to contact us for immediate school administrative issues is firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 295-9323. We will be responding as quickly as possible.
Your support, love and prayers are appreciated at this time.
For general information about Harbin Hot Springs please visit our facebook site or harbin.org.
Harbin Hot Springs Staff Relief Fund
You can help the people of Harbin recover from this devastating fire. If you have ever benefited from a retreat at Harbin over the years, we are asking for your help.
At the time of the fire on Saturday 9/12, a total of 285 residents, practitioners and local staff worked at Harbin – from phone operators and yoga instructors, to cooks, carpenters, housekeepers, gardeners and water system operators. A large percentage of these people were not typically seen by our guests, but their contributions were critical to providing the “Harbin experience” for those who came here for retreats, workshops and day visits.
Now, many of these individuals have simultaneously lost their homes, possessions, community of friends, neighbors, and place of work. If they were the only ones in this situation, our resident community would pull together to support them. But since this tragedy is being experienced by all workers at Harbin, we are asking our past guests and friends for assistance.
Although local relief agencies may supply some clothes, goods and services for recovery, it is financial support that will be most needed by these individuals over the next few months. If you can spare any amount, large or small, please donate to the Residents & Staff fund now. One hundred percent of the money collected will be distributed to current Harbin residents and employees — split evenly, regardless of job or title — in approximately four weeks, when Harbin can no longer guarantee further paycheck. (Staff who have financial support outside of Harbin can volunteer to refuse the donation, sharing it with all others. Donations received after the initial distribution will continue to be dispensed.) Recipients will be able to use the money to address their most immediate, essential needs. We are sure there will be opportunities to donate to the recovery and rebuilding of Harbin Hot Springs infrastructure and buildings in the future, but the most pressing needs at this time exist with our people. If possible, consider donating what you might have spent on your next retreat at Harbin, or more.
PLEASE VISIT HARBIN.ORG IF YOU FEEL CALLED TO ASSIST.
FIRE UPDATE: 9/14/15, 1:30 PM Harbin Hot Springs and Harbin School of Healing Arts was evacuated on Saturday afternoon, just before the Valley Fire advanced into our main valley. Although an official tally is underway, we have good reason to believe that all guests and residents were off property when the wildfire hit. This is a miracle, and a testament to our staff and guests who reacted swiftly in an unprecedented and dangerous situation.
Current efforts are focused on the well-being of our residents and local staff, as many of us have lost our homes and possessions. Once we leave the area shelters and are allowed to return to the area, financial support will be the most pressing need for individuals. We ask students and friends to check the main Harbin.org website or the Facebook page to receive updates on places that can process donations.
Photos and video have circulated online showing the destruction of the main retreat buildings, and the area is unrecognizable. That said, it appears that the historic pools still exist. Beyond that, we cannot confirm specifics or estimate damages until we are allowed to return ourselves. We are holding onto hope that the school office might have survived as it sits on a gravel parking lot. But, our computers and student records are securely backed up. Offers have already come in for classroom space so we will assess in the days to come.
Obviously, Harbin is closed indefinitely, and all future reservations have been canceled. For security and safety reasons, please do not attempt to visit Harbin now. Local authorities will be detaining any trespassers, as this is private property, and is still our home. Our retreat center is one of the oldest hot springs of its kind in California, and it has risen from the ashes of fires in the past. Those who have visited Harbin know that it has always been much more than a collection of wooden structures. As a result, there has been an incredible outpouring of support for our community, and generous offers to help us rebuild. Our church and community have been stewards of this land for more than 40 years, and we plan to continue in our service here for years to come. This is an emotional time for us, and those who love this place. For now, we ask our friends to visualize one of their favorite “Harbin moments” from a past retreat — a massage, workshop, meal, yoga class, hike, temple meditation or hot spring soak — and take a deep breath. Please know that we are confident that Harbin Hot Springs can move forward with your prayers, support, and encouragement.
UPDATE 9/13, 10 PM
Middletown and Harbin will likely remain closed to non-emergency personnel for a few days, with the governor issuing a state of emergency for Lake & Napa counties. Until that time, we have no specific reports on damage to our center.
Harbin’s focus right now is to make sure that our residents and employees have shelter, food, and are safely out of harm’s way. Many of us are staying at friends’ homes in the bay area, while others are housed at the evacuation centers in Calistoga and Kelseyville.
— We will eventually coordinate a drop-off location for donations of needed items for residents, but until then, check the Lake County EOS page at https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyOES for suggestions.
— Harbin has NOT established any collection sites for financial donations, so posted sites are likely scams. We will announce any official fundraising efforts here. We appreciate your well wishes, but please do not overwhelm the sites above with non-essential posts. Thanks!