Before You Arrive

You may want to arrive at Harbin Hot Springs before your class begins to enjoy the surrounding nature or soak in the hot spring pools, and to set up your campsite if you are camping. Your arrival time at Harbin Hot Springs and accessibility to the classroom depends on which type of class you are taking. Please read the class description for specific details of your class start and end times.  You may arrive at Harbin prior to these days and times, but you must pay the normal Harbin fees, directly to Harbin.

When first arriving at Harbin, park to the right of the Gatehouse. Bring your ID up to the window and tell the gate person the class that you are attending. You will be given a parking pass that needs to remain on your dashboard during your class and directions to where your class is taking place. You must depart Harbin by 10:00pm on the day your class ends. You may stay longer at Harbin, but you must pay the normal Harbin fees, directly to Harbin at the front gatehouse before your pass expires at 10pm, to avoid a fine.

Please review the following detailed information prior to your arrival to help assure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

We would love to have you be a part of our growing community!

Our classes are held in workshop facilities on the property of Harbin Hot Springs. Harbin Hot Springs is located at 18424 Harbin Springs Rd, approximately two hours from San Francisco or Sacramento, in Middletown, California. The classroom facilities are the Meadow Building and the Mountain Lodge and occasionally the Ranch House. The School office is located next to the Meadow Building.

The pool for the water classes is at the Harbin Domes. Each water class has exclusive use of a pool for class work and practice while class is in session, 24 hours a day. See the Pools tab below for more details about the springs at Harbin.

Each classroom is equipped with back jacks for seating, a white board and paper flip chart, wall charts appropriate to subject matter, a skeleton, massage tables, shiatsu mats, stools, bolsters and pillows, overhead projector, paper and writing tools, and multimedia players for teacher presentations.

The School supplies an area for storage of personal belongings while students are attending class. When the class is over, students must take their belongings with them. Any belongings left by students after their class is complete will only be held for a limited time (2 weeks). Please assist the staff in making sure there is enough room for all students by adhering to this policy.

An intensive is intense! You will be in a communal, structured learning environment for 16.5 class hours in a two-day period, 25 class hours in a three-day period, 50 class hours in a five-day period or 100 class hours in an eleven-day period. Typically, there is additional practice, study, personal care, and recreation that add substantially to those hours. We recommend that you come well rested and to leave your personal and work related worries behind.

Sleep: Getting adequate rest and good nutrition is extremely important during class time. No cot or bedding is provided so bring whatever you need to sleep comfortably- including earplugs if you are a light sleeper. For our own peace and the peace of fellow students, we request quiet from 10:00pm until 7:00am. Likewise, we request that no alarm clocks ring or loud noises be made while others are still sleeping in the early morning. If you are a night owl or an early riser, there are other locations to socialize, read, etc.

Attentiveness: Your quality of attention in class will make an enormous difference in how much you retain. Taking “power nap” during an afternoon break can keep your mind fresh for the afternoon session. Another way to increase retention is to simulate the movements of the instructor during the demonstration and visualize the sequence before going to sleep. Having a class buddy to review the day’s material or utilizing the class assistants will enhance your learning. Sometimes academic information can be overwhelming and it is appropriate to set realistic goals. Many years are typically required to become proficient in any skill and massage is no different. Remember, we all begin our journey from a different place, so try not to compare yourself to others. If you find that a course is particularly challenging, consider auditing it as you may learn even more the second time.

  • Food to prepare your own meals (you can also buy food at the Harbin Market or in Middletown)
  • A set of twin sheets and a pillowcase for all land classes
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Air mattress or sleeping pad (for indoor or outdoor camping)
  • Towel (one or two)
  • Pillow
  • Swimsuit for water classes
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Walking Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Slippers
  • Earplugs for sound
  • Earplugs to prevent water from entering your ears
  • Calling card for pay phones.  There is limited reception and cell phones are not allowed in most areas of Harbin.  Cell reception is available a short drive off property.
  • Robe especially if you are in a water class in winter
  • Rain Gear and Warm Clothing in winter months
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses in summer months
  • Tent for outdoor camping
  • There is a strict fire ban at on all Harbin Hot Springs property. No open flames of any kind are permitted, including candles, incense and any cooking stoves.
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
  • Cell phone use is restricted to the parking lot when at Harbin Mainside. Note that cell phone reception is very poor at Harbin, you may need to drive into Middletown in order to use your cell phone
  • Outdoor camping: Upon arrival at the Gatehouse, you will receive a tent pass and shown where you may set up your tent and other equipment.
  • Indoor camping: You must bring a sleeping pad and sleeping bag. You will sleep in your classroom at night. In the morning, you must gather up your belongings and move them neatly to the edges of the room before class begins.
  • Valuables. Keep any valuables locked in your car.
  • Swimsuits required at all times during water classes and practice sessions in the pool used by the water class.
  • Cover the pool when you are the last person leaving.
  • Shower with soap each time before entering a pool and each time after going to the bathroom.
  • Keep your voices and noise to a minimum during sessions, classes, and after 10:00pm and before 6:00am. Water classes are held in the lower Harbin Domes Pool. Paid Health Services sessions are held in the upper Harbin Domes Pool, so please keep your voices low for your Harbin Domes water class sessions
  • Do not move or tamper with school equipment such as clocks, massage tables, appliances or thermostats without asking first.
  • Harbin Mainside pools are meditation pools, not conversation areas, so please follow the Harbin’s rules and guidelines posted around the Mainside pool areas.
  • To avoid parking congestion, please carpool or take the trail to the Harbin Mainside area.
  • Harbin has many activities during the week to enjoy outside of your class times. Please see the weekly events schedule for details.
  • Do not keep food in your tent. It attracts wild animals and insects.
  • Beware of rattlesnakes, deer ticks and kissing bugs.
  • No open glass or food in the classrooms or the pools. Only closed, unbreakable water bottles are allowed in the classrooms or at the pools.
  • Practicing bodywork is encouraged, but no money shall change hands for bodywork performed between students.
  • Instructors, qualified staff or teaching assistants may provide paid professional bodywork sessions. All must have liability insurance information on file at the School.