Sculpture and Artwork
Sculpture and Artwork

Friends of the Oasis

"The Oasis was a most wonderful element of our retreat at Harbin Hot Springs and the most wonderful element is are the heart, the soul, the shining star of your true Oasis and naturally, all of Middletown and beyond...hugs from us both"...Virginia 

The following are links to just a few of the fascinating guests who have graced our Breakfast Table. These are their interests and businesses. There is a connected community of amazing beings who cross paths here. This page is maintained in order to facilitate these people meeting and adding directly to each others' lives. Knowing them has certainly added to mine.



Health, Healing, Philosophy, Politics and Spirituality

Ancient Organics provides organic ghee in the Ayervedic tradition.


Buddist Peace Fellowship is a leader in socially engaged Buddhism, cultivating peace through sharing with others decades of experience, providing donors who value peacemaking to other organizations, and educating the public with dharma-centered views of social justice. We are here to assist in implementing projects that work toward ending suffering in the world.


The Beezone is dedicated to understanding the spiritual teachings of Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj


Jim Dreaver:  "The Way of Harmony", "The Ultimate Cure:  The Healing Energy Within" , and "Somatic Technique" are some of the materials that are available at this website.


Elspeth G. Seddig, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, of the Pacific Heights Naturopathic Clinic, P.C., 4255 18th Street, Suite 202 SF, CA 94114  415.921.2123  415.921.2123 , "Preventative, effective medicine in pursuit of health, not dis-ease"


Jamieson Health Center is run by Samuel R Jamieson , Doctor of Chiropractic in San Jose.


Joanna Macy's web site opens doors to the new bodies of thought, time-tested spiritual practices, and pioneering group methods, "that I find to be powerful inspirations to understanding and action. I share these resources in service to the revolution of our time: the 'Great Turning' from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization."


LaJolla Whole Health provides EDS testing, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Reike, BTM Testing. Michelle Lesueur will answer your questions.

Mona Oyos will provide a complimentary Blood Pressure Monitor Report


Personal Life Media has juicy lifestyle content for people at the leading edge of culture.  Talk shows, reality audio, interviews, tips, guided exercises and frank discussion delivered via streams, podcasts and blogs.


The Pilates Center of San Francisco is a training facility that offers private and semi-private instruction on equipment and small group mat classes for adults and teens. 


Sacred Therapy ...psychotherapist and spiritual teacher Estelle Frankel travels to the heart of Jewish mysticism to reveal how people of any faith can draw upon this rich body of teachings to gain wisdom, clarity, and a deeper sense of meaning in the midst of modern life.


Smart Patients is an online community where patients and caregivers learn from each other about treatments, clinical trials, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience.

Massage, Spas and Retreats

Greta Zeit, trained at the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs with Elaine Marie, and in Somatics Technique at the Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, offers massage at the Backyard Garden Oasis.


Debi Freeland Established in 2001, in Kelseyville, Debi has perfected a Spa Style Massage that is deeply relaxing ~ a moist heat treatment is incorporated into each session...


Harbin Hot Springs has a world class massage school and retreat.  Operated by the Heart Consciousness Church, it is a clothing optional facility.


Reposturing Dynamics The Reposturing Solution is a pure and natural way for all people who want pain relief. Reposturing realigns the body the way it works best for long-lasting results and pain free living. By aligning your posture, your body builds strength and flexibility to do everything with ease.


Andrei Skwira is a Spiritual Life Coach, Clarity  Breathwork Practitioner/Trainer and Aquatic Bodyworker with extensive training and certifications in Watsu, Waterdance, Healing Dance as well as Esalen, Thai, Swedish, Self-healing and Movement Education. His main passion is learning to live an awakened life and to share it with others. He enjoys in-depth study and practice of self-inquiry and meditation as a path of liberation.



KBLX, the Quiet Storm, and its News Director, Nikki Thomas, bring you soft and warm R&B and Jazz.

Larry Mantle hosts AirTalk on KPCC 89.3 FM (NPR), Southern California Public Radio


Music and Theatre

Diane Louise Salinger is an accomplished film and stage actress who also teaches acting.


Anonymous 4  The four women who comprise Anonymous 4 combine musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance


Carmen Grillo, world-renowned artist and former Tower of Power band member.


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra There is no doubt about it—the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is “World’s Best. Chicago’s Own.” And now, the world’s best just got better. Starting in September 2010, Riccardo Muti will take up his post as the CSO’s tenth music director and present an incredible array of concerts in his inaugural season.


Eric Martin tours regularly in the US and Asia. 


Greta Larson is a recitalist, sings in a band called Great Highway.


Greg Barnett's original music can be heard and enjoyed here.


Katie Bishop music:  a heart feels, a mouth speaks, a soul survives


The Karnofsky Project  provides used band instruments to unserved children in New Orleans.  Mr. Karnofsky was a businessman in New Orleans. As he made coal deliveries around New Orleans, his son and his son’s friend rode the coal delivery wagon, helping Mr. K with the deliveries. Each day as they passed a particular store, the son’s friend pointed to an old cornet in the window, a cornet he couldn’t hope to buy but longed to play.

One day, Mr. Karnofsky stopped at the store, walked in and came out with the cornet. He handed it to his son’s friend and told him he could work it off. The young man did and went on to play a pretty good horn. His name was Louis Armstrong and Mr. Karnofsky took the time to care about a kid.


Jim Fox is a guitarist, composer, graduate of the Berklee V
College of Music (Dum Laude, Distinguished Performance Faculty Award), has toured the world and recorded with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Jr, Barry Manilow, Better Midler, Patrick Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin .....


Lou Rawls --a voice that one critic has called "sweet as sugar, soft as velvet, strong as steel, smooth as butter." ...Sinatra once said about the two of them that they were " saloon singers--voices that's all, reaching into hearts and souls." ... we will miss him ... 


Other Minds, a global New Music community where composers, students, and listeners discover and learn about innovative music by composers from all over the world. Other Minds is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco.


RadiOM, the website that brings you the sounds of revelationary new music and the voices of the revelationists themselves.

We also offer concerts, sound poetry performances, lectures and documentaries in classical music, jazz, experimental music and other forms. The material you will find here is gleaned from thousands of hours of audio recordings from KPFA-FM radio in Berkeley (1949-1995), and concerts and talks produced by Other Minds in San Francisco (1993-2005).


Roma Mafia, Burlesque Performer 


SocialStudies101 shares the dynamic music of this San Francisco band, with lead singer, Natalia Rogovin and Michael Jirkovsky, Jesse Hudson and Ben McClintock. Or visit on Facebook.


Ursula Wawroschek, Piano, Kabarett, Kleinkunst

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Real Estate,Construction and Development

Aeratorman does lawn aeration and dethatching, weekly yeard care, sprinkler tune-ups, reseeding and new sod and relandscape projects.


The Guthrie Group, Keller Williams Realty is in Brentwood, CA


Imprev is an on-line design center for real estate.


Mr. Bathtub, Inc. has built an outstanding reputation by providing excellent customer service and quality refinishing to thousands of customers since 1980. We are properly licensed and insured. Refinishing is a process which is completed in several steps and requires specialized equipment and materials in order to accomplish excellent results.


Rim Rock Ranch Vineyard Estates If you're searching for California acreage to develop your own vineyard property, horse ranch, farm, or country home, Rim Rock Ranch is your ideal destination. This gated, 800-acre community features parcels with quiet, secluded building sites that are approximately 20 acres. With roads paved and wells on every lot, potential building sites have been cleared and and have power to their perimeters.

Ryan Associate, General Contractors, located in SF, and building quality work and living spaces..


Sherwood Design Engineers a group of civil and environmental engineers, planners, and ecologists based in San Francisco, New York and Cambridge. We have built an international reputation by providing engineering services and design solutions which reflect our deep commitment to executing well-planned, sustainable alternatives for our world-wide communities. Our firm has a history of pioneering exceptional designs on a range of complex projects, and we are a leader in the established arena of green building design and ecological master planning.

GArt and Graphics

Aesthetic Scientist is a creative, identity, branding, and design firm with over fifteen years of experience creating, developing, and producing highly effective visual communications and marketing strategies for advertising, branding, visual merchandising, and marketing communications.


ArtisMobilus  is a mobile public art gallery and roving arts incubator bringing pubic art to The People while providing a platform for creative dialogue, collaboration, inspiration, innovation, and creative expression.


Atsuko Otsuka is an Author, Writer and Photographer, who,Since beginning her career as a photojournalist in 1986, has been growing this sense deeply while covering wars and environmental destruction, learning of the lives of those who are affected with diseases, and seeing the trials faced by people who are struggling to put troubled pasts behind them.


Beth Hartmann’s sculpture reflects the feelings left after she has viewed objects in nature or people interacting. Using her own techniques and alternative reflective or translucent materials, she constructs objects and installations which work to provoke viewer reactions.


Daniel Randolph is an artist who works with all media and subjects.  Contact him at (310)463-0515 or


Meg Fox  A journey of transformation from childhood trauma, these works document the healing magic of storytelling within a therapeutic realm of myth, fairy tales and the creative arts. 




Harem Sister is a young woman's quest for personal power in ancient Persia, written by Michele Fontaine,, who is an award-winning writer and author ... she lives and dances in San Francisco...


JD Lenzen has released over 200 instructional videos  to demonstrate knot making, as well as published several novels, most recently,"Disturbingly Normal" 2010.


Education and Life Improvement


Chosen Futures ... success by definitionStrategies for Learning provides one to one educational experiences for those with learning challenges.



The Gilroy Dispatch is a community newspaper, part of the Mainstreet Media Group LLC.


MD2MD is a medical transcription company based in Redwood City, serving the worldwide medical community.


Inspired on Demand, inspired by Leslie Lupinsky, is an innovative and comprehensive business development company committed to entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in the world and are looking for the means to accomplish their goals.


TimeClock Plus offers true, real-time, timekeeping solutions for today's business including secure biometric authentication for access control and identification in day care and nursing homes.



Convention Hotel Guide is the World's largest online convention hotel resource.


Fig Leaves has mostly Women's Lingerie at very reasonable prices.


Lumilids, lighting from the silicon valley

Hi'iaka Florist, the timelessness of aloha for a day or a lifetime.

Welcome Baby,  specialized products for the newborn.




Corner Office provides unique on-site instructional services for individuals and groups in several software programs, including, but not limited to, QuickBooks {certified} Microsoft Office Products and ACT.


PRN is the only media network that reaches and engages consumers while they are shopping in the world’s largest retailers.  PRN's network includes both broadcast and interactive programming that advises and entertains shoppers.


Think Noise Sound Design The inclusion of sound is essential to the design of any multimedia project.  It completes the user experience by reinforcing interactive feedback. is the leading news community on the Web, connecting people to the information and discussions that matter to them in every U.S. town and city.  The site links news from 50,000 sources to 360,000 lively user-generated forums. Topix also works with the nation's major media companies to grow and engage their online audiences through forums, classifieds, publishing platforms and RSS feeds.


Travel and Dining

Amphora Nueva, Berkeley Olive Oil works, a 90-year old business.


Dining Detectives, Carol and Joe Davis are San Francisco Food, Wine and Travel Writers, who share their fine dining experiences at over 150 Bay Area Restaurants.


Hot Table Panini  when you are in the Massachusetts/Connecticut area, this is a must!


Lococo's Authentic Sicilian Restaurant and Pizzaria has two locations, in Oakland and Berkeley.


Lombard Street Hotels  Welcome to San Francisco! Lombard Street Hotels offers great rates on over 50 hotels on or near Lombard Street.


Mountain Travel Sobek pioneered small-group adventure travel back in 1969.  Choose among more than 100 active adventure vacations to worldwide destinations.  What's on your life's to-do list?


Olema Cottages is a lovely place to stay in Marin County 


24019 Hilderbrand Dr
Middletown, CA 95461

Phone: 707 295 7089

What's New

  • Cottages can be booked without breakfast with a $20 Discount.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all the cottages. 
  • All our linens, including robes, are 100% Cotton.
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