Nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean and surrounded by the Siuslaw
National Forest just a few miles south of Yachats, Oregon House offers
a meditative, relaxing retreat on the central coast. Only three hours'
drive from Portland, you enter a completely different world as you pull
off Highway 101 and descend the driveway into three and a half acres
of magic. A panoramic ocean vista framed by ancient spruces and firs
opens up to the sounds of waves crashing, the creek bubbling and wind
rustling through high branches. Drifting scents of salt air and cedar
logs burning in a fireplace touch the senses.
Oregon House was built back in the 1950's as a private home. The beautiful
mature gardens, carved out of the forest, with rhododendron bushes flowering
in bright pinks and mauves are testimony to the care and love with which
this white brick house was built - like the Taj Mahal - to woo a bride
from another culture - in this case California. Four other buildings
have been added over the years, extensions to the family home which
originally served as guest and servant lodges, kennels, garages and
laundry. These accommodations have been gracefully converted and arranged
to provide guest lodgings with a variety of different touches. The accommodations
range from a separate cabin where you can lie in the queen bed and simultaneously
be warmed by the fireplace and gaze out at the trees and ocean, favored
by couples who appreciate the coziness and privacy, to larger apartments
with several rooms suitable for a family or group of friends. Several
of the units have fireplaces, all have kitchens and private bathrooms.
Many have decks or terraces to sit out and picnic or barbecue.
Loving additions have been made in the gardens, too, such as 2 arches
bridges over the creek which runs through the property, giving a zen
quality to one corner where a meditation space has been created. Practice
yoga here, or just sit and gaze at the sunset over the ocean and allow
the soothing bells of the wind chimes to harmonize with the ceaseless
roar of the waves. Further along sit out on a promontory giving incredible
views along the length of the coast to both sides, with the rocky crags
disappearing in the distance and the mist, and the waves folding around
the rocks creating tide pools where the sea anemones open their hearts
to the sun and the wading birds play with the surf, catching crabs.
Walk down the lighted trail to the beach, ducking under the bent tree,
guardian of the land and sign that this was long ago a trail that the
local native villagers used to get to the caves where they traded their
wares. The almost private beach is one of the most beautiful on the
Oregon Coast - in fact on the Pacific Coast, equaling anything that
Big Sur has to offer. Explore the rocks and tidepools or sit quietly
in one of the caves and contemplate the beauty surrounding you.
This land is truly sacred and brings you back into right relationship
with yourselves, your loved ones and with the earth. Within a few hours
it works its magic, bringing the tensions, stress and pain of our disconnections
and overwhelms to the surface to be seen and dissolved by the power
of the ocean. Take a massage or another healing treatment to help release
the stress. In this energy of purification, we are once again connected
with our true selves and empowered.
Oregon House was founded in 1997 by Melita Marshall, who comes from
England, and was inspired to create a healing and retreat center while
she was living at the Findhorn Community in Scotland in 1990. She was
further encouraged by her experiences at Esalen and Breitenbush. Having
landed in Portland in 1995, she fell in love with the Northwest and
within months knew that the central Oregon coast, near Yachats, with
its powerful energies of forest and ocean, was where she wanted to be.
She found there a remarkable community who immediately lent their support
to her dream. It took a year from first finding Oregon House to complete
the purchase and to be granted a visa to live here. "As soon as I set
foot on this land, it completely took my breath away. I had no doubt
at all that this was where my center had to be. But it was a much bigger
commitment than I had expected on all levels, so it took a while to
process through all the fears that came up for me. But then, I have
discovered that this is what this land is about. It brings up shadow
material to be looked at and dissolved."
Melita wants to offer a safe place for people to come to, either as
individuals, couples, families or groups, to do their own healing work.
Year round there are rooms available for individual retreats. In addition,
the main house, with its beautiful large living room with fireplace
and panoramic ocean views, is an ideal setting for groups to gather
for a function which may be anything from a family reunion to corporate
retreat or training in bodywork or other healing therapies. In the spring
and fall, Oregon House invites teachers to come to give workshops. Massage
and other healing modalities are offered on site.
"This is a space out of time," says Melita. "This is our home and we
invite all our guests to take advantage of this space, away from the
interruptions and distractions of telephones and televisions, to go
quietly inside themselves, to rest and relax and feel recharged by the
land and the ocean."
Eight miles to the north of Oregon House is the small community of
Yachats. Drop in to Toad Hall and enjoy a latte and browse through the
books and gifts. Eat great seafood in one of the small restaurants in
the town. Then take a hike in the old growth forest at Cape Perpetua.
Watch the migrating whales and sea lions navigate the rocky coast line,
magnificent sunsets, dramatic winter storms, and the great sea birds
fishing. Stroll the beaches exploring tide pools, and collect shells
and agates. This is truly a very special part of Oregon to visit year