tree of life garden
open to the public - come visit
Situated in the floodplain of Bear Creek, the property’s river bottom loam has been enriched over time with minerals from the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountain ranges, thereby facilitating the cultivation of nutritious vegetables and medicines. The US Geological Survey has registered WellSprings soil as “Class I,” a category that exemplifies quality mineral content and tilth.
Three of eight Wellsprings’ acres that have been awarded “organic certification "by Oregon Tilth and are intensely cultivated. There are several areas of flourishing gardens to view numerous species of medicinal cultivators.
The unique geographical and climactic features of the Siskiyou-Kalmiopsis bioregion – a collection of fertile valleys and microclimates protected between two North-Southerly mountain ranges – invite botanical diversity that is unprecedented in the Northern temperate hemisphere. At the turn of the Twentieth Century the City of Ashland captured its abundant botanical heritage in its motto, “Where the palm trees meet the pines.” Only thirteen other regions on the planet offer greater species diversity than found in the Southern Oregon location. It is WellSprings’ intention for its entire 35 acres to flourish into a botanical garden and seed bank that demonstrates, and protects, the biodiversity of the world’s 14th most prolific region. WellSprings’ warm water springs increase its ability of grow subtropical varieties, making the property ideal for establishing aesthetic botanical and water garden features, a valuable addition to any healing center.
Health research institute
Health Research Institute is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt educational trust that was originally incorporated in 1987 as the Lehrburger Charitable Trust (LCT) for the stated purpose of promoting physical, emotional, environmental, and spiritual health. With a philosophy that human well-being is dependent upon a healthy environment, Lehrburger recognized the importance and wisdom of applying both conventional and complementary approaches to health care. Through research into the use of nutritional and botanical medicines, and the application of a wide range of therapeutic modalities, the organization is dedicated to health education and promotion in a manner that benefits both local and regional communities on a non-discriminatory basis.
The LCT was originally housed at the Jackson House – built by Eugenia Jackson in 1853 – where Lehrburger established a multidisciplinary center for the healing arts, replete with massage institute, medical clinic, botanical gardens and apothecary. Recognizing the time-honored benefit of hydrotherapy and, more specifically, the quality and reputation of the artesian waters at Jackson Hot Springs, Lehrburger made a number of offers to purchase the neighboring Jackson Hot Springs over a period of eight years. In 1995 the purchase of the thirty five acre development was consummated under the assumed business name Jackson WellSprings LLC. During that same year the name of the non-profit trust was changed to the Health Research Institute (HRI) and the name of the property was changed to Jackson WellSprings. With the committed efforts of HRI’s board of directors and the members of the Jackson WellSprings LLC, the WellSprings campus is being designed as a botanical park and integrated healing community with a primary focus on human and environmental health education and restoration.
Purpose, Goals, and Directives
To provide knowledge and skills that will enable individuals to assume responsibility for personal and planetary health.
To provide accurate information that will facilitate proper decision-making regarding the long and short-term status of our biological and social environments.
To provide facilities where participants can experience, in didactic and experiential fashions, techniques for personal growth and development and, equally, where participants can acquire and implement fundamental methodologies that promote environmental sustainability.
To provide models of health that are economically and ecologically sound and which bring man into harmony with his environment and himself.
To provide an environment where traditional concepts of health and economics can be critically analyzed and where new concepts which are kinder both to mankind and the environment can be explored and implemented.
To provide facilities where participants can learn to respect Nature as the source of human health and economic stability.
To provide effective tools through education, research, and clinical practice that teach self-responsibility, promote healing, and restore the environment.
Honoring Total Human Potential and the role each individual plays in affecting change, WellSprings strives to cultivate a sense of personal importance, personal responsibility, and respect for others.
Environmental Restoration Project
HRI is a non-profit trust that enjoys tax-exempt status under the IRS code 501C3. The board is comprised of seven members who meet at regular intervals throughout the year to discuss ongoing efforts and design plans to transform WellSprings into an integrated eco-village and healing center. The Trust has no ownership interest in the property or in the Jackson WellSpring LLC, but works closely with the LLC in an advisory capacity to shape the future of the 35 acre development. Shared goals of both organizations include:
A botanical garden, replete with specimens demonstrating therapeutic benefit or potential promise;
Botanical pharmacy and apothecary whereby plant-based medicines are produced and compounded;
Apprenticeship program where students acquire, both experientially and didactically, tools and skills that will further their contributions in the areas of environmental restoration, permaculture design, organic gardening, seed saving, food and medicine preparation, herbology and other therapeutic modalities;
Spa and warm water therapy development;
Educational programs providing ongoing classes, retreats and workshops;
Eco-village providing housing to staff, students, and residents involved in the development of the healing center;
Medical center specializing in transitional and transformational medicine that offers integrated and complementary services in the areas of birthing, death and dying, and prevention.
Eight acres of the WellSprings 35 acres – referred to as the Garden Meadow – are under the protection of the Health Research Institute (HRI). HRI has insured that the vegetable and medicinal gardens as well as the greenhouse and shade houses maintain organic status under the certification of Oregon Tilth. HRI’s steadfast management of blackberries, thistles, and other noxious weeds has allowed an increasing amount of land and waterways to be reclaimed and sculpted into park-like settings for use as an educational center and classroom for interns and apprentices. Since 1995 the Garden Meadow has witnessed a multitude of ceremonies, festivals, work parties, workshops, community events, fundraisers, and barn raising empowerments.
This portion of WellSprings has been devoted to the “ancestors,” keeping alive ancient practices and traditions of the elders, and to “our children’s children,” in hopes that these traditions will remain alive for generations to come. A living sweat lodge adorns the valley floor, comprised of willow trees whose young branches are woven each spring into the structural framework to strengthen and cover the lodge. On the mountainside overlooking the sweat lodge, the Buddha Skywall’s towering prayer flags are affixed to a fortifying collection of monolithic stones that were hand-sculpted more than one hundred years ago by the Chinese in order to stabilize the hillside. At the union of two streams the foundation is being steadied for a Hindu shrine that will be erected to honor the late Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, a third generation temple builder, engineer, and stone mason, who is responsible for illuminating and delivering to the West the Vaastu sciences and to translating a collection of early Vedic manuscripts. Along the shores of Wildcat Gulch, three warm water springs deliver water into a sacred pool that was used by First Nation tribes as a ceremonial birthing site and, during the 1940’s and 1950’s, by members of the Rogue Valley’s Jewish community for the purpose of ceremonial cleansing. In 2006 HRI embarked on its Mikvah project, an environmental restoration effort to stabilize the fragile hillsides above the pool by redirecting the warm water into a large, ceremonial soaking pool. The tireless efforts and commitment of HRI board members and volunteers have been responsible for the continued successes of these programs.
Three of eight Wellsprings’ acres that have been awarded “organic certification”by Oregon Tilth and are intensely cultivated, furnishing most of the restaurant’s food and culinary herb requirements. There are several area of flourishing gardens to view numerous species of medicinal cultivators. The unique geographical and climactic features of the Siskiyou-Kalmiopsis bioregion – a collection of fertile valleys and microclimates protected between two North-Southerly mountain ranges – invite botanical diversity that is unprecedented in the Northern temperate hemisphere. At the turn of the Twentieth Century the City of Ashland captured its abundant botanical heritage in its motto, “Where the palm trees meet the pines.” Only thirteen other regions on the planet offer greater species diversity than found in the Southern Oregon location. It is WellSprings’ intention for its entire 35 acres to flourish into a botanical garden and seed bank that demonstrates, and protects, the biodiversity of the world’s 14th most prolific region. WellSprings’ warm water springs increase its ability of grow subtropical varieties, making the property ideal for establishing aesthetic botanical and water garden features, a valuable addition to any healing center.
WellSprings is home to the Non-Profit Health Research Institute
Through the daily practice of love and devotion,
we assist people to birth their authentic selves by celebrating the belief in ceremony with the
The Goddess Temple of Ashland expresses herself as an elemental temple, honoring the medicine of the Seasonal Wheel.
Through respect for the landscape and ourselves,
the Temple Dome and Sanctuary rests each year after Samhain and reblossoms at Spring.
This is a sustainable model that gifts us the opportunity to fully engage and embody into the alignment of the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Many of our Temple Melissae travel to share their inspiration received while Serving, and others choose to go into a deep introspective journey gestating what is stirring to be born anew in the coming year.
THE OAK TEMPLE is a Co-Created Community Altar dedicated to Exploring, Honoring, and Supporting a Sacred Masculine Experience. Located on the North West end of the Sacred Meadow at
July 6, 2023
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2253 OR-99 N.
Ashland, OR 97520
it's the water!
Naturally Alkaline, Artesian, Mineral Hot Springs
Temperature: 103 degrees F / 39.4 C
Flow: 80,000 gallons daily
Antimicrobial, bacteriostatic, bactericidal
Hardness: 6.6 mg / L
Alkalinity, total (as CaC03): 64 mg / L
Dissolved solids: 340 ppm
Sodium: 108 mg / L
Chloride: 83 mg / L
Silica: 75 mg / L
Sulfate: 24 mg / L
Boron: 2.8 mg / L
Calcium: 2.6 mg / L
Fluoride: 2.0 mg / L
Potassium: 1.2 mg / L
With a pH of 9.3, WellSprings water is highly alkaline. Nineteenth century eclectic physicians recognized the value of consuming and bathing in alkaline water. Modern science concurs that an alkaline blood pH (and consuming alkaline water) improves efficiency in tens of thousands of enzymatic reactions required by the body on an hourly basis to maintain health and vitality. Where a growing number of businesses in the United States and Europe are promoting proprietary machines that delivery alkaline water, WellSprings is blessed with naturally alkaline, artesian, mineral hot springs water.
Alkalinity discourages viral, bacterial, and fungal growth and helps to explain the bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties of WellSprings’ water. Mineral water, for example the ocean, has been revered throughout time for fighting skin disease and promoting wound healing. WellSprings’ water’s unique mineral and salt contents – rich in sulfur - discourages microbial proliferation and overgrowth. And like the ocean, WellSprings’ water is rich in both sodium and chloride, as evidenced by the buoyancy of soakers and bathers. The synergistic antimicrobial effects of high alkalinity and mineral content have allowed WellSprings to avoid harsh chemical additives, such as chlorine and bromine, in order to maintain cleanliness, freshness, and safety. After years of meticulous research performed by WellSprings scientists and staff, State of Oregon Environmental Health permitted WellSprings to remove itself from the chlorine standard.
rules & regulations
Practice RESPECT for self and others.
Take care of yourself, one another, and the Wellsprings.
Enter at your own risk. Take responsibility for your actions. Spa and swimming facilities combine the elements of heat, water and gravity. As such, certain dangers and risks such as slipping and falling, water-borne illness, heat exposure, and heat injuries are inherent.
There is NO lifeguard on duty. All members are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of those who accompany them.
Take a cleansing shower before entering the pool, sauna, and steam room. This is State Law. For your health, shower frequently. For the health and safety of others, shower after using the restrooms.
Proper swimwear required. No undergarments in public areas of spa or swimming facilities. Bathing suits are available for borrowing in the office.
Clothing optional is available in the evening sessions 6-10pm, as well as on Ladies Night Monday 5-10pm. All other times, bathing suits are required. Children under 18 years old must be out of the building 15 minutes prior to clothing optional sessions.
Heated pools, steam and sauna can worsen certain medical conditions. Pregnant women and anyone with heart conditions, hypertension, cerebral vascular disease, or skin conditions should consult their healthcare professional before using the facilities.
Those with communicable disease or skin condition should receive clearance from their doctor before using the facilities.
Sauna Etiquette: Sit on a towel in the sauna (towels available for rent in the office.) Do not pour water on the dry sauna stove. Only approved essential oils are permitted in the sauna and steam room. Honey, salt, and lotions are not allowed in the sauna or steam room. Be sensitive to the requests of other patrons.
Street shoes are not permitted. This is State Law. Leave street shoes in cubbies at the spa entrance. Swin sandals are acceptable.
Glass is NOT permitted in the spa and pool facilities. This is State Law.
Dogs are not permitted in spa facilities or office unless registered as a service animal; emotional support animals are prohibited.
Alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs are prohibited. Do not enter the spa facility while intoxicated.
Sexual activity will not be tolerated.
Floors and decks are slippery. Running and horseplay discouraged.
Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult AND are not permitted in the steam room or sauna without an accompanying adult.
Children 3 and under - regardless of their potty training - are REQUIRED to wear a swim diaper. Swim diapers are available for purchase in the office.
Wellsprings is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Leave valuables in your car or in a locked locker. Bring your own lock to use and remove after use. Otherwise locks can be purchased in the office.
Speed limit on the property is 5mph at ALL times.
Kindly report broken or malfunctioning equipment, injuries, and accidents to the Wellsprings staff.
Let us know how we can serve you better. Submit suggestions and incident reports to the office.
Wellsprings reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
In entering the WellSprings property and reserving a campsite, RV site, or glamping space, you and your guests agree to have read the following:
PRACTICE RESPECT for the land and water, flora and fauna, as well as your neighbors.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, ONE ANOTHER,AND YOUR SPACE. Take responsibility for your children and pets. Leave this sacred land in better condition than you found it.
PLEASE RECYCLE. Recycling stations are provided. DO NOT litter.
NO SMOKING. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the glamping structures. Please smoke responsibly.
FIRES. Fires are strictly permitted to the fire pits and BBQ pits. NO FIRES allowed during high risk times. Do not litter in the fire pits.
SPEED LIMIT IS 5 MPH.
QUIET HOURS: 9PM - 8AM. Please note that WellSprings is an events center and certain scheduled events may run past 9pm noise curfew. WellSprings reserves the right to remove disruptive and disrespectful campers, as well as cancel their stay without issuing a refund.
CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF. Leave common areas including campground, fire and BBQ pits, bathrooms, and laundry facilities in a tidy manner, in a better condition than you found them.
Maintain campsites in an orderly and trash-free manner. Confine belongings to your tent and vehicle. Prevent urban sprawl.
Overnight automobile and RV parking is confined to designated gravel parking areas. Parking on lawns or open fields is prohibited.
Camping area is restricted to paid campers ONLY. Register and pay before entering the Campground.
RUDE, OBNOXIOUS, OR DISORDERLY CONDUCT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. ILLEGAL DRUG USE OR SALES PERMIT THE WELLSPRINGS TO PERMANENTLY REMOVE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT OR STAY ON THE PROPERTY.