Breitenbush is an intentional community and worker owned cooperative whose mission it is to care for the hot springs, the land and the Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center. We all live in this rugged and beautiful mountain setting, 154 acres, and serve thousands of guests year round. The 2011 Western Worker Cooperative Conference will convene from September 5-7 at Breitenbush.
It takes a small tribe to keep Breitenbush running smoothly, thus our community is home to around 50 full-time year-round employees, with an additional 20 - 30 employees joining us each summer to help out with our busy season (May - October), and many Fill-ins and Temps contributing their service throughout the year. We have broken-up the necessary work into Teams (Kitchen, Office, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Healing Arts, Construction, Systems, Landscaping, etc.). All Teams are run cooperatively, with all members having input and sharing in the responsibilities of their Team. Full-time/year-round positions come open in most departments on a somewhat regular basis.
A tour of Breitenbush's river, springs, cabins, hydroelectric plant, and trails, from Matty and Peter: