Experience Subterranean Wellness at The Sanctuary

This new unique space tucked into the hillside of the Columbia River Gorge is perfect for group retreats and events. // Photo Credit: The Society Hotel Bingen
A one-of-a-kind space aptly called The Sanctuary has opened at The Society Hotel Bingen (WA). This unique subterranean dome-shaped building, tucked into the hillside of the Columbia River Gorge, is perfect for group retreats and events.

“We wanted to create a space that didn’t compete with the other structures on the hotel property and allowed for a different kind of community gathering space,” says Matt Siegel, The Society Hotel co-owner. “Plus, we wanted the structure to fold seamlessly into the beauty of the Gorge landscape. We accomplished all of that with the creation of The Sanctuary.”

The Sanctuary is now accepting reservations for wellness retreats and private groups for yoga, meditation, qigong, musical performances, sound healing, dance parties, and more. The 800-square-foot circular room can comfortably accommodate up to 30 people for a yoga class and 40 to 50 people for a dance party. With a customized cupola window at the ceiling’s center and large south-facing glass doors, The Sanctuary is flooded with natural light. And, while the inside has outstanding acoustics, the underground space contains the noise so other guests are not disturbed by late-night programming. 

Photo Credit: The Society Hotel Bingen

“For yoga classes, acoustic musical performances, intimate sound healing ceremonies, early morning meditation and late-night dance parties, there is no better place in the Pacific Northwest,” says Siegel. “It is an incredibly special place.”


The most comprehensive and up-to-date information relating to the pandemic.

All the day's coronavirus-related news and additional stories for small businesses.

The framework to build The Sanctuary came from Formworks Building, a Colorado-based family business that specializes in sustainable, energy-efficient earth-sheltered and green-roof structures. The design team at Formworks provided the customized floor plan with an entryway, cupola window, and area for a kitchenette and bathroom.

The Society Hotel Bingen opened in spring 2019 and offers a refined, off-the-beaten-path experience anchored by the historically restored 80-year-old Bingen Schoolhouse. In addition to The Sanctuary, the property features a Spa & Bathhouse with a saltwater soaking pool, sauna, hot tub, cold plunge, and massage rooms.

To make reservations at The Sanctuary, click here.


Renovated Tuscan Spa Fuses Local History with Modern Amenities

The 10 Best Destinations for Winter Wellness and Beyond

 Forbes Highlights 29 Luxury Spas in 2019 Forbes Travel Guide