Diann Pattermann scheduled a spa day for her daughter’s birthdays in Seattle — and the experience was underwhelming. After spending many years at some of the world’s top resorts — like Rancho la Puerta in Tecate Mexico — Pattermann was disappointed by their experience and the lack of choices.
As she drove through the gates of her tranquil North Bend property the vision of creating a self-rejuvenation sanctuary came to her — Ishnala was born. It’s just officially opening this month, which is why you haven’t heard about it until now.
Ishnala is a unique wellness day retreat tucked away on eight acres in North Bend and unlike anything else in the area. The mission is to “empower healing and nurturing for the body and mind. Each day includes classes and meals that focus on true wellness,” Pattermann’s website explains.
The day retreats are designed for small groups of women — 10 is the max. Options include a “Body Retreat,” where guests may focus on core and strength training, trail running, cardio, or body philosophy. There is a “Wellness Retreat” that zeros in on conversations about disease prevention, food philosophy, stretching and relaxing, journal writing, and meditation. The “Mind Retreat” focuses on mediation, journal writing, labyrinth path and wooded walks, and quietness. All packages are completely customizable; healthy meals are included. Sauna and massage also are available. Perhaps you might choose to escape to Ishnala to soak up the peaceful surroundings in a hammock. You can choose to book a retreat for $290-$505 per day, or check out the drop-in classes to learn new things, like how to brew kombucha.