Dr. Peter Borten became interested in natural medicine at a young age, writing his first report on acupuncture at age 12, counseling friends in high school, and shopping the witchcraft stores of Salem for medicinal herbs as a teenager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in botany at UMass Amherst, and then he moved to Portland to embark on a healing career that would include all of his interests. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – which encompasses herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, qi gong, and psychology – he found what he was looking for.

His insatiable curiosity and a strong drive to help others has kept him working hard. He returned to school to study Classical Five Element Acupuncture (a form that focuses on the psychological and spiritual origins of illness) and again to earn his doctorate in TCM. He has taught at Lewis and Clark College, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and the National University of Natural Medicine. He created an online database of medicinal herbs, a collection of clinical resources for practitioners, an interactive tool for pain relief, and has authored hundreds of articles on all facets of health.

 

With his wife, Briana, he is the co-owner of The Dragontree, a wellness company with holistic spas in Portland and Boulder. He developed The Dragontree’s line of natural body care products, including the best-selling Muscle Melt line of liniments, balms, creams, and patches. In 2014, he created How to Eat, an online course to teach people the best of Eastern and Western approaches to nutrition in a way that makes sense; to optimize health, weight, and energy. Also in 2015, he and Briana published the Rituals for Living Dreambook, a system to help people organize and manage busy lives, set and achieve goals, all while prioritizing the sweet, soul-nourishing stuff.

 

In 2016, he created Live Pain Free, an online course to help people get out of pain, based on 20 years of working with patients utilizing numerous modalities. Also in 2016, Peter and Briana published The Well Life (Simon & Schuster), a book that teaches people how to achieve peace, happiness, and balance by working with the three elements of Structure, Sweetness, and Space. Peter also narrated an audio version of the book. In 2017, they wrote and published Rituals for Transformation: 108 Day Journey to Your Sacred Life. And in 2018, they created Freedom: A Simple Ritual for Letting Go, a workbook that teaches people to know themselves, to learn what the intelligence of their higher Self has to teach, and to become free of limitations and suffering.

In 2018, Peter and Briana launched the Dragontree Life Coaching program to train people to become effective and compassionate coaches. In the same year they founded The Well Life Foundation, a non-profit organization for empowering women, supporting them through difficult transitions, inspiring peace, and awakening their dreams. Profits from the Dragontree Life Coaching Program go to the Foundation.

 

As a team, Briana and Peter have made it their mission to create a more peaceful world by helping individuals reestablish a sense of inner peace and balance. The Dragontree has been named the Best Spa in Portland year after year, and Dragontree books and programs have changed thousands of lives. The couple resides in Boulder, Colorado with their daughters, Sabina and Sailor, three cats, two dogs, two alpacas, and nine chickens.

After a few years, we decided to leave the cafe business to someone else, and sold The Clearing to a wonderful couple. We still eat there all the time.

Meanwhile, Portland International Airport invited us to build a spa there. I hate airports, so the idea of creating a sanctuary in PDX, which would be as un-airport as possible (announcements of found bags being “confiscated and destroyed” notwithstanding), was very appealing. We opened our doors there in 2009.

 

Over the next few years, despite having so much going on in Portland, I started to get tired of living in a big city – and a mostly dark, rainy one at that. I found myself looking at the weather statistics and demographics of other places, and fantasizing about a life in the sun. I hadn’t intended to stay in Portland when I moved there for grad school, but ended up being there for 15 years. In August of 2012, we moved to Boulder, Colorado.

 

We had dreams of opening a spa in Boulder, but faced the most difficult challenges of our lives making it happen. Finally, after drawing on every possible resource, praying, chanting, visualizing, vision boarding, and working our asses off day and night, we finally made it happen in July 2013.

 

In October of 2014 we opened our fourth spa, this one in the Sheraton Hotel in Portland. And in November of 2014, our second daughter, Sailor, was born. We feel very blessed.