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April at Rancho La Puerta


How do we handle — or perhaps even embrace — change and uncertainty in our lives while maintaining serenity? In these busy times we live in, change is a given, so staying centered and calm is a journey worth taking together in April at The Ranch.

March 31 – April 6

An Ode to Joy with Douglas Abrams and others

One of the first steps toward serenity is your pursuit of joy, even when it would be easiest to throw in the towel and run and hide. Thankfully we can turn to many amazing examples of people who reach out and shine bright as paragons of calm. Join The Book of Joy with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama co-author Douglas Abrams, along with an amazing group of presenters, for a life-changing week. This will be a fresh take on the regular Ranch programs, with speakers, experiences and entertainment resulting from our partnership with the founders of The Gathering of Joy. More.

April 7- 13

Exploring The California Missions with photographer Melba Levick and Professor Ruben Mendoza

Follow the trail of Father Junipero Serra and other Franciscan missionaries in this beautifully photographed new book by Melba Levick with text by Professor Rubén Mendoza. Levick and Mendoza explore the 18th-century California Mission chain and its almost incomprehensible (and still controversial) creation using only local materials and neophytes (Native Americans) labor. Each misión was a long day’s ride or walk from the next along the coastal region of California from San Diego to Sonoma, north of San Francisco. More.

April 14 – 20

Searching for Humanity: Stories from Historical Places Around the World with David Ono, Jeff MacIntyre, Shirley Ann Higuchi and Emily Higuchi Filling

What do you do after you win an Emmy, or about a dozen, give or take a few? You come to Rancho La Puerta and share your journey with other guests while you recharge in the midst of working on your next documentary. Join Jeff MacIntyre and David Ono as they share their experiences covering some of the most compelling and important stories of our time, along with Lessons from WWII with Emily Higuchi Filling and Shirley Ann Higuchi. More.

April 21 – 27

Gyrokinesis with Nora Heiber

Combining principles of yoga, dance, gymnastics and Tai Chi, Gyrokinesis with Nora Heiber opens your breathing and gets your body moving during a workout open to all levels. Gyrokinesis, helped Heiber overcome a potential career ending injury and continue to dance for another 20-plus years. More.

April 28 – May 4

Cooking classes with Jill Silverman.

Head for our organic farm’s famed cooking school to join chef/cookbook author Jill Silverman Hough, creator among other things of the world’s best chocolate chip cookie. Her books include 100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love. Chef Jill offers three hands-on culinary experiences, 3.5 hours each, during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. Now, about that cookie recipe… More.


Let one of The Ranch’s Experience Planners help you find and reserve the perfect week for you and your fellow travelers.  See other life-changing weeks at The Ranch here.