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December at Rancho La Puerta: Reflect

Maya Angelou said it best, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”  Winter brings about introspection and reflection. December is a good time to reflect on the year and think about the changes you want to make in your life. Below are some great guest presenters that inspire positive change!


Postural Balance for Life | Tom McCook
November 28 – December 4

McCookT11Tom McCook, founder and director of Center of Balance is a nationally recognized fitness and movement specialist. Tom has taught Pilates certification courses since 2000. Beginning his full time career in personal training in 1984, Tom designs programs for health and life performance for working professionals, people rehabilitating from injuries and world class athletes including Olympic Gold Medal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Jenny Thompson and Misty Hyman. – Read more.

Handwriting Analysis | Lena Rivkin
December 5- 12

Lena Rivkin, MFA, is an internationally recognized graphologist Lena Rivkinwith a particular interest in the interpretation of human dynamics. She provides graphology analyses for Fortune 500 companies and international corporations to screen applicants and employees. Lena also regularly consults on handwriting analyses and forensics for private investigators, universities, and government agencies. – Read more

Drumming Your Heart Out | Barbara Borden
December 12-19

Barbara-BordenInvite your inner rhythms to come out and play! Barbara Borden-drummer, percussionist, keeper of the beat—began drumming at age ten. Her musical expression is diverse: composer and recording artist (Beauty in the Beat, All Hearts Beating); performer – soloist and collaborator with other musicians and artists – Read more.


Culinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta | Visiting Teacher Joan Nathan
December 19-26

Joan NathanJoan Nathan considers food through the lenses of history, culture, and tradition. She regularly contributes to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine and is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines. – Read more.

Facing the Extreme | Ruth Anne Kocour
December 26- January 1.

Ruth Anne KocourRuth Anne Kocour’s adventures have been featured on CNN’s International Hour and the Discovery Channel. Her photos and stories have appeared in People, Harper’s Bazaar, Health, Sunset, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Ruth Anne has summited the highest peaks on four continents. She has climbed and trekked throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Her background in art, science, and photography enables Kocour to bring to life battlegrounds of nature and cultures for her readers and speaking audiences. – Read more.