Workshops Archives - Rancho La Puerta

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Early Bird

We love our mornings at Rancho La Puerta. Sunrise hikes, bird song, organic granola. Be an early bird with your next booking. Reserve your Ranch stay nine months, or more,…

January 1, 2020

Perfect Balance Sabbatical

We have enjoyed coming to Rancho La Puerta for an extended period of time because it affords us the time and the space and the structure to ground our intentions…

January 1, 2020

Rancho La Puerta’s 4th Annual Chamber Music Festival

Delight your senses... Experience a festival of music with world-renowned performers in the enchanting grounds of Rancho La Puerta. Fill your day with hikes, fitness classes, yoga, spa treatments and…

February 15, 2020

Detox and Cleansing Retreat for the Healthier, Longer Life

March 14-28, 2020 For many years I have been looking for the right person to help us revive The Ranch tradition of fasting.  My father believed strongly in the capacity…

March 14, 2020

Mom-Daughter Dreams

Take a respite from the go-go world for a memorable Mother’s Day with your daughter, mom or grandma. Find time for yourself at your favorite mind-body classes or spa treatments.…

May 9, 2020

Family Week 2020

“It’s so nice that we have our vacation together, but we also get to do things separate.  My daughter is off doing her cooking class and now I get to…

August 1, 2020

Detox and Cleansing Retreat for the Healthier, Longer Life

Learn to live the anti-inflammatory life, which prevents disease by promoting wellness at every level. The Program Includes 14-day detox retreat with a 7-day organic juice cleanse Five therapies: 2…

September 26, 2020

Doting Duo October

Doting Duo October 10-17, 2020 and October 17-24, 2020 You and your loved one can wander flowery paths, sink into a hammock and dip into a starlit hot tub. Dine…

October 10, 2020

Team Spirit

Team Spirit Bring out the best in each member of your group at Rancho La Puerta. Everyone thrives with nourishing farm-to-table meals, mountain trails, warm pools and every kind of…

February 21, 2020

Week of Feb 15 - Feb 21 2020
Week of Feb 22 - Feb 28 2020

Handwriting Analysis

Presenter: Lena Rivkin

The Secret in Your Script You will be amazed at what your handwriting can reveal! Professional handwriting analyst, Lena Rivkin, shares fun insights gleaned from your handwriting. The Write Note…
Week of Feb 29 - Mar 6 2020


Soul of Money

Presenter: Lynne Twist

Pachamama Alliance: Integrating Indigenous Wisdom with Modern World Knowledge for the Sustainability of Life Join us for an deep dive exploration of the power of indigenous wisdom from the Indigenous…
Week of Mar 7 - Mar 13 2020


Poetry, Memory, Story

Presenter: Erica Jong and Kim Dower

Poetry, Memory, Story Iconic, award-winning poet and novelist Erica Jong and recent Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, acclaimed author of four collections of poetry, Kim Dower, will together help writers…
Week of Mar 14 - Mar 20 2020


Healthy Pleasures

Presenter: David Sobel, MD, MPH

Healthy Pleasures: Why Everything that Feels Good is Not Bad Many people think that to promote health they must undertake strict weight-loss diets, adopt punishing exercise programs, avoid salt, shun…
Week of Mar 21 - Mar 27 2020


Golden Hour Photo Walks

Presenter: Melba Levick

Are you interested in improving the quality of your portraits, landscapes, or family snapshots?  Amateur or “aficionado,”  digital or film, iPhone, “throw-away,” “point and shoot,” or pro camera, come join…


The California Missions

Presenter: Melba Levick and Dr. Ruben G. Mendoza

The California Missions Professor Rubén G. Mendoza and Photographer Melba Levick will chronicle the origins and development of their Rizzoli International book titled The California Missions.  The book, whose very…
Week of Mar 28 - Apr 3 2020
Week of Apr 4 - Apr 10 2020
Week of Apr 11 - Apr 17 2020
Week of Apr 18 - Apr 24 2020


Why Men Commit

Presenter: Susan Kelley

Men Explain What It Takes to Turn a Casual Relationship into the Love of a Lifetime from Susan Kelley’s book, Why Men Commit. Why Men Commit It’s no trade secret that…
Week of Apr 25 - May 1 2020

Turn Your Dreams into Reality

Presenter: Christina Baker Kline and Pamela Redmond

Turn Your Dreams into Reality Two novelists talk about how they created and wrote their bestselling books and how you can use the same fiction writing techniques to become the…
Week of May 2 - May 8 2020
Week of May 9 - May 15 2020



Presenter: Evan Trine, MFA

Photography - Past, Present, and Future How has society, science, commerce, memory, and art been forever changed with the invention of photography? Take a walk through the history and future…
Week of May 16 - May 22 2020
Week of May 23 - May 29 2020


Writing Workshop

Presenter: Myra Klahr

What Is Inside Shines Out Myra Klahr, workshop leader, uses techniques to help participants discover the poetry in themselves and the confidence to share their work with others. The evening…
Week of May 30 - Jun 5 2020
Week of Jun 6 - Jun 12 2020
Week of Jun 13 - Jun 19 2020
Week of Jun 20 - Jun 26 2020
Week of Jun 27 - Jul 3 2020
Week of Jul 4 - Jul 10 2020
Week of Jul 11 - Jul 17 2020
Week of Jul 18 - Jul 24 2020
Week of Jul 25 - Jul 31 2020
Week of Aug 1 - Aug 7 2020
Week of Aug 8 - Aug 14 2020

The Power of Place

Presenter: Les Standiford

The Power of Place Les Standiford reads from and talks about his new book to be published by Grove Atlantic: Palm Beach, Mar-A-Lago, and the rise of America’s Xanadu, the Florida…

The Writer’s Journal

Presenter: Rita Jacobs, Ph.D.

The Journal As A Starting Place Journal writing is an ideal way to express and develop ideas, emotions and creativity as well as a way to heal the self, discover…
Week of Aug 15 - Aug 21 2020
Week of Aug 22 - Aug 28 2020
Week of Aug 29 - Sep 4 2020
Week of Sep 5 - Sep 11 2020
Week of Sep 12 - Sep 18 2020


Our Night Sky

Presenter: John Scott Marrone

Explore Rancho La Puerta’s Night Sky. The dark skies at the Ranch provide a fabulous opportunity for seeing wonders such as the Milky Way, Ptolemy cluster (a collection of 80…
Week of Sep 19 - Sep 25 2020
Week of Sep 26 - Oct 2 2020
Week of Oct 3 - Oct 9 2020
Week of Oct 10 - Oct 16 2020
Week of Oct 17 - Oct 23 2020
Week of Oct 24 - Oct 30 2020
Week of Oct 31 - Nov 6 2020
Week of Nov 7 - Nov 13 2020


Healthy Pleasures

Presenter: David Sobel, MD, MPH

Healthy Pleasures: Why Everything that Feels Good is Not Bad Many people think that to promote health they must undertake strict weight-loss diets, adopt punishing exercise programs, avoid salt, shun…


Be Quiet, Be Heard

Presenter: Peter Glaser, Ph.D. and Susan Glaser, Ph.D.

The Hidden Dimension of Conflict and Coercion A world of communication lurks below the surface of our awareness. When we are in conflict, this hidden dimension often catapults us into…
Week of Nov 14 - Nov 20 2020
Week of Nov 21 - Nov 27 2020
Week of Nov 28 - Dec 4 2020
Week of Dec 5 - Dec 11 2020
Week of Dec 12 - Dec 18 2020
Week of Dec 19 - Dec 25 2020
Week of Dec 26 - Jan 1 2021