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Writing and Mindfulness

Self-Discovery through Journal Writing A journal asks you to live your life twice, once when it happens and once in reflection. Journal writing is an ideal way to express ideas, emotions and creativity as well as a way to heal the self, discover hidden abilities and desires—and, of course, deal with life’s realities. The Ranch … Continued


Writing From- and For- your Life

If you have ever wondered whether you had a story to tell, something to say, some memories to explore, a desire to write a memoir, family history, or anything else, this workshop will give you the tools to overcome your resistance and fear, help you see more clearly that we all have stories to tell, … Continued


On Writing

The Writing Life: An Evening with Author Elayne Clift “It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living.” – V.S. Pritchett Elayne Clift knew by the age of 13, when she received her first rejection from the Saturday Evening Post (for a poem she still thinks is publishable), that she wanted to be … Continued


On Writing

The Writing Life.  A freelance journalist reveals the secrets to returning to the page, how her career unfolded, and what it takes to keep on keeping on despite all the wild unknowns of the literary world. This talk explores failure and rejection as components to triumph, how to source inspired ideas as a non-judgmental observer, … Continued


Getting Started on Writing Your Memoir | Garnett Kilberg Cohen

Have you ever wanted to write a memoir—either for publication or simply to create a record of memories to pass on to your children and grandchildren? Or do you just want to explore your ability as a creative writer? This workshop will give you strategies for getting started on your writing and tips for writing … Continued


Writing Workshop | Irene Borger

The Creative Habit. Being creative means not knowing what is going to happen. It’s a skill you can practice that will transform you, your work – no matter the field – and your relationships. It’s also the mind-state most needed when there are changes in your life. Focus and fully engaged play are key. A … Continued


Writing Workshop

During this dynamic opening panel discussion the speakers will be introduced and discuss what they will be teaching and what you will learn; Q & A included.


Yoga and Writing Class

Yoga and writing, two of my very favorite activities.  This popular class takes places annually at The Ranch.  It was taught in our beautiful Oaktree Pavilion by longtime Ranch yoga instructor, Phyllis Pilgram, and writer, Irene Borger. We started off with yoga stretches taught by Phyllis to loosen us up, and to help us reach a state of flow … Continued


Writing a Daily Gratitude Journal

I didn’t know about the magic of gratitude until a co-worker gave me a book on the subject. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne explains how feeling grateful has a powerful and positive impact on our thoughts. For a full month, I went through the book’s exercises and felt happier and more elevated than normal. Magical things … Continued


Writing the Story of Your Life with Erica Jong

There are few moments in your life where you meet someone so epic they have left a mark on history.  This week I was in the presence of someone like that: Erica Jong.  Oh, you may of heard of her!  She wrote the feminist classic Fear of Flying among many, many other novels and books … Continued


Fearless Writing Techniques

Recently we had author Crescent Dragonwagon at the Ranch to teach us about Fearless Writing Techniques.  Which, by the way, I think is a great title because writing can be kind of scary.  Don’t you think?  Especially if you don’t have a background in writing, but just really like to write.  It can be intimidating … Continued


New Years Goals and Journal Writing

It’s that time of the year again.  Some people hate it, some love it, but either way, it’s hard not to reflect on the past year and think about changes for the new.  Personally, I think goals should be extended all year long, not just the beginning of the year.  The tradition of creating New … Continued


Writing Non Fiction With Leslie Levine

A couple weeks back I wrote about my experience in a fiction writing class I took at the Ranch.  That same week I had taken another class about writing non fiction from Leslie Levine which I loved.  Talk about insider info!  It was great to get all these tips plus Leslie is a wonderful presenter.  … Continued


My Experience Writing Fiction

In a sense I am a writer.  I write for this blog and my own blog too, but do I really consider myself a “real” writer?  Hmmm, that’s a tough one.  I didn’t go to school to study writing or English, but… I like to write.  Actually, I really, really like to write.  I find … Continued


Mindful Moments Gift Box

Mindful Moments Gift Box

Relax and Reflect with our Mindful Moments Gift Set

This Ranch gift set inspires reflective moments. Take time to jot down words of gratitude in the Meditations & Musings Journal, mindfully sip your favorite beverage from your Ranch bottle, meditate with the Mala & Mantra bracelet, and watch the sun brighten your crystal heart. Each mindful moment adds up to create positive change in your life.

Save 30% Through September 30, 2019.

  • Meditations & Musings Journal
  • Mala and Mantra Ranch Bracelet
  • Crystal Heart
  • Rancho La Puerta Triple Insulated Bottle

Cooking Classes

Susan M. Wilkinson, RHN, CSNN Holistic Nutritionist, Chef Instructor, Coach Owner, RedBrick Kitchen and Nutrition Susan M. Wilkinson is a professional Chef, registered holistic nutritionist, cooking instructor and coach. She practices in an area of southern Ontario which is known for its many organic farms, farm-based old/new craft food industries and farm-to-table restaurants. Growing up … Continued


Eight Reasons for Keeping a Journal by Rita Jacobs

There are myriad reasons to keep a journal. If there weren’t, there wouldn’t be so many journals started and sadly abandoned because the journal writer runs out of energy, ideas, time or impetus. And yet, I often find people are in my journal-writing workshops because they want to begin again. They just need that extra … Continued


The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker story: Under siege from relentless stage 4 cancer and after losing her right lung, Edie Littlefield Sundby became the first person in history to walk the entire 1,600-mile El Camino Real de las Californias mission trail through the mountain wilderness of Baja California Mexico – and one of the hottest, driest deserts on … Continued


Cooking Classes

Whether I’m writing cookbooks or working with magazines or brands, I’m all about happy cooking and delicious food. My latest cookbook is Finger Lickin’ Chicken, a mini e-book of recipes that are simple to make, yet special enough that you’ll relish every finger lickin’ bite. I also wrote 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy … Continued


Soul Band

Jonny Tarr I am originally from Wales, UK, but somehow always knew I would end up in California. I started playing the saxophone when I was 11 years of age because I thought it would get me girls and I ended up really loving it. I got involved with Jazz early on and found that … Continued


August at Rancho La Puerta

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.” -Muhammad Ali A cool evening breeze flows down through the folds of Mt. Kuchumaa and weaves into the oak grove that cloaks the arroyo. We walk the labyrinth here in twilight, reminding ourselves that often the first step … Continued


Telling True Stories

Join acclaimed storytelling expert Micaela Blei, PhD, for a lively workshop series to uncover your stories— and the confidence to tell them. Telling True Stories: Uncovering, Shaping, and Sharing the Stories of Our Lives Whether it’s a way to share family memories, the seed of your personal mission, a wedding toast, the beginnings of a memoir — the stories … Continued


The Mission Walker

The Mission Walker story: Under siege from relentless stage 4 cancer and after losing her right lung, Edie Littlefield Sundby became the first person in history to walk the entire 1,600-mile El Camino Real de las Californias mission trail through the mountain wilderness of Baja California Mexico – and one of the hottest, driest deserts on … Continued