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The Future of You: How to Survive and Thrive in Changing Times

This program will provide you with the information and tools to adapt to the upcoming dramatic changes in technology and environment while staying healthy, safe, and happy.

The Future of You: How to Survive and Thrive in Changing Times
Jill will introduce the concepts of change and adaptation with an entertaining slide show of the rise and fall of civilizations around the world, talk about lessons learned, and forecast what happens next for humanity. Examples will come from fiction, film, and real life. What have we learned? What can we improve? And what should we be looking forward to?

The Body in the Future: Wearables, Sensors, Ingestibles?!
Learn about what’s current and what’s next in biohacking and health technology for your body.

Art and the Future: Is it all just cat videos now?
We’ll learn about the future of fine art (painting, sculpture, video, and more) as well as the performing arts. What we’ve learned about the future of art in these last few years of online adventures is only the beginning!

(Re-) Writing Your Future: There’s job crafting, life crafting, and relationship crafting in your future.
We’ll learn how to take what we know about what’s coming with technology and apply it to your individual future.

 

Jill BronfmanJill Bronfman is a tech lawyer and media professor who has done extensive research on the future of humanity. She was named to The Recorder’s list of the 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. She has presented on the future of tech at conferences in Geneva, Auckland, London, Brno, Kerala, Beijing, and Washington, DC, among other cities. Jill’s publications include academic papers, tech books, media articles, flash fiction, and ecopoetry. She holds graduate degrees in law and communications from USC, and in history and communications from UC Berkeley.

 

Professional Social Media: LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-b-63a4b75/

Creative Writing Website:
https://www.jillbronfman.com/

 

Art Classes with Resident Artist Jennifer Brandt

Drawing
An introduction to basic perceptual tools for representational drawing—how our eyes and brain shape the reality we believe we see.

Watercolor
Demonstration of abstract and figurative watercolor techniques, followed by plenty of time to experiment and practice.

Landscape Sketching
Drawing, continued: putting the tools together to draw the world.

Collage Card Making
Scissors, glue sticks, painted watercolor paper: collage is a relaxing, friendly medium, no expertise required.

Painting Day
Open studio — still life or landscape, weather dependent — paint with our resident artist, or watch a painting in process.

Ancestor Altars
Create a small sacred space to honor those who came before you, whether connected by blood or spirit.

Mandala
Meditation with ink and paper — a deceptively simple, deeply calming practice of mindful doodling.

 

Jennifer BrandtJennifer Brandt paints, exhibits and teaches in Baja California, Mexico, as Resident Artist of Rancho La Puerta. jenbrandt.com

Hand-stitching and Group Quilting

The act of Group Quilting opens the door to designing in community. Over the course of our week together you will have a chance to connect with friends and residents from the Ranch through hand-stitching on a communal quilt.

When we work with each other, using a simple hand stitching method to design and piece together a massive textile, the world falls away and the stakes are lowered. Keeping our hands moving towards a shared goal allows us to play and connect with each other in a traditional medium that is given new life.

At the end of this project we will have new friends, new skills and a colorful cloth that we can all be proud of.

 

quiltEmily Birmingham is an artist living Big Sur, California. She works in a range of  mediums, from fabric manipulation and assemblage to observational sketch and acrylic painting. Currently she is exploring group quilting and gathering together through this traditional practice. Born into a family of artists, she sees the world through a creative lens and is quick to incorporate and adapt new disciplines. Her aim is to  share her expressions, through work that feels like play and interactive installation with a focus on connecting people through their creativity.

 

Rhythmic Sounds

The Beatles: Listen and Talk
In 1963 the Beatles were a promising band just beginning to make a name for themselves.

By 1970 they had changed the face of popular music forever. Their metamorphosis is a story of musical genius and the uneasy dreams of an entire generation. Sixty years after “Please Please Me,” they still please us. Let’s listen together and talk about why.

Rhythmic Sounds
The rhythms of nature. The beating of your heart, the rise and fall of the surf, the promise of a child drawing her first breath. The world is full of meaningful, beautiful…and rhythmic…sounds. Join Steven Schick—percussionist, conductor and author—as he explores the world of percussion rhythms and mindful listening.  Don’t worry! This is still your vacation. The performance will be gentle, evocative and will draw you into a world of pulses, sonic textures and musical gestures.  If you think you’ve heard everything there is to hear on a concert stage, then come take a listen to the percussionist that Alex Ross of “the New Yorker” called, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion, but of any instrument.” It will music for both the ears and the heart.

 

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick, hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and was most recently conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony held in January of 2018. Schick’s publications include a book, The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014.  He received the “Diapason d’Or” as conductor (Xenakis Ensemble Music with ICE) and the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis, as percussionist (Stockhausen), each for the best new music release of 2015.  He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.  Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival, and in 2017, the co-artistic director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre. In 2018 Schick became the Artistic Director of the Breckenridge Music Festival.

I Can’t Draw, and You Can Too!

I have a secret to share.

If you’ve been telling yourself that you can’t draw since you were seven it’s not true.

Join me, and I will show you that you can draw! You can draw beautifully. Maybe not like Rembrandt or Picasso, but you draw exactly like you and that is a wonderful thing.

Your eye and your line can bring you tremendous satisfaction, if you just get out of your own way and stop telling yourself you can’t.

We’ll experiment with ideas of observed sketch in line and watercolor that will give you access to satisfaction in the drawing process. Once you’ve learned to be more kind to yourself about your results, you’ll find that your natural abilities will develop. You’ll learn to coordinate what you see with what you put on the page. You will find that your powers of keen observation will enhance your art practice, no matter how representational or abstract you want to be.

While this workshop will include techniques to enhance your ability to see and draw, the focus is on discovering your innate strengths, and developing your level of satisfaction in the process.

A line is a dot that goes for a walk  – …or so said Paul Klee…looking at simple compositions in still life, let’s observe the proportion and intersection of the various objects, and how they sit in a three dimensional world. Now let’s craft a line that follows the shapes to create an image of what we see.

Introducing point of view – when the Renaissance reintroduced perspective to the art world, the viewer was invited to experience the artist’s point of view. From Michelangelo to Warhol, from the Pieta to Marilyn Monroe we’ve been entranced by this idea. Now let’s develop our own point of view and see how it in turn affects our images.

Portrait Roulette – there is nothing more daunting, nor more satisfying than drawing a person through observation. Play Portrait Roulette and you’ll  have an opportunity to observe the complexities of human expression and see how to simplify these complexities into a coherent likeness. We’ll explore what is important and what is not. Instead of an academic exercise in proportion and form, we’ll use observation to see where our hand can lead us.

The Color Green  – green is the most common color in the natural world (thank god for chlorophyll). But trying to capture the nuances of a green world it is easy to get bogged down in a boring mix of blue and yellow. Let’s practice a method of observed, relational color, and see what we can express with a very limited palette of paints. Together we’ll discover that while Blue and Yellow make Green, bringing Red into the mix opens up a world of possibilities.

This series is designed for every person who has a desire to draw, but has found traditional teaching techniques to be intimidating, confusing, or boring. Let’s have fun together, and discover that I can’t draw, and you can too!

 

Tom BirminghamTom Birmingham is an artist, photographer, and teacher who has lived and worked in Big Sur, California for over 30 years. He has recently located to a home near the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. As a founding director of the Big Sur Arts Initiative, Tom has provided instruction and enrichment in the creative arts in a variety of mediums. For ten years he taught art in the summer children’s theater program, StageKids. He has taught photography and drawing at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, and for years he and his wife, Erin Lee Gafill taught painting and sketch on their annual retreats to Italy.

Tom was the director of the Big Sur JazzFest, founding member of Big Sur’s Hidden Garden’s Tour, and currently manages Studio One – Big Sur.

More recently, Tom is the founder of 26Letter Press, a small publishing company dedicated to printed materials celebrating and inspiring creative expression.

In the summer of 2020, Tom designed the museum exhibition and accompanying book, Color Duets – Kaffe Fassett | Erin Lee Gafill, which was the headlining show for five months at the Monterey Museum of Art.

Awaken The Artist Within

Jumpstart your creativity and break through creative barriers.

During this multi-day art immersion, you’ll explore a variety of mediums and techniques to find entry into creative expression.

Together we will play with color, line, proportion, texture, value, and contrast, while practicing time-honored ways into connection with energy sources that will empower your own personal voice.

Bold color block painting, torn paper collage, timed writing exercises, the Magic Dot, and other surprising methods will engage your curiosity and workaround your creativity “killers”: self-doubt and excessive self-judgment.

Whether you are a seasoned professional in the arts, or you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, these playful sessions will awaken your inner artist and help you to make peace with your inner critic.

For those who already have a creative practice, use this as a jumpstart of inspiration. If you’ve never found a way into the creative arts, but you’ve always wanted to try, this is a great place to start.

 

An award-winning painter and author, Erin Gafill has inspired people around the world with her inspirational art, heartfelt stories, and uniquely engaging teaching methods. Her work bridges art, craft, and community, weaving observation, intuition, and imagination into her painting, writing, teaching, and public speaking. A fifth-generation California artist, she was born in Big Sur, California in 1963, the daughter of a beatnik and a flower child. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Carmel’s first artist-in-residence. Growing up at her grandparents’ legendary restaurant, Nepenthe, a mecca for poets, bohemians and dreamers, she drew inspiration from its ever-changing cast of characters as well as the stunning and mystical beauty of the coast.

Erin is the founder of the nonprofit Big Sur Arts Initiative, and a founding member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA). In 2001 Erin was honored to serve as the first American Artist-in-Residence at the Hamada International Children’s Museum, Hamada, Japan.

In 2009, she and her husband Tom Birmingham were named Champions of the Arts by the Arts Council of Monterey County and were honored by the United States Congress for their service to the community through the arts.

Her exhibit Color Duets was the featured 2021 Spring/Summer show for the Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California, followed the next summer by a solo exhibit, California Atmosphere at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California. She is the author of a coffee-table art book, Color Duets, with Kaffe Fassett, and a memoir about life/work balance, Drinking from a Cold Spring, a Little Book of Hope. Both books are available at www.colorduets.com. eringafill.com

Creativity and Writing

Workshops: Creativity and Writing
New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman will present ways in which you can tap into your creative energy through writing. We’ll explore new forms of expression that will engage your imagination and enrich your life. These workshops will work for those of you who are experienced writers as well as those of you who have always dreamed of writing but never dared to try it. Ellen brings energy and humor to her classes – you’ll discover the fun of writing as well as learning a few new tricks of the trade.

Creativity, Passion and a Writer’s Life
Ellen Sussman decided to become a writer at age 6 but didn’t have real success until she was 49. Now she’s published 6 books (including a New York Times bestseller) with a new novel underway. As we age, we can choose to become more creative and we can bring deeper passion to our work. Ellen will share the stories about her own career, with an examination of the fine line between truth and fiction. How do we shape our own stories into fiction and memoir? Let’s talk about the creative process! (and how she met her husband at the Ranch!).

 

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes and she is the co-founder and co-director of Sonoma County Writers Camp. www.ellensussman.com

 

Love of Music

Enjoy Performances and Classes with Korean-American composer, pianist, and YouTuber Nahre Sol:

Genius Breakdown: Inside the Minds of the Greatest Composers
A class that dives into the beautiful details of the classical music that we love, and how famous composers create their style.

How to Listen to Classical Music: A Beginner’s Guide
A class on how to find music that resonates with us within the vast repertoire of classical music, and connect with our emotions while doing so.

 

Nahre Sol is best known for her YouTube channel, with around 619,000 subscribers as of July 2023, and as being co-host of the PBS Digital Studios show “Sound Field”. She has also been a guest host of NPR’s Performance Today, created a video for Wired magazine, appeared as a guest on the online channel Physics Girl, and collaborated with other composers and musicians such as David Bruce, Andrew Huang, Adam Neely, L.A. Buckner, Tantacrul, and Ben Levin. She was nominated in the category Best YouTube Musician in the 12th Annual Shorty Awards in 2020.  The blog Pianote featured her YouTube channel in 2021 as #1 on their list of top YouTube pianists.

As a composer, Nahre Sol has had works commissioned by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and her music was used in the film The Boss Baby: Family Business. In 2021, she released a digital album called Alice in Wonderland. In June 2023, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg announced Nahre Sol as its first-ever ‘Creator in Residence’ for the 2023-2024 season.

Nahre Sol received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School in 2013, studying with Matti Raekallio. In 2015 she earned her Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, studying with John O’Conor.

Happy Hour for Hormones

Hormones Through the Ages
This comfortable, warm and welcoming discussion will involve the women’s health journey through the ages and the relationship of our hormonal balance to mood, energy levels, mental health, sexual health and more. We will share our concerns and interests in this open forum on a variety of hormonal issues for all ages. The topics can range from egg freezing in our thirties, to reigniting libido in our peri-menopause/menopause years and beyond.

Our Hormones and our Overall Health and Wellness
We will share and explore how lifestyle, nutrition, stress, self-awareness, friendships and more impact our health and hormonal well-being. For example, are we aware of what we eat or drink on a daily basis and how that contributes to our personal state of health? What role do hormones play for our heart health and brain health? Why is sleep so critical?  What role does alcohol play in our overall physical and mental status and how is that a factor in breast health? Are there supplements that are important for different hormonal stages of life? More topics of interest will be addressed and discussed.

Hormonal Health and Being Your Own Self Advocate for Optimal Health
It is vitally important for all of us to be our own health advocates and have the questions we bring to our health care providers addressed and answered. Too often the long awaited visit with our health care provider becomes a rushed event and we find ourselves leaving a doctor’s appointment with more questions than answers. Why is this happening and how can we prevent it? Strategies to approach your appointment to optimize your experience and feel empowered in your own health care will be addressed. What questions should you bring up ….. even if your doctor is not? Self-exam tools will also be discussed.

 

Nancy CetelNancy Cetel, MD, is an engaging and passionate physician, author and professional speaker. Following her graduation from the New York University School of Medicine, she obtained her postgraduate training in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California. Her pioneering research in hormonal issues led to numerous publications and awards. Dr. Cetel is often referenced in books and journals, and is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.  Live appearances and interviews have brought her acclaim as an accomplished communicator and advocate for an informed public. She is the author of Double Menopause: What to Do When Both You and Your Mate Go through Hormonal Changes Together. Her passions include her family, vegetarian cooking, dancing, and the joys of being a grandparent.

Happy Hour for Hormones

Hormones Through the Ages
This comfortable, warm and welcoming discussion will involve the women’s health journey through the ages and the relationship of our hormonal balance to mood, energy levels, mental health, sexual health and more. We will share our concerns and interests in this open forum on a variety of hormonal issues for all ages. The topics can range from egg freezing in our thirties, to reigniting libido in our peri-menopause/menopause years and beyond.

Our Hormones and our Overall Health and Wellness
We will share and explore how lifestyle, nutrition, stress, self-awareness, friendships and more impact our health and hormonal well-being. For example, are we aware of what we eat or drink on a daily basis and how that contributes to our personal state of health? What role do hormones play for our heart health and brain health? Why is sleep so critical?  What role does alcohol play in our overall physical and mental status and how is that a factor in breast health? Are there supplements that are important for different hormonal stages of life? More topics of interest will be addressed and discussed.

Hormonal Health and Being Your Own Self Advocate for Optimal Health
It is vitally important for all of us to be our own health advocates and have the questions we bring to our health care providers addressed and answered. Too often the long awaited visit with our health care provider becomes a rushed event and we find ourselves leaving a doctor’s appointment with more questions than answers. Why is this happening and how can we prevent it? Strategies to approach your appointment to optimize your experience and feel empowered in your own health care will be addressed. What questions should you bring up ….. even if your doctor is not? Self-exam tools will also be discussed.

 

Nancy CetelNancy Cetel, MD, is an engaging and passionate physician, author and professional speaker. Following her graduation from the New York University School of Medicine, she obtained her postgraduate training in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of California, San Diego, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California. Her pioneering research in hormonal issues led to numerous publications and awards. Dr. Cetel is often referenced in books and journals, and is a frequently invited lecturer nationally and internationally.  Live appearances and interviews have brought her acclaim as an accomplished communicator and advocate for an informed public. She is the author of Double Menopause: What to Do When Both You and Your Mate Go through Hormonal Changes Together. Her passions include her family, vegetarian cooking, dancing, and the joys of being a grandparent.

Tai Chi with Scott Cole

Scott ColeA former National Aerobic Champion, star of the iconic Abs of Steel videos, and creator of the over 1-million selling Discover Tai Chi series, Scott Cole has lectured in over 30 countries and been a guest on LIVE with Regis and Kelly, The View, CNN, The Early Show, The Doctors, and more. He has trained Hollywood elite (Christian Bale, Barry Manilow, Stefanie Powers, Gena Lee Nolin), and was featured in The Wall Street Journal for his unique blending of the martial and healing arts. After 5 years of Clinical Pain Management, Scott is poised to help RLP guests improve balance, strength, mobility, and flexibility, AND reduce stress.

Concerts with Kyle Adam Blair

Gabriel Fauré – Charcoal and Lace
Aaron Copland – Pensive Architect

 

Kyle Adam BlairLyricism, complexity, and dissonance characterize the musical interests of pianist Kyle Adam Blair.  A contemporary music specialist, his major pianistic focuses include the performance of new works in collaboration with composers, and the performance of works from the American art music repertory of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, particularly music of Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, George Crumb, and Stuart Saunders Smith.

Blair’s solo piano debut album Palm Sunday can be heard on New World Records, and he has performed and produced for releases from Bridge Records, Edgetone Records, and more.

Blair currently holds dual appointments at the University of California, San Diego as the Staff Pianist for the Department of Music, and Lecturer/Vocal Coach in the Department of Theatre & Dance. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance from UC San Diego in 2018 under the mentorship of Aleck Karis.

Transitions, Transformations, and Traveling Solo!

How to embrace the inevitable life transitions and learn a unique way to travel in your new chapter of life. 

Transitions—Embrace them!
Transitions are part of life. Whether it’s an evolution from a demanding career to retirement, a busy parent to empty nester, partnered-up to single, we are always changing. Sometimes the change is voluntarily and sometime change is foisted upon us. We will talk about identifying these transitions and organizing your new chapter into the right pillars for you.  One of the pillars for most people is travel. Especially now, people want to travel more or differently, but are at a loss as to what that really means.  The next sessions will deal with this one aspect of your transition—traveling in a different way as you design the next chapter of your life.

Transformation—How Shirleyfest can become “[your name here]fest”
In Berlin, Melbourne, Montréal, Rome, Kyoto and cities on every continent, Shirley carefully picks a host city and then embraces an intentional way of travel. She’s thrown dinner parties for new friends, perfected the art of eating out alone and unlocked the essence of the cities.  Although this sounds spontaneous, there are concrete steps she takes while planning and executing each Shirleyfest. Whether you are single, or just want to travel alone, or envision doing a fest with a partner, you will learn that optimizing your travel means mastering three basic concepts. 

Travel—The art of becoming a local
One of the secrets of Shirleyfest is being part of the community you have chosen. Learn how to “put lines in the water” in order to seek out the right people to meet. Shirley will show you how to increase the odds that those “lines” will pay off.  You will learn why it is important to establish a “first thing in the morning” and “last thing at night” place. In short—you’ll learn how to live like a local.

Travel—The nuts and bolts of travel technology
Many of us love that we are unplugged when we come to the Ranch. Yet we find ourselves plugging in the minute we cross the border for home. When we travel, and especially when we travel solo, technology can be a double-edged sword. Learn what specific apps, web sites and technology are critical aids and what you can leave at home.

 

Shirley Buccieri is the creator of Shirleyfest: living one month every year in a different city in the world.  She goes to her new city alone, rents an apartment and fully embraces the city as a local. Everyone who learns of the concept loves the idea, but most have no idea where to begin.  Her acclaimed blog, shirleyfest.com, has been read in 91 countries and featured on various radio stations across the globe.  Shirleyfest was born out of transitions in her life.  Shirley is uniquely qualified to provide insights, tips, and enthusiasm to those interested in turning any transition into a transformation.

Concert & Drumming Circle

Karl Anthony is an award-winning singer/songwriter and a proud member of NOAH (National Organization of Arts in Health), dedicated to advocating for the healing power of music in healthcare. For nearly twenty years, he has served as a healing-arts professional at the San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital, infusing his work and music with a message of hope for children and families. Leading drum circles in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at the hospital as a REMO Certified Health Rhythms Facilitator, Anthony promotes the scientifically researched benefits of community drumming as a tool for equalizing and building communities. Each year, Karl and his wife Noi lead travel service trips to Thailand, where they have a home and reside part of the year. These trips support musical instruments for local schools and orphanages. Karl has forged his own unique path in the music industry, earning multiple Gandhi/King Season for Non-Violence Peace Hero awards for his innovative art-focused wellness programs, music performances, and humanitarian efforts. Through his music, Karl Anthony opens doors to connect with people and shares his passion for the healing potential of music.

Brain Training with Ryan Glatt

Ryan Glatt is a personal trainer and brain health coach with over a decade of experience in the health & fitness industry. He currently works alongside clinicians and researchers to study the effects of cognitively-enhanced and comprehensive exercise plans at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. He also assists with the delivery of memory training classes.

Ryan has pursued education from the Amen Clinics, The BrainFirst Training Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, the Academy for Brain Health & Performance and, the Masters of Applied Neuroscience program at King’s College of London. He is currently in a PhD program for Leadership: Health and Human Performance.

Gyrokinesis with Nora Heiber

Nora Heiber has been teaching GYROTONIC® methodology since 1988. As one of the first specialized GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainers under the tutelage of Gyrotonic creator, Juliu Horvath. Nora has provided training to many teachers currently teaching all over the world.

After spending 25 years teaching in San Francisco where she helped start San Francisco GYROTONIC® with fellow Master Trainer, Debra Rose, Nora opened her own GYROTONIC® studio in Penn Valley, CA on a 20-acre farm, where she has been offering courses, workshops, and personal retreats for the last 10 years in addition to teaching all over the world. 

Elemental Gong Meditation & Healing the Heart: A Gong Bath Immersive Journey

Elemental Gong Meditation: EARTH
Join us for our Elemental Gong Meditation, where we’ll be combining the healing powers of multiple planetary gongs alongside their elemental energy to guide you into a meditative state that allows you to bring forth traits that resonate with that particular element.

When we embody the aspects of the EARTH element, what can we receive?

Strength & Stability to create more harmony in our life
Patience & Nurture to grow and support new intentions
Integrity & Conviction to remain rooted in our core values and beliefs

For our EARTH series, you can expect a gong meditation that will help reconnect you with your essence. The purpose of which is to help strengthen your energetic and emotional support system, so that you may become clearer in your heart about what is your purpose in life and what steps you need to take in order to bring it closer to reality.

Elemental Gong Meditation: FIRE
Join us for our Elemental Gong Meditation, where we’ll be combining the healing powers of multiple planetary gongs alongside their elemental energy to guide you into a meditative state that allows you to bring forth traits that resonate with that particular element.

When we embody the aspects of the FIRE element, what can we receive?
Courage & Determination to go after what we desire
Passion & Creativity to spark a deeper connection with ourselves
Healing & Rebirth to release old stories and ignite new beginnings

For our FIRE series, you can expect a gong meditation that will ignite the flames of new energy within you. The intention is to help strengthen your energetic and emotional support system, so that you may become clearer in your heart about what is your purpose in life and what steps you need to take in order to bring it closer to reality.

Elemental Gong Meditation: WATER
When we embody the aspects of the WATER element, what can we receive?

Cleansing & Purification to heal any internal turmoil
Flexibility & Change to adapt to the circumstances of life
Clarity & Peace to center our spirit and body

For our WATER series, you can expect a gong meditation that will revitalize the life force within you. This purpose is to help strengthen your energetic and emotional support system, so that you may become clearer in your heart about what your purpose in life is and what steps you need to take in order to bring it closer to reality.

Healing the Heart: A Gong Bath Immersive Journey
Using purely the sounds of multiple planetary gongs, prepare to immerse yourself in rich tones and heavy vibrations that soothe the body into a relaxed state. Feel the unwanted weight of emotional strain being washed away, leaving you with a calmer state of being.

Gong immersions have a combination of intensity and serenity, where we fluctuate between the two to first bring out blocked or stagnant energy from the body. The gong’s vibration permeates through the body, affecting us on a cellular level to release any tensions within them. Once brought to the surface, various tones and frequencies break them apart, leaving you in a gentle state of harmony and ease.

Combining the elements of astrology and sound therapy, our gong immersion will consist of five Paiste planetary gongs, an introduction to each planet and the role they play in our lives. We’ll open the ceremony with a collective chant to activate our connection to the angelic realm. Once we’ve set our intentions, we’ll fall back into an hour long gong immersion before closing with an integration meditation.

 

Kyle Lam is a wellness practitioner dedicated to serving the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of the community with sound bath meditation and holistic healing events all throughout Southern California. His background in music and expertise in working with a variety of musical instruments allows him to curate sound experiences that guide participants into a meditative state, enlightening their awareness and strengthening their connection with mind, body, and spirit. His goal is for the community to develop a more intimate connection to their hearts while inspiring new dedications towards the betterment of their well-being.

“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.”

― Marianne Williamson

Dance with Galit Friedlander

One year after graduating from the ‘FAME’ school (LaGuardia) as a theatre major, Galit Friedlander moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree from the University of Southern California.
Shortly after graduating college, Galit found that her drive gained her the opportunity to work as an assistant choreographer for Prince in the Los Angeles leg of his Welcome 2 America Tour. She has worked on projects for Pharrell and MC Lyte. She has toured China and the U.S. with groundbreaking artists, choreographed for short film, works for the WNBA’S LA Sparks as a head choreographer, and has been the SparKids head choreographer since 2017.

Within her 18+ years of experience teaching dancers, Galit discovered that one of her greatest joys and life purpose is to keep expanding dancers’ knowledge through her work as a choreographer and teacher. She is also the host and creator of the DanceSpeak podcast since 2016 which shares unfiltered and authentic interviews from dancers all around the globe.

Meditation with Jacques-Pierre Cole

Zen Master Bon Jacques-Pierre Cole practices the Ngagpa tradition of Tibetan spiritual legacies which focuses on compassion and love. His deep curiosity about the world has led him down a life-long path of wonder and beauty. Jacques-Pierre has served in the U.S. military and has built non-profits to help those in need. After many years of spiritual exploration, Jacques-Pierre was ordained a Zen Buddhist Monk in 2012 and began teaching others how to heal with Mudra Meditation, how to face their fears, and how to find their authentic purpose. He shares his wisdom on his Sunday morning radio show, “Art of Living.”

“Live everyday not as if it were your last, but for what it can be, a journey into the unknown… There is nothing better than genuine human kindness. Be that person.” – Zen Master Bon Jacques-Pierre

 

Pilates with Karen Sanzo

Pilates Fundamentals Level 1 (progressive), 45 min.

Pilates Intermediate Level 2, 45 min.

 

Pilates instructor, teacher trainer, and physical therapist Karen Sanzo is internationally recognized for her innovative approaches to the Pilates method. At Pilates Unlimited, her studio in Dallas, Texas, and in her physical therapy practice, Karen sees clients of all ages and fitness levels, utilizing Pilates as an adjunct to therapy and as the next level of self-care for her patients, which includes a Dallas Cowboy recovering from injuries, a corporate executive improving his golf swing, a young dancer perfecting her posture, and a new mother getting back into shape. D Beauty, a publication of D Magazine of Dallas, included Pilates Unlimited in their 2008 list of Best Places to Work Out. Her award-winning instructional DVD, Pilates for All Bodies: Getting Started is a two-DVD set that explains and demonstrates the basic exercises, then presents a thirty-minute mat class conducted by Karen. Awarded “Best Beginners DVD” by Pilates Style magazine in the January/February 2008 issue, it was touted in their review as “perfect for those just starting out, with a clear, in-depth tutorial on principles, moves, and beginner modifications.”

Gyrokinesis with Anjali Austin

Anjali Austin is a distinguished Specialized Master Trainer in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methodology with over 35 years of experience in the system. Trained by Juliu Horvath and Hilary Cartwright, she taught in the New York City studios, and was among the first group of teachers certified as Master Trainers.

An interdisciplinary artist whose career spanned thirteen years performing with the critically acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem, she has performed ballets Billy the KidSwan Lake (Act II), SerenadeFlower FestivalDouglaConcerto Barocco, and Frankie and Johnny, among others, and PBS television specials Fall River LegendA Streetcar Named Desire, and Creole Giselle.

Ms. Austin currently serves as Professor and Chair of Florida State University’s School of Dance, where she introduced Gyrotonic to the program. As a result, the School is now equipped with each of the five pieces of specialized Gyrotonic equipment and courses are offered to dance majors. Ms. Austin holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Strength Training with Gay Gasper

Gay Gasper began her fitness career on Fit Tour, completing nine tours teaching fitness workshops in the United States. Additionally, Gay has shared her expertise by teaching at various Fitness Conventions around the world. Gay is the choreographer of over 40 fitness videos, has worked at QVC and HSN.  She currently works full-time at a (CCRC) Continuing Care Resident Community as the Director of Fitness and teaches at numerous fitness facilities around Charlotte, NC. Gay continues to travel and teach, presenting fitness education for Interactive Fitness Trainers of America. 

Dance with Anna Matuszewski

Join us for a dance class that’s not just about movement but also about self-discovery, confidence, and building lasting friendships. Step into our vibrant and welcoming space, where we celebrate dance in all its forms. Are you ready to make unforgettable memories on the dance floor? Come dance with us!

Join Our Inclusive Dance Class: Embrace Movement, Unleash Your Creativity!

Are you ready to groove, express yourself, and have a blast on the dance floor? Look no further! Our dance class is a safe haven for dancers of all ages and abilities, where the focus is on nurturing a supportive and encouraging learning environment.

What to Expect:
Diverse Styles: Explore the world of dance through a variety of styles, from hip hop to funk, allowing you to discover your own unique dance persona.

Foundational Techniques: Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer, we’ll build strong foundations that will take your skills to new heights.

Choreography and Movement: Unleash your creativity as we delve into the art of choreography and free movement. This class is all about discovering and expressing your true dance spirit.

Stretch and Flexibility: Enhance your dance abilities with a focus on stretching and flexibility. We believe that every body is capable of growth and progress.

Footwork and Turns: Learn intricate footwork and master those dazzling turns that will leave you spinning with joy.

Small Combinations: Delve into the excitement of combining dance steps to create beautiful and captivating sequences. Challenge yourself and grow as a dancer.

Why Choose Our Class:
All Ages and Abilities Welcome: No matter your age or dance experience, we welcome everyone with open arms. Our class is a melting pot of diverse talents, and we celebrate the uniqueness each dancer brings.

Learn Something New Each Class: Get ready for an adventure! In each session, we’ll introduce fresh and exciting material, ensuring that you’re continuously growing and expanding your dance repertoire.

Non-Competitive Environment: This class is about self-expression and personal growth, not competition. Embrace your journey as a dancer without the pressure to compare yourself to others.

Have Fun, Feel the Rhythm: Dance is an expression of joy, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide! Expect smiles, laughter, and a supportive community to dance alongside you.

No prior dance experience required—just an open heart and a passion for movement.

 

Meet Anna Matuszewski, a trailblazing force in the world of dance and choreography. For an impressive 14 years, Anna has graced the stage as the resident choreographer and lead dancer for the renowned Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Her artistic genius has shone brightly, shaping breathtaking performances for world tours, national and international TV appearances, music videos, and commercials.

For Anna, it’s not just about the movements, but the profound connection that dance fosters. Her choreography acts as a vessel for self-expression, self-acceptance, and a heightened awareness of the body and its limitless capabilities. Through the universal language of movement and music, she weaves together a tapestry of unity and empowerment.

In the realm of dance, Anna Matuszewski is a luminous guiding star—a beacon of creativity, love, and artistic expression that continues to ignite hearts around the globe.

“At the Ranch, worries fade like distant echoes and the universe reveals its secrets, guiding you towards a radiant inner glow.” -Anna

Music for Well-Being

Sound and music impact the human experience in powerful ways: a song that makes you cry, a rhythm that makes you dance, or a single drone that clears your active mind. This week, Monique Mead explores the art and science behind these powerful sonic experiences and shares techniques to leverage sound and music for your own well-being.

  • Candlelight Sound Healing
  • Two Concerts in Oaktree Pavilion
  • Food and Musical Experience at La Cocina que Canta’s Thursday’s Chef’s Table Dinner with Jocelyn Ramirez
  • Interactive music workshop: “Sonic Seduction: seducing the mind to stillness through sound.”

 

A passionate ambassador of classical music, violinist Monique Mead enjoys a rich career as a performer, educator, and innovator. Inspired and mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Monique has devoted her performing career to nurturing new audiences and curating extraordinary musical experiences. Her programs with major orchestras and festivals in the United States and Europe have drawn international acclaim for their popular appeal and innovative approach. Interweaving live music with education and audience engagement at the highest level, her programs have reached millions through television appearances, a six-year radio series with the Munich Radio Orchestra, and over 20 years of concerts with the Cologne Philharmonic, Munich Symphony, Düsseldorf Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Mainly Mozart Festival. Since 2012 Monique has served as Director of Music Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University, where she trains musicians in community engagement, peak performance, and professionalism as she helps them forge new paths as professional musicians. Monique performs on violin made in 1860 by J.B. Vuillaume which was gifted to her at age 19. She enjoys hiking, yoga, homegrown cuisine, and performing with her talented teens, Isabel and Tino.

 

Touted as a “gifted guitarist” by the New York Times, 2-time Grammy-nominated artist Mak Grgić [GER-gich] is a star on the worldwide stage. From the ethnic music of his native Balkans to extreme avant-garde and microtonal music, his roles as soloist, collaborator, and Grammy-nominated recording artist are fueled by curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy. As a testament to his versatility and wide-ranging appeal, in 2018 Mak was invited by legendary singer-songwriter k.d. lang to perform as the opening act for the North American leg of her Ingénue Redux Tour. Recent engagements include performances and residencies at the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Konzerthuset in Stockholm, several venues in Portugal, Teatro Cervantes de Bejar in Castilla-Leon/Spain, the Sarajevo Music Academy, several venues in Slovenia, the Paris Guitar Foundation, Zurich University of the Arts, Taipei National Theater, Shanghai Grand Theater, and the Hong Kong International Guitar Festival. Mak’s latest recordings, “Balkanisms” for Naxos Music plus “MAKrotonal” and Grammy®- nominated “Mak|Bach” for MicroFest Records, explore a vast repertoire spanning ethnic music, microtonal, new music and early music on re-fretted instruments, such as a “zig-zag fretted Bach prototype guitar” that allows him to create a “well- tempered guitar” for “Mak|Bach.” Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1987, Mak studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Music Academy.  He completed a bachelor’s degree with Alvaro Pierri at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and in the fall of 2017, he began the Artist Diploma program at USC, the first guitarist in the university’s history to be admitted to this elite program. Mak currently holds a full-time teaching position at University of South Carolina, and is a founder and CEO of Notey, a startup building a mobile music education game.