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From the Arena to the C-Suite: Applying the Lessons of Sports Psychology to Leadership and Life

Imagine how your life would change if you had the mental focus, confidence, and resilience of a professional athlete.

Joe AquilinaJoe Aquilina is a Family Medicine Physician, retired Navy Captain and lifelong athlete who loves using the lessons of sports psychology in leadership and in life. After completing a 22 year career in the US Navy, he received his MBA from UC San Diego and over the past 30 years has held multiple leadership positions. He is interested in why some people perform best when the stakes are highest while others seem overwhelmed by the pressure. Learn how to apply the principles of Sports Psychology to achieve the athlete mindset and bring your best, at work and at home.

Learning to Live with Less

Learning to Live with Less and Why it Matters
What are the financial and psychological costs that clutter can have on your personal and professional life? Leave this session with solutions to help you declutter and be motivated to discard unneeded ‘stuff.’ Presentation will include group discussion related to struggles with letting go of items in your home.

Decluttering: 10 Items to Let Go of Today
Get inspired to go home and declutter those 10 items that are no longer are serving you, so there is less to manage, clean, and dust. Get motivated to clear out the clutter to create space for new things to enter your life that are in alignment with your values and priorities.

 

Amy CarstensenAmy Carstensen, a San Diego based Professional Organizer, started her business “Organizing with Amy” in 2013. Amy holds a Master’s degree from UCSD in International Relations. She’s taught high school Spanish, worked for the International Community Foundation and was the Founder and Executive Director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center.  When she’s not out helping clients let go of excess Tupperware and bags, she’s home annoying her husband and two teenage boys reminding them “to never leave a room empty handed.”

Get Your Nature Groove On!

Get your Nature Groove on! Be Dazzled by signs of Wildlife up Close and Personal
Examine a variety of nature items and explore some of nature’s mysteries and experiences right here at the Ranch. Be awed by this nature exploration presentation as Judie Lincer shares fascinating wildlife tales and tidbits.

Whose Scat is That? And Other Signs of Wildlife
Learn about what wildlife lives at Rancho La Puerta, what they are dining on and what is dining on them. You will put on your Naturalist Investigator’s hat and examine animal tracks, scat (poop), and other animal signs in order to understand the ecological relationship between wildlife and their surroundings.

 

Judie Lincer, M.S. Ed.  is a Naturalist Educator with San Diego Audubon, who has over 30 years of teaching experience and guides hikes educating people about ecosystems, adaptations, ethnobotany (the study of a region’s plants and their uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture). She is an enthusiastic speaker who inspires others to develop an appreciation of the environment. Judie is a Workshop and Tour Director for the California Native Plant Society-San Diego.

How to Harness the Power of Fun to Feel More Alive

Join Catherine Price, author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, for a two-part “Funtervention” workshop—inspired by her viral TED talk—devoted to helping adults and families understand the value of fun and have more of it, both during family week and in their everyday lives. The two workshops can be taken independently, though they’re designed to complement each other.

The Power of Fun: What is Fun, and Why is It Good For Us?
We use the word “fun” in our everyday speech, but what is fun—and why is it important? In this workshop, inspired by her viral TED talk, Catherine will reveal some common misconceptions about fun (spoiler alert: it’s not frivolous or irresponsible!). She’ll propose a new definition that she believes captures its true power and importance, and will explain some of the surprising ways in which fun is essential for our happiness and health. She’ll invite participants to reflect on their greatest personal sources of fun, and will provide concrete suggestions for how to have more fun during Family week, both individually and as a family. While younger children are welcome, this workshop is designed for participants 13 and older.

The Funtervention: How to Have More Fun as a Family
In this workshop, Catherine will lead families through a hands-on “funtervention” — a series of conversation prompts and brainstorming exercises designed to help them identify their “fun magnets” and “fun factors”— both individually and as families—so that they can have more fun.  She’ll also reveal common “fun blockers,” and offer families the chance to take her “fun compatibility” quiz to see where their tastes in fun do (and perhaps don’t!) align. Participants will leave with a new concept of fun and easy, practical ideas for how they can build more fun into their family lives, both at the Ranch and at home. While younger children are welcome, this workshop is designed for participants 13 and older. It builds upon some of the concepts from Catherine’s first workshop on fun, though it can also be taken on its own.

 

Catherine Price is a health and science journalist, speaker,and the author of books, including How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun. Her work on fun and screen/life balance has been featured in media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show, among many others, and she has led talks and workshops for events including TED, SXSW, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Leadercast, and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” series.

Catherine writes the Substack newsletter, “How to Feel Alive,” and her TED talk on fun has been viewed more than 5 million times. Her recent talk, ”Kids, Smartphones, and Social Media: The Risks and the Solutions,” has been described by Jonathan Haidt (the bestselling author of The Anxious Generation) as “the talk every parent should watch,” and has led to a collaboration between Catherine and Jon’s team, in which they’re working together to roll back the phone-based childhood.

Through her writing, talks, and courses, Catherine aims to provide evidence-backed resources to help people of all ages scroll less and live more.

Screen/Life Balance and How to Break Up With Your Phone

Join Catherine Price, TED speaker, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, for two workshops dedicated to helping families create healthier relationships with technology — both during family week and back at home. The first workshop is geared toward helping people create better screen/life balance for themselves; the second is oriented more toward families. The two workshops can be taken independently, though they’re also designed to complement each other.

How to Break Up With Your Phone*
In this workshop, Catherine Price, TED speaker, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone will reveal the ways in which our phones and apps are designed to be hard to put down and the effects that constant connectivity is having on our relationships, memories, attention spans, creativity and productivity. Catherine will help you identify your personal goals, lay the foundations for new habits, and make changes to your settings and routines that will help you establish better boundaries with technology and create a relationship with your phone that feels good. She’ll also provide some practical tips for how to spend your week at the Ranch bonding with your family, not your phone. This workshop is appropriate for adults and teens (13 and up). It’s geared primarily toward helping people improve their *own* relationships with their phones and devices. *Don’t worry: no phones will be harmed during this workshop!

How to Create Screen/Life Balance as a Family
Is screen time a source of conflict in your family? Do you want to create healthier habits but don’t know how? In this workshop, which is designed for families to do together, Catherine Price, TED speaker, author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, and core member of Jon Haidt’s The Anxious Generation team, will lead families through conversations and exercises designed to help them achieve better screen/life balance as a family. Catherine will reveal the ways in which our phones and apps are designed to be hard to put down and invite families to explore some of the effects that technology and devices are having on their relationships (and attention spans, creativity, memories, and productivity). This workshop will include guided conversations, discussions, practical suggestions, and hands-on activities, all designed to help families use Family Week to lay the foundations for new habits that they can take home with them. Be sure to bring your phones! This workshop is designed for adults and children ages 10 and up (regardless of whether they have phones), though younger children are also welcome. It’s geared toward helping people create healthier relationships with technology as a *family.*

 

Catherine PriceCatherine Price is a health and science journalist, speaker,and the author of books, including How to Break Up With Your Phone and The Power of Fun. Her work on fun and screen/life balance has been featured in media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show, among many others, and she has led talks and workshops for events including TED, SXSW, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Leadercast, and Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” series.

Catherine writes the Substack newsletter, “How to Feel Alive,” and her TED talk on fun has been viewed more than 5 million times. Her recent talk, ”Kids, Smartphones, and Social Media: The Risks and the Solutions,” has been described by Jonathan Haidt (the bestselling author of The Anxious Generation) as “the talk every parent should watch,” and has led to a collaboration between Catherine and Jon’s team, in which they’re working together to roll back the phone-based childhood.

Through her writing, talks, and courses, Catherine aims to provide evidence-backed resources to help people of all ages scroll less and live more.

Classics and Originals for Flute and Piano

Musical Meditation
Come relax and enjoy a collection of miniature musical gems, performed by Natalie Dalschaert, pianist, and Brice Martin, flutist. The selections are brief yet beautiful, and are chosen for their calming, soothing qualities. Savor this meditative musical interlude following your morning classes, and before heading off to lunch.

Flute and Piano Mothers and Friends Concert
Enjoy an entertaining evening of beautiful classical and original music for flute, piano, and exotic winds. The musical selections will represent a variety of styles, and will range from poignant lyricism to brilliant virtuosity. To enhance the listening experience, Natalie and Brice will also include interesting commentary about the music and the lives of the composers.

Natalie DalschaertPianist Natalie Dalschaert has performed on television, coached actors and has been a production musician for the shows Star Trek: The Next Generation, Perfect Strangers, JAG, Wings, and Song of the Lark. Ms. Dalschaert has performed on many concert series with her husband, flutist Brice Martin. Performances include the Sundays at Four radio broadcasts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Redlands Bowl, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Tech and for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee concerts. A lover of musical theater, Natalie has been musical director and pianist for numerous shows with the Los Angeles Youth Theater. Additional concerto performances include appearances with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra and the Toulouse Orchestra in France. Natalie is a sought-after pianist and accompanist for recitals, competitions, master classes and social events. Natalie has an active teaching studio and is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California. A number of her students have won concerto competitions and MTAC festivals. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School in New York and her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she received the Koldofsky Memorial Scholarship.  As a student in Philadelphia, Natalie entered competitions and appeared as soloist twice with The Philadelphia Orchestra and also with the Haddonfield Symphony and the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. At the Interlochen Centers for the Arts, she received the Van Cliburn Scholarship. Natalie studied with Jacob Lateiner as an undergraduate student at the Juilliard School in New York. In her second year, she won a Juilliard Concerto Competition and performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 1 at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Symphony. Upon graduation from USC, Natalie received an Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award.

 

Brice Martin’s formal training includes degrees from The Julliard School and the University of Southern California. He is an active studio musician and plays for film, TV and commercial soundtracks. He has played for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Grammy Awards Orchestra, Star Trek: Voyager, and the Wonderful World of Disney. Brice is also a composer and has written music for film and television. He specializes in woodwinds and has a large collection of exotic woodwinds from around the world.

The Joy and Power of StorytellingCliff Mayotte

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”
― Muriel Rukeyser

As human beings, we’re hard-wired for empathy and connection. We thrive in environments where we can share our stories with joy, love, and gratitude. During our classes, we will reinvigorate our storytelling skills as we embrace active listening, playfulness, empathy, and curiosity. We will utilize the principles and practices of oral history as we gain new tools for collecting and sharing the stories of our communities and loved ones. This fun and rejuvenating practice offers a lively approach to acknowledging and celebrating the universe of stories that live within us.

Celebrating the Power of the Story (60 minutes)
This fun and interactive presentation is focused on the power and joy of sharing stories. It will lay the groundwork for the drop-in storytelling classes throughout the week. The presentation will include a brief storytelling activity, reading and discussing first-person accounts, learning about creating safe spaces for sharing stories, practicing the art of active listening, gaining strategies for collecting family, and community stories, and a lively Q&A.

Session One (45 minutes): What’s Your Story?
Session Two: Speaking and Listening: The Art of Inspiring Stories
Session Three: Story Circle

 

Cliff Mayotte is the lead teacher for The Nation Magazine’s Fellowship for the Future of Journalism. He created the education program for Voice of Witness, an award-winning nonprofit (co-founded by author Dave Eggers) that advances social justice through oral history storytelling. Cliff has facilitated workshops for universities and organizations including The Bronx Documentary Center, Stanford University, the New Americans Museum, the New York Public Library, True/False Film Festival, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Trinity College Dublin. Cliff is the co-author of Say It Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling. He is a former education director for the Tony award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre and a recipient of the Beverly Kees Educator Award from The Society of Professional Journalists.

Live Your Great Story!

Live Your Great Story!

Healthy Inner Dialogue – Discover Your Joyous Adult

Emotional Fluency – Permission to Feel

Powerful You – Ownership and Responsibility

Create Your Best Life – How to Manifest Your Dreams

 

Jeanine Mancusi, CPCC, LMCC is a Certified Professional and Personal Life coach based in the mountains of Northern California. She has been coaching clients and training coaches since 1997. She supports her clients to come into deep self-acceptance with self- love and live rich, satisfying lives that are the best expression of their true gifts and their unique Soul’s calling. Jeanine has been a guest at Rancho La Puerta many times and is delighted to return and serve others in navigating the internal dialogue that comes with making a commitment to physical well- being and change.

iPhoneography with Yoni Mayeri

All presentations will be on the iPhone; Android users welcome too. If you miss a session, it’s fine to show up for any sessions that work for your Ranch schedule. Bring you iPhone, fully charged, or just enjoy the presentations. For the third session download the Snapseed App by Google.

Welcome to the world of iPhoneography
The best camera is the one that is with you! In this engaging workshop, we will explore how to maximize the photographic potential of your iPhone or any mobile device. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned enthusiast, come to discover essential photography techniques, from mastering digital capture to selecting subjects that truly shine on the iPhone’s camera. This workshop is designed for all iPhone models and welcomes Android users as well. Bring your fully charged iPhone and be ready to participate or simply come and enjoy the presentation. Questions are encouraged throughout.

Unlock the potential of the camera in your iPhone
Elevate your images from ordinary to extraordinary by mastering its settings and uncovering its hidden features. Delve into best practices for exposure, focus, and composition, and learn how and when to utilize all built-in modes to capture stunning photographs. Join us for an informative session followed by a Q&A to enhance your iPhone photography skills.

Master the art of organizing and editing your photos
Explore the comprehensive features of the built-in Photos App with a focus on effective organization strategies. In this interactive workshop, discover essential photo editing techniques to enhance your iPhone captures effortlessly. Time permitting, we will delve into advanced editing with a live demonstration using the Snapseed App by Google, available for both iPhone (from the App Store) and Android (from the Play Store. Follow along as we demonstrate how to elevate your images and unleash your creativity digitally. Join us for hands-on learning and a Q&A session to refine your editing skills and create stunning digital pieces.

Top Ten Tips for iPhoneography
Discover how to maximize the potential of the camera that’s always at your fingertips. Learn to unleash your creativity and capture stunning images using your smartphone. We’ll explore accessories and websites to elevate your photography skills. Gain practical advice on saving, organizing, backing up, printing, and sharing your photographs effectively. Witness a live demonstration showcasing before-and-after photos to see these tips in action. Bring your questions and photos to share and edit.

Yoni Mayeri

Yoni Mayeri brings over three decades of professional photography experience, with a passion for pioneering iPhoneography over the past seventeen years. Her dedication to mastering this medium is evident through numerous exhibitions in prestigious galleries and museums. Beyond her artistic pursuits, Yoni shares her expertise in technology and art through courses, workshops and presentations at renowned institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Google, and Rancho La Puerta. Her instructional career includes roles as an educator for Nikon, Minolta, and Polaroid, further underscoring her deep knowledge of photography. Yoni’s Instagram blog showcases exclusively iPhone-captured and edited photographs, offering a glimpse into her creative journey: http://instagram/yonimayeri

Healing Through Naturopathic Medicine

Here we explore foundational principles of wellness from the perspective of a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). The Ranch offers an ideal place to dive deeply into practicing the principles discussed, and participants will leave with practical, creative ideas for implementation in daily life. We begin with an introduction to Naturopathic Medicine, followed by a lecture on the therapeutic benefits of water, both during times of health and illness, and then an experiential session on mindful eating. Finally, we will discuss strategies to proactively support the mental health of our youth, knowing we all want young people in our lives to thrive.

Foundations and Applications of Naturopathic Medicine

Hydrotherapy: The Healing Power of Water

Mindful Eating: An Experiential Journey with Food

Empowering Youth Through Intentional Allyship: Practical Actions for Supporting Mental Health in the Next Generation

 

Dr. Amanda Watters is a licensed naturopathic physician who enjoys lecturing nationally on topics such as mental health and nutrition. She is the executive director of Neurotherapeutics, a nonprofit in Oregon that provides over 35,000 hours of therapeutic services to children with disabilities every year. She is adjunct faculty at National University of Natural Medicine where she teaches Pediatrics and Psychology, and educates community members through her online platform PediaChat. She is also the founder and CEO of EllyPop, LLC, which makes freezer pops with real fruit, herbal teas, and balanced electrolytes. @ellypop @nt4kids

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

 

Improv(e) Your Life

Intro to Improv…The Power of Agreement
The joy of improvisational comedy lies in its spontaneous creativity and seemingly effortless collaboration. The secret to both aspects is simple:  listen and agree. In this workshop we’ll learn the power of saying “Yes, and…” and “Yes, because….” We’ll sharpen listening skills (useful in all areas of life!) and, before you know it, we’ll be improvising hilarious scenes.

Follow the Fun
Improv can take you anywhere and let you do anything. You can set an improv scene anywhere in the universe and give yourself and your scene partners any traits or powers. BUT you have to clue the audience in, so they can follow the fun. This workshop will focus on quickly conveying the “who, what, where” of a scene, so you can move on to exploring your unique world. We’ll also tackle “character work” and “object work” – i.e., working with imaginary props.

Group Games, Group Mind
There are no wallflowers in improv. Everyone can get in on the fun. Not in a scene? We’ll learn how to tag in and out and provide back line support (like sound effects). We’ll also learn group games where everyone participates in scenes. If your real life includes working with any kind of teams, you will see how improv principles apply.

We’ve Got Your Back!
We’ll review all the techniques we’ve learned and put them together in what is known as a “montage” set. And for those who want to perform Thursday night, we’ll use this workshop as show practice. (You don’t have to be in the show but, hey, what better place to try something new?)

Thursday Night Live!
Move over Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon. We are going to give this our best shot! Come one, come all as the RLP Improv Troupe creates a unique and original show based solely on audience suggestions. We’ll also talk about applying the principles of improv to your everyday world…because life today requires lots of improvising!

 

Arlene Matthews is an improv comedian and humor writer who studied with Groundlings in LA and with Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, where she completed the highly selective Academy graduate conservatory. As part of the improv team, Dad’s New Girlfriend, she performed frequently in NYC. Since moving to San Diego, she’s joined forces with Finest City Improv, where she performs regularly on two teams.

Salsa & Salsa: Dancing to the Beat of Flavor 

Discover the perfect blend of culinary artistry and dance at La Cocina que Canta’s Salsa & Salsa ! Indulge in a hands-on cooking demo by Executive Chef Reyna Venegas, crafting savory salsa dishes inspired by our Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, while mastering the steps of salsa dancing from expert dance instructor Manuel Velázquez. Join us for an unforgettable fusion of flavors and rhythms. Reserve your spot now for an evening of fun, flavor, and flair!

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
30 guests; $100 USD, includes tax

Itinerary:
4:00 pm – Guests meet @ Front Desk for prompt departure
4:15 pm – Guests arrive @ LCQC
4:15 pm – Introduction and garden tour with Salvador
4: 45 pm – Cooking Salsa Demo with Chef Reyna
5:30 pm – Dinner is served family style
6:15 pm – Manuel’s Lecture on Salsa History while dessert is being served
6:30 pm – Dancing outdoors LCQC with Manuel
7:15 pm – Acknowledgments, Q&A, thank you!
7:30 pm – Guests return @ RLP

 

Chef Reyna Venegas prepares fresh and delicious food that energizes, inspires, and nourishes guests. She fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own Northern Baja roots with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 80 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Reyna teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in farm-to-table cooking classes.

As a lifelong learner, Chef Reyna graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Integrative Nutrition program, which focuses on how food promotes wellness. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana, and holds a Pastry Degree from the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo and Fondation Turquois.

 

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel Velázquez is an international fitness continuing education provider and presenter for over two decades. His versatility and multifaceted functional approach leading land, aquatic and mind/body fitness programs has won him recognition as a Presenter of the Year and All Around International Presenter of the Year presenting at fitness conferences worldwide. He is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and Creator Designer & National Trainer for their signature WATERinMOTION®Platinum Instructor program. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos.  Former Lead Instructor at Puerto Rico’s exclusive Golden Door Spa, now is a dynamic instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (outside of San Diego).

Salsa & Salsa: Dancing to the Beat of Flavor 

Discover the perfect blend of culinary artistry and dance at La Cocina que Canta’s Salsa & Salsa ! Indulge in a hands-on cooking demo by Executive Chef Reyna Venegas, crafting savory salsa dishes inspired by our Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, while mastering the steps of salsa dancing from expert dance instructor Manuel Velázquez. Join us for an unforgettable fusion of flavors and rhythms. Reserve your spot now for an evening of fun, flavor, and flair!

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
30 guests; $100 USD, includes tax

Itinerary:
4:00 pm – Guests meet @ Front Desk for prompt departure
4:15 pm – Guests arrive @ LCQC
4:15 pm – Introduction and garden tour with Salvador
4: 45 pm – Cooking Salsa Demo with Chef Reyna
5:30 pm – Dinner is served family style
6:15 pm – Manuel’s Lecture on Salsa History while dessert is being served
6:30 pm – Dancing outdoors LCQC with Manuel
7:15 pm – Acknowledgments, Q&A, thank you!
7:30 pm – Guests return @ RLP

 

Chef Reyna Venegas prepares fresh and delicious food that energizes, inspires, and nourishes guests. She fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own Northern Baja roots with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 80 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Reyna teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in farm-to-table cooking classes.

As a lifelong learner, Chef Reyna graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Integrative Nutrition program, which focuses on how food promotes wellness. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana, and holds a Pastry Degree from the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo and Fondation Turquois.

 

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel Velázquez is an international fitness continuing education provider and presenter for over two decades. His versatility and multifaceted functional approach leading land, aquatic and mind/body fitness programs has won him recognition as a Presenter of the Year and All Around International Presenter of the Year presenting at fitness conferences worldwide. He is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and Creator Designer & National Trainer for their signature WATERinMOTION®Platinum Instructor program. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos.  Former Lead Instructor at Puerto Rico’s exclusive Golden Door Spa, now is a dynamic instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (outside of San Diego).

Salsa & Salsa: Dancing to the Beat of Flavor 

Discover the perfect blend of culinary artistry and dance at La Cocina que Canta’s Salsa & Salsa ! Indulge in a hands-on cooking demo by Executive Chef Reyna Venegas, crafting savory salsa dishes inspired by our Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, while mastering the steps of salsa dancing from expert dance instructor Manuel Velázquez. Join us for an unforgettable fusion of flavors and rhythms. Reserve your spot now for an evening of fun, flavor, and flair!

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
30 guests; $100 USD, includes tax

Itinerary:
4:00 pm – Guests meet @ Front Desk for prompt departure
4:15 pm – Guests arrive @ LCQC
4:15 pm – Introduction and garden tour with Salvador
4: 45 pm – Cooking Salsa Demo with Chef Reyna
5:30 pm – Dinner is served family style
6:15 pm – Manuel’s Lecture on Salsa History while dessert is being served
6:30 pm – Dancing outdoors LCQC with Manuel
7:15 pm – Acknowledgments, Q&A, thank you!
7:30 pm – Guests return @ RLP

 

Chef Reyna Venegas prepares fresh and delicious food that energizes, inspires, and nourishes guests. She fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own Northern Baja roots with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 80 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Reyna teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in farm-to-table cooking classes.

As a lifelong learner, Chef Reyna graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Integrative Nutrition program, which focuses on how food promotes wellness. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana, and holds a Pastry Degree from the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo and Fondation Turquois.

 

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel Velázquez is an international fitness continuing education provider and presenter for over two decades. His versatility and multifaceted functional approach leading land, aquatic and mind/body fitness programs has won him recognition as a Presenter of the Year and All Around International Presenter of the Year presenting at fitness conferences worldwide. He is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and Creator Designer & National Trainer for their signature WATERinMOTION®Platinum Instructor program. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos.  Former Lead Instructor at Puerto Rico’s exclusive Golden Door Spa, now is a dynamic instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (outside of San Diego).

Salsa & Salsa: Dancing to the Beat of Flavor 

Discover the perfect blend of culinary artistry and dance at La Cocina que Canta’s Salsa & Salsa ! Indulge in a hands-on cooking demo by Executive Chef Reyna Venegas, crafting savory salsa dishes inspired by our Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, while mastering the steps of salsa dancing from expert dance instructor Manuel Velázquez. Join us for an unforgettable fusion of flavors and rhythms. Reserve your spot now for an evening of fun, flavor, and flair!

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
30 guests; $100 USD, includes tax

Itinerary:
4:00 pm – Guests meet @ Front Desk for prompt departure
4:15 pm – Guests arrive @ LCQC
4:15 pm – Introduction and garden tour with Salvador
4: 45 pm – Cooking Salsa Demo with Chef Reyna
5:30 pm – Dinner is served family style
6:15 pm – Manuel’s Lecture on Salsa History while dessert is being served
6:30 pm – Dancing outdoors LCQC with Manuel
7:15 pm – Acknowledgments, Q&A, thank you!
7:30 pm – Guests return @ RLP

 

Chef Reyna Venegas prepares fresh and delicious food that energizes, inspires, and nourishes guests. She fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own Northern Baja roots with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 80 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Reyna teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in farm-to-table cooking classes.

As a lifelong learner, Chef Reyna graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Integrative Nutrition program, which focuses on how food promotes wellness. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana, and holds a Pastry Degree from the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo and Fondation Turquois.

 

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel Velázquez is an international fitness continuing education provider and presenter for over two decades. His versatility and multifaceted functional approach leading land, aquatic and mind/body fitness programs has won him recognition as a Presenter of the Year and All Around International Presenter of the Year presenting at fitness conferences worldwide. He is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and Creator Designer & National Trainer for their signature WATERinMOTION®Platinum Instructor program. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos.  Former Lead Instructor at Puerto Rico’s exclusive Golden Door Spa, now is a dynamic instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (outside of San Diego).

Salsa & Salsa: Dancing to the Beat of Flavor 

Discover the perfect blend of culinary artistry and dance at La Cocina que Canta’s Salsa & Salsa ! Indulge in a hands-on cooking demo by Executive Chef Reyna Venegas, crafting savory salsa dishes inspired by our Tres Estrellas Organic Farm, while mastering the steps of salsa dancing from expert dance instructor Manuel Velázquez. Join us for an unforgettable fusion of flavors and rhythms. Reserve your spot now for an evening of fun, flavor, and flair!

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
30 guests; $100 USD, includes tax

Itinerary:
4:00 pm – Guests meet @ Front Desk for prompt departure
4:15 pm – Guests arrive @ LCQC
4:15 pm – Introduction and garden tour with Salvador
4: 45 pm – Cooking Salsa Demo with Chef Reyna
5:30 pm – Dinner is served family style
6:15 pm – Manuel’s Lecture on Salsa History while dessert is being served
6:30 pm – Dancing outdoors LCQC with Manuel
7:15 pm – Acknowledgments, Q&A, thank you!
7:30 pm – Guests return @ RLP

 

Chef Reyna Venegas prepares fresh and delicious food that energizes, inspires, and nourishes guests. She fuses the culinary and cultural heritages of her own Northern Baja roots with the nutritious “spa cuisine” pioneered 80 years ago by Rancho La Puerta co-founder Deborah Szekely. At La Cocina Que Canta, “The Kitchen That Sings,” Chef Reyna teaches healthy eating as a celebration of life in farm-to-table cooking classes.

As a lifelong learner, Chef Reyna graduated from the University of California, San Diego’s Integrative Nutrition program, which focuses on how food promotes wellness. She is also a graduate of the Culinary Art School in Tijuana, and holds a Pastry Degree from the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier de Monte-Carlo and Fondation Turquois.

 

Manuel Velazquez

Manuel Velázquez is an international fitness continuing education provider and presenter for over two decades. His versatility and multifaceted functional approach leading land, aquatic and mind/body fitness programs has won him recognition as a Presenter of the Year and All Around International Presenter of the Year presenting at fitness conferences worldwide. He is a proud Faculty Member for SCW Fitness Education and Creator Designer & National Trainer for their signature WATERinMOTION®Platinum Instructor program. Manuel is a continuing education faculty member for SCW, ACE, AFAA, ACSM, AEA and stars in over 50 Fitness Instructor Training Videos.  Former Lead Instructor at Puerto Rico’s exclusive Golden Door Spa, now is a dynamic instructor at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (outside of San Diego).

Soccer with Sasha Victorine

Lots of fun with 10-year veteran Major League Soccer player, Sasha Victorine:
Soccer Training for Children, Tweens, and Teens
Pick up Soccer
7pm Soccer Game at Professor’s Park

 

Sasha VictorineSasha Victorine began his professional soccer career in 2000 with the Los Angeles Galaxy and was taken in the first round of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft out of UCLA, where he won the Missouri Athletic Club trophy as the most outstanding college soccer player. A versatile midfielder, Victorine represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and would go on to earn four appearances with the full U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring in the team’s first match after the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

His MLS career saw him help the LA Galaxy secure the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2001, CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2002, and the MLS Cup trophy in 2002. After five seasons in LA, Victorine was traded to Kansas City and played in 106 games over the course of four seasons. He returned to Los Angeles in 2008 with Chivas USA, closing out his career with two seasons to bring his career totals to 265 games played in MLS competition with 36 goals and 43 assists.

Victorine has also served as a Sports Envoy Ambassador for the United States Department of State. In 2011 and 2012, Victorine was a member of the Budget Committee for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and has also served on the US Olympic Committee’s Athletes Council.

Following his sports career, Sasha has spent the last 15 years leading software companies. He is currently the Chief Revenue Officer at Ad Astra Information Systems, an Ed Tech company in Kansas City, Kansas.  Victorine graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a degree in economics and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Melissa, and their daughters Halia, 16, and Malena, 13.

Personal Healing is Earth Healing

Red Road Journey is bringing native elders and wisdom keepers to Rancho La Puerta, to share stories, pray, sing, teach and inspire; to celebrate the deeply rooted traditions and practices that can help us care for the earth, bring healing to our spirits and care for each other.

Creating Harmonious Balance in Self, Home, and Community within The American First Nations with Tony Skrelunas; Sunday 4pm Olmeca Gym

A Course in Voice Activation with Ilhem Khodja; Monday 4pm Milagros Gym

Interbeing: An Interactive, Healing Sound Journey That Connects Our Senses to The Universal Sacred Element with Ilhem Khodja; Tuesday 5pm Oaktree Pavilion

An Indigenous Way to Connect and Heal through the Four Sacred Elements of the Universe: Earth, Air, Wind & Fire Elements with Antonio Romero; Tuesday 4pm Oaktree Pavilion

Mountain and Earth Healing: Talking Circle with Song and Earth Offering, with Chimalli Wash Fernandez, Antonio Romero and Ilhem Khodja ; Wednesday 7am Central Lawn at Villas

A Talk on Traditional Mexican Cosmology and Ceremony with Chimalli Wash Fernandez; Friday 2pm Olmeca Gym

 

Tony SkrelunasTony Skrelunas, cofounder of Red Road Journey, who also serves as head of commerce for the largest 1st Nation in America, and a friend of Rancho La Puerta, will lead a discussion on his efforts to create harmonious balance in self, home, and community within the American first nations and how the lessons learned from their past can lead to better humanity in the future.    Tony is leading economic transition for a resource extractive dependent Nation to one that focuses on the culture, time tested food systems, communal commerce, respectful trade, and keeping the knowledge of the land and climate for future humans.   

 

Ilhem KhodjaIlhem Khodja, whose name means “inspiration” in Arabic, is inspired by our ancestral connection to sound, and exploring innovative ways of healing through voice.  Her singing has been a core of her life’s work, starting a jazz career in France at the age of 10.  Her life’s work through shamanism and meditation shapes her current art expression: curating sound healing experiences by blending jazz, world music and electronic sounds.  She currently has residencies in Berlin and Mexico City through her solo project Interbeing, a sound journey experience that she is eager to share with the guests this week at the Ranch.

 

Antonio RomeroAntonio Romero is co-founder of Red Road Journey, a Native-run nonprofit organization based in Arizona that focuses on Conscious Tourism: placing tourism in the hands of tribal nations, while revitalizing traditions that teach us to heal through ancient modalities.  By leaning into his Native Mexican roots, Antonio was inspired to bridge the promise of indigenous wisdom to the modern world, which has led to the co-creation of Red Road Journey.  While at the Ranch, Antonio will spend the week sharing the traditional Mexican way of healing through the four universal elements: fire, earth, air and water.  This workshop will teach you how to reconnect with Nature and heal in a way that honors our sacred connection to Earth.

 

Chimalli Wash FernandezChimalli Wash Fernandez is an Aztec/Mexica elder, ceremonial leader, historian and traditional linguist from Mexico City.  Chimalli is fluent in Nahuatl, the ancient language of Mesoamerica, and has spent the last twenty years travelling the world offering workshops and talks surrounding Aztec history and culture.  He is looking forward to sharing with the Ranch a talk on Aztec cosmology and ceremonial traditions, which continue in Mexico for thousands of years, as well as lead an offering and prayer for the sacred mountain Kuchumaa.

Greenpeace Now and Then: A History of Environmental Activism

Join us for a captivating program presentation delving into Greenpeace’s storied history of activism. From their courageous beginnings confronting nuclear testing to Greenpeace’s iconic campaigns defending whales in the 1980s and 90s, Greenpeace has remained at the forefront of environmental advocacy. Explore how Greenpeace’s legacy of action has evolved to address contemporary challenges, including their pivotal role in securing unprecedented conservation measures. Today, they spearhead the largest act of global conservation in history while steadfastly opposing the destructive forces of the fossil fuel and deep-sea mining industries. Discover how Greenpeace’s unwavering commitment to environmental protection continues to shape the world for a more sustainable future.

 

Carlos Prieto De-LeonBorn and raised in the humble embrace of San Antonio de Padua, a pueblo in the heart of Zacatecas Mexico, Carlos Prieto De-Leon’s journey reflects a lifelong ambition to activate individuals in protecting our planet. He found his calling at the intersection of environmental protection and social equity, recognizing that the two are intrinsically linked. His passion for championing the environment led him to Greenpeace USA, where he has served 10 years as a dedicated staff member, channeling his energy into connecting influential donors with the organization’s impactful initiatives. Within Greenpeace USA, Carlos plays a pivotal role in showcasing the tangible impact of environmental activism and forging meaningful relationships with key stakeholders and donors. Through his efforts, he ensures that the vital work of protecting our planet receives the support it deserves. Outside of his professional endeavors, Carlos loves hiking the majestic redwoods and finding solace listening to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, near his home in Santa Cruz, California.

Solstice Blessing Circle with Felicia Ruiz

Solstice Blessing Circle with Felicia Ruiz, curandera, author, and medicine keeper from the Sonoran Desert. Felicia’s Indigenous ancestry is connected to the Mexica of central Mexico and the Pueblo People of northern New Mexico. As a curandera, she provides healing rituals and earth-based practices to care for her community and students. For this event, Felicia will be offering a smudging of sacred smoke to release  what no longer serves you, followed by the calling in of the Four Directions, and a flower blessing to replenish your spirits.

Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein

Lecture: Healing the Division in Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities, and the World

Meditation – Sunday through Friday

 

Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness (1997); Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat (1996); That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist (1998); Pay Attention for Goodness’s Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness (2003), and Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life (2008).  She has visited and taught at Rancho La Puerta since 1972.

 

Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein

Lecture: Healing the Division in Ourselves, Our Families, Our Communities, and the World

Meditation – Sunday through Friday

 

Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness (1997); Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat (1996); That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist (1998); Pay Attention for Goodness’s Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness (2003), and Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life (2008).  She has visited and taught at Rancho La Puerta since 1972.

 

Tennis and Pickleball

Dan DinenbergDan Dinenberg, MD, is an avid tennis player who has been teaching tennis to adults and children since he was 12 years old. Prior to a career in medicine, Dan was the head tennis pro at Club Med as well as being in charge of beginner, intermediate, and advanced tennis workshops at UCLA.  Currently, Dan practices a unique blend of conventional and holistic medicine, drawing on his extensive experience with integrative techniques like healing touch, guided imagery and yoga. Dan’s enthusiasm for tennis, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the human body, allow a focus on stretching, visualization, footwork and injury prevention.  Dan received his MD from the MCP-Hahnemann College of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice through UCSF.  Dan’s ability to bring the best of a mind-body healing approach to tennis instruction creates a unique experience he terms “transformational tennis.”