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Listening, expressing, acknowledging, healing, embracing, and leaning into each other are some of the basic tenets by which we define The Ranch’s existence. In the upcoming weeks, our resolve is to bring you thought provoking and moving conversations to help us examine our beliefs and our opportunities, reaffirm our shared humanity and see how we can become better allies, standing for justice and compassion.

Join us for several healing dialogues with Barry and Deborah; see the schedule below. These may be uncomfortable and challenging, but also insightful, and inspiring. We can’t promise how they will turn out, we can promise that we won’t let fear get in the way of our mission to be a place for healing and transformation.

Join Ranch Co-Founder Deborah Szekely, Director of Guest Relations Barry Shingle and guest presenters Dr. Mehrad Nazari and Michele Hébert for a live Zoom discussion.

Thursday, July 9, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST

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Dr. Mehrad Nazari, E-RYT 500 with his wife Michele are the founders of Raja Yoga Institute and faculties at Esalen Institute in Big Sur California and Kripalu Health and Yoga Center in Massachusetts. Mehrad and Michele are consultants to the current research through a grant by National Institute of Health on the effect of Yogic breathing on the health of the brain. Mehrad was personally trained by Yogi Raj Walt Baptiste and has been teaching over 25 years. He was initiated in Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition by Swami Veda Bharati of Rishikesh India and has received initiation by the Zen Master Kyozan Joshu Roshi, and HH. The Dalai Lama.

With his wife Michele they lead Yoga and Meditation retreats Internationally and consult and train companies.  Dr. Nazari as an adjunct professor of Business Negotiation taught for ten years at U S Int’l University in San Diego. He advocates the application of Yoga principles to our daily and corporate life for joyful living in a sustainable environment and the health of our family, community and the planet.

He is the multi-award-winning author of: Enlightened Negotiation: 8 Universal Laws to connect, Create, and Prosper.  Dr. Nazari was selected as one the the 25 thought Leaders around globe by International Leadership Association to contribute a chapter to newly released book: Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Goal Developments.


Michele Hébert

MICHELE HEBERT is a  master educator, yoga and meditation teacher, award-winning author and speaker who has devoted her life to living and teaching consciousness-based practices for personal and professional transformation. She was personally trained by Raja Yoga Master Walt Baptiste who instilled in her the philosophy ‘from a sound base upward’. She has studied extensively with Swami Veda Bharati of Rishikesh, India and H.H. The Dalai Lama.

Former media representative for the American Council on Exercise in the area of Mind-Body Integration, Michele pioneered the principles of yoga and meditation within the Health and Fitness Industry. These principles can be found in her multi-award winning book The Tenth Door: A Yoga Adventure.

During her 35 years of international teaching experience she developed yoga/meditation programs and consulted with international spas in Egypt, Sweden and Guam as well as in the US: The Chopra Center, Esalen Institute, University of California at San Diego, Kripalu, and Scripps Institute. She has a been associated with Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door since 1987 as a teacher and  guest presenter.

Currently Michele is the creator of the blog Spiritually Speaking and leads a popular zoom course entitled Meditation and the Inner Practices of Yoga.

Michele’s mission is to inspire others to reflect deeply and make a conscious decision to grow and live from their highest ideals.



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Voices of the Ranch and Chats With Barry

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Tuesday, July 14- Chats with Barry with Emily and Sylvia Boorstein

Join Ranch Director of Guest Relations Barry Shingle and Guest Presenters Emily and Sylvia Boorstein for a Zoom discussion.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


My passion is to engage people in the process of self-discovery and inspired living!  My role is to be a teacher and guide for those who want to live a more mindful, joyful, and well navigated life.  My purpose as a coach is to help my clients and students recognize their true innate value and worthiness, know themselves fully, accept themselves unconditionally, grow their self-confidence, self-esteem, self-respect, and self-love, and live their own vision of a fulfilling life.

“Inside each and every one of us lies the potential to create and manifest our uniquely personal Great Life Story.”

Emily is the founder of The Inner Fitness™ Program and is a monthly presenter and Life Coach at Rancho La Puerta Health and Fitness Resort in Tecate, Mexico.  Emily maintains a telephone and video based private practice with clients and students from around the world.  She lives in Northern California with her husband, and is eagerly awaiting her second grandchild in September.

Emily Boorstein Wikman
Founder, Inner Fitness™
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, CPCC
Lucid Living Master Coach, LLMC
Choose Love Drop-In Zoom Class, Mondays, 9 am PT
Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/826058243
Rancho La Puerta Online Virtual Inner Fitness Workshops COMING SOON!


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.

Thursday, July 16- Voices of The Ranch with Debbie Rosas

Join Ranch Co-Founder Deborah Szekely, Director of Guest Relations Barry Shingle and guest presenter Debbie Rosas for a live Zoom discussion.

Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST

Debbie Rosas is the creator and co-founder of the global fitness and lifestyle practice, Nia, which is based upon The Body’s Way: a system used to live, move and feel great at any age. Debbie is a visionary, a pioneer in the body-mind industry, an entrepreneur, a public personality, artist and presenter at health and wellness conferences. She is the author of The Nia Technique and Non-Impact Aerobics. Her work is featured in over 800 publications and used by over 65,000 people weekly in over 41 countries, taught by 2600 teachers. Through her work and passion, Debbie influences people to develop the most important relationship they will ever have: the one with their body.

Tuesday, July 21- Chats with Barry with Linda Illingworth

Join Barry as he talks about nutrition with Rancho La Puerta nutrionist, Linda Illingworth.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


Linda is the founder of Nutrition Muse and current Director of Nutrition at Lifewellness Institute in Point Loma, CA, where she is responsible for patient clinical care and corporate wellness education for local and international corporations.  Using the premise that ‘every molecule in your body is sourced from food’, she focuses on food as the foundation for health and supports her clients through lifestyle changes to make the most impact on health. Much of her career has been spent in wellness, working at world-renowned spas Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, and guest lecturer at Premier Fitness Camp at La Costa Resort.

Linda received a B.S. from California State University Long Beach and completed a one year dietetic internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, recognized for its innovation in cardiac care.

She has a soft spot for kids and dogs so she provides education at Home Start, a child abuse prevention and treatment program, participate as a Board Advisor to Grandma Lulu’s Table a nutrition program for underserved children, and fundraise for Puppies Behind Bars and Second Chance Dog Rescue.

Wednesday, July 22- Interview and Dance Class with Chris Daigre

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


Chris is a Seattle native who played guard on Roosevelt High School’s 1982 championship basketball team and grew up with dance at his family’s renowned Ewajo Dance Workshop. Chris was fascinated by the teaching artists and professional dancers passing through. “They were some of the most engaging people I had ever met; very funny, but also wise and full of vitality, mental dedication, and discipline. To be in the midst of them, to see how they went about their work, creating dances and working together, was transformational for me. That was the spark”.  That spark ignited a teaching career that has continued for more than 25 years.  Chris has contributed choreography to productions of the 5th Ave Musical Theater, The Village Theatre, Broadway Bound Children’s Theater, Taproot Theater and others.  He has collaborated with the Ladies’ Musical Club to bring dance to PE classes in elementary schools and developed community dance programs in association with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Theatre Group.

He currently teaches dance to promote health, well being and social interaction.  www.danceDaigre.com

Thursday, July 23- Voices of The Ranch with DeRahn Johnson

Join Ranch Co-Founder Deborah Szekely, Director of Guest Relations Barry Shingle and DeRahn Johnson for a live Zoom discussion.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


DeRahn Johnson has been an active member of the professional fitness community for over 20 years. A former resident of New York, he left a successful 13-year career as a software engineer to dedicate his life to help combat the nation’s growing obesity epidemic. Holding multiple certifications in personal training, corrective exercise, and nutrition, he has logged over 10,000 hours of in-the-field training and consulting experience, helping individuals of all ages and fitness levels reach their desired health goals. DeRahn utilizes the analysis & problem-solving skills from his engineering background, along with an extensive knowledge of nutrition, kinesiology and biomechanics to get his clients on the fast track to optimal health and wellness. DeRahn is the founder of MAVEN, a nutrition consulting company that provides nutrition services to the public, including: individual & group counseling, metabolic testing, food log analysis, and full menu planning. DeRahn is also a member of the Rancho La Puerta Fitness Team, where he teaches group exercise classes, performs corrective exercise assessments, and provides nutrition services to guests, as well as staff.

Tuesday, July 28- Chats with Barry with Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D.

Join Ranch Director of Guest Relations Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D. for a Zoom discussion.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is a cultural leader, oral historian and documentarian who shares narratives of personal transformation and community change. As the founder of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, she works with communities across the themes of sovereignty, transformation, healing and equity.

Mi’Jan is also a public speaker, represented by FRESH Speakers alongside luminaries like Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo and Brittney Cooper. She graces audiences with her visionary, story-rich talks at a range of institutions, from Carnegie Hall to the Institute of American Indian Arts, to SXSW. Her goal? To make the historical contemporary and personal, while surfacing the marginalized stories that need to be heard.

To say this historian’s own history is distinguished is an understatement: Mi’Jan designed and led the Steinem Initiative’s public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College, was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, and served as a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar. These days, her collaborations include serving as a 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, Encore Public Voices Fellow, and BMW Foundation Responsible Leader.

Thursday, July 30- Bendable Body

Join us in comfortable clothing for a full body stretch class: learn stretches for tight muscle fascia in your body and get relief from neck, shoulder, hip, back and knee pain.

Thursday, July 30, 2020
11:00AM PST/ 2:00PM EST


Bendable Body is a team of highly­ skilled flexibility trainers who transform tired, stiff, pain­-riddled bodies into healthy, energetic bendable beings. Our unique stretching method — The Bendable Body Method — is a specialized form of resistance stretching that works on the fascia along the energetic meridian lines that influence every aspect of your health. The Bendable Body Method facilitates healing on multiple levels — biomechanical, physiological, emotional and energetic — enabling you to enjoy a life without pain or stiffness.


John Kelly: I have always been athletic. As a kid, I played a lot of sports. But even way back then my body was extremely tight and inflexible. As a result, I had chronic low back pain, poor digestion, and allergies. After working ten years on Wall Street at Bears Stearns my body had enough. I was broken: physically, mentally and spiritually.

Today I am pain-free, at my peak health, and I sprint faster than I did in high school… and it just keeps getting better. I have extensive experience working with athletes, including NFL Football players and Hall of Fame tennis players.

When it comes to stretching, it’s just a matter of doing it and you will get results. I come up with new stretches and experience old stretches in new ways. I never cease to be amazed at the added space and rotation I get in my joints. I’ve always felt like I need to be an example for this work, a representation. I was so stiff when I started – if I can do it, anyone can.

What I didn’t know, was I would be a middle-aged guy looking at my peers and watching their physical decline… while I seem to be aging backward.


Sita Kelly: I have a degree in Religious Studies from The University of California, Santa Barbara. I spent 14 years as a nun at the Vedanta Society, studying Hindu philosophy and practicing meditation. When I first heard about resistance stretching, it struck me as something I knew to be true: your body is a map of your mind.

I love to share in the journey with people. Nothing thrills me more than when a new person does their first stretch series and feels the pain melt away. It’s happened so many times – you would think I’d be used to it by now. But I still get so excited for them!

Stretching – true confession – it’s the only exercise I tolerate. I am a worker, that’s how I keep moving and blow off steam. But it trashes the body. When I think back on my condition 5 years ago compared to what it is today, I am astounded. It’s like I’m in my body now. I notice little things and deal with them right away. In the past, I would have ignored them and got by on youth. We all know that only works for so long…

What I didn’t know was I would be 40… imagining a greater level of health, wellness, and mobility at 50… than I even I had when I was 20.

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For past recordings of
Voices of the Ranch and Chats With Barry

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Voices of the Ranch

  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Sylvia Boornstein
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Brother Phap Hai
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Monique Mead
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Sarah Hernholm
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Zen Bon Jacques-Pierre
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Keith MacPherson
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Gyll Turteltaub, Psy.D
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Ben Brown, MD
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter André Salvage
  • Deborah Szekely, Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Arielle Ford

Chats With Barry

  • Barry and Guest Presenter Marshall Chapman
  • Barry and Guest Presenter Leslie McGuirk
  • Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Dana Dean
  • Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Laura Pauli
  • Barry Shingle and Guest Presenter Candace Gray
  • Chats With Barry and Guest Presenter Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

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