We live in a fast-paced, chaotic environment where it’s rare that we’re not plugged in to some form of media, whether it’s our phones, televisions or computers. At Rancho La Puerta, you don’t need an “app” to unplug from life’s clutter – our Mindfulness/Reflection classes will help you tune in to your own spirit and navigate your inner terrain without the constant bombardment of outside distractions. Take an Inner Journey class, rebuild from within using crystal bowls at Sound Healing, take time to walk our Labyrinth or try a Silent Dinner and listen to the truths inside of you.
Chant: Sacred Sound Practice
Create harmony and communion with a meditation of sacred song and chants from various traditions.
Crystal Bowls (Sound Healing)
Crystal bowls emit pure sound waves that resonate throughout the body’s tissues and organs. These sounds and vibrations affect brain wave activity causing the release of powerful neurohormones that suppress pain, heighten the immune system, and produce deep relaxation.
Inner Journey teaches practices for calming the mind, learning breath by breath to abide in the present moment. Classes include a resting or supine guided visualization focused on breath and body.
Mindfulness Meditation begins with the basic or nuts and bolts of how to begin a meditation practice:
How can I sit comfortably? What do I do with my hands? How do I breath? How long should I meditate?
After establishing these basic practices, we can then apply our meditation to different areas of life such as forgiveness, gratefulness, happiness, letting go or stress mastery.
Reflexology on “The Spiral
A walk over smooth riverstones set into spiraling stone pathways located near the entrance to Women’s Health Center. (Self-guided)
A meditative meal enjoyed without conversation, accompanied by inspirational music.
About: Evolved from the spiral forms of nature, labyrinths have been known to the human race for more than four thousand years. The Cretan labyrinth, Hopi medicine wheel, Jewish Kabbala (Tree of Life) and Tibetan sand paintings share the labyrinth motif and theme of transformation, either through meditation or a participant’s walk along the path.
Not a maze—which confuses the participant with game-like devices such as cul-de-sacs, false leads and high walls—the labyrinth seeks to quiet the mind and lead to peace and inner knowing (inner wisdom?).
The path is a classical eleven-circuit design, a metaphor for our journey through life. One path takes you to the center and back again, leading you through many turns. The six-petaled center is known as the rosette. In some traditions, each petal of the central rosette symbolizes one of the six stages of planetary evolution: mineral, vegetable, animal, human, angelic and divine. Ten labyrs—the hourglass—are symbols of women’s creativity and power. Each two-thirds circle along the outer edge is a lunation that tracks moon cycles and may have been a way of determining religious feasts in the Middle Ages. Your guide to the experience will further explain many of these references.
May you find all you seek on your journey.
Our reflexology pathway brings the soles–and soul–into energetic focus as you walk over patterns of stones to exert varying degrees of pressure on the feet. The spiral pattern represents the cycles of life and the sequential order of things…a soothing simplicity, an intriguing complexity.
What is reflexology?: Practitioners believe that certain areas on the foot correspond to internal areas of the body, and when pressure is applied to those areas, reflexology can assist the self-healing process. Reflexology does not try to diagnose or cure medical conditions, but rather correct energy imbalances. The tradition of “stone stepping” has undergone controlled testing by the Oregon Research Institute, where scientists found that older adult participants “experienced significant improvements in mental and physical well-being.”