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January at Rancho La Puerta: Strength!


January at Rancho La Puerta – The strength of a willow tree is its flexibility in a storm and its deep roots, keeping it firmly anchored when other trees might snap or fall over. The Ranch offers over 60 classes a day to strengthen your core, keeping you flexible and helping empower you. Following are a few of the great classes to help cultivate and further develop your roots, strengthening your core.


January 2-9
Enlightened Negotiation™ | Mehrad Nazari, Ph.D.

Mehrad NazariJoin Dr. Mehrad Nazari as he leads you through discussions and exploration of The Law of Intention and Strength, 8 Spiritual Laws to Connect, Create and Prosper and other empowering topics to strengthen your negotiating skills. Dr Nazari earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior in 1992 (dissertation on Integrative Negotiation). He received an MBA and his California real estate broker license in 1981. As an adjunct professor of International Business Negotiation, he taught for ten years at United States International University in San Diego. Mehrad has studied with some of the spiritual masters of our time: Walt Baptiste, Swami Veda Bharati of India and Kyozan Joshu Roshi of Japan. – See more


January 9-16
Resiliency | Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John“When you learn how to create your own joy, you stop being buffeted by ups and downs of life; you become the master of your own destiny and emotions.” Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic medals in ski racing. In recognition of this historic achievement, Bonnie was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush for Black History month. Today, Bonnie travels the globe as a highly sought after keynote speaker, Fortune 500 business consultant, television and radio personality, business owner, and the author of six books including her Amazon #1 best-seller, How Great Women Lead. Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration.  – See more


January 16-23
Pilates |John Garey

John GareyJoin John Garey in classic exercises with a twist with occasional use of props, and moving at a slightly faster pace – these Pilates classes will leave you invigorated, stretched, and strengthened! John is the President and Founder of John Garey Fitness & Pilates. He is a Master Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES®. John has starred in hundreds of Fitness and Pilates videos and has been teaching and practicing Pilates for more than 20 years. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and earned his MS in Physical Education from New York University. John is also the creator of John Garey TV, an on-line fitness and Pilates resource for professionals. – See more



January 23-30
Meditation and Healing Yoga Week | Michele Hébert

Michele HebertExperience the power and simplicity of meditation to master your mind, breath, and well-being through simple but profound practices. Join Michele Hebert as she blends her background in wellness, yoga, meditation and nutrition to guide you in achieving higher levels of health and spiritual awareness.  Michele is a wellness educator, raja yoga and meditation teacher, natural nutritionist and author. She implemented the first meditation-based stress management program at the renowned Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, teaching mind-body wellness techniques to enhance the immune system. As the media representative in the area of mind-body integration for the American Council on Exercise 1996-98, she was one of the first to promote the integration of mind, body and spirit within the mainstream fitness industry. – See more


Rancho La Puerta Vegetable Tamales

Vegetable Tamales

With a history that’s deeper than the Aztec pyramids are tall, tamales have been a staple of Mexico for centuries.  Some historians recognize them as part of the pre-Colombian diet starting somewhere between 5000 BC to 7000 BC, where they were … Continue reading


BOSU Fit Lunge


I’m in Olmeca gym at a BOSU * Fit class with several Ranch guests, looking forward to 45 minutes of an energetic and balancing workout. Our fitness instructor Ethan hits play and turns up the volume to an upbeat danceable Motown soundtrack. … Continue reading



Pilates Tower Fundamentals

“The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” –Joseph Pilates inventor of Pilates The Pilates Tower Fundamentals class was a deliberately paced workout that was a pleasant surprise. Instead of a fast circuit workout with … Continue reading


Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale at Rancho La Puerta

Famed jane iredale “Skin Care Makeup™” revolutionized the cosmetics industry 21 years ago because it was the first color cosmetic line with clean ingredients to benefit the skin.  As a green beauty pioneer, Jane Iredale has greatly impacted the way … Continue reading


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