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August at The Ranch: Re-Imagine


Imagination is a powerful thing.  Imagination is the beginning of your personal creation that is your life.  What do you imagine for yourself?  Where do you see yourself in five years or next month?  What do you want to add to your bucket list?  Don’t hold back!  Have fun re-imagining what you want for yourself, then write it down and meditate on it daily.


David KaplanTai Chi | David Kaplan, August 15-22
David Kaplan is the founder of the Kaplan Method of Martial Arts/ Wellness a blend of Chi Kung /Shaolin Wushu, Kyokushin Karate and Zen Buddhism. For over twenty years David has been teaching children, adults and seniors at numerous U.S and international locations including The Yale Club, New York University, Goldman Sachs, American Express among others. A student of World Oyama founder Shigeru Oyama and USA Shaolin Temple founder and abbot Shi Yan Ming …read more


Chef AJCulinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta |Visiting Teacher Chef AJ, August 8-15
Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body…read more


Elliott Dacher M.DMeditation and Human Flourishing | Elliott Dacher, M.D., August 15-22
Elliott S. Dacher, M.D. practiced internal medicine for 20 years before pursuing an extensive education in Eastern psychology and practices amongst the wise healers of Asia. His last book –Aware, Awake, Alive is the course text. He is a past fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a past advisory board member of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. A frequent presenter and seminar leader, ….read more


BeeYouthing: A Hypnotic Approach to Anti-aging | Bee Epstein-Shepherd, Ph.D., August 22-29
Dr. Bee Epstein-Shepherd has helped people attain personal and professional excellence since 1975. She is now in her “retirement career” as a Hypnotherapist. Since 1985 she has impacted more than 250.000 people in over 450 cities internationally by teaching self-management and peak performance. She has 10 years-experience teaching management and business psychology courses at the college level and consulting for major corporations. She is author of Stress First Aid for the Working Woman; How to Create Balance at Work, At Home, In Your Life; Free Yourself From Diets; Mental Management for Great Golf: …read more


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Susan Friedman

Reflections of a Ranch Docent

  I am lucky to be a host at a weeklong party which features delicious, healthy, and beautifully presented food, a stunning setting, and constant entertainment. At this party there is always an opportunity for all the guests to learn … Continue reading



Farewell from Kate!

I’ve been the resident blogger at The Ranch for the last three years and it’s definitely bittersweet to be leaving.  The Ranch has been truly good to me.  I discovered it in W Magazine back in 2012 where I read … Continue reading


Hiking at Rancho La Puerta

July at The Ranch: Remotivate

The sun is out and it’s summertime!  This is one of my favorite times of the year at The Ranch; perfect pool weather, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful twilight dinners outdoors in the warm evening breeze.  July is also the perfect time … Continue reading


June at Rancho La Puerta

June at The Ranch: Reaffirm

  June is a special month here at The Ranch.  It’s our 75th anniversary! Rancho La Puerta was founded in 1940 by Deborah Szekely and her husband, Professor Edmund Szekely.  So it’s fitting that June is Reaffirm Month.  After 75 years … Continue reading


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The Baja Kitchen Event with Chef Denise Roa

We’re pleased to share with you photos and a recap of our second round of The Baja Kitchen at PIRCH San Diego featuring Chef Denise Roa of La Cocina Que Canta, and Chef Javier Plascencia of Mision 19. The Baja Kitchen is a new series of culinary demonstrations and delicious tastings showcasing … Continue reading


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