Lace up your trail shoes and recharge your cameras- June is Nature month at Rancho La Puerta. Explore the outdoors, attend a discussion, stretch in a fitness class, and discover what The Ranch’s beautiful natural surroundings have to offer. In addition to our hiking program, these classes will lead you in an exploration of our natural world.
Keep Your Brain Young | John J. Ratey, M.D
Join Dr. John J. Ratey as he invites you to “Go Wild” at The Ranch. Using the principles of the Ranch as your guide, explore the science behind why you need to put down your laptop and cell phone and follow your core DNA when it comes to finding a “tribe,” exercise, and mindfulness. See More.
Amazing Oceans of Life | Mark Hixon, Ph.D.
Explore the greatest concentration of life, the beautiful and bizarre creatures that inhabit our seas and join the discussion of how the seas have suffered from human activities. Join Dr. Mark Hixon and learn how the invisibility of the seas and the myth of their inexhaustibility have led to environmental problems that require each of us to become better ocean stewards. See More.
GYROKINESIS® | Donna Place
Gyrokinesis incorporates many key principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics and Tai Chi. Join GYROTONIC master trainer Donna Place as she teaches proper breathing, and helps you mobilize your spine and joints through a series of arching, curling and spiraling movements. Rhythm, movement, & breath are the key elements of this system which is accessible for all fitness levels. See More.
Photography | Gary Harmatz
Come explore Rancho La Puerta with your camera or iPhone. Join wildlife, nature and travel photographer Gary Harmantz in his workshop; Photographing the Ranch: a hands-on workshop Telling a Story with your Photographs. Enjoy a slideshow of his work “The Big Cats of Africa”, as he shares his experience and knowledge of their natural history and the environment of these magnificent animals. – See More.
Culinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta | Visiting Teacher Sonoko Sakai
Chef Sonoka Sakai is the founder of Common Grains, a project to grow heirloom grains and create a sustainable agricultural grain hub in Southern California. Join soba noodle maker and food industry advocate Sonoko Sakai as she offers two hands-on culinary experiences during your stay. See More.