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SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

Achieving Harmony and Balance: Feng Shui, Meditation, Qiqong & Painting

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Program #17320RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Dec 2 — Dec 7, 2012

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Type: Conference Center

Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated in 170 acres in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being.

Contact info:
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073 USA
phone: 831-462-8383
web: www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Room amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath.

Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $80-95 single room rate
Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. Telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org to book extra nights. Double room rate: $95-$110

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 02 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, G...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 4:00-5:00pm.

After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag and the most up-to-date program schedule that we'll review during orientation this evening. You'll have some free time to relax before we meet for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00pm. Gourmet vegetarian meals are one of the highlights of your time with us. We are committed to right livelihood and sustainability, providing 100% vegetarian cuisine prepared fresh daily by our team of dedicated chefs using organic produce as much as we can. Our salad, vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk, and soy products are all organic, and most of our spices and grains are organic as well. We care about the environment and your health.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Begins at 7:00pm. In addition to introductions of participants and staff, we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

Land of Medicine Buddha is a Tibetan Buddhist Center, a place dedicated to healing and renewing the heart. In this unique environment — among redwoods with deer and the song of birds — you can enjoy walking trails, be still with nature in the meadow, and discover the deep silence of the enchanted forest. Experience the blessings of the holy objects in the meditation hall, browse the library, turn the three beautiful prayer wheels, and relax in an elegantly-fitted modern bedroom...taking time to restore your inner strength and find a new depth of peace.

Lodging: Land of Medicine Buddha

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated in 170 acres in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being.

Contact info:
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073 USA
phone: 831-462-8383
web: www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Room amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath.

Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $80-95 single room rate
Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. Telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org to book extra nights. Double room rate: $95-$110

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 03 - Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Nature W...
Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Nature Walk, Feng Shui, Social Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining room, a comfortable place to enjoy the delicious vegetarian meals prepared by our expert kitchen staff.

Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Qigong (Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese healing art that has been used for centuries to balance internal body energy and to promote good health. This method of internal energy work is a fantastic and easy practice that brings physical happiness, mental calm, and a general since of well-being. In China, Qigong has been used as a preventative health measure as well as a powerful technique to cure illness, passed on from generation to generation.

Lunch: Healthful and tasty vegetarian lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: After lunch, we’ll have a healthful nature walk to appreciate the beauty and peace of our surroundings in this pristine environment where redwood forests and rolling meadows abound.

CLASS: The Ancient Art of Feng Shui. Using interior design, psychology, color theory and more, learn how to create a healthy flow of natural energy in your surroundings.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room. Everything here is designed to nurture healing and the development of a good heart, which includes the cultivation of compassion and loving kindness.

Evening: SOCIAL EVENING: We’ll gather together after dinner for activities that support heightened awareness for living a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.

Lodging: Land of Medicine Buddha

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated in 170 acres in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being.

Contact info:
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073 USA
phone: 831-462-8383
web: www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Room amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath.

Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $80-95 single room rate
Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. Telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org to book extra nights. Double room rate: $95-$110

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 04 - Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Sketchin...
Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Sketching & Painting Techniques, Feng Shui, Film Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room..

Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Activate and harmonize life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung). Strengthen your enegry for a healthy body and happy mind!

There will be a relaxing break after the movement class.

MEDITATION CLASS: Meditation for inner harmony including presentation and discussion. The emphasis will be on experience using meditation to actually bring life enhancing changes in our thoughts and feelings.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: CLASS: Sketching and Painting Techniques, for relaxation and to capture the natural environment.

CLASS: The Ancient Art of Feng Shui. We continue the exploration of interior design, psychology, color theory and more to create a healthy flow of natural energy in your surroundings.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.

Evening: FILM EVENING: We'll watch a documentary film on Qigong (Chi Kung) in the 21st Century followed by a discussion.

Lodging: Land of Medicine Buddha

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated in 170 acres in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being.

Contact info:
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073 USA
phone: 831-462-8383
web: www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Room amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath.

Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $80-95 single room rate
Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. Telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org to book extra nights. Double room rate: $95-$110

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 05 - Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Draw a B...
Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Draw a Buddha Image, Feng Shui, Symbolism of Tibetan Art

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.

Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Delve deeper into activating and harmonizing life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung).

There will be a relaxing break following the class.

MEDITATION: After a short meditation, you’ll learn to draw a Buddha image according to traditional Tibetan practice using a grid, a foundation of Tibetan art. The act of creating the image is a meditation in itself.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Walk, read, sketch, enjoy a massage or sauna, or visit nearby Capitola, a beach village.

CLASS: We’ll conclude the afternoon with further examination of the Ancient Art of Feng Shui.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.

Evening: CLASS: Learn about the symbolism of Tibetan art, including a sand mandala, followed by a guided exploration of art works in the facilities at Land of Medicine Buddha.

Lodging: Land of Medicine Buddha

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated in 170 acres in Soquel, just south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres of state forest, our physical location provides a perfect space for guests to relax and connect to their spiritual inner being.

Contact info:
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073 USA
phone: 831-462-8383
web: www.landofmedicinebuddha.org

Room amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath.

Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $80-95 single room rate
Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. Telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org to book extra nights. Double room rate: $95-$110

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 06 - Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Feng Shu...
Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Feng Shui, Sketching & Painting, Music Evening

Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.

Morning: MOVEMENT & MEDITATION CLASS: Activate and harmonize your life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung). Strengthen your energy for a healthy body and happy mind with meditation.

There will be a restful break before the next class.

CLASS: The Ancient Art of Feng Shui. By now you know that Feng Shui is both an art and a science, a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space for health and harmony.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining room.

Afternoon: FREE TIME: Time to pursue your personal interests, deepen your meditations, get out into nature, whatever suits your spirit best.

CLASS: We conclude the afternoon with further work on Sketching and Painting Techniques, for relaxation and to capture the natural environment.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room.

Evening: MUSIC EVENING: Music has the capacity to express the soul’s deepest feelings and to lift our minds. The teachings of the Buddha mention music on many occasions.

Lodging: Land of Medicine Buddha

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, December 07 - Movement & Self Acupressure, Meditation, Program ...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining room.

Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Welcome to our final class and your work to activate and harmonize life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung).

The class will be followed by a relaxing break.

MEDITATION: Meditation for inner harmony and using meditation to bring life enhancing changes in our thoughts feelings, with lecture and discussion.

Lunch: Check out time is 11 AM. The program concludes with lunch.

We hope you have enjoyed this rewarding new program and will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Soquel, CA
Santa CruzMiles of beaches. State parks.
For additional information, visit: www.www.santacruz.org
CapitolaArt Galleries, beach and wharf, dining, begonia garden, walks.
For additional information, visit: www.capitolachamber.com
Land of Medicine BuddhaSauna. Massage therapy is available by appointment. Miles of hiking trails. Borders on 10,000 acres of state forest. Bookstore and library. Unique buddhist paintings, prayer bell and prayer wheels.
For additional information, visit: www.medicinebuddha.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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