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A Spa Retreat for Women: Wine, Laughter, Mindful Eating and Joy

Program Number: 18479RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/20/2013 - 5/23/2013; 11/3/2014 - 11/6/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Stevenson, Washington
Price starting at: $720.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Health & Fitness; Food & Wine
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

In a serene setting near the Columbia River Gorge treat yourself to a reflective and joyful experience at a comprehensive women’s wellness program. Learn the secrets of a woman’s well-being, from the neurobiology of joy to the role of foods in influencing our moods. Strengthen your body with gentle exercises and short hikes, and let our instructors lead you on a path incorporating pampering, proper diet, joy and holistic living for better health and well-being.




Highlights

• Shed pounds and negativity with helpful tips into proper eating and through laughter yoga.
• Meet with a local wine expert as she discusses the nutritive and healthy benefits of drinking wine.
• Destress through viewing of the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, water aerobics and a massage, facial or pedicure.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to two miles; some strenuous but low-impact activity.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Stevenson

Whether covered in snow or in the full bloom of spring, the town of Stevenson is beautiful in any season. Hugging the Columbia River and in view of Mount Hood, the seat of Skamania County is popular with locals and visitors for its hiking trails, Columbia River windsurfing, wine-tasting opportunities, golf courses and hot springs.



Accommodations
Resort on 175 wooded acres in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area with spa facility, swimming pool, Jacuzzis, saunas, and outdoor hot tub.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Peter Chausse

A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.
 
Judy Zehr

Judy Zehr is a licensed therapist and currently serves as the director of Clinical Education for the Institute for Health Solutions. For more than 30 years, she has been helping people strengthen their skills in creating happy, healthy lives. Judy served as the lead behavioral change trainer in Kaiser Permanente's Health Education programs, and has worked in organizations and businesses leading workshops and trainings for decades.
 
Wendy Mitchell

A leader in the health promotion field for more than 30 years, Wendy has a master’s in education and psychology and is a certified professional coach. She brings a wealth of experience from her many years of work at the University of California at Berkeley and her role as director of outreach at Oregon Health and Science University, where she advocated for women of all ages and stages of life to take greater personal ownership of their health and the health of their families.
 
Andrea Crisp

Andrea Crisp is a certified health counselor and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University’s Integrative Nutrition Professional Training Program. In layman’s terms, she is a combined life coach and nutritionist. She is also a certified leader of Hasya, or “Laughter,” Yoga, which combines yogic breathing exercises with our natural ability to laugh, and a certified practitioner of reiki, an alternative form of medicine.
 
Mich Nelson

Mich Nelson is Free Spirit-in-Chief of Free Spirit Wines, a wine education and custom wine excursion planning company based in Portland, Ore. Mich is a former tasting room manager and private wine educator in the Willamette Valley. She also teaches classes at the Wine and Spirit Archive, one of Portland’s premier wine schools, and is an instructor with Indulge Wine School. Mich holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits with Distinction and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
 
Joy Lasseter

Joy Lasseter, Ph.D. is a nutritionist, professional speaker and author. After experiencing a health burnout while working a high-pressure sales job, she changed careers and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in holistic nutrition. In her journey toward greater health, Joy has lost two dress sizes, conquered depression, overcome fatigue, insomnia, and learned to manage her stress response. Today, she teaches her secrets for a healthier lifestyle during presentations to clubs, companies and conventions. She also designs nutrition programs for individuals, always focusing on easy, healthy lifestyles for vitality and longevity.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa
  North Bonneville, WA 3 nights
 Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Type: Resort
  Description: Surrounded by pristine mineral water hot springs, Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa is a breathtaking Columbia River Gorge hotel, where luxury lodging and amenities blend with the invigorating allure of nature. Escape to the majestic border between Washington and Oregon. It’s an enchanting woodland realm dotted with picturesque towns and wineries, whitewater rapids, and endless hiking trails.
  Contact info: 1252 East Cascade Drive
North Bonneville, WA 98639 USA
phone: 509-427-7767
web: www.bonnevilleresort.com
  Room amenities: Rooms include terry bath robes, private balconies, 32” TV's, coffee maker, hairdryer, table and two chairs, two-line telephone with data port and voice mail, refrigerator, iPOD docking station alarm clock stereo, ironing board.
  Facility amenities: The 25-meter indoor lap pool, filled with natural-mineral hot-spring water and two jetted soaking pools, it’s excellent for the skin, can help reduce joint pain, and a lot more. All while you enjoy a nice swim. Our pool, naturally heated at 84 degrees Fahrenheit is for swimming and therapy. The resort has a full service spa with more than 40 spa treatments, including mineral baths, body wraps, massages, and facials, to rejuvenate the body and refresh the mind.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact resort Contact Elena Barsukoff at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa at (509) 427-9702 and tell her you are with the Road Scholar group when you make your reservation for additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact resort Contact Elena Barsukoff at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa at (509) 427-9702 and tell her you are with the Road Scholar group when you make your reservation for additional nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel registration begins at 4:00 PM. Road Scholar registration is from 4:00 - 5:00 PM. The program activities begin with dinner at 6:00 PM. You will be staying at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:00 AM after a morning wrap up session. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants are asked to complete a Participant Background Information Form.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at no charge at the resort.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  North Bonneville, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Stevenson, WA
  Nearest highway: Highway 14 in Washington or I-84 in Oregon
  Nearest airport:  Portland International Airport (PDX)
  From End of Program
  Location: North Bonneville, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

North Bonneville, WA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Alta Town Car OR Wings Shuttle Service
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 per trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

50 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

43 Miles

   

Portland International Airport (PDX) is the closest major airport. There are two shuttle companies that provide transportation to the resort. Make arrangements through Alta Town Car (503) 875-9030 or Wings Shuttle Service (503) 330-5040. The price is by trip, so if you are able to share a ride, this cost can be split. If you are interested in sharing a shuttle, please contact the program provider. They will provide you with the contact information of other potential rider sharers.

 

North Bonneville, WA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

   

If you are interested in renting a car, the following is a list of national rental car companies. We recommend that you make reservations in advance. Parking is complimentary at the resort. Alamo 800-462-5266 Avis 800-831-2847 Budget 800-527-0700 Enterprise 800-736-8222 Hertz 800-654-3131 National 800-227-7968 Thrifty 800-847-4389

 

North Bonneville, WA

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The nearest Amtrak Station is 26 miles away in Hood River, OR. A cab would cost around $60 to the resort. Call Hood River Taxi at (541) 386-2255 or Gorge Yellow Cab at (541) 490-2497 to arrange for service. The Portland Amtrak station is 47 miles away from the resort. Call Alta Town Car (503) 875-9030 or Wings Shuttle Service (503) 330-5040 for transportation to the resort. For schedule information, contact Amtrak at 800-872-7245.

 

North Bonneville, WA

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The nearest Greyhound Station is 26 miles away in Hood River, OR. A cab would cost around $60 to the resort. Call Hood River Taxi at (541) 386-2255 or Gorge Yellow Cab at (541) 490-2497 to arrange for service. The Portland Greyhound station is 47 miles away from the resort. Call Alta Town Car (503) 875-9030 or Wings Shuttle Service (503) 330-5040 for transportation to the resort. For schedule information, contact Greyhound at 800-229-9424.

 
Driving Directions
  Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa (North Bonneville, WA) from Portland, OR I-84 east to exit 44 Cascade Locks Turn Slight right onto US-30 Turn slight right onto Bridge of the Gods ($1.00 toll) Turn left onto WA-14, drive 3 miles Turn right on Hot Springs Way Turn right at the stop sign onto East Cascade Drive and follow this for a 1/2 mile to the Resort The entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will be on the right Travel time: 50 minutes
  Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa (North Bonneville, WA) from Salem, WA I-5 North to Exit 288 (I-205 North) I-205 North to Exit 22 (I-84 East) I-84 east to exit 44 Cascade Locks Turn slight right onto US-30 Turn slight right onto Bridge of the Gods ($1.00 toll) Turn left onto WA-14, drive 3 miles Turn right on Hot Springs Way Turn right at the stop sign onto East Cascade Drive and follow this for a ˝ mile to the resort The entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will be on the right. Travel time: 2 hours
  Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa (North Bonneville, WA) from Seattle, WA Take I-5 south Merge onto I-205 S via EXIT 7 Merge onto WA-14 E via EXIT 27 toward Camas Continue traveling east on highway 14 to milepost 38.5 Turn left on Hot Springs Way Turn right at the stop sign onto East Cascade Drive and follow this for a 1/2 mile to the Resort The entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will be on the right Travel time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
  Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa (North Bonneville, WA) from The Dalles, OR Take I-84 West to Exit 44 Cross the Columbia River via the Bridge of the Gods ($1.00 toll) Turn left onto Highway 14, drive 3 miles west to Hot Springs Way and turn right Turn right at the stop sign onto East Cascade Drive and follow for ˝ mile to the resort. The entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will be on the right. Travel time: 1 hour
  Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa (North Bonneville, WA) from Vancouver, WA Take Highway14 east to milepost 38.5 Turn left on Hot Springs Way Turn right at the stop sign onto East Cascade Drive and follow this for a 1/2 mile to the Resort The entrance to Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa will be on the right Travel time: 45 minutes
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Welcome and Introductions
(Monday, May 20)
   
 Arrive To: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 PM in the Resort's Great Room just off of the lobby. Meet your group leader and receive the program materials.
 Dinner: At the resort.
 Evening: Meet the other particpants that will be attending this women's only retreat which will encourage relaxation and offer tools for healthy living. Your group leader will provide an overview of the program.
   
Accommodations: Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Be Your Best Coach/More Joy, Less Stress/Mindful Eating/Laughter Yoga
(Tuesday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast made special for our group.
 Morning: Begin your first morning with a class on "Your Brain on Happiness," provided by Wendy Mitchell M.A., of Women's Health Coaching and Judy Zehr, M.S.H.R.M, L.P.C., Clinical Director of Institute for Health Solutions. They will discuss as a team and in separate presentations tools to help participants reflect on their own experience and use what they have learned as a source of personal growth. They will introduce several tools and practices to increase your daily dose of Joy. This will follow with a presentation by Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD who will introduce the group to the concept of "mindful eating." She is a registered dietician with extensive experience using a motivational approach to help individuals let go of food/weight obsession to heal relationship with food and reach a natural, healthy weight.
 Lunch: Join our instructors for a "mindful eating" based lunch.
 Afternoon: Dana will continue her lecture on mindful eating and the idea that eating can be guilt free!

After Dana's presentation we will have an hour and a half break allowing time for you to treat yourself to a spa service or to take a walk in the area around the resort.

Following the break, the group will join in a fun filled Laughter Yoga session. Laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. An exercise routine, it is sweeping the world and is a complete wellbeing workout. No special clothing is required, but you may want to bring a pillow from your room!

 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
 Evening: Enjoy some time to relax and visit with your new found friends or visit the resort's spa. We will pre-schedule your complimentary Mineral Bath and Wrap session during this time or during the following afternoon's free time. Enjoy the fireplace in the Great Room on the first floor which offers a nice spot to curl up with a book. The resort also has a lounge. Don't forget the mineral springs fed pool!
   
Accommodations: Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Water Aerobics/Multnomah Falls Hike/Free Time/Health Benefits of Wine
(Wednesday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a breakfast provided by the resort.
 Morning: Attend a water aerobics class before heading out on a visit to the Columbia Gorge's famous landmark, Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain. With a local natural history expert as our guide, we will take a walk to see some of the falls in the area under the gorge's lovely forest canopy.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Our exploration of the gorge will continue until mid afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon may include your complimentary mineral bath and wrap, if it was not scheduled the prior evening. This is a good time to schedule any spa treatments that you would like to provide for yourself. If you would like to take a walk or find time to sit and relax, this time is for you.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the resort and remember to eat mindfully!
 Evening: A local wine expert will be our guide as she discusses Pacific NW wine varietals and the differences among wines. She will discuss the benefits of wine and show you how to taste like a pro!
   
Accommodations: Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Farewell!
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Following breakfast, say goodbye to your friends and head home to practice the healthy and relaxing tools you have learned to use during this retreat.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  North Bonneville, WA Mount St. Helen's
How often do you have the chance to see an active volcano? Mt. St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument is just a 90-minute drive from Stevenson, Washington and well worth the time. For a unique route, follow Highway 14 east from Stevenson about three miles to the Carson Junction. Turn north on Wind River Highway (State Route 30) and follow the signs north to the Mt. St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument.
  Multnomah Falls
Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. At the base of the falls is the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge which offers a Forest Service Visitors Center and dinning options. Trails from the lodge get you to close up views of the falls and tie into trails to other waterfalls in the area. For additional information, visit www.multnomahfallslodge.com
  Skamania Chamber of Commerce
The Skamania Chamber of Commerce website will introduce you to the many sights in the area. Whether you enjoy drives, hikes or golf, this website will help you explore your options. For additional information, visit www.skamania.org
  Skamania Lodge
Skamania Lodge, a magnificent mountain resort nestled on 175 wooded acres, is located in the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It offers a 18 hole par 70 golf course. For additional information, visit www.skamania.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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