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Healthy California Vegetarian Cuisine, Buddhist Ways of Thinking, and Build Energy Through Qi Gong

Program Number: 7726RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 1/18/2015 - 1/23/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 8/20/2015 - 8/25/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Price starting at: $672.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; Health & Fitness; Food & Wine; Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

Short walking distances between accommodation, meeting rooms and dining room. Hilly terrain, uneven ground in places, some stairs to dining room.



Coordinated by Land of Medicine Buddha.



Healthy California Vegetarian Cuisine

Taste and learn to prepare delicious foods that are lower in fat and sugar and yet high in flavor, such as creamy vegetable soups, entrees, fruit and chocolate deserts and more. Great nutritional tips. Eat for joy and a healthier you!



Buddhist Ways: Walk On The Road To Happiness

Take a plunge into the pools of ancient wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, discussion and guided meditations, learn how to move your mind to deep peace.



Energy Building And Flexibility Through Qi Gong

Discover the wellspring of "chi" that flows through your body. Activate and harmonize this life energy with gentle physical movements, mindful breathing and increased awareness. Strengthen your energy for a healthy body and happy mind.




Santa Cruz

On the north side of Monterey Bay, 74 miles south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is a peaceful, beachside community with an offbeat spirit, a penchant for the eccentric, and a colorful boardwalk that is one of the last of its kind on the West Coast.



Accommodations
Retreat center on 170 acres of redwood forest and meadowland. Private baths, sauna, outdoor pool and massage therapy available. No smoking or alcohol on-site. Delicious organic vegetarian cuisine. Exquisite temples, prayer wheels, and bell on-site.

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

Breige Gormley Walbridge has been the Road Scholar program coordinator and group leader at Land of Medicine Buddha since 1999. During this time, she has organized and hosted approximately 200 programs. Breige is known for her warmth, hospitality and organizational skills.
 
Ingrid Mednis

Ingrid Mednis has taught numerous classes in herbology and frequently leads nature walks. She has been a docent at the University of California, Santa Cruz organic farm project for about 15 years and currently works in Henry Cowell State Park.
 
Jon Landaw

Jon Landaw is an instructor of Buddhist meditation and an author of several books on the topic including "Buddhism for Dummies" and "Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha." From 1972 to 1977 he worked as an English editor for the translation bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Jon has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He currently leads courses and teaches in Road Scholar programs at the Land of Medicine Buddha retreat center in California.
 
Chuck Walbridge

Chuck Walbridge has been studying Buddhism under Tibetan masters since 1975. He has received teachings from more than 45 Tibetan lineage holders and has completed several retreats. He has taught Buddhist meditation and philosophy for 20 years and has been a favorite instructor in the Road Scholar program for the last 10 years.
 
Venerable Drimay

Venerable Losang Drimay leads regular meditations, retreats, classes, including Road Scholar programs, at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, Calif. A California native, Ven. Losang has been studying and practicing with centers in the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) since 1984, receiving hundreds of hours of classroom instruction from the many qualified lamas and senior teachers that frequent the Dharma centers. Following her ordination as a Buddhist nun in 1991, Ven. Losang spent a year in India, studying Dharamsala. Upon her return to the U.S., she began working at the Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, and later lived at Land of Calm Abiding, an isolated retreat center, carrying out some of the meditation assignments given to her by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She also served as a resident teacher at the Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center in Campbell. Ven. Losang holds a B.A. in Asian studies and has traveled extensively in Asia.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Land of Medicine Buddha
  Soquel, CA 5 nights
 Land of Medicine Buddha
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: Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna or outdoor pool; massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $100 single room rate Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. To book extra nights: telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org Double room rate: $120
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100 single room rate Advanced registration required and depending upon availability. To book extra nights: telephone 831 462 8383 or email : office@medicinebuddha.org Double room rate: $120
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival/check in between 4 and 5pm. Dinner at 6:00pm followed by Evening Orientation at 7:00 pm. You will be staying at Land of Medicine Buddha that night.
  End of Program:
Check out time is 11:00am. Program ends with lunch 12:30 pm-1:30pm. You will be staying at Land of Medicine Buddha the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. General waiver form
  Parking availability:
Parking is free.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Soquel, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Santa Cruz, California
  Nearest highway: Highway 1
  Nearest airport:  San Jose Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Soquel, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Santa Cruz Experience
phone: 831-421-9883
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$55
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour 

 

Distance:

 

38 miles

   

$10 each additional passenger $85 from SFO

 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Blue Water Sedan & Limos
phone: 800-734-4313
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$93.50 for a 4-passenger sedan. Price can be shared. Senior rate: $88
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

38 miles

   

Door to door service Also goes to/ from San Francisco Cost can be shared

 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Cab
phone: 831-818-4099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour 

 

Distance:

 

38 miles

   

Dave's Cab: (831) 818-4099 www.davescab.com Owner: Dave Noyes. By appointment, Door-to-Door service. Price for one to three passengers: $90 to/from San Jose Airport $120 to/from San Francisco Airport $140 to/from Oakland Airport

 

Santa Cruz

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 831-423-1234
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

from bus terminal on Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

 
Driving Directions
  From Monterey take Highway 1 north bound Exit - Bay/Porter street exit; right on Main St.; go through intersection, stay on Main St.;bear right on Glenhaven: Right on Prescott Rd. Land of Medicine Buddha is at the end of Prescott Rd.
  Highway 17 from San Jose South bound on Highway 1; Exit at Bay/Porter street. Turn left under the freeway; Take first right on Main Street; go through intersection with Soquel Drive: stay on Main Street for another 3/4 mile; bear right on Glenhaven Road: First Right on Prescott Rd. Land of Medicine Buddha is at the end of Prescott Rd.
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: Arrival and Check In/Orientation
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival/check in between 4 and 5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at 6:00 PM.
 Evening: Orientation at 7:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Movement Class/ Buddhist Ways of Thinking/ Vegetarian Cuisine: Lecture and demonstration.
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the dining room, a comfortable place to enjoy the delicious vegetarian meals prepared by our expert kitchen staff.
 Morning: CLASS: Vegetarian Cuisine: Lecture and demonstration. Break. Buddhist Ways: Explore wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, guided meditations and discussion, learn how to move your mind to deep peace and happiness.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time:Sauna/Swim/Walk/Read/Journal/Private Massage. Afternoon snack 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. Gentle physical movements are combined with breathing and awareness, for energy building and flexibility.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room.
 Evening: Documentary film or lecture.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Movement Class/ Buddhist Ways of Thinking/ Meditation/Nature Walk/ Tibetan Art Lecture
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Delve deeper into activating and harmonizing life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung). Break. CLASS: Buddhist Ways: Explore wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, guided meditations and discussion, learn how to move your mind to deep peace and happiness.
 Lunch: Lunch in 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. Afternoon Snack. CLASS: Vegetarian Cuisine: Lecture and demonstration.
 Dinner: Dinner in 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.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meditation/ Movement Class/ Vegetarian Foods and Herbs for Vitality
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Delve deeper into activating and harmonizing life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung). Break. CLASS: Buddhist Ways: Explore wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, guided meditations and discussion, learn how to move your mind to deep peace and happiness.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time. Afternoon Snack. CLASS: Vegetarian Foods and Herbs for Vitality
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room.
 Evening: Documentary film or lecture.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Qigong Movement Class/Vegetarian Cuisine and Nutrition/ Buddhist Ways of Thinking/Music Evening
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Delve deeper into activating and harmonizing life energy with the physical movements and vocal tones of Qigong (Chi Kung). Break. CLASS: Buddhist Ways: Explore wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, guided meditations and discussion, learn how to move your mind to deep peace and happiness.
 Lunch: Lunch in dining room.
 Afternoon: Free time. Afternoon Snack. CLASS: Vegetarian Cuisine and Nutrition.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room.
 Evening: Music Evening
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Buddhist Ways of Thinking lecture & Meditation/ Qigong movement class/Departure
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Depart From: Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm Program ends with lunch
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: MOVEMENT CLASS: Delve deeper into activating and harmonizing life energy with the physical movements of Qigong (Chi Kung). Break. CLASS: Buddhist Ways: Explore wisdom and compassion according to Buddhist teachings. Through lecture, guided meditations and discussion, learn how to move your mind to deep peace and happiness.
 Lunch: Check out time is 11 AM. The program concludes with lunch- 12:30pm-1:30pm
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Soquel, CA Santa Cruz
Miles of beaches. State parks. For additional information, visit www.santacruz.org
  Capitola
Art Galleries, beach and wharf, dining, walks. For additional information, visit www.capitolachamber.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.

Suggested Reading List


'Beyond Religion' Ethics for a Whole World


Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Buddhism for Dummies


Author: Landaw, Jonathan


How to Meditate


Author: Kathleen McDonald


How to See Yourself As You Really Are


Author: His Holiness the Dalai Lama




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