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Rejuvenation Retreat for Women

Program Number: 6734RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/5/2013 - 8/8/2013; 1/5/2015 - 1/8/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/12/2015; 4/20/2015 - 4/23/2015; 5/25/2015 - 5/28/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/10/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/15/2015; 10/26/2015 - 10/29/2015; 12/7/2015 - 12/10/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Price starting at: $460.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Health & Fitness; Philosophy & Religion
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Take part in a women’s-only getaway to learn relaxing and healing methods to help you balance and energize. Qi Gong and self-acupressure will move Qi, or vital energy, smoothly through your meridians and bring you to a state of relaxation with gentle physical movements and mindful breathing. Take this wonderful opportunity to rebalance in a beautiful setting, and consider sharing this retreat with a mother or daughter. Find your power within!




Highlights

• Learn massage techniques and how to use healing aromatic essential oils for balance and wellness.
• Enjoy heart-healthy vegetarian cooking with low-fat, high-taste recipes.
• Practice guided meditations, visualizations and mantras that will open the heart and bring deep inner peace.



Activity Particulars

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




Date Specific Information

1-5-2015

New Year Retreat. Yoga, Organic Vegetable Juices and Creative Visualization included for a wonderful start to your year.
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3-9-2015, 4-20-2015, 5-25-2015, 9-7-2015, 10-12-2015, 12-7-2015

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Coordinated by Land of Medicine Buddha.




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.
 
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Land of Medicine Buddha
  Soquel, CA 3 nights
 Land of Medicine Buddha
Type: Conference Center
  Description: A beautiful mountain retreat in California's wonderful redwood forest. Situated on 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
  Facility amenities: Simple, comfortable rooms with private bath. Walking and biking trails; unwind in the sauna; swim in the outdoor pool, massage therapy by appointment, browse the library and bookstore, turn one of three beautiful prayer wheels. Wi-Fi connection in dining room. No cell phone reception on-site, except in meadow area. There is a steep hill to the meadow area. Public phone available. Office phone available for urgent calls. Phone numbers for family/friends to reach you: 831-462-8383 or 831-462-8367
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $100 single room rate Advanced registration required for extra nights, dependent upon availability. 831 462 8383
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $100 single room rate Advanced registration required for extra nights, dependent upon availability. 831 462 8383
  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 at 1:30 pm. You will be staying at Land of Medicine Buddha the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Land of Medicine Buddha Waiver
  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: 831-426-4514
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$70
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour 

   

$20 each additional passenger Door to door service Also goes to/ from San Francisco

 

Santa Cruz

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 831-462-6053
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 min. 

   

from bus terminal on Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz Delux cab 831 462 6053

 

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

 
Driving Directions
  From San Jose Take Highway 1 southbound; exit at Bay/Porter street; turn left under the freeway; take first right on Main Street; continue across Soquel Drive; stay on Main Street for another 3/4 mile; bear right on Glenhaven Road; take the first right, on Prescott Rd. Land of Medicine Buddha is at the end of Prescott Rd.
  From Monterey Take Highway 1 northbound; exit - Bay/Porter street; right on Main St.; go through intersection, stay on Main St.; bear right on Glenhaven; turn 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: Check-in and Orientation
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival and check-in from 4-5 p.m. Snack: 4:00-5:15 p.m.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian dinner in the dining room at 6 p.m.
 Evening: Orientation at 7 p.m.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Qigong movement class for energy and flexibility. Nature Walk. Lecture on healing energy massage.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian breakfast in the dining room.
 Morning: Experience a Qigong movement class and learn about energy and flexibility. Qigong and self-acupressure will move Qi, or vital energy, smoothly through your meridians and bring you to a state of relaxation with gentle physical movements and mindful breathing. After a break, learn meditation techniques, with mindfulness meditations and visualization, for deep inner peace and relaxation.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian lunch.
 Afternoon: Take an expert-led nature walk in a majestic redwood forest, learning about redwood ecology, wild herbs and birds. After some free time, enjoy a snack in the dining room,take in a lecture and demonstration on healing energy massage, for balance and wellness.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian dinner.
 Evening: Documentary film, movie, entertainment or lecture
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Qigong movement class for energy and flexibility. Enjoy free time to explore or relax. Lecture and demonstration on aromatherapy, learning how to use organic or wild-crafted essential oils at home, for relaxation and well-being.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian breakfast.
 Morning: Continue to learn about Qigong movement and its association with energy and flexibility. Qigong and self-acupressure will move Qi, or vital energy, smoothly through your meridians and bring you to a state of relaxation with gentle physical movements and mindful breathing. After a break, learn meditation techniques, with mindfulness meditations and visualization, for deep inner peace and relaxation. After a break, learn meditation techniques, with mindfulness meditations and visualization, for deep inner peace and relaxation.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian lunch.
 Afternoon: After some free time and a snack in the dining room, then take in a lecture and demonstration on aromatherapy. Learn how to use organic essential oils at home in many simple ways, including baths, steam inhalations, compresses and massage blends.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian dinner.
 Evening: Documentary film, movie, entertainment, or lecture.
   
Accommodations: Land of Medicine Buddha
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Qigong movement class for energy and flexibility. Lunch and departures.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian Breakfast in dining room. Check out time is 11 am. program ends with lunch at 12:30pm
 Morning: Cap your exceptional rejuvenation experience with a further exploration of Qigong movement, and after a break, delve further into the fascinating benefits of meditation, including a class, lecture and discussion.
 Lunch: Program ends after lunch. Enjoy a delicious, mainly organic, vegetarian lunch at 12:30 before departing.
   
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
  Land of Medicine Buddha
Swimming pool and sauna. Massage therapy is available by appointment. Miles of hiking trails. Borders on 12,000 acres of state forest. Bookstore and library. Unique Tibetan Buddhist paintings, prayer bell and prayer wheels. For additional information, visit www.landofmedicinebuddha.org
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


How to Meditate


Author: Kathleen McDonald


The Blooming of a Lotus


Author: Thich Nhat Hanh


The Dalai Lama, A Policy of Kindness. Ithaca


Author: Piburn, Sidney




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