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

Program Number: 18479RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/3/2014 - 11/6/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Stevenson, Washington
Price starting at: $729.00 - 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 negativity with helpful tips on mindful 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
   Skamania Lodge
  Stevenson, WA 3 nights
 Skamania Lodge
Type: Resort
  Description: In 1986, Congress passed an act that created the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This scenic area was created to protect natural, scenic and cultural resources and to stimulate the economy of the Gorge region. The mission statement within the act called for a lodge and meeting center to be built - Skamania Lodge. Located on 175 wooded acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains Skamania Lodge is home to original local artwork, ceramics and petroglyph rubbings depicting Native American history of the Columbia River Gorge and to the USDA Forest Service - who has a permanent presence at the Lodge, providing information, interpretive services and occasionally guided hikes along private trails.
  Contact info: 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648 USA
phone: 800-221-7117
web: www.skamania.com
  Room amenities: Forest view with two double beds or one king bed with in-room coffee makers, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, terrycloth robes, Wi-Fi & data ports, in-room dining service available and windows that open to the fresh mountain air.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms, complimentary USA Today (Monday - Friday) and apples in the Gorge Room, complimentary gourmet coffee & Tazo tea in main lobby, access to three scenic on site hiking trails, tennis, basketball and volleyball (grass) courts, complimentary use of adult street bikes, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis and saunas, and outdoor hot tub with sun deck, library featuring books, periodicals and board games. Recreational information available at the on site US Forest Service Information Center & at the Concierge desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call resort for current rate Please contact resort for current Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call resort for current rate Please contact resort for current Road Scholar rate.
  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 Skamania Lodge that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 8:30 AM, after breakfast. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Skamania Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please complete the "Spa Treatment Sign Up Sheet" at your earliest convenience and return to the program provider in advance of the program (either by mail, email, fax or phone).
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at no charge at the resort.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Stevenson, WA
  Nearest highway: WA SR14
  Nearest airport:  Portland International
  From End of Program
  Location: Stevenson, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Stevenson, WA (Skamania Lodge)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

50 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

42 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.

 

Stevenson, WA (Skamania Lodge)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

50 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

42 miles

   

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 Thrifty 800-847-4389

 

Stevenson, WA (Skamania Lodge)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The nearest Amtrak stop is 24 miles away in Bingen-White Salmon, WA (35 minutes). 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 46 miles (55 minutes) 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

 

Stevenson, WA (Skamania Lodge)

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

The nearest Greyhound Station is 24 miles away in Hood River, OR. A cab would cost around $60 to the resort (35 minutes). 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 46 miles away from the resort. Call Alta Town Car (503) 875-9030 or Wings Shuttle Service (503) 330-5040 for transportation to the resort (55 minutes). For schedule information, contact Greyhound at 800-229-9424.

 
Driving Directions
  Skamania Lodge from Eastern Oregon Drive west on I-84. Take the Cascade Locks/Stevenson/Bridge of the Gods exit (#44). Drive through the town of Cascade Locks. At the west end of town, turn left to the Bridge of the Gods. Cross the bridge (toll), and turn right (east) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.
  Skamania Lodge from Eastern Washington From I-82 take SR-14 west (toward Vancouver, WA). Enter city of Stevenson and continue to the west end of town. Turn right on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-82 to Umatilla, OR, and take 730 west to Boardman and then I-84 West. Follow directions from Eastern Oregon (below).
  Skamania Lodge from the North via Interstate 5 Drive south on I-5. Exit to I-205 south (exit #7). Watch for signs to State Highway 14 (exit #27) and exit east (toward Camas). Continue driving East on SR-14. Continue eleven miles past the Skamania General Store, passing Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-205 toward Portland. Exit to I-84 eastbound. Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approx. 1˝ miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.
  Skamania Lodge from the Portland International Airport Leave airport via I-205 South. Exit to Interstate 84 East (toward The Dalles). Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approx. 1˝ miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.
  Skamania Lodge from the South via Interstate 205 Take I-205 North (if coming from Salem, take the I-205 exit off I-5 North). Exit to Interstate 84 East (toward The Dalles). Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approx. 1˝ miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.
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 / Registration / Welcome Dinner Followed by Orientation
(Monday, November 3)
   
 Arrive To: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 PM outside our meeting space. 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: Skamania Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Water Aerobics / Your Brain On Happiness / Spa Treatment / Healthy Eating
(Tuesday, November 4)
   
 Breakfast: Prior to breakfast, attend an invigorating water aerobics class. Then enjoy breakfast in our meeting space prior to our morning classes.
 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.
 Lunch: At the resort.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time to relax and visit with your new found friends or visit the resort's spa. We will pre-schedule your complimentary spa treatment during this time or during this evening's free time. The resort offers some activities including hiking, golfing, tennis and a zip line! There are additional fees for golfing and the zip line. Other activities you may want to explore include the fitness center, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis and saunas, and outdoor hot tub with sun deck including an amazing view.

Prior to dinner enjoy a presentation on healthy eating. Topics covered will include Mindful Eating, managing stress to improve weight balance and energy, food myths that can affect your health, food and its affect on your mental concentration, mood and energy levels and the importance of being active to keep you young, agile and strong.
 Dinner: At the resort.
 Evening: Enjoy some free time to visit the resort's spa. We will pre-schedule your complimentary spa treatment during this time if you have not already had yours. The resort also has a library featuring books, periodicals and board games.
   
Accommodations: Skamania Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Water Aerobics / Columbia Gorge Water Falls and Hike / Childlike Playfulness / Health Benefits of Wine
(Wednesday, November 5)
   
 Breakfast: Attend a water aerobics class before breakfast, then enjoy a breakfast provided by the resort.
 Morning: After breakfast we'll head 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. Prior to dinner we will have a session on the joy of laughter and re-discovering that child like playfulness we once enjoyed.
 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: Skamania Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Farewell!
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Following breakfast, our program concludes. As you say goodbye to your new Road Scholar friends and start your journey home, we hope you are able to utilize the healthy and relaxing tools you have learned to benefit your everyday life.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Stevenson, WA Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life the human stories and natural history of one of our nation’s most compelling landscapes. The mission of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is to share the story of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge. The Skamania County Historical Society will assemble, collect, preserve, exhibit and make available for future generations any and all historical data, information and artifacts, obtained for the education and enjoyment of Skamania County and Columbia River Gorge residents and visitors. We invite you to come experience 15,000 years of history. For additional information, visit www.columbiagorge.org
  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. For additional information, visit www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm
  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 Golf Course
This challenging 18-hole, par-70 golf course is beautifully tucked into the resort's 175 wooded acres. Services include a driving range, practice bunker, chipping and putting greens. Our course also features a full-service golf shop, cart rentals plus a new contoured and landscaped putting course. There is a fee for this activity. For additional information, visit www.skamania.com/portland-oregon-golf.php
  Skamania Lodge Hiking Trails
The trail system at Skamania Lodge offers over four miles of paths throughout the 175 acres with three distinct trails. There are magnificent views of the surrounding Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains. Skamania Lodge offers a splendid opportunity to sample some of the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty.
  Skamania Lodge Zip Line
Get ready to fly with the eagles and soar with spirits at the Bridge of the Gods. Only our unique Canopy Zip Line Tour will send you soaring above the scenic Columbia River Gorge. We have six zip lines, four sky bridges and stunning views all nestled together at the world class Skamania Lodge Resort. There is a fee for this activity.
  Waterleaf Spa
Spa includes signature spa treatments, dry sauna, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, indoor heated pool with professional and caring service. Waterleaf Spa welcomes guests seven days per week. Reservations are encouraged. For additional information, visit www.skamania.com/portland-oregon-spa-resorts.php
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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