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Rejuvenation Retreat for Women

Program No. 6734RJ
Immerse yourself in restorative traditions as you practice gentle healing techniques, learn Qigong and self-acupressure, and discover the art of guided meditation for deep inner peace.

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At a Glance

At the Land of Medicine Buddha retreat center, 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!
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short walking distances between accommodation, meeting rooms and dining room. Hilly terrain, uneven ground in places, some stairs or a steep hill and ramps to the dining room and meeting room.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • 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 expert-led meditations, visualizations and mantras that will open the heart and bring deep inner peace.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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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 20 years and has worked in Henry Cowell State Park.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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 20 years and has worked in Henry Cowell State Park.
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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.
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Neal Hellman is a nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer who has been active in performing, teaching and recording acoustic music for the past 25 years throughout the U.S., Europe and New Zealand. He is the author of many books on the Appalachian dulcimer, and received an award for his score for the children’s video, “Princess Furball.” As the founder, director and one of the primary artists of the Gourd Music record label, Neal has produced over 35 albums of folk music.
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Caryl Smith has served as a certified therapeutic massage and polarity therapist , holistic health educator, nutritional educator and teacher of the healing arts for over 25 years. Caryl has taught classes in massage, nutrition, self massage and reflexology at Dominican hospital, Capitola Parks and Recreation and privately. Working with seniors in the Santa Cruz community is a particular passion of hers. She has a private practice in Capitola, California and teaches energy massage in Road Scholar programs at Land of Medicine Buddha.
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Christine Klein has been a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and a licensed acupuncturist for 30 years. She has a private practice in Santa Cruz and also teaches Qi Gong and acupuncture at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Christine has been practicing and studying Qi Gong for 21 years with Dr. Bingkun Hu. She enjoys sharing the health benefits and relaxation of Qi Gong with others.
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Breige Gormley Walbridge has taught Qi Gong classes since 1995 and has a background in Tibetan Buddhism and experience in meditation. She received her certification with the London School of Aromatherapy and has taught aromatherapy classes and workshops using essential oils for home and professional use since 1993. She is also an artist whose paintings appear in international collections. Breige has taught classes in Qi Gong, meditation, aromatherapy and painting for Road Scholar participants at Land of Medicine Buddha since 1998.
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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.
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Venerable Yangchen is a Tibetan Buddhist nun, who has studied with many Tibetan Buddhist masters. Currently, she leads weekly meditations, facilitates a cancer support group for women, and teaches introductory classes on Buddhist concepts and meditation in the Road Scholar retreats at Land of Medicine Buddha. Venerable Yangchen also leads some meditations at Ocean of Compassion center in San Jose.
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Susan Pandolfi has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years. She is a certified Vinyasa Flow and has also studied Hatha, Shaolin and Iyengar yoga and learned from many dedicated teachers. She is a BASI certified Pilates teacher, and at present, studying Wild Goose Chi Gong. Susan offers yoga classes in a kind, respectful way to allow the space for each individual to find new ways of loving and expressing themselves in a safe and beautiful environment.
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Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading “Be Here Now” and early translations of Buddhist sutras. In 1991, she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism, studying in India and Nepal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a traveling teacher, teaching at various centers around the world, as well as visiting prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.
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Ramona Richard graduated with honors from the University of California with a B.A. in Psychology. She holds a teaching credential from the State of California, is a state certified Nutrition Consultant, and was a senior instructor at Bauman College from 1996-2005. She now owns a nutrition consulting company, is a Practitioner at Way of Life, a research assistant in the medical field, and an on-line nutrition instructor. Ramona teaches classes on aspects of nutrition in Road Scholar programs at Land of Medicine Buddha, CA.
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Rabia Barkins has been a doctor of chiropractic and a board-certified nutritionist for over three decades in her private family practice in Northern California and San Diego. Currently, she teaches self-help classes for people who want to improve and maintain their health using holistic and natural treatments along with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. She educates others about the Blue Zones - regions in the world where people experience healthy aging - and teaches health principles that anyone can learn.
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