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Women’s Wellness Weekend Recap

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

7 a.m. is early for a weekend, but when yoga kicks off Women’s Wellness Weekend it isn’t a terrible way to greet the day. The sun rose with us through the windows creating a tranquil setting for our morning exercise.

7 a.m. yoga really was the perfect way to start the weekend.

7 a.m. yoga really was the perfect way to start the weekend.

Granlibakken is known for their hot breakfast buffet and the spread did not disappoint. After waking up our minds with yoga it was time to fuel our bodies with an assortment of fruit, pastries and hot items. One of the best things about Granlibakken’s breakfast buffet? They cater to food intolerances such as dairy and gluten.

After breakfast it was time to dive in to the day of speakers. Saturdays speakers and topics included: Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Ed.D, FNP, MS – Metahabilitation: Turning Tragedy to Triumph; Jennifer Janiga, MD – Health of Your Skin: Inside & Out; Bob Eslinger, DO, HMD – Intro to Integrative Medicine; Jill Whisler, MS, RDN – Are you Fueled by Your Foods or Fooled; Tiffany McCormack, MD – Is Plastic Surgery Right for Me?; and Suzanne Aberasture, Ph.D – The Life of Your Brain. The topics and presentations are interesting for the general public, but healthcare professionals can earn nine hours of CE credit for an additional $75. If you’re overwhelmed by the list, don’t worry, there are breaks for stretching and lunch. And just because Granlibakken is infamous for their breakfast buffet does not mean you want to miss what they offer for other meals!

The various topics touched on by the speakers educated all attendees.

The various topics touched on by the speakers educated all attendees.

Seriously, the food at Granlibakken, try it.

Seriously, the food at Granlibakken, try it.

After all of that learning there was time for socializing and shopping with wine and cheese. To complete the day an optional cash dinner was available in the Cedar House Pub. An early bedtime was needed as Sunday was an early wakeup call as well.

Sunday started with more yoga and another mouthwatering breakfast. A half day of speakers included: Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND – Common Nutrient Deficiencies; Mel Pohl, MD – Disease of Addiction; and Donna Hartley – Fire Up Your Heart. A break for lunch was followed by an interactive health fair. Massages, acupuncture, make up demonstrations, bone density screenings and nutritional information were just a few highlights available during the fair.

No weekend would be complete without a dance party and the Zumba Party was the perfect way to close the conference. Attendees shook, shimmied and laughed through the last activity. The event includes access to the pool, sauna and hot tub for additional relaxation.

If you arrive early or decide to stay an extra day try out the Treetop Adventure Park located onsite at Granlibakken. Your body will get a work out and your fears will be tested as you zip, climb and soar through the trees. Since you’ll work up an appetite, we’d recommend The Blue Agave in nearby Tahoe City for offsite dining. Try the Pink Coyote or Prickly Pear margaritas and some tacos.

Stay an extra day so you can experience the Treetop Adventure Park.

Stay an extra day so you can experience the Treetop Adventure Park.

Left: Pink Coyote. Right: Prickly Pear. Try all of the margaritas at The Blue Agave!

Left: Pink Coyote. Right: Prickly Pear. Try all of the margaritas at The Blue Agave!

Have we captured your interest? The dates are set for 2014 so mark your calendars for Nov. 8-9!

Tiara works for Weidinger Public Relations and manages the PR efforts for Granlibakken. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play.

Erin Leigh works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for Granlibakken. As a sports player and fan, Erin Leigh enjoys all sports, especially ice hockey. In addition, Tahoe offers the terrain and activities she needs to get her exercise fix. 

Guest speakers grace Granlibakken Women’s Wellness Weekend lineup

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

A weekend of mind-body balance, strong ties and good health takes shape Nov. 9-10 when Granlibakken hosts its 3rd Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend.

This loved program is alive with a complete schedule of speakers, exercise classes, vendor booths, a health fair, food and wine. Lodging and continued education for nurses are available. The weekend is designed to provide information and inspiration on health and well-being — specifically designed for women.

Interact with the speakers and presenters at the Expo during Women's Wellness Weekend.

Interact with the speakers and presenters at the Expo during Women’s Wellness Weekend.

A collaboration of community medical doctors, health professionals and fitness instructors come together to provide presentations on well-being. This year Granlibakken has confirmed the following guests:

Returning motivational speaker Donna Hartley; Tahoe City naturopaths and house favorites Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND,; Jill Whisler, RD featuring a must-hear talk on diet do’s, myths, trends and more. New speakers have been added to discuss fresh topics. Topics include plastic surgery, addiction/dependency, and neuropsychology.

Opening Saturday at 8:30 a.m., author Joyce Mikal-Flynn will offer her contemporary model of rehabilitation, called “Metahabilitation: Turning Tragedy to Triumph.”

At 9:40 a.m. the topic is “Health of Your Skin: Inside and Out” by Medical Dermatologist Jennifer Janiga, MD.

At 10:50 a.m. the discussion turns to an Introduction to Integrative Medicine by Robert Eslinger, DO, HMD.

And around lunch time seems the perfect segue for a presentation by by Jill Whisler, RD, with a the topic theme “Are you Fooled by Your Foods or Fueled?” An optional Ki Gong exercise class follows at 1:40 p.m. featuring Tahoe City Chiropractor Dr. Tim Schroeder.

Reno plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD, will deliver “Is plastic surgery right for me?” beginning at 2:30 p.m. and at 3:40 p.m. The discussion turns to “The Life of Your Brain” by neuropsychologist Suzanne Aberasturi, Ph.D.

Presentations continue on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. with Tahoe City naturopaths Christina Campbell and Stephenie Riley delivering a talk on “Common Nutrient Deficiencies” and Mel Pohl, MD, with “Addiction of Disease” beginning at 10:10 a.m. Inspirational speaker Donna Hartley closes the event with “Fire Up Your Heart.”

The energy continues with exercise classes and socials embedded throughout the program. Opening Saturday and Sunday are morning yoga class. Saturday afternoon is the Ki Gong class, which is a gentle form of stretching and breathing. On Sunday, Zumba, a Latin-style dance exercise will be offered.

Socials are offered both evenings, allowing women time to connect, unwind and shop. Saturday’s vendor booths include clothing reps, make up, healing stones and oils, handmade art, woolens, handmade jewelry, soaps, teas, photography and more.

Sunday closes with the health fair where booths include nutritional information, bodytalk, quantum biofeedback, functional movement analysis, skin screenings, bone density screenings and more.

Don’t miss your opportunity to improve your quality of life at this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend.

Women’s Wellness Weekend explores mind-body connection and re-connection

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Fusing Western practices and Eastern philosophy into a weekend of seminars, exercises and demonstrations designed exclusively for women is the focus of this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend, Nov. 9-10 at Granlibakken Conference and Lodge.

This long-loved program is alive with a complete schedule of speakers, exercise classes, vendor booths, a health fair, and food and wine.

Don't miss the interactive health fair during Women's Wellness Weekend.

Don’t miss the interactive health fair during Women’s Wellness Weekend.

Finding balance in our active lives means taking the necessary time to accomplish it. And there’s no better place than Lake Tahoe, with the the backdrop of pines and a constant reminder that nature also replenishes itself.

For more than two decades, the Women’s Wellness Weekend has brought together women of differing ages, body types and physical abilities in comfortable and non-threatening surroundings for a weekend of learning and growing.

Informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging mix easily with interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing and acupuncture. The cost for the 2-day event is $109. Add a room for $65, per person double occupancy, which includes tax and service (some restrictions apply).

Inspirational and recreational activities along with food and wine receptions help unite body and soul. Plans for this year’s Wellness Weekend include:

  • Classes offered by medical doctors and health professionals on addiction/dependency, plastic surgery, neuropsychology, weight management and more
  • Interactive health fair; screenings, analysis, demos, consultations, information
  • 1 breakfast and 2 lunches
  • Activity classes, yoga, zumba, meditation, Ki Gong
  • Wine and cheese social with shopping
  • 9 continuing education BRN units for an additional $75. Provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1198 for nine contact hours.

Lined up for the 2013 seminar are motivational speaker, cancer and airplane crash survivor Donna Hartley who returns after speaking last year, Tahoe City naturopaths and house favorites Christina Campbell, ND and Stephenie Riley, ND, and Jill Whisler, RD featuring a must-hear talk on diet do’s, myths, and trends. Also in the mix are a slew of new speakers who will discuss fresh topics such as: plastic surgery, addiction/dependency and neuropsychology.

For more information email or call (877) 552-0185.

16 Facts about Granlibakken

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

With spring’s transformation and renewal at Lake Tahoe underway, Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge is gearing up for the season with plenty of hiking, biking and outdoor recreation opportunities at its 74-acre playground.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open  seven days a week.

The Granlibakken Treetop will soon be open seven days a week.

As the weather warms and the snow melts, choices abound. Here are a few facts to consider for your visit.

  1. Choose from a variety of lodging options like a first-class room, studio or suite that’s loaded with amenities, including free high-speed Internet service.
  2. Meet up with long-lost friends, classmates and family members at Granlibakken for a reunion.
  3. Walk to Tahoe City or the Truckee River along the resort’s 1.4-mile forest path and take in the surrounding beauty of the nature trail.
  4. Play a game of tennis on one of the resort’s five courts or sign-in for a refresher course at the Lake Tahoe Nike Tennis Camp held annually in summer.
  5. Enjoy the sun beside a luxurious pool and hot tub area.
  6. Relax and rejuvenate in the resort’s sauna.
  7. Build up a sweat at the Lodge’s outdoor par course.
  8. Hike Tahoe’s Rim Trail, which borders the resort.
  9. Zip, launch and ascend 15 to 50 feet above the trees along more than 50 platforms at the Treetop Adventure Park ropes course.
  10. Grab a mountain bike, available onsite, and go for a ride.
  11. Relax and unwind inside the Lighthouse Spa.
  12. Attend the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend in the fall. The summit offers workshops, speakers, health screenings, socials and continuing education certification.
  13. Build a better business through teamwork. Granlibakken is nationally recognized as a destination for corporate retreats and conferences. Company leaders can outline goal-setting and mission statements for half of the day, and send their fearless crews out into the woods for mountain biking and hiking adventures or in the spirit of friendly competition, settle scores on either the tennis courts or at the Treetop Adventure Park.
  14. Dine in and feast. Granlibakken is well known for its hearty, hot breakfast buffet served daily for guests and its exquisite dining opportunities during conferences, reunions and weddings.
  15.  Tie the knot or watch couples who do. Granlibakken offers several year-round indoor and outdoor venues for that special day, including luxurious lodging and receptions with Lake Tahoe serving as the backdrop.
  16. During the winter you can stay at Granlibakken and ski at your choice of eight different Lake Tahoe Mountains – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Mountain Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Heavenly Mountain Resort. Ski and stay packages start at $145.

What activities do you enjoy during your stay at Granlibakken?

Local Artisans at the 2012 Women’s Wellness Weekend

Friday, October 26th, 2012


A positive energy always surges through our annual Women’s Wellness Weekend.

It is palpable, born of varying generations of women sharing life experiences and a collective desire to learn the latest in Western and alternative medical and health practices.

For over 30 years in our casual and intimate setting, we have gathered the best of national, regional and local authors and practitioners to impart their expertise and passions.

In 2012, the enriching tradition continues over November 10 – 11.

Among the subjects covered will be sex talks, medicine with supplements and the all-important power of humor. Cancer awareness and intuitive eating are also included as are achieving optimal health with exercise and naturopathic medicine.

Darwin Labarthe, M.D., recently honored with the American Heart Association’s highest citation – the Golden Heart Award, puts a new spin on matters of heart health. Catch his thoughts on the “Revolution of Thinking of Cardiovascular Health Instead of Disease” on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s final speaker is the motivational Donna Hartley. Having survived cancer, heart surgery and a plane crash, her books “Fire Up Your Life” and “Fire Up Your Intuition” offer inspiration when despair looms.

Audience participation is always welcome, and sometimes extends off-stage once the seminar has ended.

Annually, among our towering pine trees new friendships are made, and old ones strengthened as inhibitions are lost while confidence and knowledge is gained. This is most evident during the yoga and other group exercise sessions. No one is judged by their age or fitness ability. Instead, a welcoming invitation – just to participate – is extended to everyone.

Further enhancing the wellness experience, a Saturday night sip and shop is included. While enjoying wine, a visit to vendor booths offers a head start on holiday shopping.

Goods and products range from healthy coaching to handmade goods such as jewelry, handmade woolens and felt purses. Beautifying one’s self and aura can be had by purchasing essential oils for aromatherapy and makeup, calming CDs and handmade lotions and soaps. Recipe books, filled with healthy food preparation ideas, make maintaining a healthy lifestyle easy.

Local vendors attending include Sue Waters from Lather & Fizz and artisan Krista Tranquilla with her Sierra-inspired jewelry.

Knowing food is an important element of any retreat our chefs create meals healthy and full of flavor. No wimpy single lettuce leaf salads are served here. Homemade oatmeal, soups and salads come with a host of healthy additives from cranberries to a sprinkling of sprouts. Protein loaded entrees are trimmed of fat. Our famous brownies are only slightly sinful and packed with the power of dark chocolate’s antioxidants.

Two breakfasts and lunches are included, and an optional dinner on Saturday night.  Those attending the dinner will receive a free financial health seminar by Robert Ayres.

Sunday’s concluding interactive Health Fair is where East meets West through sessions of acupuncture, massage and skin screenings. Informational gateways to living healthy include speaking to experts on nutrition, chiropractry and astrology among other disciplines.

The wellness finale also includes a Zumba Party.

We will be looking for you.

Tahoe’s Wellness Weekend Highlights Intuitive Eating

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Two days of inspiration, motivation and discussion on all things that unite a woman’s mind, body and soul is on tap Nov. 10-11 at Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center.

Join us for the 22nd annual Women’s Wellness Weekend with acclaimed authors, speakers and health care professionals. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll learn from the charismatic and insightful Betsy Taylor, a local registered dietician:

1.      What’s the best meal choice to start your morning, and what about timing?

Since you have been on a “fast” all night while sleeping, it is important to “break the fast” by eating within 1-1 ½ hours of waking. The goal is to “light the fire” of your metabolic engine and stoke a “hot fire” with the fuel of carbohydrate, protein and some fat. Carbohydrate is your cleanest and primary “fuel” for your brain. Protein is necessary to repair and replenish amino acids for your muscles and numerous enzymes and has a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar levels, plus triggers satiety cues. Fat is necessary to absorb fat soluble vitamins in the meal, and contributes to satiety as well.

So, the best meal is one that combines all the above into something that you enjoy eating!

Ideas include:

  • Steel-cut oatmeal cooked in milk or soymilk with+ almonds + berries
  • Whole-grain pancakes + egg + cottage cheese + canned pumpkin
  • High-fiber cold cereal + milk + nuts +fruit
  • Whole -grain tortilla + egg white scramble + cheese + salsa/veggies
  • Smoothie-yogurt + nut butter + oat bran + berries

2.      What’s your favorite snack?

It depends on the time of day according to my taste buds! First ask: “What do I want to eat?” I then plan my tasty snack to include carbohydrate + protein to give me “staying power” covering my hunger for 1-2 hours, until the next meal.


  • White nectarine + ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup baby carrots + 1 Tbsp of peanut butter
  • Special K Multigrain Crackers (17) + 1 oz. of Cabot Farms 75% Reduced Cheddar Cheese
  • Plain yogurt + berries + honey
  • Chocolate chips + almonds + craisins
  • 8 oz. of soymilk.

3.      Can sleep effect weight gain or loss?

Yes! Research indicates that those who sleep consistently between 7-9 hours per night have the greatest success at managing a healthy weight. Sleeping less than 7 hours or more than 9 hours per night tend to gain weight.

4.      What are your thoughts on fad diets?

I’m so glad you asked. Please come and attend Granlibakken Resort’s Women’s Wellness Weekend and I will be addressing this issue in great detail.

First, we know, both by research and personal experience, that when we go “on” a diet, there will come a time that we go “off” the diet. We may lose or gain weight, or stay the same in the short run. Recent studies show dieting produces deprivation, which causes abnormal eating responses, cravings and dreams of food, etc.

Enter INTUITIVE EATING to the rescue! With excellent research to support the approach, you can learn to challenge the false hope of the next new diet, decipher your own body’s physical and emotional hunger signals, discover the Satisfaction Factor with sensual and mindful relationships with food, and honor your body through movement, gentle nutrition and respect!

Register for the Women’s Wellness Weekend today!

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