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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. 

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?

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!

Women’s weekend for the mind, body and soul

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Two days of inspiration, motivation and discussion on all things that unite a woman’s mind, body and soul is November 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.

Daily, morning yoga sessions are just one of the features of the 22nd Annual Women's Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken.

We’ve combined a variety of speakers who will help achieve balance and explain what makes us more susceptible to disease.

Among the topics and speakers are:

— “Revolution of Thinking of Cardiovascular Health Instead of Disease.” This presentation by medical doctor Darwin Labarthe will explore the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through exercise and diet. Labarthe is a professor at Northwestern University’s Rollins
School of Public Health and was recently recognized by the American Heart Association with the Golden Heart Award, the AHA’s highest honor.

— “Benefits of Exercise: Cross Training & Core Strength for Optimal Physical & Mental Health.” This presentation by Dr. Paul Krause, M.D., Chief of Medicine and Staff at Tahoe Forest Hospital, and Alison Gagong is timely because we will be in the onset of ski season.

— “Naturopathic Medicine for Common Health Ailments.” Doctors Christine Campbell and Stephanie Riley will focus on nature’s medicine cabinet when treating health issues.

— She’s survived cancer, heart surgery and an airplane crash. Hear Donna Hartley discuss how she beat the odds when they were stacked against her in an acclaimed motivational
presentation of “Fire Up Your Life.”

— Learn how to manage your stress with laughter as Dr. Kim Bateman presents the “Power of Humor.” She’ll explain how laughter — which releases endorphins — provides health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, increasing your ability to process and retain information.

— Medicines and Supplements, Dr. Johanna Koch

— A discussion on sex with Dr. Shawn Coll

— Cancer awareness with Dr. Ahrin Koppel

— Intuitive eating with Betsy Taylor, RD.

The weekend’s physical activities include daily morning yoga sessions and walks along Granlibakken’s 74-acre trails before breakfast. Tahoe City’s Tim Schroeder, a nationally recognized leader in Ki Gong, will be leading a session in this gentle work out defined by breathing, posture and meditation. Although not a physical activity, Bob Ayres, a sell out from last year, is back by popular demand and will offer astrological chart readings.

Retail therapy, combined with wine and cheese reception, will end the Saturday sessions as local artisans and health-oriented businesses sell items ranging from healing stones to jewelry and specialty-crafted woolens.

Following lunch, the Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend will close out with a Zumba Party featuring its high-energy moves to Latin and other fast-moving rhythms.

The grand finale, the interactive Health Fair, closes the Wellness Weekend on Sunday afternoon. Acupuncture treatments, body scans and therapeutic massages list high among the activities.

Event-only registration costs $99.00 and includes lunch. Some seminars have additional fees. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $144/person double occupancy per person (rate includes conference fee). To register online click here and use “www2012” as login and password.

Women’s Wellness Weekend 2011

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Leave the men at home weekend…

As part of Granlibakken’s commitment to health & wellness, the annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend – a long standing community event in Tahoe City- will now be hosted by the resort November 12-13. The event fuses Eastern tradition with Western practices to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food & wine.

Hosting events is Granlibakken’s forte.  The schedule for the Women’s Wellness Weekend starts with optional exercise activities including a 5k fun run or 1 mile nature walk through the perimeter of Granlibakken’s hillside forest. I love running in the fall when it’s cool, you don’t get overheated and seeing the Autumn leaves – it’s beautiful.

Breakfast is followed by an opening “jump-start” talk by respected Psychologist Amy Vail.  Seminars on Saturday include breast health, environmental health, nutrition, healthy aging and empowering exercise activities (optional).  Choose between Ki Gong, a form of gentle exercise using breathing, posture and meditation:  Restorative Yoga, Or a special class  ref: Astrology/Health.  Lunch is provided and flows into further talks throughout the afternoon. Saturday evening finishes with wine and shopping. Go for a new experience and have your astrological chart read by Robert Ayres (additional charge).

Festivities on Sunday include optional exercise classes of Cross-fit, Pilates and yoga with discussion classes and a health fair. Enjoy breakfast followed by classes on finances for your future, acupuncture, chiropractic and skin care. The afternoon includes an interactive health fair including gait analysis, makeup artists, body fat testing, skin screenings, mani & pedi stations and much more.  Blood lab readings are available and must be signed up for in advance (additional charge).  For the adventurous women attend the Zumba Party Sunday afternoon.

Registration is only $99.00. To register, please visit Granlibakken’s homepage and click “make a reservation.” Click “conference” and use the information:  “www” as your login and password.

Grab a girlfriend and stay for $138.50/person double occupancy per person per night (rate includes conference fee).

So who’s going to join me this weekend? What aspect are you most interested in learning?  I’m intrigued by Astrology/Health and love Zumba classes!


– Jenn


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