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Women's Wellness Weekend 2015
November 7th & 8th at Granlibakken.
Register early. See our Wellness Package.

Spring into Summer Yoga Retreat May 27-29, 2016

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Endless Summer Yoga Retreat September 2-5, 2016
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Granlibakken Day Spa
Welcome to Granlibakken Spa our Lake Tahoe spa & retreat at the base of the Granlibakken Ski Hill, in the middle of the mountains on the West Shore. You can spend a relaxing day at the spa or plan an all-inclusive weekend of wellness! You'll melt onto the table with a deep tissue massage, refreshing facial, detox steam therapy, or rejuvenate your tired tips and toes with a healing reflexology treatment. All in the middle of nature with views of the Granlibakken Ski Hill and surrounding forest. more information

Women’s Wellness Weekend at Granlibakken -
November 7 & 8, 2015

Granlibakken presents the annual Lake Tahoe Women's Wellness Weekend, November 7 & 8, 2015. The event fuses Western practices with Eastern philosophy to offer a balanced weekend of information, inspiration, activities, food & wine.

Hosting events is Granlibakken's forte. The program begins Sat AM and finishes Sunday PM. A collaboration of community medical doctors, health professionals and fitness instructors come together to provide a weekend on well-being.

Continuing Education units available for Board Registered Nurses at an additional cost of $75. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 1198 for 7 contact hours. This certificate must be maintained by the licensee for a period of four years.

Register early. See our Wellness Package.

2015 Schedule

SATURDAY, November 7, 2015
7:00-8:00am Yoga
7:30-8:30am Registration
9:00-10:00am Opening a New Chapter for the Future of Women by Kali Cathie

Metabolism: Where Did Our Hour Glass Go? by Jill Whisler, RD

11:30am-12:30pm Pelvic Problem: Fitness Fix by Bruce Crawford, MD
12:30-1:30pm Lunch

Ki Gong with Tim Schroeder, DC

2:15-3:15pm Environmental Toxins by Stephenie Riley, ND
3:30-4:30pm Autoimmune Disorders: What Happens when the body Becomes it’s Own Enemy by Johanna Koch, MD
4:30-5:00pm Wine & Cheese & Mingling
5:30pm Cash Dinner & Drumming by Liz Broscoe - $35.00

SUNDAY, November 9, 2014
7:30-8:30am Yoga
7:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:00am The Great Gluten Debate by Charles Zipkin, MD
accompanied by Betsy Taylor, RD
10:15-11:15am Keep Calm & Menopause, WHAT?! By Patricia Yost, MD
11:30am-12:30pm Botox For the Soul by Kat Simmons
12:30pm Lunch
1:00-4:00pm Health Fair & Shopping


Tim Schroeder, DC
is a chiropractor involved in a variety of professional and personal activities. He feels that living a balanced life enables you to reach your greatest potential in both professional and personal development. Dr. Schroeder practices what he preaches as a health and wellness performance coach and has owned and operated a successful chiropractic clinic for over 24 years in Tahoe City, California. He is certified by Target Training International as a Professional Behavioral Analyst and he has extensive training in the analysis of Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values. He is the Chief Operating Officer of the World Ki Gong Club (WKGC), an international group of members dedicated to the development of innate healing potential. One of only five Level VI WKGC Instructors in the world, he appears on a domestic and international level to teach and share his knowledge of this important health tradition. In addition, he maintains a passion as a fifth degree Black Belt and certified Master Instructor in the art of Tang Soo Do Karate.


Kali Cathie, B.Soc.Sc., CHt, is a clinical hypnotherapist, yoga & meditation teacher and a facilitator of workshops for spiritual growth and development. Her specialty lies in women's health and wellness on spiritual and personal levels. She is gifted with the ability to hold a space in which the right questions are asked that enable one to hear a level of wisdom from inside them self that is deeper than what they would normally be aware of. Her processes employ a range of hypnotic, meditative, yogic and lifestyle changes to re-pattern habitual programming so that one may consciously create healthier, happier, more balanced and peaceful ways of living that are also authentic and empowering. Working with her is a rare opportunity to enter the realm of the mind through the heart to the Soul with someone who has deep understanding, insight, knowledge and experience of psychological, emotional and spiritual development. and and

Jill Whisler, MS, RD is a well-regarded expert in the field of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She is a Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , a certified Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, completed the certification of both Adult and Pediatric Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Jill's focus for the past 16 years has been on developing corporate wellness programs through Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. She enjoys the challenge of sports nutrition, management of eating disorders and disordered eating, weight management, child nutrition, and corporate wellness. Jill is a co-developer of a 21 day nutrition challenge called RDdetox. In her "free" time, Jill enjoys running, hiking, cycling, swimming, skiing and competing in triathlons.

Bruce Crawford, MD  is Reno’s First Board Certified Urogynecologis. He is the Director of GYN Specialists of Reno. Dr. Crawford takes a unique approach to Pelvic Floor Health. His practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor disorders including Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Overactive Bladder and Urinary and Fecal Incontinence.  In 2008, he developed PFilates™, Pelvic Floor Pilates. This distinctive method of Pelvic Floor Conditioning uses 10 exercises were selected based on their ability to recruit the pelvic floor and complimentary muscles. PFilates™ is different from traditional Kegel exercises. This scientifically derived program uses movement to activate both the slow twitch and fast twitch muscles of the pelvic floor. Urogynecologist Dr. Bruce Crawford’s vast experience as a surgeon, researcher, and instructor provides all patients access to the highest quality of care for pelvic floor disorders.

Stephenie Riley, ND graduated from the University of Florida in 1989 with her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She started her career designing balloons and stents for use in the heart; and then applying that technology for use in the spine. It was during her 10 years designing medical devices, that her desire to learn more about preventative medicine began to take shape. This, combined with the emerging field of environmental medicine, led her back to school in pursuit of her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1999 at Bastyr University. Following graduation, Dr. Riley and her family moved back to the Lake Tahoe area. After the birth of their second child, she started her practice in Tahoe City, California. Dr. Riley maintains a focus in the area of environmental medicine. Dr. Riley is a member of the California Naturopathic Doctor's Association (CDNA), American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). She is also an Eco Mom Expert for the EcoMom Alliance, a non-profit organization working to harness the power of mom's to promote changes for sustainability. As the philosophy of "doctor as teacher" is a foundational principle of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Riley teaches a variety of classes within the community, lectures frequently within the Tahoe and San Francisco Bay areas, and often writes for local and online publications.

Johanna Koch, MD  is a board-certified family physician, practicing in Incline Village. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Koch attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for a year then completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Dr. Koch attended medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio. After attending a rotating internship at University of California Davis and a family practice residency at Merced Community Medical Center, Dr. Koch became Board Certified in both family practice and hospice and palliative care. Making her way out West, she decided to make Lake Tahoe her home and has resided in Incline Village practicing medicine for the past 27 years. Dr. Koch has one son who she raised in Incline Village, all while practicing medicine and enjoying the Tahoe lifestyle of running, hiking, biking, paddleboarding and swimming. Dr. Koch is passionate about Tahoe, good health, great food and a healthy lifestyle.

Charles Zipkin, MD practiced gastroenterology at Tahoe Forest for five years after more than 30 years at Peninsula Hospital in the Bay Area. He has served as chair of the Tahoe Forest Medical Education Committee, was Medical Director of both Hospice and Wellness Neighborhood programs, and presently is a Director on the Hospital District Board. He was Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF for many years. A native of San Francisco, he has had a home in Tahoe Donner for over 30 years which he shares with his wife, Janet, living here full time since 2006.

Patricia Yost, MD With a warm smile, Dr. Patricia Yost is immediately comfortable to be around and easy to talk to. Many patients suffer with pelvic pain, irregular or heavy periods, a bulky fibroid uterus, ovarian cysts, hormone imbalances, vaginal dryness or irritation, or menopausal symptoms. Dr. Yost knows it can be intimidating to visit a gynecologist and make it a priority to validate these concerns. Because she is willing to listen, she is better able to help women navigate changes in reproductive health from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Dr. Yost believes that anticipating women’s health needs and empowering her patients with information and choices in their care will lead to improved quality of life for her patients. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo and began her career as Registered Nurse, working in labor and delivery for ten years. She graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2002. Following two years of training at Wright State University School of Medicine’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Miami Valley Hospital and Wright Patterson Air Force Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, she transferred to University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California where she graduated from their Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program in 2006. After practicing both obstetrics and gynecology in a private group practice in Sacramento, California, she returned to Reno in 2010 for an opportunity to focus more on women’s health and minimally invasive gynecology and surgery.

Kat Simmons is a 27 year veteran of the international comedy club circuit. You may have seen her at The Improvs, Catch A Rising Star, the Comedy Channel, Fox’s Comedy Tonight, or on Candid Camera.  She won the eWomen Network's international talent contest in Dallas in 2009, and since then sought after for women’events across the internationally. She is also an inspirational keynote speaker and loves to share her spark, helping to ignite it in others. Kat has been sharing her passion through stand up comedy workshops for 18 years and loves to help others find their authentic voice using humor.  With Kat’s unique talent for combining physical comedy with real life situations, she relates instantly with her audience. A house favorite, Kat has been favorably compared to the masters of the craft, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Join us in laughter!


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