Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

So  many ways to wellness discovered each day at The Ranch…

Start with numerous levels of sunrise hikes, from moderate over rolling hills to a climb up sacred Mt. Kuchuuma. 

You’re back in time for a very balanced breakfast that chances through the week.  45 minute classes start at 9 and run throughout the day, often with 5 different activities to choose from per hour.  Monday’s 10 AM choices:

Pilates mat level 2 (I taught this one); Sand volleyball; Strip Tease; Tennis Clinic, Yoga Fundamentals – and then off to the next set of 5 choices!

Classes happening in different state-of-the-art gyms and studios, spread out on the property. 

I suspect this is by design, so just walking around the beautifully landscaped, sculpture bedecked campus gets you a workout.

Interspersing meditation classes, healing spa treatments, poolside time, or trying out an art class, dream workshop, engages mind and spirit. Doors do open!  I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sculpting.  Instructor Jose Ignacio Castaneda, nephew of the artist who’s works grace the grounds, made my first attempt at building a torso easy.  I’m signing up for sculpting classes in LA NOW. My sister, who accompanied me to The Ranch, came home with two gorgeous necklaces she crafted in the jewelry workshop.

After the very social dinner hour, where I met lots of wonderful people throughout the week, there are lectures and other fun get togethers – like the not-to-be-missed Bingo with Barry.  Really?!  When, not if you go to La Puerta, but when, Bingo with Barry is a must.  Lots of laughs, and take away gifts.  Visiting lecturers change weekly, so check the event calendar on the Ranch website, to see who’ll be speaking different weeks.  My week world renown sex expert Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN created a comfortable forum for guests of all ages and both genders to learn about and discuss sexuality.  And she was just one of several highly qualified speakers.  For those who preferred some down time there was a new movie nightly also access to the internet, a library.  Three wellness centers offered a full menu of healing treatments.  The Hot Stone massage was a favorite of almost everyone there.

If I’m fortunate enough to return to The Ranch there are so many more classes, treatments and hikes to sample.  And I know that no matter when I go back, each week there will be fresh experiences are available, and every time of year carries a special charm.  What a wonderful place to “work,”  whether as a visiting teacher, or as part of the staff.  Many of the staff have been there for decades, and it shows.  They all look years younger than their chronological age. Including founder Deborah, now 88, who spoke to us one evening in stunning Oak Tree Pavilion.  She said “Many of us are now living into our 90s.  Think about that.  Divide your life into thirds.  From 1-30 you’re forming.  From 30-60 you’re working hard to build your foundation and learn all you can.  “From 60-90 that’s when you really flourish IF you have built your foundation AND taken care of your health.  That last third is when you flourish – you can give back your knowledge and be truly fulfilled.”  The Ranch opens doors no matter what third of life you’re traversing.  I suggest you go on down to Tecate and see what opens up for you.

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