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Healthy Opportunities for Interaction

by stanfordsierra

05 20, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This past weekend we hosted 100 alumni women along with health experts from Stanford and the bay area for the Sixteenth Annual Healthy Living Retreat for Women.  Building on the success of the program each year, this year's event went very smooth and the attendees gave rave reviews.  Jocye Hanna, associate director at the Stanford School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program (HIP), recruits the speakers.  Joyce looks at the evaluations at the end of each year to build the next year's program.  This year there was a well-rounded mix of presentations on research and medical advice on women's health plus workshops on emotional and spiritual well being.  Topics ranged from Women's Health and Sex Differences in Human Disease to Mindfulness and Health and The Pursuit of Happiness and Health.

Marcia Stefanick, PhD leading a workshop in the Tallac Room

Another important and popular component of the retreat is fitness testing.  Exercise physiologists from Stanford measure and test participants' body composition, muscle strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.  Many attendees return annually, so the fitness test provides valuable feedback and results which they can compare from year to year.

Muscle strength testing

Afternoons are free for the attendees to join a guided hike, a crafts workshop or just relax in one of the many comfortable indoor or outdoor areas around Camp.

Afternoon crafts on the Old Lodge deck

The view of Taylor Creek and Mount Tallac

This year we shuttled a group of 20 to the Taylor Creek area for a walk with naturalist Debra Scolnick.  Debra led the group on an hour-long walk sharing interesting information on the flora and fauna in the area with just the right amount of humor. Chef Dave puts together a spread of delicious healthy meals for the retreat.  Menus focused on fresh and when possible organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

Fresh fruit on the lunch buffet

The Seventeenth annual Healthy Living Retreat for Women is scheduled for May 12-15, 2011 with the option to arrive on Wednesday, May 11.  Please contact us for more information on the retreat or about scheduling your health-focused event at our comfortable center on beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake.

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Fill Your Day with Outdoor Activities or Just Relax

by stanfordsierra

05 11, 2010 | Posted in Recreation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This past weekend was 'Faculty Staff Weekend' when we offer individual and family reservations to the faculty and staff from Stanford University.  As always the weekend was a sell out with 155 guests total.  Over the weekend the families enjoy quality time together,  outdoor activities, delicious meals and comfortable accommodations. The best outdoor activities at Camp are boating and hiking.  At our boat dock choose from kayaks, rowboats, peddle boats or sailboats.

Preparing to kayak Fallen Leaf Lake

And of course funyaks.  Our staff led activities for kids ages 5-12 including a paddle over to the beach for the older group.

Funyaks are stable boats for new paddlers

We also offer guided hikes for the adults in the faculty and staff group.

A guided hike on Angora ridge

At higher elevations in spring, snow is still covering trails, and it's a great time to hike to see the melting snow rushing down our two nearby waterfalls.

The Lower Falls in spring

Saturday afternoon, Victor Babbit from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters brought some fly rods and fellow guide Pete for a fly fishing demo for the group.  For many, this was the highlight of the weekend.

Casting on the boat dock

The kids were busy at "the Patch" our playground.

Wheeee!

Most attendees headed outside for an active weekend, others like Eleanor Laney took the time to relax, "I just sat, read and looked at the beautiful views."

Fallen Leaf Lake

The attendees gave the weekend rave reviews with many requests to add a day for next year like Mary Hansen's , "Since relaxing is a great part of the weekend, my only suggestion is to add another day".  If you're looking to get away from every day distractions and hold a meeting with free time to get outside or just relax, give us a call!

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