Special Focus Weeks
Throughout the year we offer special focus weeks such as Pilates, yoga, culinary, expressive arts and many more!
These weeks provide an in-depth experience to complement our full regular program. Limiting our guests to 40 enables us to maintain an unparalleled level of personalized service. Our weekly rate is $7750 per person.
We invite you to revisit this page frequently. We will be adding details about our Focus Weeks as they become available.
2013 Special Focus Weeks
May 19 – 26
Life in Transition
with Natalie Caine
You are at a crossroad. You aren’t who you used to be and not yet who you will be. You need to learn what to let go of and what to reach toward from a position of hope and possibilities rather than desperation. Discover more about who you are and who you aren’t and, from there, discover what resources you need.
Natalie Caine M.A re-invented her career to fit a new passion—helping people travel their road of change. She has shared wisdom, tips, and comfort with thousands of people across the country as they deal with happy and challenging life transitions and has been a top speaker at resorts and spas as well as conferences, private and corporate settings.
Natalie has been featured in top media, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com, Better Homes and Gardens, N. Y. Times, L.A. Times, Washington Post, Lifetime Radio for Women, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and many more.
Active Aging with Debra J. Rose
Debra J. Rose, co-director of the Center for Successful Aging, developed a dynamic fitness program exclusively for guests of the Golden Door designed to focus on the art of aging healthfully and gracefully. During the week, Dr. Rose will provide guests with groundbreaking insight on women's well-being as well as lectures on posture improvement for a strong and balanced body.
Dr. Rose is internationally know for her work and was recently recongnized by the National Council on Aging as one of the seven programs nationwide that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. She is a fellow of the Research Consortium of AAPHERD and past Executive Board Member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
June 16 - 23
with Judith Greer Essex
Refresh your outlook on life with playful art-making that stimulates your senses and lets you make often surprising new connections with yourself and your life experience. No artistic background needed.
Beginners welcome! Judith Greer Essex, PhD is founder and director of the Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego and a professor at the European Graduate School. She has facilitated arts-based experiences since 1972.
July 21 - 28
with Lauren Artress
The Reverend Lauren Artress, founder of Veriditas: The Worldwide Labyrinth Movement, is your guide for a week of in-depth study into the origins, forms, and uses of labyrinths.
Each day will be an inspirational experience as you walk the original Golden Door labyrinth—a replica of the labyrinth in the stone floor of France’s Chartres Cathedral, as well as the new stone labyrinth on our private mountaintop.
August 18 - 25
Inner Door Week
with Annharriet Buck
Annharriet Buck brings an introspective dimension to your Golden Door week, combining Eastern and Western philosophies and sciences to deepen mindfulness, expand inner wisdom and cultivate a joyful life. Her study and work in the emerging science of Neurobics offers you a unique form of brain exercise designed to keep brain cells healthy and agile - helping with memory, task performance and creativity.
Annharriet has studed at the Carl Jung Institute, the Menninger Foundation and Harvard Medical School. She has pursued extensive training with Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh as well as renowned neuroscientists and Tibetan scholars.
August 25 - September 1
The allure of exercising in the water is not only how good it feels on a warm day, but the increased ability you’ll discover to work sometimes stubborn joints and muscles without the strain or impact that land-based workouts may include.
Water cushions and protects the body while, at the same time, offering a resistance factor that works the entire body, improving cardiovascular function, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility.
September 22 - 29
with Alex Bunshaft
Alex believes that astrology can—and should—be used in a practical, down-to-earth fashion. Whether in your personal life or in trying to make sense of world events, astrology can be a tool to help you understand the recurring cycles of growth and change.
Alex has been helping Golden Door guests since 2005. She lectures frequently and is a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research.
October 13 - 20
with Madhu Nanda
Our Inner Focus Retreat seems to float in the tree tops, lending a sense of timeless peace and weightlessness to your yoga practice. There, you may immerse yourself in yoga, the Golden Door way, with Madhu Nanda — your expert guide on an inward journey of re-discovering body, mind and spirit.
Madhu came in contact with many mystical and spiritual people while growing up in a small town in India. She came to the path of Yoga with the purpose of purifying self and helping others find their path.
Her gentle hands-on approach gives her students an experience of ease and lightness in the yoga asanas and helps cultivates a deep acceptance of self. Madhu has been most inspired by Helen Duquette of Canada who is a direct student of Vanda Scaravelli (Krisnamacharya Lineage).
October 27 - November 3
Decoding Your Dreams with Tricia Kelly
Dreams love to express themselves in double entendre, humor and disguise. They ask us to stop making sense of everything and enter into the mystery of the subconscious. Decoding your dreams can tell you where you are developmentally and what areas of your life need your attention.
Tricia Kelly has been working with dreams for the past 25 years. She talks about dreams, their meanings, and what might be asking for attention in your life. Tricia uses dreams as a way of uncovering an individual’s pattern and perception of life with the goal of increasing self-awareness, stability, and good humor.
November 3 - 10
Foot2Fork - Version 2.013
with Wendy and Jason Bazilian
We're already excited about this incredible week filled with a "bazilian" smiles, laughter, and learning as a part of the ever-amazing Golden Door program. Afternoon classes will focus on health and healthcare; nutrition and integrative medicine; traditional Chinese medicine and exercises; culinary strategies and tastings; and simple, effective approaches to acheiving a better quality of life and greater longevity. We'll celebrate from Foot to Fork and Head to Toe: Your Whole Health. And, not to be missed: the international "Bingo with the Bazilians Tour" will wrap up its North American leg during this fun-filled week.
Dr. Wendy Bazilian is a doctor of public health, a registered dietitian, and the author of The SuperFoods RX Diet. Dr. Jason Bazilian was the first doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.) in the United States.
December 8 - 15
Taking Control of Your Health with Dr. David Finn
Engage in an informative and interactive weeklong discussion of your most pressing health care issues and learn to successfully negotiate the increasingly complex health care system.
Dr. David Finn is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine, a primary care physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He will also be available to provide a comprehensive, personalized Executive Health Profile for an additional fee. Please let us know if you are interested in this session when you make your reservation.
Terms and Conditions
- Rates are per person, per week and valid through December 31, 2013.
- A $2,000 deposit per person, per week is due at the time of booking. If cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to arrival date, deposit will be refunded. If cancellation is received less than 30 but more than 10 days prior to arrival date, deposit will be held for a future visit, if used within one year. If visit is rescheduled or cancelled with less than ten 10 days notice, deposit will be forfeit.
- Bills are due and payable prior to departure. We ask that all gifts be pre-paid. All major credit cards are accepted. We are not able to accept bank/debit cards. There are no discounts or refunds for early departure.
- Promotional and discounted rates may not be combined with any other offer(s) and are subject to availability.
- Rates do not include San Diego Hotel Tax, private lessons/consultations, extra treatments and hair styling.
- Rates are subject to change without notice.
- Tipping for exceptional service is appreciated, but always at your own discretion.
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