See what 6,300 feet elevation can do for your soul at Granlibakken Tahoe.


WRITTEN BY ANNORA MCGARRY
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRANLIBAKKEN TAHOE

Full Weekend of Events just $240

Imagine a soulful weekend reconnecting with nature, invigorating yourself with daily yoga sessions, and enjoying music and meditation in abundance. Surrounded by the majestic yet peaceful scenery of North Lake Tahoe, reset and relax before a busy summer season.

Just imagine if you could immerse yourself in this soulful retreat for just $240!

Well, now you can. That’s right—the full weekend of events for the Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, or RAY, can be had for just $240 per person. This rate includes 12 workshops over three days, taught by local Tahoe yoga instructors, healers, and wellness experts, as well as meals and social hours. 

Sunrise Yoga

Start each day of RAY with a refreshing Sunrise Yoga and Meditation class.

Hosted by Granlibakken Tahoe, a family-owned resort and retreat center in Tahoe City, this one-of-a-kind event is designed for both those just starting their yoga practice and experienced yogis alike. Granlibakken is just a short walk from the breathtaking shores of Lake Tahoe and is situated on 74 tranquil acres of national forest land. Comfortable lodging and meals are available on site, as well as a day spa and miles of hiking trails to explore.

RAY offers a unique blend of therapeutics, yoga, meditation and inspirational teachings, allowing each person a deep and true state of healing and restoration,” says Shawna West, the event organizer.

Yoga class

Daily yoga and meditation classes will expand what you know while introducing you to something new at RAY 2017.

Tahoe has long been recognized as a premier destination for health and wellness pursuits. The abundance of outdoor activities available and the rustic beauty of the area naturally inspire an appreciation of the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. Capitalizing on the talent and expertise of Tahoe practitioners and instructors, Granlibakken brings an event unlike any other to the yoga retreat landscape.

Over the course of two soulful days, RAY 2017 offers workshops that range from an introduction to hula-hooping to a sound-healing meditation class. Join Emily Weer in a cacao ceremony, followed by kirtan, a musical form of storytelling and meditation. Set your own Sankalpa, or heartfelt intention, through a relaxing yoga nidra practice hosted by Lauri Glenn. If inversions are your thing, you won’t want to miss the class taught by Meghan Ruiz, which will help you to expand your practice and become more confident upside-down. Celebrating the many different modalities within the alternative health and wellness world, this event is designed to inspire, teach, and help attendees grow in their own practice.

drumming2

RAY celebrates the many different modalities in the healing arts, yoga, and music worlds.

“North Tahoe-Truckee is a really incredible place,” says Ashley Aarti Cooper, one of RAY 2017’s event organizers. “So many creatives and healers have made their homes and practices here. It is time that we open up the hidden secret of this side of our community to the rest of the world so that those who are looking for respite, inspiration, or a place to take care of themselves know that we are right here in their backyard.” 

Birds Eye View

A bird’s eye view of Granlibakken Tahoe, which means “hill sheltered by fir trees” in Norwegian.

Aarti Cooper will be leading an eco-hike session, blending science and natural education as well as yoga and meditation to help participants see the Sierra through a different lens. Shehas hosted and helped to organize many workshops and classes at Granlibakken Tahoe in the past and is familiar with the many trails that intersect and weave through Granlibakken’s property. Her great respect and passion for the outdoors will be shared with her fellow hikers as they enjoy the unique therapeutic benefits that spending time in nature can bring to a lifestyle. 

Eco hike

Enjoy an eco-hike through Granlibakken’s 74 wooded acres of national forest land, led by Ashley Aarti Cooper.

May is a gorgeous time to be in Tahoe, with the landscape coming to life after a long winter and the lake at its fullest. Wildflowers are in bloom throughout the area, and the days are long, sunny, and gorgeous. The Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival will be a wonderful time in which to appreciate the beauty of the Sierra while sharing a practice with Tahoe’s vibrant community of instructors and healers. From the towering pine trees to grassy meadows, and from Ki Gong to Vinyasa flow classes for all abilities, there is so much to explore inwardly and outwardly in Tahoe. RAY 2017 will bring the best of Tahoe to you, so that you can explore a new practice or meditation, or crystalize your existing intentions and expand your existing practice.

For those who are interested in other wellness offerings by Granlibakken, be sure to check out its full Sierra Soul series of wellness events. With RAY coming up in May and the Wellness Weekend coming up in November, Granlibakken works to bring well-being to locals and visitors alike throughout the year. Granlibakken Tahoe also offers the perfect setting for your next retreat or event. With eco-friendly facilities that can accommodate groups of 4 to 400, an experienced sales and event coordinating staff, lodging on site, and an unparalleled setting, your next retreat or event will be truly unforgettable. 

FIre pit

Gather under the stars at Granlibakken’s warming fire pit for a social hour on Saturday.

See what 6,300 feet can do for your soul at this year’s Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, hosted by Granlibakken Tahoe. For more information and for the event schedule, please visit http://granlibakken.com/wellness-packages/.

Also, be sure to check out Granlibakken’s many other wellness offerings, including November’s Wellness Weekend. For details, visit http://granlibakken.com/wellness/.

 

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Annora McGarry resides in Tahoe City, where she enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and skiing, as well as traveling to places near and far with her fiancé Matt. 

 

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