Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Yoga For Life fundraiser

Tahoe Forest Health System will present a Yoga for Life Fundraiser to support those living with cancer on Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Truckee Regional Park baseball diamond, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. The minimum donation is $25 in advance, $35 day of event. This is an all-level yoga experience taught by local instructors Shari Beard, Nikki Dean, Lynne Gardner, Meg McCraken and Meghan Ruiz.

Participants are encouraged to raise donations from friends, family and businesses. Register online at or at the Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. 100 percent of the proceeds will directly provide free supportive care programs to cancer patients and their families at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

For information contact Nikki Dean at 530-587-3769 or

To learn about the TFHS visit and

Mindfulness-based stress reduction

Introductory workshop. Explore the effects of stress and how to cultivate more effective coping strategies with Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The workshop consists of mindfulness meditation, gentle movement (yoga, Qi Gong), mindful eating and class discussion on ways to cultivate a more calm and healthy life.

Experience lasting benefits: Increased self-awareness, trust and acceptance; more accepting attitude toward life’s challenges; decrease in stress-related symptoms; decrease in addictive behaviors; significant decrease in anxiety and depression; improved concentration and creativity; improved immune function; and increase in stress resilience.

Early registration $30 (before Aug. 12); late registration $35. Call 530-587-3769 or stop by the Center’s front desk at 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Taught by Jackie Griffin, RN, BSN of Holistic Pathways. Workshop is open to all ability levels. No meditation experience necessary.

Living My Life Purpose series

Have you been wanting to hone in on the true calling of your life? Use materials from Marcia Sutton and Lloyd Strom, who developed exercises and readings to help live in accordance with divine purpose. Goals are to become clearer about this purpose and to align with it to make the world a better place. Address the spiritual nature of our lives, what to practice for this to be increasingly expressed.

Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 15 to Sept. 29, Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City (above Marina).

Fee of $160 includes materials and eight classes. Donna Axton is the facilitator. Call 530-581-5117 or email

Marcia Sutton and Lloyd Strom have created a brilliant body of work that engages us in the process of conscious, thoughtful co-creation with the divinity within us.

Endless summer yoga retreat

When summer’s energy is winding down and we begin to prepare for fall, time still remains for you to give your self the rest, relaxation and adventure you deserve.

Indulge in Granlibakken’s Endless Summer Yoga Retreat and offer your body, mind and spirit blessings of nature, yoga, health and music Aug. 29-31.

Even the most successful and happiest of lives require moments of retreat and self-care in order for us to see clearly and evolve gracefully. With this in mind, Granlibakken staff has designed a retreat to reinvigorate your yoga practice and life with time spent in nature, live music vinyasas, ayurvedic counseling and delicious, nourishing meals.

Perhaps you have been feeling less creative in your day-to-day life, or bored with things that have previously motivated and intrigued you. Run free in the mountains and atop the lake and breathe fresh, vital prana and inspiration into your body and soul. Return home refreshed, lighter and more joyful.

Endless Summer Yoga Retreat, Aug. 29-31: Room single occupancy (includes retreat) $432; Room double occupancy, per person (includes retreat) $360; Day Package (no lodging) $240. Reservations, use Group ID: YOGA2014; Password: YOGA2014 at

Granlibakken will also offer the annual Women’s Wellness Weekend Nov. 8 and 9, use Group ID: WWW2014; Password: WWW2014.

Veterans’ family wellness program

Welcome Home Vets, Inc. began the Veterans’ Family Wellness four-week series July 29, covering topics including: PTSD, TBI and military-related psychological trauma; military culture and the warrior spirit; alcohol, drugs and codependency; and medications. All classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Welcome Home Vets’ office, 248 Mill St., Grass Valley. The remaining class schedule is as follows: Aug. 19, Alcohol, Drugs and Codependency; Aug. 26, Medications and PTSD.

For information call 530-272-3300.

Foodie events to benefit Project MANA

Join Project MANA remaining Foodie Events. Paella event with Chef Don Pepé, D.W. Reynolds Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $150. Watch Chef Don Pepé’s interactive presentation with ingredients flown in fresh, including lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, squid. Attendees will also receive a gift. This is truly an event you don’t want to miss!

Four courses with Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon, Le Bistro Restaurant and Bar, 120 Country Club Drive #29, Incline Village, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $150.

For more information, visit

Codependents Anonymous meetings

Weekly North Tahoe CODA meetings take place Thursdays at 6 p.m. At Kings Beach United Methodist Church located at 8425 Dolly Varden Ave. in Kings Beach. Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. For more information, call Anne at 719-351-6605. Learn more about CODA at

Kick nicotine workshop continues

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee, in conjunction with the Tahoe Forest Health System Wellness Neighborhood will host a series of workshops to help the community become nicotine-free. Trained clinical psychologists, nutritionists, pharmacists and clinicians will guide you through the process. For more information or to register contact Kirk Ditterich, PsyD at 530-582-8207. Meetings held Monday evenings.

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