Granlibakken to host Women’s Wellness Weekend |

Granlibakken to host Women’s Wellness Weekend

Courtesy GranlibakkenThe Women's Wellness Weekend will combine camaraderie, health and fitness talks from Eastern and Western medicine practitioners, Ki Gong and more in the warm atmosphere of Granlibakken Resort.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Granlibakken Lodge & Conference Center’s dedication to health and wellness will be celebrated at the 22nd annual Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend with acclaimed authors, speakers and health care professionals.A comfortable and inviting mood awaits women of all ages, body types and physical abilities to gather for two days. Experts of Western medicine and Eastern teachings present informative seminars on health, nutrition and aging along with interactive clinics on skin screenings, body/muscle testing and acupuncture. Inspirational and recreational activities along with food and wine receptions also help unite body and soul.“Revolution of Thinking of Cardiovascular Health Instead of Disease” is a highlight with American Heart Association representative and speaker Darwin Labarthe, M.D. A leading expert and author on cardiovascular disease and its prevention, Dr. Labarthe is a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. The American Heart Association recently bestowed upon him their highest honor — the Golden Heart Award.Other Saturday speakers feature “The Power of Humor” by Kim Bateman, Ph.D.; Medicines with Supplements by Dr. Johanna, Koch, M.D.; “Sex Talks” by Dr. Shawn Coll; Cancer Awareness Dr. Ahrin Koppel; Intuitive Eating by Betsy Taylor, R.D. Paul Krause, M.D., chief of medicine and staff at Tahoe Forest Hospital, and Alison Ganong, M.D. focus on “Benefits of Exercise: Cross Training & Core Strength for Optimal Physical & Mental Health” on Sunday. Drs. Christine Campbell and Stephanie Riley will cover “Naturopathic Medicine for Common Health Ailments” and closing the presentation is motivational speaker Donna Hartley, a woman who has beaten the odds. She is a plane crash, cancer and heart surgery survivor and an acclaimed motivational, inspirational speaker and author of the series “Fire Up.”The weekend’s physical activities include daily morning yoga sessions and walks along Granlibakken’s 74-acre trails before breakfast. Tahoe City’s Tim Schroeder, a nationally recognized leader in Ki Gong, will lead a session in this gentle workout defined by breathing, posture and meditation. Bob Ayres, a sell out from last year, will again offer astrological chart readings. Retail therapy, combined with a wine reception, will end the Saturday sessions as local artisans and health-oriented businesses sell items ranging from healing stones to jewelry and specialty-crafted woolens. The “grand finale” interactive Health Fair closes the Wellness Weekend on Sunday afternoon. Acupuncture treatments, body scans and therapeutic massages list high among the activities. Following lunch, the Lake Tahoe Women’s Wellness Weekend will close out with a Zumba Party featuring its high-energy moves to Latin and other fast-moving rhythms.For information on speakers, health fairs and seminars visit Event-only registration costs $99 (lunch included) — some seminars additional fees apply. To register, visit, select “make a reservation,” click “conference” and use “www2012” as login and password. Grab a girlfriend and stay for $144/person double occupancy per person (rate includes conference fee). Attendees are invited to explore Tahoe’s Lighthouse Day Spa which opened at Granlibakken this summer. It boasts three treatment rooms and a number of wellness packages aimed at revitalization and relaxation, including customized and deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, pre-natal, Reiki healing and couples massages. Visit online at Granlibakken is located one half mile from Lake Tahoe, the “Best Lake in America” by USA Today, and serves as a central home base for a varied list of fall and winter activities. The property boasts a spectacular setting of 74 wooded acres with peace, quiet and relaxation, ideal for developing the next “big-idea,” team building, problem solving or scientific collaboration to re-group, connect and foster productivity. The resort provides a variety of meeting space, retreat amenities, hotel rooms, condos and alternative lodging options. In particular, numerous medical organizations and technology companies have utilized Granlibakken to come up with their next “big idea.” Call Granlibakken at 800-543-3221. For information, or updates and the latest deals visit us on Facebook and Twitter.About GranlibakkenTapping its Norwegian heritage, Granlibakken, or “hillside sheltered by fir trees,” reflects its setting of 74 wooded acres near Tahoe City at the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe. Granlibakken, Tahoe’s original ski resort and site of the 1932 U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Trials, blends traditional mountain charm and European hospitality with modern day amenities. To see more of their Viking values, visit or 877-543-7116.

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