No, I mean REALLY finding balance!
As the "Balance and Coordination" class began with our facilitator Mike, little did I know that by the end of our 45 minutes together, I really WOULD be balancing longer and feeling stronger as I did so. As our group listened to instruction, practiced what we were told and laughed together at our wobbles, while encouraging one another every "step" of the way, not only were bonds formed, but balance - such an important piece for all to practice, especially as we enter our 40's and beyond - was discovered. We all left with smiles, easy methods to integrate the practice of finding balance into our everyday lives and a quick step in search of the afternoon Smoothie Bar!
Located just 10 minutes across the border in Tecate, Mexico and set in the foothills of the beautiful and mystical Mount Kuchumaa, getting to the Ranch is a quick and easy process. Upon arrival at the San Diego airport, the Rancho La Puerta team will meet you in Baggage Claim and take it from there. An easy drive on a comfortable coach (where you are handed a bag of delicious Ranch made granola as you enter to snack on during the drive), before you know it you have been quickly and easily escorted across the Tecate border crossing. Once in Tecate, your luggage is whisked away to meet you at your room and 10 minutes later you have arrived! (Live in California? So easy! You simply meet the team at Terminal 1 for your transfer to the Ranch.)
Once you arrive, the pace of your experience is left up to you. With 50+ classes per day to choose from, you can be as active - or as inactive - as you choose to be. Once again, balance presents itself as you have options and experiences to choose from cardio, stretch classes, lectures, meditation, sound healing or simply "being" while relaxing at one of the pools or melting into strategically hung hammocks where you can reflect and rest. My advice? Push yourself and choose a few options that are perhaps out of your normal comfort zone! Such fun things to try and who knows? You may find a new passion!
Each morning, dawn begins with a choice of three incredible hikes - simply choose the one that fits the activity level you want to experience. Watch for red tail hawks, listen for the bird songs and hear the crunch of the path under your feet as you get to know your fellow ranch visitors and soak up the stunning beauty of Mount Kuchumaa. Following a post-hike stretch, all ears are listening for the breakfast bell signalling to all that the delicious morning sustenance is ready to enjoy!
The Ranch diet is based on lacto-ovo pescatarian which includes dairy, eggs and seafood, but no meats or poultry. Diet modifications and allergies are readily accommodated making meal time easy and non-worrisome for all. Vegetables and fruits are in abundance, most supplied directly from the organic farm located at the Ranch. Wine is not served with meals; however, it can be purchased at the lovely Bazaar Del Sol, the gift shop located on property and enjoyed there or on your private patio. My travel mate and I chose the latter, enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day on the patio while finding brilliant star constellations in the beautiful night sky as we shared our experiences from the day.
Whether a solo traveller, a couple looking for reconnection time, girlfriends wanting a getaway all are welcomed at the Ranch. More than 50% of the guests are repeat clients - multiple times over - and I believe that once you experience the joy of being at Rancho La Puerta, you too will be planning your return...
For more information and to book your Rancho La Puerta experience, contact stonearchtravel.com today. Let's get started.
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- John Steinbeck