The Leaves Will Be Falling and Tahoe Is Calling-Get 25% Off Your Next All-Inclusive Lake Tahoe Conference

Lake Tahoe ConferencesHost an unforgettable conference, event, or retreat in the middle of 74 peaceful acres of National Forest land at Granlibakken Tahoe. Granlibakken's location just one mile from Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City is the perfect destination for both relaxing and productive Lake Tahoe conferences and retreats. During select dates this fall, Granlibakken Tahoe is offering 25% off all-inclusive conference rates.

Granlibakken can easily host groups of 4-400 in the conference facility. With flexible meeting space and comfortable accommodations onsite, your next meeting at Granlibakken is sure to be a hit. Granlibakken's property is flanked by miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, perfect for enjoying the natural beauty of the Sierras. The Treetop Adventure Course is also located onsite, and they offer team-building activities and hours of fun on their aerial trekking course. Granlibakken also has an onsite Day Spa, a year-round heated pool, hot tub, and sauna, 5 tennis courts, and free parking and WiFi.

Granlibakken Tahoe's all-inclusive Lake Tahoe conference packages include all meals, accommodations and meeting space, cocktail hours*, coffee breaks, and audio-visual services. Our meeting planners are experienced professionals, and will work with our banquets and kitchen staff to ensure that your event goes smoothly. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service, and our staff will work with you and your attendees to guarantee that the event goes flawlessly.

Host your next meeting, event, or retreat in our peaceful 74 acre valley and see how to make your Lake Tahoe conference memorable. Click here to see how you can get 25% off your next conference.

 

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Places to stay Tahoe City

Chamber’s Landing on Tahoe’s magical west shore is the perfect place to soak up some sun and enjoy Tahoe views.

We had an absolutely huge winter here by any standards at Lake Tahoe. Many storms were measured in feet, coating the roads, mountains, and beaches with more snow than we knew what to do with. But now that winter is over, we are dealing with all of that snow melt. We are here to ponder the question-how does that affect recreation on the lake?

Well, for one, since Lake Tahoe is much more full than it has been in quite some time, the beaches are smaller. When planning a beach day, perhaps leave the huge volleyball net at home (depending on where you are headed) and plan to stake out a spot early.

The rising water level is great news for boaters. Many of the boat launches and piers were inaccessible by boat  the last couple of years due to low water levels. Most docks, boat launches, and piers are now easily accessible and open to boats. Be sure to take advantage of this by exploring the lake by boat, kayak, or paddleboard!

Lake Tahoe is currently reported to be more than 5 feet above its natural rim, and is predicted to rise by more than 2 feet between May and August of 2017. With 63 streams, rivers and creeks running into Lake Tahoe and only one outlet, The Truckee River, this puts a lot of pressure on the professionals who manage the dam and the amount of output each day. With the lake levels expected to rise significantly as more snow melts off of the mountains, the dam will be releasing much more water into the Truckee River than it has in years past, and potentially for a much longer period. This means increased currents and volume of the Truckee River.

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The Lake Tahoe Dam, where water flows from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River

Already, the bike path that runs along the Truckee River has been impacted by flooding. Although bicyclists and walkers can simply detour onto route 89 for the short segments that are flooded, it is certainly something to be aware of when using that stretch of trail. Another way that the Truckee River will be impacting river recreation is rafting. The water level is currently so high that many bridges are impassable by rafters, and the currents are strong enough that floating, rafting, or swimming in the Truckee River is extremely dangerous right now. Rafting and floating is expected to open in mid-July or August, once the flow of the river is diminished enough that it is safe.

All in all, we here at Granlibakken are extremely grateful for the increased volume of water in Lake Tahoe this year. We are excited for a beautiful summer exploring new beaches, boating, and generally enjoying the lake and the river. It is such a welcome site to see Lake Tahoe full and flourishing again. We hope that everyone also has a safe and fun summer, and enjoys the beauty of Lake Tahoe this year.

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Restorative Arts and YogaWe had an amazing time at the Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival that took place at Granlibakken May 19-21,2017. We had such a great time that we decided to host it again, in 2018! The 2018 Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival will be June 1-3, here at Granlibakken Tahoe.

The Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival in 2017 featured Tahoe and Truckee based healers, yogis, and energy workers. It was a great opportunity for these professionals to showcase their talents, and to introduce the attendees to their areas of expertise. From a heartfelt kirtan ceremony to invigorating Vinyasa classes, there was something for everyone of all abilities and expertise at RAY 2017.

In 2018, we are going to work in the same format, with 3 days of classes and multiple workshops offered per day. We listened to the feedback from the 2017 attendees, and will be offering more morning and afternoon sessions, and will be making a couple of other changes to the schedule–hopefully with more outdoor classes (weather permitting).

Keep an eye out for more details on RAY 2018, we will publish more information on the instructors, classes, and promotions as everything is firmed up. Right now, we are offering blind-faith early bird tickets, if you purchase your weekend pass before September 1, it is just $260 for the full weekend of events and all meals.

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Tahoe Conference CenterWhen planning an event, conference, or retreat, you need to look for a space that will complement your meeting seamlessly. When choosing a Lake Tahoe conference center, there are many aspects to consider. The location needs to be well suited for your event and accessible to your attendees. The space also needs to foster productivity or relaxation, depending on the purpose of the event. Granlibakken Tahoe has all of the tools to make your next retreat or conference a success.

Granlibakken Tahoe is a family-owned and operated resort located in a peaceful 74 acre forested valley just steps from the shores of Lake Tahoe. With a variety of accommodations onsite, from standard bedrooms to three-bedroom townhouses, Granlibakken comfortably accommodates groups, conferences, and weddings. Our 24,500 square feet of flexible year-round meeting space can host groups of 4 to 400 with ease. Hot buffet breakfast is included in all stays, as well as resort-wide high-speed wireless Internet access, parking, and access to onsite amenities. Granlibakken’s unique location and mountain hospitality provides the perfect place to reconnect and unplug.

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Onsite amenities, including 5 newly refinished tennis courts, will keep everyone active and entertained.

Granlibakken Tahoe is the only full-service conference center in Tahoe City, and it has been recognized as a regional leader for its efforts to reduce energy consumption. By investing in more efficient heating and cooling systems in the conference center, updating appliances, and implementing a Green Purchasing Policy, Granlibakken has reduced energy consumption by approximately 43 percent. Granlibakken Tahoe has also earned a number of awards and recognition for their environmental efforts, including recognition from the US Department of Energy. Granlibakken recently became a part of the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal's composting pilot program, and is currently working with TTSD to compost all food waste generated onsite.

Granlibakken’s strong commitment to the environment, combined with its convenient west shore Tahoe location, makes it a desirable venue for conferences and events.  Downtown Tahoe City, on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, is less than a five minute drive from Granlibakken and offers an array of shopping and dining options, along with access to Commons Beach. In close proximity to Reno-Tahoe International Airport and an easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, only a few hours, traveling to Granlibakken is simple.

Granlibakken also has a variety of amenities onsite to accommodate any meeting. Enjoy a team-building session at the Treetop Adventure Park aerial trekking and ziplining course, or relax at the Day Spa. Find some solace in the miles of hiking and biking trails that are accessed from the property, or enjoy productive break-out sessions at Granlibakken's flexible conference center.

Whatever you hope to achieve with your next event, choose the Tahoe conference center that will fit your needs, Granlibakken Tahoe. Click here for more information.

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By Ashley Aarti Cooper

Ashley Aarti Cooper is a storyteller and yogi. She is one of the organizers of the Restorative Arts and Yoga event at Granlibakken Tahoe. You can contact her at aacooper18@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram at @ashley_aarti. Learn more about Ashley and her practice here.

Yoga overlooking Lake TahoeWhy do we go on retreat? If you are reading this, you might not. Yet. Those of us who do retreat from our every day lives do so with eager hearts, practically running from our duties and tasks and diving heart first into the moment of surreal reprieve.

When you retreat, you will find that all of your duties and tasks will be waiting for you upon your return. Some of you may even find that the world has continued its orbit without you, perhaps giving others in your life an opportunity to rise to an occasion not often left for them to try out.

The reasons we retreat can be many: to make new friends, to try new things, to explore within the safety of a nurturing environment.

The reason you will continue to retreat time and time again will become apparent shortly after your arrival. It is because by retreating from our every day life, we feed our soul, our bodies, our hearts. Clarissa Pinkola Estes calls it homing. It is our right as humans who give so much of ourselves to replenish our stores of energy and inspiration. It is necessary if we are to continue on with the full force of our potential, strength, and creativity. And all of these things are necessary if we are to continue to serve our individual dharma, or life purpose.

“It is right and proper that we eke out, liberate, take, make, connive to get, assert our right to go home. Home is a sustained mood or sense that allows us to experience feelings not necessarily sustained in the mundane world: wonder, vision, peace, freedom from worry, freedom from demands, freedom from constant clacking.

Whatever revives balance is what is essential. That is home.

There is not only time to contemplate, but also to learn, and uncover the forgotten, the disused, and the buried. There we can imagine the future and also pore over the scar maps of the psyche, learning what led to what, and where we will go next.”

You know home, and it is not any single physical place. It is that peaceful, soulful, mindless moment in your asana or meditation practice. It is that feeling of relaxing into your car seat as you take a drive with the windows down and no pressing destination. It is the flow of painting, dancing, writing, or singing. It is in the noticing of the sun or a warm breeze on your skin, the gentle give of earth beneath your feet or between your fingers. It is the laughter you share with a special friend when you have nowhere else to go.

Sometimes it is total peace and joy. Other times going home is an opportunity to reflect, revisit our intentions, remap our next steps. We may be licking our wounds or strengthening ourselves for a march ahead. We may simply need rest.

The reasons to retreat are many, but one thing is certain: stepping away from our every day lives in order to settle once again in the seat of our power is the only way to live a life with integrity, grace, and creativity.

hanging hammock

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Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail intersects with Granlibakken property.

The snow is melting, and hiking and biking season is nearly here! The Tahoe Rim Trail is a well-developed trail that circumvents Lake Tahoe, a total of 165 miles. Granlibakken Tahoe is the only hotel property that intersects with the Rim Trail. That means that whether you are just planning a few day hikes, or if you are planning on completing the full trail, Granlibakken offers a great stopping point.

For backpackers planning on doing the full trail, Granlibakken offers a variety of amenities and services to give you some respite during your adventure. You can mail non-perishable food and supplies to our address (please contact us before doing so!), and book a night so that you can get some rest in a real bed and enjoy a hot shower. Our pool, hot tub, and sauna offer a great place to relax and unwind for an evening. Refresh your tired legs with a rejuvenating massage at our onsite Day Spa. Most lodging packages include a hot buffet breakfast, perfect for fueling up for your journey. You won't find a breakfast like this out on the trail! Everything from eggs and bacon to yogurt and fresh fruit, not to mention delicious hot coffee roasted by Peerless Coffee Roasters.

For those just interested in day hikes or mountain biking, Granlibakken is a great choice. The Tahoe Rim trail portion from Tahoe City to Paige Meadows intersects with Granlibakken property. It is a 3 mile hike to Paige Meadows, a 6 mile round trip. This is also a popular mountain biking trail, with some technical parts but mostly a fun single-track, great for all abilities. Paige Meadows is a gorgeous destination, especially in early summer, when the wildflowers are in bloom. Enjoy a hike or bike through the series of connected meadows surrounded by the Sierras, where you can enjoy not only the plant life, but also an abundance of wildlife.

Granlibakken Tahoe is also close to many other popular trails and destinations. Located just about 5 miles from the Pacific Crest Trail, Granlibakken is a great place for thru-hikers to stop for a rest. Granlibakken Tahoe is also located close to Desolation Wilderness on Lake Tahoe's West Shore, offering miles of hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. Check out some of our favorite hiking trails nearby here.

No matter how you want to experience the outdoors in Lake Tahoe this spring, summer and fall, Granlibakken has the accommodations, amenities, and resources to make your journey a memorable one.

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness offers great backpacking and day-hiking

 

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This is the last installment of a 3 part series introducing Yoga Nidra. Read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Join Lauri at the Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, May 19-21 at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Now that you have a good idea of what Yoga Nidra is and how to create a powerful and potent Sankalpa/Intention for you practice, we can talk about prep and expectations!

First off, how to prepare.

This is an "in general" guide for Yoga Nidra during any class or listening to a recording at home and not just specific to the upcoming event.

1.  Dress comfortably!  Yoga pants and a tank are great, just make sure to bring some socks and a sweatshirt or cover-up to keep you warm.  Body temp drops as we get deeply relaxed during practice.

 

2.  Build a Nest!  This might be the most important.  If you aren't comfortable while lying down, you will just end up meditating on being uncomfortable and that's not fun!  Here's the setup:  Yoga mat, blanket over the yoga mat lengthwise, blanket width-wise at mid-torso, small blanket or soft item under your head (not too big), extra blanket to cover up with, and a bolster under your knees.  Get cozy and comfy but supported.

 

Yoga Nidra experience

3.  Have a Sankalpa/Intention ready to go!  Once the meditation gets going, you don't want to be scrambling in your mind for a meaningful intention to work with.  We will take some time at the workshop to develop one, but if you practice at home or in class, make sure you've got one committed to memory and ready to manifest! Learn about creating your own Sankalpa here.

 

Second, What to Expect.

 

1.  You will be lying down for approximately 45 minutes.  There are shorter versions absolutely, but I would advise a minimum of 30 minutes.  The shorties are relaxing but just a teaser and can be challenging to truly drop into the Theta brainwaves and parasympathetic response that make Yoga Nidra so powerful.  Give yourself the time.  You deserve it!

Relax while practicing Yoga Nidra

2.  You will be guided the entire time by the instructor.  No need to worry about what to do.  Just follow the sound of your yoga instructors voice and if you find yourself lost in thought, come back to the guided instructions.

 

3.  At the forefront, those practicing Yoga Nidra experience a deep sense of peace, calm and connection to something greater than themselves.  People express finding a deep stillness inside them, an equanimity.  Deep relaxation is most common (and yes, sometimes you may even fall asleep.  No harm done!).

Other experiences are "revelations or epiphanies";  you may find the answer to a problem, or a tough decision or action you need to make is revealed to you clearly in the practice.  You may have emotions of all variety rise up, sometimes unexpected.  They are welcome guests.  They are just energy and will arise and dissolve on their own......the key is to witness rather than engage in them.

You may see colors or shapes or have profound visions or memories arise.  A common experience is a deep sense of release and letting go.  All of these experiences are part of the profound Healing power of Yoga Nidra.

Group practicing Yoga Nidra sessions

Well, that is all for now.  I hope to see you at the upcoming Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival so you can experience this practice first hand.  And if you are interested in learning more or in private Yoga Nidra sessions, I am available at my office in Truckee and in the comfort of your own home.  You can learn more and contact me at www.LauriGlenn.com

Watch Lauri Glenn's Introduction to Yoga Nidra: Part 3 here:

Lauri Glenn  is a yoga instructor and massage therapist as well as an avid outdoor enthusiast in the Tahoe region. She will be one of our workshop leaders at the upcoming Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival this May. Learn more about Lauri and her practice here.
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Denay Joy Woodman has danced throughout her life in a joyful somatic exploration of many different movement forms including fusion partner dance, yoga, massage, belly dance, blues, swing, salsa, African, jazz, modern, pilates, kickboxing, tango, ballet, theatre, tai chi, cocrea and more! Music and movement course through her blood, heart, and soul, continuing to offer their magic anew.

Denay discovered Nia Technique in 2008 and dove into her Nia trainings,  attaining a white belt in 2010 and blue belt in 2014. These have melded into a clear and deep passion for guiding people back into the joy and pleasure of their body, mind, emotion and spirits.

What is Nia? Done barefoot to diverse and inspiring music, Nia is a transformational movement practice that offers remembrance of how to be joyful, alive and expressive in your unique body. Nia is holistic, engaging all the realms of experience. Drawing from the dance arts, martial arts and the healing arts, Nia creates purposeful movement. This intentional movement helps you grow and embody your full potential. It is a solo and community practice which calms the mind to relieve stress, increases grace, flexibility, and endurance. It also builds reservoirs of Chi, strengthens muscles, balance and agility and increases the pleasure of living and dancing in your body.

Denay currently lives, loves and plays in Nevada County with her Partner Martin and her 5 year old, Finnbud, sharing offerings of Nia, fusion partner dance, and Women's Butterfly Gatherings. She is also a new co-owner of Core Movement Center in Nevada City,Ca.

Denay will be leading a Nia class at RAY 2017. This is a great opportunity to explore this movement, become more flexible, and have some fun.  Unfold, awaken, and play during Denay's class, and discover something new about yourself.

Come dance the change you want to see in the world!

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Granlibakken Tahoe is proud to be a member of Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal's pilot composting program. Through this "yellow bag" program, Granlibakken, partnered with TTSD, is hoping to further its environmental goals and reduce the amount of biodegradable waste that ends up in land.

Composting is a truly amazing process, where organic waste is converted to humus, which can be used as an additive to soil to make it more rich in nutrients. It is pretty awesome to think about our food, lawn, and other organic waste being converted into a rich and valuable soil amendment.

Composting not only helps to create rich soil, but it also eliminates waste from the landfills. Granlibakken has been working to lessen its impact on the environment, and being a part of this pilot program is a part of that. The waste diverted from landfills goes towards a useful and valuable purpose, while biodegrading more efficiently than it would in a landfill.

Granlibakken's location in a peaceful wooded valley just steps from the shores of Lake Tahoe really emphasizes the importance of composting and preserving the ecosystem in which we live. Composting is a step in the right direction. Currently, we are only able to compost organic food waste through this program, but we are looking forward to it growing and becoming a more robust composting program that will serve not only businesses, but also residences in the area to make Tahoe a healthier place.

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Tahoe Yoga

Relax into a heartfelt practice surrounded by the Lake Tahoe pines.

It's been a great winter for us here at Granlibakken Tahoe, but it hasn't been easy. Our staff has had all hands on deck doing snow removal and working to ensure that our property is safe for our visitors. Although winter seems to be holding on here in Lake Tahoe (more snow predicted on Thursday!), we are working hard to complete the Soul Shelter, a meditation and relaxation space located in the heart of Granlibakken property.

We conceived the idea of the Soul Shelter after hearing from many of our guests and retreat attendees that they would really appreciate a space to meditate and relax while attending a retreat or vacationing in Tahoe. We listened, and thought that a meditation space would fit in really well with our existing location, nestled in a peaceful wooded valley just steps from Lake Tahoe. The Soul Shelter will be open to all guests come this summer, and will provide a space to reconnect, unplug, and relax whilst visiting beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Earlier this winter, Granlibakken worked on refinishing the interior of the room, outfitting it with new flooring and repainting it with neutral colors. It's amazing to see what just a new coat of paint can do for a room! We just got some decor and props in for the new yoga room, and are looking forward to decking it out to really give the space a warm and inviting feel. Yoga mats, blocks, and blankets will be available to guests, and we got some greenery, baskets, and cubbies for shoes as well. The room is really coming together as the space that we envisioned when we first embarked on this project.

We look forward to sharing this special space with you, and we hope that you check it out once it is finished!

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