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We have all heard the benefits of meditation: decreased stress, anxiety and tension accompanied with feelings of well-being, patience, concentration and compassion.  These benefits are easy to grasp conceptually and many of us make ourselves grand promises to start integrating meditation into our daily lives.  With the best of intentions, we sit down in a silent room and get to “shutting our brain off.”  It is not long before our knees start hurting, our to-do lists start screaming and our shut off brain is running on over drive.

The problem is not you or meditation.  It is all in the approach.  To begin, be easy on yourself.  Choose a technique from below or elsewhere that suits you personally, and just challenge yourself to five minutes a few times a week.  Meditate in a truly comfortable position whether you are sitting cross legged, in a comfortable chair, or lying down with pillows supporting you.  You can practice at home or, if you do better with group activities, attend a class.

When many of us think about meditation, we think of sitting down in silence with our legs crossed and our mind blissfully blank.  This is the Zen Buddhist practice of zazen, and it may be this simple for some of us.  Many more types of meditation exist, however, and for every learning style there is an approach to meditating.

Guided meditations are extremely useful in anchoring you to the present moment by providing structure and sound.  If you don’t want to attend a class, there are many excellent free guided meditations on the internet.  Visualizations are also extremely useful anchors and can be guided or learned ahead of time.  Some people use a mantra (a word, sound, or statement) that is silently repeated or murmured. When using mantras, you can also hold japa mala beads which resemble the Christian rosary: each bead is a single repetition of your mantra.  This mantra is very straightforward, memorable and can be done anywhere.

For whichever approach you choose, remember a few things:

  • First, the purpose of meditation is not to attain anything, we meditate to become present.
  • Second, the brain will not simply shut off; the trick is to allow thoughts, ideas, images, etc. to come without holding on or judging.
  • Third, meditation is a practice. The progression of this practice will reflect the amount of time and effort put into it.

Ashley A. Cooper is a freelance writer and yoga instructor residing in Truckee, CA.

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Have you ever been excited about a room? Sometimes it’s something as seemingly insignificant as repainting the walls, or even just finding the perfect piece of furniture. Nothing beats the fresh perspective that you get when you make improvements to a space. And that is why we here at Granlibakken Tahoe are so very excited to introduce the Soul Shelter.

We have hosted a lot of groups, families, and individuals who have expressed that they would like a space to meditate, stretch, do some yoga, or just take some time away from their day to relax at our beautiful Tahoe resort. We listened to what the people wanted, and we are working on creating a space specifically for people to take some time to themselves to enjoy their surroundings. The Soul Shelter offers a comfortable, bright space with views of the surrounding pine trees, and is tucked away just across from the lobby in the main lodge. The arched ceilings with exposed beams are true to the mountain-lodge that Granlibakken is, and also offers a feeling of airiness to the space. The wood floors will be perfect for yoga classes and stretching or workouts.

This is a space that expresses opportunity. A space to relax and refocus. We are hoping to partner with local Tahoe yoga instructors and instructors in other modalities, like meditation and movement, to offer classes for a low drop-in fee to our guests. For groups, this is a great space to bring in their own classes, or just a space for attendees of a conference to get away from the hustle and take some time to reset and rejuvenate.

It’s amazing how much inspiration a space can offer. Granlibakken Tahoe, nestled in a peaceful wooded valley just steps away from Lake Tahoe, is a resort that abounds in possibility, whether you are visiting for a Tahoe family vacation, or looking for a space to hold your next yoga or wellness retreat or educational seminar. We hope to offer an even grander experience to all of our guests through spaces like the Soul Shelter that so perfectly complement the Tahoe mountain resort atmosphere of Granlibakken.

The Soul Shelter is a work in progress, but it is also a blank canvas that signifies so many opportunities. We hope that you are as excited as we are about this amazing new wellness space! Stay tuned for more details and updates on the Soul Shelter.

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high-resolution-30Lake Tahoe is a fun year-round destination, but it is truly special in the winter months, when it transforms into a picture-perfect winter wonderland. Granlibakken Tahoe offers the perfect home-base for exploring North Lake Tahoe this winter.

Granlibakken’s wide variety of accommodation options, from standard bedrooms to three-bedroom townhouses, can comfortably accommodate families of any size. Many of the rooms are equipped with full kitchens and cozy sitting areas with fireplaces, offering a great space for families to prepare for a day of Tahoe adventure or kick back and relax after a day in the snow.

Granlibakken understands the importance of fueling up for a day of Tahoe winter fun. Hot buffet breakfast is included in all rates, and with a variety of options from fresh fruits and pastries to eggs and bacon, it is a great value and offers something for even the pickiest eaters.

Granlibakken’s many resort amenities are included in all rates as well. Enjoy the convenience of free parking and resort-wide complimentary wifi. The outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna are also open year-round and offer a great après-ski activity. There is nothing more magical than unwinding and relaxing with a cold drink in the hot tub after a day of hitting the slopes. Granlibakken’s property is adjacent to miles of hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails to explore and enjoy the serenity of the Tahoe National Forest.

Granlibakken is one of the oldest continually operating ski resorts in California. Host to the 1932 Olympic Ski Jumping trials, you can follow the course of the athletes of yesteryear on Granlibakken’s 300 vertical foot slope, perfect for beginners to intermediates and young families. Granlibakken’s sled hill onsite is also a fun way to get on the slopes, and a ski pass includes sledding as well. Sledding and skiing are both half-priced for lodging guests, making it an affordable way to get on the slopes this winter. Granlibakken’s full service rental shop will also ensure that your family is ready for a snow day, with snowboard, alpine ski, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.

For those who may not want to ski or sled, the Treetop Adventure Park is located onsite and open year-round. Spend your day on the aerial trekking course, online-resolution-59ziplining through the trees while completing treetop challenges. Or relax in the onsite Day Spa, located slopeside and offering a variety of services, from facials to deep-tissue massage and couple’s massage.

You won’t go hungry at Granlibakken. The Ski Hut Snack Bar is located in the warming hut at the ski hill. Enjoy a slopeside snack or drink on the deck, from which the entire ski and sled hill can be viewed. Serving up authentic Mexican food as well as American favorites, it is the perfect spot to stop for lunch or to take a quick s’more break. The Gran Spot Coffee Cart at Granlibakken serves up specialty coffee drinks, light lunch and snack items, and beer, wine, and specialty cocktails in the main lodge. Open 5-9PM Fridays and Saturdays throughout the ski season and daily during holiday periods, The Cedar House Pub at Granlibakken offers cozy fireside dining with kid-friendly options as well as daily specials.

Nestled in a 74 acre wooded valley just outside of Tahoe City, Granlibakken is central to many of Tahoe’s premier attractions and activities. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the terrain at Squaw/Alpine and Homewood mountains, all located within a 20 minute drive of Granlibakken. Tahoe City offers a variety of dining and entertainment options, from family-friendly and fine dining restaurants to a movie theater and a variety of year-round street festivals and fairs. There are a variety of other activities to enjoy, from snowmobile tours to sleigh rides and guided snowshoe treks all located just a short drive away.

Make North Lake Tahoe a destination for your next family getaway, and Granlibakken will take care of the details to make your family vacation memorable, fun, and unique.


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sierra-soul-ww-image2016 was a whirlwind of a year, and we are so excited to see what 2017 will bring. The new year is a great time to reflect and re-evaluate. Perhaps you would like to continue on the path that you are on, or perhaps some  changes need to be made. Either way, attending Granlibakken’s Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, May 19-21, 2017, is a great way to rejuvenate yourself in the new year.

The Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival is a unique yoga retreat, featuring local Tahoe yoga instructors, an unparalleled setting, and a variety of speakers, instructors, and energy workers. Enjoy some healing and yoga in Tahoe, and see what 6,300 feet can do for your soul. Tahoe has a vibrant community of healers, yogis, and professionals in alternative healing and eastern modalities, and the Restorative Arts and Yoga retreat capitalizes on this community to bring these local professionals to visitors.

Each workshop leader for RAY offers a unique and fresh perspective. Learn a new practice, or grow in areas that you have already dabbled in. This event offers a great opportunity to grow and reflect upon yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Granlibakken’s setting in a peaceful wooded valley offers the perfect backdrop for a reflective and productive Tahoe yoga and wellness retreat.

Start your day with sun salutations, and then choose from a variety of workshops, from sound healing and meditation to hula hooping or Ki Gong. Meals are provided onsite, and lodging is available. Granlibakken is offering an additional 20% off of lodging if you book prior to January 31, 2017 to sweeten the deal. Don’t delay, and make your resolution to enjoy some well-being in 2017.

Can’t make it to RAY 2017? Wellness Weekend, November 11-12, 2017,  is also going to be a great event featuring workshop leaders with fresh ideas and perspectives. Offering a fusion of Western and Eastern modalities, speakers, and activity workshops, Wellness Weekend offers the perfect opportunity to take a weekend for some self-love and friendship before the holidays and the winter season is upon us.

We hope to see you at one of our events in 2017, and we hope that your year brings wellness, friendship, and happiness.

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Our annual Torchlight Parade is followed by gifts and snacks with Santa.

Our annual Torchlight Parade is followed by gifts and snacks with Santa.

We here at Granlibakken believe that the holidays are best spent enjoying the company of loved ones. That is why we are doing all of the work for you for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. All lodging rates include our holiday festivities, and they are also open to the public for a fee.

Enjoy Christmas in Tahoe this year. Our annual Torchlight Parade honors Granlibakken’s Olympic history. Ski down our slope with your own torch to become a part of this Tahoe tradition. The Parade is followed by a gifts and hot cocoa with Santa.  On Christmas Day, Granlibakken will be hosting a full buffet dinner, with a menu that is sure to impress. Enjoy the holidays at our family-friendly Tahoe resort, with activities and amenities sure to entertain people of all ages.

Granlibakken’s New Year’s Eve party is always a great time. Enjoy a special dinner made by our award-winning chef and kitchen staff, followed by music, dancing, and kid-friendly activities. The Granlibakken staff will do all of the work for you to ensure that your New Year’s Eve is fun and memorable. A complimentary champagne toast at midnight will ring in the New Year in style.

As always, these festivities are included for lodging guests. Guests at our Tahoe hotel also enjoy half-priced skiing and sledding at Granlibakken’s historic ski hill and all resort amenities, from free wifi to the outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna. Granlibakken’s location close to many Tahoe attractions, resorts, as well as shopping and dining is perfect for your holiday getaways.

We hope that you will spend the holidays with us, and that this winter season is one spent making memories with family and friends.

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sierra-soul-logoWe are so proud here at Granlibakken Tahoe to announce the launching of our new health and wellness series, Sierra Soul. With two events scheduled for 2017, Sierra Soul strives to bring the best of Tahoe healers, yoga instructors, and health professionals to you.

See what 6,300 feet can do for your soul at the Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, May 19-21, 2017. This Tahoe yoga retreat will cleanse your mind, body, and spirit while you expand your practice or learn about alternative modes of healing and maintaining good health. With two full days of health and wellness workshops, classes, and events, RAY will be sure to be a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway that will prepare you for the summer months ahead. Start each day with a sunrise yoga session in the forested valley that Granlibakken is situated in, just a short distance from Lake Tahoe. Choose from the variety of sessions offered throughout the day, from hula hooping to sound healing. RAY truly has something for everyone, and is the perfect time to expand your yoga practice or your health journey in Tahoe. Granlibakken Tahoe also offers affordable lodging onsite for RAY attendees. Book your stay before January 31st 2017 to get 10% off of lodging rates. Click here for more details.

Wellness Weekend is the second event in the Sierra Soul Series, and will be November 11 and 12 of 2017. Wellness Weekend brings medical professionals, alternative healthcare experts, and yoga instructors to you through seminars, workshops, and exercise classes. The fusion of eastern and western modalities is unique to this event, and offers a one-of-a-kind perspective for attendees. Continuing education credits can also be earned through this retreat, and it is a great way to learn something new while also furthering your career. We are offering 10% off registration fees if you book before May 31, 2017. Click here for more details.

We hope to see you at one (or both!) of our Sierra Soul 2017 events. Join us for Tahoe retreats filled with friendship, learning, and rejuvenation.

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14883455_10154079406690415_5884058060507069798_oThe holidays are a time to eat good food, enjoy good company, and to give thanks. We here at Granlibakken Tahoe believe in inspiring connections for memories that last a lifetime. Granlibakken’s unforgettable holiday events are included in all lodging reservations and are also available to non-lodging guests for a small fee.

Granlibakken’s Thanksgiving in Tahoe is perfect for families, couples, and friends. Our family-friendly Tahoe hotel and resort is perfect for your next get-together. Granlibakken’s Thanksgiving dinner includes a full turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, and dessert. Vegetarian options are also available. Enjoy talking and laughing with your family and friends as a turkey is carved table side, and you get to keep the leftovers! Many of our rooms offer full kitchens, so you can feast on leftover sandwiches the next day. Granlibakken makes a Tahoe Thanksgiving easy. Let us cook and clean while you make memories that will last a lifetime.

Granlibakken also offers an unbeatable Tahoe Christmas experience. Come to our family-friendly ski resort to sled, ski, and ride this winter. We offer rentals and a groomed trail for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Granlibakken’s annual Torchlight Parade is fun for the whole family. Granlibakken’s Olympic history is honored during this parade, where skiers and snowboarders have the opportunity to ski or ride down Granlibakken’s historic ski slope with an LED torch, followed by gifts with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, and mulled wine. This one of a kind event is a great way to appreciate our historic Tahoe resort while enjoying a unique Christmas celebration. Granlibakken also offers a Christmas Day buffet, with specialties created and cooked by our award-winning Executive Chef and kitchen staff.

New Year’s Eve is also best spent in Tahoe. Catch the holiday spirit at Granlibakken’s New Year’s Eve party, with drinking, dancing, and music. A special buffet dinner and a complimentary champagne toast are included in our New Year’s Eve festivities. Our staff decks out our environmentally friendly conference center for the New Year, complete with a photo booth area, a kid’s center to keep the little ones entertained, and party favors.

We look forward to spending the holidays with you in Tahoe this year. Learn more about our holiday festivities here.

 

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lg-wellness2You know that creating a will, updating a will, and planning for the future is something that you are supposed to do, but it can be overwhelming! Legal jargon, lawyer fees, tax laws–it can all be too much. Jill Gregory, Esq. wants to help you through the estate planning process to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of if anything happens to you. Her practice not only makes it easier to plan for the future, but also considers the human element of estate planning.

At this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend, Jill Gregory will be sharing  her thoughts, insights, and expertise with you. Her broad range of experience, from wills and business succession planning to intellectual property and entity formation give her exceptional insight into the legal process. Jill understands the demands of a busy lifestyle, and how sometimes these legal matters can get put on the back burner. She has focused her practice on convenience and ease of use to accommodate her clients’ needs and the changing ways that we communicate. She works to make it easier to plan for the future, so that your family is taken care of and can focus on their needs when the time comes.

Jill Gregory understands that often, estate planning ends with a binder of legal documents stuck on a shelf. She strives to make estate planning an active and constant process that isn’t intimidating or overwhelming, but approachable, interesting, and productive. We are so excited to learn more on this extremely helpful topic at Women’s Wellness Weekend 2016.

 

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Located in a peaceful wooded valley just a mile from the shores of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken Tahoe offers the perfect option for your next Tahoe family vacation or meeting. Our annual Lake Tahoe yoga and health retreats are a great chance to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in the pristine beauty of the Lake Tahoe mountains.

 

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right-buttons-eventLooking for a place to bring your company, family, or friends to celebrate the holiday season? Let Granlibakken Tahoe stoke the fire while you enjoy good food, music, and a complimentary champagne toast with your friends, family, or colleagues.

For a limited time, Granlibakken Tahoe is offering venue rental fees starting at $250 for holiday parties. From November 1–January 31, host your Lake Tahoe party for half the price, with a complimentary champagne toast for all guests. In venues that offer fireplaces, Granlibakken will also offer a warming fire free of charge. Enjoy delicious food catered by our award-winning chef and kitchen staff, from tasty hor d’oeuvres to a full buffet. Audio visual services and equipment are included based on availability to be sure that you get those tunes bumping and people on the dance floor. An onsite coordinator will help you through the planning process, from menus to decor, and will be available to help with any set-up or room requests.

Granlibakken Tahoe’s location just outside of Tahoe City and a short distance from Lake Tahoe is convenient for guests. Nestled in a 74 acre valley, it will feel as though your holiday party is truly special and unique. Celebrate the year in an unparalleled location that will make your Lake Tahoe event truly unforgettable. Accommodations are available onsite, from standard bedrooms to three bedroom townhouses, so party goers don’t have to worry about arranging transportation after a night of fun.

Let Granlibakken take care of the details this holiday season, while you focus on having fun with your group. Call 800-543-3221 or email specialevents@granlibakken.com for more information.

 

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DBUV035-DJI-0717Granlibakken Tahoe is proud to be the recipient of a 2015 Best in the Basin Award. This award recognizes businesses and organizations that have worked to make a positive environmental impact in the Lake Tahoe Basin. We are so proud to have been recognized as a green hotel in Tahoe.

Granlibakken Tahoe was recognized for its efforts in becoming a more green hotel in conjunction with the Sierra Business Council, Placer County, and the Department of Energy’s mPOWER project to upgrade outdated appliances and systems with new, energy-efficient equipment. In 2015, Granlibakken replaced the HVAC system for the conference center with a new, energy efficient system that has projected savings of $43,000 and will reduce energy costs by 44%. Granlibakken Tahoe has also implemented a program to replace all kitchen appliances with new energy-star rated appliances.

Granlibakken has also implemented in-house programs to encourage guests and staff to be more environmentally friendly. Granlibakken banned the use of Styrofoam containers in 2012, and uses exclusively biodegradable take-out containers, flatware, and disposable cups for guests. Granlibakken also has implemented a linen program as part of its goal to become a more environmentally friendly resort, encouraging guests to reuse their towels and linens rather than washing after each use. Additionally, Granlibakken works with North Lake Tahoe Express to provide shared airport transportation from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and works with West Shore Sports to provide bicycles to guests during the summer months. By offering an airport shuttle and alternative ways of transportation, Granlibakken hopes to reduce traffic impact and pollution in the Lake Tahoe region. It is important in the hotel industry to educate guests to encourage them to engage in environmentally friendly practices, and Granlibakken has worked on including more literature about environmental initiatives, including drinking Tahoe tap as well as other water conservation measures, in its dialogue with guests.

Granlibakken Tahoe has also worked to protect Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region through its internal policies. Granlibakken has worked to implement native and drought-resistant landscaping, which does not consume as much water as other types of landscaping. Granlibakken has also worked with the National Forest Service to thin the woods in the 74 acre valley in which the resort is located, significantly reducing the threat of forest fires at Granlibakken and in the surrounding Tahoe City area. Granlibakken is also working to replace indoor and outdoor lights with more efficient LED lights throughout the grounds.

Granlibakken Tahoe has worked to become a leader in environmental responsibility in the Tahoe region, and we are so proud to be a recipient of a Best in the Basin Award for being an eco-friendly Tahoe hotel. Read more about our environmental efforts here.

 

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