Written by Roger Gabriel

Roger Gabriel first began his wellness journey in the 1970s, training to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. His extensive training and engaging approach has brought Roger to teach meditation, Ayurveda and yoga in seminars and workshops all over the world.  Roger is closely connected to Deepak Chopra and has assisted Deepak with numerous programs.  He has taught thousands of people around the world the power of self-transformation through meditation. Roger will be lending key insights from his many years of experience to attendees of Wellness Weekend 2017 at Granlibakken Tahoe.

Deepak Chopra

Roger Gabriel with Deepak Chopra

Forgiveness is an essential part of our spiritual growth and a necessary tool to cleanse karma. Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the heart and the door to the body of Love. If we cannot forgive, we will never be able to truly love. We all have karmic connections to everyone in our lives past and present. This connection is like a fine thread, which may becomes dark and filled with blockages of anger and resentment. By not forgiving, we give our personal power to the other person and create a prison of anger and resentment around ourselves. When we forgive, the blockages disappear and the thread turns to pure light. As M.L. Stedman said,“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day”. If we don’t forgive, we are the ones who suffer, allowing the other person to hurt us over and over again.

There are essentially three areas of forgiveness. Sometimes all three are involved in the same situation:

  • Forgiving others for a hurt we perceive they have caused us
  • Asking others to forgive us for a hurt we perceive we have caused them
  • Forgiving ourselves for hurts we perceive we have caused

The word perceive is important here as sometimes the idea of the “hurt” might be quite different to different people.

These steps can be adapted for whomever is to be forgiven.


The first step in forgiving is to take responsibility for our emotions. Not necessarily responsibility for the situation, but how it made us feel. Emotions are a choice. To forgive, we must recognize that it is our emotion and stop blaming others for how we choose to feel. Pain is real but suffering is a choice.


Whatever happened, happened. We cannot change the past. Accepting what happened allows us to move from the past to the present. Healing happens in the present. This doesn’t mean we have to forget what happened but dwelling on it or wishing it had been different, doesn’t serve us. Accept it, learn from it and begin creating the future you deserve.

So many people hold onto anger and animosity towards someone who has been dead for years or one group of people are hostile towards another for something their ancestors did generations ago. What a waste of time and energy.


One of the most important parts of forgiveness is to separate the person from the act. There are many acts which can never be forgiven, murder, rape, child abuse, etc. However, we can always forgive the person who committed the act. Focus your forgiveness on the person, not what was done by the person.Lake Tahoe Wellness


Whatever emotions you are still feeling - anger, sadness, fear, guilt, are the stress and toxicity locked into your physiology, diminishing your quality of life. Take some time to be quiet, be aware of the emotion mentally and then feel it physically in your body. It’s there as some pain, tightness or other discomfort. Now do something physical to release the sensation. This could be jumping, running, shouting or breathing forcefully. Whatever you do should require some effort. Imagine you are forcing that sensation out of your body.


Next see if you can begin to understand why this person might have done what was done. What was going on in that person’s life at the time. Maybe put yourself in that person’s shoes and ask yourself, “What would it have taken for me to do that? How much pain and suffering, how much distorted thinking would I have had to be experiencing to do that?” Remember, everyone, including you, is doing the best they can from their level of awareness, no matter how confused that might have been at the time.


Karma is a complex subject and sometimes hard to accept. From a Vedic perspective, everything is the result of karma, so whatever has happened to us, was the result of some previous act of ours. Consider therefore, that the person who we feel hurt us, was creating future karma for him/herself but was also the postman delivering our karma.


Every experience or situation holds the gift of an opportunity for growth. If we view life as problems, we miss these gifts. No matter how dark the experience might have seemed, look for the opportunity. Our spiritual strength and awareness comes from seeing the opportunities.

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Meditation is a powerful tool that can help us in the process of forgiving. A silent meditation such as Primordial Sound Meditation takes us beyond the mind, beyond thought. It allows us to naturally release the blockages that are causing our suffering. A lack of forgiveness creates limitations in our lives. Meditation allows us to look beyond the problem and opens us to the realm of Infinite Possibilities. Meditation brings clarity of thinking and opens our heart, bringing compassion and understanding.

Guided meditations such as the one below can also help us forgive.


Although Stedman said we only need to forgive once, sometimes there are several layers to forgiveness. As we peel of one layer, another is exposed. No one says it is easy but it is necessary and the rewards are well worth any effort.

Remember, forgiveness is all about you. Even though it may sound selfish, it’s necessary for you to reach a place of comfort within yourself before you can help anyone else.

Forgive and forget?

If we can forgive and forget great, however, this isn’t necessary. If someone has harmed us, forgiving doesn’t mean we have to spend the rest of our lives with them. If the person committed a crime, forgiving doesn’t necessarily mean he/she should not be legally punished. Forgive but use your common sense. Learn from the experience.


If the situation involved another person you are still in contact with, sharing your feelings and allowing the other to share his or her feelings is the way to create a strong meaningful relationship moving forward. However only do this if both of you are ready.

Writing a letter to the other party, expressing your feeling and addressing forgiveness can also be a useful tool when a face to face dialogue isn’t possible. There’s no need to even send the letter, it’s for your benefit.


Like so many other things in our lives, the best approach is prevention. If we live our life consciously aware of our choices, hopefully we’ll avoid situations that could be hurtful.

If we do find ourselves in such a situation, the sooner we can process our emotions, the less we’ll have to forgive in the future. The process for forgiving in the moment or forgiving something from the past is essentially the same process.

Celebrate your Freedom

As we’ve mentioned, forgiveness often has many layers but you’ll know you have truly and fully forgiven something or someone when you can face it with no emotional charge. Processing any emotion isn’t comfortable, which is why we often keep putting it off. When you do forgive, reward yourself. Enjoy the lightness, empowerment and the freedom forgiveness brings.

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Meditation for Forgiveness

Close or open your eyes as is comfortable

Think of all those you may need to forgive for hurting you

Can you forgive them?

Think of those you have hurt

Can you ask for forgiveness?

Are you holding onto guilt?

Can you forgive yourself?

Everyone, including you is always doing the best they can in any moment

Choose one person you need to forgive

What emotions are you feeling?

Where are you feeling them in your body?

Is there discomfort here?

Breathe deeply into that area of your body

Allow your breath to begin untying the knots

Bring your awareness into your heart

Be aware of your own ability for love and compassion

Breathe in Love

Fill yourself with Pure Love

For now, put aside what was done and see the person as a small baby, see their purity, their innocence

Bring this baby into your heart

Hold this baby in your Love

Can you forgive this innocent child?

Try to understand what might have happened to make the person behave the way they did


Forgive and free yourself


Imagine what your life will be like when you have forgiven everyone, including yourself.

Be grateful for the miracle of your life

Be grateful for everyone in your life

Take a few deep breaths

When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes



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Written by Liz Broscoe

Liz Broscoe is a professional drummer/percussionist, author, adjunct faculty at Lake Tahoe Community College, teaching artist for schools and at-risk youth, and a corporate team building facilitator. Through her drumming programs, she continues to inspire others throughout the Tahoe/Truckee/Reno and Carson Valley areas. Learn more at www.drumchik.com or call Liz at: 530-318-2330.  

Tahoe DrummingWe drum because it’s fun! That is a given. There is something very rewarding about the sound, feel, effort and the unifying experience created within a community drum circle. I am a long time professional drum set player, but this  all-inclusive communal drumming I am referring to is very different than playing in a band focused more on entertainment.

Current research shows that specialized group drumming provides many health, wellness and therapeutic benefits. Experiencing steady, rhythmic drumming improves cognitive brain function – increasing our ability to hold attention and focus. This is so good for kids and adults these days with all of our technology pulling our attention everywhere.

Drumming increases cancer fighting white blood cells in the immune system, decreases stress, anxiety, blood pressure and pain. It is a “Whole Brain” activity that provides the rare experience of activating and balancing both sides of the brain simultaneously. Consequently, drumming can benefit people dealing with Cancer, Parkinson’s, stroke, PTSD and many other conditions.

In her book, “When the Drummers Were Women”, Layne Redmond expressed that it is our primordial desire to get back to our roots of drumming. Archeological findings confirm that many cultures have drummed since ancient times.

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Drumming benefits people of all ages

Drumming is fascinating to me. As a professional drummer of nearly four decades and an educator/facilitator for the last twenty years, I am continually inspired and motivated in helping my students gain a deeper understanding of themselves through drumming. From at-risk kids to adults, whether I facilitated in schools, juvenile treatment centers or at corporate team building events, I continue to enjoy the challenge and rewards of bringing folks together collectively and communally in mind, body and spirit through drumming.

From a science point of view, our ancestors did not understand why they drummed, but they certainly knew intuitively.

Yes, it’s super fun, but now we know it is also really good for us!!

Drum On!

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Written by Kim Bateman, Ph.D.

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Kim Bateman, Ph.D., is one of the speakers at Wellness Weekend 2017.

Kim Bateman, Ph.D. is the author of Crossing the Owl’s Bridge: A Guide for Grieving People Who Still Love. Her research interests include humor, death, and organizational psychology and she currently serves as the Executive Dean of the Tahoe-Truckee Campus of Sierra College. Kim will be kicking off Wellness Weekend 2017 with her seminar, Tickling Your Funny Bone.

The ancient Greeks, Shakespeare, and other dramatists took comedy very seriously. They realized that comedy was not a “time out” from the real world, rather it provided another perspective on that world. Using rich examples, Dr. Bateman will explore the functions of humor and along the way, tickle your funny bone.

Humor can help develop the capacity for critical thinking. “Do you know why gorillas have big nostrils?” “Because they have big fingers,” encourages five year olds to think abstractly, see different perspectives, and express tension they might feel between their own spontaneity and society’s need for restraint.

As a defense mechanism, humor can help diffuse anxiety and alert us to what is wrong. During the rise of Hitler and the 3rd Reich, humorists were among the first to call attention to the breakdown of civility. In the ghettos Hitler’s “masterpiece” Mein Kampf (my struggle) was referred to as Mein Kramp (my cramp). In Munich, cabaret performer Weiss Ferdl would bring out large photographs of Hitler, Goering, and other Nazi leaders and then think aloud, “Now should I hang them, or line them up against the wall?” The humor was a way of saying, “You may have control of my body, but you cannot possess my soul.” It helped people express the darkness.Wellness Weekend

Humor also helps us forge ingroups and outgroups. Anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac, anyone who drives slower than you is an idiot, and anyone who drives the same speed as you is really annoying— humor as a means of social comparison. For hundreds of years, people have used jokes to establish superiority/inferiority in ethnic, racial, religious, socioeconomic, intelligence, and gender differences. It can wound, reveal, and conceal social realities.

For this presentation, many aspects of humor will be presented, but there will be a focus on how it serves as a pleasurable way to connect with others and release tension.

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Written by Rolf Gordon

Rolf Godon Ph.D. has been a student and instructor of Ki Gong for some 15 years. He is a psychotherapist by training with a lifelong interest in inner (spiritual) development. Ki Gong has provided a wonderful fit for these interests. Learning to enhance, access and direct inner energy has made a profound and positive difference in his life as a professional, an athlete and a human being. Additionally, the group energy in a Ki Gong class empowers personal energy; hence his passion for teaching this form. He likes to call Ki Gong his inner exercise, a moving meditation a focus on the inner smile and laughter. Overall it has been a huge asset in his own life journey.


Ki GongWhat is Ki Gong?

Ki Gong came into existence in China more than 4,000 years ago. It was practiced in the villages
as preventative medicine. A spiritual form was practiced in the monasteries and remained secret until
more recent times. There was also martial arts form. The body was seen as an energy system. Illness
came from blockages in the flow of energy. Series of movements coordinated with deep meditative
breathing were developed to open up blockages and balance energies and enhance Qi (Ki) function.
The mind directs the energy from a space of intentionality. As body/mind become balanced spirit is



There is a growing body of western research as to the efficacy of Ki gong. There is evidence
that the practice strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, increases bone
health/density, improves balance and reduces falling, helps sleep, reduces anxiety, depression and
overall enhances mood. And, practitioners report an overall improvement in their perceived quality of

The Practice

In general the movement sequences are gentle in nature and can be undertaken by people
regardless of their physical state. It is usually done standing and is also frequently done from a sitting
position. While some movement sequences are more rapid in nature; usually the ones designed to
warm up and stimulate Ki movement; most are accomplished using slow movement coordinated with
very deep breathing. There are sequences incorporating healing sounds. The practice is always
accompanied by the smile which is incredibly empowering. The mere act of smiling immediately
raises and lightens one's energy and creates an openness and relatedness. Participants report an overall
sense of energized easefullness at the end of a class. They also report an easing of physical issues and
increased range of motion.

Practice Ki Gong with Rolf:Ki Gong

Rolf Godon teaches two classes per week. One class meets each Tuesday from 9am to
10:15am. During the summer this class meets in Truckee at the Regional Park BBQ riverfront area. In
the winter this class meets at the Recreation Center. The second class meets each Thursday from 10am
to 11am at the Truckee Senior Services dining room. Drop ins are very welcome. For information; call
or text Rolf at 530-587-2557 or email at rgodon@pacbell.net

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Wellness WeekendThe sixth annual Wellness Weekend has experienced a makeover. This year, Granlibakken's Wellness Weekend is open to everyone, not just women as it has been in years past. A new and improved schedule features yoga classes, energy work, and educational seminars. When you book before August 15, 2017, the full weekend of events is just $120.

Let's start with the activity classes. Last year, we received feedback that more active/movement/meditation classes would be appreciated, and we listened. Wellness Weekend 2017 features a movement or meditation class in every time slot, perfect for stretching and rejuvenating between seminars. Enjoy a centering Yoga Nidra meditation practice with Lauri Glenn, or focus your energy with a Tai Chi flow in the afternoon. Each morning begins with a sunrise yoga class, perfect for welcoming the day of learning ahead. You won't want to miss the Drum Circle led by Liz Broscoe, the last class of Wellness Weekend and one that will be sure to inspire, heal, and prepare you for whatever lies ahead.

The educational seminars at Wellness Weekend are also not to be missed. Learn about GMO foods and their impact on your health with Stephenie Riley, ND at her seminar. Gain a greater understanding of how your mental and physical projections impact the relationships that you have with others from Karin Sable, LMFT. Continuing education credits are available to nurses at this event as well, a great excuse to attend with some friends and learn something new.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Wellness Weekend 2017, and don't forget to book before August 15 to get the best rate available!

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Fireworks Tahoe City

Commons Beach-4th of July 2016

4th of July in Tahoe is a truly incredible experience. The small towns bustle with activity, the weather is gorgeous, and of course, there are firework shows all around the lake.





Head up to the Northstar Village for craft brew tasting, pairing, and live music on 4th of July Weekend. Kid-friendly activities are available, and the Brewmaster’s Dinner on July 2nd offers craft beer pairings and a 5-course meal.


Free music, a street marketplace and fair, and plenty of activities for families–Incline Village goes all out with their 4th of July celebration! Watch the fireworks with a special finale accompanied by the Air National Guard Band of the West. See the full schedule of events here


Ski on 4th of July weekend? Who wouldn’t want to do that?! Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows will be hosting Freedom Fest, with free live music, skiing, and fireworks on Monday night. Stop by to ski or just to enjoy some live music in the sunshine at the nation’s summer skiing capital.


You don’t have to wait until the 4th to start celebrating! Kings Beach hosts its annual 3rd of July fireworks and beach party, complete with eating contests, giveaways, and live music. Enjoy the show from the beach, or alternatively book a 4th of July cruise on the Tahoe Gal to view the show from the water.


The 72nd annual Tahoe City Fireworks show will be one to remember! Enjoy dinner or drinks at one of the many lakeside restaurants and bars, and then head down to the beach to pick a spot to watch the show. Tahoe City Kayak will be offering a 4th of July kayak tour, offering the unique experience of watching the fireworks from the lake. Can’t beat that!

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Enjoy the 4th of July at another beautiful lake in the region, Donner Lake, located just 30 minutes from The Franciscan. Enjoy historic Truckee’s annual 4th of July parade and street fair, followed by a fireworks celebration. View a stunning fireworks show in the Sierras from one of Donner Lake’s public docks, or from the West End Beach.


Recognized as one of the premier fireworks shows in the nation, South Lake Tahoe comes alive for the annual fireworks show. View the show from the water with a cruise on the Tahoe Queen or the M.S. Dixie, or get to one of the beaches early to secure a spot.


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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.

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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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