Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite hosted their second annual Wellness & Spa Retreat January 16-18, 2015.

Gallery-Lrg-AscentSpa-1.7.7_img12Located adjacent to Yosemite National Park, the location provided a perfect setting for a weekend retreat in which participants focused on learning helpful tips for a healthier lifestyle that included unique exercise classes, guided hikes and outdoor activities, cooking classes and wine tasting, and interaction with some of the industry’s most influential leaders in the wellness and spa industry.

Delaware North’s own Heidi Clark, Ascent Spa Director coordinated the event and stated that, “We need to believe in what we are doing so that they can believe in us.”

Retreat highlights include:

  • Yoga with Kimberly Rossi, Gideon Spa Director
  • Drums Alive with Alexandria Williams and 7 Movement Habits to Improve Your Brain
  • Farm-to-Table and Beyond with Kimberly Parry and Tenaya’s Chef
  • Keynote Speaker, Julie Keller Callaghan of American Spa Magazine
  • Interactive History of Soap Making with Monique Taylor
  • ABC Workout – Abs, Butts and Core and Right and Wrong Exercise Moves with Kymberly Williams
  • Cooking Class and Wine Tasting with Tenaya’s Chef
  • Guided nature hike
  • Spa Service

This wellness retreat was designed to be unique and different, however, it is understood that changing a lifestyle may not occur over a weekend but it does provide a learning environment to start making personal change consciously.Gallery-Lrg-AscentSpa-1.7.7_img11

Survey results indicated that yoga was one of the favorite activities.  A pleasant surprise to some participants was the pickling class in which participants learned not only how easy it was to pickle but also the importance as a source of pro-biotics.  Tenaya’s Chef Sheamous O’Rork brought a whole new dimension to the program by preparing meals that were delicious and healthy.

Tenaya Lodge will take what they learned from this year’s event to plan for their third Wellness and Spa Retreat in 2016.







Learn more about the event’s instructors:

Julie Keller Callaghan.  As the Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of American Spa magazine, Julie helms the industry’s leading publication for spa professionals. She travels the world attending and speaking at travel, beauty and spa shows and reporting on top spas and resorts. She recently received her Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate from the University of California, Irvine and has led her team to win several prestigious editorial and design awards. She is also a longtime freelance writer specializing in spa, beauty, health, wellness, travel, art, and entertainment

Fun and Fit.  Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

Kimberly Parry Organics.  Kimberly Parry Organics creates luxurious spa products that harness the power of botanicals and aromatherapy to provide gentle yet effective results. We formulate to the highest USDA certification standards; our spa products are USDA certified organic and made fresh to order at our San Clemente, CA manufacturing facility.

Nez TokugawaThe Tea Docent is not a doctor or scientist but rather a Sage who shares Wisdom, Rituals and Beliefs that have existed for thousands of years to help guide you through a lifestyle of healthy living. The Tea Docents believe strongly all things are connected so we partner with farmers and producers who share our values and are guided by a deep respect for the planet. Chado-En generously supports non-profits focused on wellness through education and leadership.

Monique Taylor, Tioga Soap Company.  For over 20 years Tioga Soap Company has been devoted to providing good quality soaps for clients who care about what they put on their skin. We are a member of the international soap and cosmetic makers guild and make our soaps here in the mountain area.