The retreat, aptly named for the summer solstice, which occurs during the weekend, includes indoor and outdoor programming that draws from the energy and beauty of the surrounding Sierra Mountains. The schedule includes guest speakers that inspire, outdoor pursuits, yoga and Pilates classes and more.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 17 with a welcome “Healthy Happy Hour” for participants to mingle with one another and the guest speakers. Zents mini treatments also will be provided during the happy hour. Zents is one of the exclusive brands carried at The Spa at Squaw Creek. Zents products are known for their powerful scents with spa-grade, hydrating natural ingredients.
Participants will start their Saturday with a Vinyasa yoga class outside, surrounded by Squaw Valley's six peaks. After the morning session, classes resume inside with a Pilates class. All Soul to Solstice yoga and Pilates classes are provided in conjunction with Tahoe Mountain Fitness.
After lunch, the key note speaker Donna Hartley shares her story of survival with “Fire up your Life: A Journey of Transformation.” Hartley's empowering story of survival draws from her three life-threatening events, all of which ironically occurred on dates of March 1. She inspires personal leadership and gives proven strategies for mastering change in life. Hartley is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and a former Miss Hawaii. She is the author of a series of books including Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition! and Fire Up Your Healing!
Hartley's keynote will be followed by additional Zents mini treatments and a Soul of Squaw Valley hike on the historic western states trail lead by the resort's certified naturalist. The day wraps up with a mellow flow yoga session and wine reception. Six Peaks, the resort's signature restaurant, will offer a special healthy dining menu that evening.
The Sunday program begins with sunrise flow yoga followed by the day's keynote speaker Norma Jean Bowers who will be speaking about her experience as the first woman to summit Denali in Alaska, solo. Her motivational speech, “Denali Solo: Realizing Your Dream,” will show how focus and believing in yourself can help anyone reach their goals and dreams.
After Bowers' inspiring talk, participants will but their dreams on paper with a vision board workshop led by life coach Kathleen McNichols. After lunch there will be a Roll and Restore workshop, which uses foam rollers and myofasical balls to improve flexibility and performance, followed by a Nurture Through Nature guided hike up picturesque Shirley Canyon.
Spa treatments are available a la carte throughout the weekend and can be booked either day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spa treatments are 20 percent off throughout the Soul to Solstice weekend. Additional activities such as standup paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe and a self-guided bike tour along the Truckee River are available.
Soul to Solstice is the first in a series of quarterly wellness weekends that Resort at Squaw Creek is launching to showcase the unique programming offered at the property and the Spa at Squaw Creek. The Lake Tahoe spa's offerings are simple, yet essential and luxurious. They subscribe to the less is more theory, and it's worked, garnering it a place among Conde Nast Traveler's list of top five resort spas in the nation. Quality treatments are the focus of the Spa at Squaw Creek.
Rates for the Soul to Solstice weekend are $1,072 for single occupancy in a deluxe guest room plus Saturday and Sunday programming. Double occupancy is $1,518 for the same room category and activities. Packages do not include dinner or spa treatments. Special pricing for fireplace suite upgrades also are available.
Rates for the retreat only (no accommodations) are $225 for Saturday and $95 for Sunday programming. For guests planning to stay at Resort at Squaw Creek an additional night, a special rate of $129 has been extended for Sunday, June 19.
For more information on the inaugural Soul to Solstice weekend or to reserve a spot at the retreat, visit www.squawcreek.com, or call 800-327-3353.
Resort at Squaw Creek recently completed a $7 million guest room renovation to further enhance the experience for travelers visiting the Lake Tahoe region. As part of the renovation, guest rooms have been refinished with soothing neutral textures and colors such as warm wood tones, rich leather, mixed metal and natural stone. Mindful of the property's stunning views, the design includes new elements of light drapery and pops of color to complement and maximize Resort at Squaw Creek's surroundings. The new modern meets mountain design aims to give guests a sense of place as it draws inspiration from natural surroundings found in the Olympic Valley and surrounding Sierra Mountain range.
With an abundance of amenities and location 10 minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, Resort at Squaw Creek is a AAA Four Diamond property offering guests year-round recreational opportunities including an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course, guided fly-fishing tours, and access to miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as five restaurants highlighting regionally sourced ingredients, the award-winning Spa at Squaw Creek, three outdoor heated swimming pools, and a shopping promenade. In winter, guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley USA, a private ice rink, and a Nordic center. The 405-room resort has been recognized as a “Top 50 Ski Hotel” in North America and “Top 150 Resorts: Mainland” by Condé Nast Traveler.