• November 16th-What’s happening at Rancho la Puerta?

    The Bar Method with  Noreen Dante
    Noreen Dante brings a wealth of relationship and experience as well as a lifelong involvement in physical fitness to The Bar Method.  Involvement in physical fitness has always been a part of her life; An AAU competitive swimmer, a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years, and an active participant in multiple forms of aerobic and strength training exercise forms. Noreen began her journey with The Bar Method in the fall of 2001 and has been teaching since 2004. Currently Noreen teaches The Bar Method along with her business partner, Laura Stein in their Palo Alto and San Mateo studio locations.

    Tai Chi and Qigong with Cari Shurman
    Tai Chi and Qigong are closely related. Qigong was the earliest form of exercise in China. It eventually gave rise to the many different forms of Tai Chi and other martial arts.

    Cari Shurman’s program at the Ranch will focus on energy flow, breathing, relaxation & movement to energize the organs, muscles & joints. The additional benefits include coordination, loosening, stretching the muscles, and muscle tone. The 90-minute classes are suitable for all levels of fitness, and Qigong or Tai Chi experience is not necessary. Trained as a teacher at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan, Cari has taught in many countries around the world as well as the United States. Over the last 8 years, Cari has been the creator and teacher of Tai Chi Moves for Kids, co-founded and co-directed Within Wellness Center in Miami and taught Tai Chi and Qigong, visualization and relaxation for adults and children.

    Breaking the Communication Barrier with Abe Wagner
    Abe is a master at captivating audiences through his unique blend of warmth, wit, and wisdom. While you are laughing and relaxed, you’ll also be learning vital communication and problem solving tools based on the common-sense psychologies of Transactional Analysis (TA) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Abe entertains while he educates, giving participants clear, practical, and easy-to-understand tools for achieving healthy relationships in the workplace and at home. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and you’ll take home practical lessons for living a productive life.

    Abe Wagner will offer four sessions:

      In this program, you can learn to understand human behavior and use this model for dealing with anyone. It is extremely useful at work and at home. Identify another person’s state of mind instantly. Learn to change from a negative to a positive state of mind at will. Elicit the response you desire from others.
      Learn to be a good listener. Resolve conflict with greater ease. Establish rapid rapport.
      The program includes: The power of positive strokes. Stop reinforcing negative behavior and reinforce positive behavior. Establish long-term rapport. Carefrontation techniques.
    • SAY IT STRAIGHT OR YOU’LL SHOW IT CROOKED. The program will cover: The fourteen principles for individual and organizational effectiveness. How to implement what you have learned.

    Abe Wagner has been presenting at the Ranch for 20 years. He has a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a Teaching Member in Transactional Analysis, and a Master Practitioner in NLP. He has over 40 years of experience as a corporate trainer and convention speaker. He has worked with organizations in over 30 countries, ranging from start-ups and Fortune 500 companies to governments and non-profits. He is the author of “Say It Straight or You’ll Show It Crooked” and “The Transactional Manager”


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