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Wellness Weekend

Wellness Weekend

January 5-7, 2024

Start the new year at the ranch with our wellness-themed weekend. After a busy holiday season, you deserve a weekend to relax, unwind, and reset as we head into 2024.

We’ve curated a full weekend itinerary with yoga classes, wine tasting, a cooking class, and guided hikes all included in your nightly rate in addition to our standard inclusions. To enhance your experience, we’ve partnered with some incredible wellness leaders with a la carte classes including Equus Coaching and GARA classes (stay tuned for a full itinerary – activities are booked with our Ranch Concierge 45 days out). All of the wonderful Alisal Ranch offerings are still available to book during your stay for an additional cost, including horseback riding, golf, spa treatments, axe throwing, archery and air rifle.

The Wellness Weekend nightly rate includes accommodation, breakfast, dinner, beverages, all scheduled yoga classes, wine tasting, a cooking class, and guided hikes.

Below, you can explore our weekend itinerary and learn more about our guest wellness leaders (stay tuned for a finalized itinerary).

Please note: The 22 % Ranch Fee both helps offset the cost of various amenities made available to guests of the Alisal Ranch and funds additional compensation to the employees who provide service to our guests. The amenities provided include two branded water canteens, a bottle of wine in each room, Wi-Fi internet access, use of the fitness center, a shuttle to Solvang, bikes, scheduled and seasonal entertainment, tennis court use, fishing bait and tackle, use of non-motorized boats and aluminum boats at Alisal Lake, and various children’s activities, including the barnyard and kid’s arts and crafts. Part of the Ranch Fee is distributed to our service employees as additional compensation to eliminate the need for tipping at the Ranch.

Package Includes:

  • Breakfast, Dinner, & Beverages
  • All yoga classes
  • Guided hikes
  • Wine tasting
  • Cooking Demo
  • Additional activities available a la carte like Equus Coaching and essential oil classes with GARA

Book this retreat

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Wellness Weekend Itinerary

Please stay tuned as we finalize the itinerary for the Wellness Weekend. Itinerary items with an asterisk (*) are at an additional cost. Our regular activities will be offered during this weekend like horseback riding, golf, archery, and more. We encourage you to select the activities that best speak to you.

Day 1 – Friday
4 pm


4:30 pm

Sunset Gentle Flow Yin Yoga with Kim Millard

5:30 pm

Wine Tasting , GARA pop up shop, and Meet & Greet with Equus Coaches on Creekside

6-8 pm

Dinner at your leisure in the Ranch Room


Day 2 – Saturday
7-11 am

Breakfast is Available in the Ranch Room

10:00 am

Yoga Flow & Mediation at the Lake with Kim Millard

9-12 pm

Equus Coaching Session 1*

12 pm


1 pm

Essential Oils Class with Gara*

1 -4 pm

Equus Coaching Session 2*

3 pm

Guided Hike

5:30 pm

Crystal Bowls & Sound Bath with Kim Millard

6-8 pm

Dinner in the Ranch Room


Day 3 – Sunday
7-11 am

Breakfast is Available in the Ranch Room

9:00 am

Yoga Flow & Meditation with Kim Millard

9-12 pm

Equus Coaching Session 3*

9 am

Medicinal Plant Walk with Gara

10 am

Guided Hike

12 pm



Wellness Weekend Guides & Teachers

Paul Barnett
GARA Owner

Born in Scotland, raised in Ireland, Paul’s life has been full of adventure in the great outdoors. In the early 1990s, he moved to San Francisco, California where he went on to act, direct and produce several movies and plays. He now lives and works on Chumash land, the Ojai Valley, with his wife and business partner Emilee. Paul is the cofounder and head distiller at GARA.

Emilee Dziuk-Barnett
GARA Owner

Emilee was born and raised in a small desert town in Utah. Pursuing an interest in the arts, Emilee received a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Utah in 2010. When she met Paul in 2012, she moved to California and started working more closely with plants. She now lives on Chumash land, the Ojai Valley, where she is studying herbalism, botany and gardening. Emilee is the product formulator, graphic designer/printmaker and cofounder of GARA.

Kimberly Millard
Yoga Therapist

Kimberly Millard is an esteemed Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Yoga Teacher Trainer, and sound healer. She received her 500hr Yoga Teacher Training certification through Shivakali Yoga, Yoga Therapist Certification through Loyola Marymount University, Ayurveda Health Counselor certification through Joyful Belly.

Kim’s classes weave together extensive training in sanskrit, tantra, vinyasa, ayurveda, yoga nidra, restorative, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy. With an emphasis on the subtle body, she brings the vibrational power of harmonium, mantra and crystal bowls as additional tools to help guide students toward their own innate wisdom and self healing capacity.

She began her yoga practice seeking relief from chronic pain due to a life-altering spinal injury. What began as a skeptical experiment blossomed into a life-affirming journey that continues to reveal more subtle dimensions of the Self.

After receiving transmission from a variety of masters, Kim has come to learn that yoga doesn’t belong to any one person or lineage. Rather, it is a living pulsation that threads itself through the eons. Her intention as a teacher is to serve as a channel for these potent and healing teachings just as her teachers and their teachers have done before.

Years of study and practice have shaped her life into living closer to the earth: simply, sustainably, and in harmony with nature’s rhythms. With this as an intention, she has taken the wisdom she has received and currently lives off-grid on the northern California coast where she teaches public classes, offers private sessions, hosts retreats and leads teacher trainings.

When not teaching, Kim enjoys traveling, gardening, riding her motorcycle, spending time with her 3 cats, taking photos, listening to vintage records, drinking tea, hiking, and roller skating.

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Danielle Pennewell
Certified Master Facilitator

Danielle is an HR professional, long-time Googler, and amateur rider. She holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics, and her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Danielle grew up riding horses and has seen first hand how horses can heal and transform various aspects of the human condition. It was through her experiences in corporate America and riding her horse that she found a calling with Equus coaching. Danielle brings with her a passion for helping people discover the freedom and empowerment that this work has brought to her life. She is a certified Equus Coach and Master Facilitator with the Koelle Institute.

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Alison Hunter
Certified Master Facilitator

Alison is a Licensed Therapist in private practice in Santa Cruz and Monterey County. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. After completing her Masters Degree, Alison moved to the Bay Area and started a private practice. In her private practice, she specializes in Couples and Relational Counseling. Alison is a Relational Life Therapy practitioner, and has trained with Terry Real who developed the model. She also grew up riding horses and competed on the Hunter/Jumper circuit in Northern and Southern California as well as in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alison understands how to interpret their movements, and believes strongly in their ability to teach us how to connect with ourselves and with others.

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