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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. 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.

Your nightly rate includes breakfast, dinner, drinks, wine tasting, yoga classes, and guided hikes. We have exciting classes available at an additional cost including Equus Coaching, a Medicinal Plant Walk, and Essential Oils Classes with GARA. You are also welcome to book Spa treatments or other activities like horseback riding, golf, archery and air rifle through our Ranch Concierge.


Equine Wellness Journey Workshop: Setting Intentions for the New Year

Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and wellness in our unique workshop, where horses serve as co-facilitators in your personal growth. The “Equine Wellness Journey” is a life coaching experience designed to empower you with self-care tools and guide you in setting meaningful intentions for the upcoming year. Horses, known for their sensitivity to human emotions, provide a mirror for self-reflection, helping you gain insights into your thoughts and feelings. Harness the wisdom of the horses to guide you in setting authentic and achievable intentions for the coming year. Through guided exercises and reflective practices, clarify your aspirations and create a roadmap for positive change. This workshop is open to individuals seeking holistic wellness, personal growth, and a unique approach to setting intentions for the new year. No prior horse experience is necessary and all activities are unmounted. Click the video to learn more about this unique experience! Cost per person $450 (Sessions available Saturday and Sunday)


The Power of Essential Oils + Crafting Natural Perfumes with GARA

Unlock the secrets of nature’s aromatic treasures in the heart of the enchanting Alisal Ranch. In this workshop created by GARA, we invite you to embark on a sensory journey where the wonders of the plant kingdom converge with the art of perfume-making. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of essential oils and discover their impact on the body and mind. As you delve into the basics of aromatherapy and the art of crafting your signature scent, you’ll discover the profound connection between nature and well-being. Length: 3-4 hours & Cost per person: $200 (Saturday, 1pm)


Experience Nature’s Pharmacy: Medicinal Plant Walk with GARA at Alisal Ranch

Embark on a sensory pilgrimage through the breathtaking landscapes of Alisal Ranch as we explore the hidden treasures of aromatic, medicinal, and edible plants. Join Emilee and Paul from GARA for a guided Medicinal Plant Walk, where you’ll uncover the remarkable world of plants in their natural environments. Learn to identify many local botanicals, each with its unique historical and traditional uses. We invite you to bring your journal for notes and plant samples, a water bottle, and a jacket for this unforgettable outdoor experience. Discover the secrets of nature’s apothecary right here at Alisal Ranch. Length: 1 hour & Cost per person: $50 (Sunday, 9am)

Below, you can explore our weekend itinerary and learn more about our guest wellness leaders.

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

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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

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Danielle Pennewell
Certified Master Facilitator

Danielle unlocks human potential through the power of love. She is a futurist who aims to build a better tomorrow through transformation from the inside out. Danielle integrates her work as an HR professional at Google with wisdom from horses to help people build a heart centered life around who you are at your best. She joined Google in 2011 and has worked across Sales, Marketing, News and now HR; Danielle enjoys learning through new experiences and sees change and challenge as an opportunity to grow. She is certified as an Equus Coach and Master Facilitator and her coaching philosophy is best summed up by Rumi who said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I changed the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Juice Ranch

Erin Gomez, the co-founder of Juice Ranch, has her background in the restaurant industry. She moved to Guatemala to become a sous chef where she could express her passion into food. After moving back to the United States she wanted to continue to develop her healthy lifestyle in the industry and juices were brought to her attention. Scott Walker, the co-founder of Juice Ranch, has his background in films for an environmental film company. Both Erin and Scott have a great interest in juicing and its fascinating healing power.

Juice Ranch was born out of passion and good intentions developed from an idea of having a detox night with friends, by making juices together at home. Scott suggested moving the detoxing to another location which today has branched out to three Juice Ranch locations.
Over the last 7 years they have managed to build a fantastic community who inspires them daily. Their curiosity continues in what can be made into a juice.

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