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From learning how to release physical tension to calming your center or harnessing your creativity, our specialists will guide your mind and body to new dimensions with our dynamic classes.
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ALIGN YOUR LIFE with Christa Russo

Quiet the mind and move into the heart. In order to create powerful shifts and live an aligned life, we must first build a deep connection within ourselves. Ignite your spirit through connecting with mother nature’s medicine, play, meditation, movement, stepping out of your comfort zone, standing in your courage, journaling, connecting with your ancestral roots and transforming challenges into fuel for growth. Be it finding clarity on unfolding the next chapter, navigating an unknown road, moving through loss and challenges, embarking on a project, or exploring what your soul is calling for, together we will shake up your energy in order to reconnect to your truth and internal joy.

A MINDFUL WEEK with Fitness Specialist and Mindfulness teacher, Carol Tibbetts

Learn the basics of mindfulness and meditation, and also go over 10 tips to practice during your visit that you can continue at home to help you cultivate a more mindful life.

ASTROLOGY & YOU with Astrologer, Alex Bunshaft

Different signs of the zodiac express different qualities. Some signs are energetic and passionate; others practical and material; some social and curious; and others are intuitive and private. We will look at which signs of the zodiac are prominent in your chart, and how they blend together to make you unique.

BIOFEEDBACK FOR STRESS with Behavioral Therapist, Cindi Peterson

Achieve a deeper understanding of emotions, stress, performance, and health with the HeartMath® Stress Relief Program. See how shifts in emotion affect heart rhythms, then learn a simple technique to help reverse damage caused by stress.


A mindfulness group to practice slowing down the nervous system + life using our breath and awareness so we can be grounded, present and aware in all relations of life.


A guided imagery session using the chakra system and corresponding colors and philosophy as a map to guide guests through a balancing and healing inner journey.


A soothing, sensory delight of touch and texture. Use your inspiration and imagination to create a small sculpture from air-dry clay. No experience needed!


Join Life Coach, ChristaRusso for an inspirational & real chat on life, spirituality, challenges & growth. Being human is a complex experience. In any given moment we can be anxious and excited, angry & grateful. In these sessions we explore different relatable life themes (ex. relationships, unconditional love, self-worth, courage, boundaries, self-care, health, balance, authenticity, time management, unfolding the next chapter, being comfortable in the uncomfortable, death & rebirth) that we all experience. Together we join in community to connect, explore, release, and grow.


What does your life look like now? Using a life chart, we will clearly see where you are and where you can spend more time and energy to create a balanced lifestyle. This mind awakening class helps to bring awareness to the areas of your life you are satisfied with and areas you would like to work on. This will identify where you feel overwhelmed and find clarity in areas to start new goals.

HAIKU with Francine Hoffman

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which captures, within 3 brief lines, one fleeting moment that reveals nature in all its beautiful simplicity. Learn to capture the essence of an experience in 17 syllables and bring it to life.


Oxygen is the elixir of life. Breathing fully and deeply ignites the body’s natural healing capacities. Improved breathing skills help to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration and emotional stability, and assist in the improvement of a myriad of health issues. Enjoy a session of mindful breathing practices that will leave you inspired!


Writing prompts relevant to your visit will be provided, and you will have time to journal your responses to help you capture your week and gain insight to your life path. A review of basic journaling tips is included; no experience necessary.


Learn the history of this ancient design and how this walking meditation quiets the mind and allows access to your inner voice—the source of personal insight and clarity. Shoes: not required.


The Japanese tea ceremony is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of Japanese tea ceremony. In this class, you will learn the history, nutritious benefits and making a cup of matcha. You will learn how to incorporate this transformative practice in your daily routine, to help reset your mind with a touch of spirituality.


Daily meditation during your stay helps fortify your desire to maintain a daily practice at home. Sessions meet Tuesday through Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with a guide available to answer questions and offer a variety of meditation methods.


How do you move through the world? In this class we explore and experience movement as it authentically emerges from self, and in healing, playful partnership with others. This offering provides an opportunity to explore new patterns of moving through the world. This somatic practice is a moving meditation based on Contact Improvisation (originally developed at Oberlin College by Steve Paxton, with roots in Buddhist philosophy). Together we will explore our relationship with Earth, gravity, momentum, play.


The Earth is an incredible teacher and healer. You will have a new experience of self and our planet as we connect with nature through sensory, and metaphoric, pathways, learning to re-pattern existing beliefs and patterns with Nature as your guide. This session provides the opportunity for a personal journey of exploration through sensory experience, deep listening, and creative expression. No experience necessary, beginner’s mind encouraged. You may come to class with a specific question/challenge to work through or proceed spontaneously with emergent topics. In this session, you may experience an increased sense of peace, self-awareness, compassion, understanding, empowerment, sense of connection, and connection with Nature.


You are more than enough just as you are. Learn to believe and boldly step into that beautiful truth with the support of a Certified Transformational Life Coach. We’ll create a sacred space to forgive your past self, honor your current self and empower your future self. Yourself love journey begins here; all you must do is say yes.

SELF-HYPNOSIS FOR SLEEP with Behavioral Therapist, Cindi Peterson, MA, C.Ht.

Experience the power of your unconscious mind to relax your body and quiet your mind. Learn a simple yet powerful technique to help you sleep deeply and wake up ready to embrace the day. Leave this class feeling refreshed and renewed.


The Japanese term “Sumi” means black ink. “e” means painting. It is an art form in which subjects are painting in black ink with a range of lightest to the darkest shades, achieved by dissolving ink in water. While painting you will notice your breathing more even, your posture more upright. Painting helps reset your spiritual psychological equilibrium. In Zen, zazen is not just about learning a new meditation technique but rather, it is about establishing direct contact with the origin of everything “Buddha Nature”. In the same way, Sumi-e goes beyond a simple painting technique.


A form of Qigong that was developed in China in the 17th century that is comprised of a system of slow, deliberate, dance-like movements that are performed in a continuous flow. T’ai Chi is based on the principles of Yin & Yang and emphasizes the balance of opposing forces to create a harmonious and unified whole. The practice of T’ai Chi is aimed at increasing awareness, improving balance and overall physical health, enhancing mental clarity, focus, and providing a sense of calm & relaxation. All levels welcome. Shoes: not required.


Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis creates a calm and peaceful mindset. To achieve your highest self, we will focus on being in the present moment, to heighten all your senses and calm your nervous system down. This is a guided meditation that will allow you to go deep, help to let go of the old and bring in a new, lighter, highest version of yourself.

TWELVE MINDFUL MONTHS with Fitness Specialist and Mindfulness teacher, Carol Tibbetts

Wrap up your week with a session designed to help you sum up highlights of your visit and what you’d like to take home with you. Learn how to let go of old habits, while cultivating healthy rituals; the difference between goals and intentions; and how to integrate them in your daily life to create sustainable and attainable changes that will enhance your health and well-being. (Some journaling will be done in class; bring journal & pen.)

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Walking the path of the labyrinth in silence relaxes and centers even the most restless of meditators. It enhances mindfulness and gratitude practices and offers comfort and insight in times of stress, grief, or uncertainty. Gain a deeper understanding of how the labyrinth reveals your inner wisdom with the support of a certified labyrinth facilitator.

QIGONG with Spiritual Guide, DeeJay

Get in touch with your internal energy flow (chi/qi) for use in healing and convalescing as well as for general well-being. Learn to focus with patience using gentle movements, meditation, sound, and guided visualization.

TAI CHI with Spiritual Guide, DeeJay

Experience a deeper integration of Tai Chi tailored to particular physical needs or a desire for more in-depth knowledge of Tai Chi philosophy. Techniques include Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword and Power Chi. Benefits of Tai Chi include: Improved strength, coordination, and flexibility. Reduced pain and stiffness / Better balance and reduced risk of falls / Enhanced sleep Greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of wellbeing.

Alex Bunshaft has studied astrology for over 40 years with the best master teachers. She is a certified member of the astrology organization NCGR, and has worked with thousands of clients. Since 2005 she has been the resident astrologer at the Golden Door. Her clients appreciate her positive attitude and consider her work practical.

ASTROLOGY & YOU with Alex Bunshaft

Astrology is a tool for self-knowledge. Your astrological chart is a “blueprint” of your potential, your character, and your unique world-view. Our destiny is not fixed. We have choices and the power to change our lives for the better. Discuss your chart and identify opportunities for positive change. Receive an audio file of your session.

Brooke Feldman is a certified Transformational Coach and Self Love Advocate empowering others to transform their relationship with themselves. Brooke is based in San Diego where she runs Lovely Day + Co. offering coaching, masterminds, retreats and workshops to clients across the globe.

SELF LOVE COACHING with Brooke Feldman

You are worth the time and space it takes to love yourself well. In this session, your Certified Self Lovehold sacred space for you to share your story and offer custom tailored tools and practices that empower you to show up for yourself. From befriending your inner critic to choosing faith over fear to stepping into your highest self’s shoes, the opportunities for transformation are endless.

Danielle Hering, M.S. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 27 years of experience. Danielle now travels internationally leading healing circles and teachings on the Breathwork, in addition to her private practice in Encinitas, California.

BREATHWORK with Danielle Hering

Are you ready to do the deep work to create lasting change in your life? You will spend the first part of the session talking about the areas you wish to heal in your life and identifying places that you feel stuck or blocked (emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually.) Then you will begin the breathwork, a focused rhythmic breathing pattern designed to quiet the mind and open the heart. Danielle uses her intuition, essential oils and aromatherapy and guides you to release the blocked energy. The end result is a profound healing experience that allows you to live a happier more fulfilling life.


The combination of these two powerful healing techniques creates a life changing experience.


Experience the healing power of the Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls; made of 99.992% pure quartz crystal, making them incredibly resonant. The tones produced will move through the body balancing the chakras and harmonizing the auric field. While in the presence of their tones one feels a deep shift from the mundane to the mystical lustrous tones of these alchemy bowls bathe you in frequencies of liquid light.

DEEP HEALING JOURNEY with Danielle Hering

We begin the session by identifying the origin of the problem. Next we will use EMDR to process the memory or disturbing thought that is causing pain or discomfort in your life. Then we move into the breathwork to completely release the pattern from your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual body. By the time we are complete you will feel freer, happier, lighter, refreshed, renewed and unstuck.


A sacred occasion to relax and bathe in the high frequency of divine energy. In an Energy Healing Session, an energetic field is activated and infuses deep relaxation to the physical, mental-emotional, subtle body systems and heart center. There is nothing you need to do during your session, no “efforting” in any way. Clients report feeling a release of stress and tension, deep tenderness and love, calm and peacefulness. Some experience heat, cold, or sensations of ripples, cascades or waves of energy rippling throughout the body. Further it is entirely possible for changes to occur beyond the session as time moves onward.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one the most effective technique for resolving trauma and grief. Through a combination of talk therapy and eye movement, EMDR therapy helps the brain process the disturbing memories releasing the emotional charge. It is also effective in healing phobias, fear of flying, public speaking, etc. Danielle has been an EMDR therapist since 2005.


Not quite sure what you need or where to begin? Spend a session with Danielle as she helps you figure out why your life isn’t working the way you’d like it to. An empathic compassionate listener, Danielle is masterful at discerning what steps are needed to create the changes that will bring more peace, joy and love into your life.

Shannon Cooley is a Lightworker, Spiritual Mentor, Intuitive Tarot Coach, Crystal Reiki Master& Quantum Energy Healer. Her spiritual gifts as a highly sensitive empath, clairvoyant, clairscentient + ability to connect with the Divine; make for a unique combination of skill sets. This allows spirit to work through her to activate your individual light codes and ‘remember’ who you truly are… No matter the service you choose, your time with Shannon will activate dormant energy and lovingly put you on the path that is more in alignment with your divine purpose; to allow more love, abundance, joy, opportunities (and beyond) to easily flow into your own unique experience.

CRYSTAL HEALING with Shannon Cooley

You are a powerful being—and if your Chakras (the energy conduits of your body) are not aligned and balanced, you may unknowingly use that power to create more of what you don’t want or need in your life. If you feel scattered, sluggish, unmotivated or uninspired, the use of crystals and Reiki can aid in balancing these energy centers and removing energetic blocks in your energy field. Your session will leave you feeling more calm and grounded. Receive a personal Crystal Prescription to take with you and keep to help support your new balanced and aligned energy field.

TAROT CARD READING with Shannon Cooley

Intuitive Tarot reading employing high-vibrational Tarot and Oracle cards to assist you in finding your truth, in a loving way. Shannon, guides you through this fun & exciting, yet powerful process to connect with your inner light. You will feel invigorated as you open the path to awareness and connect with your higher self concerning family, love, business, personal goals and more.

LEARN TO READ TAROT with Shannon Cooley

By popular request! A new offering exclusive to the Golden Door… has a very unique tarot reading style that helps to strengthen your own Intuition + access your unique Spiritual Gifts. In this 2 part private session you will begin to learn to read tarot cards intuitively as a way of connecting with the Divine + your own spiritual team. This powerful process will give you to tools to create whatever it is you desire. Working with Tarot will show you where you are blocked and what you can do to move forward in a positive and fulfilling way. Receive a Rider Waite tarot deck to take home for practicing your new skills.

REIKI with available staff

An energy healing performed by placing the hands on or just above the body to balance energy centers bring a sense of peace and well-being.

Nancy Paik is a mystical Somatic Hands on Healer, Health Intuitive and Spiritual Guide coming from a family of traditional healers in the Philippines. She uses her highly empathic and psychic gifts along with her vast experience from over 20 years of teaching yoga.combines different Energy Healing techniques along with Vocal Sound Therapy for real healing results. Nancy is described as a “gentle powerful force” who honors the numerous ways the divine human technology system may naturally return to its graceful, physical, emotional and spiritual harmony. This inspired her to create a blended system for wholeness called “Sacred Sound Chakra Healing”.


The Chakra System is our human evolutionary system and supports us on our spiritual journey. When we feel stuck in life or experience illness or physical pain, the chakra system is out of balance. Nancy was divinely guided to create this unique system where she emits a spectrum of powerful high frequency sounds with her voice that are intuitively received, repeated, and deliberately directed into your body. Ancient traditions teach that sound recalibrates the chakra system and that mental, emotional, or physical blockages can cleared.results are you will feel lighter, more mobility in your body and have a more positive outlook.

Cindi Peterson is a behavioral therapist who has been in the counseling field for over 30 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling and is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Energy Therapy. She is aprovider for HeartMath biofeedback, Master NLP Practitioner and a certified Labyrinth Facilitator.

BIOFEEDBACK STRESS RELIEF with Cindi Peterson M.A., C. Ht. Licensed HeartMath Provider

Learn powerful and effective tools to build resilience and reduce the negative effects of stress and achieve the level of health and vitality you deserve. Observe, in real time, on a digital display how thoughts and emotions deeply and instantly affect your body.

HYPNOTHERAPY with Cindi Peterson M.A. C.Ht.

Hypnotic suggestion allows you to focus on a desired goal or behavior with laser-like precision.Hypnotic regression can help locate the cause of blocks.power of your mind can change habits, clear phobias, anxiety and other stress related challenges.

SMOKE FREE with Cindi Peterson M.A. C.Ht.

This session with our Behavioral Therapist is designed to help you understand nicotine dependence and regain control of your life. Includes a self-help workbook and daily nicotine-replacement snacks.

TAPPING THERAPY with Cindi Peterson, MA, C.Ht.

Utilizing the body’s meridian points, this deeply effective technique gives you powerful results in your life and helps you discover the health and vitality that has been there all along.

WELLNESS COACHING with Cindi Peterson, M.A., C.Ht.

You have within you the necessary resources to develop a more balanced and happy life. You will be able to explore solutions to troubles standing in your way such as, alcohol, drugs, sleep, loss, relationships, career and other stress-related challenges.


Many of us spend a lifetime criticizing ourselves over mistakes and failures, which can lead to anxiety, fear, or self-loathing. Guided practice will lead you through self-compassion to cultivate these essential qualities: Kindness, Common Humanity.

MEDITATION with available staff

Begin or fine-tune your meditation practice. Clear away the information overload that contributes to stress. Enhance your mental focus and achieve a deeper level of relaxation by using focused breathing techniques to lower anxiety, reduce blood pressure, and increase immune function.


Eco-Somatic Journey: Sessions take place on a massage table and include personalized bodywork combined with customized visualization and meditation to discover and re-patternneuro-emotional origins of a pain through an experiential journey. Somatic techniques are combined with teachings from, ecopsychology, shamanic and embodied practices, and are trauma informed. Polyvagal Theory/neuropsychological approaches are incorporated throughout. Guests will develop their own tools and exercises for personal practice at home to maintain and continue progress even after leaving the Golden Door. Participants may experience increased self-awareness and understanding, compassion, greater empowerment/capacity, and a deeper sense of peace and.

Structural Session: Proprioceptive neuromuscular stretching, myofascial, active release exercises, andare used to address physical symptoms. This offering is appropriate for acute pain and long-term chronic postural and pain patterns. Guests will develop greater body awareness, postural corrections, and may take home customized stretches/exercises as needed.

Francine Hoffman, M.A. is registered as an Expressive Arts Therapist & Creativity Coach with over 15 years experience facilitating artful experiences for renewal and for therapeutic processes as an adjunct to other forms of therapy. In addition, she is a certified Labyrinth Facilitator and a Yoga Instructor with over 30 years experience teaching a variety of styles.

ART SPARKS with Francine Hoffman, M.A., R.E.A.T.

Select from one of the following when requesting this session: WATERCOLOR PLAY / SMALL CLAY SCULPTURE / HAIKU POETRY / ABSTRACT STRING PAINTING / SOUL VISION COLLAGE. Revitalize your senses and spark your imagination as you ignite the artist within. Gentle guidance into an intuitive process of art making will move you from your head to your heart to discover your creative resources. You will come away with a unique aesthetic expression.

EXPRESSING YOU: PAINT A LIFE-SIZE BODY PORTRAIT with Francine Hoffman, M.A. Expressive Arts Facilitator

Envision your future self as a guiding light, an archetypal messenger, or a unique work of art.process begins with a tracing of your body on six feet of paper.from a rainbow of acrylic colors to paint your to life. Together, you and your guide will reflect upon your creative process and expressive portrait to bring forth insights and resources that resonate with you of your image can be arranged.


The Earth is an incredible teacher and healer. Sessions will take place outdoors. You will have a new experience of self and our planet as we connect with nature through sensory,, and metaphoric, pathways, learning to re-pattern existing beliefs and patterns with Nature as your guide. This session provides the opportunity for a personal journey of exploration through sensory experience, deep listening, and creative expression.