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Dear Loyal Guests and Friends,

The past year has made us more invested in our homes and our health than ever before. In these unprecedented times we need each other to stay resilient and to know we are not alone. Each week we see our wonderful guests returning, happy to be back with us along with the new fresh faces of guests who can’t wait to learn and be a part of the Golden Door story.

Returning to nature provides a sense of comfort and stability. Immersing oneself in nature has been prescribed for centuries by doctors for anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. The earthy warmth of nature envelops us like a comforting hug and represents what we have been longing for – simplicity and restfulness. The desire for fresh, clean air is more intensified. Our mountain is more beautiful than ever and this past year we were able to recreate several of our flower gardens that are now filled with thousands of bursting agapanthus and lilies. The lake at the top of the mountain is now surrounded by flowers and our newly planted groves of avocado and citrus have changed our landscape forever.

Check out our new hiking trails and programs. Discover the new once-hidden, now-bubbling creek on the side of the mountain that you can hear from the trail. Gaze from the top of our mountain and see a 360-degree view that takes in the ocean to the surrounding lands. And then take a deep, gratifying breath that feels just perfect.

There is lots going on each week! We are slowly bringing in some incredible local talent to meet with the guests. Last month Chef Nina Curtis, for the past twenty years an avid proponent of a plant-based lifestyle was with us. Her informative talks and classes were filled with knowledge on health, nutrition, and food sources from all around the world. She shared her vegan wellness philosophies and the benefits of a plant-based diet. Nina and Chef Greg Frey worked together during the week to develop seasonal and tasty garden-to-table recipes that are essential to having a delicious plant-strong culinary experience that will be a part of Golden Door’s culinary choices. Nina is an MBA graduate of Pepperdine University, trained at Living Light Culinary Institute, the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute, and she holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies, Cornell. It was very exciting and we are hoping to get her back this winter. We will keep you posted.

We added a wonderful new class in classic Ikebana flower making and arranging which guest have just loved. In just a few weeks we will be launching a new origami class. Folding simple sheets of paper to create new and interesting artistic forms is simply fun. Fun is one of the key ingredients to good health.

As summer rolls in all of us from Golden Door wish you the very best. Breathe and have fun!!

Warmest Regards,


Kathy Van Ness
COO/GM Golden Door Properties

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