About This Center
Located 30 minutes south of San Francisco, Skylonda Lodge offers a luxury retreat experience in a pristine redwood forest.
Skylonda Lodge has a rich history of providing a blissful and luxurious getaway in the Bay Area. Referred to as Shangri-la In The Redwoods by the SFGate, celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Robin Williams frequented our enchanted property in the late 1990s to indulge in gourmet food, delicious massage therapy treatments and breathtaking hikes.
Skylonda Lodge was built of Ponderosa logs and river rock in 1994 by the Resort Design Group, and won international awards for design, hospitality, and environmental stewardship. Reimagined in 2003 as a spiritual sanctuary for learning, inspiration, and personal growth, Joan Porter transformed Skylonda Lodge into Stillheart Institute with a $40m renovation including several “tree-house” structures, placed strategically in the tree canopy to maximize views while minimizing impact on the forest.
In 2018, Skylonda Lodge is returning to her roots as the destination for all-inclusive retreats with focus on nutrition, fitness and relaxation. Current owner, Ray Blatt, restored the unique combination of indoor and outdoor activities, pampering spa services and impeccable cuisine in a setting of perpetual tranquility. Featured in Travel+Leisure as one of The Last of the Lodges: 25 American Greats, this “nirvana in the redwoods” is a destination experience not to be missed.
Our fitness experts will keep you moving on hikes through the Redwoods and cross-training, in conjunction with restorative yoga and therapeutic massages. You will eat a scientifically based menu of locally grown, organic whole and healthy foods, and will swap your smartphone for meaningful conversations with other human beings. You will get a good night’s sleep and replenish the resources that are necessary for memory, concentration and the highest levels of performance in everyday life.
7 day - 6 night private luxury accommodations
Individualized assessments and consultations to determine your customized plan.
Daily Farm to Table Organic meals and snacks
11 Group Yoga Sessions
7 Guided Hiking Sessions in the Redwood Forest
5 Expert lectures on Healthy Living and Stress Management
5 Massage Therapy Sessions
5 Circuit Training including our signature Outdoor Obstacle Course Classes
3 Cooking class Demonstrations
1 Personal Health Assessment
1 Body Composition Analysis
1 Nutrition & Wellbeing Consultation
1 Anti-aging Consultation
1 Stress and Lifestyle Assessment
Daily supply of alkaline water, herbal teas and detox supplements
Complimentary access to the relaxation areas such as sauna, saline pool, hot tub, fitness room, labyrinth, and outdoor meditation spots.
Upon completion of the program, you will feel physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and fully engaged in work and life. Lasting nutritional and fitness guidance from the Skylonda Lodge experts will allow you to sustain the benefits of your stay in daily life.
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