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Published on : Friday, May 6, 2016
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara invites guests to connect with the uniquely healthy culture of The American Riviera with a multi-day spa retreat reflective of what makes Santa Barbara world-renowned for its approach to spiritual, physical and emotional balance.
“We are going to be sharing the Santa Barbara secrets to health and wellness that have drawn guests and celebrities alike to the Resort since it first opened its doors in 1927,” notes Matt Turner, Four Seasons Senior Spa Director for the Americas.
Highly-trained team members from The Spa will be leading the retreat along with associates from Fit for All Seasons, led by certified trainer Nora Tobin. “Our entire Fit for All Seasons team could not be more excited to share the daily approaches to health that give all of us the Mediterranean healthy glow that has made the area famous,” Tobin enthuses. “We want to make sure that everyone at the retreat leaves feeling more connected to the Santa Barbara destination and more empowered to prioritise balance in their lives.”
Nora Tobin and her team also will be joined by Steve Jordan, who is a celebrity trainer in the Los Angeles area. Steve will be incorporating beach conditioning, boot camp activities and motivational tips. “Santa Barbara inspires us all and there is nothing better than immersing yourself in the region to focus on health and fitness,” Jordan notes. “Even the air is considered among the healthiest on the West Coast and every fitness routine begins with effective breathing for maximum results. I’m thrilled to be part of the wellness retreat at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.”
Wellness in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara/Ojai, California is to spirituality what Silicon Valley is to technology. With more mind-body spas per capita than anywhere else in the US, spiritualists have been drawn to the region since mankind first inhabited the region. It all starts with topography. Most valleys in California have a north-south orientation, but Ojai Valley runs east-west and Santa Barbara is home to the only part of the California coastline that runs east-west — when facing south to the ocean, the sun rises on the left side of the beach and sets on the right side of the beach, shining over the ocean shoreline the entire day. This orientation changes not only the light but also the energy. The region is the only one to feature migratory patterns from three entirely different species – butterflies, whales and an extraordinary concentration of bird species – all of which migrate through the Channel Islands that protect Santa Barbara. The Chumash Indians inhabited the region for 11,000 years and many spiritual gurus have been drawn to the region’s rich energy stemming from their profound aboriginal influences.
One of the most famous enlightenments in history was made in Ojai by the great Indian mystic J. Krishnamurti in 1922 and this celebrated teacher put the region on the map for modern-day spiritualists. The Vedanta Society of Southern California was founded in 1930 and a convent of seven nuns oversees the maintenance of the 45-acre (18 hectare) Vedanta Temple in Santa Barbara dedicated in 1956. Madame Ganna Walska (1887-1984), an opera singer who owned Montecito property as a private residence from 1941, worked with landscape luminaries Peter Riedel, Ralph Stevens, Lockwood DeForest and Joseph Knowles to create one of the most impressive zen environments in California, now known as Lotusland. Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland estate gardens contain a various distinct and excellent gardens of exceptional design and artistic creativity with botanical and horticultural depth. The estate has a well regarded and large rare cycad collection garden, with stewardship of some species no longer in their native habitat. A private, docent-led tour of Lotusland is sure to be a highlight of the wellness retreat.