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September 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Winter is a great time to visit the desert, which is when Amangiri in southern Utah has scheduled three yoga retreats at its red-rock luxury resort. The 600-acre refuge in quiet Canyon Point sits in a valley where  low-slung buildings have been painted to match the landscape. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is to the east; Bryce Canyon National Park to the north. Guests who stay at least four nights may join yoga retreats scheduled in December, February and March for free.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Greg Louganis, the Olympic diving champion, has put his personalized retreat in Malibu up for sale at $2,999,999. The ocean-view home opens to decks and a custom swimming pool with a diving platform. The Olympic rings insignia is on the bottom of the pool, which has blue tiling. The 3,385 square feet of interiors include living and family rooms, three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a guest house. The master bedroom features a sitting area and a fireplace. There also are fireplaces in the living and family rooms.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997
A one-day retreat for women living with chronic illness will be held Oct. 11 at the Irvine United Church of Christ. The retreat will focus on the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of women coping with chronic illness. Event speakers are professionals in the fields of physical, psychological and spiritual health. They include Kate Schmidt, three-time Olympic athlete and water therapist; Paula Shaw, grief and loss therapist; and the Rev.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, the largest of California's 21 missions, is offering a sanctuary from life's frenzy during its new Quiet Monday retreats. Visitors to Mission San Luis Rey are encouraged to meditate, write in a journal, read a book or simply take a nap during a day in which they are unplugged from the outside world. On request, the Franciscan friars will provide spiritual direction. Franciscans have operated the “king of the Missions” since its founding in 1798.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera
Lawmakers began an intensive push to pass the most sweeping revision of financial regulations since the Great Depression, but the Obama administration's proposed overhaul might undergo an overhaul itself along the way. The congressional committee chairmen handling the administration's 600-page proposal weighed in this week with significant changes as they try to meet Obama's deadline for action by the end of the year. On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner backed down on a key component that has stirred opposition -- a requirement that companies providing financial products offer a "plain vanilla" option, such as fixed-rate mortgages or no-frills credit cards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1992
A Los Angeles County commission has recommended that county employees continue to be permitted to attend out-of-town retreats but that stronger steps be taken to control costs. The Productivity Commission report was requested by county supervisors after Supervisor Gloria Molina complained that the county spent $729,546 on 90 retreats between July, 1988, and last June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina called for a study of county expenditures on retreats for its employees, saying she fears that too much money was being spent without board approval. Molina also asked that the county Productivity Commission review the county's retreat policies. The requests followed disclosures that managers had spent $64,000 on a retreat to Palm Springs for employees of the emergency preparedness division of the County Administrative Office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997
Accusing Pasadena schools officials of spending $30,000 on a Newport Beach retreat for dozens of administrators, a parent presented a petition signed by more than 1,000 residents demanding an independent audit of the school district. The petition was handed over Monday to the City Council and school board at a joint meeting of the two agencies.
NEWS
March 7, 1997 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in the 1950s, Republican Robert H. Michel and Democrat Dan Rostenkowski were the political equivalent of road buddies. The young congressmen routinely drove together from Washington back to their Illinois districts, taking turns napping on a mattress in the back of a station wagon for the daylong journey.
NEWS
February 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
For dozens of Congress members and congressional aides, getting caught up on tobacco-related issues meant spending the weekend at a lavish golf resort in a getaway sponsored by the Tobacco Institute. The three-day annual legislative conference of the tobacco industry's lobbying group wrapped up Monday at The Phoenician resort.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's desert retreat in Twentynine Palms has sold, along with an adjacent 71-acre parcel, for $650,000 in an all-cash deal. The proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's house benefit an endowed scholarship and Howser archives as Chapman University in Orange. There were multiple offers on the Midcentury Modern home, which has 2,221 square feet of living space and sits on 12 acres. Howser renovated the house after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Chris Webber, the retired pro basketball forward turned sports analyst, has listed his Malibu house at $3.995 million. Set behind gates on nearly three-quarters of an acre, the 2,910-square-foot home has 180-degree coastline views from the inside, the deck and the garden. Walls of glass, wood floors and stone counters complement the contemporary interiors. Features include an office/den, a library/study, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A lap pool, a spa and a sunning area are among outdoor features.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Jay Jones
A Chinese master of medicine-free healing is prompting interest in Kokolulu Farm, a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ning Jian Xiong arrived in early February and will be in residency at Kokolulu , near the village of Hawi, through July. Since arriving in early February, Ning's weekend retreats have been sellouts as people seek his knowledge in Zhineng Qigong, a 6,000-year-old Chinese therapy in which healing focuses on exercise, love and energy. “Energy has been the foundation of our program from the very beginning,” said Lew Whitney, the retreat's co-founder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1996 | JANE GROSS
What's a Beverly Hills matron supposed to do after she's had her face lifted, her tummy tucked or her thighs liposuctioned? Rush back to her husband, bruised and swollen, when he expects instant beauty in exchange for big bucks? Recuperate at home and risk the housekeeper or personal trainer blabbing to the neighbors? Hide out in a hotel where the toast is too crispy to chew and the lobby is full of looky-loos?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1995
"How then do I seek Thee, O Lord? For when I seek Thee, I seek a happy life. I will seek Thee that my soul may live. For my body liveth by my soul, and my soul by Thee." St. Augustine (350-430), Confessions. * The urge to go on a spiritual retreat--which may coincide with the dawn of a new year--is usually accompanied by the idea to seek a site far from city life.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's house in Twentynine Palms has come on the market at $395,000. Proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's desert retreat will go to Chapman University. The Midcentury Modern home, built in 1953, has 2,221 square feet of living space that Howser renovated after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000. He infused the interiors with industrial-style minimalist details including concrete kitchen counters and floors, stainless-steel baseboards and a master bath sink made by inverting a vintage streetlight fixture.
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