THF/MALT Retreat Details | Stemple Creek Ranch | October 25th, 2015 - SOLD OUT!

The Day's Events

9:00 - 9:45         
Arrivals and welcome by Julie Mikos-Houlihan and MALT representative. Light breakfast of veggie fritatta, fresh fruit and lemon scones with butter and jam

9:45 - 11:00   
Rancher’s welcome: History of the ranch and relationship to MALT, why grass-fed meats, followed by a hike to the carbon farming testing area - lecture about carbon farming

11:00 - 12:00
Therapeutic movement with Jennifer Cooper: "Everyday Moves for Every Body - Begin, believe and become the person you want to be!"

12:00 - 1:30
Picnic lunch of rancher’s beef with chimichurri sauce and farro, fennel and arugula salad

1:30 - 2:30
Barn-side gathering and talk by Jennifer Cooper: “Re-boot and Re-create your Dinner Plate! | Learn the basics of greening of the plate; practical advice on how to use food to improve your health.”

2:30 - 3:00
Free time to wander or loll in the sunshine

3:00 - 4:30
Yoga for all! 

4:30 - 5:00

Speakers and Practitioners


Chat and Hike with our Host Rancher

Loren Poncia

Loren is the 4th generation of his family to ranch on the same location. He was born and raised in Tomales , the son of Al and Cathie Poncia.  Loren studied Dairy Science and Ag Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and took a job in corporate America after college.

Loren always dreamed of coming back to the ranch to pursue his passion, and by creating this business with his wife Lisa, is now following that dream.  Loren manages the entire ranching operation, including spending countless hours studying and planning the careful genetics of our herd, managing the pastures to increase efficiency and decrease stress to the environment, and making sure all of our sheep and cows are well cared for.

Loren’s goal is to produce grass-fed and grass-finished beef that is flavorful, tender, well-marbled, and tastes just as good, if not better, than grain-finished meat. According to our customers, his hard work has paid off!


Barn-side Chat and Therapeutic Movement Class

Jennifer Cooper

Barnside Chat with Jennifer Cooper: PT OCS RYT, physical therapist, certified orthopedic specialist, registered yoga instructor, and private practitioner, Jennifer has over 20 years of experience treating athletes, rehabilitating post-surgical conditions, and guiding individuals through musculo-skeletal disorders. She co-created and owns an integrative, multi-disciplinary, wellness studio in San Francisco. She uses her history in athletics, love of movement, and joy with cooking, to offer health and fitness advice.   When working in her Flow Physical Therapy studio, she is in a one on one setting.  Here she  specializes in creating personal  movement programs, based on individual goals, past medical history, and future possibilities. Her work differs from others in that she has combined the flow of yoga poses into the science of sports medicine.  She splits her time between San Francisco and Sonoma.  The country air, wide open spaces, and access to incredible food, allow her to garden, cook, and recharge herself.


Yoga for All!

Patti Cocciolo 

Patti is a Certified 500 RYT yoga teacher. She’s also a student, a musician, a writer, an actor, an advertising person, a wife, a mother, and a marathon runner. She’s the mostly vegetarian, occasional vegan, who just ordered a side of bacon. 

Patti completed her 500-Hour Teacher Training at YogaWorks in Los Angeles, studying with respected teachers Jeanne Heileman, Eka Ekong, Jesse Schein and Carolina Goldberg. As a continuation and deepening of her training and practice, she is currently enrolled in Rod Stryker's ParaYoga Master Training Program. Patti teaches public and private classes in the Bay Area, and she’s a brand ambassador for both Manduka and Athleta. 

Patti is also the author of the lifestyle and wellness blog, The Goodness. It’s her take on the combination of sweetness and mayhem that we all experience every day. Patti shares ideas on how we might navigate it all a little better and stories we can relate to about how it all sometimes falls apart. It’s a look at the beauty and chaos she’s always referred to as The Goodness.

What To Bring:

  • Comfortable clothes (yoga clothing if you've got it!)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm layers
  • Yoga mat and any props needed (The Healing Farm | Retreats will have some yoga mats available for those who do not own one!)