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A.R.E. 61st Annual Summer Granlibakken Retreat - Soul Renewal!
A Retreat to Recharge Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Better Self with John Van Auken
Join John Van Auken for a retreat and recharge your spirit and revitalize your better self in the beautiful Lake Tahoe setting of Granlibakken. NEW LOW TUITION PRICING!
August 10, 2018 - August 13, 2018
Tahoe City , CA

Join us for the A.R.E.’s 61st Annual Summer Retreat this year in the setting of beautiful Granlibakken Tahoe with the fellowship of like-minded seekers, and our most popular speaker, John Van Auken!


In this soul-nurturing program, best-selling author and Edgar Cayce readings expert John Van Auken brings a lifetime of studying, practicing, and teaching spiritual advancement techniques as he breaks these concepts down into practical, easy-to-understand steps toward enlightenment, health, and happiness. He will conduct experiential practice sessions for raising your body’s vibrations and expanding your mind’s understanding-- methods that will promote deep contentment and renewed vitality, and will awaken your connection to your Higher Self and the Source of Life, our Creator. As a teacher of the most complex concepts in the Cayce readings as well as the mystical ancient wisdom from Egypt, Maya–Toltec–Aztec, China, India, the Essenes, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, and more, John brings deep understanding and depth of knowledge to his presentations. Having taught so many people and seen their results over many years, he is certain that you will get results with these methods!

With experiential exercises, practical tools, entertaining examples, and beautiful visuals, John’s retreat program brings you life-changing insights from the amazing Edgar Cayce teachings and:
• Ancient and modern approaches for nourishing our hungry souls
• The true story of our souls’ long journey and magnificent destiny
• Practical, easy techniques that you can take home and use daily
• Prayer, meditation, and dream methods that really work
• Body-mind wellness guidance from Cayce, the “Father of Holistic Medicine”
• Tips for making yourself and those around you happier

“As ye use that as is known, there is given the more and more
light to know from whence ye came and whither ye go.”
Edgar Cayce reading 364-4

Through guided meditations, reveries, chanting, dream analysis, and other helpful spiritual tools, this will be more than just a retreat—this annual event is a vacation for the soul! Don’t miss this opportunity to re-charge your spiritual batteries as you immerse yourself in this profoundly life-changing experience.

Past Attendees Say of John:

"Enjoyed every minute. Lots of info. Very eye opening!"

"Superb awareness of subject matter. Great visual aids, practice, and lecture."

"Awesome info! Loved every minute!"

Granlibakken Tahoe
Join us for the 61st Annual Summer Granlibakken Retreat this year. Enjoy 75 acres in a peaceful, beautiful setting of the Sierra Mountains just minutes from nearby Lake Tahoe! Choose from many free recreational opportunities including hiking and biking trails, tennis courts, swimming pool, and gym, or just relax in the sauna or hot tub. Four main lodging types are available: Bedroom Units, Townhouses, Studios, and the Executive Lodge, all of which include free wireless Internet access  and TV. Dine from diverse sumptuous menus created by executive chef Ron Eber, serving Granlibakken guests for over 25 years. Bring your family with you because there’s lots to do nearby including the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park (additional cost and reservations required) which has a zipline for kids, and a 9-hole golf course just a few minutes away. Go to and click on "Activities" at the top to view all the amenities.
Granlibakken Tahoe is located at 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145. For directions and instructions on how to get to Granlibakken, go to: To view their campus map, click on "Lodging", then click on "Resort Map."
Want to talk to someone who has been there?
Email Carol Lesh at or call 510-526-6651.


It is necessary to submit payment separately for your program tuition fee and your reservations for lodging, meals, and grounds day fees. Tuition fees are paid directly to A.R.E., 215 67th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Please note on check the retreat name and date. All payments must be made in U.S. dollars only. Please read the information carefully to be sure to submit your registration and reservation payments appropriately. Take advantage of the early registration savings; submit your registration payment by July 10, 2018 and save $40!

Granlibakken retreatAll participants must be registered at Granlibakken. Reservations for Lodging, meals and grounds day fees must be made directly with Granlibakken’s Reservation Department at 800-543-3221 or go to Select event/group reservations. Enter Group ID & Password as: ARE18 and log in, then click Reservation Form. When filling out form be sure to specify your room preferences when making your registration by entering it in the “Special dietary or lodging restrictions” box..

Four main lodging types are available, either standard or deluxe: Bedroom Units, Townhouses, Studios, and Executive Lodges. Accommodations without stairs (limited availability) and double occupancy discount rates are available. A standard room can be a bedroom in a Townhouse, the main lodge, or other buildings on the property. A deluxe room is either a studio or executive lodge room. Please specify your preference when making your registration. If registering online, enter your preference in the "Special dietary or lodging restrictions" box. Granlibakken will make every effort to accommodate all requests for double occupancy; however, in the event a Roommate is not available, the single rate will apply.

A $100.00 per person deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance due 14 days prior to arrival (July 27, 2018). Please remit payment to: Granlibakken Conference Center, P.O. Box 6329, Tahoe City, CA 96145, or call 800-543-3221. Reservations are due by July 10 and any reservations received after this date are on a space available basis. CANCELLATION at any time is subject to a $25.00 handling fee. Reservations canceled after July 10 are charged $100.00 per person. No shows are charged 2 nights at the package rate. Participants who check-in a day late or checkout a day early are charged the full package rate unless the alternate arrival/departure dates are confirmed 72 hours in advance.

Lodging room check in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. Meals begin with dinner on Friday and end with lunch on Monday. Please notify Granlibakken of any special dietary restrictions when making your reservations.

TRANSPORTATION from the Reno/Tahoe Airport is available from Granlibakken at a cost of $98.00 per person (single rider) or $49.00 per person (2+ passengers) each way. 7 days prior notice and prepayment are required. Transportation cancellations or modifications received less than 24 hours prior to arrival or departure are non-refundable.

Register online or mail payment to A.R.E. Conference Registrar, 215 6th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Please note on check that it is for Granlibakken. A registration confirmation will be sent to you. You will receive a welcome letter a few weeks before the program via email or U.S. mail if you do not have an email address. You will receive a program packet at registration check-in. Cancellations: Tuition refunds, less a $35 processing fee per person, are available by July 10. After July 10 there will be a late cancellation fee of $75 per person.

Attendees enjoy GranlibakkenSummer at Granlibakken Conference Center can bring all kinds of weather. Bring comfortable clothing (layering is good), a light jacket or raincoat in case of chilly evenings, and walking shoes. And do plan on enjoying the pool and tennis courts, so bring your swimwear and shorts!

Please Note: This resort is at a high altitude location at an elevation of 6,350 feet. Please see "High Altitude Tips" under Retreat information and forms above.

A scholarship fund based on donations enables the Retreat to offer limited scholarships to those needing financial aid. For information, contact the A.R.E. HQ Registrars. You are invited to donate to this fund, and all donations are tax deductible. Applications for scholarships on tuition only must be received by June 14.

The Local Area Team Bookstore provides an extensive selection of A.R.E. Press books and other quality books as well as health care products, CDs, DVDs, videos, and other gift items. Cash, checks, and most credit cards are accepted. Proceeds support the Local Area Team Bookstore.

Auction GranlibakkenPlease bring your appropriate donations for the silent auction. Auction ends at 4 p.m. Sunday. Each year we receive some special items that we raffle off. If you would like to donate a special item (services, readings, etc.), please contact Sue Hayes at email: or phone: 415-383-5368. Funds raised during the auction will help support the retreat and scholarship fund. Raffle funds raised will go to support A.R.E. Northern California programs.

Your help is needed for activities. Donating a few hours of your time to assist the all-volunteer staff is a great way to meet people and enhance your retreat experience. Please email Carol Lesh at to find out how you can help.

There is NO YOUTH PROGRAM. Youth ages 12–18 may register and attend the adult program with an adult at 50 percent of tuition price. Youth ages 0–18 are the full responsibility of their parent(s) at all times.

NEW LOW TUITION PRICING! Register by July 10 & Save $40!
Additional Info and Schedule
August 10 - 13, 2018
Granlibakken Conference Center
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145
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is an internationally renowned speaker, a long-time A.R.E. staff member, a current director at A.R.E, and a popular leader of A.R.E.’s tours to sacred sites around the world. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, Angels, Fairies, Demons, & the Elementals, and is co-author of his most recent, Edgar Cayce on the Mysterious Essenes: Lessons from Our Sacred Past. His extensive knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient Egypt mysticism, world religions, and Christ Consciousness make him a popular and authoritative teacher.

To view John's upcoming schedule of events, visit our events search page for "John Van Auken."