By Liz McGehee

Have you been looking for a change?  Many of us recognize when our minds and bodies are in need of a pick-me-up, but we don’t necessarily know where to begin.  

The Ranch Malibu is a retreat-like program with the end goal of helping you achieve your physical, nutritional and mindfulness objectives.  They encourage you to “unplug from your busy daily life and recalibrate the mind and body through their immersive, weeklong results-oriented fitness program in Malibu, California.”  

If you can pinpoint stress at work or home, unhealthy food choices or a lack of exercise as some of the things weighing you down, or you simply want to kick start your wellness goals, The Ranch Malibu’s highly acclaimed 7-day wellness program is for you.  

With eight hours of low impact activity, four-hour group hikes, a 1,400 calorie-a-day organic plant-based diet, naps and a massage each day, “guests feel both physically and mentally transformed, logging over 60 miles of hiking, shedding unwanted pounds and inches, emanating a vibrant, healthy glow and regaining mental clarity and peace of mind.” 

If you’re tight on time, The Ranch 4.0 offers a four-day version at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and California Health & Longevity Institute. However, the Malibu program is more private.  If you have more time, The Ranch combines 4.0 with Malibu into a 10-day program, The Ranch 10.0, which yields the best results.  

Goals are also customizable at The Ranch.  You can choose to focus on weight loss, mental clarity and/or spiritual rejuvenation.  You don’t need weeks, months or years to begin feeling results, but you do need to start somewhere.  Recognizing a desire within yourself to feel better is the first step towards building a healthy mind and body.  The second step is doing something about it. 

For more information on how to unplug at The Ranch Malibu or to book reservations, visit their site at
Where: Markita, 12220 Cotharin Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
When: 6 nights and 7 days (Sunday-Saturday) minimum 
Price: $7,200


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