A Ranch Day Retreat

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Westside Riding School at Will Rogers State Historic Park

Will Rogers State Historic Park was the private ranch of the world famous movie star, radio personality, columnist, philosopher and American Cowboy, Will Rogers. In the early 1930’s, Will Rogers was the popular and highest paid actor in Hollywood. His 186 acre ranch in Pacific Palisades, California was the place where he could relax with his family and friends, pursing his favorite pastimes of riding horseback, roping steers or playing polo. The iconic Western Ranch House at Will Rogers State Historic Park (SHP) is on the National Register of Historic Places and, aside from his 31 room ranch house, the State Historic Park includes a historic stable, a regulation polo field, riding arena, roping area, numerous corrals, horse pastures, golf course and lots of trails. The park’s famous Inspiration Point Trail provides visitors with fantastic 360 degree ocean vistas of Southern California and provides hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians access to the Backbone Trail.

One of Will’s many passions was promoting aviation and it was sadly that, with Wiley Post, he went to his untimely death on August.15, 1935 in a plane crash. At his death, Will Rogers was considered the most loved of all Americans. His 1935 funeral in California was believed to be the biggest turnout of mourners since the death of Abraham Lincoln. He made 71 movies during the 1920’s and 1930’s, wrote 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns and six books. Rogers held all movie box office records for 1933. During his lifetime, Will traveled around the world three times, meeting people, covering wars, talking about peace and learning everything possible. Will Rogers’ fame knew no boundaries and he is considered by many in the entertainment industry as the first true global celebrity. His signature saying, “I never met a man I didn’t like,” is still and will forever be attributed to this larger than life person. Will Rogers’ ranch became a California State Park in 1944. See more events in this venue
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Facilitator, Chuck Wolf

Author of A Ranch Day Retreat, Chuck grew up in the Midwest and the Carolinas. His earliest riding experience was on his grandfather's eighty acre farm in Ohio. His uncle also kept horses on his country ranch and he learned basic horsemanship early. He took lessons at MacNair's Country Acres in Cary, N.C growing up. His father eventually became Executive Vice President of Gainesway Farm in Lexington, KY. (Mr. Gaines was the inventor of the Breeder’s' Cup, and Gainesway is a preeminent Kentucky breading farm with bloodstock including many Derby Winners). Chuck worked the grounds at the farm, mainly landscaping and tree tending with no prospects of professional horsemanship whatsoever although these days he enjoys riding at Westside Riding School nearly weekly.

He went into Software sales for Internet Start-Ups and in the Fortune 500 where he trained and managed national sales forces. As an entrepreneur he has started and run several businesses. Along the way he has taken the numerous self-development, self-improvement and requisite national-level sales training courses typical in corporate sales. One workshop that impacted him most profoundly was Success:full Living. A course by a Franciscan fryer, Fr. Justin Belitz. The course has been taught all over the world, and translated into several languages. Chuck became one of the first certified instructors for Success:Full Living, which he has taught privately and at the college level.

He later became President of the Board for Fr. Justin's retreat center in Indianapolis, The Franciscan Hermiatage, where he served for several years. "This priest was teaching meditation, and he personally took a lot of flack for it. I applied it to business and goal setting. I remember wishing I could teach it in a business setting, which would have been absolutely absurd over twenty years ago in the Midwest" recalls Wolf.

"Although things have changed, I'm always interested in seeing businesses adopt and embrace similar practices. When "The Secret" came out and gained such wild popularity I kind of shook my head at the mainstream adoption of the same ideas. It's very interesting to approach the concept wearing a suit, but as a performance and productivity tool, I have yet to see a more fundamentally sound and applicable tool, technique, system, or mechanism than goal setting with a quieted mind...and I have taken an active interest in it ever since."

Ranch Day Retreat is geared toward the non-rider. It's primarily a day of "active relaxation" and time-out, but in a workshop format that provides useful take- aways in the form of tools and techniques that provide lasting benefits. Look for his book, A Ranch Day Retreat on Amazon.

Chuck Wolf lives is in Los Angeles, California and holds a BA in Psychology from Indiana University.
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