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2017 Trusteeship Retreat – La Jolla – April 28 – 30

2017 Retreat re·treat rəˈtrēt/

verb: withdraw to a quiet or secluded place.

noun: a quiet or secludedplace in which one can rest and relax.

The Trusteeship’s definition of “retreat”: a quiet, semi-secluded place where members are engaged, informed and inspired, and just enjoy each other’s company.


45 Trusteeship members gathered in La Jolla for a fabulous weekend of learning, relaxing and bonding! We stayed at The Lodge at Torrey Pines which was a gorgeous setting above the Pacific and in the lovely environs of a true craftsman Greene and Greene structural design.

Trusteeship retreats are a longtime favorite tradition that offer members opportunities to connect and build relationships with one another in unique, special access experiences and environments.

Our San Diego members helped Julie put together an exceptional weekend that will included mingling, education, relaxation, fun, and luxury. The Lodge at Torrey Pines – the preferred choice among La Jolla hotels was our host hotel and owner, Grace Cherashore, who is a Trusteeship member, out did herself in hospitality! Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with views of the Pacific Ocean, the AAA Five Diamond rated resort exceeded our expectations with world-class dining, a full service spa and unprecedented service. 

Some members began the weekend by taking a luxury Amtrak train where we picked them up in our private coach at the Solana Beach Station. 


FRIDAY – April 28

With La Jolla and Torrey Pines as our playground, we planned the following retreat activities:

Salk Institute – hosted for those who could join the retreat on Friday, we were shuttled to the architecturally iconic Salk Institute for Biological Studies for a tour of this preeminent institute, an institution that focuses on the foundations of life and new realities in neuroscience, genetics, immunology. (Some of us missed this tour and Julie has been advised that we can reschedule at any time!)  San Diego Trusteeship member, Nobel Laureate and Salk Institute President, Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Blackburn talked about her Nobel Prize winning work on telomeres and the enzyme telomerase and their impact on the aging process.  We also found out what Liz wore to the awards ceremony and found her to be a delightful and warm speaker on a very interesting topic!

Artisan Table Dinner –  We enjoyed hosted cocktails (thanks once again to Grace) and lovely private dinner at The Lodge at their famed “The Artisan Table”, a unique and intimate farm-to-table dining experience with wine pairings and introductions from the chef and the sommelier. Grace talked briefly about the Arts and Crafts/Greene and Greene movement and their influence on The Lodge’s architecture.

SATURDAY – April 29

12 intrepid Trusteeship members met at 8:00 am for a guided Torrey Pines Reserve walk/talk/hike on the plateau overlooking the ocean. Fantastic views, lots of discussion by our guide on the natural flora and fauna of the reserve and steps counted to begin the day!

Around 12:15 pm All climbed aboard our private shuttle for our luncheon at Birch Aquarium! Over lunch, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Director of SIO, Dr. Margaret Leinen,  acquainted us with the cutting-edge, globally recognized work being done by the scientists at Scripps. Birch Aquarium is known as the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. We enjoyed a tour of this beloved oceanographic museum which is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Birch Aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates, including the crowd-pleasing baby seahorses!

After a brief shuttle ride, we arrived at Human Longevity, Inc (HLI), for a tour and talk of the center. Developed by Dr. Craig Venter, biotechnologist, biochemist, geneticist and entrepreneur, who is also known as one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome, the center’s staff shared the tremendous strides it is making on the subject of longevity.

On our way back to The Lodge, we stopped for a short guided walk/talk down SIO’s Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, known as one of the world’s biggest research piers.

Cocktails, Dinner & Entertainment — Members were transported to the beautiful home of Gayle Tauber for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and where we were treated to a brief overview “From A Police Chief’s Perspective” by member, San Diego Police Chief, Shelley Zimmerman. We also heard a talk about self-defense and how to avoid attack by paying attention to your surroundings as well as a canine officer demonstration.

Following our lovely dinner we all enjoyed entertainment featuring one of our very own members, Shelly Zimmerman on the drums! And, we can’t forget Phil Tauber’s band as they were truly a delight!


Retreat concluded!

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