What Makes Love Last?

On Valentine’s Day—a holiday that celebrates love and all things romantic—the question resounds deeper than ever: What makes love last?   Drs. John and Julie Gottman are world renowned for their breakthrough research on marital stability.  Gottman’s research demonstrated that the keys to making love last are building and maintaining trust and friendship.  This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s often difficult to apply in every day real life.  Think of your relationship like it’s a bank account.  In order … read more »

LPR Named a Top Ten Gift By USA Today

We were surprised and pleased to see that a gift certificate from Le Petit Retreat was just named one of the ten best gifts for Christmas by USA Today! Of course we love recognition by the media, but it’s the personal thank you’s we get from our customers we value the most.  I recently heard from a VERY pregnant guest that after her prenatal massage with Natasha she was finally able to sleep through the night without leg cramps, … read more »


Giving Thanks

“When we take time to notice the things that go right – it means we’re getting a lot of little rewards throughout the day.” Dr. Martin Seligman, Father of Positive Psychology November kicks off the holiday season with high expectations for a happy and festive time of year. However, the stresses of all our life’s roles and the stresses of trying to be perfect can create a feeling of being overwhelmed. Research suggests that one aspect of the Thanksgiving season … read more »


A Balanced Literary Diet

Disaster.  Adversity.  Tragedy.  These are common words to describe the global news we constantly hear about.  Our hearts mourn for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims and their families, frustration and outrage fill us as we see more fighting and civilian deaths in the Gaza strip, not to mention the disgust we feel over that Oklahoma teen accused of sexually molesting children while volunteering at a shelter in Kenya.  With all these atrocities in the news, it’s easy to feel helpless, … read more »


Summer Solstice Sustenance: Eating for Nourishment

Today is the summer solstice, marking the middle of another year by celebrating Earth’s fertility. It’s a turning point in our calendars, encouraging a good harvest of what we’ve laid down for ourselves so far this year. What better way to honor this day than with a physical recalibration? Yes, exercise sustains mental and cardiovascular health, but it overshadows another equally important part of our physical fitness: diet. Bear with me, this isn’t just another “fad diet” piece because there … read more »


A Meditation for All This Saga Dawa

The holiest holiday in Buddhism, the Saga Dawa celebrates the month in which Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed onto final enlightenment through his death. During this time, Buddhists all over the world practice mindfulness through good deeds, prayer, and meditation. Meditation is the most difficult form of mindfulness to practice in our busy Western world, but it’s the most rewarding. Finding 20 to 30 minutes in our day that’s not already put aside for exercise, showering, cooking or … read more »


Everyday Moms

Scrolling through the web as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reading about utterly courageous mothers overcoming severe adversity and horrific atrocities in order to give their children a better life. While these heart-wrenching stories are truly admirable, I can’t help thinking that for every extreme case, there are countless everyday mothers in the world whose stories are not featured on The View or in O magazine. They may not have suffered a rebel attack on their village, or started … read more »

Buddhist Art Exhibit

Fantastic exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum on Buddhist art of the Himalayas this summer.  Only $10 to see amazing examples of sculpture and art from Nepal and Tibet.  More infomration:,0,4405813.story#axzz2yKad8bE8 Hope to see you there!

Spring is here!

For the rest of the country still struggling under a foot of snow, it’s hard to believe the first day of Spring is almost here.  For Angelino’s March means baseball Opening Day, the LA Marathon, and March Madness.  If sports don’t drive your calendar then you can look forward to opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, poppies blooming in the Antelope Valley, and Spring Break. Whatever inspires you this time of year make sure you get outside and enjoy the … read more »

Have A Spa Party

Most of us do not need a reason to enjoy the company of the people we love, but many people find it hard to justify spending money and time on ourselves. Now there is a way to take care of your body and mind while spending time with your friends and family.  A spa party will allow you to receive a spa package filled with treatments and massages that help you and your friends to relax and de-stress for weeks … read more »