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Sunnylands Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions and for limited public tours.
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The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.

Operating as usual

Follow the link to read up on our September 15 reopening, the return of Films in the Gardens, and upcoming tours in our ...
09/10/2021
Behind the Pink Wall: Movie nights return as Sunnylands opens for a new season

Follow the link to read up on our September 15 reopening, the return of Films in the Gardens, and upcoming tours in our latest "Behind the Pink Wall" newsletter. #Sunnylands #CoachellaValley #RanchoMirage #Public

Labor Day is behind us and it's refreshing to know that summer will soon come to a close as we gear up for a new season.

In their 2001 Declaration of Trust, Walter and Leonore Annenberg outlined their wish for the public to have access to Su...
09/03/2021

In their 2001 Declaration of Trust, Walter and Leonore Annenberg outlined their wish for the public to have access to Sunnylands and its unique place in history. Their wish was fulfilled on March 1, 2012 when Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened for the first time. #SunnylandsHistory

In 2001, Walter and Leonore Annenberg created a Declaration of Trust that would allow Sunnylands to continue serving as ...
08/27/2021

In 2001, Walter and Leonore Annenberg created a Declaration of Trust that would allow Sunnylands to continue serving as a venue for convening key figures of the U.S. government, international leaders, and innovative experts of diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, the Trust has hosted today's leaders to engage in dialogues that advance the key mission established by the Trust –“to promote world peace and facilitate international agreement.” #SunnylandsHistory

Having both served as U.S. ambassadors during their lifetime, Walter and Leonore Annenberg were keenly aware that provid...
08/20/2021

Having both served as U.S. ambassadors during their lifetime, Walter and Leonore Annenberg were keenly aware that providing a cordial and private setting, such as Sunnylands, was key to allowing their high-profile guests to engage with one another in a meaningful way. #SunnylandsHistory

Walter and Leonore Annenberg were extraordinary philanthropists, designating more than $3 billion in grants and gifts to...
08/13/2021

Walter and Leonore Annenberg were extraordinary philanthropists, designating more than $3 billion in grants and gifts to major research universities, hospitals, medical centers, public schools, and cultural and civic organizations. #SunnylandsHistory #philanthropy

Check out our latest Behind the Pink Wall newsletter for information on our September 15 reopening. #Sunnylands
08/11/2021
Behind the Pink Wall: The Center & Gardens reopens September 15

Check out our latest Behind the Pink Wall newsletter for information on our September 15 reopening.
#Sunnylands

Our reopening on September 15 is just over a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back to the Center & Gardens. We are planning for the return of some of your favorite programs, including Yoga and Tai Chi on the Great Lawn in November.

The Annenbergs were known for their unparalleled hospitality. Whether guests were invited to golf, dine, or stay, the ex...
08/06/2021

The Annenbergs were known for their unparalleled hospitality. Whether guests were invited to golf, dine, or stay, the experience was like no other.
#SunnylandsHistory

Over the years, Sunnylands served as an intersection of Hollywood royalty, business tycoons, and political power couples...
07/29/2021

Over the years, Sunnylands served as an intersection of Hollywood royalty, business tycoons, and political power couples—all coming together to enjoy the Annenberg's world class hospitality.
#SunnylandsHistory

Sunnylands was honored to host Bob Moses and other close advisors of Martin Luther King Jr. for a retreat on the civil r...
07/26/2021
Bob Moses passes away

Sunnylands was honored to host Bob Moses and other close advisors of Martin Luther King Jr. for a retreat on the civil rights movement in January 2019. #leadership #civilrights #justice #voting

Sunnylands mourns the loss of civil rights legend

The Annenbergs were prolific collectors of fine and decorative art from around the world. Together, they thoughtfully se...
07/22/2021

The Annenbergs were prolific collectors of fine and decorative art from around the world. Together, they thoughtfully selected the perfect location for each artwork, making for a unique fusion of art and interior design at Sunnylands. #SunnylandsHistory

The interiors at Sunnylands, featuring rich textures, contrasting colors, and Asian works transformed as decorative art ...
07/15/2021

The interiors at Sunnylands, featuring rich textures, contrasting colors, and Asian works transformed as decorative art pieces, illustrate decorator William Haines' signature Hollywood Regency style found throughout the historic house. #SunnylandsHistory

Stepping through the front doors of Sunnylands, visitors are met with high ceilings and an expansive space centered by R...
07/08/2021

Stepping through the front doors of Sunnylands, visitors are met with high ceilings and an expansive space centered by Rodin's "Eve" (1897). #SunnylandsHistory

Some of Sunnylands’ most distinguishing architectural features include Mesoamerican flourishes and an iconic pink roof. ...
06/30/2021

Some of Sunnylands’ most distinguishing architectural features include Mesoamerican flourishes and an iconic pink roof. See the images below for some of the design details that architect A. Quincy Jones and others infused into the home.
#SunnylandsHistory

After three years of development, Sunnylands was finally complete in 1966. Dotted with lakes and featuring a golf course...
06/23/2021

After three years of development, Sunnylands was finally complete in 1966. Dotted with lakes and featuring a golf course, the 200-acre winter retreat epitomized what the Annenbergs enjoyed most about the desert lifestyle: the weather, the mountain views, and their love of golf.
#SunnylandsHistory

Walter and Leonore Annenberg were one of the most influential couples of their generation in the fields of business, dip...
06/18/2021

Walter and Leonore Annenberg were one of the most influential couples of their generation in the fields of business, diplomacy, and philanthropy. Follow us throughout the summer to learn about their history at Sunnylands as we approach the 10-year anniversary of the Center & Gardens and the launch of today’s retreat program in the new season.
#SunnylandsHistory

During the summer recess, visit our virtual activities page where you will find various resources promoting wellness and...
06/09/2021
Virtual Activities

During the summer recess, visit our virtual activities page where you will find various resources promoting wellness and creativity. Take a virtual tour, practice some online yoga, try a new craft, or watch a relaxing video with beautiful photos of Sunnylands.
#Sunnylands #wellness #creativity #arts #yoga #mindfulness #tours #free

Explore our yoga videos, mindfulness series, arts and crafts, and more.

Sunnylands' STORY program featuring DAP Health is now available for download on the Sunnylands website. Follow the link ...
06/03/2021
STORY at Sunnylands

Sunnylands' STORY program featuring DAP Health is now available for download on the Sunnylands website. Follow the link to access recordings by DAP Health professionals discussing shame and other barriers to health equity in the Coachella Valley.
#Sunnylands #VirtualActivities #health #healthequity DAP Health

Amplifying under-represented voices

Sunnylands' annual summer closure begins June 7. Plan an end-of-season visit to stroll the gardens, browse the art colle...
06/01/2021

Sunnylands' annual summer closure begins June 7. Plan an end-of-season visit to stroll the gardens, browse the art collection and the gift shop, or enjoy some refreshments from the outdoor café. Open free to the public this Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #gardens #outdoor #free #public

Sunnylands' annual summer closure begins June 7. Plan an end-of-season visit to stroll the gardens, browse the art collection and the gift shop, or enjoy some refreshments from the outdoor café. Open free to the public this Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #gardens #outdoor #free #public

A sculptural delight, the Moroccan Mound (Euphorbia resinifera) adds even more intrigue in the spring with its clusters ...
05/27/2021

A sculptural delight, the Moroccan Mound (Euphorbia resinifera) adds even more intrigue in the spring with its clusters of bright yellow flowers.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #outdoors #gardens #public #free #MoroccanMound #spring #blooms #Euphorbia

The blooms of the Silver Torch Cactus have a beak shape that closely accommodates the beaks of the hummingbirds that pol...
05/25/2021

The blooms of the Silver Torch Cactus have a beak shape that closely accommodates the beaks of the hummingbirds that pollinate them.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #spring #outdoors #gardens #blooms #cacti #free #public

The Leucophyllum help frame the pathways around the Center. #Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #outdoors #garden...
05/21/2021

The Leucophyllum help frame the pathways around the Center.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #outdoors #gardens #public #free #leucophyllum #HeavenlyCloud #SierraBouquet #GreenCloud #BarometerBush #spring #blooms

Happy World Bee Day 2021. Without bees and other pollinators, our global food supply is at risk. The California Pollinat...
05/20/2021

Happy World Bee Day 2021. Without bees and other pollinators, our global food supply is at risk. The California Pollinator Coalition is dedicated to tackling the challenges of protecting pollinators while also ensuring the security and profitability of food and agricultural production. For more info and actionable steps on what you can do to help pollinators in your area, visit www.pollinator.org.
#Sunnylands #CoachellaValley #WorldBeeDay #pollinators #gardens #outdoors #savethebees

Happy World Bee Day 2021. Without bees and other pollinators, our global food supply is at risk. The California Pollinator Coalition is dedicated to tackling the challenges of protecting pollinators while also ensuring the security and profitability of food and agricultural production. For more info and actionable steps on what you can do to help pollinators in your area, visit www.pollinator.org.
#Sunnylands #CoachellaValley #WorldBeeDay #pollinators #gardens #outdoors #savethebees

Visit the Center & Gardens soon as Sunnylands will be closed on summer hiatus, beginning June 7. The popular Desert X in...
05/18/2021
Plan your next visit

Visit the Center & Gardens soon as Sunnylands will be closed on summer hiatus, beginning June 7.

The popular Desert X installation, "Women's Qualities," is on extended view on the Great Lawn, as well as the Agam exhibition inside the Center. Explore the new STORY boards in the gardens with a refreshing iced tea or latte from the café.

Be sure to stop by the reception desk to inquire about early morning walking tours. The Historic Walk is available at 9 am and 9:15 am only, weather permitting, and on a first-come first-served basis. $25 per person.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #public #gardens #outdoors

8:30 am to 4 pm, Wednesday–Sunday, through June 6.

When in bloom, the Fire Barrel ("Ferocactus gracilis") stands in bright contrast against the beds of crushed black scori...
05/17/2021

When in bloom, the Fire Barrel ("Ferocactus gracilis") stands in bright contrast against the beds of crushed black scoria.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #outdoors #gardens #public #free #cacti #FireBarrel #MexicanLime

The Palo Verde blooms are a seasonal delight to behold as the hummingbirds and bees flutter and buzz among the flowery b...
05/13/2021

The Palo Verde blooms are a seasonal delight to behold as the hummingbirds and bees flutter and buzz among the flowery branches. Come and enjoy the gardens Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #PaloVerde #Nature #Outdoors #free #gardens #spring #blooms #hummingbirds #bees

Sunnylands is partnering with DAP Health here in the Coachella Valley to launch STORY, a program aimed at amplifying the...
05/12/2021
STORY at Sunnylands

Sunnylands is partnering with DAP Health here in the Coachella Valley to launch STORY, a program aimed at amplifying the voices of under-represented communities. From May 12 to May 30, guests in the gardens will encounter colorful story boards with QR codes that, with the use of a smart phone, will activate audio or video recordings on the topic of health equity. Come walk the gardens and see how the issue of health equity affects you and the ones you love. Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #DAPHealth #HealthEquity #publichealth #lifejourney #public #outdoors #free

Amplifying under-represented voices

When in bloom, the Torch Cactus (Echinopsis huascha var. ‘grandiflora’) stops visitors in their tracks. #Sunnylands #Ran...
05/06/2021

When in bloom, the Torch Cactus (Echinopsis huascha var. ‘grandiflora’) stops visitors in their tracks.

#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #garden #outdoors #public #free

Sunnylands is hiring tour guide interns for the 2021–2022 season, beginning September 2021. We’re looking for college an...
05/04/2021

Sunnylands is hiring tour guide interns for the 2021–2022 season, beginning September 2021.

We’re looking for college and university students who are enthusiastic, friendly, and dependable team players who are dedicated to learning and giving back to the community.

This is a paid, part-time seasonal position in Rancho Mirage, California with internship credit opportunities from participating local colleges, universities, and majors. Tour guides are responsible for advancing the educational mission of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands by providing a welcoming experience at the Center & Gardens, historic house, and grounds through guided tours. As a tour guide, students will be able to gain work experience in a beautiful environment that incorporates art, architecture, history, hospitality, golf course operations, and environmental sustainability.

Applicants must be willing to participate in our paid, mandatory eight-week training program, have a valid driver’s license, and have the ability to work a flexible part-time schedule (up to 24 hours) each week.

To apply or for more information, please visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/518304

Sunnylands is hiring tour guide interns for the 2021–2022 season, beginning September 2021.

We’re looking for college and university students who are enthusiastic, friendly, and dependable team players who are dedicated to learning and giving back to the community.

This is a paid, part-time seasonal position in Rancho Mirage, California with internship credit opportunities from participating local colleges, universities, and majors. Tour guides are responsible for advancing the educational mission of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands by providing a welcoming experience at the Center & Gardens, historic house, and grounds through guided tours. As a tour guide, students will be able to gain work experience in a beautiful environment that incorporates art, architecture, history, hospitality, golf course operations, and environmental sustainability.

Applicants must be willing to participate in our paid, mandatory eight-week training program, have a valid driver’s license, and have the ability to work a flexible part-time schedule (up to 24 hours) each week.

To apply or for more information, please visit https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/Details/518304

Our final episode of this season’s "3 by 3" series is with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Poli...
05/03/2021
'3 by 3' Interview Series

Our final episode of this season’s "3 by 3" series is with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and program director at The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. An expert in the study of communication, she discusses her own experiences with gender bias within the academic world.

#Sunnylands #interview #highereducation #academic #women #womenleaders #research

Episode Three: Program Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Black-spined Agave add a vibrant symmetry to the garden beds near the Great Lawn. #Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaVa...
04/28/2021

Black-spined Agave add a vibrant symmetry to the garden beds near the Great Lawn.

#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #outdoors #garden #agave

On April 24, 2019, the United Nations first observed the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. T...
04/24/2021
The Annenberg Foundation Trust

On April 24, 2019, the United Nations first observed the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. These ideals, held in high esteem by Walter and Leonore Annenberg, continue to guide the mission of retreats hosted by The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. To learn more, visit our retreats page.

#HappyMultilateralismDay #DiplomacyDay2021 #Diplomacy #Sunnylands #Peace #UnitedNations

Bringing together leaders and experts from around the world.

Celebrate #EarthDay2021 in the #gardens in a fun and informative way with our new Gardens Boards. Found throughout the 1...
04/22/2021

Celebrate #EarthDay2021 in the #gardens in a fun and informative way with our new Gardens Boards. Found throughout the 15-acre space, these boards provide #QRcodes and information on the history of #EarthDay, #greenbuildings like Sunnylands Center, and include various ways you can get involved in #conservation efforts. Take the family on a #ScavengerHunt to find them all. In the gardens for a limited time. #Free and open to the #public, Wednesday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.

#HappyEarthDay #Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #spring #springtime #blooms #publicgardens #nature #FamilyFriendly

The recently blooming Red Yuccas have added a bold contrast to the colorful gardens this spring.#Sunnylands #RanchoMirag...
04/19/2021

The recently blooming Red Yuccas have added a bold contrast to the colorful gardens this spring.
#Sunnylands #RanchoMirage #CoachellaValley #RedYucca #Spring #Blooms #Nature #Gardens #Free

Mr. Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corp. of New York, was a trusted advisor to Sunnylands’ founders, Ambassadors W...
04/17/2021
Sunnylands mourns the passing of Vartan Gregorian, renowned humanitarian and Annenberg advisor - Sunnylands

Mr. Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corp. of New York, was a trusted advisor to Sunnylands’ founders, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg.
#education #philanthropy #scholarship #humanitarian

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The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands mourns the passing of Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corp. of New York, and a trusted advisor to Sunnylands’ founders, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Mr. Gregorian, who advised Walter Annenberg in his sizeable philanthropic gifts...

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Since March 2012, Sunnylands Center & Gardens has provided a beautiful, environmentally-sensitive space for the public to discover the historical significance of the adjacent 200-acre Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, California. Operating as the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, the midcentury modern home serves as a high-level retreat center for national and international leaders seeking to solve the most pressing issues facing the nation and the world.

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If you are in the Palm Springs area check out Sunnylands the perfect Oasis for a relaxing morning light breakfast, paper read, exhibits, videos, and garden stroll. You'll love it. OK, 2 posts, above and below.
Thursday , February 18,2021
You guys haven't broken 10k likes? You are Sunnylands, you should have a million likes or more! Need help? I'm but a message away. You have so much potential, in a digital world. Just thinking out loud here...
Well I was going to order some tickets on the 15th lol but I can wait....let us know when you will open up again so we can visit and see the grounds and home tour.....keep safe 😃
Are dogs allowed to visit the gardens?
***Starting Next Sunday*** INTRO to MINDFUL MEDITATION for Men Sunday, January 13th (& Every Sunday) 11:00 am -- Noon No RSVP's Necessary...Just Show Up! $10 Stress Management Studio 68487 Cathedral Canyon Dr #32 Cathedral City 92234 (across Cathedral Canyon from Del Taco) Do you wish you could learn to meditate? Do you think "I could never meditate?" Have you tried to learn, without success? Do you want to join an intimate group of men-who-love-men? Would you like to meditate more regularly? "Mindfulness" is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. LEAN INTO THE MOMENT. Please join us! This weekly group will be facilitated by Barry Schoenfeld, who started his mindful meditation training at the Kadampa Center in Los Angeles six years ago; and continues as a member of both the Insight Community of the Desert and the Dharmachakra Center of Palm Springs. (BTW, he thought he couldn't meditate either!)
Visited and went on the birding tour. It struck me that there's a lot of work to be done in the grounds; The were done at a time when man needed to dominate his surroundings; much can be done now, to update them, and make them sustainable; while keeping and preserving parts of the grounds as they are, a sustainability plan which: shrinks the golf course, establishes native trees plants and grasses, builds habitat for native birds and insects, and significantly reduces mined water consumption could turn Sunnylands' grounds into a model for 21st century sustainability, while maintaining areas to preserve its history.
When will tickets for November go on sale? Link is not active yet.
Are the Gardens open Sunday April 15th?
The burial plots of Walter Annenberg's grandparents and great-grandmother (who died at age 104 in 1909) in Jewish Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. The Annenbergs came to Chicago from East Prussia.
I love this place.. it's an amazing escape from the desert. Where you can look over the amazing gardens and landscaps.