Wellness Travel Podcast: A Spiritual Dialogue with Stephanie Ludwig, Canyon Ranch Spiritual Wellness

Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | Adventure, Canyon Ranch, Energy Work, Gratitude and Inspiration, Healing, Peace, Spirituality, healthy living, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Are you seeking more on your life journey?
Are you looking to enhance your Spiritual practice?

If so, then we hope you’ll take some time today ‘for you’ and listen to our latest Wellness Travel Podcast with our special guest, Stephanie Ludwig, Director of Spiritual Wellness at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ .

Stephanie shares her tips and insight to better assist you with enhancing your spirituality goals.

Canyon Ranch offers a number of group classes and meaningful private sessions such as Soul Journey, which was referred to in our conversation. I’ve included more details for you in the link below.

If you’d like to delve even deeper then you may want to consider the Inner Spirit Retreat in July.

Canyon Ranch Spiritual Wellness Offerings

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Special Offer: Contact MindfulAdventures.com for your next Canyon Ranch journey for access to special rates over select dates.

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Wellness & Spirituality: Insight & Inspiration with Stephanie Ludwig of Canyon Ranch Tucson

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 | Adventure, Beauty, Canyon Ranch, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Gratitude and Inspiration, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Peace, Spirituality, healthy living, joy, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Spirituality is always top of mind for me when I travel to my favorite wellness spas.  Going more deeply into a spirituality practice helped me to overcome dark times after a significant loss and over the years it has become a time to immerse myself in classes, meditation and the act of just ‘being’ while surrounded by the beauty of nature and the sound of my breath.  It’s grounding and helps with my creativity. It isn’t easy for me to quiet my mind and go to the deepest part of my soul, however, when I’m at a place like Canyon Ranch in Tucson, I find that I can be more fully present.

Spirituality has always been a core part of the Canyon Ranch experience, however, the Spirituality Center at Canyon Ranch is fairly new and it’s an oasis of tranquility.  Prior to this new building the classes and private sessions were offered in a separate area.   I wanted to delve a little deeper into spirituality and so I recently connected with Stephanie Ludwig, PhD, MA, MDiv.,  Director of Spiritual Wellness at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ.

I’m grateful for the opportunity we had to connect further about spirituality and Canyon Ranch and think you’ll enjoy Stephanie’s insight, tips and authenticity.

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DMA: What inspired you to go into Psychology and Divinity?

SL: Some early life experiences of loss and trauma led me to start asking the “big questions” at a young age.  The need to make meaning out of my own overwhelming experiences met a natural curiosity within me, and an innate sense of life being more than meets the eye. This led me to both a spiritual path and a profession where I can explore those big questions with others seeking meaning, healing, and growth.

DMA: What tips would you like to share with my readers to enhance their spirituality and meditation goals, needs and mindfulness?

SL: Take time every day to connect with your deepest spiritual self and with whatever you experience and name as the source of your life, whether that’s the Universe, Spirit, God, Ultimate Reality, Great Mystery or some other name. Use whatever practice creates that deepest sense of connection for you. Meditation, journaling, walking in nature, yoga, prayer, gardening, dancing, reading a sacred text – these are some of the many rich possibilities. Spiritual deepening doesn’t generally happen by accident. Like any relationship, it requires a commitment of time and space in your days. It requires dedication and attention.  And there is no right way to cultivate that deepening. Look for a practice that calls you to it, rather than imposing something on yourself, and then remember that the practice is simply the means to connection.  Do it daily, but hold it lightly. If the only thing you do each day is maintain awareness of your breath, of your connection to Spirit (the word Spirit in English is related to “breath” in Latin), from the moment you awaken until the moment you return to sleep you will be transformed!

DMA: What is one of your biggest life lessons so far and do you use it in your work?

SL: Don’t try so hard. I trust there is a natural and divine order unfolding (I experience those working in harmony) that I may not be able to see or understand that I am participating in. When I let go of trying, pushing, controlling, and knowing in a purely rational way, I am carried in that current and experience peace. Even when life is painful, uncertain, and confusing. I use this daily in my work by listening deeply to another’s experience, listening for what is unfolding for that person spiritually, and offering the assure that whatever is happening is trustworthy even if it is uncomfortable.

DMA: If you weren’t working in Spirituality, what would you be doing?

SL: Either running a bakery or teaching ecology or geology.  I love the magic of mixing ingredients in a bowl, subjecting them to heat and watching them change form! Plus, I have a sweet tooth. My spiritual life is deeply rooted in reverence for the natural world that sustains our lives. I spend time each day in the desert canyon near my home and love learning the science of it, or any place I am inhabiting. Inviting others to discover and appreciate the power, beauty, and curiosities of the earth brings me joy.

DMA: At Canyon Ranch, how do you assist guests in exploring and nourishing their spirituality?

SL: Our Spiritual Wellness department offers individual consultations that range from a Spiritual Dialogue about a person’s spiritual life to a Soul Journey, which is a guided meditation experience that incorporates sound, music and going on an inner journey.  We also offer lectures that teach guests about spiritual topics, and workshops which delve more fully into a topic like forgiveness or becoming spiritually whole in a more intimate atmosphere with other seekers. In all of these settings we use conversation, reflection, visualization, meditation, prayer, direct teaching and other ways of inviting guests more fully into the spiritual life.

DMA: What do you do to stay educated in your field?

SL: Most importantly, I attend to my spiritual life by staying faithfully dedicated to my own practices, receiving regular guidance, and continuing to learn in ways relevant to my path. This is essential, to bring integrity to accompanying people spiritually and teaching. I also attend continuing education workshops and trainings and conferences in the areas of spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Maintaining membership with Spiritual Directors International is also helpful as they publish a wonderful professional journal and offer continuing education.

DMA: What’s next for you?

SL: I am very challenged and content where I am right now so I am not making any plans to change my professional path. But I am beginning to plan my annual trip to Hawaii to visit family and enjoy warm blue-green water.  Some of my childhood years were spent on Oahu so returning always feels like going home.

DMA: Do you have a mentor?  If so, how has he/she helped you?

SL: Fortunately, I have had wonderful teachers and mentors, some who are alive today and others who are not. They have included renowned theologians, psychologists and spiritual guides. Right now my most important mentor is the natural world.  As I mentioned earlier, I spend time daily in places of wild beauty and I continue to learn how to be more spiritually human and loving through encounters with canyons, creeks, mountains and the creatures of the desert.

DMA: What’s your biggest challenge in your work?

SL: Caring for myself fully so I can be fully present each moment to the person before me and listen for, and respond to, what they are seeking. That requires daily attention to eating well, getting plenty of exercise and sleep, nurturing myself mentally and emotionally, working on my relationships, and attending to my spiritual life. It’s like keeping an instrument tuned so it can be played well. You can’t neglect yourself.

DMA: What is most rewarding to you in your field?

SL: Accompanying someone through a loss or trauma. These are the most difficult experiences for us as human beings. We often feel profoundly alone and alienated from others. To companion someone on that journey through darkness, hoping with them for the return of light, is a gift. Having journeyed through darkness many times in my life, and having something to offer someone in that place, is a gift.  It is also very powerful to witness someone experiencing a significant shift in perception, a shift in how they see reality that moves them toward healing or greater wholeness. Seeing differently can change everything in our lives for the better.

DMA:  Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get into this field?

SL: Pray for guidance and listen deeply for a response. Enter into a conversation with someone who can listen with you, a spiritual guide or companion. This is also known as discernment. If this is your work to do in the world opportunities will present themselves to you.

I hope that our conversation has helped you think more about your own spiritual practice and give you a glimpse of what Canyon Ranch offers in their Spirituality program.

Questions or comments?
Let’s Connect.

Stay in touch with Mindful Adventures for more wellness interviews and podcasts from the top destination spa experts.  And reach out to us if you’re considering a Canyon Ranch journey in Tucson, AZ or Lenox, MA as we have special rates and savings for specific weeks.

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Wellness News: Hyatt Hotels Corporation Acquires Miraval Group for $215M

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Miraval Spa, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Acquires Miraval

Wellness travel has been showing growth and it’s even more evident with today’s news that Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation has acquired Miraval Group.

Miraval has been one of the leading wellness-focused resorts in the U.S. and their programming has helped guests create a healthier and more balanced life.   Miraval recently acquired Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas and Hyatt will continue redevelopment plans and will also pursue the acquisition and redevelopment of Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, MA.  In addition, Hyatt’s acquisition also includes the Miraval Life in Balance Spa brand at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

The acquisition includes an initial investment of $215 million for the Miraval brand and the resorts in Tucson and Austin. Hyatt expects to invest an additional $160 million over the next two to three years to fund the expansion of the Tucson resort, the redevelopment of the Austin resort and the acquisition and redevelopment of the Lenox resort. Hyatt will fund the investment with current operating cash flows and proceeds from the sale of existing assets, consistent with Hyatt’s asset recycling program.

According to Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, “We know that wellness is an area that is becoming increasingly important to our guests and we share Miraval’s belief that wellness is more than fitness and nutrition – it’s a lifestyle. Adding Miraval to the Hyatt family creates a great opportunity to advance the Miraval brand expansion while building a greater depth of expertise in wellness and mindfulness.”

Miraval will form a distinct new wellness category within the Hyatt portfolio of brands.

Today’s announcement continues Hyatt’s commitment to a holistic health and wellness strategy as an extension of its purpose, to care for people so they can be their best. For example, since 2014, Hyatt chefs around the globe have been championing Food. Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served, a program featuring menus evolved with an eye on sustainable health. This includes options such as grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood and organic fruits and vegetables. Additionally, many Hyatt hotels worldwide are offering more options for travelers to maintain a healthier routine, including healthy refreshments at arrival, curated in-room amenities, increased fitness offerings, expanded menus and nutritious to-go alternatives.

“Our shared purpose makes Hyatt the ideal acquisition partner,” said Rudnitsky. “This transaction will unlock Miraval’s full potential by joining us with one of the foremost global hospitality companies fully committed to wellness. Consistent with Hyatt’s strategy, Miraval offers destinations for guests who take an active role in seeking inspiration and self-improvement for a life in balance.”

In information received from Miraval, they say the experience will not change and that the specialists, instructors, guides, yogis, therapists and culinary team that guests have come to know and love will continue to guide, challenge, center and nourish guests on their journey.

Interested in visiting Miraval?

Contact our Wellness Travel Expert, Donna Adinolfi, for the latest insight, rates and assistance with planning your personal journey.

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Wellness Podcast Series: An Interview with Danielle Fryer – Nutrition and Fitness Rockstar

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 | Adventure, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Weight Loss, fitness, healthy living, hiking, joy, mindfulness, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Join us for this engaging podcast with Danielle Fryer, a Nutrition Rockstar and Healthy Living Advocate.

Danielle Fryer is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, Certified Sports Specialist in Dietetics, Yoga, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and Speaker/Seminar Leader.

In our latest discussion we reviewed several healthy living tips, her upcoming retreats at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and several life lessons she learned along the way.

Listen to our inspiring and fun podcast
to kick off the year and learn more about Danielle and her insight
to create a healthier lifestyle.

Are you ready?  You’re in the best place to get started!

More insight:
And the conversation continued between Danielle and I after the microphone was turned off.

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Up Close with Danielle Fryer: Nutrition, Movement and Inspiration

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Up Close with Danielle Fryer: Nutrition, Movement and Inspiration

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 | Adventure, Healing, Manifesting, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Weight Loss, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, love, mindfulness, stress relief, well-being, wellness | 1 Comment

Up close with Danielle Fryer

Join us for the entire interview regarding nutrition, movement and inspiration.
by Donna Adinolfi with Danielle Fryer

The Interview with Mindful Adventures Continues…

DA: What inspired you to go into nutrition, fitness and yoga?

DF: I was inspired to learn about food science after suffering with a dysfunctional relationship with food and my own body in high school. I used to binge eat and then purge through excessive exercise. It was a rollercoaster ride from hell. The shame, guilt, and blame of this behavior became my bondage.  It was only after I surrendered to the Lord, that He showed me that food wasn’t my issue.

My struggle for control was the real issue.

Food was merely a symptom.

My education showed me that food can help heal and nourish us.

With graduation of high school, my gymnastics “career” ended. I didn’t know what to do with all this new found time on my hands, so I joined the new health club in my hometown. Immediately, “fitness everything” became my new passion.

I began a Yoga practice while still a gymnast in high school in the 90’s. Then the postures came natural to me. Today, I love describing how the body might feel if it moves this way or that way. To teach someone to move in their body is quite poetic. I love that about teaching. It’s almost like teaching water how to flow. How do we do that? Ha! The best we can do is point to it with our words and allow our bodies to resonate with the words and the feeling inside our bodies.

DA: What tips would you like to share with my readers to enhance their fitness and nutrition/healthy eating needs?

DF:  I have a few for you:

My nutrition tip is to listen to your body’s intuition more!

Drink more Water! Half your body weight in ounces, per day!

Remember that nourishing food has no need for commercials.

LOOK at the “ingredient list” on EVERY food label.
*Calories, fat, carbs, protein, etc. that are NOT more important than the ingredient list!
Think farm to plate.

Get familiar with the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen and toxic 20!
*There are apps called “Dirty Dozen” with this information at your finger tips.

Be aware of your emotions (mad, glad, sad, scared, confused) when thinking about food, choosing food, and even while chewing your food.

My fitness tip is move your body however you dig it! I encourage sincere exploration of different exercise types to move your body in a way that celebrates life.
Not everyone enjoys the same rhythm of movement. Just get IN your body and feel it!

DA: What’s one of your biggest life lessons so far and do you use it in your work?

DF:  One of my biggest life lessons so far is relinquishing control – surrendering.  I created an acronym called “J A R” that helps me. When I feel anxious, I am inside a JAR: Judgment, Attachment, or Resistance. When I can catch myself in that state of mind, I recognize that I am desiring to control something. I can struggle or I can surrender it. In that moment, I can choose between anxiety or peace.

I do use this life lesson in my work. It’s foundational. My soon to be published book, The Mindful Clean Plate: Food Freedom Sourcebook, goes into great detail on how to surrender control and find peace with food and body image.

DA:  If you weren’t working in the wellness/nutrition/yoga field, what would you be doing?

DF: I would be a professional Christian Rockstar!

I love to play my guitar and sing. If I could make a living doing that I would shoot over the rainbow. I was born for the performing arts. There is a lot of performing arts channeled with my retreats, events and classes.

DA:  What’s your favorite fitness activity (other than yoga!)?

DF: Anything with my dog, Sadie Pearl, is my favorite. We hike, trail run, walk, and Stand Up paddle board. I just bought a new road bike and am stoked to go pedal that bad boy. I also love strength training in the weight room and it is an essential piece of my weekly workouts.

DA: What do you do to stay educated about nutrition, yoga, fitness trends, research, etc.? What resources do you like?

DF:  In regards to my Nutrition credentials and my Strength Coach credentials, I attend annual continuing education conferences nationwide. I have been a regular attendee of SCAN Symposiums (Sports, Cardiovascular and Nutrition) for over a decade. I am an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member under The Commission on Dietetic Registration.

I just attended the NSCA coaches conferences in Nashville, TN where I joined the leading community of S&C coaches for athletes and learned the latest practical coaching with hands-on sessions.

I have enhanced my yoga practice and teaching techniques by reading, applying it in my own practice, taking other yoga classes, enrolling in yoga immersions and workshops nationwide.

DA: What’s next for you in this field?

DF: My goal is to be contracted for 12 National Retreats in 2017. I am open to location and specifics of what they entail around my professional offerings.

The publishing of The Mindful Clean Plate-Food Freedom Sourcebook is my ultimate goal for 2017!
The Mindful Clean Plate is a food freedom memoir and how-to book/workbook that is rooted in faith and science.

Three grounded platforms are:

1.    Food: Eating farm to table food nourishes the body. Learn to use your senses to stimulate food satisfaction. This will enhance food choice quality, quantity and balance.

2.    Movement: Intentional exercise that celebrates life. Choose an exercise type that works for you. Motion is lotion for the body.

3.    Mindset: Training the mind to embody healthy lifestyle behaviors. Practice shifting your thoughts and recognizing your emotions. These actions will empower healthier choices.

I also have a vision to establish a missions based yoga community here in Gadsden, Alabama. My mission is to lead worship in motion through yoga asana and provide a healthy environment where my community can praise through movement & music.

DA: Do you have a mentor?  If so, how has he/she helped you?

DF: The Lord has blessed my life with so many impactful and trustworthy advisors.

There are two names I’d like to mention:

Tom Brown. He was my gymnastics coach for 13 years. He showed me by example that following your passion will lead the way toward a successful creative business. One thing that really sticks out for me about Tom was when he entrusted me to lead strength and conditioning sessions for our gymnastics team. He knew I loved S&C. With doing this, it empowered me to learn how to get super strong and help others do the same.

The other I’d like to mention is Mary Baun. She was my first RD mentor. I never knew any real life RD’s before I was led into my field. But, the first one to touch my heart was Mary. She is a clinical RD, diabetes educator in Pittsburgh. She hired me right out of college. She was extremely patient with me and I learned some wonderful counseling techniques from her that I still use today.

DA: What is most rewarding to you in your field?

DF: Being in service with the specific tools that I feel anointed to make use of, while making a difference in another person’s life. It’s breathtaking to me to plant seeds for better health, that in turn brings a quickening in the mind and body!

DA: Anything else you’d like to share to assist others to refocus on their fitness/nutrition or enhance their current program?

DF: Awareness, Surrender and LOVE are the three most potent ingredients for enhancing anything! Often, we have not because we ask not. To focus your mind, ask in prayer every single day. Ask for faith, comfort, healing, restoration and quickening of the body.

Make a plan. Write in pencil because life happens. Be self disciplined in a sustainable plan. Take this step. Then this step. Take the steps and It will be given to you freely.  You are NOT stagnant regardless of your past or current condition! You have what it takes. You are lovely.

Affirm this:
God doesn’t call those that are prepared. He prepares those that are called.

Danielle’s personal message:

I’ll see you at one of my next retreats in 2017 or via Skype: Nutrition Rockstar Coaching

Contact Danielle directly with questions about nutrition, lifestyle coaching, or retreat information at www.DanielleFryer.Rocks

Nemacolin Woodlands Retreat info:  www.daniellefryer.rocks/retreats/

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10 Wellness Retreats to Create a Healthier Lifestyle

Friday, January 6th, 2017 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, California Spas, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Equine Therapy, Healing, Meditation, Mii Amo, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, Zipline, fitness, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being | 1 Comment

Are you ready to take action and create positive change for your life?

Get ready to challenge yourself, nurture yourself and reinvent yourself using travel and spa as a ‘tool’ to wellness.

From Cali to the East Coast, these are some of the best in the world and 10 of the best wellness resorts in the U.S. (with one just over the border in Tecate, Mexico!).

What are Your Intentions for this New Year?

It starts here! Are you ready?

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA

The healing power and energy of the Sonoran Desert and the tranquility of the Berkshires will inspire you to nourish, challenge and pamper yourself.  From hiking, biking, nutritious dining, workshops and consultations by wellness and medical experts to a full service spa for relaxation and renewal.  Trouble sleeping? Consider going to one of the sleep seminars or a private session with Dr. Param Dedhia, Director of Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Dedhia also championed the relaunch of the Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center. Programs at the Life Enhancement Center offer a small group opportunity to focus on your goals for one full week (Sunday-Sunday).  Perhaps you’re more interested in a Spiritual Journey.  Stress, Healing & Spiritual Awakening might be a good session for you with Spiritual Wellness provider, Pamela Dintaman and learn how the spiritual journey can help you with steps toward transforming your life.

Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA

Vera Via offers one of the most unique and intimate programs amongst destination/health spas. Since it’s in a ’boutique size’ setting at the Park Hyatt Aviara, the program helps guests accomplish specific  goals including weight reduction, overcoming stressors, personal fitness and programming for long lasting health and well-being.  Guests meet with their experts and create an individualized plan that helps them realize success during a stay with continued progress when guests are back home.  We know that treating the ‘whole’ person leads to long lasting results.   Melissa and Wyatt Chapman, Co-Founders of Vera Via, are committed to the success of the program along with their team.   There are several packages to choose from depending on your schedule and goals. There’s also a spa on property offering a la carte services.

Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

Rancho la Puerta offers an abundance of fitness classes, hiking opportunities for the beginner to advanced, cooking demos, lectures and plenty of options for pampering in their health centers. Meals are nourishing and vegetarian and simply delicious.  The ‘rooms’ are really casitas and they’re spacious and decorated with folkloric Mexican art and they’re very comfortable. Take the time to ‘meander the paths’ at the Ranch and you might just find your life will open up to unlimited possibilities.  This is a beloved wellness resort and the original destination fitness resort and spa as it all started in 1940, founded by Edmond and Deborah Szekely.  Spa time?  Consider the Feldenkrais Method and Watsu.
More about the Ranch in this article.

Miraval Arizona, Tucson

Find inspiration and learn how to live in the moment.  Be present, rather than worry about the past or the future.  Different experiences present choices for nutrition, fitness, stress management and meditation.  Explore challenging activities, inspiring classes and relaxing moments to help you create a healthier lifestyle.  Some of my ‘go-to’ experts include Anne Parker as she helps me stay grounded and her perspective helps with my own transformation.  For a deep tissue massage, Stephen is my go-to and Lolita for her insight and nurturing style.  First time?  Consider the Equine Experience and be sure to experience the meditation options.
Miraval’s Life in Balance profile on us in this article.

Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

This wellness resort is only 90-minutes from Las Vegas and is surrounded by majestic red mountains, vivid blue skies and the peaceful setting of the Utah desert.   Adventure awaits guests with activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking as well as healthy living classes, fitness, healthy dining and pampering spa services to soothe your body, mind and soul after a fulfilling day.  In addition to a great list of property hikes, you might want to consider a guided hike at Zion National Park Hike and explore deep canyons and sandstone cliffs.  Canyoneering and Rappelling are also offered.  At the spa, look at the Desert Dreams Ritual (night time bliss).
More about Red Mountain Spa in this article.

Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

Located on Lake Austin in Texas Hill Country, this highly rated resort is a rare find in the Austin area and a unique setting for a destination spa.  It is truly like going to your best friend’s lake cottage!  Fitness classes, healthy living classes, nutritious and delicious dining are available.  If you’re looking for a unique program in healthy cooking, then the Culinary Experience is one to look into for an interactive experience, which is another opportunity to take action to create positive change in your life.  One of the best values is the Power of 7 program, a customized 7-day program
focused on your personal goals.  What about the spa?  Look at Texas Starry Night (pleasant dreams!).

Mii Amo, Sedona, AZ

Mii Amo, a Native American word meaning “journey,” is located at Enchantment Resort and surrounded by the awe-inspiring red rocks of Sedona.  There is a sense of healing and feeling of life-changing energy in this magical space in the desert.  There are different “journeys” or programs that you can choose from for a 3-, 4- or 7-night stay such as the Healthy Body in Balance, Spiritual Exploration, Transformational Wisdom.  Journeys include all meals, classes, activities and spa services.  A stunning and inspirational setting creates the stage for change.  At the spa:  consider the Psychic Massage and Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing (specialty service).

Hilton Head Health, Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head Health (H3) has over 40 years of experience with their weight loss program and their newer Live Well Program.  Beginning on day one you’re assessed by H3’s fitness experts and given a personalized program, one that is effective and tailored to your needs.  Scheduling features healthy eating, fitness, behavioral health and they’re offered in private and small groups.  H3’s all-inclusive program is effective, empowering and fun.  At Indigo Spa, try the Fit and Firm Transformational Facial with Skin Authority products (best facial I ever had!).
More about my personal journey here.

Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, CA

Recently renovated and one of the best values in a destination spa vacation.  They offer up to 16 exercise classes and fitness activities per day, a 1000 calorie-a-day spa food plan, spa services, and healthy living classes and an opportunity for (mostly) women to make positive changes and return home renewed and rejuvenated.    The Dance Week and Mother/Daughter weeks are popular and their visiting speakers.  The Oaks is one of the most affordable retreats, which takes away even more stress.  At the spa, try the Joint Health Arnica Massage (or Aromatherapy Massage).

Cal-a-Vie, Vista, CA

Located in the rolling hills outside of San Diego, this intimate European villa-inspired resort offers guests the tools to create a more balanced lifestyle with nutritious meals, fitness classes, stress management classes and a luxurious spa.  Contemplate the changes you’re ready to make while doing a walking meditation in the labyrinth or within the quiet walls of their 400 year-old chapel.  The vineyards are beautiful and Cal-a-vie is simply beautiful.   Take time to walk the labyrinth.

Life is a Journey….that we can all agree upon.  Take the first step to create the positive change you desire and keep on walking!

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Having experienced all of these destination spas I’m happy to share more insight and details to help you on your path to wellness.
If you’d like to connect: Email me directly:   donna@mindfuladventures.com

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Last Minute Mindful Holiday Gift Guide – Wellness, Spa and Travel Ideas

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 | Adventure, Beauty, Canyon Ranch, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Healing, Nutrition, Peace, Rancho la Puerta, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Mindful Holiday Gift Guide
by Mindful Adventures

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Round-up of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions for Top Wellness and Spa Resorts

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Adventure, Canyon Ranch, Destination Spas, Meditation, Mii Amo, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Weight Loss, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, well-being | No Comments

Where will you go?

It’s that time of year when the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions come out and there are some great ones this year.  So if you’re thinking about a getaway for 2017 or even later this year, there are some great opportunities for savings and bonuses to help you save for your next wellness retreat.

Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch is offering a bonus voucher with a $500 Gift Card purchase on Monday, Nov. 28. This is a one day only promotion and these must be purchased online.  This is a great opportunity to offset the cost of your next wellness retreat at this world famous resort.

Purchase a gift card online Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016, and receive a bonus voucher, which you may use as a gift for someone or use yourself on a non-group stay in Tucson or Lenox.

Once you’re all set with your gift cards and bonus vouchers let’s connect and find the best options for your dates.

Red Mountain Resort & Spa

Red Mountain Resort is offering a 15% off promotion on their Essential Retreat and Essential Plus* for stays through March 31, 2017. Reservations and deposit required by Nov. 27.
*Essential Plus includes a spa allowance

Think about your dates and let’s connect.

Miraval Arizona

The Cyber Monday promo begins on Monday, November 28th and will allow for a $275 per person per night spa allowance that can be used for spa services, private sessions and fee-based activities.  The promotion is valid for travel through 2017 and must be reserved by December 6, 2016.

Contact me directly if you have dates in mind and I’ll review the best options and compare promotions.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin is offering Spa and Fitness Bonus ($400*) when you purchase a $2000 (or more) Overnight Gift Certificates by November 30, 2016.
*You mus stay overnight before March 31, 2017 to receive the Spa and Fitness Bonus.

Oaks at Ojai

Thinking of retreating at the Oaks at Ojai?
Purchase a $500 gift certificate (online) between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and you’ll receive their signature OaksSpa waffle robe.

There are several other promotions so let’s connect if this is on your radar and I’ll review the best options for your dates.
Stay in touch and visit our Facebook page @MindfulAdventures for updates on other wellness resorts and their upcoming promotions.

And, Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend.
Thank you for your support!

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Eating Healthier and Stressing Less: Five Tips from Dr. Lauze Volk

Friday, November 4th, 2016 | Beauty, Nutrition, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, fitness, healthy living, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

The Holiday Season is upon us and it can be a stressful time for many of us, especially when food and weight loss goals are top of mind.

Dr. Lauze Volk, FAAP, FACP

Dr. Lauze Volk has been practicing medicine since 1998 and also owns Libelle Aesthetics & Weight Loss Center in Lexington, Kentucky.   She shared her Five Tips for Eating Healthier and Stressing Less based on a number of questions from her patients and they may be just what you need to stay on track with your goals for the rest of this year (and beyond!).

1.    Know your goal.

Do you want to lower your cholesterol, fit into your favorite jeans by 2017 or simply feel better?  Knowing your goal gives perspective and creates accountability. When you reach your goal (or make steps forward), take a moment to pause and celebrate.

2.    Don’t stress about eating healthy.

It’s OK to have cheat days. “I don’t diet, but I make healthy choices,” explains Dr. Volk. “I eat pretty much everything I want, but in smaller portions. For example, I love fries, but I’ll only eat a few, not the whole carton. If you go overboard one day, shake it off and approach the next day with a guilt-free stance.”

3.    Create a healthy balance by avoiding “family style.”

You are likely to eat more than you would like if you place large portions on your plate. “My children don’t eat healthy, but I offer salads and healthy options so they become familiar with adding them into their lifestyle. I have found baby carrots to be a great vegetable option that kids tend to like,” adds Dr. Volk.

4.    Road Warrior?

It can be challenging to eat healthy while traveling. Dr. Volk suggests packing bags of snacks that can easily be thrown into your bag or purse. Nuts, apple slices, grapes, string cheese, and nutrition bars travel well and are smart choices.

5.    Remember, each day is different.

Don’t ruin your current day by thinking about yesterday. Dr. Volk suggests, “You don’t need yesterday; today, you will try to be better. Eating healthy is a constant battle, the process and goals are what you have to keep in mind. Instead of stressing or feeling guilty, go for a walk!”

More about Dr. Volk:

Dr. Volk opened Libelle Aesthetics & Weight Loss Center in February 2016. The Libelle team helps patients find the appropriate individualized treatment for their aesthetics and weight management needs. The medical spa offers treatments for all skin types ranging from those to treat acne, microdermabrasion, body sculpting and laser hair reduction. For weight management, Dr. Volk oversees the hCG rapid medical weight loss program that targets problem fat around the abdomen, hips and thighs.  Visit: www.libelleaestheticsandweightlosscenter.com

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Autumn Spa Services to Spice Up Your Life

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 | Adventure, Beauty, Healing, Skincare, facials, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Sanctuary Spa

The beauty of Autumn is upon us!

You’re most likely enjoying apple picking, hot cider, pumpkins, colorful drives and your favorite autumn spices.

Several spas are offering autumn-inspired spa services to spice up the season and your senses and we’ve included several for you here.

Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY is offering apple-cider infused services.

Apple Cider Masque and Massage Body Treatment
This service combines mineral clays from the Canadian seas, iced cider, and apple vinegar in a rehydrating body masque and wrap. The treatment includes a rebalancing scalp and full body massage with an apple extract-infused body crème. 80 minutes

Apple Cider Deluxe Pedicure
Ancient sea mineral crystals and apple cider gently exfoliate, repair and tone legs and feet, while cuticles and nails are restored with a gentle file, cuticle treatment, and an application of soothing apple cream. 80 minutes

Apple Cider Soak

This soak in the spa’s hydrotherapy tub uses Dead Sea salts and mineral crystals to draw out toxins and impurities from deep in the body, renewing muscle strength and cellular repair. 25 minutes

Two Floridian spas are included in this autumn-inspired list of services.

Pumpkin isn’t just great in a pie.  There are natural enzymes in pumpkin that help boost radiance and you’ll find pumpkin used in services at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa.

Muddy Pumpkin Body Treatment
This treatment includes a body scrub exfoliation, pumpkin mud wrap, and scalp and foot massage. A post-wrap shower includes a warm cinnamon oil applied to hydrate the body. 50 minutes

Muddy Pumpkin Mani-Pedi
Hands and feet enjoy all the pampering with this pumpkin mud wrap followed by a massage with cinnamon oil and warm stones.  A nail grooming and polish caps it off. 80 minutes

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ is taking spice up a notch by using clove and black pepper in their autumn-inspired services.

Bodhi Body Contouring Treatment
A gentle body polish prepares the skin for a spicy warming body mask wrap that stimulates blood vessels for better circulation as it nourishes the skin. The treatment also includes a gentle facial massage with warm herbal poultices and a relaxing Swedish-style massage using a blend of black pepper, clove bud and kaffir lime essential oils.  90 minutes

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