Lakeside Retreat: Escape to Elkhart Lake, WI – TravelWorld Int’l Magazine

Friday, September 16th, 2016 | Adventure, Cooking Schools, Energy Work, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Mineral Pool, Relaxation, Skincare, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just
water, but the voice of Life, the voice of Being, the voice of
perpetual Becoming.”  – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

What’s the antidote to stress?
A Lakeside Retreat

Join me on a journey through Elkhart Lake, WI in this Fall issue of TravelWorld International Magazine.

Regardless of the season, Elkhart Lake has a lot to offer and I hope you’ll consider visiting. Enjoy!

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Enchanted by Ischia – TravelWorld International Magazine

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Adventure, Healing, Mineral Pool, Mineral Springs, Relaxation, Skincare, healthy living, spa, stress relief, wellness | No Comments

Room with a view at the Regina Isabella

My dream, influenced by the movie “Enchanted April” (1992), was to return to Italy during the month of April and experience sunshine, wisteria, the deep blue sea and the passionate Italian way of life.

My journey continues here

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Top 10 Destination Spas for Change

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 | Abundance, Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, California Spas, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Equine Therapy, Golden Door Escondido, Healing, Meditation, Mii Amo, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, Zipline, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Top 10 Destination Spas for Change
Positive Action creates Positive Change

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 your vehicle.  Choose to live in the moment ‘now’ and reach beyond your limits to uncover your hidden passions and a more positive you.  It starts here, are you ready?


Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA – The healing power and energy of the Sonoran Desert and the Berkshires offer a respite to those seeking programs to nourish, challenge and pamper themselves.  Consider hiking, biking, nutritious dining, workshops and consultations by wellness and medical experts and a full service spa for relaxation and renewal.

Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA
Vera Via offers one of the most unique programs among destination/health spas.  Their program helps guests accomplish specific  goals including weight reduction, overcoming stressors, personal fitness and programs for long lasting health and well-being.  I love that you meet with their experts and create an individualized plan that helps you realize success during your stay with continued progress when you’re back home. Treating the ‘whole’ person leads to long lasting results.


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.


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.


Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah
- Only 90 minutes from Las Vegas, this resort 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.  Consider the assistance of their Life Coach, Cindy Clemmons, and take part in one of the workshops to help you make the changes for a more fulfilling life.


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 ExperienceÔ is one to look into for an interactive experience, which is another opportunity to take action to create positive change in your life.

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 Lifestyle journey, Ayurvedic Balance,m or Healthy Aging.  Journeys include all meals, classes, activities and spa services.  A stunning and inspirational setting creates the stage for change.

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.


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.

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.

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!

“The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step.”  Lao Tze

Having experienced all of these destination spas I’m happy to share more insight and details to help you on your path to wellness.
For more information on any of the above Destination Spas and to plan your stay, call me directly at 757-880-6983 or via e-mail (donna@mindfuladventures.com)


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Love Quotes Ebook

Saturday, February 13th, 2016 | Abundance, Beauty, Healing, Peace, joy, love, mindfulness, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

“Where there is love there is life.” - Mahatma Gandhi

I wanted to create something to show my love and gratitude.

This is a heartfelt little ebook (my first attempt at an ebook!) with well known quotes and original photography,
which I hope will uplift and inspire you.

Share the love!

http://www.mindfuladventures.com/articles/LoveQuotesEBook.pdf

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Last Minute Healthy Holiday Gift Guide for Travel, Spa, Wellness and Inspiration

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, California Spas, Canyon Ranch, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Gratitude and Inspiration, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, fitness, healthy living, hiking, joy, love, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | 2 Comments

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide
Travel, Spa, and Wellness

It’s the season of giving and if you’re like me and seek out healthy holiday gifts that keep on giving all year, then my hope is that you’ll enjoy this thoughtful list.  Many of these gift ideas will inspire others and truly make a difference in a person’s life, perhaps your own life.

Merry Christmas and holiday greetings to you and yours. Best wishes for a New Year filled with Good Health, Joy and many Happy Adventures! – Donna


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Coloring Books
I love that Coloring Books are so widely available.    This is one that I love and it inspires me, brings me peace and truly brings me back to the present moment.  And, yes, it reconnects me with my inner child and offers a way to relax and have fun.  Coloring offers a mindful way to take a few minutes  out of a hectic day and tap into our creativity.
The Mandala Coloring Book – affordable and has 100 Mandala Coloring Pages


Skin Authority
There are several products that I like by this brand.  For family and friends living in colder climates, this is a great option for the winter season. The Holiday Essentials Duo is a useful option to keep skin, hair and nails nourished and hydrated during the winter and beyond.  This item includes the Oil Nutrient for Face, Hair, and Nails and the Moisturizing Mist..

The other product I love for gift giving is the Stocking Stuffer Sampler, offered in the 0.7 oz personal size. The Sampler includes: Hand Foot Body Restoration; Olive, Fig, Shea Butter Body Cream: Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF30 and Daily Cleanser*
* Both items offer a price break and they’re both packaged in the gold organza pouch.


Tony Redhouse
Music
is Uplifting, Inspirational, Soothing, Relaxing and Energizing.
I’ve personally known Tony Redhouse for several years having first met him at Miraval Arizona.   His music touches my soul and brings me to a higher level of awareness and I believe it will do the same for you.  Tony is an Inspirational Speaker, Native American Spiritual Coach, Native American Musician, and offers Yoga and Meditation.  His titles include: Soul Blessings, Release, Deep Within and Harmony of East and Westwww.tonyredhouse.net/


Brittany Shane
I came upon Brittany’s music from an Indie film called The Village Barbershop.  I enjoyed the movie and the music so I set out to connect with Brittany and listen to more of her work.   These are two of her CDs I enjoy listening to and I chose them for this list because her music (rock, pop and poetry) inspires me and improves my well-being.  www.brittanyshane.com


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Wellness Retreats for Body, Mind and Spirit
Destination spas offer programs for healthy living and are designed to help you get on track with tools to help you continue on the path to wellness when you return.  If you’re still thinking of something to do for someone close to you and you have a larger budget to do so, this is a gift that will inspire wellness for years to come.
Ideas include:

1. Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center.
With stunning mountain views, this Center is just outside of Boone, N.C.   This option is great for a solo traveler, friends, couples and offers meditation and programs based on Ayurvedic practices.  www.artoflivingretreatcenter.org

2. 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.
Promotional rate effective until the end of 2015 starting at $3700 Single (7-night stay).

3. Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA
Vera Via
offers one of the most unique programs among destination/health spas.  Their program helps guests accomplish specific goals including weight reduction, personal fitness and programs for long lasting health and well-being.  I love that you meet with their experts and create an individualized plan that helps you realize success during your stay with continued progress when you’re back home. Treating the ‘whole’ person leads to long lasting results.
Vera Via offers 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-week stays and a Vera Via Express 3-night stay. Rates start at $2950 per person.

Visit the full list of destination spa ideas:
www.mindfuladventures.com/top-10-spa-wellness-retreats/

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A book is one of the best gifts you can give and this is one of a few that I’m including on this list. The author, Kimber Simpkins, is also a yoga instructor and author of Full.
52 Ways to Love your Body is her latest and it truly spoke to me.  About a year ago I told myself to ‘embrace my body,’ and yet I’ve fallen short just as many others have in their lives.  This book gives you 52 ways to love your body and discover/rediscover your unique attributes.   Many chapters spoke to me, however Chapter 34 (Not All Hunger is for Food) did so the most.  Chapters 6, 11 and 20 also spoke to me. Kimber offers insight, tips and action steps and one per week can help you make effective changes through the year.  You may choose to get one for a friend and one for yourself!

Wine Trails: Plan 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country
For the family member and/or friend that loves wine and travel!
This is the latest by Lonely Planet with amazing photography (only wish I was a contributor!) and offers ideas for your next wine getaway.
20 Countries – 52 Itineraries – 327 Wineries
This guide covers where to stay, where to eat, what to do and more.
Consider pairing Wine Trails with a bottle (or two) of the wines covered.

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Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea by Annelies Zijderveld
I first connected with Annelies several years ago when she was with Mighty Leaf Tea and I was delighted when her book came out.  She’s a food writer and creator of the food blog - the food poet.  Steeped is also a Los Angeles Times Favorite Cookbook of the Year.  This book is filled with creative recipes, information on cooking with tea tools, a guide to teas and more.  Some recipes that stand out for me include Green Tea Granola, Orange-Jasmine Brussels Sprouts and Blueberry Scones with Rooibos Honey Butter.
Tea offers numerous health benefits and Steeped offers many ideas to add more creative recipes to your healthy meal planning.

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Another book that I love!  It’s actually a journal and written by self-taught artist, Meera Lee Patel.
Start Where You Are – A Journal for Self-Exploration
Meera believes that it is the act of starting somewhere first (anywhere) that takes us to where we want to be.  This is also part of my belief system, which is why I think this journal resonates so much.  I think it’s one that you’ll also enjoy.  It is filled with Meera’s colorful artwork, insightful quotes and thoughts to inspire you to take action.

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5 Tips to Stress Less this Holiday Season – Expert Advice by Shankara Ayurveda Spa

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Gratitude and Inspiration, Healing, Manifesting, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Shankara Ayurveda Spa

Five Tips to Stress Less this Holiday Season by Incorporating the Science of Ayurveda into your Lifestyle

Expert Advice from Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center.

With all that is merry and bright about the holiday season, managing parties, gifts and a lot of festive food also means that seasonal stressors and anxieties are bound to become a reality. Wondering how to cope? The team of experts from Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center wants to help people embrace the ancient science of Ayurveda as a method to add cheer and chill to the holidays.

Stress is a holiday tradition for many. A poll from the American Psychological Association reports nearly a quarter of Americans feel “extreme stress” at holiday time. Specific data show:

  • 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a lack of time,
  • 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a lack of money,
  • 51 percent are stressed about the pressure to give or get gifts.

The stress and anxiety of the holiday season can cause headaches, sleep disturbances, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, short temper, upset stomach, aching muscles (including lower back pain), and loss of appetite. For relief, meditation is a great practice, “One of the benefits of meditation is that it helps create a calm, clear mind,” says Venkat Srinivasan, PhD. Srinivasan is the manager of operations & guest experience at Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center. “When the mind is at ease and comfortable, it’s easier to handle stresses or anxiety when they appear.”

A few Ayurvedic tips for handling anxiety and stressful situations during the holidays and year-round:

  • See the larger picture. When we see the bigger picture in the larger context of space and time, we are able to relax and handle the situation with a clear mind.
  • Give attention to your breath and take a few deep breaths. This helps settle the anxiety in the mind. “When breathing techniques and meditation become part of our daily practice, stressful situations are much more easily handled and anxiety doesn’t stay with us for long,” adds Srinivasan.
  • Keep energy levels high. A high energy level can help in handling situations with a positive outlook. Drinking more water, eating more fresh fruits & vegetables, sleeping at regular times and an Ayurvedic lifestyle all contribute to higher energy levels.
  • Feel grateful. Focusing on gratefulness can uplift our state of mind. Srinivasan suggests, “When we feel grateful, we focus on the positive, which enables natural contentment and abundance to grow.”
  • Take a break. A few minutes of deep rest, such as during meditation, calms the mind and gives it the space needed to handle situations with skill.

For optimal rest and restoration after the holidays, start 2016 at the Retreat Center. There are a number of retreats from which to choose, including meditation retreats and silence programs. Details may be found online.

Shankara Ayurveda Spa

About Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center - For those seeking physical and internal renewal on their journey toward greater self-awareness and happiness, Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Living Retreat Center provides a nurturing environment and service-oriented, educated staff. The relaxing mountaintop location in North Carolina offers wellness adventurers a range of therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments and day or overnight programs perfect for those hoping to cultivate rejuvenation and inner growth. More on artoflivingretreatcenter.org.

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Canyon Ranch Tucson: The Mindful Adventures Wellness Retreat – May 2016

Monday, October 5th, 2015 | Adventure, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

If Canyon Ranch has been on your list of ‘go to’ spas then you might want to consider this option for a great group rate at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ in May 2016 .

Enjoy a wellness retreat at Canyon Ranch in Tucson at this great savings for being connected with us here at Mindful Adventures.   Whether you choose to go solo or as a couple to rejuvenate and reconnect or go with friends or colleagues, there’s plenty to do at this top destination spa.  And, if you’re a physician you’ll have an opportunity to earn CME credits with select classes.

This flyer includes more details, let’s connect and secure your space.

What’s to love?
There are so many options at Canyon Ranch and you can focus on something in particular like nutrition and weight loss or fitness and personal training, etc., or you can mix it up and create your perfect retreat.

Perhaps your morning will include Sun Salutations or the Morning Stretch.  Maybe you’ll go on a hike or engage in one of the challenge activities.   Are you finding all of the latest nutrition news confusing?  Well, there are classes to help you evaluate what’s best for you and learn more about the science behind the latest information.   Are you looking to connect with your creative side?  Take a painting class or one of the many other creative options.

If you’d like to review more class options for Tucson, this link will take you to one of the upcoming schedules to get some more ideas.

Did you say Spa?
Your stay includes an allowance to use towards a number of spa and personal services.   What to choose?  Well, that’s up to you and I usually like to recommend that you review the Guide to Services and consider what calls out to you.  For me, I like the Neuromuscular Therapy service and the Deep Tissue Massage.  Perhaps you’ll choose an Ayurvedic treatment or one of the many body rituals.  You can also set up a personal fitness session, a Nutrition session like a Life Management private session or a Spiritual-Wellness private session.

What’s for Dinner?
The chefs at Canyon Ranch create delicious, fresh and nutritious meals with sustainable and local ingredients; just what you’d expect from a health spa.  Take a look at what dinner might include.   What I also love is that you can create your own meal using the a la carte options so if you’d like grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and a half (or whole) baked sweet potato, it’s possible.

Please note that this special from Mindful Adventures reflects a savings of about 30% and further details are included on the flyer.

Let’s connect and get you started on your journey!  Thank you.

To your wellness!
- Donna xx

PS  If you’re looking to put your own group together for another time, let’s connect.   Canyon Ranch (Lenox or Tucson) is a great option for a group of friends, physicians, reunions, celebrations, team building, etc.   There truly is something for everyone and a savings to match with a minimum of 8 guests.
Individual opportunities are also possible if a group isn’t an option for you.

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A Mindful Experience at Two Fish Gallery in Elkhart Lake, WI

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 | Adventure, Beauty, gratitude, joy, mindfulness, well-being | No Comments

Pat is getting ready to share some clay at Two Fish Gallery.

Surrounded by colorful gardens, Two Fish Gallery is located in a Mission Style Bungalow and the classes and kiln are held in the Carriage House behind the gallery.  Meandering on the path between the bungalow and carriage house also nourishes a joyful and creative experience.  It’s evident that the owners, Pat and Karen Robison, have taken great care to encourage a creative journey at their Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

Inspired by my surroundings and reconnecting to my hands-on creative side was one of the highlights of my recent stay in Elkhart Lake, WI.  Several of us took a pottery class at Two Fish Gallery led by co-owner Pat Robison and we unleashed our inner artist.   I think creating art, like this, is truly a mindful experience.  It’s a little like gardening where you get totally immersed in your task.

Forming my masterpiece!

Nowadays when I travel I typically bring home a new piece of pottery, usually a new cup or bowl, so to have the opportunity to create my own pottery was exciting.   Making the decision took a little time, however I chose to make a new vessel for my tea and coffee.

With plenty of creative tools to help with our creations we started to form our masterpiece with molds or use the wheel, something I’d love to do in a future pottery class.

Ready for the glazing and firing process.

Since it takes some time to set and dry before the creation can be glazed and fired, we knew it would be a little time before we could see our finished product.

Prior to leaving our work behind in the hands of our instructor we chose the finish and glaze we wanted and left the class filled with anticipation of receiving our art.

Of course, I didn’t totally leave empty handed as I shopped for something to bring home as a reminder of the class and renewed experience of making pottery.

Finished Pottery

Filled with anticipation for several weeks I was so excited to receive ‘the’ box from Two Fish Gallery this week and quickly tore the box open to reveal my creation.  Of course, Pat took it to completion, however I’m grateful for the experience and will be using this with great care and joy.

My handmade vessel!

Classes at Two Fish Gallery are offered over a six week period and if you’re local or vacationing at the lake this is a great activity to enjoy.

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Canyon Ranch Lenox: Late Summer Retreat Special for Readers of Mindful Adventures

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 | Adventure, Beauty, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Destination Spas, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Enjoy a late summer retreat at Canyon Ranch in Lenox at this great savings for being connected with us here at Mindful Adventures.   Whether you choose to go on a solo retreat to rejuvenate and reconnect before the busy fall season arrives or go with a friend, there’s plenty to do at this top destination spa.

This flyer includes more details, let’s connect soon to secure your space (by July 31).


What’s to love?

There are so many options at Canyon Ranch and you can focus on something in particular like nutrition and weight loss or fitness and personal training, etc., or you can mix it up and create your perfect retreat.

Perhaps your morning will include Sun Salutations or the Morning Stretch.  Maybe you’ll go on the canoe and hike combo, the weather in mid-September should be just about right.    Are you finding all of the latest nutrition news confusing?  Well, there are classes to help you evaluate what’s best for you and learn more about the science behind the latest information.   Are you looking to connect with your creative side?  Take a painting class or one of the many other create options.

If you’d like to review more class options for Lenox, this link will take you to one of the upcoming schedules to get some more ideas.

Did you say Spa?
Your stay includes an allowance to use towards a number of spa and personal services.   What to choose?  Well, that’s up to you and I usually like to recommend that you review the spa list and consider what calls out to you.  For me, I like the Neuromuscular Therapy service and the Deep Tissue Massage.  Perhaps you’ll choose an Ayurvedic treatment or one of the many body rituals.  You can also set up a personal fitness session, a Nutrition session like a Life Management private session or a Spiritual-Wellness private session.

What’s for Dinner?
The chefs at Canyon Ranch create delicious, fresh and nutritious meals with sustainable and local ingredients; just what you’d expect from a health spa.  Take a look at what dinner might include.   What I also love is that you can create your own meal using the a la carte options so if you’d like grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and a half (or whole) baked sweet potato, it’s possible.

Please note that this special from Mindful Adventures reflects a savings of about 30% off and is still during peak season.

Let’s connect and get you started on your journey!  Thank you.

To your wellness! -
- Donna xx

PS  If you’re looking to put your own group together for another time, let’s connect. Canyon Ranch (Lenox or Tucson) is a great option for
a groups of friends, reunions, family gatherings, birthday celebrations, team building, etc.   There’s something for everyone and a savings to match.

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Babich Wines of New Zealand Visits Southeastern Michigan’s Fine Wine Source

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 | Adventure, well-being | No Comments

“Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m a red kind of gal when it comes to wine, however when it’s warm outside I do like a lighter wine like Sauvignon Blanc.  So when I think about Sauvignon Blanc I immediately think of New Zealand and the Marlborough region.   Fortunately, I just had an opportunity to meet David Babich, General Manager of Babich Wines.  No, I’m not in New Zealand, however he is here touring the Midwest so I knew it would be a good idea to stop by Fine Wine Source in Livonia, MI to meet him, learn more about Babich Wines and their sustainable practices, and yes, join in for a tasting.

First taste, the 2014 Babich Sauvignon, light, refreshing with a nice finish and one I could enjoy in the heat of the summer.   Next on the list, their organic Headwaters Sauvignon Blanc.  By the way, Babich developed the first vineyard to achieve sustainable registration in New Zealand.  Back to Headwaters – also light, tropical and this one revealed more mineral elements and the one I chose to purchase.   The other tasting included the 2013 Pinot Noir revealing notes of cherry and a little plum.  This one will go in the cellar as I’m curious to see how it develops over the next year or so (up to three years).

Babich will be celebrating 100 years of wine making in 2016 and it all began in 1916 when Josip Babich made his first New Zealand wine, selling it in cask and bottled under the name Babich Brothers.  I found their journey to be most interesting and their legacy continues.

David Babich, General Manager of Babich Wines, signing my bottles of wine.

2013 Babich Pinot Noir and 2014 Babich Sauvignon Blanc 'Headwaters'

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