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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!

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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

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

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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

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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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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