Chef Justin Cline Macy joins team at CIVANA Carefree, AZ

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | Food and Wine, Foodies, Nutrition, Wellness Spas, Yoga, fitness, healthy living, well-being, wellness | No Comments

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I’m thrilled about the latest news from Civana Carefree as I’ve been a fan of this Chef for quite a few years.

CIVANA Carefree, the next generation wellness brand which recently launched in March of this year at the former Carefree Inn, continues to grow its next generation wellness executive team with the most recent addition of Justin Cline Macy, former executive Chef of Miraval and co-author of Sweet & Savory Cooking and contributing author of Mindful Eating. With more than 15 years of culinary experience training under the guidance of legendary spa cuisine innovators Chef Cary Neff, Bill Wavrin and Chad Luethje, Macy’s work has been recognized with several accolades and awards from the industry and longtime guests of Miraval.  Justin has also been a repeat guest chef on major networks and featured in several food and spa publications.

The celebrated chef loves experimenting with various food presentations and ingredient combinations to create delicious healthy dishes, which will complement the current offerings at the resort.

He describes his cooking style as a fusion of various culinary flavors from different countries. A favorite creation of his is a wasabi potato cake with pan-seared duck breast topped with a cranberry Cajun barbecue sauce.

CIVANA focuses on its four wellness pillars – Healthy Cuisine, Movement & Fitness, Spa’s Healing Arts, and Human Discovery & Enrichment. Delivering on that experience is an all-star hospitality wellness team led by former Canyon Ranch General Manager, Kyle Treat. Heading up the wellness division is seasoned spa & wellness professional Sharon Ogawa-Otaguro, from Golden Door and Grand Wailea. “We’re so glad to have Kyle, Sharon and Justin with us to infuse even more vitality into the next generation wellness company that connects individual well being to planetary health.  CIVANA understands health and wellness is one interconnected system, or what we refer to as Wellness through Oneness”, says CIVANA CEO Kevin M. Kelly


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Wellnessing Getaway at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 | Adventure, Beauty, Cooking Schools, Expert, Foodies, Healing, Meditation, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Relaxation, Skincare, Wellness Spas, Yoga, facials, fitness, golf, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, wellness | No Comments

“Mama Medicine” Deborah Hanekamp, GoFitJo Joanne Encarnacion and Wellness Expert Nikki Sharp hosting Wellness Getaway

Photo credit: Grand Velas Resorts Many of us look forward to hearing about the Wellness Getaway at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and this one is sure to be one for the books with Wellness Workshops, Vegan Cooking Classes, Fitness Sessions, Juice Therapy, Spa Ceremonies & more.

The Wellness Suites at Grand Velas complement this journey with in-suite fitness amenities and a personal trainer (more below about this adults-only option).

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The “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host its annual Wellness Getaway from September 5th to 9th.  On tap are complimentary sessions led by industry leaders, a Medicine Reading Ceremony, Spa Atelier self-discovery workshops, juice therapy, Anti-Gravity Yoga, vegan cooking classes, and other mindful wellness activities. Instructor highlights include Joanne Encarnacion, a San Francisco-based health and wellness coach and blogger at GOFITJO, who will lead HIIT (high intensive interval training) workouts; and Nikki Sharp, a Los Angeles-based health coach, yoga instructor, vegan chef and best-selling author of Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss and The 5-Day Real Food Detox, that will lead a vinyasa yoga class and cooking demo on vegan sushi. Deborah Hanekamp, known as “fashion’s favorite healer,” will lead a Medicine Reading Ceremony, a full-sensory experience, combining sound and crystal healing, energy balancing, intuitive reading and spiritual guidance. A vegan menu with wine pairing; cacao ceremony; Kundalini yoga sessions led by Ana Paula Domínguez, founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga; meditations; and tea tasting led by Olivia Medina, the first Mexican Tea Master, are also offered. In addition to the wellness activities available, guests can opt to stay in one of the resort’s wellness suites designed to renew one’s body and mind in every way possible with a plethora of fitness and wellness amenities.

Nightly rates start at $336 per person per night based on double occupancy at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Wellness Suite Rates start at $425 per person per night based on double occupancy. Wellness Suites are for adults only. Guests staying at Casa Velas have access to Wellnessing Getaway for $100 USD per person per day, including all event activities and transportation between the two properties. Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, taxes, gratuity and more.

More about the Wellness Suites:
The resort’s 1750 sq. ft. Wellness Suites are two floors, inclusive of a rooftop terrace with massage bed, chaise lounges and spacious Jacuzzi. On arrival to the suite, a personal Spa Concierge provides counsel on a wide-variety of available spa treatments – many with local influences in mind, health offerings at the resort, a special soap selection, and information on the wide variety of in-suite fitness amenities, which include an in-suite exercise kit comprised of a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, and even a Life Fitness Activate Series Recumbent Lifecycle® Exercise Bike. After the intro, guests are whisked away for a private insuite massage. When it comes time to lay down for the night, an Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit with scents ranging from cedar and lavender to tangerine and myrrh affords the essential oils needed to experience total relaxation at night. An insuite sleep kit inclusive of Sacred Sounds for Sleep CD, Vibrant Nature Silk Eye Pillow, Deep Rest Aromatherapy Roll-On lotion, Restful Sleep bath salts and relaxing handcrafted soap helps relax guests and prepares them for a deep sleep.


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A Respite for Healers at Civana

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 | Adventure, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, Yoga, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

CIVANA Launches the Healers Vitality Program

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CIVANA, the next generation wellness brand is extending to wellness industry professionals its Friends and Family Rate at its CIVANA Carefree Resort through its Healers Vitality Program.

Owned and operated by wellness industry veterans, CIVANA – a mission driven company – seeks to ‘nurture the nurturers’ by offering an affordable rate to spa and wellness practitioners so they can relax, rejuvenate and be nurtured themselves. “In order for our wellness industry to thrive, we need to support the healing professionals who give to others every day. They deserve an affordable respite to recharge and be inspired. CIVANA has honored all of these healers, regardless of where they work, by creating this special program in a welcoming environment they can call their own.” states Kevin Kelly, Chairman and CEO of CIVANA.

The Healers Vitality Program slashes the daily room rates at the CIVANA Carefree Resort by an average of $100 with prices that start at $79/night during the summer season and $99/night in the high season plus an Experience Fee of $25 which includes 8-12 complimentary daily movement and enrichment classes and access to state of the art fitness center, in its 6 studios.

CIVANA, with a current 6-room healing arts spa, is developing the 22,000 square foot sustainable Spa CIVANA, complete with 29-treatment rooms, indoor thermal pools, an outdoor Watsu® pool and lap pool, opens later this year. Two healthy dining outlets are also available. Terras, an all-day dining outlet is about “choice”, offering a variety of menu selections that include nutritionally balanced dishes to more traditional plates and indulgent desserts and fine wines. Café Meto’s breakfast and lunch menu is calorically portioned and nutritionally sourced, as well as offering locally roasted coffees, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and hand-crafted smoothies.

The CIVANA Carefree wellness resort is in Greater Scottsdale surrounded by several mountain ranges ideal for hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures.

The Healers Vitality Program is open to individuals with the health and wellness field specifically spa and wellness center staff, fitness and program instructors, massage therapists, aestheticians, nutritionists, caregivers (senior living, domestic abuse, shelters), nurses and wellness product companies.

Those interested in the program can email, call the resort directly at 480-653-9002 or sign up directly at
After registering, individuals can book directly with their code.

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Traveling Light: Healthy Eating while on the Road with MadeGood Foods

Monday, March 5th, 2018 | Foodies, Nutrition, Weight Loss, fitness, healthy living, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free Snacks from MadeGood Foods

Looking for a healthier snack option that checks off all of your boxes?
This may be one to consider.

MadeGood created healthy and delicious granola bars, clusters, and crispy squares.  All of these are made in a dedicated facility completely free from the eight common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish, making them school-safe too.  The snacks are also organic, gluten free, vegan, Non-GMO project verified, and contain the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables in each serving.

Here’s a little more about each product:

The Granola Bars come in four flavors and are perfect for the afternoon pick-me-up whether at school, work, or on the go.  Choices include chocolate chip, mixed berry, chocolate banana, and apple cinnamon.

The Granola Minis are round clusters, which are portion packed for an on-the-go snack.  Small snacks that are also great for road trips, mid-afternoon breaks, and great for gluten free and vegan family and friends. There are five delicious flavors including strawberry, apple cinnamon, chocolate banana, chocolate chip, and mixed berry.

The Crispy Squares are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood snack… rice crispy treats, except MadeGood squares are healthier than the traditional version, and have the nutrients of one serving of vegetables in each square.

Where can I buy these you ask?
Traveling? MadeGood products are carried on Delta and JetBlue.

At home? MadGood products are sold at Whole Foods, Amazon, Kroger and other outlets.


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Valentine’s Day meets Wellness at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 | Beauty, Energy Work, Foodies, Healing, Healing Music, Relaxation, Wellness Spas, fitness, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, spa | No Comments

Love is in the air at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort!

If you’re thinking about something other than candy, flowers and jewelry for this Valentine’s Day then you may want to consider one of these experiences at Carillon’s Spa.   (Oh, and I was joking about the jewelry!)

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Couple’s Salsa with Instructors Alicia Ibarguren and Rafael Cintro (pictured above)
– Salsa dancing is particularly alluring to lovers due to the sultry Latin movements. You and your loved one can learn the moves with 10 individual, private lessons with two instructors. Just imagine how great the two of you will be at your next party.  Fee: $1010 for 10 pack of 5 lessons per person.

The Couple That Works-out Together Stays Together – Find out the ideal exercise routine for you and your partner, and keep each other’s fitness and body composition in check! You will both receive a Dexa 25-minute scan, Wellness Compass and RX for exercise.  Fee: 130 minutes for $785 per couple

Dr. Ahuva’s Couple’s Acupuncture -  This Valentine’s Day, tell your partner, “I am happy to be stuck with you!”  Lay side by side as you both relax and heal through the power of Acupuncture with the comfort of having your loved one next to you.  Fee:  50 Minutes for $330

Bed Thwacking – We spend a third of our lives in bed. Our emotions get absorbed into our mattresses. If there have been periods of sadness and depression that energy lingers, then our Feng Shui Designer will employ a proven energy clearing technique to remove stagnant and negative chi so your personal energy can flow again.
Fee: 30 Minutes $89

Dr. Adonis’ “Ignite Your Flame” Couple’s IV Drip and Session – An IV (intravenous vitamin drip) for each partner ran at the same time (30 min). Included is a free 30-minute Couple Consultation with Dr. Adonis about the topic “Hormones and Intimacy”.  Fee: $300 per Couple (free Consultation valued at $200)

Couple’s Resplendent Spa Day -  The most decadent spa treatment of all time. Relax together with an 80-Minute Massage, 50-Minute Facial and a skin-softening Body Polish, Classic Manicure and Pedicure. You will find in your room two dozen roses, a bottle of Champagne, monogrammed robes, and chocolate covered strawberries.
Fee:  $1,800 per Couple

Couple’s Turkish Rhassoul - 45 minutes in the Private Rhassoul Room – This exotic and totally private treatment will be performed by just you and your partner in our private Rhassoul Chamber. This steamy, time-choreographed, thermal experience begins with a couple’s shower, and is followed by an delicious, aromatic, salt scrub exfoliation. Then you will apply a sultry, skin softening and detoxifying mud treatment to one another while acting as skilled therapists. Next you will luxuriate in a gentle steam, which is followed by a warm shower finale.   Fee: $99 per Couple Special

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort – Contact the spa directly at 866-276-2226 for any of the above services.
The resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Please Note: These are the current rates for services in February.  A few of these experiences are for February only, including  The Couple that Works Out Together Stays Together, Ignite your Flame and Resplendent Day.


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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort: Sankalpa Workshop on January 20

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 | Energy Work, Meditation, Relaxation, Wellness Spas, Yoga, fitness, healthy living, spa, well-being, wellness | No Comments

What are your Intentions and Goals for 2018?

The Sankalpa Workshop is coming up on  Saturday, January 20 at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
Sankalpa means intention set by the heart and the mind.

Are you in Florida or heading down?

Start off the day with a dynamic yoga class to release the old and invite the new. The class finishes with a guided meditation to inquire what it is that you want to create in your life. You’ll continue the day with a goal setting workshop where you’ll have an opportunity to create your own vision board and finish with a renew and release ritual to help cleanse and create focus in 2018.

Following you’ll have some time for card readings and one-on-one mini-sessions with a life coach to help you live your best life in 2018.

Once your intentions and goals are set, you’ll be invited to enjoy a day at your leisure in the Thermal Experience; a European tradition with nine hot and cold suites to soothe and relax. Take a dip at the adult-only rooftop pool or enjoy a bit of fitness for the body.

Workshop Schedule:

9:30 am Yoga & Meditation
11 am Break for a Refreshing Smoothie
11:30 am Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop
1 pm Renew & Release Ritual
1:15 pm Private Mini-Sessions with Card Reader & Life Coach
3 pm Spa Access to the Thermal Experience and Adults-Only Rooftop Pool
(*Day Pass valued at $75)

For more details, workshop fee and the Facebook invitation, visit:

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort: 6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33141


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Mindful Holiday Gift Guide: Travel, Spa, and Wellness

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, Destination Spas, Food and Wine, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Spirituality, Weight Loss, Wellness Spas, Yoga, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

It’s the season of giving and here at Mindful Adventures we’re also embracing ‘last minute’ shopping.  So if you’re also being mindful of the gifts you choose for your friends and family then my hope is that you’ll be inspired by our thoughtful list of products, services and experiences.  Perhaps they’ll make a difference in the lives you touch and maybe you’ll choose one for yourself to help create lasting peace, joy and a healthier lifestyle!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide.


Photo credit: desertlotusaltars.comDesert Lotus Altars®
I’m drawn to anything having to do with the Lotus so it’s no surprise that Desert Lotus Altars® would make this year’s list of Mindful Gifts.  Artist Pamela Becker is one of the most talented artists I know and her work inspires and uplifts me and this work was chosen in hopes it would do the same for you.  These also make a great gift for the yogi in your life.

Inspired by the red rocks of Sedona and the calming waters of Oak Creek, artist Pamela Becker of Big Vision Art + Design gives life to these ever-popular creations which bloom in endless color combinations and sizes.  Copper, silver and gold sculpted glyphs frame the sublime lotus, reflecting our journey on the path of life.  These come in different colors and sizes.
To order, visit:
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The Path Planner:
New Year’s Resolutions Planner to Achieve Any Goal, Master Productivity & Focus
Each year I thoughtfully seek out a planner for the new year.  This time I wanted something with more options to help me focus and stay on track to make 2018 a more productive year for my work-life goals.  After considering a few options I came upon The Path Planner.   There’s a calendar planner with layouts to help with yearly, monthly and weekly goals and an undated daily planner.  It also comes with five bonuses including a mini notebook for daily to-do lists, 14 coloring mandalas, a printable vision board, and a life-mission set up guide.   And it’s one of the more affordable options, too.
Available for $17.67 on Amazon


Radiant Again and Forever by Prudence Hall, M.D.
This is ‘the’ one book that I wish was available several years ago as it would have helped with my personal journey through menopause so I’m grateful for the recent release of Radiant Again and Forever by Prudence Hall, M.D. This guide is for every women and every doctor!  Dr. Hall presents case studies and I believe you’ll also feel comforted, inspired and empowered as you go through the ones you’re drawn to read.  There were so many references that hit home for me that it put much more in perspective.  Dr. Hall says, “true health is supported by three pillars: your physical body, the power of your mind with its thoughts and emotions, and your connection to your authentic self and your true life’s purpose.”  She further explains that when each of these is addressed, we become full of life, leaving any deadness behind.

There are many topics in ‘Radiant Again and Forever‘ that you’ll connect with including Weight Loss, Perimenopause and PMS Blues, The Path of Fulfillment, The Journey Out of Menopause and more. My copy is full of sticky notes reminding me of the wisdom, suggestions and action items presented by Dr. Hall.  This truly is a blueprint for living our best life.  You’ll identify with the case studies and find peace in reading them.  My favorite part of Dr. Hall’s book is the Takeaway and her Prescription at the end of each chapter.
Available for $14.28 on Amazon.


Kniepp Bath Bars in Lavender and Almond Blossom
“Nature is the best pharmacy.” – Sebastian Kneipp
We chose Kneipp for our wellness product because their philosophy is based on the five basic principles of water, plants, exercise, nutrition and balance.  And……they smell great!

Each of our annual Mindful Holiday Gift Guides must include a body product and this year we’ve included these products from Kneipp.  Do you love lavender as much as I do?  You’ll enjoy this body bar and a number of other lavender products.  I love the relaxing scent of this bar and that it’s also vegan and free from paraffin, preservatives and silicone oils.   The Almond Blossom is also a sweet scented bar and great for sensitive skin, too.  These make a great stocking stuffer at an affordable price and there are a number of other products available for wellness-focused gifts (and as of publication they’re offering 40% off!).
Visit Kneipp for more products and these lovely bath bars!



I was approached by Nateeva® a few months ago and knew it could be a great fit for our Annual Holiday Guide, and I was right. What I didn’t know was how much I would like this product and company.

According to Hope Freeman, co-founder of Nateeva® and creative director, “Nateeva® is about letting your senses take you on an exotic journey to places you’ve visited – or wished to travel to.”

Hope created Nateeva® to recapture the wonderful essence of her travels, to let women – and soon men – around the world imagine as if every day were a moment in Paradise.

What I loved:  Each scent was unique, changed over time and lasted into the night – all notes were delightful and this was the first time I noticed the subtle changes and lingering scent, without being an overpowering Eau de Parfum.  Subtle, sweet & sensuous.  The essence of Elder Flower brings us to the Eau de Parfum for Bahamas, which also features Neroli Absolute, Essence of Orange Flower, Linden Blossoms, White Woods and Skin Musk.  Jamaica was uplifting with luscious Lignum Vitae Flower, which also features Mandarin, Plumeria Blossoms, Vanilla Crystals, Sheer Vetiver and White Musk.   St. Thomas was another personal favorite with Frangipani flower and accented with notes of Rose Absolute and Orange Flower Absolute and balanced by a base of creamy Vanilla and sultry Musk.   Aruba, Dominican Republic and St. Martin round out the current island Eau de Parfum selections and body lotions for each of these three will be available in Spring 2018.

Nateeva Fund: Their fund combines two causes – the caring for animals and loyalty to the exotic destinations.  More about the Nateeva Fund.


Ayurveda Inspired Artisanal Chocolate by Elements Truffles
Rose Bar with Cardamom Infusion

I was first introduced to the Rose Bar with Cardamom Infusion at a wellness event and thought it would make a great addition to our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide and it’s also a mindful treat to savor in the middle of the afternoon.  The Rose Bar is infused with cardamom and garnished with lovely rose petals.  No refined sugar, preservatives, emulsifiers, and non-GMO. It’s also packed with minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  Cardamom also has essential electrolytes and helps balance all three Ayurvedic Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Cacao Butter (Peruvian Criollo), Raw Honey, Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Cardamom Essential Oil, Organic Rose Petals, Himalayan Sea Salt.

When you visit their site, read more about Alak Vasa, Founder of Elements Truffles.

Visit: Elements Truffles for this option and more.


Photo credit: Dina's Organic FoodsDina’s Organic Foods
Holiday snacking and gifting is guilt-free this season with the launch of Dina’s Organic Foods from Chef and Entrepreneur Dina Lauro.  Known as the Founder of Chunkie Dunkies, Lauro adds Dina’s Organic Foods to her line of healthy desserts and snacks. Available in three flavors – Carrot Cake Bar, Mint Chocolate Bar and Pumpkin Walnut Bar - the bars are not only new, they are 100-percent-certified organic.  And, they’re out just in time to make our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide!

For holiday gifting or keeping for yourself, Dina’s Organic Foods are available on and at several resorts including The Breakers, Hilton West Palm, Marriott Boca Raton and Hippocrates Health Institute. They’re also available in stores around the country.


Become Your Own Life Coach For Emotional Freedom: 30-Days of Inspiration by Norma Nicholson
Take a look around where you live and reach out to small businesses focused on wellness and inspired living.  You may just find a few gems in your area like Norma, the author of this little book. I met Norma a number of years ago and we found we had a lot in common so when I found out she had written this book I thought it would be another good item for the Mindful Holiday Gift Guide. I found it to be helpful in empowering myself and letting go of the thoughts that don’t serve me. Perhaps it will resonate with you or someone you know this holiday season.  Norma’s introduction says: It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.   Something to think about.

Norma’s 30-day book is filled with insight, inspiration and empowering words. She suggests reading this book each month for one year to help create a different self-image of yourself.
Available for $10 and directly from the author.  Contact Norma at 248-684-7987 or via email:


Experiential Giving:
Do you know someone looking to make some changes in their life?  Then perhaps a spa getaway in a sunny climate would be helpful in the New Year. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is offering several New Year inspired services including The New Year’s Resolutions Prequel Plan – Kick start your New Year’s resolutions by already achieving goals by the holidays, and a new year and new you by 2018.  Carillon’s expert personal trainers hold the highest degrees, accolades and certifications in the industry, and their mission is to ensure that you achieve your personal goals.  Not only will you learn technique and find your optimal strength, but you will also be emotionally and spiritually supported during your transition to a fitter and more vibrant life. (Ten 50-Minute Sessions for $800)
Click here for more New Year’s inspired services from Carillon Miami Wellness Resort


Wellness Travel Retreats: Perhaps you’re thinking about a retreat to explore and rediscover yourself in the New Year.  Whether it’s a Winter Retreat or one that you’d like later in the year, these offer programming for healthy living and are designed to help you get on track with the tools you need to continue the path to wellness.  This is a gift that will inspire wellness for years to come.

Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ or Lenox, MA:
The healing power and energy of the Sonoran Desert and the beauty of 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.
Special rates with Mindful Adventures for select dates through 2017 & 2018 (800-532-5590)

Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
An abundance of fitness classes, hiking opportunities, cooking classes, 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.
Special gift w/a 7-night stay when you reserve your stay with (800-532-5590)

Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA
Vera Via offers one of the most unique wellness retreats.  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.
Holiday Promo: Special offer if you reserve your stay by 12/31/2017 and stay by February 2018.
Reserve your stay with (800-532-5590)


Looking for more ideas? Our Transforming Wellness Resort list also includes Red Mountain Resort, Mii amo, Lake Austin Spa Resort and more.

Check our  Top 10 Spa & Wellness Retreats


Thank you for going through our 2017 Mindful Holiday Gift Guide: Travel, Spa & Wellness
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings!
Best wishes for a New Year filled with Joy, Prosperity & many Mindful Adventures!
- Donna xx

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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Offers Holiday & New Year Spa Services

Monday, December 11th, 2017 | Adventure, Beauty, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, Spirituality, Weight Loss, Wellness Spas, Yoga, facials, fitness, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | 1 Comment

Transform your Body, Mind and Spirit with one of the New Year inspired spa services at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort and since it’s the season of giving, you might want to consider gifting one, too.    Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is an all-suite hotel located on a private stretch of beach offering a wellness getaway and so much more.  It’s also home to Dr. Adonis Maiquez, board-certified in functional medicine and an expert on healthy aging.   Let’s take a look at their New Year services, which will be offered though January.

The New Year’s Resolutions Prequel Plan
Kick start your New Year’s resolutions by already achieving goals by the holidays, and a new year and new you by 2018.  Carillon’s expert personal trainers hold the highest degrees, accolades and certifications in the industry, and their mission is to ensure that you achieve your personal goals.  Not only will you learn technique and find your optimal strength, but you will also be emotionally and spiritually supported during your transition to a fitter and more vibrant life.
Ten 50-Minute Sessions for $800

La Côte d’Or Facial
Since the reign of Cleopatra, pure gold masks have been used to detoxify and brighten skin.  Modern pioneers of skincare are utilizing French marine biotechnology to enhance the radiance of the skin and to prolong its hydration.  This treatment combines the rich tradition of skincare with the latest scientific developments to offer a results oriented, all natural treatment crafted to leave skin instantly luminous and supple.
50 Min $240

The Golden Mother Prenatal Journey
Taoists deity, The Golden Mother, reigns as the goddess of life and immortality, and the muse for this decadent and all natural prenatal  body treatment.  Safe and soothing rose essential oils are utilized to exfoliate, massage and soothe the body. Emerge refreshed, fragrant and glowing.
80 Min $240

Carillon Grocery Guru
Make every trip to the market stress free with the companionship, wisdom and guidance of Carillon’s grocery guru. Learn which products to purchase, how to avoid unhealthy choices and simple ways to prepare healthy meals through the holidays.
$200 per Hour

The Carillon Cleanse Medical Weight Loss Program
The ability to lose weight is often affected by food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, toxin levels and stress. Carillon’s program combines the services of their Medical Director, Dr. Adonis, Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist and staff of nurses, dieticians, acupuncturists, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine doctors, energy healers and more to create a bespoke weight loss program specifically suited to your individual wellness needs and preferences.
Cleanse Consultation Starts at $200

Carillon Miami - A Wellness Resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue in Miami. The spa can be reached at: 866-276-2226

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Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta Reopens Foodies Cantina in November

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 | Adventure, Food and Wine, Foodies, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Yoga, massage, spa, stress relief | No Comments

Foodies Cantina reopens in November as an additional option for Velas Vallarta guests

Photo credit: Velas Vallarta

Foodies Cantina is a place for Velas Vallarta guests to enjoy a typical Mexican cantina’s food and drinks. A sampling of menu options include Marlin “La Tía,” Smoked marlin cooked Mexican-style and accompanied with an avocado sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, serrano chili and soy sauce, and Cheese and Banana Empanadas, with purple onion, avocado salsa, micro greens, and pasilla chili and green tomatillo sauce. How about dessert? Well, one of the options is Puebla de los Ángeles, a sponge cake with bitter chocolate mole poblano, mixed nuts, orange reduction and peanut butter with Oaxacan mescal. Every night, a singer softens the mood for diners with typical melodies of the region. Later in the night, a mariachi band performs for diners to enhance the Mexican atmosphere.

This foodie experience opens for dinner guests at 7 p.m. and is only open from November until Easter. Dress code for Foodies Cantina is casually elegant and reservations are required.

Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive family resort located on 10-acres of oceanfront and lush gardens.  At Velas Vallarta, the all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more.

Guests can choose from a number of activities including yoga on the jetty, Mexican fiestas, casino nights, and making piñatas and jewelery.  The Kids’ Club was recently renovated and welcomes children under 13 with supervised activities.

And, yes, there’s a Spa!
A beachfront location offering healing therapies to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.  The SPA uses local, natural and organic products and oils for a sensual, spiritual experience on the Puerto Vallarta coast.

For More Information:   Velas Vallarta


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Teacher Training at N.C.’s Lake Lure by SUP Yoga Instructor Jess Amendola

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 | Adventure, Healing, Yoga, healthy living, joy, mindfulness, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Jess Amendola, Nationally Known SUP Yoga Instructor, Brings Teacher Training Immersion to N.C.’s Lake Lure from Oct. 26 – 29

We have more news from Jess Amendola and her first teacher training in North Carolina!

For the first time in North Carolina, yoga expert & instructor Jess Amendola will bring her popular Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training Immersion & Certification to the beautiful Lake Lure. On October 26-29, Amendola will set up for four days of interactive instruction and certification for SUP Yoga Center teachers.

Amendola is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine, FL. She is a BOGA Yoga Pro ambassador, ACA Instructor, ERYT-200 Yoga Instructor Trainer, and certified SUP Yoga Instructor. Amendola has practiced yoga for 14 years and is thrilled to bring her teacher training to North Carolina, “After having many requests to come to the North Carolina Mountains, we felt that offering our training as a retreat style in the fall on beautiful Lake Lure would be absolutely magical.”

I’ve personally been to Lake Lure and this truly is a beautiful setting for her teacher training, which is coming up very soon!

In Amendola’s trainings, attendees will learn and perfect paddleboard strokes and techniques, safety and rescue skills, and adapting a yoga practice to the water. The course includes access to SUP-Yoga-Center-signature sequences, all equipment (Boga Yoga Paddleboard, Sawyer Paddle and MTI Personal Flotation Device) and 25 Yoga-Alliance-approved CEUs.

Amendola adds, “We spend about half of the course directly on the water and the other half indoors with SUP Yoga Center teacher manuals, in an interactive class setting.” Participants can join for training only or lodging included for a retreat-style experience. The Teacher Training Immersion includes:
·       Access to official SYC Level 1 and Level 2 Flows.
·       SUP Yoga Center Official Teacher Manual.
·       Extensive Practice in Safety & Rescue Skills.
·       Daily SUPY classes.
·       Yoga-Alliance-approved Continuing-Education credit hours.
·       Paddle Skills training with ACA certified instructor.
·       SYC Official Teacher Certification. Official SYC certified teachers are required to be present for the entire training, CPR/First Aid-certified, and minimum RYT200 (or equivalent). Applicants will still be accepted for those who do not meet all of the requirements, but a certification will not be granted until full completion.
·       Goodie bag.
·       Healthy snacks and lunches at favorite local spots (included in cost).


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