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!)

Photo credit: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

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:
More to see at Big Vision Art + Design


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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).


To keep up with the latest news, photos & videos from Amendola, please follow on Instagram @jessamendola or visit

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Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Year Round with Yoga Expert and Instructor, Jess Amendola

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 | Adventure, Destination Spas, Nutrition, Yoga, fitness, healthy living, wellness | No Comments

Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center

September is Yoga Month!  It was created as a national observance by the Department of Health & Human Services to educate the public about the health benefits of yoga.

In honor of Yoga Month, wed’ like to share these healthy lifestyle tips by Yoga Expert and Instructor, Jess Amendola.

Jess is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center in St. Augustine, FL and has practiced yoga for 14 -years.  She is also a Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, BOGA Yoga Ambassador (Boot Camp + Yoga), professional yoga & fitness model, and wellness influencer.

According to Amendola, “Enjoy life, offer gratitude for a healthy body every single day, and take care of that healthy body.  I believe in making simple lifestyle changes instead of following diet trends or quick-fix promises.”

So, in honor of Yoga Month (and beyond!), here are five of her favorite tips to help make healthy changes:

1. Get your move on and constantly change it up. “No more running on a treadmill for hours or crunching until you want to cry. Your body gets bored of the same routine, so keep it fun. One of the best things I’ve found for clients is when they can find activities they enjoy doing so that it doesn’t feel like exercise. So, go for a walk in a beautiful location, take a paddleboard yoga class, or throw a Frisbee with your kids or dog.” suggests Amendola.

2. Figure out how much H2O you need. Don’t be chained to the old rule of eight glasses a day. Instead, go for a recipe that works for your body. Here’s a simple formula from Amendola to determine how much you need: Take your body weight in lbs., divide that number by two, and aim to drink at least that number in ounces per day. For example: 140lbs / 2 = 70 ounces of water daily.

3.  Be a grazer. Amendola suggests eating smaller meals throughout the day, up to eight times daily, and limiting what you eat after 7 p.m. Amendola adds, “Anything after 7 p.m. should only be foods your body can easily digest, such as almonds or spinach with olive oil and balsamic dressing.”

4.  Drop white flour. You don’t need it! There are so many incredible alternatives, says Amendola, who suggests quinoa pasta for it’s healthy amount of protein, or brown rice pasta, which is loaded with fiber.

5. Forget all of the rules sometimes and create a lifestyle you enjoy. “When you’re eating nutrient-dense whole foods most of the time, there is no need to feel guilty when you enjoy a slice of pizza or a glass of wine. When your body doesn’t associate ‘stress’ or judgement around non-healthy foods, there’s a good chance it will have a much easier time digesting them,” advises Amendola.

If you’re in the St. Augustine area, connect with Jess at one of these events to celebrate Yoga Month:

Yoga Month Class Pack. Experience two classes each week of September at $25 per class when purchasing the “September Aloha” package. Save $160 on an 8-class pack valued at $360. To order: visit the “classes” page of and click on packages.

Beyond September:
Check out the YOGA of HOPE event in St Augustine on November 18!  Visit


More about Jess Amendola and SUP Yoga Center

Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center

Jess Amendola is the founder & owner of SUP Yoga Center. Based in St. Augustine, FL, Amendola is a Standup Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, BOGA Yoga Ambassador, professional yoga & fitness model, and wellness influencer with more than a decade of experience. SUP Yoga Center is a national hub for SUP Yoga and is the official BOGA Yoga floating studio in Northeast Florida. In addition to her affiliation as a Pro Ambassador for BOGA Yoga, Amendola is also sponsored by Sawyer Oars and MTI Life Jackets.

Connect with Jess via Instagram @jessamendola or visit


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Wellness Series: Healthy Skin & Beauty with Celeste Hilling, CEO of Skin Authority

Monday, July 17th, 2017 | Beauty, California Spas, Chicago Spas, Day Spas, Destination Spas, Expert, Healing, Michigan spas, Nutrition, Skin Authority, Skincare, Wellness Spas, facials, fitness, healthy living, skincare coach, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Celeste Hilling started a movement with Skin Authority.  Personally, her expertise has helped  me learn more about the benefits of Vitamin D for healthy skin and I’m also a fan of the Turmeric & Blueberry for Brightening Beauty Infusion.  She’s a go-to resource in the beauty and wellness industry so I was grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with Celeste to discuss what sets Skin Authority apart, the future of skin care and her wisdom.  I’m thrilled to share her tips and insight with you on natural beauty, green practices, and putting our best face forward.

Let’s get started as there is a lot to cover!

DMA: What inspired you to go into skin care and start Skin Authority?

CH:  My passion driver when creating Skin Authority was to put effective skin-health options and coaching within reach of everyone. Consumers want to like what they see when they look in the mirror. Skin Authority gives people access to amazing products, treatments, and coaching without breaking the bank or wasting their time.

The foundation for Skin Authority was built in an unlikely place – a sports medicine clinic. We formed a partnership that allowed our team to coach athletes in a clinic we opened inside the practice. This experience gave us a tremendous amount of experience in suggesting skin care products and coaching people through a routine.

The clinic became Skin Authority’s living lab, and within a year, they were coaching more than 10,000 people of differing ages, ethnicities and lifestyles. Through personal touches, our team learned that people needed products that really worked, were clean, multi-purpose for busy lifestyles, and they wanted someone to coach them throughout the process. There was no company to fill this need, so we created Skin Authority to do so.

DMA: What do you think is one of the best ways to maintain healthy skin?

CH: The best way to maintain healthy skin is by creating a daily skin care routine. Think of your routine like you think about an exercise regimen. After all, lifting a weight one or two times won’t create muscle definition, while wearing sunscreen only when on vacation is not the plan for building a healthy complexion! Consistency is key for addressing skin concerns and creating a healthy skin routine that becomes part of your lifestyle.

And, I encourage this habit to start early. I coach teenagers (and their parents) to start a daily routine during the teen years. When hormones become a factor, the skin begins to change. Daily sun protection and cleansing are good habits to develop early, as well as treatment products for conditions, such as acne.

DMA: What tips and new habits would you like to share with my readers to enhance their skin care routine?

CH: Just like every other form of self-improvement, a healthy skin lifestyle is a commitment to performing a daily regimen consistently. Skin care is like working out; you can’t just lift a weight once, or only cleanse your skin, and expect to look amazing. There are basic things you need to do daily:

  • Put your skin on a treadmill by resurfacing. You want your cells to turn over daily and resurfacing is the way to make this happen. I recommend using a natural resurfacing agent nightly, such as glycolic acid, to gently dissolve dead surface skin cells to be replaced with new, plump ones. My favorite is our Resurfacing Accelerator.

  • Whether it’s raining, snowing or the sun is shining, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30. UV rays go through glass – car windows, those in your home and office, etc. – so, even if you won’t be outside, you’ll still need to practice safe sun.
    Recommendation: Skin Authority Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

  • I also love Vitamins C and D. Skin Authority Super-C Serum is my face antioxidant and it’s an amazing multi-tasker. The Serum stimulates collagen production and helps absorb UV damage. I suggest putting it on in the mornings under sunscreen. Now to D, it’s a happy hormone and makes skin really bright. I use Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir daily for a natural, simple approach to D sufficiency.

    » Simplify with three to four steps in the morning and at night. In the morning, I suggest using a mild cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, and sunscreen moisturizer. Before bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols, in addition to restorative peptides.

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

CH: Forgiveness is my biggest life lesson. Holding onto the weight of things that didn’t work puts you in a place where you can’t be happy. In business and personal lives, forgiveness is not a one-time activity; you have to think about it daily. You have to forgive yourself, too, and give everyone the benefit of a doubt. Forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools you have.

DMA:  Tell us more about skin-care coaching at Skin Authority.

CH: Skin Authority redefines the beauty shopping experience by putting a skin care expert when and where people shop to help them select the best product for their unique needs. Skin Authority’s virtual coaching system, which includes the My Skin Authority App, are game-changers in how people shop for and experience beauty. My Skin Authority is the first free, interactive app enabling a live session with a certified skin coach.

The coaches give personalized guidance when and where the consumer needs it, including at-home; in a spa, salon or store; while traveling, etc. As today’s consumer yearns for personalization, Skin Authority’s coaches are trained to listen to not only the needs, but the emotional connection of the shopper in a way that a database can’t effectively personalize the experience.

Accessible 24/7 and from anywhere, My Skin Authority gives users access to skin care expertise via phone, live chat, video chat, e-mail, or a scheduled call back. My Skin Authority also features the ‘Beauty Workout Zone’ educational blog and several videos covering important skin care concerns such as sun safety. My Skin Authority is a free download at the Apple App Store and on Google play.

DMA: What else sets Skin Authority apart?

CH: Through its Clean Skin Care™ approach to product design, Skin Authority offers a complete line of skin care products for face and body that delivers results and lasting changes without the use of parabens, dyes, added fragrances, microbeads, or cruelty to animals.

  • SGF-4 Technology™ includes the brand’s star product – Wrinkle Reversing Serum. The technology taps the power of four completely natural body proteins clinically proven to restore the body’s ability to generate healthy, new skin cells and strengthen its immune defense against further deterioration.

  • VitaD Technology™ - Vitamin D is a fundamental building block of essential health and the VitaD Fortified Illuminating DUO infuses Vitamin D health and beauty from the inside out. The DUO offers people a first-of-its kind whole food source of Vitamin D for a complete ‘nutrition sandwich’ of an external Vitamin D Elixir and a powder which adds a daily dose of Vitamin D in any food or drink you consume.

  • Pioneered by Skin Authority, AOX Technology™ is the technique of combining groups of vitamins and antioxidants together to deliver a multiplier effect over individual ingredients. This technology is found throughout our product line to accelerate results.

  • Dry Finish Technology™ is a product formulation technique that ensures products go on clear and absorb easily, leaving the skin feeling smooth, soft, and dry to the touch. This technology is particularly useful for sun protection products that typically have a reputation for feeling oily or greasy after use.

DMA: What’s the future of skin care?  Are you working on any other cutting edge products that you can let us know about?

CH: Technology is transforming the skin care industry in every way: product development; communication with the consumer; and the way we, as a lifestyle brand, interact versus just transact. There is huge opportunity for brands that are current and relevant to the way consumers are living their lives. My background and passion is technology, so I’m leading Skin Authority to continue being a leader in innovation and consumer connection. At Skin Authority, we are passionate about unleashing the self confidence that comes from feeling great about how you look.

DMA: What are a few of the top spas using Skin Authority?

CH: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is a new partner and is our neighbor in Carlsbad. Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin was our first partner and is now the longest-running; we are also in their locations near Chicago and in Scotland. Great partnerships with St. Regis San Francisco, The Oaks at Ojai, and Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys. We also have long-term relationships with top day spa chains Gadabout SalonSpas in Arizona and Gene Juarez in Washington State.

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

CH: Finding more hours in the day. Beauty and skin care are such dynamic industries, so I’m constantly reading and learning. Staying on the leading edge is a full-time commitment.

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

CH: I’m in the self-esteem business. When we can help people feel better about themselves when they look in the mirror, that’s the most rewarding.

DMA: What do you do for fun, relaxation, etc.?

CH: Working out is how I relax. I make time for fitness and currently love FitWall. Living in Southern California, we are blessed with great weather and fantastic places to hike and run.


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- Donna


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Mirbeau Inn & Spa: A Welcome Respite for Body, Mind and Spirit

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 | Beauty, Cooking Schools, Day Spas, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, facials, fitness, healthy living, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

by Donna Adinolfi

“The dream was always running ahead of me.  To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.”   – Anais Nin


This quote came to mind as I continued my drive toward the Finger Lakes region of New York from Lenox, MA.  The 11 Finger Lakes are located between Syracuse, Rochester and Elmira-Corning, NY.

I needed to be on the east coast for an extended stay and my stress meter was in the red zone for a multitude of reasons.  For me, driving has always been the answer to reducing stress. So I decided to return home to Michigan by way of a much longer northern route, which would take me to Lenox, MA first and then through the Finger Lakes and Niagara Falls.  I also  knew I needed to do something to break the constant chatter playing in my head so a couple of ’spa’ stops were added to the journey. Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY had been on my spa bucket list for several years so everything lined up from being in the area to having the time to retreat.


The Respite Begins

I was filled with anticipation as I drove up to Mirbeau Inn & Spa. I would finally see the property inspired by Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny and the 1897-99 painting, Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge, would come to life for me at this charming resort.


The Resort

The property offers 34-rooms with 18 rooms in the main building and 16 within the four cottages.  I was in one of the cottages, which provided a sitting area with a fireplace, exposed ceiling beams, patio overlooking the gardens, luxury (king) bedding, large bathroom with a French-style soaking tub and European tiled-shower.  Muted tones in the rooms and bathroom created a comfortable and inviting oasis. The room set the tone for my stay!

My goal at Mirbeau was to find a way to relax, unplug and unwind.  Having always loved the French-country look I immersed myself in beauty from the colorful flowers around the property to the French-blue and Terra Cotta colors in the architecture.   As a water sign (Scorpio), I knew the close-by lake would be calming so I took a late afternoon stroll around the property and to the nearby village of Skaneateles, which has the 3rd deepest Finger Lake.   If more time allowed, I’d have considered one of the lake’s boat tours, a bike ride using one of Mirbeau’s on-property bicycles, near-by breweries, and a hike at Baltimore Woods.

Mirbeau Inn offers a number of group and private fitness classes and other activities, so if/when you go, I’d recommend a 3 night (or longer) stay for a chance to immerse yourself in their offerings, the spa and off-property adventure.  The resort offers yoga, Pilates, spin, stretch classes and a number of other classes on the schedule and while this isn’t a destination spa with meals and spa services included, it is an affordable option in northern New York and you can create your own retreat.
Tip: Check out the Yoga & Bio-mechanics class.


Ah, the Spa!

I was pleasantly surprised by Mirbeau’s spa with its 18-treatment rooms, as it was much larger than I imagined and quite lovely.  The warm colors provided a relaxing ambiance and the European theme continued with roman-columns, a stone fireplace, herbal-infused sauna, and a heated foot pool.  Aqua Terrace has a full bar and offers a lighter menu during the day.  The outdoor area provided a hot spa pool, waterfall and ample space to relax and enjoy nature as this 12-acre resort is surrounded by 100-foot high spruce trees.

Two spa services called out to me including Monet’s Favorite Fragrance Massage (yes, lavender) and the Divine Indulgence Massage, which utilizes the Caudalie brand Divine Oil, a blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils.  An antidote to stress is aromatherapy!  It’s also important to note that Mirbeau Inn & Spa offers lower pricing for their treatments during the week and they are well received in the community for the spa, restaurant and the number of workshops and special events offered.


The Bistro & Wine Bar

There are a few options for dining at Mirbeau and when I travel solo, I opt for the wine bar, a great place to connect with the local community. This turned out to be one of the most relaxing, engaging and memorable nights for me.  Many of the patrons knew one another and the bartender, of course.  I also found out the proper way to pronounce Skaneateles, which is Skinny-At-Liss, so now you know, too.

The restaurants source local and organic products with a focus on clean cuisine.  There are French-inspired menu items and an extensive wine list.  I chose the Chicken Paillard, a wine bar favorite, for my dinner along with a glass of  2013 Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre, Famille Perrin, France – when in France (or when you feel like you are!).

Something else that is unique to the Wine Bar is the self-service wine station with 24 wines to consider, and these are premium wines. They change up the wines with different themes, too.


While my time at Mirbeau Inn & Spa was short, the memory of my stay still lingers.  I did leave there feeling a little lighter in body, mind and spirit and often reflect on the beauty that surrounded me.


If you go:

- Summer rates average $340 per night (weekends higher) and spring/fall in the $270 per night range
- The resort is about 20-miles southwest of Syracuse
- Special events are offered frequently, including a Mom’s Night Out (check calendar for all details)




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