Meditations in Nature

By maadmin (March 30, 2015)

A recent article in Phoenix magazine ranked Boynton Canyon among the top  nature retreats for meditation, and Mii amo among the top five resorts for its range of mindfulness offerings.

“A beautiful box canyon heralds possibly the most exulting natural meditation setting in Arizona,” says the writer.  Mii amo is set within the box canyon, and the Boynton Canyon Trail runs adjacent to the resort.  Guests use their room key to unlock the gate to the Secret Mountain Wilderness and access the trail.

The 2.5 mile trail to the back of the canyon is a moderate hike. For a shorter trek, head up towards the spire, referred to as Kachina Woman, for expansive views and a sitting meditation.

Posted in: Wellness & Spirit

Spring Moves at Mii amo

By maadmin (February 28, 2015)

Looking for a new workout for spring? Mii amo’s Spring Activity Schedule provides exciting options for every fitness level.  Try something new each day, or focus on perfecting a favorite.  Our fitness staff is available to guide and make recommendations.

Begin the day with a sunrise stretch or WOGA, a combination of walking and yoga postures inspired by nature. Check out a yoga class–we’ve got gentle energy yoga, power vinyasa yoga and something new called yoga acrobatics. If high intensity interval training is what you need, there’s a boot camp with intense indoor and outdoor classes.  Jump in the pool for aqua aerobics, join a barre class in our upstairs movement studio,  or have fun with energy dance.

With 100 activities offered weekly, guests can explore, challenge themselves and feel good about getting out and making healthy choices.    Let us help you find a regular exercise and movement program to achieve your optimal wellness.

New Mii amo Workshops for 2015

By maadmin (January 23, 2015)

Five new workshops debut this year at Mii amo, joining a list of ongoing classes designed to inspire and inform guests during their stay.  The 60-minute classes, led by a Mii amo staff member or consultant, offer insight into a particular area of focus that complements the spa journeys.

Power of Touch: Learn how touch can comfort, heal and reduce stress, yielding  physical and mental benefits.

Gemstone & Crystals: These rocks aren’t just beautiful to look at, they also hold soothing energies.  Learn how to use and care for them.

Color My World: Color influences our conscious and subconscious mind, affecting our physical body and our moods. Learn the attributes of color and how to incorporate color into your living and work spaces.

Stress Management: Stress is part of our experience. Good stress motivates us, while bad stress has harmful effects on our health.  Learn how to cope with stress for a happier outlook on life.

Learn to Meditate: A daily meditation practice offers significant benefits.  Learn how to enter into a meditative state of mind through simple breathing and relaxation techniques.

These and other scheduled workshops are open to our guests and advance sign-up may be required.

Cooking with Conifers

By maadmin (December 23, 2014)

Chef Alex Pasco oversees the Mii amo culinary program, designing menus and recipes that inspire guests to eat healthy every day.  His version of Mii amo’s “intelligent cuisine” uses small amounts of purées, reductions and vinaigrettes to impart flavor with minimal fat.

Entertaining at home this winter is no excuse to divert from the healthful path. Chef Alex proposes Pine-Scented Venison Tenderloin with Braised Swiss Chard and Cranberry Sauce, a dish that will impress your guests while honoring everyone’s waistline.

Cooking with conifers is trendy.  They’ll add a little edge to your menu, and impart a subtle fragrance.  Think of evergreens such as spruce and Douglas fir as herbs to be used much like rosemary.

Chef Alex leads you through this impressive but ultimately simple winter recipe that uses pine needles to flavor the marinade.  You may want to try it before taking down the fresh Christmas tree.

Posted in: Intelligent Cuisine

Transformations in the New Year

By maadmin (November 26, 2014)

January is traditionally the time of resolutions, when we begin anew to do the work to manifest the changes we want to see in ourselves.  Our three January retreats are designed to help you along the path of transformation for your body, through a healthy fitness and nutrition regimen; your spirit, through learning to let go and enjoy life more; and your self-perception, by seeing that you are beautiful just the way you are.

Body Transformation Jan 4-8 with Fitness Director Danielle Fryer will give you the tools, support and motivation to stick with a healthy regime through the year, as described in this Forbes Life article.

Happy is the New Healthy Jan 8-11 with David Romanelli will coax you into relaxing and enjoying life more with yoga,  wine, chocolate, gourmet meals, meditation and laughter as necessary elements on this journey

Embrace Your Authentic Beauty Jan 18-25 with Mii amo staff, who will help you recognize your true talents and beauty through group workshops and one-on-one consultations, spa treatments and spiritual sessions.

What do you want for the new year? Let us help you on your journey to the most authentic you.

The winter solstice marks the beginning of what the Native Americans referred to as “the season of dreaming.”   This is an auspicious time for reflection on the past year and contemplation of what we want to attract in the new year.  Join special workshops in journaling, vision boarding, making smudge sticks, and meditation to learn various ways to express the wishes, hopes and dreams you want to manifest in 2015.

The new moon on December 21 is  an excellent time for manifesting your deepest desires, and our Spirit of the New Moon treatment will be available.  Celebrate the winter solstice with us and connect with the earth’s energy in Boynton Canyon as we make way for new beginnings during this beautiful season.

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Mii amo has been awarded a Saveur Culinary Travel Award… Readers’ Choice: Best All-Inclusive Resort.*

The Saveur awards honor the world’s best cities, markets, restaurants, bars, hotels and other experiences, recognizing those who put cuisine and culture at the forefront of the travel experience.

“This is a resort that seeks to accommodate its guests, not impose rigid food rules on them,” says Saveur.  “Our readers love a spa resort that recognizes the needs of both the body and the soul.”

Mii amo Café prepares “intelligent cuisine” which is first and foremost delicious and flavorful, while still being low in fat and good for you.  Rotating seasonal menus feature organic, local and sustainable foods when possible, and every item includes details on calories, carbs, fat and protein in grams.   The chef can accommodate any dietary request with special menus.

Sample menu items could be from a resort restaurant– Hopi blue corn waffles with wild cherry and blueberry compote, cantaloupe soup, ahi tuna rolled sushi, and wagyu bavette.  There’s also a wine list, with organic and bio-dynamic choices.

The focus on good food extends to a culinary program of educational classes for guests:

- Cooking Demo focusing on healthy cooking techniques with recipes

- Juicing 101 shares the basics and health benefits of juicing

- Journey of Teas demonstrates the proper preparation of tea and health benefits

- Organic Gardening and Composting class is held in the Mii amo garden

- Wine Tasting, an introductory seminar on the fine art of appreciating wine

Good food nourishes the body, and when beautifully prepared and enjoyed in a relaxing atmosphere with like-minded friends, it also nourishes the soul.

* Mii amo destination spa’s all-inclusive packages include 3 meals daily at Mii amo Cafe, accommodations, 2 spa treatments daily, access to all classes, and more.

Posted in: Intelligent Cuisine

As part of Mii amo’s ongoing development of unique experiences for guests,  a new treatment has been introduced in time for the Fall Equinox.  “Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing” is about recognizing the blessings in our lives, for gratitude brings joy and makes way for more abundance to follow.

The Fall Equinox is traditionally a celebration of the harvest. It is the perfect time to look inward,  give thanks for what has been reaped, and prepare for winter, known as “the season of dreaming.”

Hozhooji (ha zee ho jee) is a Native American word signifying blessings or gratitude.  One of the elements of the treatment is a Native American-inspired blanket from Pendleton designed around the Basket Dance, a harvest ceremony performed each fall by women of the Lakon Society of Basket Weavers.  At the end of the dance, the women toss baskets to the crowd of onlookers as a gesture of sharing and generosity to ensure next spring’s bounty.

The Hozhooji spa treatment begins with offering gratitude while making a blessing tie, which is placed in an authentic Hopi basket.  Custom body therapy and powerful energy work follow, with the end result of awakening positive energies and creating a sense of joy by magnifying the beauty that resides within ourselves.

Posted in: Wellness & Spirit

Dressing Summer Tomatoes

By maadmin (July 16, 2014)

With great-tasting summer tomatoes abundant and ripening on the vine, it’s the perfect time to showcase these antioxidant-rich vegetables with simple preparations. Chef Nicole Heaney has added Strawberry and Tomato Gazpacho, a Caprese Lavosh, and a beautiful starter, Compressed Watermelon and Tomato Salad on Mii amo Cafe’s summer menus.   She tops this appetizer with a dressing of marinated feta, sprouts and lime zest, which would work equally well over sliced tomatoes.  Here’s her recipe:

Marinated Feta Dressing

½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 Cup Feta cheese, crumbled

1 Teaspoon dried oregano

1 Teaspoon dried basil

½ Teaspoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well and let marinate for several hours.

To serve, drizzle over sliced tomatoes.  Chef uses 1 Tablespoon dressing per portion and garnishes the plate with radish sprouts and a little lime zest to taste.

Posted in: Intelligent Cuisine

How to Walk the Labyrinth

By maadmin (June 27, 2014)

Mii amo’s new labyrinth was recently introduced on the afternoon of the summer solstice.  The design is a classical, circular labyrinth, an ancient, spiritual tool used for personal transformation.

Labyrinths can be found all over the world, and their origin is unknown. They were often found in churches in the Middle Ages, most famously in the thirteenth century Chartres Cathedral outside Paris.  In those times, labyrinths were walked as a form of repentance, or in place of a pilgrimage. Today, people walk labyrinths to help solve a problem, find inspiration, or manifest a goal.

We invite guests into the labyrinth, located on the grassy lawn in front of Mii amo in view of the red rock walls of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon, on a walking meditation to quiet the mind, ground the body and open the heart.

  1. Calm reflection: Spend a few moments in meditation outside the labyrinth.  Remove your shoes if you wish, feel the grass and connect with the earth. Think about your life and everything that has led you to being here at this moment.  Express gratitude. Listen to the sounds of nature all around you—birds chirping, the rustling leaves in the trees. Think about what you next want to manifest in your life.
  2. Intention: With this thought, enter the labyrinth and silently and clearly state your intention.  Take a few deep breaths.
  3. Walk: Set your pace and just walk the spiraled path. Quiet the mind and enjoy the experience.
  4. Reflect: Pause for a few moments when you reach the center to meditate or reflect.
  5. Exit: When ready, turn to the left and walk straight out.
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