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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Mii amo’s four new fitness classes offer lots of inspiration for guests who want to challenge themselves or refresh a routine workout program with some new moves.  Fitness Director Danielle Fryer leads these fun, fast-paced classes focused on toning and shaping the body.

ABsolutely Core is a strength training workout focused on the belly and lower back muscles. Step Up is a high-intensity cardio class designed to strengthen and shape the lower body.  Total Body Lift alternates between quick spurts of cardio and weight lifting.

For those who want an outdoor workout in the beauty of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon, WOGA combines power walking and nature-inspired yoga postures.

Try one or all of the new classes for an invigorating morning workout at the destination spa, or allow us to design a program tailored to specific needs and goals.

Guests will now find a cairn garden in the central atrium of Mii amo Spa.  A cairn is a mound of intentionally stacked stones, and guests are invited to choose stones to create their own cairn as an expression of an intention or meditation.

The ritual of stacking stones into a pile called a cairn is a centuries-old practice used to memorialize people, locations and events.  Native Americans assembled cairns for ceremonial purposes.  Traditionally, these stones are of varying shapes and sizes and are indigenous to the area. Ours come from Boynton Canyon.

Cairns are often associated with a prayer, the setting of an intention or a quiet meditation. The mere act of choosing the perfect stone can inspire mindfulness as we contemplate and search for the stone that speaks to us.  Placing a wish stone atop a towering cairn can be meditative and leave one feeling peaceful.

Also at the cairn garden, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Thursdays and Sundays, our Native American guest performer plays traditional pieces on an array of flutes, sharing stories of his ancestors through music handed down from the elders.

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A Sweetheart Of A Menu

By maadmin (February 13, 2014)

Mii amo Cafe shows you don’t have to go overboard on calories to celebrate an occasion like Valentine’s Day, or forgo it altogether just because you are on a destination spa vacation.  With this four-course, prix-fixe menu, Chef Nicole Heaney wins our hearts with beautiful ingredients low in calories. Rich colors on the plate dazzle the eye, and the taste buds are wooed with flavors of cinnamon, raspberry champagne, caraway, spicy harissa and chocolate.  An optional wine pairing seals the deal.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu

February 14, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup

Cinnamon Apple Foam

150 cal, 1g fat, 27c, 3g prot

Raventos I Blanc, Cava, Reserva Brut (Penedes) 2009


Seacat Gardens Freckled Romaine

Raspberry Champagne Vinaigrette

Goat Cheese, Marcona Almonds

250 cal, 8g fat, 43 carb, 6g prot

Domaine Fouassier, Sancerre (Sancerre) 2011


Seared Loup de Mer

Caraway Scented Cannelinni Beans

Sous Vide Red Cabbage, Harissa

570 cal, 12g fat, 60 carb, 49g prot.

Heron, Pinot Noir (Monterey) 2011


Dark Chocolate Souffle

House-made Raz Cherry Marshmallows

Toasted Macadamia Nuts

390 cal, 18g fat, 41 carb,16g prot

Justin, Obtuse (Paso Robles) 2010


$85 for non-Mii amo guests / $125 with wine pairing

Mii amo Cafe is open to guests of Mii amo Spa and Enchantment Resort

Posted in: Intelligent Cuisine

Seven Valentines from Mii amo

By maadmin (January 22, 2014)

Mii amo Spa has created seven creative ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day, one for each day of the week during our “Romance, Laughter & Love” celebration February 9-15.

This Arizona destination spa thinks out of the box when it comes to Valentines. Surrounded by red rocks, in a stunningly beautiful location, couples will leave with a sweet memory of one’s commitment to each other.  Each day, a different experience is featured.  All are private sessions, ranging from 30-120 minutes, and must be booked in advance:

Sunday: Private ceremony in the Crystal Grotto, the spiritual heart of Mii amo, with drumming

Monday: Build a cairn to commemorate your relationship during a guided meditation

Tuesday: Soul Seeker for Couples, one of our specialty treatments with a master therapist

Wednesday: Create a vision board to cultivate more of what you want in the relationship

Thursday: Spirit of the Full Moon treatment, to release what no longer serves the relationship

Friday: Aura-Soma Relationship Reading, to reveal the give and take of each person

Saturday: Synastry – The Astrology of Relationships, offers best ways to communicate

To book your spa valentine, please contact a Mii amo consultant at 888.749.2137

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