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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Intention: With this thought, enter the labyrinth and silently and clearly state your intention. Take a few deep breaths.
- Walk: Set your pace and just walk the spiraled path. Quiet the mind and enjoy the experience.
- Reflect: Pause for a few moments when you reach the center to meditate or reflect.
- Exit: When ready, turn to the left and walk straight out.
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.
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!
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
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
A new moon leads in this new year, a season of new beginnings offering opportunities to grow, improve, and learn. Mii amo, an Arizona destination spa, brings together some of their best treatments, private sessions and activities for a month-long series to help kick-start your best year.
Each day, beginning Sunday Dec 29, 2013 through Friday January 31, 2014, a different activity or treatment will be featured. Learn ways to de-stress, have a personalized fitness program designed just for you, receive nutritional recommendations, create a vision board to manifest your hopes and dreams, and more. Your January Journey will put you on the path with tools, inspiration and knowledge to face a terrific new year.