JUN 2017

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[ 56 ] • # dayspamagazine • june 2017 spa profi le Numerous secluded nooks and crannies, plus a self-guided labyrinth, invite quiet contemplation. Admittedly, I wasn't visiting during peak season, but the place never once felt crowded—I even had the pool to myself one afternoon. Guests are urged to embrace "Miraval Mode" by placing cellphones on silent, and by talking and texting only in designated areas. Clearly, employees go to great lengths to maintain Miraval's reputation as a serene sanctuary to which people come after a life-changing event—or to have one. A Balancing Act Miraval's tagline is "Life in Balance," and equilibrium is the goal for many guests— and what a way to achieve it. Many of today's destination spas and retreats off er mindfulness and wellness classes, but Miraval stands out for sheer breadth of its curriculum—200-plus group and individual activities, workshops, lectures and experiences, many hosted by experts in their fi eld. This regularly changing roster spans a literal A to Z, from astrology to Zumba, in categories such as art & photography, culinary, fi tness, integrative wellness, and outdoor adventure & challenge. According to Carl Pratt, Miraval's vice president and general manager, "Options are frequently switched up depending on the latest trends, ingredients and techniques while also addressing guests' needs." My three-day schedule incorporated a mix of the ordinary and the "out there." Sessions varied from the fun (Cardio Drumming) to the restorative (Dream Yoga), and from the informative (Ask the Farmer) to the deeply moving (Holographic Memory Resolution and Common Ground). The latter, part of Miraval's signature equine program run by charismatic country- singer-turned-horse- whisperer Wyatt Webb, is typical of the resort's experiences that encourage guests to challenge their existing beliefs or step outside their comfort zones. Miraval management has bought a creative spin to the resort's legendary aha moments. Guests are invited to put (supplied) pen to paper and write down their moment. They then hand the letter to the front desk staff, who mail it to them three months later—a memento of a personal breakthrough, or a timely reminder to keep working through any outstanding issues or diffi culties. A WORD WITH YOURSELF Labyrinth TOP LEFT: COURTESY LESLEY MCCAVE; TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT: COURTESY MIRAVAL

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