Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2019

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e notion that even the strongest coat of armor can occasionally benefit from some reinforcement was what brought me to Miraval Resort near the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Although I was initially skeptical about what I would get out of the experience, the timing of my stay coincided with a number of major life changes, and in short order I was crying, laughing and high-fiving perfect strangers, all of whom came here, to this safe and beautiful place, seeking clarity, comfort and self-care. Over the course of three days, I discovered that the ability to open myself to share raw emotional experiences with others is both humbling and empowering. A wellness retreat trailblazer, the 400-acre resort marked its 20th anniversary in 2016 with a multi-million-dollar renovation of its 118 casually elegant casita- style guest accommodations, a new state-of-the-art fitness center, redesigned retail space, a new juice bar, a re-imagined welcome experience, and revamped Brave Bill lounge. e expansive Life in Balance Spa debuted in 2012. Miraval Arizona was founded under the premise that life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Whereas other wellness retreats with similar intents may require guests to adhere to a prescribed agenda, at Miraval, guests are free to choose their own path to wellbeing. I fully embraced this concept by choosing fitness-related activities that fell well within my comfort zone, along with a host of classes that fell far outside of it, such as Forgiveness Meditation, Dance of Gratitude, and Native American drumming. I literally didn't have enough hours in each day to participate in all of the activities that appealed to me. Arriving late in the afternoon, I had a hot second to appreciate both the lushly landscaped grounds, and the amenities of my 800-square-foot Miraval Suite (gas fireplace, mountain-view terrace, cloudlike bed, and soaking tub in the bathroom), before my first scheduled activity, a two-hour evening challenge course experience led by guest instructor Matt Walker, a life coach who utilizes adventure experiences to facilitate self-improvement. R IGHTING THE SHIP A quest for physical and mental wellbeing at Miraval Arizona Written by Caylee Matthews 52

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