Miraval Launches Miraval Journeys
Award-Winning Spa Announces New Mindful Travel Offer
June 10, 2012 (TUCSON, AZ) – Miraval—the award winning destination resort and spa in Tucson, AZ —is delighted to announce the addition of Miraval Journeys, a series of curated, private adventure tours through the world’s most exclusive regions. From the mountains of Morocco to the Croatian coastline, Miraval Journeys offer exquisite adventures that give guests the chance to explore the world, mindfully.
Led by Miraval’s seasoned tour partner David Smith in conjunction with local experts, the journeys provide guests the opportunity to discover the most breathtaking corners of the globe. Through classes facilitated by Miraval specialists accompanying the tours, guests will experience travel in the Miraval way, while living life in the moment and growing as individuals with each new day and experience.
The first Miraval Journey will take place in Croatia and Bosnia from October 15 – 24, 2012. On this trip, guests will have the unique opportunity to explore Croatia, famous for its stunningly beautiful coastline, enchanting architecture, beautiful hotels, and history of pirates. Bosnia is the second hidden jewel, a country filled with charm, history and a world famous healing site in the town of Medjugorje. In addition to exploring abundant marketplaces and learning about the fascinating history of these cities, guests will dine on the countries’ finest cuisine, including fresh fish caught off the coast and vegetables grown by local farmers. With Miraval’s very own MaryGrace Naughton and Coach Leigh Weinraub along to facilitate yoga, meditation and reflections on the journey, this mindful, Eastern European adventure will include:
• Miraval Yoga & Meditation classes and private sessions
• Sessions and lectures to reflect on the journey and explore mindfulness and positive psychology
• Authentic meals featuring exquisite local cuisine at exclusive locales
• Sunset cruise through Old Town Dubrovnik
• Panoramic ride on Old Town Dubrovnik’s newly refurbished Sky Gondola featuring views of the entire Dubrovnik Riviera and countryside, which is featured on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites
• Visit to the world famous healing site of Medjugorje
• Tour of the historic Konavle mill
• Peljesac Peninsula wine tasting
• Oyster boat ride with oyster pulling and oyster tasting
• Full day Hvar Island Tour
• Full day tour of Split, Solin & Trogir
In addition to offering fully guided itineraries and unique experiences led by local experts, this Miraval Journey includes luxury accommodations at the region’s finest hotels and resorts including Hvar's premier beach resort Grand Beach Amfora—located in a private bay with breathtaking views of the Paklinski Islands, Hotel Dubrovnik with sweeping sea views and Palace Dubrovnik—a five-star hotel situated just steps from the UNESCO world heritage site of Dubrovnik Old Town. Food and wine lovers rejoice, with unparalleled dining experiences offering the best in local cuisine. And, to help guests get the most out of travel, Miraval Journeys offers a host of special services and amenities including private transfers and luggage assistance at every turn.
MaryGrace Naughton is the first Miraval specialist to travel the world for Miraval Journeys as a yoga and meditation specialist. Studying and practicing yoga and meditation since 1987, she became a certified yoga teacher through the Providence Institute in 2001. Since 2004, MaryGrace has been passionately teaching at Miraval, where she brings her deep knowledge and understanding of “Heart Centered Communication” and “Lovingkindness Meditation” to her expression as a teacher of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. In 2011, MaryGrace traveled with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to the Azores, Madeira, Canary & Channel Isles.
Also joining the journey is tennis pro and wellness counselor Leigh Weinraub, M.A., providing spiritual guidance and enlightenment to help guests grow and be mindful throughout the trip. As a competitor, Leigh was a top nationally-ranked junior tennis player and a full scholarship athlete for the Big 10 championship Northwestern tennis team. Her passion for sports led her to a career as the tennis coach at Dartmouth College and at Northwestern University. Leigh received her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Her extensive training in Positive Psychology, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and her cognitive-behavioral approach helps guests develop skills that apply to life including body awareness, concentration, overcoming fear and trusting intuition.
For more information about Miraval Journeys, or to book, please visit http://www.miravalresorts.com/journeys/ or contact tour manager David Smith (847) 780-7063. This Mindful Eastern European adventure will include nine nights of luxury accommodations, 19 authentic meals, transportation within Europe and Miraval Yoga & Meditation offerings.
The price of the tour is $6,740 per person and is exclusive of roundtrip airfare. Guests who prefer single occupancy during their trip can add a $690 single supplement to the price of the tour.
Miraval is dedicated to making life more magnificent. Since opening in 1995 Miraval has been ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. In May, the property opened the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. Built in harmony with the healing power of its Sonoran desert surroundings with a focus on sustainability by the same team who helped create the Villas at Miraval, the new spa’s luxury is not about excess, opulence, or lavishness but rather embraces the mantra “Life Enhancing Minimalism”. In addition to the new spa’s Chill-Out”TM spa services, Miraval offers an array of “Clue-In”TM self-discovery and development activities, all of which reflect Miraval’s core philosophy of living life in the moment.