Here at Miraval, our philosophy is Mindfulness and in everything we do, we encourage our guests to live in the present moment and be mindful of what is going on around them. So when Christine Hassler approached us about bringing a retreat to Miraval that focuses on the millennial generation to help them stop obsessing about having “it all figured out” and live in the present moment while giving them tools to take proactive steps toward their goal, we thought it was a perfect fit. The reality of it is, in no point in your life will you have everything figured out, you’re not supposed to!
By: Deborah King
Deep inside, we are all natural healers. Long ago, our ancestors knew how to heal themselves and others; how to connect to each other and to those who had passed beyond the physical plane; and how to ground their energy by being in tune with Mother Earth. In early cultures, practices like telepathy between mother and child and sending healing energy to a loved one out on a hunt were everyday routines the ancients didn’t think twice about doing.
These customs and skills may have been buried by our modern, technology-laden culture, but they are not lost! They are simply hanging out in our collective unconscious, waiting to be uncovered and put to use again. With some training and practice, you can reawaken these dormant abilities and learn to use them consciously, for yourself and your loved ones.
At my Miraval workshops and healing courses, I provide you with the tools to activate your own innate self-healing abilities. Whether the root cause is physical, spiritual, or emotional distress, distortions in your energy field and blocks in your chakras can prevent you from living in the light and fulfilling your highest purpose. Maintaining a healthy balance in your energy field is an ongoing process, but once you learn the basics of self-healing, you will feel transformed.
Here are five simple techniques that I offer at each workshop to get this process started:
I can’t stress this enough—if you only do one thing to begin the practice of self-healing, meditate. Meditation works at a deep level of consciousness to help reduce stress and tap into whatever information is needed to restore your mind, body, and spirit to a state of harmony. A regular practice of meditation—just 20 minutes—provides you with a sense of calm and an amazing clarity that can resolve many of your physical and emotional issues. I work with attendees at each and every workshop to insure they have a solid meditative base and we meditate together as a group each day, which takes us very deep. Talk about relaxing!
We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Jenn Louis to Miraval at the end of this month (Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1). We know that our Miraval guests will be absolutely delighted to learn from this dynamic and accomplished culinary master!
Consistent, simple and purposeful. This is the philosophy and approach that has propelled Chef Jenn Louis to a culinary career spanning nearly two decades. After graduating from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, Louis traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, settling for a short time in Southern Israel to work on a dairy kibbutz. Upon her return to California, she learned of a job opening from a close friend cooking for an Outward Bound base camp deep in the North Carolina woods.
On Sunday, Miraval's Pastry Chef Kim Macy led participants through a special hands-on baking class at PIRCH in Costa Mesa, California! Chef Kim shared two of her favorite recipes, Rich Gluten-Free Molten Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Peanut Butter Meringues. Both desserts are featured in Miraval's newest cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking (available for pre-order now!) Here are some of our favorite photos from the class. Enjoy!