Entries for month: July 2013

Congratulations to Sheryl Brooks, R.N. for her new certification from the North American Menopause Society! Sheryl is now a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (N.C.M.P.) and is Miraval's expert on this midlife transition.

More about the Certification:

Founded in 1989, the North American Menopause Society is North America's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and quality of life through an understanding of menopause. Those who hold the N.C.M.P. certification have demonstrated special interest and competency in the field of menopause. These include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurses, and pharmacists.

Sheryl's Bio:

Sheryl is a Board Certified Registered Nurse, a National Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner, and certified health coach who specializes in health and wellness promotion and education. Sheryl is passionate about helping others create the healthiest, most fulfilled version of themselves. She recognizes that our physical and emotional health impacts not just how long we will live, but how well we live.

The new Menopause Workshop at Miraval:

Menopause: What You Need To Know

Do you have questions about what exactly is happening in this natural, midlife transition? If you have heard or read conflicting information about symptoms of menopause and how to respond to them, please join Sheryl Brooks, RN, NCMP, our Menopause Practitioner to learn about and discuss, as a group, the facts and myths of Menopause. You will leave this workshop with current information about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy, alternative/complementary remedies, and lifestyle modifications to help you feel in control, comfortable and healthy during your midlife transition.

Learn more about Sheryl's lectures, workshops, and private sessions >

We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Brooke Williamson at Miraval this weekend (Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20). Chef Williamson is the Co-Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Hudson House in Redondo Beach, California and The Tripel in Playa del Rey, California. She recently placed second on Bravo’s Top Chef Seattle. A native of Los Angeles, the self-taught chef is currently the youngest chef to ever have cooked at the James Beard House. Brooke began her culinary career at age 15 as a teacher’s assistant at the Epicurean Institute of Los Angeles. At age 18, she started working as a pastry assistant at Fenix at the Argyle Hotel, and was soon noticed by Chef Ken Frank, who invited her to work in the savory kitchen. Brooke moved onto the acclaimed restaurant Michael’s in Santa Monica, where she became Sous Chef within a year. After a brief internship at the celebrated restaurant Daniel in New York, Brooke returned to Los Angeles, where she was appointed Executive Chef at Boxer and later Zax


All of us at Miraval are so excited about our newly-renovated Agave Center Yoga Studio! The sleek and simple design complements our desert landscape and allows the perfect, peaceful space for our yoga and meditation offerings. The exposed beams and silk hammocks have given Miraval two new yoga and meditation programs that guests are raving about—Aerial Yoga and Floating Meditation. Guest Susan B. from Colorado had this to say about her experience with Floating Meditation, "Words are inadequate to express the uniquely nurturing experience I had during the Floating Meditation. The multi-sensory feelings of being securely snugged in a silk wrap from head to toe, suspended in the air, slowly rocking, and crystal bowls singing combine into something more profound than the parts alone. It is though you are in a cocoon of total support to allow peace to flow into your entire being."

Renovated Agave Center

Aerial Yoga

Floating Meditation

Explore Yoga and Meditation Offerings at Miraval >

Read a Q&A with our Yoga and Meditation Guru, MaryGrace Naughton >

An Invitation to All Illuminated Leaders! Retreat with Us and Transform Your Self and Your World

October 28-November 1, 2013
By: Karin Sokel

We invite you to join us for a retreat that will empower you by opening new vistas into the science and mystery of YOU, teaching you how to change your life, from the inside-out.

Based on the work of best-selling author and neuroscientist, Dr. Joe Dispenza, you will learn cutting edge knowledge about your magnificent brain, body and your potential to create. Using simple, yet powerful tools, you will learn how to break self-defeating habits, and create coherent states within yourself to make desired change in your life and in the world.


We were so excited to have Chef Jody Adams at Miraval last weekend as part of our Celebrity Chef Series! Chef Adams led participants through a gourmet, five-course meal during two Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinners. Here are some of our favorite photos of Chef Adams working with Executive Chef Justin Macy and the rest of the Miraval culinary team. Enjoy!