By: Miraval's Alysa Volpe, Yoga & Meditation Specialist

This year is the 25th anniversary of Tucson’s All Souls Procession and to celebrate we welcome you to learn about and participate in the celebration. I am fortunate to have been born and raised in the Sonoran Desert and feel blessed to have had the benefit of living in a place rich in Mexican and Native American culture and influence. Being able to experience the many traditions that have survived for centuries in Southern Arizona is something I am grateful for. The Day of the Dead came about after nearly 2500 years of indigenous practices focused on remembering the departed through ritual within this area and other parts of Mexico and Central America. With the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century, the Catholic Church appropriated many of the native rituals of remembrance and created All Souls Day. Throughout all cultures, people have found ways to feel connected and honor their ancestors, children, parents and all who have touched them during their lifetimes.


By: Miraval's Pam Trudeau, Fitness Supervisor

Poor Posture not only makes you look heavier it takes a toll on your joints. When you “slouch” your upper body appears heavier and larger.  Neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain can all be the result of poor posture wearing on your bones.


By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

Miraval Resort & Spa 

Late the August 31 or on the east coast early on September 1, Venus goddess of love and beauty and Mars, the planet of action conjoin in Leo bringing romance and social pleasure especially for  the fire signs. Venus is still retrograde but slowing down to go direct on the 6th. This is an opportunity to re-evaluate one's values and what is important in relationships. Creativity and being in the spotlight await those born near August 6-8.

On Wednesday September 2 Jupiter and Uranus combine in a stressful angle to each other can bring up unexpected changes or an erratic urge for independence and impulsive actions in particular for Aries born near April 8-10. 

Thursday September 3, Mercury, the planet or communication and slippery Neptune weave tales of wonder for creative writers or beautiful songs for musicians but can also indicate muddled communications or passive aggressive tendencies when confronted. This is likely to annoy for Librans born near October 1-2.

On Saturday September 5, the sun in harmony with Pluto in earth signs signaling greater confidence and brings a sense or authority or leadership to Virgos born near September 5-7 and Capricorns December 3-5.

After Labor Day the fall kicks into full swing on Tuesday September 8 as Mars, the planet of action synchronizes with Uranus, the planet of innovation. Changes now bring more freedom or ease in your life. This is an excellent time to find solutions or purchase a car or computer.  Those born near August 11-12 and April 8-9 can expect a smooth ride.


Miraval's resident beekeeper Noel Patterson shares his intimate knowledge of honey bees and their importance for a sustainable environment. He will inspire you, ignite your tastebuds, and we guarantee you'll learn something new. 

There are 3 different ways to spend time with Noel depending on your interest from honey tasting to donning a bee suit and going out to Miraval's bee hives for a hands-on experience.  


Packing Healthy Lunches for Kids - Part 3 of 3 Part Back to School blog series

By Angela Onsgards, R.D.

With the first day of school right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how we will fuel our children and keep them energized and alert throughout the school day.  One of the most important tips that I recommend to parents is involving their children in planning and preparing their school lunches.  This will increase the likelihood that the kids will enjoy their lunch and decrease trading with other kids for less healthy choices. 

A good rule of thumb is to provide 1 serving of grain or starchy vegetable, 1 serving of lean or plant-based protein, a healthy source of fat, and lots of non-starchy vegetables and fruit.