4 Resorts Offering Wellness Retreats to Begin the New Year

Inner Balance Wellness Weekend at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale.
The Inner Balance Wellness Weekend at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale.
Photo courtesy of Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale

Clients can get a jump start on their New Year's resolutions at an extended wellness retreat, spending winter in a beautifully warm climate full of energy-healing opportunities within nature. These four resorts offer unique wellness retreats throughout the first couple of months of 2024. 

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1. Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Mountain Shadows is hosting an Inner Balance Wellness Weekend from January 5-7 that is led by Serenity Risvik, an herbalist and sound therapist focused on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The healing retreat is a beautiful blend of soul coaching, mindful activities, meditation, light yoga and healing opportunities to guide guests on a journey of self-discovery while making meaningful connections with new friends.

The retreat is a two-night stay in a Deluxe Guestroom. Activities include mindful journaling, speeches by renowned wellness directors & energy therapists, daily yoga, Tea and Sound Ceremony and Breathwork Ceremony and meals plus healthy snacks. 

2. Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, California

From January 11-14, Carmel Valley Ranch is partnering with Jobi Manson and Sēfari to help guests return to their truest essence, for a weekend-long retreat. The itinerary will include three immersive Sēfari workshops led by Jobi, multiple Spa Aiyana treatments and a plethora of one-of-a-kind activities led by the property's artisans-in-residence. Itinerary highlights include Hilltop Yoga, relaxation time to observe the textures of history using stones, spa treatments, social opportunities, Paint with the Earth workshop, a Horshoe Loop Guided Hike and insights exploring the emotional intelligence of horses through creative writing and equine therapy, led by licensed therapist, Robert G. Magnelli, Ph.D. (also known as “The Horseman”).

3. Mii amo, Sedona, Arizona

Winter Celestial Cycles are available through February, 28 at Mii amo in Sedona, Arizona. Tailored to express each season and its cycle, this menu of services offers comfort and guidance on each journey through the four seasons. Each treatment is 75 minutes and draws on the color, element and unique qualities of its cycle to provide a connection between the guest and the natural flow of the world around them. Winter offerings include Centered-in-Wisdom Facial, Going within Meditation and Reflection Massage.

The resort is also offering a 75-minute "Spirit of the New Moon Manifestation" ceremony where a practitioner guides guests through a grounding and reflective footbath, the penning of intention and a full body massage in which geranium and pine oil are used to open the mind and expand energy levels. When finished, Mii amo holds on to the written intention for one lunar cycle and on the following new moon it is buried in the Canyon where it composts into the powerful and grounding earth.

Curated through Enchantment Resort's Trail House (sister property of Mii amo on same grounds), Hiking under the Stars includes a two-and-a-half-hour hike beneath Sedona's dark sky to see the Milky Way´s sparkling band paired with an expert to guide guests through this private experience.

4. Rancho La Puerta, Baja, California

Rancho La Puerta offers specialty weeks year-round, featuring visiting guest speakers, talented performers and workshop leaders—authors, politicians, musicians, artists, M.D.s and other leaders in their fields.

Guest speakers in Early 2024 include The BURN Bootcamp with Tony Lattimore from January 6-13, Cardio & Strength with Krista Popowych from January 27 - February 3, 2024, Qigong for a Healthy Body and Peaceful Mind with Samuel Barnes from February 17-24, 2024, and Iyengar Yoga with Anna Delury from March 6-19, 2024.

The resort will also feature guest chefs Carlos Gaytan, Jeanne Kelley, Robin Asbell and Denise Marchessault, respectively.

At The Ranch, guests that book a 7-night stay between Dec. 30-Jan. 6, Jan. 6-13, Jan. 13-20, or Jan. 20-27, 2024, will receive a complimentary Ranch Classic Massage (50 min.), Ranch Reflexology (50 min.), Herbal Wrap (30 min.), Custom Facial (50 min.) and bottle of wine (choice of red or white) from Baja’s celebrated Valle de Guadalupe region.

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