Enchantment Resort has orchestrated 3 days of events from April 22-24, honoring planet Earth, including gardening, cooking, wine tasting, joyful dancing and star gazing.  Guests will relax in beautiful natural surroundings, learn to release tension and restore balance for a healthier existence.  All events are open to guests of Enchantment Resort and Mii amo.  For a complete list of activities, please visit http://enchantmentresort.com/activities/calendar/

Highlights include:

o Apache Teachings:  Listen to authentic Apache teachers as they share traditional knowledge of Boynton Canyon

o Gardening from the Inside Out:  Eloquent, inspiring and passionate, Bill McDorman challenges gardeners to breathe deeply, slow down and create a new context of understanding of the spaces around them.  Rather than have their gardens be “one more thing they have to do,” Bill helps his audience reframe their relationship to this magical interface that is informative, whimsical and downright spiritual.

o IT’S ALIVE! Wildflower Walk:  In this delightful stroll in and around Enchantment, Bill McDorman will identify and share lore of the wild, edible and medicinal plants in our midst. He’ll throw in a bit of geology just to make sure we know where we are.  Most importantly Bill will engender a spirit of wonder as he inspires us to connect deeply with the world in which we live.

o Walking in Beauty:  Join Colette Coletta in an experiential class in awareness and appreciation of Mother Earth.  Explore images such as mandalas, sand paintings, and medicine wheels with regard to their meanings for various indigenous groups and the ways that these images can help develop a deeper connection and understanding of one’s true nature.

o Rising in Love:  Alok is a highly original Zen Calligraphic painter and provides a special demonstration of his art. Private sessions for a personalized calligraphic portrait for individuals, couples or families are available April 16 – 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mii amo library.
o Cooking Demo & Organic Wine Tasting:  Executive Chef Ted Cizma will prepare an appetizer of locally grown produce, house-baked bread and freshly made cheese, and pair it with the sustainable and organically farmed wines of Arizona Stronghold, made in the Verde Valley.


“The Droppah”

By John Meyers (March 1, 2011)

During a somewhat mundane, workmanship match played out from the baseline, when commentator Patrick McEnroe exclaims “the droppah!” you can tell he is genuinely excited.  A shot more commonly used in the infancy of open tennis, the drop shot has recently become more prevalent in the modern game of power tennis.

Andy Murray, Roger Federer, and many clay court specialists have worked this shot into their repertoire. Although some opponents – especially those who can’t hit one – consider this a cheap shot, not worthy of one with solid groundstrokes, it’s still a winner, just like the 90 mph forehand down the line. A true touch shot, the dropper – when used with discretion – can throw a baseliner off their game, resulting in constant muttering and creative exclamations.

Even doubles players can make great use of this shot, especially if your opponents like to stay back on the baseline. After your return of serve, wait for a short ball, act like you’re hitting a normal groundie, and at the point of contact soften your wrist and let your racquet head slide under the ball.

The keys for a successful drop shot are disguise and discretion. You can turn a backhand slice into a drop shot and your opponent won’t read it until it’s too late. But hitting this shot from behind the baseline is a recipe for disaster.  Be patient, wait for that short ball, and give your opponent something else to think about with “the droppah!”


Whether you have been fortunate enough to visit Boynton Canyon or not, you can see what an amazing destination it is.  For centuries people have revered this sacred setting and now we have brought this Canyon’s history to life with our DVD Che Ah Chi, now available online and at our two boutiques located on property. Che Ah Chi, the Apache name for the legendary red rock canyon home to Enchantment Resort is a 30-minute film featuring interviews with tribal elders and geological experts that generously share their oral history and wisdom of the mysterious canyon with Native American filmmaker and director RJ Joseph.

Che Ah Chi is an engaging documentary featuring Native Americans and experts telling an intriguing history of Boynton Canyon’s dramatic earth changes, prehistoric ruins, creation stories, inhabitants and its healing waters. It is important to document the history of Boynton Canyon, ensuring future generations can fully understand its importance and significance. We had the privilege to document tribal elders revealing information usually reserved only for their own storytelling circles. Che Ah Chi gives viewers the opportunity to witness their deep insights into their respective cultures and gain a greater respect for this intricate canyon. You can view a segment of the documentary, by visiting http://www.enchantmentresort.com/activities/native-american/. It is sure to inspire a first or return visit.


Treat your sweetheart to the Enchantment Resort Valentine’s Suite Romance Package throughout February. You’ll delight in your choice of luxurious Southwestern suite accommodations for a rewarding two or three nights in the heart of red rock country, plus these amazing Champagne Strawberry Truffles as your turndown treat. Or, surprise your Valentine and make these delicious truffles at home.

Ingredients
12 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoon champagne
1 teaspoon strawberry puree
Milk chocolate, to dip the centers in

Preparation

o Melt white chocolate in a heavy saucepan on low, stirring constantly; stir in whipping cream.

o Stir in champagne and strawberry.  Pour into a shallow pan lined with parchment paper or foil.

o Refrigerate until mixture is thickened, but still soft, about 2 hours.

o Shape 1 tablespoon of the mixture by rolling into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place balls on waxed paper.

o Refrigerate until cold, then melt the milk chocolate and dip the centers and place on waxed paper.  Truffles can be refrigerated 2-3 days or frozen for several weeks.


As a business professional, you may choose to have a destination meeting for a variety of reasons. Your business space might be undergoing repairs, or you may desire to create an environment for your employees where they can enjoy the benefits of a team-building atmosphere while accomplishing tasks away from the workplace. Whatever your reason, having a Sedona meeting has the potential to dramatically benefit your employees and company as a whole.

Accommodating Facilities

Whether your meeting is for a small corporate board or a large number of business associates, hosting your meeting at Arizona’s premier Southwestern resort is a winning combination. Enchantment Resort features flexible meeting space that feature the best of the resort’s spectacular Sedona setting, with over 13,000 square feet of usable meeting and event space, and 20,000 square feet of picturesque outdoor space for any special event or function.

There are ballrooms, function rooms, and countless locations to accommodate you and your staff amidst beautiful scenery. These areas are enhanced with advanced technological capabilities, giving you the flexibility to create a dynamic presentation or meeting built upon participation.

Balance Work and Pleasure

Without question, Enchantment will offer you the tools to accomplish tasks and meet the goals of your meeting in Sedona. However, when the day is done and your meeting is nearing its completion, you and your employees will be able to enjoy the beauty of one of the most gorgeous Southwestern resorts around. Enchantment’s unforgettable suites, award-winning amenities, and mind-body-spirit building exercises will revitalize your staff and leave them feeling peaceful, focused, and far happier.

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We are happy to announce the arrival of our new signature line of Jojoba Flower bath, body and hair products! These amazing new Mii amo Spa products will now be featured in-room at Enchantment Resort.

Jojoba Flower is a line of natural skin care products inspired by the plants and herbs found in the high desert and red rock canyons around Sedona. This area’s unique ecology and majestic canyons have long provided an important medicinal and spiritual resource for the Apache, Hopi, Sinagua and Yavapai Native Americans. We incorporated the local folklore and the canyons rich and diverse plant life for inspiration in developing Jojoba Flower Skin and Hair Care Products. We hope you will enjoy these products in our rooms at both Mii amo and Enchantment Resort, taking with you a bit of Sedona – past and present.

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The hustle and bustle of our daily lives often times leaves us feeling fatigued, exhausted, and worn out. It is not uncommon to return home after a long day of work or school and collapse onto a favorite couch or chair, quietly encouraging the stressors of the day to disappear. Though this method, and ones similar to it , is common, healthier ways to relax exist which can actually strengthen the mind-body connection, build up one’s energy, and make even the most chaotic of days far easier to handle. 

One of the hallmarks of Enchantment’s Sedona resort is its incredible list of activities designed to enhance the mind-body connection. You can enjoy a morning Sunrise Stretch, an afternoon of Hatha yoga, and an evening of meditation all in the same day; these activities are ones that you can bring into your everyday life long after your stay at the resort is over. 

Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of a strong mind-body connection are many. For example, a study conducted and published in the British Medical Journal reports that the recitation of mantras, like yoga’s “om-mani-padme-om”, encourages regular breathing that synchronizes with cardiovascular rhythms. In this rhythm, the body’s breathing rate is slowed to 6 breaths per minute just as the heart follows a six-per-minute cycle. This synchronization enhances heart rate variability and arterial baroflex sensitivity, which are both significant predictors of long-term heart disease wellness.

Benefits of Meditation

Furthermore, meditation can increase the production of melatonin in your body. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the brain’s pineal gland. It is a naturally-occurring antioxidant which is mainly produced at night; it serves to help regulate sleep and also influences other hormones in the body, including those that benefit the immune system. With this in mind, meditation can help improve the quality of your sleep, leaving you feeling far more refreshed and ready to experience your day.

It is important to maintain a connection between the mind and body in order to encourage peacefulness, overall well being, and the creation of personal tools to combat stress and fatigue. Though many Southwest resorts offer some form of meditation practices, Enchantment’s mind, body, and spirit exercises are situated amidst the gorgeous beauty of Sedona, Arizona. This Sedona resort’s unprecedented beauty whisks you away into a fantastical atmosphere, providing you with a place where you can truly enjoy yourself and your spirit.

To learn more about the activities at Enchantment Resort designed to enhance your mind, body, and spirit, click on the “Activities” tab of our website.

Posted in: Fitness & Adventure

38th Annual Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque: Light a Candle, Save a Life                      Saturday, December 11, 2010,  3 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

With 6,000 golden-hued luminarias that everyone gets to light, fabulous family entertainment from traditional Christmas favorites, to mariachis and the breathtaking harmonies of the River of Life Tabernacle Choir, Santa visits, hot cider and more, the Festival of Lights is a Sedona favorite!
 
Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society are the beneficiaries. Candles are lit remembering both cancer survivors and loved ones taken by the disease. The Sedona Trolley service is available from the uptown Municipal parking lot.

Tlaquepaque is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona and is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information call (928) 282-4838, or visit www.tlaq.com and www.shoptlaq.com.

Posted in: Spotlight on Sedona

From the moment we arrived at the resort after following the winding road through the canyon we knew this was going to be a great weekend.  The natural beauty of the area is unmatched and difficult to describe.  Even pictures don’t do it justice.

As we were led to our casita by a friendly staff member we were impressed by the luxuriousness of the accommodations.  A large shower and a separate tub and huge vanity gave the bathroom an almost royal feeling.  The rest of the casita boasted a king sized bed, 2 televisions, a seating area, fireplace and outdoor patio.  Our casita was tucked within a grove of trees whose leaves were colored yellow for the fall season.

Each morning and evening of our stay we ate our meals at the on-site restaurants where we were greeted by friendly staff and delicious food.  I would recommend the Breakfast Panini at the Mii amo Café to anyone who might be starting their day with a spa treatment.

Mii amo is known as the #1 destination spa in the country and for good reason.  My fiancé was pampered for an hour with the Mii amo Signature Facial — “relaxing, rejuvenating, calming…the atmosphere was warm and pleasant, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.”

We spent our days hiking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, shopping downtown and wine tasting at a local winery.  The weekend was a much needed getaway from the pressure of everyday life and something we hope to do again on a regular basis!

- Chris Alfano

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Enchantment Resort is the perfect place to spend the holidays with festivities and activities for our guests during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Join us in Red Rock Country for family celebrations, celebratory meals, special arts and cultural performances, and activities inspired by the holiday season. Our holiday package offers the ideal way to spend time in Red Rock Country, with a 3-night stay, featuring southwestern elegance and luxurious accommodations. The exclusive package includes three nights at Enchantment Resort, one breakfast entrée or breakfast buffet each morning, per person at Yavapai Restaurant, Mii amo Café, or Room Service, and a delicious holiday turndown dessert! Prices start from $258/night per person, based on double occupancy. Reservations are limited from November 21, 2010 – January 2, 2011; please visit www.enchantmentresort.com to book your holiday vacation.

Posted in: Specials & Packages