CHICAGO (June 28, 2021) – Miraval Resorts, Hyatt’s destination spa brand with three award-winning resorts, today announces Celebration of the Arts, a new program designed to promote the therapeutic benefits of the arts. The Celebration of the Arts, which launches this summer at Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin and Miraval Berkshires, will debut new art programming that is designed to encourage spiritual and emotional nourishment. The new activities will complement and raise awareness for the diverse, existing art programming available at Miraval resorts, which has been central to the brand’s wellness offerings for more than 25 years. As part of the program, Miraval resorts will also invite a celebrated local artist to stay in-residence at each of the three properties to create a mural for the resort and interact with guests as they observe the creative process.
“Miraval has long been an advocate of the arts and its powerful benefits of mindfulness,” said Susan Santiago, head of Miraval operations at Hyatt. “For years, the Miraval brand has championed the works of local artisans, from the sculpture collection at Miraval Arizona to the paintings within the halls of Miraval Berkshires, and has offered creative activities that allow guests to focus on the present moment and look inwards. We’re excited to launch the Celebration of the Arts this summer, which will further immerse our guests in the culture of their destination and help them cultivate meaningful relationships with themselves, other guests and our resident artists.”
During the Celebration of the Arts, Miraval Arizona will invite Lucinda Hinojos to be artist-in-residence this summer. Lucinda, who is of Xicana, Apache and Yaqui descent, is a self-taught muralist and painter who began her arts career by curating underground art exhibits for local artists. She advocates for women’s and immigrant’s rights through her work, and she has frequently worked with immigrant rights organizations to organize art shows. From June 28 to July 23, Lucinda will design and bring to life a mural that embodies her artistic flair and values.
Guests at Miraval Arizona will be encouraged to explore their imagination and enhance their intuition through a myriad of programs, including Paint the Music, a thought-provoking workshop that uses music to immerse guests in an unconstrained and playful experience while guiding them to produce a personal piece of artwork. Guests will also be able to further expand their consciousness in another program titled Artistic Expression Under Glass¸ where they learn to embrace their artistic abilities and foster a greater sense of wellbeing through the art of reverse-painting, a technique that asks guests to work backwards and rethink their approach to accomplishing goals.
Self-taught artist Sadé Lawson will be the resident artist at Miraval Austin throughout August. Sadé, who channels the ambitious and creative energy of women in her life into her artwork, has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Austin since 2018. Using her creativity to process the world around her, Sadé harnesses the power of color to address topics from mental wellbeing and racial identity to hope and inspiration. During her stay at Miraval Austin, Sadé will design a mural by the resort’s Discovery Pool.
Coinciding with Sadé’s residency this summer, Miraval Austin will offer Mindful Mandala Rock Painting, a workshop where guests paint and sculpt mandalas, ancient circles that can be used to center oneself and connect with others. Guests will also be able to partake in a new class titled Suminigashi: The Art of Letting Go. During this activity, guests paint with ink on water, creating moving marble designs that flow without manipulation. This beautiful art form reminds guests to free themselves of expectation, a philosophy that mirrors the unrestricted strokes of ink as they glide above the water.
In August, painter and graphic designer Jesse Tobin McCauley will be featured as Miraval Berkshires’ artist-in-residence and create a mural in the tunnel that connects the main resort grounds with the Meadowview Farm and Barn. A resident of Pittsfield, Mass., Jesse studied art at Otis College of Art & Design and has worked as a graphic designer in Los Angeles, New York and the Berkshires. She sits on the board of the Berkshire Art Association, a non-profit organization that aims to increase local access to the arts, and is also part of Group W, an art collective that conceptualizes and holds large-scale exhibitions. Her artwork, which is often characterized by impactful bursts of saturated color, evokes a sense of whimsy and joy from its viewers.
At Miraval Berkshires, guests will be able to partake in the mural’s creation process through interactive chalkboard frames that invite guests to answer introspective questions. Prompts such as “What is your intention?” and “What are you grateful for?” will be displayed in the tunnel, and guests will be encouraged to write their answers on the chalkboards and reflect on their Miraval journey. Coinciding with Jesse’s residency, Miraval Berkshires will also launch a new program named Manifest Your Desires: A Vision Board Creation. During this activity, guests will utilize their creative spirit to construct a vision board, a visual representation of their goals and dreams actualized through imagery and artwork. This activity is intended to inspire and empower guests as they focus their intentions and transform them into reality.
For more information about Miraval Resorts’ Celebration of the Arts, please visit https://www.miravalresorts.com/upcomingevents/celebration_of_the_arts/.
The Miraval brand is a global leader in wellness resorts and spas. Miraval Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. pioneered the destination wellness spa resort category more than 25 years ago with its comprehensive program of mindfulness activities, destination-inspired experiences and spa treatments that incorporate modalities from around the globe. In 2017, Miraval joined the Hyatt portfolio bringing its in-depth approach to wellness to Hyatt guests and World of Hyatt members globally. In February 2019, Miraval Austin opened in Texas as the brand’s second wellness resort. The newest resort, Miraval Berkshires, located in Lenox, Mass., opened as the brand’s first East Coast destination in July 2020. Together, all three Miraval resorts inspire guests to create a life in balance, foster positivity and cultivate mindfulness.
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