Most people have great ideas; sometimes, plans get stuck in their minds, and they need help organizing their thoughts and goals. When you put your ideas on paper, you commit to them at a higher level. In this workshop, we look at the nine key areas of life (including gratitude) in a mindful exercise that helps you develop empowering statements in each area. By focusing on what we are thankful for, we can discover a new way to fuel a vision for transformation. We can invite opportunities for manifestation by invoking gratitude. You’ll learn how to visually diagram these new intentions and gain a greater sense of clarity and inspiration. $
ALCHEMY OF RESILIENCE: Breathwork, Mindset & Cold
Learn how to use the alchemy of breathwork, cold immersion, and mindset meditation to build a stronger foundation of resilience and adaptability in stressful times. In this physiological, science-based experience, Mark Gerow guides you with intention setting and transformative breath techniques to help you build resilience and unlock dormant potential. 120 MIN | $179
BALANCING MERIDIANS: Acupuncture & Acupressure
This lecture explores how acupuncture and acupressure work to stimulate meridians from an energetic (Qi) and physical point of view. Experience unique body-tapping and gentle stretching techniques to learn how to remove Qi blockages along the 12 meridians. 50 MIN
6 TASTES, 5 ELEMENTS: Ayurvedic Combinations for Equilibrium
Ayurveda categorizes our sense of taste into six forms: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Explore how they relate to the elements in this experiential workshop and how they collaborate in unique ways to spice up our lives and enhance our health. Dip into a new pool of tastes (beyond Western cuisine’s familiarity with sweet, sour, and salty) and learn how to enjoy them without being overwhelmed by them. By using your senses of touch, smell, taste, and sight, you can get to know the colors, aromas, flavors, and textures of these essential seasonings. Expand the map of your palate and plate with spices and powders from an ancient practice that creates combinations for equilibrium. $
EXPLORING THE SELF: From Fragments to Connections
This interactive and experiential workshop helps you see how other people’s behavior affects yours. Learn to find common ground through what can appear to be disconnection or fragmentation. People’s actions can often affect us deeply, depending on how we perceive them. With the right tools, we can recognize that the things that make us uncomfortable in someone else might have a constructive counterpart within us. If we can understand why we react the way we do—and go beyond our knee-jerk responses—then we can begin to decouple the triggers that bind us in negativity and forge positive bonds. Learn valuable techniques to acknowledge how the various aspects of ourselves collide or combine with others. $
THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS
This workshop reveals the powerful and multi-layered process of forgiveness. Explore the profound impact an absence of forgiveness has on the psyche and how we can release the psychological weight of withholding. We investigate why some relationships are so hard to put in the past by identifying the underlying issues of forgiveness. Knowledge is the beginning of recovering from our emotional wounds. We also don’t often realize how much we carry on our shoulders until we begin to forgive ourselves. Investigate how this process is less about how others in your life receive it than how you release it. Leave with take-home tools and handouts to help you integrate this practice into your daily life. $
GROUNDING ON THE GREAT LAWN
Shed your shoes and glide with bare feet across Wyndhurst Mansion’s Great Lawn with Miraval Ayurvedic Expert Bart Staub. Learn how moving into nature’s elements opens our physical and mental bodies to a higher vibration. With deep abdominal breathing, you can redirect your blood flow and ease your nervous system from a fight-flight-freeze state to resting and digesting. Outdoor space expands your heart’s natural energy while your skin’s earth connection neutralizes excess positive charges. In this grounded state, you can prompt better lymphatic drainage with gentle joint rotations. Conclude with a scientific discussion to synthesize these subtle transformations.
Grief is a universal process that can paradoxically leave us feeling isolated and alone. When we are in the throes of grief or loss, it can be hard to imagine finding hope again. This workshop offers an honest exploration of the grieving process, including the impact on mind, body, and soul, expectations, common roadblocks, and possible outcomes. Alexia Silva explores different types of loss, coping skills, and the underlying layers that make each experience unique. When we release the expectation of immediate results, we can begin to trust in a process that can offer a possible path through our pain. Learn valuable techniques for connecting to a practice that directs us towards hope on the horizon. $
NAVIGATING GRIEF: Lifting the Layers
Grief is rarely linear; instead, it cycles through us in concentric circles. Wrapped around the initial core of loss—often an event or moment in time—there are the accompanying emotional, spiritual, and physical losses. Surrounding that sphere are all of the other secondary losses that stem from the initial source: loss of identity, joy, financial security, physical safety, family structure, homes, jobs, and social support. These are often the recurring pieces that loop around us and keep us stuck in our grief. They can create a cascading waterfall of other losses that give our grief momentum. This workshop offers space for you to share and identify the layers of loss in your life and begin to shift your perception and experience of it. $
THE PATH TO GRATITUDE: Hardwire Yourself for Happiness
Gratitude can be deeply beneficial to mental and physical health and consistently emerges as the number-one trait in people who thrive. In this deep dive into gratitude, we will explore the science behind its effects, its benefits, and how to orient our brains to reach higher levels of peace, contentment, and love. We will learn ways to become aware of our negative default programming and learn strategies for raising our baseline of gratitude in just four weeks. These strategies include self-reflection exercises, meditation techniques, and methods that enhance feelings of peace and contentment. $
RIDING THE WAVES OF ROUTINES: Circadian Rhythms & Cycles
Use Ayurveda’s ancient tools to help you discover the power of routines to help you align with nature’s established rhythms. This 5,000-year-old science of health is rooted in the idea that nature’s elements—space, air, earth, water, and fire—combine uniquely in each of us to form the building blocks of our health and wellbeing. Explore how we can tap into nature’s circadian cycles to establish balance in our daily lives. Ayurveda gives us a blueprint for examining what is or isn’t serving us and identifying how we can tailor routines to suit our individual nature. Learn how harnessing different rhythms during the day and night can elevate your efforts in any category, from nutrition, exercise, and skin or hair care to optimal times for sleep, work, and communication.
STRENGTHENING SENSUAL HEALTH: Secrets of Kama Sutra
The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment in life, written as a guide to the art of living well and exploring the nature of partnership and pleasure. This workshop explores how sensuality can promote and elevate sexuality as one of many pillars supporting a healthy relationship’s foundation. Explore how we connect through courtship, touch, and sex-adjacent activities to strengthen and nourish our physical and emotional bonds. Discover how everything from our senses to lunar cycles affect our erogenous zones. Aromas, sounds, and tactile or visual sensations can inform our anticipation, curiosity, and expectations. Conclude with a tasting of various aphrodisiacs that enhance blood flow, circulation, and communication. $
UNDERSTANDING THE SELF & ITS PARTS
We each have many parts that make up who and what we are. The concept of Self is not static; it’s a dynamic process that shifts and evolves as we slide in and out of our daily roles. Our work self might be different from the self we bring to our homes or communities. Sometimes, these aspects work well together, and we feel in tune, connected, and confident. Other times they feel fragmented, causing confusion and uncertainty. This lecture offers an overview of effective tools for working with our many pieces more harmoniously. We explore ways to recognize, understand, and welcome back our separate elements instead of resisting or fighting them. Learn how to access your innate ability to unite these disconnected—and sometimes exiled—selves, uncover inner truths, and inhabit the wholeness of the Self.
THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION
This workshop is inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Kintsugi, meaning to join with gold. Participants will reassemble the shattered pieces of broken pottery and highlight the places of repair with richly colored gold lacquer. The process of repairing a vessel examines our relationship with fracture and imperfections, both real and symbolic, with compassionate reflection and a renewed perspective on what it means to be whole. Instead of disguising, discarding, or replacing the cracks in art or life, we can render the traces of imperfection with beauty and strength. 90 MIN | $109
Learn about the importance of scalp care & creating a routine to help maintain (or restore) good scalp health. Explore issues that all people experience— whether they know it or not—like hair loss, genetic factors, or habits, and investigate natural and safe practices that can lead to a healthier scalp and hair. 45 MIN
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MIRAVAL EXPERIENCE
Sign up for this offering right away—whether it’s your first or fifth visit—to make the most of your Miraval Experience. Join a Miraval Berkshires specialist and fellow guests for a communal gathering and discover the value and meaning of Miraval Mode. Learn more about mindfulness, programs, and the importance of setting intentions during your stay. You can ask a specialist questions about their craft, discuss the property’s history, and gain perspective on how to best utilize all that the resort has to offer.
THE POWER OF BREATH
This lecture is offered by Mark Gerow, certified in Buteyko Breathing, a technique that supports people with asthma, sleep disorders, and insomnia. He discusses the science behind the life-changing practice of breathwork. Learn about Neurodynamic Breathwork™ and the techniques used by athletes and artists alike to develop resilience and manipulate how we breathe to enhance experiences and thrive through challenging times. Your breath is your most valuable and essential tool in life, serving as a springboard for any experience and helping you build conscious connections on a foundation of fortitude. This class is a great first step in delving into Miraval Berkshires’ Building Resilience offerings, including Alchemy of Resilience and Neurodynamic Breathwork™.
PRINCIPLES OF POSITIONAL THERAPY
Greg Dilisio will examine the principles of Positional Therapy, a technique that explores posture, structural alignment, and how we use our muscles. Learn how to consistently and skillfully apply the proper corrections to common muscle imbalances to reduce pain and improve muscle function. Experience these principles in action in the private session Becoming Balance. 50 MIN
SYNCHING BREATH & SOUND: A Neurodynamic Breathwork™ Journey
Expand your state of awareness with Neurodynamic Breathwork™, a technique that combines specific breathing practices, dynamic music, and guided meditation. Learn how to set aside the constant chatter of your conscious mind and access your inner wisdom by entering a powerful, nonverbal state where ideas and affirmations can form freely. It is possible to empower yourself to release and rewire thoughts and emotions buried in the subconscious through deep, focused breathing. 120 MIN | $179
TENSION RELEASE EXERCISE (TRE)
Explore how our muscles can store emotional memory. By communicating with our muscle systems, we can access and release collected stress. Mark Gerow gently and safely guides you through a technique of fatiguing muscles surrounding the body’s emotional center. As muscles fatigue, they shake, setting off a chain reaction that triggers a reset of the autonomic nervous system. This science-based, visceral approach uses your body as a gateway to release built-up stress and leave you feeling profoundly relaxed. This is a regulating and balancing experience involving focused physical exercise to achieve tension release and homeostasis. 80 MIN | $79
THE WAY TO SUPERIOR SLEEP
Two-thirds of Americans are suffering from lack of sleep. Are you tired of being tired? This 75-minute workshop and sleep clinic is a deep dive into sleep: we examine what it is and how to fall and stay asleep according to the latest research. This experiential workshop teaches guests the best cutting-edge strategies for getting a better night’s sleep, including gold star breathing techniques to minimize stress and maximize rest. We cover the latest sleep hygiene techniques, including the use of lighting and temperature to get the best night’s sleep. 75 MIN | $79