Friday, July 11


oops, canon digital rebel xti

I was playing with my camera today and accidentally took this shot up in my studio. I sort of like the angles. This photo has nothing to do with my post and everything to do with me putting my energy towards something that brings me joy.

Speaking of...I have a question. Do any of you know of an out of this world Zen-like, healing, relaxing, soothing, peaceful spa resort somewhere here in the US surrounded in nature (ocean or mountains)?

I'm trying to dream up and manifest a healing trip for us sometime this year or next. I am so curious about the places my well traveled readers have been!

Do tell.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the most relaxing, peaceful places I have been many times is in Sedona, Arizona. There is an absoulutely wonderful resort there called the Enchantment Resort and within the resort is a spa called Mii Amo- it is nestled in the red rocks of Sedona and is truly magical- I highly recommend it!
Check it out @ www.enchantmentresort.com
By the way, I enjoy reading your blog and think your photography and words are beautiful.

July 11, 2008 at 11:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lyric said...

Check out Miraval Resort, Tucson AZ. Voted #1, have friends who say they wouldn't go anywhere else. The nature and nurture, the serenity and spirituality, well, here's the URL and a brief description.


Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Tucson’s 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming any time of the year. The luxurious accommodations and world renowned spa, have lead the readers of Travel & Leisure, SpaFinder and Conde Nast to vote Miraval Tucson the #1 spa in the world, year after year. The award winning cuisine is created with our fundamental belief that healthy ingredients can also mean exquisite flavor. A complete selection of daily programs, both indoor and outdoor, in areas such as fitness, meditation, nutrition, relationships and more, help individuals learn new ways to live and feel better. For time to relax or explore, to spend time with loved ones or with yourself, Miraval provides hundreds of experiences that make every individual’s time at Miraval unique and unforgettable.

July 12, 2008 at 1:25:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golden Door spas are wonderful! Check them out at www.goldendoor.com. Zen, relaxation, time for reflection or spirituality and fitness. I think it'd be a great fit for your boho style!

July 12, 2008 at 4:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ojo claiente is a beautiful spa just outside of santa fe. there are many public and private natural pools and hot springs in the beautiful courtyard and the place is surrounded by natural desert beauty. i've stayed there a couple of times--once had a lovely experience with a full day of different mineral baths, body treatments, massages and a private yoga lesson. it's a very private and serene place--it feels kind of old world--very much what new mexico is about.

July 12, 2008 at 8:13:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Marica said...

Ten Thousand Waves in Sante Fe is also awesome!

July 12, 2008 at 9:39:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you come up to Victoria at least once a year anyway, I think you should take a look at Hollyhock - it is so you. Seriously. I truly believe you would love it. It is boho in a way that places like Miraval and Golden Door, nice as they are, just aren't. It has tons of soul and nature - omg - the nature. My husband and I just went there in the fall - we didn't sign up for any program or anything, we just went and hung out, had some bodywork, did yoga, kayaked in the moonlight.

And bonus - you could stop and have coffee with me on your way. :)

The website is hollyhock.ca

July 12, 2008 at 10:09:00 AM PDT  
Blogger chele said...

Hi ...i haven't commented in awhile...however i have been reading & praying. sending blessings. and as always being inspired by your inner strength & amazing spirit.


i know you guys love Big Sur so i thought this may be perfect. i have been daydreaming about a romantic getaway here for a few years now...let me know what you think.


July 12, 2008 at 10:11:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the recommendation about Hollyhock. I have yet to go but I know several people who have gone and they all say that it is amazing.



July 12, 2008 at 11:03:00 AM PDT  
Blogger lexiloo said...



July 12, 2008 at 11:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jessica S. said...


sedona was the first place that popped in my head after reading your post...you would most definitely find some healing there...

July 12, 2008 at 11:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Darlene said...

Deni boo

you must read my poem to you
on my post today

I heart you a ton
xoxo big sis d

July 12, 2008 at 1:19:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try staying quietly in your own home and dealing with your baggage right there.

July 12, 2008 at 1:35:00 PM PDT  
Blogger boho girl said...

oooohhh...these suggestions are so fabulous everyone!

i've received a few emails of gratitude from some of my readers because now they have all these great zen/spa retreats to choose from! keep em' coming beauties.

oh and Anonymous,
who wants to deal with their baggage at home when they can deal with it while getting a massage? ; ) i deal with plenty of stuff here quietly at home...trust me.

July 12, 2008 at 1:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in reference to Anon's comment:

baggage = travel.

fly like the wind bohos! you deserve all the breaks that come your way.

July 12, 2008 at 2:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been there but I am dreaming about Panacea de la Montagna in Costa Rica. Not in the US but it looks amazing. Look it up on Trip Advisor

July 12, 2008 at 4:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maria said...

I would love to go to one of those places myself. I wish I could offer some advice but I sad to say don't have any! Loved the way you handled anon. Always wishing you the best! M

Thanks for the post.. I think it was some sort of magical feather for me as well to do something special like this for myself!

July 12, 2008 at 5:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Brandi said...


I don't know if you want to get on a plane to go relax but if you desire a trip to the east cost the above spa is heavenly.

July 13, 2008 at 9:46:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought i would share this very fitting typo. i decided to check out the enchantment resort. i entered the web address into my browser and clicked enter. it told me it was unable to find the page. i double checked my entry and i had typed .om instead of .com. perhaps it is a sign ;)

July 13, 2008 at 11:31:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you considered Esalen? I don't know if it counts really as a resort - more on the rustic end - but it has all of the other components in spades.

July 13, 2008 at 12:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Amy said...

If you are at all intrigued by Southern Utah, The Green Valley Spa and the Red Mountain Spa are both heavenly. Amazing Hiking in National Parks, delicious food, yummy treatments...I highly recommend them both.

July 13, 2008 at 6:31:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taos, New Mexico has several wonderful spas.. el monte sagrado looks great (never been, but keep drooling over their website - www.elmontesagrado.com). There is something in the air there, very healing and very, as they say, enchanting. Would highly recommend a trip.

Also, for an extra special treat, you could also stay in this cozy treehouse at the base of Taos (Chuck Volz is the owner and an amazing artist and a wonderful soul!) www.casitalajoya.com
Take care..stay calm & carry on.

July 14, 2008 at 6:14:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto Sedona, AZ. I didn't go to a spa but instead went on a "Spiritual Journey" with James Endredy. It was one of the most magical days of my life.

July 14, 2008 at 6:38:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops, I meant to include a link:


July 14, 2008 at 6:42:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glen Ivy in Hot Springs CA and Ojai Resort Spa in Ojai Valley. ;o)

July 14, 2008 at 10:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Scott and Christie said...

Come to OMEGA! It's a holistic retreat center which hosts retreats and conferences with some of our universes wonderful teachers (Marianne Williamson, Deepak
Chopra, Dan Millman, you get the gist :) ) It's here in Upstate NY (Rhinebeck) and it's a gorgeous fairy land of lakes, dragon flies, lazy days. If you are going to be on the east coast feel free to get in touch, I would love to be your point person here for an incredible adventure! All my best, Christie (joujou@gmail.com)

July 14, 2008 at 2:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jodi said...

I haven't been (yet), but many friends have, and I hear it is amazing. Healthy veg food, yoga, lots of nature, etc. Here is the link. It's called Breitenbush.


July 14, 2008 at 5:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Toni said...

You can find this through Colleen Donovan's photography blog, look for her reference to Cave B Inn. I used to live in that region and it really is beautiful up there. Especially with the Columbia Gorge nearby. But check out this link for a lovely photo to inspire you: http://colleendonovan.blogspot.com/2008/05/rami-kamerons-wedding-at-cave-b.html
And I remember reading that they have a spa retreat at Cave B/Sage Cliffe Inn, so you might be in luck. I think it was yoga...and if you are headed that way, might as well plan to check out Stonehenge, just over the junction from Biggs Junction at Oregon, but Stonehenge is on the Washington side!

July 14, 2008 at 10:19:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Josefina said...

hi there denise,

i recommend you check out lake creek lodge in camp sherman, oregon. their website is www.lakecreeklodge.com. it is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. no cell phone reception, no internet access, no t.v. - just nature and the sound of the creek. absolutely relaxing!



July 16, 2008 at 8:30:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arizona has GREAT spas! Seriously...you'd love it here!

July 16, 2008 at 10:41:00 AM PDT  

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