Earlier this year, Miraval Resorts, Hyatt’s destination spa brand with three award-winning resorts, announced the all-new program -- Celebration of the Arts. (Upcoming special events can also be found here).
This new wellness experience was designed to promote the therapeutic benefits of the arts. The Celebration of the Arts, which launched over the summer at Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin and Miraval Berkshires, debuted 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 summer's Celebration of the Arts, Miraval Arizona invited 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.
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 was the resident artist at Miraval Austin throughout the month of 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 designed a mural by the resort’s Discovery Pool.
Along with Sadé’s residency over the summer, Miraval Austin offered Mindful Mandala Rock Painting, a workshop where guests painted and sculpted mandalas, ancient circles that can be used to center oneself and connect with others. Guests also partook in a new class titled Suminigashi: The Art of Letting Go. During this activity, guests painted 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 was featured as Miraval Berkshires’ artist-in-residence and created 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 partook in the mural’s creation process through interactive chalkboard frames that invited guests to answer introspective questions. Prompts such as “What is your intention?” and “What are you grateful for?” were displayed in the tunnel, and guests were encouraged to write their answers on the chalkboards and reflect on their Miraval journey. Coinciding with Jesse’s residency, Miraval Berkshires also launched another new program named Manifest Your Desires: A Vision Board Creation. During this activity, guests utilized their creative spirit to construct a vision board, a visual representation of their goals and dreams actualized through imagery and artwork. This activity was 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, visit www.MiravalResorts.com.