session. It was as if my body had been brought back into balance after having been off-kilter.
As for accommodations, you’ll have your choice of either a resortstyle guest room with a balcony overlooking the sacred medicine wheel or one of the resort’s twenty spacious and well-appointed casitas with their own private courtyard and gas fireplace. Rooms are decorated in a Southwest style, yet retain a minimalist feel without unnecessary distractions (no TVS or phones). The point is for guests to spend the majority of their time outside of their rooms, participating in the many activities available to them.
Dining at Sunrise Springs is a high point. Executive Chef Paul Novak, former Chef de Cuisine of the prestigious Geronimo Restaurant in Santa Fe, works closely with local farmers to source seasonally available herbs, fruits and vegetables grown using organic practices.
He uses as many ingredients as are available from the resort’s own greenhouse and gardens, which are expected to expand in the coming year. Dishes include traditional New Mexico favorites plus a variety of seasonal selections. The focus is on providing nutrient dense food that’s also flavorful. Meals are healthy, not necessarily vegan or vegetarian, though if guests have specific preferences, the chef will gladly oblige.
A typical lunch would be fresh spring rolls filled with veggies or shrimp, accompanied by a bowl of delicious greens and a bowl of hearty soup. Dinner might be smoked salmon on pumpernickel toast, cumin black bean soup, organic baby spinach salad, roasted root vegetables, Zuni chicken and carrot cake with lemon caramel sauce. You won’t go hungry, and more important, you’ll get to learn the health benefits of the food you eat.
Evening activities can include such offerings as stargazing with telescopes, music performances and interactive wellness lectures, such as one I attended entitled, “Food as Medicine,” with holistic health coach and nutritionist Nikki White. White, who is author of Upgradeology: Upgrade Your Food, Upgrade Your Life, advocates choosing “clean” foods, which are not processed or altered from their original state. She emphasizes eating what you love while opting for nourishing ingredients. And she believes it’s essential that people understand what’s in their food so they can engage in “mindful eating.”
When your visit concludes, know that you are not being set adrift without ballast. Unlike some other destination spas, Sunrise Springs believes that support is key both during and even more important, after your stay. Their hope is that you can take what you’ve learned from your experience and integrate the knowledge into your daily life. They provide an assortment of tools to take back with you and will continue the connection, if so desired, once you are back home. If you have questions or concerns, they want you to know they’ll be there for you to help you on your everevolving journey.
For more information on chickens and chi go to: www.sunrisesprings.com