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Santa Fe Spirit

By: Mary Bemis
Posted: June 13, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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A new wellness retreat recently was introduced during the spa’s slower months. “We hope to increase the number of retreats in the fall with greater success once we have our corporate Web site running to help promote the program,” says Mansure. The wellness retreats will vary from three- to five-day programs, and include luxury accommodations, meals, movement classes and intense programs with the top leaders in the fields of wellness, life coaching and alternative health theories.

All in a word

The tag line for Avanyu is “Reconnect to the Wisdom of Nature and Awaken the Spirit,” and the word itself comes from the Tewa, a Native American tribe of New Mexico. “The legend of Avanyu emphasizes the delicate balance between nature and mankind,” explains Michele-Brazee. “It calls on us to honor the power of the elements, to reconnect to our natural surroundings, and to bring balance to our own spirit and our presence here on Earth.”