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The "physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components" of guests' needs are honored at Miraval, with treatments at locations like the spa deck (above) and accommodations like the Sunrise Room (below). ment that disconnects them from the outside world, then the resor t's challenge courses could be the best way to end a stay. Tackling these dynamic adventures—rock climbing, ziplining, tightrope walking, leaping from tall poles and more—energizes par ticipants to dream big and dare greatly. "We talk a lot about the mind, body and spir- it. The mind gets plenty of attention, but we can't forget the other two," says Miraval outdoor activity guide Matthew Woodhall. When he leads the resort's Swing and a Prayer challenge, Woodhall encourages guests to set an intention before he hoists them up 35 feet to a suspended cable. After pausing at the top to reflect and prepare, each participant lets go of a rope and spends several minutes swing- ing high above the desert floor. The experience, at once intimidating, exhila- rating and empowering, teaches guests to let go of fear and embrace the unexpected. Woodhall ends each outing with suggestions for adding adventure and awareness to everyday life. "Think about what gave you joy as a child, and try to revisit those activities," he says. "Take some risks. Give up some control. Along the way, always remember to take care of yourself." Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is located at 5000 East Via Estancia Miraval, Tucson, Arizona. For more information on the resort, go to or call 800/232-3969. 202 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 6

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