Miraval Resort & Spa Offering Guests To Live A Life Filled With Gratitude


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We continue with weariness over COVID losses and changes, political divisiveness and the barrage of negative news.

Yet, we also receive constant reminders in the media to feel, notice and express gratitude for the positive people and events in our lives. It can be hard sometimes to see the bright side.

At the Miraval Resorts in Tucson, Austin and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, however, the goal is to find the silver lining of problematic situations, hopefully accomplished with the right tools, inspiration and, yes, gratitude.


Miraval’s Season of Gratitude program, now in its fifth season, was designed by a team of Miraval employees and specialists. It has proven to be extremely popular, offering guests new perspectives and guidance to live a life filled with gratitude. The team of specialists at this resort group focuses on nurturing the body, mind and spirit, hoping to ground guests in positive energy and balance as the new year approaches. Guests are encouraged to also show gratitude and compassion to themselves.

Sheri Muskin, general manager of Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, explains the concept. “We understand the importance of taking the time to focus on our mental and spiritual well-being. This is especially important at a time when so many people are feeling stressed and overworked due to the busyness of the holiday season. Our goal is to provide an environment that is nurturing and supportive, allowing our guests to focus on their own self-care and well-being. In addition, we recognize that this time of year can also be difficult or lonely for
people who have experienced loss in the previous year.”

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As a recent guest at Miraval Austin expressed, “Gratitude flows easily at Miraval—not something one can experience, regularly, in everyday life. The shared experience for my family and me was deeply moving for each of us and collectively had a lasting impact. Thank you, Miraval, for providing the space for us to connect, heal and grow—you have given our family gifts that will last us a lifetime.”

Miraval Resorts and Spas, based in Tucson, has a mission of “Stay Well, Stay Connected.” For over 25 years, the company has strived to create life in balance through mindfulness. The lavish spas are focused on the Ayurveda program Life in Balance, and the activities program offers hundreds of experiences, from exercise physiology, wellness counseling and outdoor adventures to sound bathing, chakra
balancing and meditation.


Miraval offers innovative experiences and intentional journeys for guests to explore the connection of body, mind and spirit, encouraging them to embrace the present and make wellness a continuing way of life. Indeed, Muskin adds that guests are asked to identify and focus on their intentions for their Miraval stay. The Season of Gratitude adds another layer to that intention setting, where we create even more space and awareness of the importance of gratitude.

Each of the Miraval Resorts has unique Season of Gratitude offerings. For example, the Austin property’s Decoding Desires class explores the concept of affirmation as a way to find relief when feeling over-whelmed or stuck. Guests create a personalized affirmation. At the Miraval Arizona resort, the Gratitude Journaling class delves into meaningful journaling, supporting gratitude prompts and individual guidance. The newest property, Miraval Berkshires, features a “create-your-own seasonal apothecary” session with therapeutic oils to find nature’s remedies for “body, mind and spirit.”

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As Oprah Winfrey said, “Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.”

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