At the center of Sunrise Springs is a Medicine Wheel which has many different meanings and uses across a variety of cultures. This circle, or “mandala,” represents interconnectedness and the harmonious balance between the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of wellbeing. Native Americans refer to “medicine” as the vital power to heal inherent in nature, and within each of us. The Medicine Wheel has inspired our approach to integrative wellness, and is used as a blueprint to assist guests in understanding and addressing specific life circumstances (e.g. jobs, relationships, and illness).
Our team of licensed counselors and credentialed practitioners assists guests in bringing greater vitality, health, and wellness to their daily lives.
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Cultivating Mindfulness in Daily Life
Staying centered can be challenging. Cultivating a mindfulness practice is a powerful way to calm the body, reduce stress and improve mood. This journey to the present moment begins with the fundamentals of mindfulness combined with an overview and exploration of your present state of mind. You will be led through varying techniques based in guided meditation, mantra and mindfulness. Your session ends with a personalized plan and tips for continued daily practice.
50 minutes $119
Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice
Learn how to deepen your spiritual practice and reinvigorate connection with the present moment. Explore opportunities for growth, stillness, and devotion. Walk away feeling empowered with new techniques to deepen your practice and awareness.
50 minutes $119
We all experience stress, yet it impacts each of us differently. Learn how to identify stress factors and manage your body’s response to optimize health. You will leave with a toolkit of mindfulness tips to help manage stress on a daily basis. A calmer, more stress-free life awaits.
50 minutes $119
More than connection, relationships give us the opportunity to heal and find deeper fulfillment. However, simple everyday stressors can strain this connection, threatening the stability and longevity of our relationships. In this healing session, you will learn tools to enhance communication, listening, and authenticity of voice, creating a closer relationship with your partner, family or co-worker. Note: Consult is available for couples.
80 minutes $179
These sessions aim to help couples revive and improve their connection in terms of intimacy, communication styles, tone, and understanding of the relationship. This package is customized to each couple’s needs and entails a minimum of two sessions. Two 50-minute sessions $229
Mind, Body Optimization
Whether you are seeking greater awareness, a fresh perspective, or a personalized action plan, a licensed counselor can assist you in exploring current areas of functioning, and help you to develop strategies for realizing your life’s potential. Possible areas of focus include work-life balance, changing attitudes and behaviors, goal achievement, physical and emotional intimacy, life transitions, anger management, life purpose and fulfillment, spirituality, and finding a life partner.
Michael’s services are available to the community and Sunrise Springs Spa, day and lodging guests. Phone or Skype sessions are available as on-going or follow up consultation.
A fitness assessment is an important way to gauge your fitness level and achieve your health goals. During this hands-on consultation, an exercise specialist will assess your cardiovascular strength, speed, flexibility, agility and balance. After analyzing your results, a personalized take-home plan will be provided to empower you to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle after you return home. Note: A video of your personalized program can be booked in advance for an additional fee.
80 min $165
A fitness assessment is an important way to gauge your fitness level and achieve your health goals. During this hands-on consultation, an exercise specialist will assess your cardiovascular strength, speed, flexibility, agility and balance. After analyzing your results, a personalized Take-Home Plan will be provided to empower you to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Note: A video of your personalized program can be booked in advance for an additional fee.
80 minutes $145
Fitness For Life: Personal Training
Challenge your body and take your workout routine to the next level. Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle definition, flexibility or strength building, an exercise specialist will design a personalized workout regimen that is motivating, innovative and fun.
50 minutes $99
80 minutes $145
Functional Fitness Training
Transferring your fitness practice from the gym to real-world applications is not easy. Let us design a training program specific to your job, hobby, sport, preferences or goals. The specificity of your training regime can greatly benefit your tennis or golf game, improve posture and relieve back pain, or help you achieve a milestone for a 10K run, marathon, or cycling event. Whatever your goal, our team of experts will devise a plan for success.
80 minutes $145
All sessions 50 minutes: Individual $79, Couple $119
CULINARY, HORTICULTURE & GARDENING
Seasonal Culinary Adventure
Discover new and exciting ways to create nurturing meals using seasonal produce for yourself and others. When we feed ourselves creatively, we also feed our souls.
Individualized explorations in gardening to discover and/ or deepen your connection to nature. We will explore topics around growing techniques, planning a garden, tower gardening, harvesting, raised bed gardening and vegetable and herb gardening.
Guided Art Explorations
Stimulate your right brain through creative expressions in a variety of media. We will explore ways of seeing and being and connecting with the body as a grounding for creative expressions, indoors and in nature. Leave the critic at the door, this is about process, energy, flow and fun!
Body Mind Connection: Self-Care Recharge
Develop a greater level of relaxation and stress reduction. We will use breath awareness, guided visualizations, self-shiatsu (acupressure) techniques and Qigong as tools for self-care and realization. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Medicine Wheel Experience
Discover the tradition and insight of the Native American Medicine Wheel. Gain awareness into areas of potential growth and expansion in your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical relationships to the world and those around you. Cultivate your inner strength of authenticity and personal power.
Couples Guided Meditation
Deepen or launch a mindfulness and meditative practice with your partner. The session will seek to clarify and define each individual as well as the partnership. Learn to identify and respect where each partner intersects and those places of sacred independence. Principles gained from the session can help the couple to better understand and respect each other.
Michael received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz and has strived to maintain the connection between art and psychology in his career and personal life.
Michael studied graphic and furniture design at Parsons School of Design in NYC and trained as a Yoga Instructor at New York’s Integral Yoga. For many years, Michael worked as a fine artist specializing in printmaking, resin casting and woodwork with gallery representation in New York City and Santa Fe. Art led him back to psychology, particularly depth-related modalities and the work of Carl Jung, MD.
Michael received his Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, graduating summa cum laude. He has worked extensively with couples and kids. His psychotherapy practice is solution-focused, combining art, myth, mindfulness and elements of Zen Buddhism to help individuals and couples evolve to greater self-knowledge.
Michael is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) in California and New Mexico. He considers Santa Fe one of the best-kept secrets and loves living amidst its fresh air, cultural richness, four seasons, green chile and abundant outdoor activities.
“I can’t say enough other than this experience will transform your relationship and life.”
–Guest, Albuquerque, NM