Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Self-Actualizing Characteristics

from Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

In a recent newsletter from Cheryl Richardson I came across an interesting list of characteristics for self-actualization from Abraham Maslow, founder of humanistic psychology.

Maslow’s Self-Actualizing Characteristics
  • See problems in terms of challenges and situations requiring solutions, rather than see problems as personal complaints or excuses.

  • Need for privacy and comfortable being alone.

  • Reliant on own experiences and judgment – independent – not reliant on culture and environment to form opinions and views.

  • Not susceptible to social pressures – non-conformist.

  • Democratic, fair and non-discriminating – embracing and enjoying all cultures, races and individual styles.

  • Socially compassionate – possessing humanity.

  • Accepting others as they are and not trying to change people.

  • Comfortable with oneself – despite any unconventional tendencies.

  • A few close intimate friends rather than many surface relationships.

  • Sense of humor directed at oneself or the human condition, rather than at the expense of others.

  • Spontaneous and natural – true to oneself, rather than being how others want.

  • Excited and interested in everything, even ordinary things.

  • Creative, inventive and original

Monday, April 25, 2011

Red Mountain Resort Sizzles this Summer with New Activities

St. George, UTAH, April 18, 2011 – Red Mountain Resort is gearing up for a hot summer season by offering a medley of exciting new programs designed to engage the mind, body, and spirit. With activities ranging from stimulating adventures, to spiritual and educational programs, the award-winning active destination is a perfect place to spice up the lazy days of summer.

"We continuously strive to create conceptual and unique programs to elevate our guests both physically and spiritually,” says General Manager Tracey Welsh. "We urge guests to take chances and try new activities they would normally shy away from. By doing this, we guarantee they’ll discover a newfound passion and want to come back for more."

Guests can select from the resort’s hot, new activities this summer including:
  • Rappelling ($119 per person): Nothing beats the adrenaline rush taking those first few steps backward off a cliff! In this thrilling three hour adventure, guests can "take the plunge," as they descend the edge of the 150-foot Cougar Cliff. An expert Zion Rock & Mountain Guide leads the way on this exciting excursion.

  • Touch of the Spirit Clay: Anasazi Pottery Group Workshop ($100 per person): In this exclusive workshop, participants craft their own pottery utilizing ancient Anasazi techniques and tools. In addition to shaping pottery by hand, participants use native southwestern plant brushes and paints made from natural ground minerals and vegetation from the surrounding area to decorate their pottery. The workshop is available on Saturdays from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. during the summer season.

  • Walk the Medicine Wheel Add-On ($650 per person): During this four night program, participants learn the sacred practices of shamanic healing and medicine wheel teachings. The program, led by shaman spirit guide Betina Lindsey, invokes the traditions of ancient healers and gives participants the chance to connect with their natural surroundings and spiritual practice.

  • Zion Narrows Hike ($199 per person): A perfect summer adventure for those hoping to cool down and experience the breathtaking views of red rock country as they venture through Zion National Park. This eight hour adventure runs along the park's Virgin River amid stunning 1,000 foot canyon walls. Participants can cool off in the shade of the canyon walls as they wade through the river or pack on the heat as they hike along exposed sandbars. A boxed lunch, use of hiking poles and water shoes are included.

In addition to new activities, Red Mountain offers guests the unique opportunity to personalize their activities with Custom Adventure trips led by experienced guides. The price for the Custom Adventure is $45 per hour per person. Whether it’s brushing up on mountain biking skills or exploring a new territory, guides offer everything from personalized hikes to trail runs to archaeological adventures.

All activities including the Custom Adventure can be added on to the resort’s popular Signature Package which starts at $230 per person per night, based on double occupancy and includes:
  • Daily Guided Morning Hikes

  • Three Delicious & Nutritious Meals Daily

  • Deluxe Accommodations

  • Unlimited Fitness Classes

  • Healthy Life Classes & Events at the Wellness Center

  • Personal Discovery Activities

  • Eat Well, Feel Well Cooking Demonstrations

  • Complimentary In-Room High-Speed Internet

  • Use of Resort Amenities including Indoor and Seasonal Outdoor Pools, Bicycles, Walking Trails, Strength & Cardio Studios

Guests can begin planning their summer adventure today, as Red Mountain is easily accessible from Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. In addition, the newly opened St. George Airport offers intrastate jet service between St. George and Salt Lake International Airport as well as daily flights via United Express Los Angeles.

Nestled in the high desert red rock bluffs of Southwestern Utah, Red Mountain Resort is a one-of-a-kind active destination retreat, inspiring guests to pursue health, balance and joy. With one of the country’s most breathtaking natural settings as its backdrop, the resort features a comprehensive selection of fitness programs, outdoor and hiking adventures, nutritious cuisine and personal discovery services. Highlights include the year-round outdoor recreation programs at nearby Zion National Park, unlimited on-property fitness classes, and seminars hosted by some of the leading minds in health and wellness. Red Mountain Resort also features the Sagestone Spa & Salon, named one of the top spas by Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, Allure Magazine, Forbes.com and USA Today. The new St. George Municipal Airport, opened in January 2011, allows visitors an easy commute, while Las Vegas is a mere two hour drive from resort property. Red Mountain is located at 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, St George, Utah 84738. For reservations call 435.673.4905, toll-free at 877.246.HIKE, or visit RedMountainResort.com.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

May Specials at Red Mountain Resort

Visiting in May? Check out our specials!

Sagestone Spa & Salon
Book two services & receive a FREE Mani or Pedi or a Davines Energizing Scalp & Hair Treatment!*
Purchase two services from our Massage, Facial or Body Treatment menus and receive a complimentary 50-minute Manicure or Pedicure of your choice or a Davines Energizing Scalp & Hair Treatment. (Service cannot be part of a package.) Contact Sagestone Spa & Salon at 800.690.9215 or 435.652.5736.

FREE gift on Mother’s Day for every woman enjoying a Facial!*
Don’t forget — Gift Certificates are available and make the perfect gift on Mother’s Day or any day.

Wellness Center
FREE Bone Density Assessment with the purchase of a Foot & Gait Analysis or Acupuncture session.*
Your free Bone Density Assessment will help you bone up on valuable information about osteoporosis, the silent disease. This analysis utilizes state of-the-art equipment called Dexa, to determine the overall health and strength of your bones. Contact Sagestone Spa & Salon at 800.690.9215 or 435.652.5736. Value: $50

Get a FREE Figure 8 Fitness Band when you buy a Private Fitness Session*
Enjoy a private, one-on-one workout from the variety of fitness classes offered at Red Mountain. Have a favorite instructor or class you want to advance in? Choose from ZUMBA®, Nia®, Chi-Ball™, Stretch, Hip Hop, TRX™ or any of our other offerings. Contact Sagestone Spa & Salon at 800.690.9215 or 435.652.5736. Price: $49 (50 mins)

Outfitters Store
25% OFF Heart Rate Monitors & Hydration Products

Ready for a Challenge? Try a Custom Adventure!
Create your own adventure, whenever and wherever you want to go! Our guides can provide an individualized hike, climb, bike ride, trail run or archaeological adventure. Advance your skills through personalized instruction provided by our professional instructors. Challenge yourself as you reach new heights by experiencing unique hikes like Red Mountain Traverse, Red Rock Rope to Rope or Gateway Canyon. The options are as varied as your imagination! Only $49 per hour, per person. Contact the Adventure Concierge at 435-652-5712 for details.

*Special pricing based on availability and subject to change through 5/31/11. Does not include tax or gratuity. Discount applied to regular price and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Gift available while supplies last.

Happy Earth Day at Red Mountain Resort

Happy Earth Day! At Red Mountain we feel it's important for everyone to take time to reflect on our place in the world. With that in mind, we've created the following activities to share with our guests.

Pre-Hike Earth Day Sound Healing
Bud Howard will set the tone for the morning hikes with the sound healing of
his Native Flute music.

Earth Day Meditation Hike
Bud Howard will lead a special Earth Day Meditation Hike.

Walk the Medicine Wheel with Betina Lindsey, Shaman Spirit Guide
The Medicine Wheel represents the “sacred hoop” (circle of life) of birth, death,
and rebirth. Anciently, it is found in all indigenous traditions and teaches us to
commune with spirit, self and nature.

Each stone or spoke placement in the wheel focuses on a different aspect of
living. Take time to hear the Earth’s song and reflect with gratitude on each
aspect of your life as you walk the circle.

Earth Day Fire Ceremony with Betina Lindsey, Shaman Spirit Guide
Finish your evening at a fire ceremony in celebration of Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

World Tai Chi Day in the Red Rocks

People from around the world will come together on April 30 at 10 am local time to experience World Tai Chi & Qigong Day... to "breathe together ... to provide the world a healing image of our planet and our people."

At Red Mountain, Tai Chi instructor Bud Howard will lead guests through a trans formative experience at 10 am on our Lava View Lawn. The view of the lava field and red cliffs will help create a truly memorable participation in World Tai Chi Day.

Bud will also celebrate the day in the evening with Tai Chi in Snow Canyon State Park. The spirit of Snow Canyon will sneak softly into the soul during this sunset session. The nurturing energy from the rocks will radiate upward into the body refueling its natural healing capabilities. Native American Music will allow guests to practice the universal form and graceful images of Tai Chi while immersing in this mediation in motion connecting mind, body and spirit.

*Source: http://www.worldtaichiday.org/

Monday, April 18, 2011

One Person Can Make a Difference

By Cindy Clemens, Life Coach

Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Greg Mortensen speak in St. George, Utah. It was fundraiser for the Dove Center, the local domestic violence women’s shelter. I have been a huge fan of Greg Mortensen since I read his two books, Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, last fall. He is an amazing man who decided to build a school for a small village in the mountains of Pakistan after the village people cared for him after an unsuccessful attempt to climb K2. His story is a very inspiring example of how one man’s vision can make a huge impact on the lives of thousands of people. For the past sixteen years, his non-profit foundations, the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, have built over 170 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with at least half of the children attending being women. I left his talk wondering what nuggets of wisdom I could share about how we can all dream big and make a difference in the world. Three key points have stayed with me, and I’d like to share them with you.

First, he reminded me how important it is to get involved in a cause, group, or activity around which you have a great deal of interest and passion. Volunteer and community service work usually comes out of your “free” time, and in order to not resent giving up that time, you need to feel the reason is worthwhile and you are being nourished and fed by giving your time, talent and treasure. This means seeking out those groups and events that speak to your heart, rather than being roped into doing something that someone else wants you to do. Greg Mortensen had a love for the people and the terrain of Pakistan. Not everyone has the same passions and interests. You need to be careful to say “Yes” when the cause resonates with your heart and gut. Only then will you freely and willingly give and feel motivated to share yourself and your time.

Second, it helps to have a very big, compelling vision of what you want to accomplish. In fact, if the vision is so big you cannot possibility imagine how you can do it by yourself. That is actually a good thing. It means you will need to tap into the Universe for help and guidance, and that is when things really start to happen. When Greg Mortensen returned to America with his dream of building a school in the remote mountains of Pakistan, he soon realized he needed financial help. By reaching out to everyone he could think of, he found his angel and was able to go beyond the one school. He also learned quickly to listen to the tribal elders and not try to make all the decisions himself. This enabled him to turn the reigns over to the local people to run the school, and allowed him to move onto the next building project.

Third and finally, it seems essential to maintain a firm conviction that you can be the spark that starts the fire – that one person can make a difference. Your vision may seem vast and difficult, but you must keep the idea alive. Share with those you know what is making you excited and passionate. Surround yourself with other like minded people to keep your commitment strong. One of the first things Greg Mortensen did was to find the right people in Pakistan who share his belief that education is the key to giving hope and a better future to the people of Pakistan. And he found people in America who wanted to help – especially school children who could collect pennies and learn how their contribution would improve the lives of children half way around the world.

I am so appreciative to have been touched by Greg Mortensen’s spark, and I intend to put some focus and attention on how I can make a difference. I encourage you to do the same.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

May Activities at Red Mountain Resort

May 2 - 8 Detoxification & Renewal
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Improve mind, body and spirit while learning healthy methods to rid your body of toxins.

May 8-15 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

May 10 The Path Less Traveled
See parts of Zion National Park that few visitors get to see with guides from the Zion Canyon Field Institute. This all-day hike starts at the East Mesa and reaches the pinnacle at Observation Point.

May 13-14 - Unstuff Your Life
Andrew J. Mellen, Professional Organizer and Coach
Kick the clutter habit and completely organize your life for good with Andrew J. Mellen, professional organizer and author of the book "Unstuff Your Life!"

May 15-22 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

May 15-22 Fitness Boot Camp
Kim Watters, Red Mountain Fitness Manager
Your mission is to find fitness activities that you'll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health.

May 18-22 Emotional Fitness
Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist
(Trained & certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra)

Witness and experience the profound emotional peace and freedom that can be attained through this multi-cultural, multi-dimensional emotional fitness approach to healing.

May 22 Sunrise Meditation & Celebration
Andrea Hanson, Energy Health Therapist, Yoga & Meditation Instructor
(Trained & certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra)

Celebrate the gifts of a mindful life and experience renewal, rejuvenation and inner peace in the heart of beautiful Snow Canyon. Contact the Concierge to register. Cost is $35.

May 22-29 Weight Loss & More!
Dr. Brad Crump, Red Mountain Health Services Manager
Sustainable weight loss is achievable when you have the right tools and know how to make good choices.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Touch the Spirit of Clay

By Tracey Welsh, General Manager

Our new “Touch the Spirit of Clay” pottery workshop is a natural fit into our guest programming at Red Mountain Resort. Working with the clay offers many lessons, from the rich history and methods of the Anasazi, to the joys of decoration and creating something beautiful and useful, using ancient methods. You readily learn that the clay has a spirit or direction of its own, and its texture and workability at that moment lends itself to the creation of your final design. Personally, what I found most delightful, was the time spent learning and creating with other people in my group. We shared a few laughs and celebrated our creations. My Anasazi inspired vessel will now sit on my desk as a fond memory of that day at Red Mountain.

For more information about this pottery group workshop including dates, time and cost, visit our weekly schedule.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clearing The Way For Joy

By Andrea Hanson, CEHP, Energy Therapist
Trained & Certified by Deepak Chopra

Pranayam is the use of the breath/lifeforce to balance and heal. Here is a wonderful pranayam to assist the real you in clearing negativity out of your physiology which is necessary in order to allow Joy to live and breathe within you.

Mudra: Sit cross-legged, in easy pose or lotus with your spine comfortably straight. Make your hands into a cup with right hand over the left, fingers crossing each other. Lace the cupped hands at the level of the heart center.

Breath: Meditate on the thought you would like to eliminate as you inhale deeply through your nose. Exhale through your mouth, puckering your lips and spitting out the thought into your hands with the breath in a long, slow motion.

Eyes: Looking into the cupped hands.

Repeat this for 3 to 11 minutes.

To End: Inhale deeply, exhale, and with your eyes close, begin to concentrate on all 26 vertebrae from top to bottom of your spine. Feel your spine as if you are feeling a stick in your hand; the more you can feel it, the more energy flow and relief will occur.

This is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Path Less Traveled

Join Red Mountain as we team up with Zion Canyon Field Institute to offer an exciting series of hikes in 2011. This all-day adventure from the East Mesa to Observation Point Trail will be led by an outstanding and knowledgeable ZCFI guide. Even if you have been to Zion before, you won't want to miss the chance to see it anew on this stunning adventure.

Our back-country route to Observation Point cuts through strands of ponderosa pine and high meadows bright with drifts of wild flowers. Fires have reduced parts of the forest, but cleared areas provide views of the Mountain of Mystery - 2,000 feet of sandstone rising 6,545 feet above sea level into skies that go on forever. To the south, views open up on Echo Canyon, a narrow fissure in the Navaho Sandstone above the hanging garden of Weeping Rock, one of Zion's most visited spots. At Observation Point, stunning vistas open up down canyon to the Virgin River. On the other side of the Virgin rise massive sandstone monuments - Mountain of the Sun and the West Temple (the highest mountain in the main canyon at 7,810 feet). As you eat your well earned lunch, you will be treated to the fascinating natural history of this remote place from ZCFI guides who have called Zion National Park "home" for years.

Hikes are offered May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13 and October 11. Contact our Adventure Concierge at 435.652.5712 for details or to sign up for one of these amazing adventures.