Sunrise Springs: The Next Generation Health and Wellness Resort Opening in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Evidence-based principles of Nature Bathing, Digital Detox, Learning Through Experience, and Food as Medicine, guide this integrative wellness resort’s unrivaled, therapeutically-designed programming

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We provide guests with the opportunity to discover what nourishes their soul—to play, to experience joy, and to find connection in their lives.

Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort is pleased to announce its highly anticipated August 2015 opening. Located among 70 acres of towering cottonwoods and spring-fed ponds, Sunrise Springs offers an integrative spa and therapeutically-designed programming for those seeking healthy living, rejuvenation, and greater meaning and connection in their lives. Guests are invited to pause and decompress in a restorative environment that nourishes both the body and the mind. Through experiential and nature-based activities, guests develop new skills, increased self-awareness, and healthy living practices that enable them to thrive and experience life differently.

Sunrise Springs defines integrative wellness as a blend of Eastern and Western therapeutic practices, and Native American teachings, designed to create harmony between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being. At the center of the property is a Medicine Wheel, which has many different meanings and uses across a variety of cultures. The Medicine Wheel has inspired Sunrise Springs’ 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).

The Sunrise Springs’ Integrative Therapeutic Spa (ITSPA) fuses the expertise of an integrative medical clinic with the rejuvenating and restorative practices of a wellness spa. Unlike other health and wellness resorts, Sunrise Springs also offers integrative behavioral healthcare to its guests. ITSPA services include an Integrative Wellness Evaluation, nutritional assessment, acupuncture and chiropractic care, psychotherapy, stress evaluation, spiritual counseling, and a wide range of spa services including hydrotherapy. The highly credentialed team is comprised of medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, integrative care specialists, and licensed massage therapists.

Sunrise Springs’ programming is guided by four evidence-based principles: Nature Bathing, Digital Detox, Learning Through Experience, and Food as Medicine. The first principle, Nature Bathing, is drawn from research that suggests spending even five minutes among trees or in green spaces can improve health by reducing stress, and improving mood and energy levels.

Digital Detox, the second guiding principle, is supported by evidence indicating that the increased use of technology contributes to social isolation, sleep disruption, depression, anxiety and other health-related issues. “At Sunrise Springs, we encourage our guests to unplug, tune-in, and actively engage in their lives,” says Dr. David Hans, Executive Director.

The third guiding principle, Learning Through Experience, highlights the importance of tapping into both physical and mental processes to accelerate the development of new skills and self-awareness. “We provide guests with the opportunity to discover what nourishes their soul -- to play, to experience joy, and to find connection in their lives,” explains Niccole Toral, Director of Experiential and Psychological Services. Experiential activities at Sunrise Springs include: animal interactions, mindfulness meditation, yoga and fitness, Native American teachings and ritual, expressive arts, culinary and therapeutic gardening, and adventure excursions.

Consistent with the fourth guiding principle of Food as Medicine, Executive Chef Paul Novak works closely with local farmers to cultivate the culinary and therapeutic gardening programs. With an on-site greenhouse and demonstration kitchen, guests learn to grow herbs and vegetables, and to create delicious and nutritious meals that can easily be prepared at home. Each evening, dinner is served in the historic Blue Heron Restaurant where Chef Novak and his team share the health benefits of the cuisine.

At Sunrise Springs, guests have the opportunity to customize their integrated wellness experience with as much therapeutic depth as they desire. The offerings vary in length from a Refresh & Recharge day package to a 2-night Wellness Exploration, to a 9-night Immerse & Thrive package. During the Immerse & Thrive experience, guests work with a Licensed Counselor daily to evaluate their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Integrative Wellness Plans are collaboratively developed with guests to address their therapeutic goals, and to create sustainable, healthy living practices.

The 90,000 sq. ft. facility is comprised of thoughtfully-designed spaces including a greenhouse and culinary classroom, two dining spaces, yoga studio, fitness studio, swimming pool, and multiple art spaces all of which embody the textures and tones of the high desert. Accommodations include 20 spacious and well-appointed casitas with gas fireplaces and private courtyards, and 32 resort-style guest rooms overlooking the property’s sacred Medicine Wheel.

“There is intention behind every aspect of Sunrise Springs,” says Executive Director, Dr. David Hans. “In each waking moment, guests are afforded the opportunity to learn, grow, and THRIVE.”

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Kathleen Langlois


ABOUT SUNRISE SPRINGS INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS RESORT: Sunrise Springs is a serene oasis nestled among 70 acres of breathtaking, natural beauty in enchanting Santa Fe, New Mexico. The resort offers an integrative spa and therapeutically-designed programming based on four evidence-based guiding principles: Nature Bathing, Digital Detox, Learning Through Experience and Food As Medicine. Each guest is invited to pause and decompress in a restorative environment, which nourishes the body and mind. Guests leave with sustainable healthy living practices that enable them to thrive and experience life differently.

Sunrise Springs has welcomed travelers seeking respite along the legendary El Camino Real for hundreds of years. Together with its sister resort, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Sunrise Springs continues the tradition of offering rich, healing experiences characteristic of sacred, natural springs destinations.

ABOUT OJO CALIENTE MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT & SPA: Opened in 1868, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is one of the oldest natural health resorts in the United States, and the only hot springs in the world with a remarkable combination of four different sulfur-free mineral waters. Deemed sacred by the Native American tribes of Northern New Mexico, Ojo’s legendary waters have been soothing mind, body and spirit naturally for thousands of years. The 1,100-acre resort features enchanting suites and charming cottages, a historic hotel and private homes. The full-service spa offers a wide array of restorative therapies including nurturing massage and rejuvenating body treatments. In The Artesian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Executive Chef Paul Novak incorporates Ojo’s farm-grown herbs, fruits and vegetables into his global cuisine. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs is located one hour north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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