Body Worlds and The Story of the Brain teams with the Marriott Coronado Island Resort for a New Hotel Package

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From Wed., March 5 - Oct 4, 2009 Witness the Magic of Body Worlds and The Brain and Stay at the Marriott Coronado, CA Hotel for a Special Rate

BODY WORLDS & The Brain--Our Three Pound Gem

Body Worlds & The Brain -- Our Three Pound Gem has partnered with the Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa to offer a special hotel package to experience Brain Glow -- A Week of Brain Exploration at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa is offering an inclusive Coronado Hotel Deal during this event including:

  • Deluxe room accommodations
  • $30 food and beverage Coronado, CA hotel credit
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • $5 discount coupon off adult ticket (limit four)

A portion of the proceeds donated to CALBIA (California Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America serving millions of Americans living with traumatic brain injuries.) For accommodations visit and enter the promotional code "P53" when booking your Coronado, CA Hotel reservations.

During this week-long event, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, performed by Tibetan Lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery, will construct a Mandala sand painting and perform special opening and closing ceremonies during its five-day construction process in the atrium of the Museum.

Additional events during the week include Take-a-Breath Lunchtime Meditations lead by senior students of the Vajrarupini Buddhist Center and a lecture by renowned neuroscientist William C. Mobley, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD and recent director of the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University.

The Mandala sand painting, a 2,500-year-old Tantric Buddhist healing practice, is an ancient ritual, conducted by 10 monks. The monks will construct the iconic Green Tara Mandala, which Buddhists believe can lead to personal and planetary healing during times of uncertainty and economic crises.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a Mandala.

To date the monks have created Mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.

About Marriott Coronado Island Resort
Marriott Coronado Island Resort, just across the Bay from downtown San Diego, offers a comfortable atmosphere to restore the balance of life. Our Coronado, CA resort hotel features a health spa, swimming pool with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, and relaxation areas throughout the property where you can rejuvenate. Experience a unique hotel in Coronado, California, far removed from everything, yet conveniently close to downtown San Diego. For more information please visit the Coronado, CA hotel's website at:

About Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS
Dr. Gunther von Hagens invented Plastination in 1977, in an effort to improve the education of medical students. He created the BODY WORLDS exhibitions to bring anatomy to the public.

The organs and whole-body plastinates in the exhibition derive from people who have, in their lifetime, generously donated their bodies for Plastination, to specifically educate future generations about health. More than 9,000 donors including more than 900 Americans have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens' Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

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