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Creative Expression

Awaken your creative side with an array of expert-led classes and workshops that take a fun, innovative approach to art and photography.

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Activities

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Art Walk

Enjoy this casual stroll with a member of our retail team and learn about the art and sculpture that organically graces the Miraval property. Explore the curated selection of artists, as well as their techniques and origins while you are guided around our open-air museum. Periodically offered

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ARTFUL PHOTOGRAPHY – WITH YOUR CAMERA PHONE

Learn how to use your camera phone’s many functions and hidden tricks. See how these functions work to improve light, focus, filters, and panoramic shots. We will also cover the basics of editing right on the phone. This class takes place indoors.

GUEST FAVORITE

THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION

This workshop is inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Kintsugi, meaning to join with gold. Participants will reassemble the shattered pieces of broken pottery and highlight the places of repair with richly colored gold lacquer. The process of repairing a vessel examines our relationship with fracture and imperfections, both real and symbolic, with compassionate reflection and a renewed perspective on what it means to be whole. Instead of disguising, discarding, or replacing the cracks in art or life, we can render the traces of imperfection with beauty and strength. 120 MIN | $

CHAKRA CREATIONS

Join Carolyn Fike in this educational, hands-on workshop and create a custom bracelet with gemstones that match the chakras you wish to represent. Take a seat at the table and learn about the seven major chakras, their characteristics, corresponding gemstones, and their significance for you in the present moment. We supply all materials, instructions, and a velvet pouch for safekeeping so you can make a bracelet that serves as a take-home token of your intention to cultivate a life in balance. 75 MIN | $

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CREATE A MIRAVAL MOMENT

Capture your “Miraval Moment” in time with this workshop that helps you gather natural materials to express yourself artistically. Take a brief, guided meditative stroll around the property to focus on being present in and in tune with nature and collect your materials. Return to the studio to assemble each element into a unique work of resin art. NOTE: This project takes 24 hours to cure, so plan this experience early in your stay. | $

Creating Joy & Harmony

Participate in an interactive, dynamic exercise in self-reflection, recognition, breathing, and self-empowerment while you harmoniously produce unique, rhythmic sound and focus on your breath, presence, and self-expression. Tone, when used as a healing tool, can change the tenor of your inner narrative. Shift the story you tell about yourself, alter your consciousness, and learn how rhythm can release you from rumination and mental blocks. 90 MIN | $

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Creative Photography Stroll

Join Nancy Schroeder for a stroll around the resort walkways. Bring any style camera: iPhone, Android, DSLR, or point-and-shoot. Work on creating images vs. snapping. Gain awareness of available natural light and compositional elements to create a stronger, more interesting image. No technical applications will be discussed.

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COMPLIMENTARY

FIVE SECRETS OF SKINCARE

Kimberly Ryden reveals the secrets of maintaining beautiful skin with minimal clutter. Learn about products, ingredients, and steps that are truly necessary for keeping skin plump and polished for that youthful glow. Discuss how to select products with effective ingredients for a simplified skincare ritual that works for you.

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THE MAKING OF MALAS

Discover the history and assembly of a mala, a meditation tool rooted in Buddhist and Hindu tradition. Each Mala consists of a guru bead, a tassel, and a strand of 108 beads, used to track the counting of mantras, prayers, or affirmations during meditation. Craft your mala in this hands-on workshop and learn how to incorporate it into a meditative and grounding ritual at home. If you wear reading glasses, please be sure to bring them to this workshop, as beadwork can be meticulous. 120 MIN | $

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CONNECT & CREATE WITH CRYSTALS

Using the basic tenets of numerology, you will discover your Life Path Number and the crystal that connects to it. Select a larger crystal from that number or category that speaks to you. After a brief meditation with it, you will learn to create a bracelet with the beads of that same type of crystal. | $ *Please provide the day, month, and year of birth upon booking.

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JUST LET IT GO: Improvisational Games, Fun & Laughter

Join Bonnie Pisik as you experience the Joy, Creativity and Empowerment while “taking a leap” into the world of Improv. Embrace the opportunity to be Spontaneous, Collaborative, Positive and Present all within a safe space. No experience necessary.

Guest Favorite

Paint the Music

Join Professional artist Bonnie Pisik in a thought-provoking workshop. Immerse yourself in an artistic, interpretive experience and allow music to inspire and guide you through creating a work of art. Enjoy the freedom, joy, and playfulness of abstract painting and take home your self-expressive painting. No experience necessary. 90 MIN | $

Capturing the Miraval Outback

PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE:

Join Photographer Nancy Schroeder on a moderately paced hike with your camera. Work on composing landscapes and the details of cacti, and learn to look for interesting light on the desert scene. Bring any camera: DSLR, camera phone, or pointand-shoot. Technical and creative concepts will be discussed. Wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring water and personal items needed for a 2.5-hour hike. | $

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Photography in Focus

Learn basic digital camera operations on your DSLR or any camera with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Begin the class indoors with a camera set-up, then explore the outdoors for lessons on using aperture and shutter speed. You may reserve a Miraval Canon DSLR with guest relations. Please bring your smartphone for a Wi-Fi transfer lesson.

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SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY

Join Alysa Volpe as she guides you through a joyful meditation that inspires artistic freedom. Give yourself permission to draw and flow creatively to reveal your inner delight and playfulness. All you need is a willingness to focus on fun and let your heart and mind create something new. No art experience required.

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UNDERSTANDING ART

By identifying and exploring the elements and principles of design, this interactive art talk demystifies and enhances the understanding of art. Join the conversation and learn how art can enrich your everyday life.

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Painting Mystical Mandalas

ZEN ART:

Join professional artist Bonnie Pisik as you immerse yourself in the meditative stillness, beauty, and fun of creating and painting your own amazing mandala painting. Experience the fascinating art technique of reverse painting under glass while you find balance, calm, and focus through introspection. Unleash your creativity and take home a mystical piece of art that reminds you of your Miraval journey. No painting experience necessary.