Creative Expression

Awaken your creative side—or hone existing skills—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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Harmonic Beats

Express yourself through music in this dynamic, interactive drumming and rhythm workshop. Learn a process that stimulates mindfulness and raises consciousness and connectivity by harmonizing different rhythmic patterns. Open yourself to joy and march to the beat of your own creation. 90 Min | $75

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Paint the Music

Immerse yourself in an artistic, interpretive experience and allow music to inspire and guide you to create a self-expressive painting. No painting experience necessary. 90 Min | $85

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An Unforgettable Canvas

Tap into your creative spirit by using the side of a horse (that’s right, a horse!) as your canvas. We use a living canvas to remind us to stay present and grounded in our storytelling. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water bottle. Note that this can be a messy experience. 2 HRS|$75 Seasonally offered

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Chakra Creations

Join Carolyn Fike in this educational, hands-on workshop and create your own custom bracelet with gemstones that match the chakras you wish to represent. Take a seat at the table and begin by learning about the seven major chakras, their characteristics, corresponding gemstones, and their significance for you in the present moment. All supplies, step-by-step instructions, and a velvet pouch for safekeeping are provided so that you can build and bring home a bracelet that serves as a reminder and talisman of your intentions, as you continue to cultivate a life in balance. 60 MIN|$95

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The Making of Malas

Discover the history and parts 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. In this hands-on workshop, you will craft your own mala by selecting gemstones that match your intentions. While you string together wooden beads and gemstones to create your unique mala, you will learn how to incorporate your new work of art into a meditative and grounding ritual at home. *If you wear reading glasses, please be sure to bring them to this workshop, as bead work can be very meticulous. 2 HRS|$95

Mandalas for Meditation

Experience the healing benefits of creating mandalas - circular drawings used to reflect, center, and connect with others. Art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will guide you through approaches to using mandalas to clear your thoughts, to focus and get into a relaxed state of flow, and to speak with parts of yourself that are not usually accessible through the conscious mind. Participants will make their own mandalas. Come discover the meditative world of mandalas. Absolutely no artistic experience is necessary.

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Equine Photography at the Purple Sage Ranch

Elevate your awareness as you learn to capture beautiful images of our unique Sonoran Desert environment at the Purple Sage Ranch. Join Nancy Schroeder and our Equine staff as they guide you through the thoughtful art of photography and encourage you to truly observe and appreciate your surroundings. Engage with Miraval horses and the desert for an evening full of creativity, gratitude, and beauty. 90 MIN|$75

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Artful Photography With Your Camera Phone

Learn how to use your camera phone functions. Today there are so many functions on any camera phone and what are they for? Learn these functions for better light, focus, filters, making panoramics, and discover hidden tricks. We will also cover basics of editing right on the phone. This class takes place indoors.

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Artistic Expression Under Glass

Create a unique piece of art with professional, contemporary, and abstract artist Bonnie Pisik. Utilizing the technique of reverse-painting under glass, you will learn how to unleash your inner artist and create an original, abstract, and truly spectacular piece. 2 HRS|$85

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Photography in Focus

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

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Catch Your Dreams

In Native American tradition, the dream catcher was a healing tool for unpleasant dreams and anxiety. Join Tony Redhouse to create your own dream catcher, and learn the meaning of color and symbolism as you weave the web of your life. Each class begins with a ceremony and Native American music. 2 HRS|$75 Periodically offered

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Creative Photography Stroll

Join photographer Nancy Schroeder for a stroll around the resort walkways. Bring any style camera: iPhone, Android-camera phone, DSLR, or point-and-shoot. We will work on creating images vs. snapping. You will gain awareness of available natural light and compositional elements to create a stronger, more interesting image. No technical applications will be discussed. For those topics, please see Artful Photography.

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Art for Relaxation

Creating art can be relaxing and enjoyable, especially in the company of friends and family. In this fun and engaging workshop, art therapist Rebecca Wilkinson will help you make cards and gifts that playfully express different aspects of yourself and commemorate and celebrate the people and things that are important to you. Experiment with paints, feathers, beads, masks, magnets, found objects, and other decorative materials. Keep the treasures you make for yourself or give them away as gifts. Drop in or stay for the whole workshop. No artistic experience is necessary.