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Santa Cruz resort to roll out mindful programs and amenities throughout 2016

Santa Cruz, California, {January 2016} … As Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz's premier destination resort, embarks on a New Year and an extensive $7.9 room renovation, the property is also focused on for the mind that is, in 2016. The property plans to roll out a number of packages and programs for guests throughout the year, using mindfulness as its core foundation.

With its close proximity to the Silicon Valley - the epicenter of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, Chaminade General Manager Kevin Herbst says many of the resort's business and leisure guests are seeking out mindful programs or amenities whether traveling for business or pleasure. "One of the main reasons we're incorporating meditation alcoves into select rooms is to allow our guests to maintain their daily meditation rituals and practices," said Herbst. "CBT, our interior design firm on the project, has carefully selected the meditation mats for the alcoves that are inspired by traditional Japanese Zabuton cushions which are commonly used in Zen meditation."

According to Herbst, each meditation nook will feature a Zafu and Zabuton cushion where guests sit on the smaller Zafu cushion that is filled with buckwheat and provides proper support, while the Zabuton cushions the knees and ankles. The meditation alcoves will be situated by windows or sliding glass doors offering picturesque outdoor views of towering eucalyptus trees and the resort's natural landscape. Soothing glow lighting above the headboards will also be incorporated in addition to flameless candles for relaxing and reflective meditation.

For meeting planners and groups who are looking to make their meetings more productive and less stressful for attendees so they remain focused and actively engaged, Chaminade Resort & Spa will be launching its Mindful Meetings package on March 1, 2016, which includes:

  • A guided meditation at the start and end of each day's meeting by Chaminade's resident meditation expert and yogilates/pilates therapist
  • Yoga stretching breaks
  • Guided afternoon hikes on Chaminade's three miles of scenic nature trails covering 200+ acres, giving attendees an opportunity to exercise and surround themselves in nature away from the meeting room
  • Inclusion of hot or iced Jasmine and Chamomille tea selections, long known for their well being and healing properties
  • Mindful menu selections to promote greater cohesion between mind, body and spirit. Chaminade Executive Chef Kristin Ponza will work personally with meeting planners to tailor mindful menu selections for breaks and main meals
  • 10% off selected massage treatments at the Spa at Chaminade for each attendee

Pricing for Chaminade's Mindful Meetings package varies depending upon season and size of group. For further information, contact Chaminade's Group Sales Department at 831-465-3421 or email at


Ken Ellens
Benchmark Hospitality