I confess I am definitely a Mii amo addict. Since my first visit eight years ago, I have made a trip a year. I have come alone, with my daughter, with my sisters and, in the past five years, with some incredible groups of Indagare members. Each time I go I am blown away by what I discover—about the place, the treatments, the people who I go with and, of course, about myself. After all, while this is a spa with incredible massages (new favorite this year is the Kinetic Flow) and facials (new favorite: the lymphatic drainage one that we were tipped off to by one of the group members’ facialists in New York), it is ultimately a retreat that focuses on polishing our insides, not our outsides. The setting never ceases to amaze me, and this year the hiking was fabulous, thanks to our hiking guide and the spectacular weather. Whether we did a rigorous trek in the nearby state parks or just climbed the trails by the resort up to the Vortex, we were stunned by the beauty of the American Southwest, its colors and vastness.
For centuries, residents have attributed special healing powers to the energy in this canyon and its beauty certainly casts a sense of awe over those lucky enough to spend time here. Healers, who are interested in energy and alternative healing, have flocked to Sedona, and Mii amo features a tremendous team. There are gifted psychics, astrologers, nutritionists, hypnotists and masseuses so if you want to mix yoga, Pilates and fitness classes with hikes and healing and beauty sessions you can. Each program is tailored completely to you and what you hope to accomplish. Some come in search of rest or detox and others want to learn about healthy living with nutrition lectures and cooking and organic gardening demonstrations; others seek renewal and balance that may be aided by sessions of reiki and meditation. Over the years, friends and Indagare members, who were seeking comfort after the death of a loved one, rest after a long divorce, strength before a battle with cancer, courage before a major career change or simply renewal after an exhausting stretch of life, have all found a visit here to be life-changing. It is not the most luxurious spa that I have been to (the rooms are a bit sterile); nor the most rigorous (the Ranch at Live Oak delivers more tangible results) but it is without question the one that is consistently the most transformative. Next January when we return for our third annual Indagare Insider Trip to Mii amo, it will be my tenth visit, and now I cannot imagine starting a year without the kind of renewal that I am sure to receive.