Aman (headed by a wellness fanatic, Vladislav Doronin) has announced its programme for the next 12 months.
This January and February, renowned Buddhist spiritual master and scholar Geshe YongDong (Geshe La) will be at Amangiri, Amangani and Amanyara to guide guests on a journey to spiritual enrichment and lasting inner tranquillity on the Journey to Peace Retreat. The retreat will take place at Amangiri, Utah, (21‐25 January & 3‐7 February) in Utah, Amangani, Jackson Hole (29 January‐2 February) and Amanyara, Turks & Caicos (18‐22 February). Choose a four‐night retreat at one resort, combine two resorts, or join the whole programme across the three destinations. The programme will include Tsa Lung breathwork and meditation, plus two individual 90‐minute sessions with Geshe YongDong, a therapeutic spa treatment and a 60‐minute evening session of chanting, mantra recitation and meditation. After each retreat, Geshe YongDong will stay on as a specialist in residence for two days, offering further opportunity to draw on his wisdom in private one‐on‐one sessions.
March 2020 will see Amandari, Bali, introduce a three‐night Reiki Healing Retreat. Reiki is a non‐invasive form of healing during which a practitioner channels positive energy into the body through gentle touch to restore a general sense of wellbeing, aiming to cleanse the mind and body, to revive the senses and achieve greater happiness and health. The retreat will be led by Balinese Reiki Master Pak Warmana, who has spent the past two decades studying meditation, hypnotherapy and Reiki. A ‘conscious menu’ of carefully chosen nutritious fare complements daily group yoga, Qigong and meditation classes, Reiki healing sessions, two 90‐minute Aman Signature Spa Treatments and a Balinese blessing ceremony. A Reiki initiation class will also be offered, to allow practising Reiki at home.
In April, Amanjiwo, Java, will introduce the Ancient Wisdom of Java Retreat, inspired by the rich heritage of Javanese healing traditions and ceremonies. Located two kilometres from the UNESCO site of Borobudur – the ninth century Buddhist temple and the world’s biggest Buddhist monument – Amanjiwo is a timeless sanctuary in central Java. Named ‘Peaceful Soul’ for the serenity, privacy and beauty of its setting, the resort provides the ideal location in which to focus on wellbeing. The three‐night itinerary, available year‐round from April, will include sessions with Javanese healers, lectures on Javanese spirituality led by the resort’s resident anthropologist and a sunrise visit to Borobudur. The package also includes one Semedi meditation session (a series of ancient exercises to calm and focus the mind), one 90‐minute traditional Javanese Pijat deep‐tissue massage, and, on full-moon dates, a Purnama Purification ritual to return a balance of energy to the body, spirit and mind.
Amanemu , Japan, already embraces ‘omotenashi’, the Japanese welcoming spirit blended with warmth and respect. New from April 2020, the property will add a restorative four-night retreat experiencing the ancient Japanese bathing tradition of onsen (mineral hot springs) and forest bathing along the Kumano Kodo – a series of five ancient pilgrimage routes which converge at the heart of the nearby remote Kii Mountains. Amanemu has developed hiking routes along parts of the Kumano Kodo, a UNESCO World Heritage route with an abundance of streams, rivers and waterfall‐laced mountains, past cedar and cypress forests to such sacred shrines as Kumano Sanzan, Yohshino and Omine and Koyasan. Shinrin‐Yoku sessions at Amanemu involve walking through the local trails in a mindful way whilst absorbing the tranquillity and drama of nature and the resort’s setting. The retreat includes healing by onsen bathing, breathing practice, Zazen meditation, the physical practice of shiatsu and acupuncture and moxa, aquatic body work treatment and exquisite Japanese cuisine using macrobiotic ingredients.
In February, Amanyara Turks & Caicos (Wellness Immersion Manager David Melladew), and in April, Amanzoe, Greece (Wellness Specialist Zoe Nash) add Individual Wellness Immersions. Three life‐enhancing, multi‐day personalised programmes will offer expert guidance and time in which to reflect, recalibrate and reset the course of long‐term wellbeing. Targeting specific wellness goals, Immersions will last at least three nights and include diffrent pathways: Weight Management & Transformation; Detox & Cleansing and Mindfulness & Stress Management.
In Bhutan, the five unique Amankora lodges offer ten-night High Altitude Training – Summer Training: 1 May to 31 August 2020 and Winter Training: 1 December 2020 to 28 February 2021. Push physical, mental and spiritual boundaries to discover true potential by covering 800 kilometres through hikes and cycle rides, with opportunities to relax and soothe tired muscles. Daily menus are tailored to nourish the body and energise the mind, carefully considering health, age, lifestyle and food preferences.
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