Take a soul’s journey at The Boulders in Arizona

The Boulders is nothing short of a desert hideaway with natural elements for the mind, body and soul. Photo: The Boulders

DALLAS, February 23, 2013 - The Boulders is nothing short of a desert hideaway. A hideaway with 160 guest casitas and 61 villas, seven restaurants, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts and the real treat; a 33,000 square-foot spa, the popular Golden Door.

The resort’s Golden Door Spa takes on a new meaning with an eclectic service menu including the unique Astrological Soul Reading that is all about giving guests guests insight into the story of their soul’s journey through the astrological chart. The guest’s birth date, birth time and birth place are used in the calculation. 

The service’s namesake, the soul, is a person’s individual energy and the Astrological Soul Readings are done by Astrological Consultant, Tom McMullan.

Using elements of feng shui gives the spa a Zen-like ambiance that is reminiscent of the of the original Golden Door in Econdido California, even as the property has stayed true to its Native American roots too.

Combing then and now to make a unified whole.

One standout treatment at Golden Door Spa is the 50-minute acupuncture service that inserts thin needles into specific points along the meridians to enhance circulation and help direct chi to the most healing and reparative place inside the body.

A shamanic ceremonialist healer experience is also on the spa menu. Combining natural regional ingredients with Native American traditions, the Shaman, Ms. Razel Wolf, was trained in the Twisted Hair Medicine Path (a lineage path) for nearly 25 years and is a long-time student and practitioner as a “shamanic ceremonialist” noting that the Twisted Hair paradigm, “shamanic” relates to a person who is aligned with the five worlds of grandmother earth: the mineral, plant, animal, human, and ancestor. 

Guests can choose the Energy Field Balancing with Pulsors, which is a 60-minute relaxation session, which allows the body to re-balance itself through the use of pulsor energy triangles that are placed in different configurations throughout the body.  Pulsors are special healing tools comprised of tiny crystals that store and discharge energy at specific frequencies. 

The session assists the body in stabilizing and harmonizing its own energy fields.

The Talking Tree Reading is the universe speaking in a language of symbols.  This 60-minute reading uses the Twenty Powers Talking Trees runes (an ancient alphabet where each rune had its own magical significance). 

The insights from this reading align spa guests with the world creating balance, beauty and power in individual lives. 

There is a labyrinth worth mentioning as it can be enjoyed by all guests and the various setting around the spa also lend to relaxation including places for meditation, a circular tea room and an organic garden that is 5,280 square-feet with an outdoor kitchen that allows for organic cooking classes and al fresco outdoor dining too.

The design elements for the expansive 5,600-square-foot Organic Garden include naturally-flowing water, a reflection pond and two outdoor dining areas; an elevated dining area with teak furnishings amidst the raised planter boxes and a Chefs Table at the Outdoor Kitchen. 

The eight elevated planter boxes grows seasonal organic vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, celery, heirloom tomatoes, along with a variety of herbs and edible flowers. 

The Sonoran desert planter boxes grow maize, chilis, hackberry, Sonoran eggplant and other desert root vegetables while nearby prickly pear cacti provide desert fruit offerings. The perimeter walls of the garden are dedicated to a fragrant orchard of citrus trees that include grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and a “cocktail” citrus tree.  Kumquat, a mission fig tree and grapes also adorn the perimeter walls of the garden. 

According to The Boulders Managing Director, Michael Hoffmann, the reason for the garden is simple enough: “It’s the pure quality of the ingredients and flavor across the board,” he says. “The garden is an opportunity to show how organic produce can be cultivated in a desert environment and how it impacts not only taste but also our chefs’ creativity, as they draw inspiration from the abundance of product in their own backyard.”

The Organic Garden yields an abundance of produce for the resorts restaurants, provides creative organic dining menus for outdoor events and adds to the elements of The Boulders that speak to the mind, body and soul on a natural level.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings. 

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as Green Source DFW. 

She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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