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Mii amo Honors Winter Solstice With Traditional Native American Celebration December 18-21
Date:10/7/2008

SEDONA, Ariz., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Join Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort, for a four-day celebration in Sedona's red rock country honoring the winter solstice on December 21. Activities include a series of traditional Native American ceremonies facilitated by Native American Program Director R.J. Joseph and special guest, Elder George Goodstriker.

Goodstriker is a well-respected Blackfoot Elder from the Blood Reserve in Standoff, Alberta, Canada's largest reserve. He is a long-standing member of the First Nation's Wisdom Committee and a highly sought-after speaker. Joseph, a Northern Plains Cree who is originally from Alberta, works closely with a variety of Native American tribes to educate Enchantment Resort guests and staff about Sedona and Boynton Canyon's rich history and cultural traditions.

Winter solstice events will include the following:

Thursday, December 18:

-- Walk to the Ruins: Learn the teachings and history of the first people to inhabit Boynton Canyon, the red rock canyon which surrounds Enchantment Resort and Mii amo

-- Talking Circle: Join Elder George Goodstriker for this ceremony that has been used traditionally for communication, healing and spiritual purposes

Friday, December 19:

-- Solstice Orientation & Blessing: Learn about the program and receive a special Native American blessing

-- Native American Documentary: View this new documentary directed by R.J. Joseph which tells the story of the first inhabitants of Boynton Canyon

Saturday, December 20:

-- Pipe Ceremony Lecture: Experience a traditional pipe ceremony with Elder George Goodstriker

-- Native American Sweat Lodge Teachings: Learn authentic teachings and history

-- Apache Teachings: Listen to renowned Apache teacher, Bob Bear, as he shares the history of Boynton Canyon

Sunday, December 21:

-- Sweat Lodge: Join Native American Elder and Spiritual Advisor George Goodstriker as he performs a traditional sweat lodge ceremony in honor of the Winter Solstice. A sweat lodge is a circular structure built of supple willow or aspen branches, and is heated inside in a similar way to a sauna, providing a spiritual refuge to heal and cleanse mind and body.

This program is included in the cost of a regular Mii amo three-night Journey. Journey prices start from $2,178 single occupancy, and include luxury accommodations, spa treatments, fitness classes, art and nature activities, and three meals daily at Mii amo Cafe. To secure your spot, please call 1-888-749-2137, or visit http://www.miiamo.com.


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