Chaminade Adds Meditation Alcoves for Guests

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Chaminade’s meditation alcoves allow attendees to continue their wellness routines while away from home.

Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz has taken relaxation and meditation to the next level by adding tranquil meditation alcoves to select guest rooms as part of its recent renovation. The goal: to allow guests to maintain their daily rituals and practices while on the road.

The alcoves are situated by windows or sliding glass doors overlooking the property’s eucalyptus trees and mountaintop views. There is soft lighting above the headboards and flameless candles in the rooms to add to the relaxing ambience. In addition to meditation mats, each alcove has traditional Japanese Zabuton cushions, which are commonly used in Zen meditation. A smaller Zafu cushion is filled with buckwheat for support, while the Zabuton cushions the knees and ankles.

The 156-room Mission-style resort offers a Mindful Meetings Package as well, which includes a guided meditation at the beginning and end of each day’s meeting, yoga stretch breaks, guided hikes, mindful menu options and more.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.