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Enchantment Celebrates the Spring Equinox with Ceremonies of Renewal

03/13/2015

SEDONA, Ariz, (March 13, 2015) – The Spring Equinox is a time of new beginnings.  It’s the season of birth and regrowth as seen in the budding trees, flowers and butterflies in the canyon.  This connection to nature and to the earth’s rhythms reminds us that we can also renew ourselves.

Guests are invited to join in these special ceremonies below, organized and led by Allan “RJ” Joseph, a Northern Plains Cree, to mark the Spring Equinox, a sacred time of year for Native Americans. 

Friday March 20 

Spring Equinox Ceremony, in the Crystal Grotto:  11:30 am – 12:30 pm. As the sun passes over the small oculus in the domed ceiling of the Crystal Grotto, it spotlights the central quartz crystal and illuminates the space.  Celebrate this sacred time, sharing traditions and planting seeds of thought for growth and prosperity in the coming months.  Space is limited.

Saturday March 21

Apache Crown Dancers, at the Tipi: 10 am – 11 am. This public version of a deeply sacred Apache ceremony features masked dancers from the local Yavapai-Apache Nation in Camp Verde and San Carlos Apache Nation.  The dancers wear symbolic headdresses representing the mountain spirits called ‘Gaan.’

Che Ah Chi Documentary Screening, in the Mii amo Library: 6 pm-6:45 pm.  As writer and director of this historical documentary about the canyon’s history, Allan “RJ” Joseph will lead a question and answer session after a screening of the 30-minute film.

Sunday March 22

Walk to the Ruins, meet at the Medicine Wheel: 9:30 am – 10:30 am. A unique opportunity to learn the teachings and history of the first people to inhabit Boynton Canyon.  The walk (on property) includes viewing  archeological ruins in the cliffs through binoculars.

Peace Pipe Teachings, at the Tipi: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  A celebration of peace in the Native American culture traditionally involves the smoking of the peace pipe.  Learn the importance this ritual holds for various tribes.

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About Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort, part of the Enchantment Group portfolio of award-winning properties, is situated in Sedona's breathtaking Boynton Canyon. The 70-acre resort hosts 218 guest rooms with private decks boasting panoramic views of the red rock canyon. A centrally located clubhouse offers several distinct indoor and outdoor dining experiences, a seasonal pool grill, tennis courts and a boutique. More than 100 weekly activities are available to guests, including guided hiking and mountain biking excursions, and fitness, culinary and art classes.  Guests enjoy exclusive access to life-affirming treatments at the world-renowned destination spa, Mii amo, and golf at the Tom Weiskopf-designed Seven Canyons golf club. Enchantment Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection. For more information or reservations, please visit www.enchantmentresort.com  or call 800.826.4180.

About Enchantment Group

Enchantment Group focuses on developing and managing all aspects of hotels, resorts, spas and communities. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Enchantment Group provides highly personalized branded or customized resort and spa development and management services in ways that maximize performance and return on investment. Award-winning properties managed by Enchantment Group include Mii amo, Enchantment Resort, and Seven Canyons, all in Sedona, Arizona; and the Tides Inn and Golden Eagle Golf Club in Irvington, Virginia.  Enchantment Group is part of Montreal-based

Dundee | 360 Real Estate Corporation, a real estate and hotel development company.

For More Information:

Babs Harrison | Director of Communications | Enchantment Group

babs@enchantmentgroup.com | 480-264-3004