At the center of Sunrise Springs is a Medicine Wheel which has many different meanings and uses across a variety of cultures. This circle, or “mandala,” represents interconnectedness and the harmonious balance between the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of well-being. Native Americans refer to “medicine” as the vital power to heal inherent in nature, and within each of us. The Medicine Wheel has inspired our approach to integrative wellness, and is used as a blueprint to assist guests in understanding and addressing specific life circumstances.
Guests meet with Michael for a relaxed and personal, confidential consultation that can focus on a range of topics including:
- For a general discussion:
50 minutes $119
- For a more in-depth discussion, or Couples’ Session:
80 minutes $179
Michael received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Printmaking from the University of California Santa Cruz and has strived to maintain the connection between art and psychology in his career and personal life.
Michael studied graphic and furniture design at Parsons School of Design in NYC and trained as a Yoga Instructor at New York’s Integral Yoga. For many years, Michael worked as a fine artist specializing in printmaking, resin casting and woodwork with gallery representation in New York City and Santa Fe. Art led him back to psychology, particularly depth-related modalities and the work of Carl Jung, MD.
Michael received his Master’s Degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute, graduating summa cum laude. He has worked extensively with couples and kids. His psychotherapy practice is solution-focused, combining art, myth, mindfulness and elements of Zen Buddhism to help individuals and couples evolve to greater self-knowledge.
Michael is a licensed psychotherapist (LMFT) in California and New Mexico. He considers Santa Fe one of the best-kept secrets and loves living amidst its fresh air, cultural richness, four seasons, green chile and abundant outdoor activities.
For those who want the ultimate in customized self-discovery, we offer 1-on-1 experiences with our expert health and well-being mentors. Private experiences are $79 per person, per activity. NATURE BASED Targeting Excellence Fishing Hatchet Throwing Archery FITNESS TRX Resistance, Pilates and Yoga Functional Fitness; Movement Mechanics Load Training Natural Movement Personalized Fitness Training CULINARY Decadent Delights Seasonal Savories Culinary: Paleo and Keto Diets MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION Meditation Private Yoga Marma Moves: Ayurvedic Accupressure Motivate Your Elements Relax and Renew Nature Speaks HORTICULTURE Garden Tips & Tricks Gardening For Mindfulness Envision, Seed, Nourish: Growing Your Inner Garden ART Beginning Metalsmithing Cold Forging Serenity Guardian 5-Minute Canvases (At Least 2 People) Winged Milagros Art & Qi: Expressive Processes “I can’t say enough other than this experience will transform your relationship and life.”–Guest, Albuquerque, NM
Get outdoors and explore new activities or revisit favorite childhood pastimes in picturesque settings. Reap the proven rewards of being in nature. Refresh your perspective and let your inner kid come out to play.
Each day we aim to achieve excellence in many facets of our lives. Discover the art of riflery on our small high desert range. Learn the principles of marksmanship as you shoot at targets designed to strengthen your skills and remind you to always strive for excellence.
Slow down, tune in and relax alongside our spring fed pond. Learn to fish or increase your skill set while enjoying the time-honored tradition of catch and release fishing. This simple practice will give you the time to relax in the beauty of nature while increasing your mental and physical wellbeing.
Get in touch with your primal roots as you embrace a show of strength and stamina through hatchet throwing. This outdoor adventure sport requires patience, precision and a willingness to try something new. Whether you’re looking to relieve some tension or do some physical exercise, hatchet throwing will leave you feeling less stressed and on a bit of an adrenaline high.
Archery has ancient roots as an East Asian mindfulness practice. Drawing upon the artistry of standing meditation, archery allows you to synchronize body and mind. Whether you are seeking a mindful practice or a new recreational pursuit our basic archery class allows you to learn new techniques as you practice this ancient art.
Learn to better engage with your body and move more mindfully. Whether you’re brand new to fitness or ready to take an established regimen to the next level, our private, customized fitness experiences will guide you to optimal results through scientifically backed techniques and strategies.
A customized workout based on your needs and fitness level. Suspension training uses TRX straps, bodyweight and gravity to stabilize the core, work the smaller muscle groups surrounding the joints and strengthen the major muscle groups. Using a combination of pilates rooted movements, yoga stretches and traditional resistance training exercises, this workout is designed to improve balance, strength and overall functional fitness.
Reprogram the body to move better through training techniques that break down the 5 basic movement patterns. This training is appropriate for those new to a fitness routine or anybody looking to improve balance, core stability and posture. Mimicking real-life movements, these exercises allow for improved functioning in everyday living.
Using cable machines, free weights, TRX suspension straps, Bosu balls and/or resistance bands, this intermediate to advanced workout teaches proper technique and form when adding resistance. Customized based on your needs and fitness level, learn innovative exercises to add to your existing routine as well as proper load progression. Appropriate for anybody looking to improve muscular strength and hypertrophy.
An outdoor approach to fitness that is rooted in fundamental, natural movements. Based on the MovNat system, you will learn techniques and progressions that take you from crawling to jumping. Each guest receives a customized sequence that helps them to feel more ease, joy and capability in their body.
Learn and practice workout and training sequences tailored specifically to your needs and desired results. From strength and endurance training to flexibility and functional fitness, this course will focus on what works for you. Every Body is different, discover what works for yours!
Stop mindless eating and start nourishing your body and spirit in our palette expanding and skill building culinary classes. Kitchen newbies will learn how to prepare healthy foods in their own homes, while experienced cooks will broaden their knowledge and gain confidence with new techniques. We will show you how to invite joy back into your kitchen.
Indulge your sweet tooth and learn how create a beautiful seasonal dessert. Connect to the tastes of the season by utilizing ingredients grown on our Sunrise property trees, Willows garden, and local Santa Fe Farmer’s Market provisions. Sweet dishes will very throughout the year, with options including miniature mason jar rosemary apple pie, chocolate chile pot de creme, or pate brisee fruit tart filled with vanilla pastry cream. This private patisserie class is crafted with your individual dietary restrictions and sensitivities in mind.
Join us for a savory culinary exploration that highlights the rich diversity of flavors and fresh produce grown here Northern New Mexico. Connect to the roots of your meal by getting your hands dirty in the Willows garden and Greenhouse to harvest fresh ingredients. Along the way we will hone our knife skills, learn cooking shortcuts, and how to utilize all parts of a plant. This private culinary class is crafted with your individual dietary restrictions and sensitivities in mind.
Whether you’re a newbie or veteran in Paleo or Ketogenic diets, this culinary class will take your everyday meals to the next level. You’ll learn kitchen tips and tricks to keep meals diverse, flavorful and healthy.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment and connecting with your body, mind and spirit. Meditating can help deepen this practice, enabling you to slow down and enjoy what is here and now, free from judgment. Learn new skills or deepen your training with new techniques from ancient wisdom. Explore new applications for your practice.
Meditation can be practiced in many ways; breath, mindfulness, even walking. This private session introduces you to simple mental and physical techniques to meet you where you are, and create a personal pathway for clarity, calm and deeper relationship in your life.
After a brief check-in, our guide will design a yoga class that is perfectly suited to the specific needs of your body, working on goals related to your strength and flexibility. Private Yoga is perfect for anybody recovering from an injury, women who are pregnant, aging bodies, or those who are seeking to learn the foundations of yoga before attending public classes.
Relax into your deepest rhythms, unlocking the energy points of your body as they release the old patterns of stored memory. This form of Ayurvedic bodywork is done by working with acupressure points.
Explore your connection to the natural elements through an Ayurvedic consultation. We begin our work together by creating an intention. Through this Ayurvedic approach, we will seek to find balance within the mind-body-soul connection to enhance an overall sense of wellness.
Life can be stressful and learning to relax can be a challenge. This class is an invitation to learn easy self-care techniques for stress reduction. Breathe deeper, more fully, learn self-massage to disperse tension and simple Qigong meditative movements for a satisfying energy re-boot!
John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” The natural world is constantly reminding us of the universal laws of change, transition, balance, growth, and impermanence to name only a few. Through intentional exploration and understanding of the external environment, we receive invaluable insight to our internal environment. Experience the ancient wisdom and potent teachings that this landscape is sharing with us moment to moment.
Get dirty and dig deep in the soil with us. Get inspired by the diverse possibilities showcased in our greenhouse and gardens. Learn new skills to make your home garden — from windowsill planters to raised beds — blossom and thrive. Relish slowing down to nature’s speed as you nurture your connection with the earth.
Have you dreamed of a home garden filled with lush foliage, bright flowers and abundant vegetables? Turn that dream into a reality with personalized tips and tricks to get your garden growing. Whether you want to start from the ground up or re-invigorate an established garden patch we’ll provide new insights, ideas and trouble-shooting to get you there.
Step into the garden and breathe deeply, allowing the verdant foliage to caress your fingers while floral scents dance beneath your nose. Can you feel it? Gardening provides a path to mindfulness that can enhance your awareness of the present moment while increasing your sense of calm and well-being. Create personal gardening practices to help you ground and connect to your inner wisdom and the natural world.
A garden dwells within us all. The fertile soil of manifestation and desire, where ideas take root, flowers bud…then bloom. Explore the metaphor of the garden within through gardening, art making and journaling. Dig and unearth new ways to breakthrough, grow and cast fresh seeds in the coming seasons as you cultivate, trim, weed and refine your inner garden.
Expressing yourself through art is deeply beneficial, regardless of your previous artistic experience. We’ll help you explore a variety of mediums to nourish your creativity, whether your goal is to increase self-awareness or just relax and give free rein to your inner finger-painter
Let physical force give shape to metallic beauty in this introductory class. Using copper wire and hand tools, learn basic metal shaping techniques and bench craft to shape a pair of precious stone earrings or a pendant.
Give form to your personal serenity guardian through mixed-media exploration. Fiber, fabric, and found objects provide an endless variety of materials to bring your creation to life. Complete a one-of-a-kind shaman-themed art doll with the guidance of a professional art-doll artist.
Creativity and collaboration meet in this shared art experience. Give voice to shared visions and imagine in unison as you trade artwork between yourselves, each adding to the other’s creation. No rules and no drawing skill needed! These sessions often end in laughter and two to four pieces of art work to take home.
A classic New Mexican folk art tradition, with many interpretations, a milagro most often represents an icon for protection or good luck. Create your own personalized milagro, an elaborate 3D heart with wings, embellished with jeweled drops or pearls, and embossing waxes. The only limit is your imagination! Fancier than a valentine, but just as sentimental.
Allow an ancient practice to inspire your artistic expression. We’ll start with a guided exploration of Qi — life force energy — through the movements of Qigong. We then integrate the movement of Qi through multi-media art explorations. Each piece created is a unique expression of your inner wisdom. No previous art experience necessary!
For those who want the ultimate in customized self-discovery, we offer 1-on-1 experiences with our expert health and well-being mentors. Private experiences are $79 per person, per activity.
TRX Resistance, Pilates and Yoga
Functional Fitness; Movement Mechanics
Personalized Fitness Training
Culinary: Paleo and Keto Diets
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION
Marma Moves: Ayurvedic Accupressure
Motivate Your Elements
Relax and Renew
Garden Tips & Tricks
Gardening For Mindfulness
Envision, Seed, Nourish: Growing Your Inner Garden
Beginning Metalsmithing Cold Forging
5-Minute Canvases (At Least 2 People)
Art & Qi: Expressive Processes
“I can’t say enough other than this experience will transform your relationship and life.”–Guest, Albuquerque, NM