• Cindi Villard

Your Oasis in the Mental Health Stigma Desert


Society today has made it easy to chase an impractical goal. If you don’t have it consistently, something must be wrong with you? A dis-ease no doubt.


That goal is constant happiness.


Any time we have any feelings other than what we perceive as positive we must be having an anxiety attack, stressed, depressed, sad, or feeling down. We’ve created a digital reality where total and immediate happiness has become an expectation.

Scrolling through our social media feeds wishing we could travel the world for a living, go on that adventure, have the money for that car, our kid was that great at their sport, or my life is boring compared to…! You name it, the “keeping up with the Jones” has taken on a whole new speed.

What if we changed our perception of the world we lived in and stopped chasing the illusion of constant happiness? What if not feeling ok, was…ok?


It's time to re-investigate the false beliefs attached to mental health disorders causing a chemical imbalance in our brains. The proof is three decades of attempting to Band-Aid our brains unsuccessfully with different prescribed treatments when the root of the issue has always been the wellness of our minds.

“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

- Hippocrates

Creating a focus on our mental wellness is increasingly more important every single day as we wake up from this illusion in a world haunted with mental illness stigma.

While you can include a focus on your mind, body, and soul in any destination, here are some tranquil desert resorts that will give you the balance of the conscientious retreat you seek, while infusing your desire to travel and deepening your valuable relationships in gorgeous places a short nonstop from home.



When you think of mental wellness do adventures in nature come to mind, or do you prefer the solitude and relaxation of a true escape? Maybe a blend of both is your ideal mindful retreat?

On an oasis in the tranquil desert of Utah, you’ll find a world-class adventure retreat where you can relax your mind and experience the healing effects of Mother Nature. Red Mountain Resort outside St George Utah provides an experience that infuses a perfect wellness getaway to flow with your journey.

In this gorgeous sanctuary, you'll experience hikes, personal discovery, fitness classes, nutrition seminars, cooking classes, adventures in Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Snow Canyon leaving a fire in your soul that continuously burns.

Summit to Sand can customize a retreat to Red Mountain Resort with your style of classes, events, and activities. Every day including 3-healthy meals, giving you more time to focus on reclaiming that flame and less time making decisions.


“You have little control over the world around you, but full control over the world within you.”

- Matshona Dhiliwayo



One of the best spas for some much-needed internal nurturing is the serene Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, NM. This northern New Mexican paradise is a sister resort of the legendary Ojo Caliente Springs just north of Santa Fe. One of the customizable retreat combinations offered here pairs the two for your hot spring dipping pleasure.

Sacred springs and a breath-taking property outside of the bustling town make you feel as though you have stepped out of the desert and into a sanctuary.


Combine the farm to table meals with multiple activities that help you reclaim your inner peace of mind, such as yoga, hiking, meditation, fitness classes, archery, mindfulness, art, cooking, and gardening. This resort allows you into one of the best wellness experiences in the nation, leaving you feeling brand new like you’ve drank from the fountain of youth.


Instead of looking for external circumstances to make you feel better, it’s time to give yourself internally what it is you have been looking for. These retreats will challenge you both mentally and spiritually and take you on adventures that leave you revived in a world that’s gone numb.


What is better than exponential spiritual growth? Having those life-changing moments with your favorite people! Contact Summit to Sand today to customize your group retreat, let us handle the booking, so you can focus on what matters most.


In love of travel,


Cindi Villard

Founder | Summit to Sand


~If you need to catch up on the Summit to Sand Wellness and Travel Blog series check out last week's blog "A Travel Beacon for Your Mental Wellness Journey" here.

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