Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, “Where healing waters flow,” is a sanctuary in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado enjoyed by many. In this episode, founder Elaine Blumenhein describes her spiritual guidance to create the sanctuary, the land-healing work she experienced, and gives thanks to her former husband and life partner, Dick Blumenhein, for his role in making Joyful Journey what it is. Also appearing on this episode are Charmaine Boudreaux, Group Event Coordinator, and Jason Denham, who is hosting a special retreat for caregivers and healthcare professionals at Joyful Journey this June: “Art of Well-Being: A Restorative Retreat with Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa” (June 27 – July 2, 2021).
According to its Mission Statement, “Joyful Journey is a sanctuary, a community, and a retreat, where people from all walks of life come to experience its soothing waters – to heal and find peace from the stress of their daily lives. As owner/guardian of these sacred waters since 1999, my intent is to allow our mineral hot springs’ healing water and therapies to awaken the hearts and uplift the spirits of all who come, so that they might experience the amazing benefits these waters provide.” With sacred healing waters (full of natural restorative minerals), yurts, cabanas, a greenhouse grow-dome, labyrinth, and special meditation benches facing the four directions, this sanctuary helps people de-stress and reconnect with nature’s magic and majesty. The towering Sangre de Cristo mountains stand vigil in the East, visible from the soaking pools.
Elaine Blumenhein acquired Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa in 1998 when it was just three pools and still named after the town where it stands: Mineral Hot Springs. She moved to the area in 1999 and since then, Elaine has added yurts, lodge rooms, tipis!, a large retreat center, a geodesic biodome greenhouse, an 11-unit labyrinth and more recently, two electric vehicle charging stations, plus numerous other aesthetic touches that have made this a true sanctuary for the soul. After living in the nearby spiritual mecca of Crestone for 20 years, Elaine recently moved back to Boulder to spend more time with her family. Her blessings and prayers reach Joyful Journey on a daily basis as she continues to contribute to the day-to-day activities.
Jason Denham is a life and recovery coach as well as yoga, meditation, and Pilates instructor, who founded Gr8fulMoves. In his former life, Jason was a caregiver for 15 years working as a mentor, coach, and program director in various therapeutic wilderness and residential settings. In those roles, he worked with small groups to help clients communicate more effectively, set boundaries, emotionally regulate, and work through trauma by connecting mind and body.
As a former caregiver, who knows how taxing the role can be, Jason is very excited to be hosting the Art of Well-Being: A Restorative Retreat with Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa for caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Charmaine Boudreaux curates special group events and retreats at Joyful Journey, and works gracefully behind the scenes, putting the “joy” in Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa.
Joyful Journey website: http://www.joyfuljourneyhotsprings.com/
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Joyful Journey Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joyfuljourneyhotsprings
Gr8ful Moves website: https://www.gr8fulmoves.com/