SunWellness is grateful for the acclaimed press coverage we have received for creating sacred space for healing and transformation. Below, you’ll find a selection of publications in which we’ve been featured. As we continue to gain media coverage, we’ll update here.
Be it the visual arts, writing or dance, Colorado has long fostered the creative arts. Nurtured by the natural beauty of the state, such writers as Hunter Thompson (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) and Jon Krakauer (“Into Thin Air”) and visual artists, including the world renowned Van Briggle family of ceramicists, have found serenity and stimulation in the Rocky Mountain state.
Outside of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs is another quaint town, famous for its mineral springs, with eight public springs sprinkled around town that you can drink from. Start your day with a treacherous ascent up the Manitou Incline and then reward yourself with a spa day soaking in the healing waters at SunWater Spa.
While staying true to its promise of healing the mind and body, yoga in Colorado is so much more than a traditional studio experience. Designed to enliven the senses and provide an innovative environment, below are just a few of the dozens of unique offerings you can find throughout the state.
SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs now offers Glowga classes, which are practiced under black lights, as well as Fireside Yoga and Candle Light Yoga, which are held next to a blazing fireplace or surrounded by the glow of candlelight, according to Ros Prado, events and yoga manager.
The history of Thai Yoga Massage is said to have been developed by the legendary physician Jivaka, thought to have practiced almost 2,500 years ago. History tells that Jivaka, from northern India, was a friend and the personal physician of the Buddha, and a renowned healer in the Buddhist tradition.
Thai Massage is one of the four branches of Traditional Thai medicine — a healing technique that was practiced before doctors. The massage involves deep stretching and yoga poses on a firm mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation — also treating energy blockages, aches and pains, stress and tension.
Cleopatra swore by warm mineral baths and mud wraps from the Dead Sea to maintain her legendary complexion. And the ancient Greeks built spas near their temples in order to harvest sulphur springs, a known remedy for skin disease and muscle pain.
Today, holistic healers and traditional physicians at both offices and spas in Colorado and worldwide are utilizing healing waters to help their patients and clients with a number of maladies. An example is SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, where seven soaking tubs are filled with mineral water from the Seven Minute Spring, directly adjacent to the Spa.
My favorite town in Colorado, Manitou Springs is Colorado Springs’ quirky, eclectic neighbor. Home to naturally occurring mineral springs said to have extraordinary healing properties, the area attracts characters from far and wide to test the waters so to speak, giving the town a distinct boho vibe. Pay a visit to the Cliff Dwellings (thousand-year-old Native American pueblos), play vintage games at the Penny Arcade, and hike the Incline.
A challenge for serious athletes, the Incline was a cable car track turned Stairmaster that gains almost 2,000 feet of elevation in less than 1 mile. It’s basically 2,744 steps of pure torturous pride if that’s your thing. When you’re ready to ease your sore muscles, soak in the mineral-filled cedar tubs at Sunwater Spa for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation because you earned it.
Inspired by a trip to India, where they bathed in the Ganges River with millions of others during a ceremony to cleanse the spirit, friends and collaborators Kat Tudor and Don Goede were drawn to the possibility of creating a healing arts space revolving around Manitou Springs’ magical waters.Thus, the idea for a hot mineral water spa in this special mountain town was born.
Now in its third year of operation, SunWater Spa offers more than 25 weekly movement, yoga and meditation classes such as Aqua Yoga, the energy-infused MELT, Beginner’s Mind: Intro to Meditation, Yoga for Healing and Thai Yoga Massage.
Kat Tudor is a visionary artist, healer, and yoga teacher based in Manitou Springs, Colorado where she heads SunWater Spa, Sun Mountain Center, and the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Kat has been teaching art, dance, yoga, aqua yoga, and improvisational arts since 1979 and is gifted in finding new ways for the creative arts and the healing arts to meet. Kat will be teaching at this month’s 2018 Hanuman Festival.
April 16, 2018
Coloradans aren’t getting enough sleep. Like all Americans, according to the last Gallup poll that measured hours spent sleeping, the average was 6.8 hours per night. Compare this to 1910 when people averaged 9 hours per night, and we have a true epidemic of sleeplessness.
March 18, 2018
Are you considering guiding a retreat this year? Maybe you’ve already accepted the challenges (and rewards!) of hosting a retreat, or maybe you need a little extra push before making that commitment. Guiding a group of people along their life journey is rewarding not only for the retreat-goer, but also the host.
Feburary 25, 2018
“Among the best hot springs in the state lies SunWater Spa. SunWater heats their cedar soaking tubs with solar power. As the water warms, the cedar oil is released into the water, creating a soothing, unique, and aromatic experience.
In addition to the spa treatments, they also focus on holistic relaxation by having yoga, movement, and meditation classes on site. The spa is a sister property to SunMountain Center, which includes lodging, food, a farm, garden, and bed & breakfast. SunWater may be the most unique spa on our list, so be sure to check it out.”
Feburary 8, 2018
Valentine’s Day is fast approach- ing, so you’re running out of time to decide what you’re doing for and with your special someone.
Manitou Springs offers many ways to share the love, whether it’s an experience or a gift.
The Smokebrush Foundation’s Living Arts program is hosting a “Celebration of Love & Life,” featuring music, dance, poetry and love stories. The star of the evening: Roma Ransom, a duo spreading “love, light and high vibrations through psychedelic folk jazz.”
WINTER + SPRING 2017–18
SunWater Spa is a top-notch yoga and wellness facility in Manitou Springs. This sanctuary gives guests the opportunity to relax area’s sacred mineral waters, receive a rejuvenating spa treatment and connect to your spirit in the yoga and movement studio. Founder Kat Tudor is the visionary for SunWater Spa and is active in leading yoga classes for visitors and the local community.
I know what to do to relax. After all, I’ve been a healthy lifestyle and spa writer for 15 years. My first book was even focused on how to find your serenity. for years, I maintained a regular stress-reducing routine that seemed to keep my mind and body in a state of perfect calm.
Then I had a baby. As a single working mom, I often forget how to relax and I know I’m not the only one. Relaxation, after all, is not necessarily about what tasks or techniques to do, instead, the art of relaxation involves setting up the situation that puts my mind in such a place that I can allow myself to relax.
October 31, 2017
Kat Tudor often is described as the visionary behind SunWellness (SunWater Spa, SunMountain Center, Smokebrush Foundation). But the vision runs so much longer and deeper than these relatively new SunWellness expressions of her vision in Manitou Springs.
ON EVERY inhabited continent and for as long as records have been kept, bathing in the springs and pools fed by the Earth’s ancient aquifers has been a cultural staple associated with relaxation, reflection and regeneration. In many cases, “taking the waters” has been claimed to result in increased physical health and cure from mental and physical affliction. In Japan, bathing retreats built around springs, known as onsen, are passed down from generation to generation, supposedly offering the blessings of family gods and benevolent spirits in addition to mineral soaks. In Russia, trips to the sauna are punctuated by bracing dips in ice water. In Iceland, visits to the springs are one of the main community activities. At the Dead Sea, there are those who claim the salty waters have healed the ailments. And at Manitou Springs in Colorado, the Ute Nation once hosted tribes from across the Westat their own healing springs, the properties of which were so revered that regardless of the often bitter struggles between tribes, anyone who visited the springs first gave up their weapons.
October 28, 2016
A sparkling waterfall greets guests at the entrance to the SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs. As one enters the lobby, peace and tranquility seem to descend almost instantly. Stone tiled hallways lead to cedar tubs bubbling with healing mineral water tapped from the Seven Minute Spring across the street. Soaking tubs of different temperatures are found on three levels, all with magnificent views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding hills. Guests can pause for reflection in the garden or wander the meditation trail up the hillside.
August 11, 2016
It’s hard to believe that sunWater Spa is celebrating its first anniversary. The spa was inspired by a trip to Rishikesh, India, where business partners Kat Tudor and Don Goede bather in the clean headwaters of the r Ganges River during a spirit-cleansing ceremony. Goede mentioned that Manitou Springs was like Rishikesh but without the river.
Tudor responded that Manitou’s mineral springs have the same healing properties as the Ganges.
Thus the two collaborators were drawn to create a healing arts space, which ultimately became SunWater Spa, revolving around the magical water of this town.
September 15, 2015
Six years ago, Kat Tudor and Don Goede found themselves in Rishikesh, a small Indian town in the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s a place of pilgrimage, where the Ganges River emerges from Himalayas. They had come there to bathe in India’s sacred river. The river at Rishikesh is clear and sparkling.
July 5, 2015
Manitou Springs’ history runs deep below the city in the form of bubbling mineral springs, which were embraced first by Native Americans and later health seekers who believed in the healing power of the waters.
When the SunWater Spa fully opens in a few weeks in Manitou, it will tap into that history to create what its founders say will be both a world-class spa and healing center.
July 6, 2015
Ahh! Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than taking a dip in the pool, lake or ocean. And though we never realized it when we spent our childhood days splashing away, it’s also an excellent way to tone muscles and melt flab, says trainer-to-the-stars Kat Tudor, fitness director at SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado. “Exercise in the water is just inherently fun,” she says.
March 7, 2016
Try the Water Yoga Trend: 6 Aqua Yoga Poses
Yogis have taken to adding modern “extras”—from aerial silks to free weights—to the ancient practice. Yet the latest trend, practicing yoga and meditation in water, brings us back to basics and offers a slew of benefits, says Kat Tudor, co-owner of SunWater Spa, a new yoga studio and water-therapy spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
October 22, 2015
There’s something in the water. From Alluvia Spa’s built-in babbling decor at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, to the healing minerals of Manitou Springs and the rushing symphony of Seven Falls, the eastern helm of Pike’s Peak is a piece of this state that’s drenched in wellness.
December 17, 2014
Manitou Springs will soon have a “hot” spring, a marriage of the town’s natural cold springs and Colorado sunlight.
The new SunWater Spa, home to the springs, has now risen to a three-story-high beauty with luscious curves, an organic vibe and spectacular views of Pikes Peak off decks and through floor-to-ceiling windows that open like garage doors. It’s taken a little longer to complete than originally expected; it’s now scheduled to open in spring.
October 10, 2012
Don Goede leads the way up the steep, long stairs of Manitou Springs’ historic Alabama House.
“You call it an ‘aha moment,’ an ‘epiphany,’” he says spreading his arms out at Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains, which are bathed in golden light. “These views, for me, they just get my heart beating, they really do.”