When America Online Inc. co-founder Steve Case resigned last week from the board of Time Warner Inc., the company he merged with AOL in 2001, he said he wanted more time to focus on his new company, Revolution LLC. It has invested so far in such ventures as drop-in clinics in drugstores, luxury resorts and a provider of yoga videos.
Case is already making his mark on his new holdings. Miraval: Life in Balance, a luxury resort in Catalina, Ariz., in which Revolution acquired a majority stake, last week announced plans to build 50 one- and two-bedroom villas that are to sell for $700,000 to $1.5 million. The villas would provide a year-round alternative to hotel suites that rent for $570 and up a night.
"Case seeks to expand Miraval's mission of mindfulness from a location to a lifestyle, from a vacation to a way of life," the resort said in a written statement. Mindfulness, a concept of living fully in the present moment, is based on a Buddhist strain of meditation.
At Miraval prices, however, most people won't be packing their yoga bricks for a move or even a long weekend. So here's a free, vicarious sample of a day there, based on schedules from the resort's Web site:
7 a.m.: An early-morning hike through the desert.
8 a.m.: Who needs a buffet when there's "Mindful Eating"?
9 a.m. to noon. It's time for "the Equine Experience," a self-help program led by Wyatt Webb, a sort of horse whisperer for humans. The program "simply allows the horse to teach you about yourself."
12:15 p.m. Lunch -- with a nutritionist.
1 p.m. Afternoon activities range from "Mindfulness in Motion" to yoga, wall climbing and Pilates.
For variety, there are day-long workshops with sexuality experts Lana Holstein and David Taylor, who will teach you how to use a "soulgazing love pillow."
-- Annys Shin