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When travel writers (on assignment for magazines) and travel advisors (scouting wellness experiences for their clients) spend time at Golden Door, a ‘me’ factor inevitably weaves its way into their articles and spoken impressions. That’s because few, if any – including the most seasoned spa and travel professionals – are prepared for the personal transformation that occurs.
Within moments of stepping behind southern California’s most iconic wellness door, guests feel it: the slowing down; the mindfulness; the silence. They feel the connection to earth, mountains, flowers; to the like-minded people sharing the wellness journey with them. And most significantly, they feel the connection to themselves – many touching upon pieces of their hearts locked and forgotten years earlier. Even regulars describe the bliss and beauty of getting lost, of just for a few days, marching to their own rhythm of self-care. And wellness actualization.
But there’s a deeper, more poignant wellness story – a story that goes beyond guests’ own selves and touches the larger world – and the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. Our children.
It’s a topic Golden Door General Manager Kathy Van Ness passionately tends too – as 100 percent of the destination spa’s profits, every year, go toward helping end child abuse and transforming young lives.
“Child abuse and neglect is running rampant and is a real epidemic,” says Kathy. “There is a report of child abuse every ten seconds in the United States; we need to come together to make a change to stop this from happening.”
Another tangible way Golden Door is helping abused children is through a recent partnership with the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Proceeds from an upcoming April 19 luncheon will bring benefit the Society’s “Trauma Recovery and Safe Touches” programs which help to fund counseling, legal and educational initiatives to prevent abuse and help more children – and families – heal. The luncheon will feature renowned Boston attorney Eric MacLeish, who’s represented some of the most significant sexual abuse cases in the country and is the attorney portrayed in the award-winning film, Spotlight.
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