Osmosis Day Spa’s Summer Garden Program Begins

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, known for it’s Japanese gardens and 5-acre pastoral Sonoma County setting, is launching a full season of inspired outdoor summer programs. “Enjoying the richness of community, quietude in nature and joyous celebrations are all essential elements of a healthy lifestyle,” says Osmosis founder Michael Stusser. “Our comprehensive summer program of garden tours, performances, personal quests, and mindfulness classes are intended to expand the role of the spa and how it can serve the vitality and well being of the neighborhood.

The seasons kicked off on May 21 with an hour-long guided tour of the Osmosis meditation garden conducted by Osmosis gardener and tree pruning expert Michael Alliger. This garden makes extensive use of stone, water and deer-resistant plants to express the tranquil feeling of a Japanese style design. The gardens will be the backdrop for four evenings of summer entertainment under the stars including Rumi's Caravan, a spoken word and improvisational music presentation and benefit for Ceres Community Project (www.ceresproject.org), a non-profit that teaches teens to cook and provides nutritious meals to those facing life-threatening illnesses.

In addition, the season’s lineup includes Gradina: A Balkan Musical Ensemble from Sonoma County, Kellye Gray (www.kellyegray.com ), “simply one of the most exciting jazz singers” as quoted in USA Today, and finishes off with one of the world’s leading Chinese harp virtuosos, Weishan Liu accompanied by Anna Wong. These magical evenings will begin with Sonoma County wines with cuisine prepared by in-house chef, Kristopher Kolkema followed by the garden performance, and ending with dessert and a Cedar Enzyme Foot Bath.

The Osmosis meditation sessions, set in the tranquil and inspiring gardens, are comprised of an intimate and informative morning of lecture and meditative practices. Myogen Steve Stücky, abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, is offering the first of the garden meditation programs on June 27.

For a more in-depth, guided experience of the “spa without walls,” the Osmosis Vitality Quest has been created. This “one-day transformation vacation” optimizes the potential of an indoor/outdoor spa experience. The first quest of the season will be led by Shaman Francis Rico, author of A Shaman’s Guide to Deep Beauty: Connecting with the Mojo of the Universe. At the core of the spa without walls program is the new Osmosis Ritual, a five-and-a-half hour journey synergizing the healing transformation of spa treatments with the power of nature.

A complete calendar of all 12 events to be held between now and September can be viewed here.