Smoking sage, light bites, healing stones, intention-setting and a spot of stargazing are the hallmarks of the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort’s new monthly event. Called “Dark Night,” it is held on the Friday closest to a new moon and aims to offer a sacred space to promote spiritual awareness.
Held in the luxury resort’s swish new bar and restaurant space, Anchor & Den, the event took place for the first time on May 6 and proved to be a sellout success.
Guests packed into the Anchor & Den bar area from sunset, where they feasted on a selection of gourmet “Earthy Bites,” including raw bar snacks and paleo-inspired bite-sized morsels. There was also a selection of holistic apothecary cocktails on offer, all with space-age names, such as “Zero Gravity” and “Milky Way.” Eclectic house beats, courtesy of local DJ Marc Mata, ensured an upbeat atmosphere – the perfect complement to the candlelit space.
Upon arrival, each guest picked out a healing stone. Different stones have different energy properties and your choice of stone is said to help expand awareness of yourself, along with setting intentions for the month ahead. Stephanie Arch, owner of Sea and Stone, a boutique specializing in bespoke quartz minerals, jewelry and gifts, was on hand to explain the meaning behind each stone.
The event also included a “Vision Boards” activity, which was led by Dale Avery, a natural balance wellness specialist. The vision boards, which guests created using magazine cutouts to represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings and things they wished to attract in their life, aimed to offer a tangible representation of guests’ dreams, goals and ideal life. Guests were free to take their vision boards home with them as a reminder of their intentions.
One of the highlights of the event was the opportunity to enjoy a spot of stargazing. Led by The Cayman Islands Astronomical Society on the resort’s pristine stretch of beach, members were on hand to point out constellations, while a high-powered telescope allowed guests to view Jupiter along with four of its moons. It was even possible to make out the rings of Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System.
Commenting on the night’s success, Laura Skec, director sales and marketing at The Marriott, said that the night’s excellent turnout stemmed from people’s desire to share a sacred space.
“We believe that people’s interest stems from acknowledging that there is a holistic community in Cayman that appreciates sharing a sacred space, which in turn promotes spiritual awareness while raising the power of our intentions by aligning with the celestial cycles of Mother Earth. Our idea was to do it in a fun way as well as introducing deep holistic notions.”
Ms. Skec added that the team were inspired to start the night to offer residents and hotel guests something a little bit different.
“In Cayman there are many celebrations around the full moon, but little commemorating the new moon,” Ms. Skec said. “A new moon represents new beginnings and it is during this time that the moon is empty, receptive and full of potential. New moon ceremonies are about creation, manifestation, birth and rebirth while the full moon represents the end of a chapter, tying up loose ends and shedding light on the things that we no longer have to hold onto. It is the optimum time to look deep within and discover your hopes and dreams.”
When it was time to leave, each guest was given a small parcel of white sage to take home. White sage is reportedly used for healing, cleansing and spiritual purification. The tradition of burning sage – known as “smudging” – is believed to open the soul to new possibilities and experiences. It was the perfect keepsake to an all round inspiring event.
The next Dark Night will be held on June 3.
Activities, along with food and cocktail selections, will change each month.
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