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Since our grand re-opening of Shangri-La Springs to the public in 2011 to the active vitality center we are today, Shangri-La Springs has been making headlines in the news.

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Cecelia Morales, Class of 2017
Apr 9 2019

Education major finds most meaningful lessons take root in the garden
By Kathy Becker
Cecelia Morales’ career blooms from a seed planted freshman year. A trip to the campus Food Forest to cheer up her visiting brother has grown into her position as the new organic garden manager at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs, a 1921 hotel and spa being renovated as a destination for weddings, dining and fitness. The garden will support Harvest & Wisdom, a farm-to-table restaurant opening this year.

The Elementary Education major happened to visit the Food Forest, a student-run garden of edible plants available to all, during a meeting of the Food Foresters. “They gave us a tour and were so welcoming,” she said, noting many impressionable moments of that visit, including one with the late John Herman, assistant professor of biology. “He stuck his whole arm into a snake hole and pulled out an indigo snake. It was a wild, ‘wow’ kind of place.”

Morales found herself drawn back to the Food Forest to taste fruits and plants, attend meetings and try Meatless Mondays. Eventually, Jim Wohlpart, then dean of Undergraduate Studies and champion of the forest, asked Morales if she would like a job there as the service learning coordinator.

“It’s a passion that grew. From the Food Forest to my personal garden, I guess it was always there. I’ve always loved plants.“

Executive Chef Allen Fisher poses for a portrait in the Shangri-La Springs organic garden in Bonita Springs on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Fisher grew up on a farm in Marshall, North Carolina, where his family grew almost everything they ate - an experience that taught him to respect the ingredients he cooks with. Fisher will appear on an upcoming episode of Food Network's "Chopped" that will air on March 26. (Photo: Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA)
Mar 7 2019

Bonita Springs chef will tackle mystery ingredient baskets on Food Network's 'Chopped'

A Southwest Florida chef had the chance to test his skills on the hugely popular Food Network show "Chopped."

Chef Allen Fisher, who will lead dining operations at Shangri-La Springs' Harvest & Wisdom restaurant targeted to open later this year, was one of four chefs who competed in the episode, which will air at 9 p.m. March 26 on Food Network.

Fisher couldn't say much about his appearance before the air date, but he said the experience was "a lot of fun."

"You can expect to see my hands drain of blood when I'm standing there with the basket," Fisher said, laughing.

On "Chopped," professional chefs from across the country compete in a series of rounds — appetizer, main course and dessert — in front of a panel of esteemed judges. At the beginning of each round, contestants are given a basket of bizarre mystery ingredients, and judges taste-test the dishes, making eliminations until a winner is crowned and awarded the $10,000 prize.

Allen said the idea of tackling the show's mystery baskets was terrifying.

Deborah Leible
Jan 3 2019

Shangri-La Springs welcomes Dr. Deborah Leible as spa manager

(MENAFN - PRLog) Shangri-La Springs is pleased to announce that Dr. Deborah Leible has joined the team as spa manager. In this role, Leible is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the on-site organic spa, which includes providing personalized treatments, maintaining high-quality health and beauty services available to guests and offering exemplary customer service.

Leible brings more than 30 years of holistic health care experience to her new role. Prior to joining Shangri-La Springs, Leible owned and operated holistic health care practices in New York, Hawaii and most recently in Florida. As a holistic health practitioner, she offered a variety of services including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and soft tissue therapy. Dedicated to advancing the field of holistic health care and massage therapy, Leible established Healthy Fit in 2016, offering a variety of online and live hands-on workshops for continuing massage education courses with a focus on soft tissue therapies.

Jan 1 2019

Art and Nature Night set at Shangri-La Springs
Experience “Branching Out” with Shangri-La Springs on Jan. 9. Set for 6-9 p.m. at 27750 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs, this free art and nature community night will feature a variety of activities, live performances and presentations from local artists and musicians.

The “Branching Out” event will include a live piano performance by Mickey Basil in the Great House, as well as a community drum circle in the courtyard and complimentary massage treatments in the spa. Featured artists include Andrew McClure, who uses air plants and juxtaposing outdoor and repurposed elements to showcase the beauty of nature, and Rosemary Allen, a painter recognized for her works of art highlighting the landscape and wildlife she encounters. FORT MYERS READERS: Sign up for Florida Weekly's Fort Myers email edition here.

The event also will include sidewalk chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, hammered dulcimer performance by Debo and paper grotto theatre by Lily Hatchett with live music by Kat Epple, as well as visits from local circus performers including contortionists, human statues and stilt walkers.

In addition, guests can get an assortment of organic small plates for purchase in the courtyard, as well as organic beer and wine at the bar in the Great House.

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