The Colorado Springs Gazette
October 28, 2016
A sparkling waterfall greets guests at the entrance to the SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs. As one enters the lobby, peace and tranquility seem to descend almost instantly. Stone tiled hallways lead to cedar tubs bubbling with healing mineral water tapped from the Seven Minute Spring across the street. Soaking tubs of different temperatures are found on three levels, all with magnificent views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding hills. Guests can pause for reflection in the garden or wander the meditation trail up the hillside. Massages and unique spa treatments are offered in serene private rooms. Yoga classes take place in a light-filled studio adorned with Buddhist and Hindu art. The entire experience provides a restorative respite from our fast-paced world. The spa is the brainchild of Cheyenne Mountain native Don Goede and his business partner Kat Tudor.
“Kat and I were in India, bathing in the Ganges River, surrounded by the high mountain peaks, having this incredible spiritual experience,” recalled Goede. “Suddenly, we both made this amazing connection to Manitou, to the mountains here and the life-giving mineral springs running through the ground. We realized we could create a similar experience for people back at home.”
August 19th, 2016
Pikes Peak Bulletin
By Wendy Wilkinson
It’s hard to believe that SunWater Spa is celebrating its first anniversary. The spa was inspired by a trip to Rishikesh, India, where business partners Kat Tudor and Don Goede bathed in the clean headwaters of the Ganges River during a spirit-cleansing ceremony. Goede mentioned that Manitou Springs was like Rishikesh but without the river.
Tudor responded that Manitou’s mineral springs have the same healing properties as the Ganges.
Thus the two collaborators were drawn to create a healing arts space, which ultimately became SunWater Spa, revolving around the magical waters of this town.
“I’ve always believed in the universal restorative healing powers of water, and how it is held sacred in all cultures,” Tudor said.
“We thought it was time for Manitou to have another renaissance, when it was known for its beauty and healing waters; this was the core of our vision.”
In just one year SunWater has become a state-of-the-art wellness center featured in such publications as Yoga Journal, AAA Encompass and the Denver Post.
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SUMMER GETAWAYS 2016
Front Range Day Trip: SunWater Spa, Manitou Springs
All seven of SunWater spa’s cedar tubs are filled with mineral water and heated with on-site solar panels to 100-104 degrees Fahr-
enheit. As the water temperature rises, cedar oil is extracted for an added soothing effect and pleasant scent in the tubs. A day pass to
soak is $30.
“We all use the mineral water for traditional healing,” said managing partner Don Goede. “SunWater is truly like a mountain spa in the sense that we’re actually using the water that Mother Nature gave us.”
Yoga classes, facials and massage spa treatments are available at SunWater, but the facility also offers mind-body water treatments, like Water Shiatsu (known as Watsu), a form of aquatic therapy to stretch the body and calm the nervous system, and well as craniosacral therapy in the water. Treatments start at $45 for 30 minutes.
Coco Eco Magazine
August 19th, 2015
The long-awaited opening of the SunWater spa and Wellness Center took place on Friday, August 14. Dozens of Spa and wellness seekers soaked in the heated mineral springs water that has made the town a health seekers retreat for more than 150 years; and where indigenous peoples and animals have experienced their curative properties for several thousand years. The kick-off evening featured Heart of the Lion, a New Moon Yoga and Ceremony, purification meditation and soaking. Featuring individual water therapies, Vichy shower, and a mudroom with personalized mineral and essential oil infusions, SunWater Spa offers three floors of restorative mineral soaking tubs.
The unique Spa is nestled in the historic mountain town of Manitou Springs, CO, with views of the Granddaddy of them all, Pikes Peak. SunWater offers both traditional and more contemporary forms of Yoga, aerobic movement, and other bodywork in saline pools and tubs. Meditation, dance and tai chi classes will take place in and out of the water. SunWater also boasts soaks subtle yet vibrant colors, textures and other features throughout the Spa, including murtis (sacred statues), represent the treatments and classes ready to experience there.
The Colorado Springs Gazette
July 5, 2015
Manitou Springs’ history runs deep below the city in the form of bubbling mineral springs, which were embraced first by Native Americans and later health seekers who believed in the healing power of the waters.
When the SunWater Spa fully opens in a few weeks in Manitou, it will tap into that history to create what its founders say will be both a world-class spa and healing center.
Summer heat? No sweat! Have a blast and feel like a carefree kid again with water exercises that slim and energize
Ahh! Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than taking a dip in the pool, lake or ocean. And though we never realized it when we spent our childhood days splashing away, it’s also an excellent way to tone muscles and melt flab, says trainer-to-the-stars Kat Tudor, fitness director at SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colorado. “Exercise in the water is just inherently fun,” she says.
Colorado Springs Independent
December 17, 2014
Manitou Springs will soon have a “hot” spring, a marriage of the town’s natural cold springs and Colorado sunlight.
The new SunWater Spa, home to the springs, has now risen to a three-story-high beauty with luscious curves, an organic vibe and spectacular views of Pikes Peak off decks and through floor-to-ceiling windows that open like garage doors. It’s taken a little longer to complete than originally expected; it’s now scheduled to open in spring.
Colorado Springs, Independent
October 10, 2012
Don Goede leads the way up the steep, long stairs of Manitou Springs’ historic Alabama House.
“You call it an ‘aha moment,’ an ‘epiphany,'” he says spreading his arms out at Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains, which are bathed in golden light. “These views, for me, they just get my heart beating, they really do.”