Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is offering several team-building experiences that appeal to art lovers, foodies, stargazers and more.

»Professional photographer Pam Singleton helps groups enhance their picture-taking skills while observing the desert landscape and Calvin Charles Museum art sculptures. A second option is the Big Picture Mosaic Workshop that features a photo scavenger hunt to take images that are transformed into mosaic art.

»Chef Beau MacMillan teaches cooking class participants how to create some of elements restaurant’s signature dishes and helpful cooking techniques during a cooking demo lunch or dinner. At Top Chef Meets Iron Chef, a secret ingredient is revealed before groups have 30 minutes to create a flavorful dish and present it to a panel of judges who consider presentation, taste and teamwork.

»Groups can take the Southwest Salsa Challenge to create, cook, name and design the label and jar of their very own salsa recipes as margaritas are served to get team members into the spirit.

»A location high on the north slope of Camelback Mountain makes Sanctuary a great location for a stargazing dinner or dessert reception hosted by local astronomers from Arizona State University. 

»One of the most mysterious and unusual teambuilding options features an aura reader who determines each person’s atmosphere and the qualities that surround them by taking an aura picture and interpreting the rainbow of colors

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The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley overlooking Camelback Mountain is expected to open this summer. The luxury 20-acre property has 215 guest rooms in the form of suites and detached casitas and bungalows. A few highlights include a lobby situated above the rest of the hotel and a water feature that cascades down through the property to a world-class, 16,000-square-foot spa. The hotel also has a pool spanning nearly 400 feet, various indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, and a grand lawn with mountain views. 


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