Scottsdale Meeting Planning Tips For The Health Conscious

By local contributor
Katarina Kovacevic

Seeking health-conscious event ideas in Scottsdale? Integrating wellness and sustainability into your corporate meetings is a cinch in our mindful Sonoran Desert getaway. Simply read on for our best health and well-being event ideas to enhance your group’s itinerary.


Eco-Friendly & Wellness-Focused Venues

Health Conscious Meetings

A wellness retreat inspired by the Sonoran Desert, CIVANA in nearby Carefree, Ariz. is home to a carbon-neutral spa promoting the healing power of water, five fitness and movement studios, and daily group classes ranging from gentle yoga to sound healing.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is beloved for its hip, downtown vibe and artsy offerings, but eco-conscious meeting planners will also be happy to learn about the property’s sustainability efforts, including specialty recycling services, paperless checkout and a fully electric-powered Tesla house car.

Outdoor desert adventure is in your backyard at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. With easy access to iconic Pinnacle Peak Park and a dramatic landscape decked with Saguaro cacti—not to mention special yoga classes for hikers and golfers—it’s easy for groups to stay healthy and active.

The Desert Botanical Garden’s entire mission is about research and conservation. Groups driven by sustainability and inspired by the natural environment will appreciate the lineup of outdoor venues that are in-tune with nature—like the lush Steele Herb Garden and scenic Binns Wildflower Pavilion.

Self-care isn’t just a trend—it’s practically a requirement these days. Why not treat employees and VIPs to a wellness-focused meeting at Spa Lamar? Private events can include massages or facials, manicures or pedicures, access to a eucalyptus steam room and other facilities, plus a catered healthy lunch.


Ways To Get Out & Get Active

Health Conscious Meetings

Hiking: There’s no shortage of awe-inspiring hikes in and around the Scottsdale area, but some of the most popular (and easiest to access!) include the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and Camelback Mountain.

Kayaking: Let the experts at REI Co-Op Experiences guide you on a scenic float along the Lower Salt River with green riverbanks, towering red cliffs and sparkling blue desert skies as your backdrop. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled for wild horses and bald eagle sightings!

Spa: OK, so it’s actually the opposite of active but with 50+ luxury resort and day spas, a day of rest and relaxation is practically a rite of passage here in Scottsdale. The spas at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch and The Phoenician are particularly great for groups because of their expansive world-class facilities and variety of intriguing offerings.

Fitness Classes: Take your pick from guided sunrise runs up Camelback Mountain at Mountain Shadows (for experienced hikers only), Paddleboard Yoga at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, and rock climbing or Barre sessions at The Boulders Resort & Spa—just to name a few.

Mountain Biking: If you’re looking for a slightly more adventurous alternative to a desert hike, half-day mountain biking excursions with REI Co-Op Experiences take you and your group through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s most stunning scenery with sweeping views guiding the way.


Healthy Dining Options

Health Conscious Meetings

True Food Kitchen was one of the first restaurants to prioritize mindful dining in Scottsdale and continues to be a local favorite thanks to its health-driven and seasonally focused fare.

Modern farm fare comes with a twist at Farm & Craft, where a sustainable wellness menu focuses on an anti-inflammatory diet, increasing probiotic levels, maintaining high levels of anti-oxidants and reducing overall stress.

Sprouts at the Spa at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn boasts heart-healthy and organic bites like whole-grain breads, fresh salads, delectable smoothies and a lineup of innovative, hearty yet low-fat and low-sodium dishes made to complement a workout or soothing massage.

At The VIG, a gluten-free and vegan-friendly menu makes it easy to keep to a clean-eating routine and features foodie showstoppers like the Harvest Salad with fresh cauliflower and golden beets, farro, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts in a fig vinaigrette.

Flower Child makes healthy eating a downright treat with its made-from-scratch meals and a menu where vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic dishes—like the wholesome Mother Earth Bowl or zesty Vietnamese Crunch Salad—leave you feeling full and happy with zero guilt.