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support and has proven benefits,” Silveira says. “The technique used at Kurotel is called ‘mindfulness,’ which focuses on the present moment and ‘turns off’ the brain, visualizing positive thoughts.” In addition to providing meditation treatments to guests, Kurotel has also branched out to bring these principles to its community. The spa developed Mente Viva in order to promote a culture of peace in schools through meditation techniques. Originally established in southern Brazil, the organization’s main objectives are to bring attention to children and teens, promote development through care and to encourage collective feelings of peace and belonging in the community. Today, Mente Viva operates in 150 schools registered in several states and countries, such as Spain and Portugal, and works with over 27,000 children, teens and teachers. So far, the organization has seen a wide range of results, from reduced school violence and signs of hyperactivity to improved academic performance and overall wellbeing. Silveira expects continued success. “The entity is non-profit and has no political or religious purposes,” she says. “[Mente Viva’s] main goal is to integrate each and every citizen who wishes to contribute to a more humane and caring culture in different social relations.” ■ ABOUT THE SPA Spa open date: 1982 Square footage: 244,082 Number of treatment rooms: 60 Number of full-time spa staff: 136 Guest ratio percentage (female vs. male): 65 percent vs. 35 percent Signature treatment: Brain Health Program Contact information: Kurotel – Longevity Center and Spa Rua Nacoes Unidas 533 95670-000 Gramado, RS Brazil Phone: 55.54.3295.9393 Website: kurotel.com.br