December 2019 - Sedona Soul Adventures


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Alert! Don’t Pull The Last Decade into this one!

Wow! 2020! Not only is it a New Year, it’s an entire New Decade!

Watch my video which is all about, what have you been dragging around for the last 10 years, that you certainly DON’T want to drag into this new decade? It gives you some really concrete ways that will help you do just that.

If you have some big stuff you’re still dragging around from the last 10 years, maybe you’re going to need to do more than what I’m suggesting in the video to deal with it. Because it’s so big and deep, it’s been with you for ten years.

This is what we’re Masters at – digging deep to find the root causes, moving that energy up and out, and moving you back into connection. When you’re operating in connection on all the levels – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – you’re going to have a happy, joyous life and a fabulous New Decade. Call us.

Decide to become a new person for the new decade. We’re here and together, we can do it.

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Or if you’d prefer, call us toll-free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada, call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Retreat Guides will call you.

Julia says her Soul Adventure was “life changing” and left her feeling  “complete, content, whole and Full of love”

“Two words come to mind when I describe my experience: LIFE CHANGING. I left home and arrived in Sedona half a person, I came home complete, content, whole and Full of love. I look at life in a whole new light and enjoy each and every day. Thank you to all the wonderful people at Sedona Soul Adventures that helped to open me up to a whole new world of possibilities.”  
~ Julia Roden

Wow, it’s 2020! I know we all usually focus on New Year’s resolutions, but I want to invite you to take a larger look this year…

It’s a new decade! It’s 2020! I want you to take a long, hard look at the last 10 years and I want to ask you a big question: 

what are you dragging

What are you dragging around from 10 years ago? 

If you make New Year’s Resolutions, are you making the same ones every year? 

I want to lost 10 pounds.

I want to get a new job.

I want my relationship to be better.

I want...

I want to be happier.

Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to take 5 minutes to make a list of where you were 10 years ago and where you are now. What was happening in these major areas of your life? 

Peace and Happiness

  • How much did you weigh 10 years ago? Has that changed? Are you more active now or less active?
  • What’s going on with your work? Do you love your work? Are you living your life purpose? Are you living your dreams?
  • What’s happening in your relationships? First with your intimate relationship, is that better or worse? How about with your family and your friends?
  • How is your money situation? Do you have more money now? In 2010 people were still very much feeling the effects of the financial crisis that started at the end of 2008, have things changed a bunch for you on that score?
  • And most importantly, how about your peace and happiness? How were you feeling about things 10 years ago? Did you feel hopeful and optimistic? How’s your hope and optimism now?
peace and hapiness

So I want you to spend 5 minutes doing this. Stop reading and set your timer for 5 minutes. You will get so much benefit out of doing this and don’t tell me, “Debra, I don’t have time.” 

Sweetie, this is exactly why your life isn’t 10 times better than it was 10 years ago and it should be. You deserve to have it be that way. So stop reading and take 5 minutes to do this, and I think you’re going to find that there are some places where you have really made some advances and for that I salute you… I’m so happy for you, but I’ll bet that you’re also going to find that there are a bunch of things that you’ve still been dragging around for the past 10 years and I want you to really look at those. 

Ok, so now that you’ve done that…

debra stangl before after

Which ones are they? Let’s face it: for many of us, our bodies… but I’m happy to say that 2010 was the year my body went from this to that. How about you – what’s happened with your body over the last 10 years? 

What are you dragging around from your work? Do you feel like you’re living your life purpose, are you living your dream? So many people tell me they’re not. This is such a huge part of your life – are you going to take another 10 years to really start living this part of your life? 

How about your relationship? How were things 10 years ago? How are things now? Are you still fighting about the same stuff? Really? After 10 years? Well, I was a divorce attorney for 20 years, so I know that’s exactly what happens: people keep fighting about the same stuff or are unhappy about the same stuff and then they’re hoping that somehow, magically, it will change without them doing anything about it. 

How about your money situation? As I said before, in 2010 we were still in the fallout of the 2008 crisis. Are things better for you now? Even though you might technically be making more money now, do you feel like you actually HAVE more money? Because it’s that feeling of abundance that makes all the difference. 

feeling of abundance

But most important, how are your levels of peace and happiness? 

Are you happier now than you were 10 years ago? Do you feel more at Peace? And if not, are the things that are disturbing you NOW some of the same things that were disturbing you or causing problems for you 10 years ago?

I have to say that when I did my list, and yes, I did my list, that I realized that I’m still dragging some frustration around with me. I’m much better than I was 10 years ago, but you know what, I’m not going to drag that into this new decade. I’m going to do everything I can to move that out. 

Life is just too short for us to be doing anything other than being happy, joyful and connected.

So now that you’ve identified what you’ve been dragging around, let’s look at something more positive…

What would you like to have happen in this next decade? 

Go back to your list and think about what would you like to have happen over the next 10 years? Dream big, the sky’s the limit, if you believe it can be. 

What do you want your money situation to be like in 10 years and what’s it going to take to accomplish that? Do you want to be fully living your life purpose over the next 10 years? What’s it going to take to make that happen? What are some steps you can start taking right now to make that happen?   

You can live a life of joy, connection and happiness. I know that’s possible, I’ve seen it in my own life and I especially see in the lives of people who come to us for a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. When we stop dragging around the old stuff, the old gunk that’s been part of us for so long, miraculous things start to happen. 

So I want to invite you – no I want to beg you – to start doing what it takes, start doing something to bring in the life and relationship of your dreams.  

And I want to invite you to think about doing a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. If you have things that you’ve been dragging around for 10 years, then you need to do something really big to blast that out. 

It’s so interesting to me, I came to Sedona for the first time in 1999, right at the end of that decade. Every single part of my life was a mess and when I look back now, to see the changes over those two decades, it’s just stunning. And it all started with one trip to Sedona. 

Maybe it could all start for you with one trip to Sedona. Call us, we’ll connect with you in deep conversation, we’ll dig through this stuff you’ve been dragging around for so long and we’ll custom design a retreat that will literally root all that out. That’s what happens. We’ll bring you back into connection on all the levels: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual. And when you’re living in connection, every part of your life is incredible. 

Don’t wait another 10 years, don’t wait another minute. Give us a call. 

I hope this helped, and if you got value from this video, please take the time to like it, share it with someone in your life who think might get something out of it, subscribe to our channel.

If you’d like more information, go to and get your complimentary copy of The Sedona Guide to Spiritual Retreats today.

Or even better, call us at (928) 204-5988.

You can have the life  AND the relationship you want – I know it.


Get uplifted, watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Merry Christmas! Almost! Wow, it’s here again! 

I’m wishing you a wonderful, fabulous happy Christmas and I want to tell you again (I say this to everyone every year), please, please, please watch “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the movie with Jimmy Stewart during this holiday season. 

It is such an incredible parable of how we can go from hating our lives to total gratitude and love in an instant.

We all know that real happiness comes from living a life that matters — that includes love, connection and service. And for so much of it, all we have to do is shift our thinking around. Just like Jimmy Stewart does in the movie.

How about you? Are you looking for a Christmas miracle? Does your life seem small and insignificant? Are you ready to make the change so that you’re living the life you want? I first came to Sedona when I was in the depths of despair and it changed everything.

Connect with one of our Angel Guides — they’ll tune into you and get to the heart of what’s holding you back in your life or your relationship. Then they’ll custom design a retreat to take you from where you are to where you want to be.
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Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Remember, we’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.

Wishing you the most amazing Christmas ever, where you understand the deep significance of who you are.

Many blessings,

It’s Christmas and one of the Christmas traditions that I’ve had for many years is to watch the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” each year. If you don’t do that, or especially if you’ve never seen the movie, you have to see it and I hope you’ll watch it again. There are 2 reasons why I want you to watch it or watch it again… 
Because it will make you feel good. It will fill you with Christmas cheer. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry, but mainly it will just make you feel good and that’s what all of this is all about. 
But here’s the other reason why I want you to watch it – it’s because of the backstory and of what happened with the movie and why it’s such a wonderful story about second chances. 
The movie came out in 1946, the year after the end of the second World War. It stars Jimmy Stewart, a very famous Hollywood actor and he was just back from serving as a pilot in the war. It was directed by Frank Capra, a very famous Hollywood director who also served in World War II. 
It’s the story of George Bailey, a small town boy who has dreams of traveling the world, but when his father dies unexpectedly, he has to take over the family business, a savings and loan company that makes home loans for people who don’t have a lot of money. 
He falls in love, gets married and has children, but he always feels he never really got to live the life he wanted. Then his uncle loses some of the savings and loan money, and George is faced with ruin.
It’s so seriously awful that he’s thinking about suicide, he’s about to jump off a bridge, when an angel is sent down from heaven to help him. The angel jumps in first and George saves him, and then the angel shows George how life in their small town would have been without him.
George sees the incredible impact he’s had on the lives of so many people and he truly appreciates all the love he has in his life. His life is saved but even more than that, it’s completely renewed. He has a second chance at his life. 
The movie came out and it was a flop. It got mixed reviews and very little box office time. It went into that place of the forgotten movie. And then a weird thing happened – the copyright lapsed and the movie went into the public domain. That meant television stations could show it, at no cost. Suddenly this once-forgotten movie started to be shown every year at Christmas and for many people, myself included, it’s a Christmas tradition each and every year. 
Both Jimmy Steward and Frank Capra always said it was their favorite film they had ever made. 
So just like George Bailey in the story, the movie got its own second chance and is now a beloved classic. 
Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t it a wonderful Christmas story to know that even if we’re in the pit of despair like George was, we can have a second chance?
All it takes it to look around and appreciate what we have, to recognize the love that we have in our lives. 
So please, watch the movie, feel the love and I hope you have a very merry and joy-filled Christmas.   

I hope this video makes you feel a little happier and if it did, please like, share the video with your friends and subscribe to our channel.
And if you want a more direct path to getting and staying happy – then go to and get your complimentary copy of The Sedona Guide to Couples Retreats today.
Or if you’d like to talk to someone about doing a retreat that’s custom designed for you call us at 928/204-5988.
You can have the life AND the relationship you want – I know it.

How To Create Peace In Your Life

The holiday season is supposed to be the Season of Peace, but really?? And from what most people say to me, “peace” is something they crave, but have a lot of difficulty finding.

So here’s an early Christmas present — the gift of Peace. Some really practical ways to bring more peace into your life right now — just in time for the holidays.

Sometimes meditating and slowing down aren’t enough to really bring you into the Peace you’re craving. Sometimes there’s lots more going on that just needs to be cleared once and for all to bring you back into the connection that fosters that Peace. If that’s the case, think about giving yourself the perfect Christmas gift — the gift of taking care of yourself with a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. Call us and speak with one of our Retreat Guides. They’ll dig deep to see where the blocks are in your life or your relationship, and custom design a retreat that will take you into the Peace you’re craving.

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Or if you’d prefer, call us toll-free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Retreat Guides will call you.

Would you like to speak to someone today? We’re even open on Sundays, because we’re here for you.

Diane says after her Soul Adventure: “I never imagined I would be feeling so much peace and joy and love”

“I still cannot really describe into words the experience I had, not only with Sedona Soul Adventures, but also with Sedona itself. All I can say is that I never imagined that after such a process, I would be feeling so much lighter… clearer… and overflowing with so much peace… joy… love and light! What an amazing experience, to say the least. I wish to extend to everyone at SSA and all the Practitioners who were all absolutely awesome that I worked with my deep love and warm-hearted gratitude!”
~ Diane S.

Over the years, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen in the people who come to us is the lack of peace. In fact, when we ask people what they want, it’s usually one of the top things they are saying they don’t have, that they want.

If this is something you’ve been feeling here are some possible reasons why…

We hear it all the time, but only because it’s true. Stress kills, but it also creates this lack of peace that can make your life almost unbearable.

everything perfect

Do you believe that everything has to be perfect (or everything has to be a certain way) in order for you to be happy?  

That’s a big one. Can you see what a set-up that is for creating stress and a lack of peace? 

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

If you don’t, that can create a lot of problems in your life.

What’s driving you? Is something driving you? Are you driving yourself irrationally? Are you constantly pushing yourself to do more and more and more? The question is: What’s underneath that?

Are any of these true for you?

You see, when we look a little deeper, we uncover what’s really going on and then when you go deeper still, you see the compounding affects showing up in many areas of your life.

So how is a lack of peace affecting other areas of your life?


When we’re stressed out all the time, it affects everything.

We had a woman come here to do a retreat last year and she was really at the end of her rope. She had a very demanding job, her marriage was having some problems, she has two kids —  a teenager and a 7-year-old, her elderly parents were requiring more help, she was overweight, she was a soccer mom, she was active in her church, and she was completely frazzled. She was driving herself crazy and she was driving everyone around her crazy. 

She kept putting off doing the retreat for over 6 months because she kept saying, “I can’t find 4 days where I can come.” Finally, her husband said to her, “I love you, but you have to do something about this. You’re killing yourself and you’re killing our family.” 

She came to Sedona and during her retreat, we uncovered that she was driving herself so hard because she was raised in a family where her parents were always demanding that she do more and more. She was made to feel like she wasn’t enough, she always had to keep proving over and over that she deserved to be loved. 

We did sessions with her that moved those old blocks and patterns out and she came into his huge realization of knowing and really believing that she deserves to be loved just because of who she is, not because of what she does. We gave her tools to deal with the stress, plus an action plan of simple but powerful ways to maintain everything she received here. 

She went home feeling so much lighter and happier. That was last year. I just heard from her a few weeks ago and she said the changes are absolutely incredible. 

She gets up 15 minutes before everyone else does and meditates. That keeps her centered for the day. When she goes to bed at night, the last thing she does is to say a prayer of gratitude. She spends one hour every other week doing the Breath Journey she learned here and she told me, “Debra, you can’t imagine the impact that’s had on my life.” She said even when she’s had things happen, it moves things out…no matter what’s happened, it brings her back into a peaceful state. 

change yourself and everything changes

She came home so happy and peaceful, and stayed that way, that her husband and people at work all said, “What happened to you?” Her husband came out for a retreat and two of her friends have also come for retreats. She changed herself and it changed everything in her life.

So what can YOU do to begin to start feeling peace in your life?

Meditate – 15 minutes a day changed everything for Leanne, it can do the same for you.

meditate outside

Breathe – Just taking a few deep breaths when you’re in a stressful situation can help, especially if you do it before you say something you’ll be sorry for later.

Slow down – It’s amazing what can happen when you just slow down. I recommend this to my coaching clients all the time. Stop rushing around everywhere. All that rushing maybe only saves you a few seconds and it’s taking away your peace of mind.

stop comparing yourself

Stop comparing yourself to other people – This is always a losing game.

Try to figure out what’s underneath all this – Do you have an idea of what’s driving you? Is some of this coming from feeling that you are not enough or that you constantly have to prove something? Knowing what’s underneath this can start the healing process. 

self care

Start doing some kind of self care – Take hot baths, get a massage regularly, schedule a regular night out with your friends, schedule a date night. Taking care of yourself has huge benefits.

I hope this video makes you feel a little happier and if it did, please like, share the video with your friends and subscribe to our channel.

And if you want a more direct path to creating peace in your life- then go to and get your complimentary copy of The Sedona Guide to Spiritual Retreats.

Or if you’d like to talk to someone about doing a retreat that’s custom designed for you call us at 928-204-5988.

You can have the life or the relationship you want – I know it.

Your Photo Here?

When people finish their Soul Adventures retreat, they feel so fantastic. A little while ago, I got the idea to start putting their photos and Before and After Statements (with their permission, of course) on our Wall of Success. The Wall is now getting overloaded with all the photos and everyone talking about how their life and relationship is changed after their Soul Adventure. Watch my sweet video:

How about you? Would you like to be the next one on our Wall of Success? We’d love for you to have a transformation in every area of your life.

Call us and let us help.

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Or if you’d prefer, call us toll-free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada, call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Retreat Guides will call you.

Federico says his “life changing, transformational” Soul Adventure “taught me that I can keep myself in alignment in LIFE regardless of what life throws at me and the ‘external’ circumstances.”

“My retreat ROCKED!!! Hands down – life changing, transformational, powerful, cleansing, shifts, synchronicity, alignment, consciousness, awareness, love, peace, joy, happiness, freedom, ABUNDANCE…you name it…it did it for me!!!” Most of all, it taught me how to integrate these teachings into my daily life and that I can keep myself in alignment in LIFE, no matter the level of stress in the high-paced world of finance, or regardless of what life throws at me and the ‘external’ circumstances…personal, relationships, or professional…it taught me that I HAVE IT ALL…ALL INSIDE ME…and that is the most POWERFUL thing and highest vibration in the Universe – tapping into your HEART AND SOUL!!!! Thank You Sedona Soul Adventures – All of YOU, THANK YOU!!!”
~ Federico T.

I’m coming to you from our beautiful offices in Sedona. I love our office so much because we have beautiful views of Cathedral Rock and Thunder Mountain, and the energy here is so wonderful.

And I’m here because I want to show you what we call our Wall of Success. I love looking at our Wall of Success because I see it the minute I walk in the door and it just is always reminding me why we do what we do at Sedona Soul Adventures. 

We started this a few years ago because we had people sending us beautiful pictures of themselves in the red rocks, sending us messages of how their lives and relationships had been so completely transformed by doing a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. And one day, someone in the office said, “You know, we really ought to do something with these, they’re so beautiful, they’re so wonderful,” so we started putting them up. Now people see them when they start their Soul Adventure and pretty much everyone sends them to us…we are even having a hard time getting them all up, which is so great.

I love reading these and remembering these people, and it’s funny, because I always try to come into the office and meet everyone at the beginning of their retreat. And sometimes when I do, I can see that they are so shut down or their problems are so huge that I have a feeling of, “oh no, maybe it’s not going to happen for them,”  and then every single time, it does – they have this amazing, incredible transformation or their marriage is saved and it’s just so fantastic.

Sometimes people come back for another Soul Adventure and it’s also fun for them to see themselves on the wall.

I also love the incredible diversity that we have here. It’s really amazing. Male, female, all the different colors, gay, straight, people from very different backgrounds as far as their their age, professions, income, nationalities, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives… Isn’t that cool? 

But the absolute best part is reading what people have said. 

This is one of my favorite parts of the day, coming into the office and seeing this Wall, seeing all these people whose lives and relationships have been transformed by what all of us here at Sedona Soul Adventures do. 

So if you’d like to be our next success, we’d love that for you.

Go to and get your complimentary copy of The Sedona Guide to Spiritual Retreats today.

Or if you’d like to talk to someone about doing a retreat that’s custom designed for you call us at (928) 204-5988.

You can have the life  AND the relationship you want – I know it.