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Announcing our Machu Picchu & Peru trip June 16-29, 2024

“The Peru trip was the best experience I have ever had.” ~ Kerry Grant

Machu Picchu Peru Group Sedona Soul Adventures

That pretty much sums it up. The Peru trip is amazing, fantastic, wonderful and incredible. Each year I struggle with trying to find the words that will truly convey all that it is and I feel like I never truly capture it, because it is so incredibly amazing.

“The trip to Peru was beyond all expectations.” ~ Laura McAllister

Why is it so fantastic?

Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • Jorge – For two weeks you will be with our incredible shaman and guide, Jorge Luis Delgado. Every year people say that they feel sorry for people who go to Peru without being with Jorge. It’s just not the same experience.
  • Life-changing – The ceremonies, being with Jorge, being with other like-minded people, is truly transformational and life-changing.
  • Traveling with other like-minded adventurers adds such a depth to this trip, making friendships that last a lifetime.

  • Everything is taken care of for you. Sedona Soul Adventures has been doing this trip since 2004 and I have to say, it’s pretty much perfect. We have everything meticulously planned and flawlessly executed. You don’t have to think about anything, other than the transformations you’re having. We handle everything else. We go to all these incredible places, we ride planes, trains, buses, boats, connect with the highest parts of ourselves and have fun! It’s all perfect!
  • You will see parts of Peru that other tourists don’t see. You will see the important places in Peru — Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Lake Titicaca, Pisac, the Sacred Valley — but Jorge also takes you to out of the way places that the typical tourist doesn’t see. In particular, the Doorway of Aramu Muru, which was discovered by Jorge (and which he discusses in his book “Andean Awakenings”).

Kissing in Machu Picchu

  • You will be at Machu Picchu for three days – this is important because of the changes. So many other tours only go to Machu Picchu for one day, which I find totally amazing. They take the train, run around for a few hours and leave. Let me tell you, that is NOT the way to experience Machu Picchu.

The fact that this trip includes Machu Picchu for three days has become even more important because of changes they’ve initiated in the past few years.

Previously, your ticket allowed you to be at Machu Picchu all day. Now, the Peruvian government has changed it so that you are there in the morning or the afternoon, you are not allowed to be there all day.


On this tour, the first day you will be in Machu Picchu for the afternoon. The next day, everyone will get up at dawn to be there at 6 am in order to do a sunrise ceremony on the Solstice. The third day everyone will get up as early as possible to spend the entire morning there. We want everyone to be able to luxuriate in their experience of Machu Picchu.

You’ll be at Machu Picchu on the Solstice! This is one of the most powerful times of the year and you’ll be doing ceremony at sunrise on that special day.

Seminario Peru

It’s so much fun! There are so many amazing, incredible, fun things to do, in addition to all the beautiful and uplifting spiritual things which happen. The shopping is incredible, we go to one of the most amazing restaurants in the world, Indio Feliz in Aguas Calientes, and see so many special places, including the compound and workshop of Seminario, a world famous master of ceramics. He’s a dear friend of Jorge’s and we get to visit with him on almost every trip.

“My trip to Peru was a life altering experience. I laughed, I cried, I experienced new dimensions.” ~ Laura McConnell

I hope you will decide to join this trip of a lifetime. Click below for all the information on the trip, including pricing:

Get all the information on pricing here.

And then I hope you’ll decide to join this amazing trip.

If you have any questions about our trip, send me an email at [email protected] or call me – (877) 204-3664. I love talking about Peru!

If you already know you want to go on the trip, you can make your deposit here.


Linda says “the entire Peru trip was fantastic,”
“the best of all possible worlds”

“The entire Peru trip was fantastic, I would recommend it to anybody if they want to go to Peru, this is the kind of vacation to take. In the future, I won’t be able to travel any other way — it’s so much more meaningful to bond with the group, sharing a spiritual purpose, with a wonderful guide. You have the best of all possible worlds, all your daily needs met, no worries about train schedules or hotel reservations, and the benefit of a guide that is supporting your spiritual path. I didn’t want to leave Machu Picchu…”
Linda Gunther


Read all about Peru and its sacred sites: Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley and more. Get a feel for the amazing places, the people and the country itself.

Get all the information on pricing here.

And then I hope you'll decide to join this amazing trip.

If you have any questions about our trip, send me an email at [email protected] or call me - (877) 204-3664. I love talking about Peru!

If you already know you want to go on the trip, you can make your deposit here.


Shelley says her Soul Adventure gave her "healing significant strides in 3 days after 3 years of pain and grief."

When people write about their Soul Adventure, my favorites are the ones where people say they received even more than they hoped for! Because everyone who comes to us has very high expectations! It's so gratifying that we always not only fulfill those, but exceed them!

Can you imagine being healed from 3 years of pain and grief in only 3 days? That's what happens here. We get down to the roots of the problem and we dig deep to find and release the wounds, the blocks and the gunk that are holding you back from having your best life or your dream relationship.

Give us a call so we can do that with you.

i want my transformation

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our Soul Guides. They'll custom design a retreat that will bring you into the life or relationship of your dreams.


Did you know Sedona Soul Adventures was named “Best of Sedona”
for Retreats for 2020, 2021 & 2022,
“Best Marriage Retreats in the US” 2015-2023 and
one of the "11 Best Couples Retreats Around the World"
by Bride's Magazine in 2022? We were recently named one of
Global Radiance Review's "20 Most Trustworthy Companies of 2023"

It’s because what we do gets results - call us now, let us help. As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be calling right now.

What area of your life do you need help with most right now…

Your relationship?
Finding your life purpose?
Loss of a loved one?
Healing & pampering?
Or is it something else?

Because we’re here for you - and we’re even open on Sunday!

Remember, there's no cost or obligation to speak with a Soul Guide and have them custom-design the perfect retreat just for you in Sedona or At Home.

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our
Soul Guides and they will call you.

Wishing you a week filled with adventure!

It’s Almost Mind Blowing To Even Think Of Living A Life Like This, Because Almost No One Does

I have Egypt on my mind this week and I came across a beautiful papyrus, which is a depiction of the Last Judgment. You see this scene all over Egypt in carvings, temples, and papyrus.


The ancient Egyptians believed that at the time of your death, your heart would be weighed against a feather. If your heart was lighter than the feather (meaning you had lived a good life and weren’t weighted down by evil), you would enter into Paradise and live out eternity with the Gods and Goddesses.

However, if your heart was heavier than the feather, that meant you had not lived a good and honorable life, and your soul would be devoured by the jackals. In the scene above, you can see that the person’s heart was lighter than the feather (whew!) and to the right, you can see Thoth, the god of writing and knowledge, noting this in what we would call the Akashic Records.

What I love most about this papyrus and all the other aspects of ancient Egypt, is that it conveys the essence of ancient Egyptian life, which is that everything revolved around their connection with their spirituality. Everything they did, every decision they made, was completely focused on the spiritual aspect of their lives.

So if you died tomorrow and the ancient Egyptians are right about the Last Judgment, what would happen with you? Would your heart be lighter than a feather? Would you be able to pass and party on with the Gods and Goddesses into eternity?

What if you lived your life with the idea that there is…
A higher purpose for your life?
A greater knowing?
A higher way of being?

We spend so much time focused on the day-to-day-ness of our lives. Doing our email, working, dealing with the kids, our partners, bosses, employees, cooking, cleaning, worrying about the future… It doesn’t leave much time for anything else. It certainly doesn’t leave much time for connecting in with the highest part of ourselves and accessing the Divine.

Would your life be different if you put just a little bit of focus on your life as a spiritual person? I think it would. It’s amazing what happens when you come from that perspective, even just a little bit.

You’re calmer. You’re more relaxed. You don’t worry as much. You start to have an innate knowing that everything will work out.

Can you imagine having your life be calmer, more relaxed, with less worry and this basic trust that everything will be okay? It’s almost mind blowing to even think of living a life like that, because almost no one does it.

We had a woman come here awhile ago to do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. She has a demanding job, two demanding teenagers and a demanding husband. Every year her life just kept on getting more and more hectic.

This retreat was the first time she had ever done anything for herself in her entire life.

Although she wanted to do a four day Soul Adventure, the most she was able to squeeze out from her busy life was three days and we told her that would be enough.

I went in to greet her during her Orientation, she got 3 phone calls in 15 minutes. One from her job, one from one of her children, and one from her husband. This was a Friday and she was going to be here Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and return home on Monday.

To each of them she said something close to, “I love you, but you’re going to have to figure this out, I can’t do anything about it from here.” She got off the third phone call and started crying, saying, “This is my life. This is why I don’t have any peace. I’m so afraid I’m going to go home and everything will be exactly the same and nothing will have changed. My nerves are shot, I can’t take this anymore, I’m just ready to run away.”

I invited her to take a deep breath and to stop focusing on what would happen when she got home. To just focus on how wonderful the next three days would be. Secretly, I shared her concern because I know what it’s like to have so many demands placed on you, to have people that you love and care about and a job that you care about, all pulling at you all the time.

Over the next 3 days, she had the most amazing experience. In her Enneagram session, she discovered that she is a Two, a people pleaser who had the distorted belief that she has to do everything for everyone else in order to be loved. She said when she discovered that, it explained everything about how she does her life. In her Emotional Clearing session, there was this old stuck energy left over from her childhood (where, as the oldest girl, she had to take care of everybody); the energy was cleared out and she said she felt “20 pounds lighter.”

blissful woman

But her breath session was the most amazing. She felt that she went completely into an altered state and suddenly, her mother (who passed away 2 years ago and for whom she was still grieving) came to her in a vision. She said there was this instant feeling of forgiveness from her mother for things she’d been feeling guilty about.

And then her mother conveyed to her (without words) that it was most important for her to take care of herself so that she could be there for her family in a balanced way. She “got it,” that she can take care of herself and still be a devoted wife and mother and effective at her job. She said she never felt so much love for herself in her entire life.

She had a delicious massage, did an amazing ceremony out on the Red Rocks and learned a meditation that she could take home and do in only 9 minutes each day. Her final Integration session put it all together and when I spoke with her as she was on the way to the airport she said, “I feel like a new woman. I’m so peaceful and calm and I know I can keep this going.”

After she’d been home a month, she called me to say that she is completely amazed at how her Soul Adventure has changed her life. She’s doing the 9-minute meditation every morning (“I just get up 10 minutes earlier”) and she’s done another breath session since she’s been home.

“Things still happen at work and with the kids and my husband, but it’s not driving me crazy anymore. I don’t feel like I have to do everything. It’s the most amazing thing. I just spend a little time each day focused on the spiritual side of my life and it makes all the difference because it affects all the areas of my life all day. My husband can’t believe it!”

She said she feels more love for her husband and for her kids (and for herself!) than she ever has.

So without knowing it, she’s “walking like an Egyptian” (remember that old song?). She’s focusing on the spiritual side of her life and it’s making all parts of her life richer and fuller. She’s happier, more peaceful, more content, and her relationship with her husband and her children (and herself) is so much better she almost can’t believe it.

She said she feels like she’s even getting more work done in a faster amount of time! And she probably is. When we’re operating in connection on all the levels — physical, mental, emotional, spiritual — all areas of our lives just function better.

How about you? Would you like to be happier, more peaceful, more content and improve your relationships?

It sounds like a tall order, but that’s exactly what happens when we live our lives in connection. Speak to one of our Soul Guides. They will connect with you and custom design a retreat that will bring you the peace and contentment you’re looking for in your life or your relationship.

Request a call and one of our Soul Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us at (928) 204-5988.

i want my transformation

Diane says she “never imagined she could be feeling so much lighter, clearer and overflowing with so much peace, joy, love and light”

“This was not only my very first retreat, but also the first time going away completely alone. From the beginning of my journey to its completion, I was filled with such support… joy… and love. All I can say is I never imagined 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!”
~ Diane S., Vero Beach, Florida


Did you know Sedona Soul Adventures was named “Best of Sedona”
for Retreats for 2020, 2021 & 2022,“Best Marriage Retreats in the US” 2015-2023 and
one of the “11 Best Couples Retreats Around the World”
by Bride’s Magazine in 2022? We were recently named one of Global Radiance Review’s
“20 Most Trustworthy Companies of 2023”

It’s because what we do gets results – call us now, let us help. As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be calling right now.

What area of your life do you need help with most right now…

Your relationship?
Finding your life purpose?
Loss of a loved one?
Healing & pampering?
Or is it something else?

Because we’re here for you – and we’re even open on Sunday!

Remember, there’s no cost or obligation to speak with a Soul Guide and have them custom-design the perfect retreat just for you in Sedona or At Home.

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our
Soul Guides and they will call you.

Wishing you a week filled with your highest dreams!

The History and Legends of the Sedona Vortexes

Sedona Vortex

Nestled in the heart of Arizona, Sedona has become a popular destination for those seeking spiritual rejuvenation and adventure. One of the most intriguing aspects of Sedona is the vortexes, believed to be powerful energy centers that can facilitate healing, transformation, and spiritual growth. 

These vortexes have a rich history and many legends associated with them. From the Native American tribes who first inhabited the area to the New Age enthusiasts who flock to Sedona today, the vortexes have captivated people for centuries. 

Including myself! Coming to the vortex energy of Sedona over 20 years ago changed my life!

Let’s explore the history and legends of the Sedona vortexes, as well as their modern-day significance. Join us on a journey through the mystical world of Sedona and discover the allure of its powerful vortexes.

What Are Sedona Vortexes?

A vortex is a concentrated, swirling center of subtle energy where the Earth’s power lines (also known as ley lines) meet. In these places, energy is believed to enter the earth (downward inward energy) or project out of the earth (upward-flowing energy). Upward-flowing (positive) vortexes help release negative patterns, and downward-inward (negative) vortexes that promote introspection.

Each Sedona energy vortex has its own distinct feel, with some being more intense than others. Visitors may experience sensations such as warmth, coolness, or even emotional shifts at these locations like Cathedral Rock Vortex or Airport Mesa Vortex. In a vortex area like those found in Sedona, individuals might experience heightened intuition or psychic abilities; increased creativity; deepened meditative states; feelings of peace or rejuvenation; emotional release or physical sensations such as tingling. Experiences can vary greatly based on individual sensitivities and openness towards these energies. 

If you’re planning to visit Sedona and wonder what are the Sedona vortexes to visit, consult a Interactive Sedona Vortex map! (get the print version here) Here are the most popular sites where you can experience vortex energy:

  • Cathedral Rock Vortex: This is one of the best places in Sedona to experience vortex energy. Located near the Cathedral Rock formation, the Cathedral Rock Vortex is an upward-flowing vortex of Sedona energy  that helps release negative patterns and emotions. It is incredibly powerful
  • Bell Rock Vortex: Located near the Bell Rock formation, the Bell Rock Vortex is also an upward-flowing vortex. This Sedona energy vortex enhances creativity and promotes inspiration. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte are two of the best-known sites in Sedona, Arizona. The Bell Rock trail is easily accessible from Highway 179, making the Bell Rock Vortex one of the easiest ways to experience vortex energy.
  • Airport Mesa Vortex: Located near the Sedona airport, the Airport Mesa Vortex is a downward-inward vortex. The Airport Mesa Vortex is said to promote introspection and inner reflection. Airport Mesa is one of the most scenic views at sunrise and sunset and is easy to find with an interactive Sedona vortex map. (get the print version here) We joke that the Airport Mesa Vortex is one where you can “take off”!
  • Boynton Canyon Vortex: Located in Boynton Canyon, the Boynton Canyon Vortex is a combination of both upward and downward energies. Said to promote balance and harmony, it is a popular Sedona energy vortex where you can actually feel the vortex energy if you’ll take the time to do so.

These unique energetic hotspots contribute to what I have affectionately dubbed “The Sedona Effect” and have become popular destinations for visitors seeking personal development and spiritual growth.

Some scientists and skeptics dismiss the idea that Sedona vortexes are energetic phenomena. They claim that the clarity, happiness, and calm that result from “vortex energy” are natural results of being outdoors, in a stunningly beautiful setting, often while meditating. Others claim that “vortex” is a well-coined marketing label for what is simply a meditation site.

Whether you’re a spiritual seeker or just looking for a unique Sedona experience, visiting Sedona’s vortex sites can be a transformative and unforgettable experience.

The History of Sedona Vortexes

If you want to experience the wonders of Sedona and have a vortex experience, you might be interested in the history of the Sedona energy vortexes, such as Bell Rock, or of the Red Rock country in general.

According to archaeologists, the history of Red Rock country dates back approximately 10,000 years, when Native American cave dwellers first inhabited the caves in and around Sedona. Originally inhabited by the Sinagua tribe, who left behind their own unique cultural footprint, Sedona today is populated by the Hopi, Navajo, Tonto Apaches and Yavapai. 

Indigenous peoples have long revered the land surrounding today’s modern Sedona, AZ, vortexes and Red Rock country including Oak Creek. They believed in its spiritual significance and respected its natural beauty. Sedona is home to numerous Native American sacred sites throughout the area. Sedona vortexes such as Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon vortex are believed to be inhabited by powerful spirits.

In 1583, the first Europeans, a Spanish expedition in search of mines – not a Sedona vortex – arrived in Red Rock Country. The first permanent settler, John James Thompson, squatted in Oak Creek Canyon in 1876, marking the beginning of Sedona’s new identity as a small, remote ranching and farming settlement. By the early 1900s, the settlement near Oak Creek was home to two dozen families who created irrigation ditches to plant crops and orchards. During the ensuing decades, trails and cowpaths in the canyon became dirt roads, and this attracted more people. Sedona earned its moniker in 1902, when Theodore Schnebly petitioned for a new postal station, naming the new post office after his wife. What I love is that the original name he submitted was “Schnebly Station”, they denied the application saying  it was too many letters, so he re-submitted “Sedona”. Thank God! It just wouldn’t work to have Schnebly Station Soul Adventures!”

In the late 19th century, new arrivals saw Sedona’s potential for growth and progress. 

Early settler Abraham James is credited with naming many of the notable rock formations that give Sedona vortexes their names, including Bell Rock, Steamboat Rock, Court Rock (now Courthouse Rock) and Church Rock (now Cathedral Rock). Dr. Jesse Walter Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institute named the two largest cliff dwellings in the Sedona area, Palatki and Honanki. In 1895, this forward-thinking archaeologist predicted that the Sedona area would become a tourist mecca.

The emergence of the New Age movement has brought about a significant shift in spiritual and metaphysical beliefs. Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring red rock formations of Arizona, Sedona is one place that has become synonymous with this movement’s popularity. As a result, many people now visit this magical place, seeking the Sedona Effect and personal transformation through powerful vortex energy experiences at sites like Cathedral Rock Vortex, Bell Rock Vortex, and Boynton Canyon Vortex. These Sedona vortexes are swirling centers of energy that can create a palpable sensation, often described as a tingling sensation, in those who visit them.

Its breathtaking natural beauty, said to possess powerful Sedona vortex energy, combined with a rich tapestry of New Age practices such as crystal healing, meditation, and energy work, has turned this beautiful town into a vibrant hub of spiritual exploration and self-discovery. As word of Sedona’s transformative energy and the allure of its New Age offerings spread, it has attracted countless visitors from around the world, cementing its reputation as a sanctuary for those seeking enlightenment and a deeper connection to the universe.

No single individual can be credited with starting Sedona as a popular New Age destination. But there were several key figures and events that contributed to its rise in prominence within the New Age movement. Author and psychic Page Bryant’s book, “The Sedona Vortex Experience,” brought awareness to the concept of Sedona energy vortexes in the 1980s. The Harmonic Convergence, a globally synchronized meditation event, took place in 1987, drawing spiritual seekers to Sedona to partake in the event’s transformative energy. These events, along with the efforts of various spiritual teachers, healers, and artists who settled in Sedona, contributed to its reputation as a popular New Age destination, which of course required the creation of a Sedona vortex map. Over time, Sedona’s natural beauty and the presence of alternative healing and metaphysical practices further solidified its status as a sought-after destination for those on a spiritual journey.

Legends of Sedona Vortexes

The mystique of Red Rock country and Verde Valley is further heightened by the legends of Sedona energy vortexes  like Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Bell Rock. Each Sedona location offers unique energies that affect individuals differently, making them ideal spots for personal development and spiritual growth.

Red Rock Crossing, where Oak Creek runs next to Cathedral Rock, is a strong Sedona vortex. Cathedral Rock is a holy place to the local Native Americans that once lived in this high desert paradise.  This Sedona energy vortex is purported to be the home of their gods and the birthplace of the first man and first woman. If you look in the middle of Cathedral Rock, you can see the First Man and First Woman standing back to back. 

The legend of Red Rock Crossing says that the First Man and First Woman argued constantly and could never agree. She said he never helped out around the cave. He claimed she nagged persistently. They finally appealed to the Gods for assistance. The Gods placed them in their positions – back to back but together – so they would be able to have their own views, voice and direction, yet remain together.

The legend of the Boynton Canyon vortex is another captivating tale in Sedona’s rich folklore. Boynton Canyon is a place of spiritual significance and healing for the Yavapai-Apache people.  According to legend, it was in Boynton Canyon that First Woman gave birth to their tribe.

The Bell Rock vortex itself is not recognized as a specific Native American site with historical or cultural significance. Instead, the myths and legends of this popular Sedona spot are other-worldly. Some believe that aliens planted a giant crystal under Bell Rock. Others claim that Bell Rock itself is an alien spaceship or transdimensional portal, hence the reason humans feel an “energy” when visiting.

Modern-Day Perception and Popularity of Sedona Vortexes

Modern-day Sedona vortexes, such as Cathedral Rock Vortex and Boynton Canyon Vortex, are widely recognized as powerful energy sites for personal development and spiritual growth. Many visitors who experience the energy of a vortex report experiencing a palpable sensation, increased energy levels, or even the release of negative patterns while visiting these swirling energy centers. 

The popularity of Sedona vortex tours, Sedona sacred journeys, and other vortex site activities has grown significantly in recent years, particularly among people who are considered to be New Age spiritual seekers. Options range from guided hikes to yoga sessions at key locations like Airport Mesa Vortex, Cathedral Rock, and Bell Rock, 

Despite the undeniable allure of Sedona‘s landscapes, there has been criticism regarding cultural appropriation and capitalism surrounding vortex tourism. White business owners profit from spiritual practices of indigenous peoples, raising ethical concerns. The exploitation of Native American beliefs by non-indigenous individuals can lead to misrepresentation and commodification of sacred traditions. This is one of the reasons why we have never done Native American rituals such as a sweat lodge  at Sedona Soul Adventures, instead we do sessions to connect with and utilize the transformational energy.

Skeptics, too, contend that no scientific evidence supports the Sedona energy vortex phenomenon.

Critics claim that the sensations experienced at vortex sites are purely psychological or due to natural geological formations like magnetic anomalies.

But even some scientists and skeptics will tell you there is “something” about Sedona, even if they can’t explain it.  Even Penn and Teller, the myth-busting comedy team, came to Sedona with their hit show “Bullshit”, with the obvious intention of proving that the Sedona vortex energy is BS. Watch the show all the way to the end and you’ll see that even after all the ridicule they heap on the New Age stuff, they come away with the idea that “something” was here. 

My youngest brother is a medical doctor, Western trained and highly skeptical. While it took me over two years to actually “feel” the vortex energy here in Sedona (I think I was trying too hard to “make it happen”), the very first time he came to visit me in Sedona I took him to Airport Mesa Vortex and we sat down to do a meditation. He immediately said  “this is strange, my hands and feet are tingling”. It took me two years to feel it and he felt it the first time he plopped his butt down on the Sedona earth – the little brat!

Sedona vortexes are unique and powerful energy centers that have been revered by indigenous tribes for centuries. Now, thanks to the movement sparked by Page Bryant, it’s a sacred place for New Age spiritual seekers, too. Each vortex has its own distinct characteristics and legends surrounding it, making them a fascinating destination for those interested in personal development and spiritual growth. While the popularity of organized tours and activities has brought some controversy surrounding capitalism and cultural appropriation, there is still much to be learned from these sacred sites.

For me, coming to Sedona over 20 years ago and doing healing work in this energy changed my life! I came here for the first time in 1999 for  what I thought was going to be three days of quiet. Instead, I received the unmistakable message that I had to change my life and I did. Three years later I moved to Sedona and founded Sedona Soul Adventures

Learn more about Sedona vortexes and their power by reading my blog “What Is a Vortex and Why Should you Care?


The Role of Communication in a Successful Marriage Retreat

Couple watching a sunset in Sedona, AZ

Effective communication is one of the most crucial components of any relationship. And when it comes to marriage, its importance is even greater. If you’re having issues communicating with your partner and want to be proactive about the future of your marriage, a marriage retreat may be your next best step. 

Marriage retreats are ideal for communication work, enabling you to explore essential skills through exercises and strategies that you can take home and work through on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at exploring communication skills on a marriage retreat.

Many of you know that I was a divorce attorney for 20 years and then I started Sedona Soul Adventures in 2002, so  I have a total of over 40 years experience of working with couples. One of the things I know for sure is that communication is one of the predictors for the happiness (or defeat) of your relationship. That’s why it’s such an important part of the marriage retreats we do. 

Understanding the Dynamics of Communication in a Marriage Retreat

How does verbal and non-verbal communication come into play during a couple’s marriage retreat?

In a marriage retreat, you’ll become aware of both your verbal language and younon-verbal communication, including body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, and other signals. Oftentimes, mixed or unclear non-verbal signals lead to confusion, tension, and conflict in a marriage. And very often, one or both parties don’t even realize they’re doing it!

Some of the challenges of effective communication in marriage include not fully listening, making assumptions, blaming, defensiveness, stonewalling, and verbalizing contempt for the other person. A retreat provides a safe space to identify those negative communication patterns and transform them into healthy, constructive ways of relating. 

By understanding your own communication style as well as your partner’s style, you can learn to express yourself clearly and compassionately. This leads to deeper intimacy and connection. On a retreat, you’ll gain tools to communicate your needs and emotions skillfully to your spouse.

Key Communication Skills for a Successful Marriage Retreat

What are the communication skills needed for a successful marriage?

Active listening is one of the most vital skills for improving communication in a marriage. On a retreat, you’ll learn the fundamentals of active listening, which involves being fully present and engaged with your partner, making eye contact, avoiding distractions, reflecting back what you heard, asking clarifying questions, and withholding judgment. Practicing active listening leads to greater mutual understanding.

Other key skills include owning your feelings using “I” statements, validating your partner’s perspective even when disagreeing, compromising, and being assertive but not aggressive. A retreat gives you and your partner tools to communicate with empathy, vulnerability, and care.  Speaking in terms of “when this happens, I feel this….” as opposed to “you make me so angry”, can make a huge difference.

Some tips for gaining communication skills for a successful marriage include:

  • Learn each other’s love languages
  • Practice mirroring and paraphrasing 
  • Ask open-ended questions
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset, without assumptions
  • Be curious, not judgmental
  • Listen to understand, not to respond

Therapy techniques such as motivational interviewing and Gottman’s repair attempts can also be incorporated into exercises at a marriage retreat to enhance communication between spouses. The goal is to exit the retreat with practical methods to deepen connection through improved verbal and non-verbal communication.

Communication Exercises and Activities for a Marriage Retreat

What are some communication exercises and activities that can be incorporated into a couple’s marriage retreat?

There are many interactive exercises that can be used during a retreat to promote mindful communication between partners:

  • Active listening, where partners take turns sharing and summarizing
  • Written letters expressing appreciation and gratitude
  • Creating art, music, or poetry together
  • Mirroring each other’s body language and facial expressions
  • Roleplaying various scenarios and using new techniques
  • Eye gazing while describing non-verbal observations
  • Validating each other’s perspectives, even in disagreement
  • Practicing repair attempts and reconciliation after an argument

How do certain exercises promote effective communication?

For example, eye gazing builds awareness of non-verbal signals, while roleplaying helps couples apply new techniques in a safe space. Written letters and art activities tap into creativity and emotional expression.

The right combination of exercises, tailored to each couple’s needs, can lead to breakthroughs in how spouses relate and communicate. A skilled Practitioner designs an experience with activities to foster vulnerability, empathy, self-discovery, and conflict resolution in service of better communication.

On a marriage retreat, you’ll have focused time and space to practice communicating with presence. The beautiful, tranquil setting relaxes the mind and body, while the removal of everyday distractions allows you to be fully available to your partner. 


If you want to gain a deeper understanding of your communication patterns and learn techniques to foster intimacy in your marriage, a customized retreat may be the perfect solution. Sedona Soul Adventures offers private marriage retreats and couples retreats designed specifically around your goals, incorporating communication exercises facilitated by master practitioners surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona. Discover how to heal your relationship from the inside out. Contact us today to get started on your personalized marriage retreat!

Did you know we were named “Best Marriage Retreats in the US” for 2015-2023? It’s because our marriage retreats work!

Our retreats focus on supporting you and your spouse in uncovering your deepest truths. Through our unique methodology, you’ll learn to articulate your innermost feelings and needs, finally being seen and heard by your partner. We leverage alternative healing modalities combined with communication techniques to create breakthroughs. You’ll walk away with a renewed sense of hope and tools to continue growing together.

Invest in your marriage today. Sedona Soul Adventures’ customized retreats deliver lasting benefits by teaching you to communicate from an authentic, loving place. Your journey to connect more deeply with your spouse in the sacredness of Sedona awaits.


“8 Things Happy Couples Do When They Feel Disconnected”

I’m always on the lookout for good information about relationships and I read a great article by Brittany Wong, “8 Things Happy Couples Do When They Feel Disconnected.”

If you’ve been reading my newsletter for a while, you know that I was a divorce attorney for 20 years. And now I’ve been doing Sedona Soul Adventures for over 20 years, helping people stay together.

So when I saw the title, I checked it out and I completely agree with her. Because happy couples who want to stay happy, know they’ve got to do something if disconnection is setting in.

Here are what she says are the “8 Things Happy Couples Do When They Feel Disconnected,” plus my comments on her 8 points:

1. They address the disconnect quickly.
The sooner the better.

2. They also make it a “we” problem instead of a “you” problem.
Laying blame on the other person doesn’t work and it’s going to get you exactly what you don’t want – more disconnection.

3. When disconnection happens, secure couples are more likely to respond versus react.
Going into anger or upset doesn’t work. Lovingly reaching out to your partner can start the reconnection.

4. They make a plan to reconnect.
Smart couples know that if something is starting to go wrong, it’s just going to get worse unless you do something about it.

5. They recognize the problem may be unrelated to their relationship.
What I’ve found in over 40 years of working with couples, is that usually it isn’t the other person and it usually isn’t the relationship that’s causing the trouble. More often than not it’s the triggering of older, much deeper issues.

6. They handle their partner’s feelings sensitively and are quick to ask, “How can I help?”
Rather than being demanding or confrontational, they reach out with love.

7. They know the disconnect is only temporary.
In a good relationship, both people have a belief that if they try to reconnect and do something about it, they can probably come back into connection.

8. They follow through.
Secure couples know that if disconnection is happening, they need to:
1) Do something about it.
2) Follow through on doing something about it.

As I read this article, I kept thinking “yes, that’s right,” “yes, that’s right,” and “that’s exactly why the answer to disconnection is doing a Couples Retreat.”

After 40 years of working with Couples (20 as a Divorce Attorney and now 20 years doing Sedona Soul Adventures), I know that all of these elements are so true. When a couple goes into disconnection, they can feel it and it feels really bad.

Humans are genetically wired for connection and when that disconnection sets in, it throws everything off. Suddenly, work isn’t as satisfying; fun things you used to do aren’t as enjoyable; your connection with other people (even your children) can suffer. If you don’t do something about it, it can affect every single area of your life, even your financial abundance and your health.

That’s why over half of the things to do she talks about in the article are about Doing Something – doing something as soon as possible and following through.

Doing nothing is where the danger lies.

Thinking that everything is just going to somehow magically “turn around” without you doing anything about it, puts you straight on the road to Splitsville. I’ve seen it over and over again. You start to drift, the disconnection sets in, and then suddenly one person is having an affair (and feeling justified) or it finally gets to the point where there just doesn’t seem like there are any good reasons to stay together.

And I especially love it in this article that she is saying that happy couples recognize the problem may be unrelated to their relationship.

After all these years of working with couples, we see it over and over again that what’s usually causing most of the trouble for people are old wounds, blocks, things that happened in childhood, and generational problems that most people don’t even realize are affecting them right now.

While I was a divorce attorney for 20 years, I had a number of clients that I did three divorces for over those years and it was always the same thing. They were marrying the same person over and over again – they just had a different name. They were never learning the lessons, never doing the healing.

Our Practitioners are masters at discovering and releasing all this “gunk” and bringing people back into connection on all the levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. And that’s how the reconnection happens.


Sandy says, “We went to see if we could save our marriage. We left with a much deeper understanding of each other and a connection we hadn’t experienced in years.”

Oh my gosh, isn’t that so amazing? They came to see if they could save their marriage. They left with a much deeper understanding of each other and a connection they hadn’t felt in years. That’s the magic of what we do.

If you’re feeling disconnected from your partner, the most important thing is you need to do something about it, you need to do it sooner rather than later and you need to follow through.

Give us a call.

i want my transformation

Or if you’d prefer, call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our Soul Guides.


Did you know Sedona Soul Adventures was named “Best of Sedona”
for Retreats for 2020, 2021 & 2022,
“Best Marriage Retreats in the US” 2015-2023 and
one of the “11 Best Couples Retreats Around the World”
by Bride’s Magazine in 2022? We were recently named one of

Global Radiance Review’s “20 Most Trustworthy Companies of 2023”

It’s because what we do gets results – call us now, let us help. As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be calling right now.

Your relationship?
Finding your life purpose?
Loss of a loved one?
Healing & pampering?
Or is it something else?

Because we’re here for you – and we’re even open on Sunday!

Remember, there’s no cost or obligation to speak with a Soul Guide and have them custom-design the perfect retreat just for you in Sedona or At Home.

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our
Soul Guides and they will call you.

Wishing you a week filled with the deepest connection!

Best Couples Retreats

Named 2023 Best Marriage Retreat in the U.S. by Guidedoc

Did you know that Sedona Soul Adventures has been named “Best Marriage Retreats in the US” for 7 years in a row? As a former divorce attorney for over 20 years, I just find that to be truly amazing that after 20 years of divorcing people, I’ve now spent over 20 years helping people stay together in a wonderful and connected way.

I believe it’s because of the unique way we have of approaching Couples Retreats and custom designing each retreat for exactly what you need and desire. 

No two couples are the same. That is why we always custom-design our relationship retreats for couples to meet your specific issues, needs, timing, and budget.

Over the years, we've found some retreat themes that keep recurring.

Choose which is right for where you are in your relationship.

The Best Couples Retreats for 2023 from Sedona Soul Adventures

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The 2023 Best Couples Retreat for Healing a Marriage 

A spiritual Couples Retreat is a powerful tool for healing a marriage.

Reasons that couples get to a point of needing to heal their marriage vary. 

Some couples are trying to recover from infidelity or another painful betrayal. 

Unhappy couple

Others have hit a rough patch caused by a significant life event. You may have experienced illness, job loss, or the kids leaving home. Others are impacted by the need to care for aging parents, or the death of someone dear to them.

Still others have found that their marriage shows signs of “wear and tear.” It’s often caused by neglecting their relationship in the chaos, stress, and rush of daily life.

Sometimes people find the “sizzle” has gone out of their relationship. You loved that person once and you still do, but the magic has flamed out.

Whatever your reason for needing to heal your marriage, spiritual retreats for couples with Sedona Soul Adventures will help repair rifts. 

Many spouses find that couples therapy does not heal their marriage, especially if they engaged in couples therapy for many years. Instead, couples therapy can sometimes retrigger negative emotions and pain by rehashing the same issues over and over again. You’re left to muddle through hurt feelings and strained communications until your next therapy session. 

We’ve had so many couples come to us for a Couples Retreat who have been in traditional therapy for months or years and it just hasn’t helped.

As I said earlier, I was a divorce attorney for over 20 years, in Omaha, Nebraska. One of the prerequisites for working with me was that I required all my people to go to therapy. In 20 years, I never had one situation with any couple where the therapy saved the marriage. They always continued with the divorce.

But here at Sedona Soul Adventures, we save marriages all day every day. It’s what we do.

A Couples Retreat is a focused and intensive experience geared toward one thing. It allows you to heal as individuals and then as a couple. From there, you can heal your marriage.

A couple sits together enjoying a gorgeous desert sunset in Sedona, AZ

Your highly-trained Soul Guide will speak with each of you separately to explore where your relationship is. Gaining both spouses’ perspectives is a necessary component of healing a relationship.

We’ll then custom design a Couples Retreat that provides healing opportunities to address each of your individual needs. We’ll also offer sessions to help you heal your marriage. 

You’ll return home refreshed, solid in your relationship, and more in love with each other than ever before.

Let Us Help You Heal Your Marriage!

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or Click Here and we’ll call you!

The 2023 Best Couples Marriage Retreat for Future Spouses

For many soon-to-be spouses, a Couples Retreat has become a vital step in preparing for marriage. It can even help couples navigate the complexities of re-marriage.

When you consider divorce statistics, you’ll soon see why a Couples Retreat makes sense. In the U.S., 50% of first marriages end in divorce. 

Couples who are remarrying face even gloomier odds. A whopping 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce.

When you join in marriage, you’re doing more than sharing a household and bank account. You’re sharing a life. That means melding two sets of experiences, expectations, and behaviors.

A successful marriage requires love, but it also requires other skills. You’ll need excellent communication skills and the ability to resolve conflict. Those tools help couples create a shared vision of what they want their life to be. 

Only then can couples create a commitment to working together as partners, and achieve the goals they have set for themselves. 

It requires deliberate focus, hard work, and commitment to stay together and make the relationship work for both of you.

Most couples end up getting married without any conscious thought to these ideas and then just  hoping for the best. 

Smart couples who are committed to doing all they can to avoid divorce invest their time in a Couples Retreat. Our planning process starts with a simple conversation. 

Your highly trained Soul Guide will meet with you to understand your hopes, dreams, and goals for your marriage. You’ll discuss any concerns or trouble areas you have in your relationship. You can also address any healing you may need to do as an individual.

We’ll then hand-select a variety of healing practitioners to conduct your retreat. You’ll leave your experience stronger as individuals, united as a couple, and fully prepared for a blissful marriage.

Call (928) 204-5988 to speak to your Soul Guide. You can also Click Here and your Soul Guide will call you today!

The 2023 Best Couples Retreat if You Want to Increase Emotional Intimacy with Your Spouse or Partner

Are you ready to deepen your connection with your spouse or partner? An emotional intimacy Couples Retreat is the answer. 

Emotional intimacy is the magic ingredient that transforms mundane, sedate relationships into passionate, deeply fulfilling love affairs. 

Without emotional intimacy, your relationship runs the risk of turning into a transactional, business-like arrangement. 

Sure, you do things together as a couple. But you’re doing them side by side as individuals rather than being united heart and soul. You feel disconnected, which eventually leads to resentment, disinterest, and dissatisfaction with your relationship.

Developing emotional intimacy means allowing your partner to know the authentic you – the person you may often hide from others. It means being vulnerable and sharing your biggest dreams, deepest thoughts, and darkest fears. 

Emotional intimacy means caring about your spouse or partner. That means finding authentic empathy for what they think and feel, what they want, how they’re viewing the world. It also means being able to express yourself openly and feel accepted no matter what you say. You must extend the same love and respect to your soulmate.

How much emotional intimacy a relationship needs depends on the people in the relationship. It’s something that only you can define. It’s based on what feels “right” to you and your partner.

During your introductory discovery session, your Soul Guide will help you clarify your desires. You’ll come to an agreement about the level and type of emotional intimacy you desire.

We’ll also help you understand how your upbringing may have impacted your ability to develop intimacy. You’ll gain an understanding of what needs to happen during your Couples Retreat to build the emotional intimacy you desire.

Call Sedona Soul Adventures at (928) 204-5988. Ask to speak to your personal Soul Guide. They will help you discover how a Couples Retreat can increase the emotional intimacy in your relationship. You can also Click Here and your Soul Guide will call you today!

The 2023 Best Marriage Renewal Retreat

Have the fires of your relationship cooled to a few glowing embers? A Sedona Soul Adventures Couples Retreat may be the best way to rekindle that fire.  

It’s normal for relationships to experience ebbs and flows. Even the simple act of getting through your busy days can take a toll. 

As time passes and we get older, the demands on our attention, time, and energy grow. As you gain experience in your career, you may find yourself with increasing levels of responsibility. These tasks often require you to spend more time at work. 

Furthermore, as your family grows, you find that your relationship sometimes takes a back seat to your kids’ needs.

Without adequate attention and nurturing, your relationship can lose its sizzle. It may be “fine” – and you and your spouse get along. But your relationship feels more like a comfy pair of old sweatpants than a sharp new suit or sexy black dress.

A Couples Retreat custom-designed for you and your beloved can be just the ticket to rekindling  your marriage. You’ll enjoy new excitement, passion, and sensuality.

The process starts with a call with one of our highly trained Soul Guides. We’ll get to know you and your partner, clarifying your vision of what a rekindled marriage looks like. You’ll then explore what each of you feels is missing from your connection. Together, you’ll learn what you need to bring your best selves to the relationship.

By the end of your Couples Retreat, the fires of your marriage will return to a blazing roar. The passion and spark will be back, and you’ll be connected more deeply at a soul level. You’ll feel like a giddy teenager, in love with that special someone you chose all those years ago. 

Are you ready to rediscover the magic and connection in your relationship? Call us at (928) 204-5988, and ask to speak with your Soul Guide today. You can also Click Here and we’ll call you!

The 2023 Best Retreat for Couples Communication

The quality of your relationship can be directly linked to the quality of your communication. That’s why couples who want a deeper connection opt for a communication-focused Couples Retreat.

Communication issues arise in relationships for a number of reasons. One of the primary causes is differences in upbringing and how communication was handled in your family of origin.

Some families talk a lot, fight loudly, and make up quickly. Others keep their true feelings bottled up and ice others out during arguments. Bringing opposing styles of communication and conflict can cause challenges in a relationship.

Gender differences may also play a role and spark your interest in learning to communicate more effectively. Men often learn at a young age that it’s not “manly” to express tender emotions. Meanwhile, women may be discouraged from expressing anger or frustration. 

For a relationship to thrive, both partners need to be comfortable, confident, and capable of expressing a full range of emotions. They must be able to do so in a healthy, constructive, respectful way.

During a communication-focused Couples Retreat, you’ll become more comfortable with yourself and your emotions. You’ll also explore ways to express yourself and communicate with your partner in a healthy way that nurtures your relationship.

Your Couples Retreat may even include healing sessions designed to help you overcome blocks in your communication. They can repair rifts caused by ineffective communication or hurts in the past.

The more intimate and connected relationship you desire is waiting for you…and more effective communication will get you there. 

Call now at (928) 204-5988 and ask to speak with your Soul Guide. You can also Click Here and your Soul Guide will call you today!

The 2023 Best Marriage Retreats for Infidelity and Healing

Creating a good relationship requires consistent work and dedicated attention. Have you found that your relationship has deteriorated? If you’re struggling, it may be the year for a Couples Retreat dedicated to healing your broken relationship.

Your relationship may be in crisis…perhaps even on its last legs. A retreat that is custom designed for exactly what you need and desire will help heal relationships impacted by infidelity, years of neglect, or even a major life transition.

Or perhaps your relationship is mostly solid. Still, something feels off. Perhaps small but significant things have happened over the years that have left you feeling distant from your partner. Now you feel ready to address them and finally mend the tiny cracks in your relationship.

Healing from infidelity on your own can be fraught, time-consuming, and lead to further rifts. In contrast, a Couples Retreat can help you heal your relationship in a matter of days. They will build experiences that lead to safe healing in a holding environment.

Your journey begins with a private conversation with each of you, separately. You’ll work with your Soul Guide to create a joint vision of what you want your relationship to look like. That vision will guide an open conversation about where things have fallen apart. 

We’ll then select a series of Practitioners and experiences to create the healing journey you need to repair your relationship. It’s not too late to find solid footing. Your relationship can still be the joyful, fulfilling experience you’ve dreamed about.

You have been called from an inner voice. It’s time to follow through on the most important choice in your lifetime!

If you knew what could happen, you’d be calling right now…call (928) 204-5988 and ask to speak with your Soul Guide. You can also Click Here and your Soul Guide will call you today!

Are you burned out on your life?

I’ve been speaking with you in my last videos about Burn Out, because it’s becoming such a serious issue for so many people.

I hope this helps.

Are you feeling Burned Out on your life? Or is someone in your life starting to burn out? If so, you need to do something and do it now. The first time I came to Sedona over 20 years ago, I was completely burned out in every area of my life – my work, my marriage, my body, money, everything. I know what it feels like to not want to get out of bed in the morning.

Coming to Sedona changed everything for me and maybe it can for you as well. Contact us.

Call us and speak with someone today. We’ll dig deep, finding out what’s at the root of your burnout – you probably think you know what it is, but after all these years of doing this work, I’ll tell you, it’s probably even deeper than you think. We’re masters at figuring that out, clearing it out and bringing you back in connection, joy, and happiness!

Or if you’d prefer, call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call and one of our Soul Guides will call you.

Anne says, “Before my Soul Adventure, I was completely burned out and feeling empty. After, I feel so healthy and so much happier.”

“Before my Soul Adventure, I had reached a point in my life that I was completely burned out and feeling empty, and everything took so much energy.  I decided fairly quickly that I needed a spiritual retreat. I researched several places, including some a few hours from my home. From the website and after speaking with my Soul Guide, I knew Soul Adventures was where I needed to go. I went with an open mind. All the practitioners were amazing. I feel so healthy and so much happier after my experience. I love that I came home with tools to use. I look forward to my next Soul Adventure.”
~ Anne Q.

Did you know Sedona Soul Adventures was named “Best of Sedona”
for Retreats for 2020, 2021 & 2022,“Best Marriage Retreats in the US” 2015-2023 and
one of the “11 Best Couples Retreats Around the World”
by Bride’s Magazine in 2022? We were recently named one of Global Radiance Review’s “20 Most Trustworthy Companies of 2023”

It’s because what we do gets results – call us now, let us help. As I always say, if you knew what could happen, you’d be calling right now.

What area of your life do you need help with most right now…

Your relationship?
Finding your life purpose?
Loss of a loved one?
Healing & pampering?
Or is it something else?

Because we’re here for you – and we’re even open on Sunday!

Remember, there’s no cost or obligation to speak with a Soul Guide and have them custom-design the perfect retreat just for you in Sedona or At Home.

Call us at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our
Soul Guides and they will call you.

Wishing you a week filled with feeling really good!