“Sedona Soul Adventures saved my life”

Today, I suddenly found this newsletter that was marking our 10 year anniversary back in 2012 (gosh that feels so long ago!) and it gave me goosebumps (you’ll understand that even more completely at the end), so I had to share it with you. It’s so amazing to think now it’s been 19 years!


When I first came to Sedona in January of 1999, I had no idea of everything that was in store for me and the thousands of people who would come to connect with us.

In looking back, I’ve thought about some of the most amazing, poignant, and incredible things that have happened over the years. I’ve asked some of our fabulous past clients for permission to share their stories. And so many people have been so generous.

The first one is from Susan Perkins and it’s so beautiful… Here it is…

“To all who are willing and open to living the best life possible…

My name is Susan Perkins and this is my miracle. Last year, I suffered a terrible loss. My relationship of seven years broke apart. It was more than just a relationship because we were best friends, business partners, and of course, we owned our home together. That being said, the breakup was devastating because I lost everything at once. I felt my life had been pulled out from underneath me. I went into a full-blown depression. I didn’t know that depression could be so paralyzing and my only thoughts were that of suicide because I could not function. I literally felt paralyzed.

The phone rang and it was my dearest friend of 35 years. She heard my voice and asked, “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I said in a weak pathetic tone.
She asked again “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I sighed.
She asked a third time, “What’s Wrong?”
“EVERYTHING!!!” I cried.

Immediately without the slightest hesitation, she said ” Oh My God, we have to get to Sedona! I am going to have someone call you now and do a meditation over the phone. Within the next five minutes, there was an angel from Arizona on the line meditating and sending me love in my time of crisis. After talking to Debra, I packed my bags and was on my way.

I have tears streaming down my face as I write this because Sedona Soul Adventures changed my life forever. We flew into Phoenix and drove up to Sedona at dusk. It was late when we checked into a very charming bed and breakfast. After a good night’s sleep, I woke up and looked out the window. I had never seen anything so beautiful as the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. I remember thinking that it didn’t even look real. We met Debra on top of a vortex that overlooked all of Sedona. It was breathtaking. We sat down and Debra started a meditation, a prayer to the Universe for me. Tears were rolling down my eyes as I listened to her words. She looked over at me and said my third eye was opening. This was all new to me… vortexes, meditating, third eye, etc… Well, I just went with it and thank God I did.

Every session helped my heart and spirit to open up. During one of my clearing sessions, my life was totally transformed. I have told this story a thousand times and I get chill bumps every time I do! I was lying on the table with my eyes closed and an eye pillow over them when all of the sudden I started to see angels and explosions. The way I always describe it is like I was seeing the Big Bang happening. I didn’t know if this was a video on the ceiling or if it was in my head. I raised my hands to touch my eyes and the eye pillow was still over them. I was so excited. It was so beautiful. I kept repeating over and over in my head, “I don’t ever want this to stop… I don’t ever want this to stop… I don’t ever want this to stop.”

When the session was over and the eye pillow was removed, everything was different. Everything was lighter and brighter; I had a grin from ear to ear. I was walking on air!! I knew then that this was it. This was how we were supposed to feel; how we were supposed to live. I had goosebumps and tears of joy. I felt the purest most unconditional love I had ever felt in my life. I had no fear; I felt total forgiveness; Nothing upset me and I knew just what to do. The Universe was speaking to me through everything. I mean everything, the wind, the trees, the birds; everything was so alive! I couldn’t wait to get up at 6:00 am to see what miracles life would bring me next.

I had gone from suicidal thoughts and near-death to the top of the highest mountains, to the stars, to heaven. I was riding the wave high on life. It really was almost indescribable but let’s just say that my dear friend got me to Sedona Soul Adventures and it truly saved my life. I have never been the same since then.

Two weeks later a group of 24 Soul Adventurers from around the world left for Egypt. It was my great fortune to be able to join the group. I mean, is this a miracle or what? I went from near death to The Great Pyramids. It was out of my wildest dreams and I was having the time of my life! Floating down the Nile and exploring temples, standing next to the Sphinx, please someone pinch me! Ouch I am awake and I mean for the first time in my life I can say I am awake. This was the first time in my life that I was really conscious. Thank you, thank you, thank you Sedona Soul Adventures!!

I now work in the Healing Arts at an integrated wellness center. When you have an experience like that you want to share it with everyone! I could write a book about my experience but this is the condensed version. The story is not even slightly exaggerated as a matter of fact it is under exaggerated. I have been back to Sedona Soul Adventures four times and it is one of my dreams to live there someday!!!”

Susan Perkins


On top of all the amazing things Susan wrote is what’s happened since then:

  • Susan and I are still in touch to this day.
  • Her friend who brought her here originally (and we all went to Egypt) just came for another Soul Adventure with her new husband a few years ago, which was so delicious.
  • All of us became friends with two people who were on the Egypt trip with us. They had each done a Soul Adventure, met on that Egypt trip, got married one year later, had a daughter two years later who they named Kaira in honor of Cairo where they met, and had a son another two years after that. They just came for a visit to Sedona last month and all four of them had dinner with us and Kaira is even taller than her mother! We had so much fun!

Isn’t it amazing all this stuff that happens? Peoples’ lives are changed, they have incredible adventures, they get married, have children, and live happily ever after! That’s the whole idea.


And so many more things keep happening and people keep coming to us whose lives are transformed forever. I feel so grateful.

I want to invite you to come to Sedona and experience for yourself the transformations that thousands of others have experienced over the past 19 years. This is why we were named:

  • “Best in Sedona for Retreats” in 2021 and 2020
  • “Best Marriage Retreats in the US” for the past 5 years
  • Last week we were named to the “11 Best Couples Retreats Around the World.” Wow, the whole world!

It’s very simple – it’s because we’re the best!

Give us a call and speak with one of our Soul Guides – they’ll connect with you (or both of you for a Couples Retreat) and start the process of figuring out what’s holding you back from living the life or having the relationship of your dreams. Then they’ll custom design a retreat that is perfect for taking you from where you are to where you want to be.

i want my transformation

Or if you’d prefer, call us at (877) 204-3664 or click here and one of our Soul Guides will call you.

Would you like to speak to someone today about doing a retreat?
We’re even open on Sunday, because we’re here for you!
And remember, there’s no cost or obligation and you can do it At-Home or here in Sedona.

Wishing you a week filled with love and growth!

Debra Stangl

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