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Would You Like to Become a Transformational Soul Coach?

I’ve been a coach for over 20 years and it has been such an incredibly rewarding part of my life.

We did our first Transformational Soul Coach Certification Training this year and it was such a phenomenal, incredible success that we’re offering it again.

If you think you might enjoy being a coach (or if you’re a coach that would like to expand into new and better ways to help your clients create lives of passion, purpose, and meaning), read on…

This Training could change your life!

I went through training as a traditional life coach back in 2001 and found it very deficient for what I was trying to do with people, so I just kept adding my own stuff! I was starting Sedona Soul Adventures at the same time, so incorporating the two things just made so much sense. Working with my Intuition, helping my clients open up to their Intuition and focusing on their energy and how they were feeling, rather than focusing only on goals and to-do lists, etc.

I started calling what I was doing Transformational Life Coaching (long before anyone else was using that term) and I found that when I helped my clients stay in a really high vibration, incredible things happened – they discovered their life purpose and started living it, they doubled their income, they lost 100 pounds (and kept it off), their relationships with their spouses (and everyone else) got better. The results were almost unbelievable!

Someone would start off with a particular problem, but inevitably every single part of their life would get better, because that’s how it works. When we address the issues that are causing us problems, every part of our life gets better.

Have you dreamed of becoming a coach?

If so, our incredible Transformational Soul Coach Certification Training is for you!

Or you might already be an established coach and you want to bring your practice to a new level and help your clients in even more incredible ways.

Get all the information here.

What’s the difference between traditional coaching and Transformational Soul Coaching?

While both forms are focused on personal growth, traditional coaching is very directional, primarily focused on identifying and achieving explicit goals in various areas of your life—career, time management, relationships—providing a clear roadmap for the ‘how’ to transition from current circumstances to desired realities.

Transformational Soul Coaching goes far beyond that. While it includes all the elements of traditional life coaching, it goes beyond goals and timelines into an exploration and unfolding of the Self. Transformational Soul Coaching fosters an internal alchemy, where spiritual ideas, self-acceptance, and emotional connection take center stage and come together in an incredible way. It’s about nurturing the soul’s evolution, leading to profound shifts in identity, perspective, and purpose, casting a luminous trail of inner wisdom on one’s life path.

We find that with Transformational Soul Coaching, our clients achieve their dreams more quickly and easily than with traditional life coaching!

In our Transformational Soul Coach Certification Training, we teach you to utilize all the methods of traditional life coaching, but you’ll go far beyond that — we’ll also teach you skills, processes, modalities, and ways to connect with the Highest part of yourself (and your clients).

Our Transformational Soul Coach Certification Training

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a seismic shift in how people are approaching their lives, their work, and their relationships. Many people are saying to themselves, “Life is short. I want to find my life purpose and start living it. I want my work to have meaning.”

Coaching is a billion-dollar industry

$15 billion worldwide and over $1.02 billion in the United States (a 30% increase over the past five years). According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), life coaching specifically is the second fastest growing industry in the U.S. 

Why? We are in a cultural shift where more people are embracing the idea that we all have a life purpose – and that we’re called to live our lives in ways that align with our authentic selves and highest truths.

One of the things I’ve loved so much about coaching is in addition to the deep satisfaction of helping people live their best lives, you also have so much freedom in how you work. You can work from anywhere and set your own hours. It’s so liberating from the 9 to 5 grind.

If this is intriguing to you, get all the information here.

This is going to be an amazing, incredible 25 weeks of LIVE TRAINING (I don’t know about you, but I’m really sick of paying for a training and then discovering it’s all pre-recorded and you have no interaction with the instructor). 

Our fabulous and incredible (I know I use those words too much) Rick Reynolds will be doing the training and certification and it’s just going to be so fantastic. Rick is a fantastic coach (he’s coached over 1300 of our SSA grads) and his wealth of information and ability to transmit it is just superb. And you will be working LIVE with Rick in each one of the sessions.

The Transformational Soul Coach Certification Training is for:

  • People who are brand-new to coaching and need to learn the fundamentals
  • Emerging coaches who want to grow their part-time businesses into a full-time vocation
  • Established coaches who seek new and better ways to help clients create lives of passion, purpose and meaning

Learn more about this innovative program here.

We start January 20 and end on July 6, 2024.
The classes will be each Saturday from 1 pm -3 pm ET, 10 am – 12 pm PT

We are restricting the number of people who can participate, so act now. Get all the information and sign up here.

This could be the beginning of an exciting and transformational new chapter in your life and in the lives of all that you’ll serve. I hope you’ll join us!

Get all the information and sign up here.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to transform your life and those you’ll work with!

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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.

i want my transformation

Wishing you a week filled with transformation!

The best Thanksgiving leftover – gratitude

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

I had the most wonderful thing happen this week. I went for a wonderful hike here in beautiful Sedona with my husband and our two Doodles and I was just so overcome by all the things I'm grateful for, I sat down and started writing a list.

I started with my wonderful husband, Richard, our two Doodles, Missy and Beauregard, my family and friends, Sedona Soul Adventures and my amazing people who work with me, Sedona itself and the energy, and my parents and other beloveds (human and 4 legged) who are no longer with us and within a few minutes, I was just weeping. These beautiful tears of gratitude for having all of these amazing people (and four leggeds) in my life.

I wrote down that I was grateful for being able to feel all these feelings so deeply.

I then wrote about things about our environment, our house, the incredible view, my beautiful backyard, and all the things I have in the house from my travels that I just absolutely love that make me feel so incredible every time I look at them (like my Quan Yin statue from Bali, my Isis papyrus from Egypt, this incredible vase from Peru, and beautiful jewelry from all these places).

And then I started weeping again at how I'm so glad I don't have to be a lawyer anymore and I get to do this work and go to these places and connect with so many people who are yearning to live their lives connected to Spirit and the highest part of themselves.

I realized I was having what my teacher Abraham calls a "rampage of appreciation." It made me think of the amazing teachers I've had over the years, all the books I've read that have helped me so much, and all the amazing sessions I've had over 21 (!) years in Sedona and oh my Goddess, there is nothing like this feeling of Gratitude. 

So I invite you to go on a rampage of appreciation. If you didn’t do it on Thanksgiving, do it now. Just take a moment to close your eyes and start thinking about everything, absolutely everything, that you appreciate. It's so amazing how the good things outweigh the 'bad' so overwhelmingly. And as one of my teachers says, the fastest way to bring more into your life is to appreciate what's already here.

If you are feeling like there are things in your life that are causing you problems or pain or holding you back in some way, I invite you to go into Gratitude about the parts of your life that ARE working. And I promise you, there are large parts of your life that are working.

If you are feeling like there are huge parts of your life that are not working, then I want to invite you again to come to Sedona and do a Soul Adventure. 

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My life completely changed after I came to Sedona for the first time 24 years ago and I will be eternally grateful for that.

When I came in January of 1999, I was so unhappy, hated my work, was 40 pounds overweight, $50,000 in debt, and in an unhappy marriage…pretty much every area of my life felt like it was messed up. While I was here in Sedona, I "got it" that I had to change my life. 

Within 2 weeks, $50,000 had dropped out of the sky and since that time I've gone from a size 14 to a size 6 (and eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want), I found and married the man of my dreams, and am now doing work that I love that has helped thousands of people (including myself!). 

I received this beautiful message from a woman about her Soul Adventure:

"Words cannot express how much I needed this, I got way more than I anticipated, and feel so blessed to have valued myself enough to give myself the gift of this healing. Thank you. I feel like a new woman, strong, centered, and able to take on whatever comes my way. Forever grateful, Shanita." 

We are here to live lives of joy and happiness and if that's not happening for you, please don't wait a minute longer to do something about it. Set up a time to speak to a Soul Guide, or call us -- (928) 204-5988. If you knew what could happen, you'd be calling right now.

Go Here if you'd like to read more from some of the thousands of people whose lives and relationships have been forever transformed by doing a Sedona Soul Adventure.

I am so grateful to have you in my life!

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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.

i want my transformation

Wishing you a week filled with gratitude!

The Importance of Retreats in Life Transformation

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Introduction: The Transformative Power of Retreats in Life Transformation 

As a society – and as individuals – we are constantly going through the motions. It’s hard to take the time to look at your life from a holistic perspective when you’re constantly working, navigating social interactions and attempting to make time for hobbies and other activities you enjoy.  

If you’re looking for an opportunity to break from a chaotic cycle and work on inner healing, you may consider going on a life transformation retreat. It’s a way to connect with nature, work on personal growth and facilitate a strong transformation. 

So what’s a life transformation retreat, and what are its benefits? We’ll cover everything you need to know in this blog.  

Why Everyone Should Consider Going on a Life Transformation Retreat 

The hustle of everyday life can sometimes be overwhelming. A retreat provides a welcome pause, a serene space where one can delve into the depths of the soul. A moment of solitude, away from the incessant noise, can lead to profound life transformation. 

Whether you’re a staff member of a booming enterprise or a high school teacher navigating the intricacies of adolescent minds, retreats offer a sanctuary—a place of clarity and transformation. Sedona Soul Adventures’ retreats cater not just to individuals but also to couples, crafting a unique experience for every soul. 

What does a retreat do to a person? 

At the heart of every retreat lies spirituality and the quest for self-discovery. Whether it’s a corporate retreat aimed at team-building or a spiritual journey at a retreat center, the core objective remains the same: life transformation. Away from the mundane tasks of everyday life, in the tranquil embrace of a retreat, even a hard-nosed staff member can find peace and purpose. 

What Is a Retreat and why is it important? 

A retreat, at its core, is a sacred space away from the daily grind—a sanctuary where one can immerse in reflection, meditation, and spiritual nourishment.  

While company retreats focus on fostering team spirit, personal retreats like those at Sedona Soul Adventures are tailored for individuals and couples, leading them on a journey of life transformation. The essence of a retreat center lies in its ability to offer a serene environment, conducive for introspection and growth. 

What Is the Best Part About a Retreat? 

While many rave about the picturesque landscapes or the gourmet food at a retreat center, the real magic is the life transformation that unfolds within. It’s the insights gained during those quiet moments, the bonds formed with fellow seekers, and the sheer joy of connecting with one’s inner self. Staff retreats, corporate retreats, or spiritual retreats—all share this common thread of discovery and transformation. And for those who choose Sedona Soul Adventures, it’s the privilege of walking this path with Sedona’s Master Practitioners, ensuring every step resonates with purpose and passion. 

Benefits of Going on a Retreat for Life Transformation 

In the contemporary world, amidst the ceaseless rhythm of our daily life, moments of genuine self-reflection are scarce. But there’s an oasis amidst this bustle, a haven where souls, fatigued from the incessant demands of modernity, find solace. This sanctuary is the spiritual retreat. Whether it’s a yoga retreat, a wellness retreat, or a healing retreat, the ultimate gift it bestows upon attendees is a profound life transformation. 

So, what exactly precipitates this metamorphosis during a retreat? Unlike the short-lived euphoria one might derive from a vacation, a retreat experience has enduring benefits that permeate deep into the soul. At the core, it’s about introspection. In a silent retreat, for instance, you’re offered the gift of quietude, allowing your inner voice to rise above the cacophonies of external distractions. You can engage in a dialogue with your inner self, possibly for the first time in years, and emerge with rejuvenated clarity and purpose. 

This is particularly salient in womens retreats and mens retreats. Both men and women, albeit in different ways, face the pressures and expectations of society. Such retreats provide a nurturing environment where they can shed these external layers, confront deeply ingrained notions, and redefine their identities beyond societal impositions. 

Yet, the beauty of these retreats, especially those orchestrated by Sedona Soul Adventures, is their customization. Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual, these retreats aren’t one-size-fits-all. They’re intimately tailored, ensuring every participant’s journey is uniquely theirs, resonating with their personal aspirations and challenges. This personal touch ensures that the transformation experienced is both profound and enduring. 

And transformation isn’t confined to mental or spiritual realms. Physical rejuvenation is also at the forefront, especially in wellness retreats. Here, participants often find a harmonious blend of physical activities, nutritious diets, and holistic therapies, all converging to detoxify the body, invigorate the spirit, and sharpen the mind. 

For some, it’s the healing retreats that beckon. Life, with its unpredictable twists and turns, sometimes leaves wounds – some visible, many invisible. These retreats offer a sanctuary for souls to confront and understand their pain, embark on a healing journey, and emerge not as broken beings, but as warriors adorned with scars that testify to their resilience. 

Of course, the brilliance of such transformation is amplified when conducted under the watchful eyes of Sedona’s Master Practitioners. Their intuitive wisdom, coupled with their spiritual insights, ensures that every retreat experience becomes a crucible for life transformation. The individualized sessions, be it 1-on-1 or 2-on-1, provide a safe space for attendees to confront their vulnerabilities, fears, dreams, and aspirations. 

But how does this translate to one’s daily life? Profoundly. Armed with newfound insights, tools, and perspectives, attendees often find themselves better equipped to navigate the intricacies of life. The chaos that once seemed overwhelming now appears manageable. Situations that were triggers become lessons. Relationships, once strained, start to heal. The inner turmoil gives way to inner peace, and life, once a mere existence, transforms into a purpose-driven journey.   

In essence, the outcome of a spiritual retreat isn’t just about finding solace for a few days. It’s about rediscovering oneself, realigning with one’s purpose, and returning to the world with a revitalized spirit, ready to embrace life with all its beauty and challenges. Such is the magic of a retreat, and such is the promise of life transformation. 

Best Types of Retreats for Life Transformation 

In our relentless quest for life transformation, the paths we tread often lead us to sacred spaces that promise serenity, introspection, and rejuvenation. Retreats have evolved as sanctuaries that offer this gift of transformation. Let’s delve into the various types of retreats that stand as pillars of transformative experiences. 

Meditation Retreats: Central to life transformation is the practice of meditation. Meditation retreats serve as havens where individuals can immerse themselves in stillness, cultivating mindfulness and deepening their connection to the self. These retreats often use techniques such as Vipassana, encouraging attendees to journey inwards and encounter their true essence. 

Wellness Retreats: These are holistic cocoons that blend physical, mental, and spiritual practices. A wellness retreat offers a variety of therapies ranging from spa treatments to dietary regimens, designed to detoxify and rejuvenate the body, while also nurturing the spirit. The emphasis here is on total wellness – a harmonious balance of mind, body, and soul. 

Spiritual Retreats: Spiritual retreats delve deep into the metaphysical, offering soulful experiences that connect attendees to the divine. Often held in places with rich spiritual histories like Spirit Rock, these retreats offer teachings, rituals, and practices aimed at enhancing one’s spiritual journey. 

Yoga Retreats: Going beyond just physical postures, yoga retreats encompass the holistic philosophy of yoga. From breathwork (pranayama) to meditation (dhyana), these retreats deepen one’s yoga practice, aligning chakras and harmonizing energies. 

Healing Retreats: As the name suggests, these are about mending and rejuvenation. Whether it’s emotional trauma or physical ailments, healing retreats offer therapies, rituals, and ceremonies designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit. 

Living Retreats: Immersive by nature, living retreats are extended getaways, often in serene locales like Costa Rica, where participants can experience sustainable, holistic living. Here, the focus is on harmonizing with nature, adopting organic lifestyles, and embracing the rhythms of the Earth. 

So, you might wonder, amidst this plethora of options, what makes Sedona Soul Adventures stand out? The answer lies in its unique approach. While most retreats offer a preset itinerary, Sedona Soul Adventures believes in the sacredness of individual journeys. Understanding that each person, or couple, has distinct aspirations, traumas, and dreams, their retreats are meticulously custom-designed. This ensures that the transformation journey is intimate and profound, resonating deeply with each participant’s unique life story. 

But the magic doesn’t end there. Unlike group sessions offered elsewhere, Sedona provides private, 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 sessions, ensuring undivided attention from Sedona’s Master Practitioners. This intimate setting fosters a safe space for individuals and couples to confront, heal, and transform, catalyzing an enduring life transformation. 

In conclusion, while the world offers a myriad of retreats, If you want to transform your life, nothing compares to the bespoke, transformative journey offered by Sedona Soul Adventures. If you truly seek life transformation that’s tailored just for you, a deep conversation awaits. Schedule a call with one of our Soul Guides, and let your transformative journey commence.

“This year sucked!! I’m not thankful for anything!!”

“This whole year has sucked!! I’m not thankful for anything!!”

I have heard so many people say that during this Thanksgiving and I certainly understand where it comes from.

This whole year has been really difficult for so many people.

I have had so many losses this year. Richard’s father passed and even though he was 96, just last June, he was doing great and then he suddenly went downhill. And then, out of the blue, his 75 year old wife passed within just a few weeks. We also just lost one of the most beloved members of our Sedona Soul Adventures family this week. It was a total shock, I’m still reeling.

All the violence that’s going on in the world makes it almost impossible for me to watch the news anymore.

The polarization of our country seems to just be getting worse.

There’s a lot of negativity we can focus on…

But I want you to stop and think for a moment and ask yourself this question:

What’s happened to YOU this year?

With everyone with whom I’ve had this conversation, when they’ve stopped and really thought about it, the answers have had a great deal of similarity. All of this stuff that’s been going on has made them stop and really think about the big questions:

How do I want my life to be?

How do I want my relationships to be?

One of the things that has been so interesting with the pandemic is that for a little while, the entire world stopped. It just stopped! And for the first time ever, we had something that affected the entire world! That’s never happened before in the history of the planet, not even during the world wars. One thing that affected everyone worldwide. It made a lot of people realize:

  • Life is short
  • Life is too short for me to not be living my life in the way I want
  • Life is too short for me to not be living my Life Purpose
  • Life is too short for me to not be having the kind of relationships I want
  • I want relationships that nurture me and make me happy, and life is too short for me to settle for anything less than that

It’s so interesting how when you get clear on that, suddenly so much stuff falls away.

Things that you thought you “had to do” either can’t be done in the same way or you don’t do them and you discover the sky doesn’t fall.

You start telling people in your life the truth about what you want and you’re amazed to find out they love you and want to support you in being happy.

All of this is exactly what we’re seeing in our retreats right now. Individuals who are coming are clear they want to start living their best life. See this Trustpilot testimonial. Mathew (not his real name) says:

“I feel like I have completely reset my entire being to a place of peace, clarity and best of all, Love.”

And I love how Jill says:

“I know my whole family will benefit from the transformational work we did during our time at Sedona Soul Adventures.”

And she’s so right! It not only transforms your life and the life of you and your partner, the transformations affect everyone around you. The biggest referrals we get are when clients go home and their friends or spouses or co-workers say to them, “What happened to you?” And then the friend calls us and says, “I want me some of that!”

Don’t get me wrong, this has been a very challenging year. But isn’t it fabulous that for so many people, all of this has given them a huge knowing of what they DON’T WANT.

And knowing very clearly what you don’t want is the first step of knowing and manifesting what you DO want. And for those who are willing, this can be turned into a time where you can get what Mathew got:

“A re-set of your entire being into a place of peace, clarity and best of all, Love.”

Can you imagine going into 2024 with a sense of clarity and peace? About all aspects of your life? All of that and more is possible. I love it so much (and you’ll see it when you read it) that so many of our Trustpilot reviews say, “My Soul Adventure was so much more than we expected!”

Call and speak with one of our Soul Guides. They’ll have a deep conversation with you about what’s going on in your life or your relationship. What are the parts that are working? What are the parts that aren’t working? They’ll start the process of figuring out where the problems are and what needs to be done. They’ll talk with you (or both of you for a Couples Retreat) about your deepest needs and desires. Then they’ll custom design a retreat that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.

Life’s too short to be living an unsatisfying life.

Life’s too short to be in an unhappy, unsatisfying relationship.

Remember, there’s no cost or obligation to speak with a Soul Guide and you can do your Soul Adventure in-Sedona or from the comfort of your own home.

i want my transformation

Call us today at (928) 204-5988 or request a call from one of our Soul Guides and we’ll call you.

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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 counting your blessings!

How to Connect With Divine Feminine Energy

In today’s fast-paced world, many people seek ways to reconnect with their inner selves and achieve balance in their lives. 

One powerful way to accomplish this is by tapping into the Divine Feminine Energy, a universal force that embodies qualities such as intuition, creativity, compassion, and emotional intelligence. This energy is not exclusive to any gender, as both men and women can benefit from connecting with it. 

When I came to Sedona for the first time over 20 years ago, I had just started my 20th year of law practice. I was completely burned out from having spent so many years in this male-dominated profession that was so cut-throat, aggressive and competitive. In the very first session I ever did in Sedona, I worked with an amazing energy healer, Ranjita, and she told me that my masculine energy had overtaken my feminine energy. That I was literally living my life from my masculine, rather than my feminine. 

In a flash, I could see how true that was! It was affecting everything, not only my work but also my personal relationships with my husband, my family and my friends. This realization started me on a journey to “fix” it – to start to allow my Feminine Energy to really come forth, stop dominating the masculine and rather, find the beautiful balance of that dance. 

Let’s explore the importance of Divine Feminine Energy in our lives, its historical and cultural context, and practical techniques to connect with this transformative power, ultimately helping you achieve harmony and personal growth on your spiritual journey.

What Is Divine Feminine Energy?

Divine feminine energy and divine masculine energy are concepts rooted in various spiritual and metaphysical traditions. They represent the fundamental aspects of energy and consciousness, often associated with gender archetypes but not limited to them. These energies are not exclusive to any particular gender, as both exist within all individuals, regardless of their biological sex or gender identity.

Divine feminine energy is the spiritual essence associated with nurturing qualities traditionally linked to feminine energy traits, such as intuition, nurturing, compassion, creativity, empathy, gentleness, and the ability to receive. It is associated with the yin energy in Chinese philosophy and is often symbolized by the moon, water, and the Earth. Divine feminine energy represents the creative power within all living beings and plays a role in guiding individuals to cultivate their intuition and live their life purpose.

Divine masculine energy embodies attributes such as strength, action, logic, assertiveness, courage, protection, and the ability to provide. It is associated with the yang energy in Chinese philosophy and is often symbolized by the sun, fire, and the sky.

Divine feminine energy and divine masculine energy are complementary and interconnected forces that exist within the universe and within individuals. The balance and harmonious integration of both forms of divine energy are believed to be essential for personal growth, spiritual development,  and the overall well-being of individuals, society, and Mother Earth.

Connecting with divine feminine energy helps individuals tap into their innate wisdom and use their intuition, fostering personal growth on physical, mental, and emotional levels while promoting spiritual development. Embracing these energies allows us to cultivate self-love, intuition, and empathy towards others, which ultimately leads to healthier relationships overall. As a result, spiritual retreats dedicated to helping individuals connect to divine feminine energy have become popular.

The Historical and Cultural Context of Divine Feminine Energy

To understand the growing interest in divine feminine energy today, let’s consider the greater historical and cultural context of divine feminine energy. Understanding context is a proven way to improve learning. Complex and diverse, the historical and cultural context of divine feminine energy is shaped by various belief systems, societal structures, and the experiences of different cultures and individuals throughout time. 

One easy conclusion to draw when considering the greater context is that an interest in divine feminine energy is not new. The understanding and expression of divine feminine energy have evolved and been interpreted in diverse ways throughout history. 

When examining the historical context, we can look at ancient civilizations. Many ancient civilizations had deities and mythologies that incorporated divine feminine energy. For example, in ancient Mesopotamia, the goddess Inanna represented love, fertility, and war. In ancient Egypt, Isis was revered as a powerful goddess of magic, fertility, and motherhood. In Greece, the goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, and Demeter represented different aspects of feminine energy.

When I started doing a deep dive into the Divine Feminine, I connected the most deeply with Isis, Mother Mary and Quan Yin. I was fascinated at how the representations of the three of them are so similar. Isis is very often pictured holding her son Horus and suckling him, reminiscent of the many pictures of the Madonna holding the Christ Child.

Similarly, Quan Yin is the goddess of mercy, compassion and protector of little children. This is a beautiful statue of Quan Yin which I have in my home which came from my years of taking spiritual groups to Bali. She is over five feet tall and carved from a single block of wood. She has her foot on the serpent (whose ornate tail twists around her in the back), just as Mother Mary overcame the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Also see the small child at her right. 

An additional consideration when examining the historical context are historical periods when goddess worship or matriarchal societies were prominent and divine feminine energy was central. These societies valued qualities such as fertility, intuition, creativity, and interconnectedness. For example, some evidence exists that the ancient Minoan civilization on the island of Crete was matriarchal. Another example that provides extra historical context is the worship of the Great Goddess in Neolithic cultures.

We can also look at feminine divine energy from a cultural context. Many indigenous cultures worldwide often have reverence for the feminine as a force of creation, nurturing, and wisdom. For instance, Native American cultures honor Mother Earth and have female deities and spirits associated with nature, fertility, and harmony.

An important part of the cultural context of divine feminine energy is the rise of patriarchal societies and organized religions, which resulted in a shift away from the worship of goddesses and a suppression of feminine energies. This led to the marginalization or demonization of feminine power and the elevation of masculine deities and qualities. Understanding this critical phase of the historical and cultural context helps to explain why there is now increased focus on divine feminine energy, which for centuries has been suppressed and marginalized.

In recent centuries, there has been a resurgence of interest in divine feminine energy, particularly through women’s spirituality movements and women’s retreats. These movements seek to reclaim and honor feminine spirituality, often drawing from ancient traditions, and emphasize women’s empowerment, healing, and the connection between spirituality and social justice.

In modern times, divine feminine energy is often understood in more inclusive and expansive ways beyond gender binaries. It is seen as a universal force that encompasses qualities such as intuition, compassion, creativity, emotional intelligence, and the ability to nurture and foster growth. Many individuals, regardless of gender, explore and integrate these energies into their spiritual and personal development, as they explore who they are and what purpose they are meant to fulfill.

Qualities of the Divine Feminine

The qualities of the divine feminine are characteristics such as intuition, creativity, compassion, nurturing abilities, and emotional intelligence. These feminine qualities are different than the characteristics associated with the divine masculine. But rather than creating conflict and opposition with divine masculine energy, the sacred feminine creates balance – whether embraced by men or women. 

Intuition, often considered the inner voice or gut feeling that guides us in decision-making processes, is closely linked with divine feminine energy – not divine masculine energy. By tapping into our intuitive powers and trusting them more frequently, we can access deeper insights about ourselves and others while making choices aligned with our true selves. Our intuition can guide us organically to greater balance and create lives of fulfillment, not regret

Cultivating divine feminine qualities can increase creativity. Creative expression allows us to explore our emotions and thoughts through various mediums like art or writing – ultimately helping us connect with the essence of who we are on a spiritual level.

Compassion, another essential trait associated with divine femininity, involves understanding the suffering of others while actively working toward alleviating their pain. This trait is typically not associated with the divine masculine. Compassion extends not only toward other people, but also includes practicing self-compassion – a crucial aspect for personal growth on one’s spiritual journey.

Embracing the divine feminine also means cultivating a nurturing and caring attitude towards oneself, others, and the environment. Strengthening connections, advancing self-development and promoting a sense of wellbeing can all result from adopting a more nurturing attitude. Again, this stance is not typically associated with divine masculine energy.

Developing emotional intelligence is vital for those seeking to embody divine feminine energy. It involves understanding our emotions as well as empathizing with others – ultimately fostering healthier communication in all aspects of life.

By connecting to the divine feminine, whether on our own or through a spiritual retreat, we can tap into the power of feminine energy and the great goddess archetype. It is important to note that these gendered terms are not exclusive to women and can be embraced by anyone seeking to balance their masculine and feminine energies. Incorporating spiritual practices like those used by ancient Greeks and Mother Earth worshippers can help us connect with our divine feminine energy and women’s power.

By embodying the qualities of the divine feminine, we can find balance within ourselves and in our relationships with others. Uniting with your interior holiness can enable you to gain access to a more profound comprehension and admiration for yourself.

How to Connect with Divine Feminine Energy

If you are wondering how to connect with divine feminine energy and cultivate divine feminine qualities, great news – it’s easy and there are many ways to do so.

Meditation and Visualization: Meditation and visualization practices can help individuals connect with divine feminine energy by quieting the mind, opening up intuitive channels, and creating a space for inner exploration and connecting with the higher self. Through meditation, one can focus on specific qualities associated with the divine feminine and cultivate a deeper connection with those aspects within oneself. Link to Blog on Why You Should Meditate as though your life depends on it

Chakra Healing and Balancing: The chakra system is believed to be an energetic framework within the body. Working with chakras can support the exploration and balancing of divine feminine energy. Specific chakras, such as the sacral chakra (associated with creativity and emotions) and the heart chakra (associated with love and compassion), are particularly relevant to connecting with the divine feminine. Chakra healing practices, such as meditation, energy work, or using gemstones, can facilitate the harmonization and activation of these energy centers, resulting in spiritual healing..

Moon Rituals: The moon has long been associated with the divine feminine energy due to its cycles and connection to intuition and emotions. Engaging in moon rituals, such as full moon or new moon ceremonies, can provide a framework for connecting with the rhythms of the lunar cycle and accessing the nurturing and intuitive qualities often attributed to the divine feminine by engaging with mother nature.

Creative Expression: Creative expression, such as through art, writing, dance, or music, can be a powerful means of connecting with and channeling divine feminine energy. Engaging in creative practices allows for self-expression, intuition, and tapping into the deeper realms of the unconscious, fostering a connection with the creative and nurturing forces associated with the divine feminine.

Building a Spiritual Support Network: Surrounding oneself with a spiritual support network, including like-minded individuals, mentors, or supportive communities, can provide a nurturing environment for exploring and connecting with divine feminine energy. Sharing experiences, insights, and practices with others who resonate with the divine feminine can offer guidance, encouragement, and a sense of belonging.

Women’s Retreat: Attending a women’s retreat specifically focused on divine feminine energy can provide a dedicated space and time for deepening one’s connection to the divine feminine. These retreats often offer, rituals, meditations, and opportunities for self-reflection and healing. Being in a supportive community of women who share similar intentions can amplify the experience and create a transformative environment.

These tools are not prescriptive but rather offer pathways for individuals to explore and connect with divine feminine energy based on their own unique journey and preferences. It’s important to approach these practices with an open mind and heart, allowing personal intuition and guidance to lead the way in cultivating a deeper connection with the divine feminine.

Integrating Divine Feminine Energy into Daily Life

Integrating divine feminine energy into daily life involves cultivating specific qualities and making conscious choices aligned with the principles of the divine feminine. Here are some suggestions to begin balancing masculine energy with feminine energy:

Cultivating self-compassion: Practice self-care and self-love by setting aside time for nurturing activities, such as taking baths, meditation, engaging in hobbies, or practicing mindfulness. Replace self-criticism with self-compassion by speaking kindly to yourself and acknowledging your worthiness. Nurture your inner goddess by prioritizing self-care as an essential part of your daily routine.

Embracing vulnerability and emotional expression: Allow yourself to be vulnerable by acknowledging and accepting your emotions without judgment. Create safe spaces to tap into your wisdom and express your feelings, whether through journaling, talking with a trusted friend, or seeking therapy. Engage in practices like meditation or breathwork to cultivate emotional awareness and release.

Fostering healthy relationships: Prioritize open and authentic communication in your relationships. Practice active listening and empathy when interacting with others. Set boundaries that honor your needs and ensure mutual respect. Seek relationships that support your growth, well-being, and authentic self-expression, especially of your feminine side.

Balancing work and personal life: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Build your feminine energy by prioritizing self-care and making time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation outside of work. Practice time management and delegation to avoid burnout. Remember that rest and rejuvenation are essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance – on a daily basis, as well as taking larger breaks, such as women’s retreats.

Connecting with nature and the environment: A natural way to connect with the divine mother is to spend time in Mother Nature regularly, whether it’s through walks in parks, gardening, or simply observing the natural world around you. Develop a sense of reverence and appreciation for the Earth’s beauty, wisdom and feminine energy. Engage in sustainable practices that respect and protect the environment, such as recycling, conserving energy, and supporting eco-friendly initiatives.

Integrating divine feminine energy is an ongoing process that requires conscious intention and practice. It’s important to be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore these areas and find what works best for you for connecting with divine feminine energy. Remember that the divine feminine is about embracing your authentic self, honoring your emotions, and nurturing your connections with yourself, others, and the world around you.

Understanding divine feminine energy is crucial for personal growth and spiritual development. Throughout history, ancient cultures have embraced the power of femininity through goddesses and archetypal symbols. Today, we can balance divine feminine energies with masculine energies to create harmony within ourselves and in the world around us.

We have many people who come to us at Sedona Soul Adventures who feel “out of whack” with the balance of their feminine energy and masculine energy. And oftentimes, they don’t even realize that is part of what is going on. Understanding the sources of this “out of whackness” can be very important:

  • Sometimes it’s the result of life circumstances, e.g., when I was an attorney for so many years and I became so competitive and so “masculine”
  • Sometimes it can be the way we were raised – sometimes little girls are pushed more into their masculine by a parent (even a well-meaning parent) who wanted a boy and continually put that kind of pressure on the young child
  • Sometimes it’s from a past life – the events of the past life can create a trauma which makes a person more domineering and competitive, living out more “masculine” traits. I’ve had many past lives where I was a very dominating male, super competitive and aggressive and part of my life lessons this time around are to heal those negative aspects.

This is why our retreats are so perfect for helping people to connect with their Divine Feminine Energy and nurture that connection.  All of our retreats are custom designed for each person, so designing the retreat specifically for that is so beautiful. Sometimes there are blocks to connecting to one’s Divine Feminine Energy such as the ones listed above. Discovering those blocks, releasing them and healing them are critical and would be the first part of the retreat. Doing a Karmic Clearing session is perfect for that! The next step is bringing you  into that incredible connection with the Divine Feminine Energy and doing sessions designed to make that happen. Finally, the Spiritual Transformation sessions designed to solidify the connection on all the levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All along the way receiving tools and processes to continue to deepen the connection with your Divine Feminine Energy so that you’re living that all day, every day in an authenticate way.

It’s funny, when I first came to Sedona over 20 years ago and was told that my masculine energy had overtaken my feminine energy, I made the decision that I wanted to be a “spiritual person”, I wanted to embody the Divine Feminine Energy.  Somehow I had bought into the idea that meant being sweet and compliant and never getting angry. That I should be trying to act like a Goddess all of the time and speaking in a breathy voice, saying things like, “That’s so beautiful.” Ironically, this was at the same time that I was becoming well-known as a divorce attorney and people would call me on the phone and say, “I hear you’re a real bitch. I want you to be my lawyer.” They actually meant it as a total compliment, but it didn’t go along with my ideas of embodying the Divine Feminine Energy!

Luckily, I never did any of that because I knew it would be completely phonybut there was a time when I aspired to it.

It took me years of coming to Sedona and working with the amazing Practitioners here to discover the truth – embodying the Divine Feminine Energy means being authentic and loving and compassionate with yourselves and others. It means discovering, releasing and healing the wounds that hold us back from being authentic and loving and compassionate. It means living in connection all the time.  It means walking the walk and talking the talk and walking the talk. There is an incredible power that comes from connecting with and living in the Divine Feminine Energy that is almost indescribable. 

If you’re ready to heal your wounds and forge your own connection to the divine feminine energy,  come to Sedona for one of our women’s retreats! It is the greatest gift you could ever give yourself.

The Benefits of Grief Retreats: a Path Towards Healing and Closure

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In the challenging odyssey of life, grief is an unexpected detour none of us wish to take, yet it often finds its way onto our path. Losing a loved one can be a staggering blow, plunging us into a labyrinth of emotions that are sometimes too complex to name. That loss can make the world seem less colorful, more chaotic, and filled with an aching emptiness. It’s in these moments, when the weight of grief feels unbearable, that seeking sanctuary becomes not only desirable but necessary.  

Loss of a loved one introduces us to emotions and experiences that, while difficult, can help shape us into more robust and empathetic beings. Have you ever noticed how the most profound life lessons aren’t found in moments of ease, but in periods of challenge and upheaval? That’s your soul speaking to you, inviting you to dig deeper and rise higher. 

The road to healing is often convoluted and lonely, leading many to search for something more than traditional counseling. This is where a grief healing retreat comes in—offering an immersive experience to help you process those deep, often overwhelming, feelings. And when it’s a private retreat, you have the opportunity to dive even deeper, exploring your own unique journey through loss in a way that larger, group settings simply can’t provide. 

When first started Sedona Soul Adventures over 20 years ago, it was so interesting to me that we had so many people who came to us who had suffered the loss of a husband, wife or partner. And so many people who had lost a child and so many who had lost a beloved pet. The grief can be so overwhelming. We’ve been doing this work for over 20 years and the transformations which happen still continue to amaze me. To be able to bring people back from the depths of despair has been some of the most meaningful work we’ve done over all these years. 

Let’s talk more deeply about the concept of grief retreats, a cocoon of compassion and healing, especially designed to help you navigate the labyrinth of loss: What are they, who benefits from them, and how can they offer you the gift of healing and clarity? 

What Exactly is a Grief Retreat? 

A grief retreat is more than just a break from daily life; it’s an intentional space to focus on your emotional and spiritual well-being, designed to help you navigate the stormy waters of loss and bereavement. 

We know that each individual experiences grief differently. Every couple experiences grief differently, especially if they have lost a child. That’s why we’ll be talking here about private retreats, not group retreats. With us, every grief retreat is meticulously tailored to meet your unique needs. Unlike traditional therapy, which can sometimes feel sterile or one-size-fits-all, Sedona Soul Adventures crafts an empathetic environment for you, or you and your partner, if you wish to explore this journey together. 

Why Consider a Grief Retreat? 

People usually contact us when they’ve run out of other options for dealing with their grief. Sometimes it’s been years after the loss, sometimes a brief time. Sometimes people having been lying in their beds for months at a time, sometimes they were doing “fine” and then suddenly hit a wall. Sometimes it’s after they’ve tried years of therapy, and it still hasn’t done anything for them. There comes a time when suddenly you know in your heart and soul “I’ve got to do something”.  

Who Makes the Right Candidate for a Grief Healing Retreat? 

Once you’ve hit that place of “I’ve got to do something”, the best candidate is a  person who is open and willing to try a different approach to dealing with their grief. A grief retreat with us isn’t one-size-fits-all; it’s custom-designed for exactly what you need in your own journey. So, whether you’re facing complicated grief, anticipatory grief, or are simply looking to create meaningful rituals to commemorate your loved one, you’ll find that a grief retreat can be an empowering step forward. See also External Resource: Complicated Grief – A Comprehensive Understanding 

What should you be looking for in the best grief retreat? 

Compassionate people who will allow you to feel and heal your grief. Healers who know what they are doing and who have worked with this issue for years. Privacy in your healing so that you don’t feel embarrassed to feel and express all of your feelings – especially if they are feelings of anger and abandonment. Safety and security of knowing you are in capable hands and that we’ve got your back. 

Over the past 20 years we’ve helped people through so many situations with their grief healing retreat: 

Your life has been completely upended. A grief healing retreat has helped so many with understanding how they can have peace. Read More  

What an unimaginable loss. Unless you’ve experienced it yourself, it feels like no one can truly understand the depth of the loss. Read More 

They were always there for you and now they’re gone. It’s so hard…Read More

They were always such a source of unconditional love for you. The loss is so deep…Read More

It’s such a shock. All the feelings of loss, guilt and sadness can be overwhelming. A grief healing retreat can help you come out of the pain. Read more

They were with you all the time, every single day, and life feels empty without them. Read more

External Resource: Bereavement – Grieving the Death of a Loved One  

And if you maybe have the thought that a grief retreat for a pet seems a little too much, as someone who has experienced that grief myself, I can tell you that this kind of grief is overwhelming and I have done sessions utilizing my incredible Practitioners to help me through the passing of my beloved Katie Kat and Daisy, within about one year of each other and that work was miraculous for me.

So many people who have come to us for a grief healing retreat for their pet have been able to move out of their despair and sadness. 

Read Stories of Transformation at Grief Retreats  Go here for more information – To Best Grief Retreats 

The Benefits of Acknowledging Grief 

But let’s get real, why should you invest your time, energy, and resources into something like this? What are the tangible benefits? First and foremost, attending a grief retreat allows you to pause, an essential step often overlooked in our fast-paced society. By consciously setting aside time to focus on your emotional well-being, you give yourself permission to grieve, and through that permission, you open doors to healing. You’ll also learn powerful coping mechanisms that equip you with the resilience to not just endure future emotional storms, but to navigate them with grace. 

The Beauty of Building Resilience 

Now, I know what you might be thinking: “But will this actually change anything? Will I suddenly be over my grief?” The answer is both yes and no. No, a grief retreat won’t magically erase the pain of loss. However, it will equip you with lifelong skills to handle your grief more effectively. Picture this: instead of flailing in a turbulent ocean of emotions, you’re now sailing through it. You’ve been given the tools to navigate. This is the essence of resilience, and it’s a gift that continues to give long after the grief retreat is over. 

The Art of Presence 

You see, there’s a profound magic in being truly present with your emotions. This level of presence doesn’t come naturally for most of us; it’s something we need to cultivate. Our practitioners employ a rich blend of spiritual practices and intuitive healing modalities to help you connect deeply with your innermost feelings and thoughts. 

The Spiritual Dimension 

And let’s not overlook the spiritual dimension of these retreats. Engaging with your loss through rituals or mindfulness allows you to connect with a higher power, or if you prefer, your inner self. This connection brings a newfound sense of purpose and understanding that can guide you through the murkiest moments of your grief journey. See also External Resource: Faith and Grief – Understanding the Process 

And in this spiritual dimension let’s explore the idea that this person or beloved pet isn’t “lost”. They have moved onto a higher dimension, a higher state of consciousness. When you start to deeply understand this and embrace that belief, it may even sometimes be possible to connect with them, especially using breathwork and intuitive readings and other modalities designed to bring you into those higher frequencies. I have had so many incredible conversations with Daisy and Katie Kat now that they are in the higher realms. Is that too far out? It’s been such an incredible source of comfort for me since they passed. 

What Happens at a Grief Retreat? 

What to Expect 

When you attend a grief retreat, especially a private one, the experience is distinctly yours.   Forget about the traditional ‘circle of chairs’ grief therapy approach, where you’re not only encouraged, but expected, to pour out your heart and soul in front of a group of strangers. Instead, you will engage in a series of private, 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 sessions (for couples) with our Master Practitioners, many of whom have over 20 years of experience of helping people with their grief. 

A Symphony of Healing Modalities 

Holistic healing often borrows wisdom from a variety of sources. Grief counselors such as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Joanne Cacciatore, “We Don’t MOVE ON From Grief. We Move Forward With It”, as embodied in the philosophy behind the Miss Foundation are excellent. 

In our grief healing retreats, you’ll be engaged in what can be thought of as a symphony of healing modalities.  With us, each session is designed to meet you where you are, helping you come to terms with your grief and plan your next steps in a life that will undoubtedly look different—but can still be meaningful. 

These are not random selections from a menu of spiritual activities but a carefully orchestrated series of one-on-one or two-on-one (for couples) sessions that respond to your unique emotional and spiritual needs. From energy balancing to deep spiritual counseling, our one-on-one private sessions can include a range of therapeutic activities and spiritual practices, such as emotional clearings, breathwork, forgiveness processes, Radiant Heart Healing,  Core Wound transformation, spiritual transformation, meditation, mindfulness practices and possibly even a Karmic Clearing where you might learn about past lives you’ve had with your beloved and clearing any lingering karma, soul contracts, vows, etc. All sessions are conducted by Sedona’s Master Practitioners, many with over two decades of experience of working with grief. 

Each modality serves as an instrument in the orchestra of your healing journey. Together, they create a harmonious experience that aims to bring you inner peace and understanding. 

A Sanctuary for the Soul 

Think of Sedona Soul Adventures as your spiritual sanctuary, a refuge away from the noise and clutter of daily life, where your needs are not just acknowledged but deeply honored. Here in this incredibly beautiful and sacred place, our master practitioners create a cocoon of safety and wisdom where you can express your grief, and most importantly, be yourself without judgment or expectation. 

Treading the Labyrinth of Emotions 

Let’s be honest. Grief is complex. It’s like walking through a labyrinth; you might know you’re on a path, but it’s easy to feel lost. We help you learn the turns and twists of your personal labyrinth. Our compassionate practitioners serve as guides, holding the lantern of wisdom as you navigate the darker corners of your emotional maze. 

Your Personal Odyssey of Transformation 

Perhaps the most beautiful part of this entire journey is its tailor-made quality. Just as no two snowflakes are identical, no two grief retreats at Sedona Soul Adventures are the same. Our commitment to custom-designed experiences ensures that your grief retreat is as unique as your fingerprint. We listen, we intuit, and we curate experiences that speak to your soul. 

The Path Ahead 

As you come to the end of your retreat, you’ll find that it is really a beginning—the commencement of a renewed journey. You’ll return to your daily life not as a person who has mastered grief but as someone who has integrated it, recognizing its transformative power and its place in your larger life story. 

Wrapping it Up 

Grief is a difficult, but illuminating, teacher. Choosing to face it head-on is an act of courage and self-love that promises transformative rewards. At Sedona Soul Adventures, we’re here to facilitate this incredible journey, to guide you through the complexities of your unique emotional landscape and help you emerge with newfound strength and clarity.  

Taking the Next Step 

If your soul resonates with what you’ve read, then perhaps it’s the Universe gently nudging you towards the path of healing. At Sedona Soul Adventures, we’ve witnessed countless individuals and couples undergo astonishing transformations through our custom-designed retreats over the past 20 years. And believe me, these aren’t just weekend getaways. They’re life-altering experiences facilitated by deeply intuitive and experienced practitioners. The journey from grief to grace is never straightforward, but with the right companions, it becomes a transformative and life changing experience. 

Conclusion – Your Path Awaits 

Finding the strength to face your grief is a courageous act, one that deserves nurturing and dedicated focus. A grief retreat isn’t an escape from your life but a meaningful detour that equips you with the skills and resilience to continue your journey with a restored sense of purpose and peace. So, if you’re contemplating taking this sacred voyage, know that the arms of Sedona Soul Adventures are wide open, ready to guide you through your custom-crafted journey of healing and self-discovery. 

Curious to start your journey? Speak with one of our compassionate Soul Guides. They’ll connect with you on a heart level and custom design a retreat that is completely designed for exactly what you need for where you are right now. There’s no cost or obligation, we don’t push, we know we need to meet you exactly where you’re at. Click here We look forward to welcoming you to your customized grief retreat in sacred Sedona, Arizona. 

I hope that my words resonate with your soul’s calling for healing and growth. 

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

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

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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”).

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

Conclusion

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.

 

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