Sedona’s Red Rock Country
Ninety miles north of Phoenix, Sedona is a desert forest, surrounded by red rock canyons and preserved National Forest land. Enjoy yoga and hiking in magical red rocks of Sedona. Join us and discover how Sedona’s healing energy will forward your journey.
Legend says that Sedona is one of the “power spots” of the world, and that its red rock country is a vortex of energy. Indians tell us “the towering crimson peaks stimulate sensitivity and are the home of the Great Spirit.” Amid red rock country, people come face to face with themselves and the potentials of their nature. Author Dick Sutphen says psychic energy in Sedona is “greater than anywhere else in the country,” and the increased energy rapidly expands higher consciousness.
In the 1950’s, a woman named Page Bryant found energy centers, electromagnetic fields of energy, in the Sedona area: Boynton Canyon close to the ancient ruins of Palatki, on the north side of Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Rachel’s Knoll, Airport Mesa, and Chapel Road close to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Similar energy centers have been cited in Stonehenge, England, Machu Picchu, Peru, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Sedona has long been used by Native Americans for its healing atmosphere and sacred areas. The Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon area has been sacred to aboriginal people since prehistoric times. The Hopi, Navajo and their ancestors, as well as natives from Canada and Central America would journey here for healing and learning. Join us to discover the unique effect of this vortex energy that is said to accelerate healing, promote clarity and insight, and forward you on your journey.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the Seven Wonders of the Earth, the Grand Canyon is an awesome expanse of natural geology, flora, fauna and wildlife that is estimated to be five to six million years old. Located in northern Arizona, about a two-hour drive from Sedona, it is one of the country’s first national parks and a majestic display of the region’s geological and Native American past. The Grand Canyon has long been considered a U.S. treasure, and continues to inspire scientific study and puzzlement.
The 277-mile canyon varies in width between 600 feet and 18 miles, and is one-mile-deep. Scientists have been studying the Grand Canyon since 1858 and reported that the three “Granite Gorges” found here contain crystalline rocks created during the Proterozoic Era. Archaeologists have uncovered artifacts dating as far back as the Paleo-Indian period, 12,000 years ago. The views from various rims of the Canyon provide a breathtaking display of Nature’s magnificence that is found nowhere else on earth!
Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument
On the way to the Grand Canyon, we stop to experience the Sunset Crater and the Native American energy of the ancestors at the Wupatki Ruins and others in the area, about 33 miles northwest of Flagstaff. Once home to prehistoric Anasazi and Sinagua Indian farmers and traders — the Hisatsinom, as their Hopi descendants call them — there are scores of ruins scattered over a large section of desert.
The largest of the pueblos is Wupatki Ruin in the southeastern portion of the monument, estimated to be 700 years old. Here the Sinagua constructed an expansive three-story pueblo that contain nearly 100 rooms. They also built what is thought to be a ball court and another circular stone structure that may have been an amphitheater or a dance plaza. There are five unique ruin sites accessible by car: Nalakihu, Citadel, Lomaki, Wupatki and Wukoki and we let our retreat guests decide which ones we will stop to visit.
(Note: We do not provide daily Grand Canyon Tours except for guests who attend our Ultimate 5-Day Sedona-Grand Canyon Retreats.)
Encinitas, California, the home of Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Gardens, is truly a spiritual mecca! Located in north San Diego County, Encinitas is a Yoga beach town—attractive to surfers and bathers as well as Yogis who love finding a concentration of Yoga centers of all styles. The SRF Meditation Gardens, located on a cliff above the ocean are an ideal place to meditate. The Encinitas SRF also allows Sunday visits to the hermitage where Yogananda lived. And two hours north, you can visit the Lake Shrine SRF, which has a houseboat on the Lake that Yogananda used to meditate in that has very mesmerizing energy.
There are lots of local San Diego attractions including Old Town Historic San Diego, Sea World, Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo or Botanic Garden—plenty to choose from. We generally find you lodging on Route 101, the road closest to the beach, so that you can enjoy swimming or surfing, fun in the sun, and refreshing ocean breezes. The beach, fine restaurants, shops, exciting attractions, and yoga centers everywhere—truly a paradise for body, mind and spirit.