Read what people say about Sedona Spirit Yoga and Retreats

Testimonials 2017-04-05T19:05:54+00:00

Sedona_Trip_Jan_2010_030_000Breathtaking Beauty

The breathtaking beauty of the landscape and the caring nature of our guide, Johanna, transformed our souls. Pictures cannot capture the joy and contentment we found in Sedona, an experience that will stay with us forever.

Denise & Tammy

paulandlisaHoneymoon Hikers

Our Honeymoon Hike with Johanna  was a perfect way to share our love and happiness and launch our life together.

Paul & Lisa

YO Vinny–Live Strong!


Dear Johanna,

I just wanted to touch base to say thank you again for taking time out of your retreat to guide Vinny & I  through an amazing Vortex experience at Bell Rock. We’ve been talking about it since we left Sedona.  You  have such a positive energy around you, and we were truly lucky to have met you. Attached are a couple of the pictures you took…   they’re great!   Thank you again.

Namaste, Kerri & Vinny (YO Vinny!) Marchionni

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My name is Melissa Preston and I live in Kingman, Arizona. I have hiked with you in the past and really enjoyed all you had to offer. Thank you for all you do. You are inspiration and I look forward to hiking with you again. You left a lasting impression on me and am so grateful for meeting you:)

Namaste, Melissa

CIMG1482Grateful Couple

I just wanted to write a quick message to thank Johanna and her staff for our wonderful 3 hour vortex hike.  My wife Gena and I wanted to spend a nice morning with a hike an possibly some relaxing yoga. We searched and searched the internet for Sedona places that provided these services and we could not have picked a better person for it!

Johanna understands her surroundings and really made the experience better than what we expected.  We came back from our hike satisfied and energized.  Thanks again Johanna!


Love is never letting go


Linda & I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful day in Sedona. Everything was perfect today, from taking us on a short hike up Bell Mountain, beautiful weather, incredible views, vortex discussions, a dedication to those recently passing away, reflections of our inner spiritual thoughts and topped off with an awesome yoga class in the best surroundings anyone can ask for.

You made Linda & me very comfortable and your decision to bring in additional folks is a testament to your trust and love of people. Having time to think about and speak to Linda’s brother Bobby and my mom (recently deceased) was a special and unexpected moment for us. Linda also had tears in her eyes when I told her she was more beautiful than a flower, stronger than the earth and smarter than her father.  We can never thank you enough for the experience we had today. Spending time with you was very, very, very good (clap)…yeah!

Tom & Linda

Life in Full Swing


Dear Johanna, What can I say but WOW! Your leadership of our 4-day Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Vortex Retreat was superb. From your expertise in hiking the Red Rocks of Sedona, to your extensive knowledge of yoga, to your attunement to the energy of the ecosystem—you are a masterpiece of nature! The first time we spoke on the telephone, your vivacious personal energy immediately established rapport. I was delighted to experience four glorious days in spiritual renewal and rejuvenation with you in beautiful Sedona AZ. As a result, I am amazed at my newly-found clarity of purpose. I highly recommend you, your heartfelt presence, your passion for helping people, and your awesome retreat to anyone needing a well-being boost!

Much love and appreciation
to you, Cathy

(Motivational speaker and author (Life in Full Swing) who attended our Jan. 14-17, 2010 Retreat)

mikeA Wonderful One-on-One

It was a great experience. The one on one time with Johanna was great. I feel honored to have had the chance to benefit from her wisdom and life experiences in such a peaceful place.


Sunset on Bell Rock

P1070095_000Our time spent with Johanna on Bell Rock watching the sun set on the mountains, whilst doing yoga was, for sure, one of our best memories of our visit to Sedona.

We will return! Thank you so much Johanna. You are a delight!

Love, Julie & Terry

anahikephoto_001Anna and her husband – Warriors on Bell Rock

My husband and I had a wonderful first experience with Sedona Vortex Site and outdoor Yoga. What an amazing day it was!

Thank you Libby for sharing this practice with us.

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Johanna, Thank you again for the incredible magical experience on 11/11/11. Craig and I had a wonderful time hiking, meditating and doing yoga with you and Roxanne. We are eternally grateful for your time and generosity. The whole experience was much more than we expected.

All our best to you now and always,

Staci and Craig Seattle WA

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An afternoon of bodacious bonding.  Johanna shared her wisdom in a caring, fun-filled way. A lovely intro to the spirit of Sedona!

Nancy, Jessica, and Maria

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It was the best workout I have ever had.  Doing meditation and Yoga at the vortex was such a relaxing, spiritual, peaceful, yet very powerful moment. Feeling that you are always connected to the universe, are protected and given love from god and angels and it’s just beautiful.

Special thanks to Johanna, an inspirational lady!

Yui Sakai

 Family Sharing Time



Johanna, I loved the hiking, learning about the vortex theories and the meditation/family sharing time with the oils. That was a special time to say nice things to each other that we don’t normally say and it totally reinforced the love that we have for each other. You are a very special person, Johanna and I am so glad to have met you. Debbie, Dave and Daughter

IMG_3208.5Tree.555Amy’s Girls’ Getaway

Amy and friends had a fun vortex hike to Bell Rock and enjoyed balancing in Tree Pose. All smiles!



I wanted to share with you my ultimate gratitude for our journey together. You opened my eyes to a lot of what was bothering me and how strong I really am, not only spiritually,but  mentally and physically.  Breathing in my fear, allowed me to climb mountains and be on cliffs that I thought I would never be able to do.

You have made such a difference in my life and I truly thank you for your inspiration, kind words and guidance. The four hours we spent together I will never forget.

Namaste, Caitlin

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Johanna and Libbi,

Just wanted to tell you what a wonderful time Debbie, Cathe and I had on our hike with Libbi last Saturday.  It was everything we had anticipated and more.  Libbi is an awesome person and a nurturing and informative instructor.  We are planning to come to Sedona again soon, and we will make another yoga hike a must-do on our trip!  Thanks so much.
Leave it on the mountain!

Jill Van Horn

Greatest Experience We Had in Sedona!!


Hello, I visited Sedona with some of friends of mine last month. During our stay, we booked your 4 hrs Vortex hikes and yoga tour and Libbi guided us to Cathedral rock and taught us Yoga. It was the greatest experience that we had in Sedona!!Thank you so much!  If we visit Sedona again in the future, we will definitely book your tour again!

With best regards,
Saori Kitajima


Father-Daughter Yoga


Dear Johanna,

My Wife’s relatives have just arrived in Tokyo. As you can imagine, they have enjoyed immensely their stay in the US. On a more personal note, Edison, and especially Myriam, are still raving about the hike and Yoga class on Bell Rock, with you. Thank you very much again for all you did for us; and for your patience and understanding. Please find attached some of the photos taken that special day.

Sincerely yours, Remi Benzaken

Highlight of My Vacation


Hi Johanna,

I would like to thank you for the highlight of my vacation in Sedona. The hike was beautiful and informative, the guided meditation was special, and the yoga overlooking inspirational vistas was awesome!! I have told so many people about this experience.

Thanks again,

photoSoaking in the Vortex

Masako Visits from Japan and calls Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking from the tour guide book we appeared in. She is happy to be here and understands to watch out for the cactus and take the time to go within her deeper self to feel the vortex energy and her connection with God and Mother Earth. There is no need to speak English or Japanese or to speak at all. The Silence is the gift.

Arigato, Masako

Growing Closer in Sedona!!

mail.google.comDear Johanna,

I appreciate your patience and understanding regarding my foot injury and my slow pace on your hike. It is healing and I am being mindful to stretch and rest between clients.

Rick and I enjoyed the beautiful practice and the time together by the creek with such a special group. Your meditation and practice and beautiful spirit set the intention for our time in Sedona. I believe Rick has a greater understanding of my passion for yoga and a heightened sense of possibility and peace. We definitely grew closer through this experience. I appreciate his and your spirit of adventure and openness.

We had an amazing vacation which renewed our spirits as well as our relationship. Sedona is a place of healing and empowerment inspiring one to remember who we were born to be. Thank you.

Love, Debbie and Rick

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Thank you Johanna!!

Gina and Haylee Zalewski

So many retreat memories to treasure...

Warm, sunny, wonderful yoga and spirituality at the vortexes, labyrinths, Native sites, with wonderful hikes and excursions. It was much more than just a retreat from the demands of everyday living–the time was a rejuvenating week of looking inward, reflecting and transforming. Johanna is an insightful teacher and guide and she plans just enough active time with quiet time. Her Contentment Lodge is warm, welcoming and quiet. One of the best retreats I have done!
— Eileen, PRYT-500

The retreat was very refreshing. I learned and was exposed to so many new things which enabled me to focus on me, learn about me and love myself a little bit more. Some of my favorite things during the week were hikes with fun and knowledgeable leaders, early morning yoga and the tea ceremonies. If I had to describe the retreat in one word, I would say, enlightening.
Peace and love, Martha
A Yoga retreat in Sedona with Johanna is a unique experience. The Yoga classes were amazing; Johanna is a gifted teacher who makes students of all levels feel comfortable. Most memorable were Phoenix Rising sessions and Yoga among the red rocks. Come prepared to laugh, feel free, and be energized.
Mark Raza, Attorney-at-law, Washington, DC

Our Sedona experience was magical...

Our Sedona experience was magical. Our office went to Sedona with the hopes that each staff member and myself might experience physical, mental, and spiritual renewal. A close friend had insisted we contact Maheshvari (Johanna) to lead us on our retreat. I must say that each of our experiences were beyond anything we had imagined. We each left with a new sense of purpose and vision not only in our working lives, but in our personal lives as well. Upon returning, our practice ignited. We had the two biggest months in our ten year history. I still treasure the memories experienced while in Sedona and am thankful for Maheshvari’s guidance, patience, and intuitiveness that led to tremendous breakthroughs that have made me a better person and physician.
— Dr. Dennis A. Harris, D.C.

I returned for my second Yoga & Hiking experience in Sedona with Johanna in October 2011 after about 10 years. Both trips west from NYC were fueled by a need for healing, realignment and clarity at a time when my life was at a crossroads. Just being present in the beauty and energy of Sedona is enough to heal your spirit. Being in Sedona as part of Johanna’s retreat enhances and personalizes the experience as she connected our group to the most powerful places in Sedona with the absolute best people to guide us. Johanna and staff are extremely knowledgeable and respectful of each group member’s individual spiritual journey. Beginning and ending the day at the Contentment Lodge was like waking up and returning to the comforts of home.I received exactly what I needed during my stay, am working to continue the lessons learned and maintain the peace I achieved in Sedona until my next visit.
With Love from, Juliette
Johanna, The retreat was a joy in so many ways, from the fabulous backdrop of Sedona’s red hills to the sacred space that you created for us each and every day. The yoga, meditation, hiking, Buddhist temple, were all so lovingly arranged and delivered. Thank you for showing me a path to sacred places, both within and outside of me. You are a great teacher. I left feeling more at home in the world than I can ever recall, so I hope to return again some day.
All my best,
Ann, IT Management, Arlington, VA
My Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Retreat truly changed my life. I felt relaxed and at home with Johanna in the large, comfortable, gorgeous Contentment B&B. I greatly enjoyed Johanna’s in-depth style of yoga. She skillfully led us through uplifting morning yoga experiences both indoors in the lovely yoga room and outside amid magnificent surrounding views.

Johanna’s hike leaders were inspiring and taught us about Sedona’s history, sacred places and plant life. Their guided group meditation in Sedona’s most beautiful and powerful spots was moving and healing. We hiked and practiced yoga on the red rocks with awesome views, and shared from our hearts during group circles. Johanna’s knowledge and interpretation of Sedona’s vortex energy was impressive and enlightening. She truly shares her gifts with each retreat attendee.

My Sedona retreat was exactly what I needed — a very spiritual and healing experience at a time when I was recovering from a recent, particularly-nasty break-up. I had arrived feeling stressed out, upset, overwhelmed and defeated. I left feeling calm, peaceful and strong.

On my drive home, I made the decision to become a yoga instructor. That was 10 months ago, and I’m happy to report that I am now certified and teaching a weekly beginners yoga class. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone. It set me on a beautiful path of health and self-discovery.

K. G., Internet Marketing Consultant,, Denver, CO
Johanna, I wanted to let you know what a wonderful time I had at your weekend retreat. You and your staff made everyone feel safe and welcome. It was a spiritually rewarding experience. Thank you so much.
Joe Pacifici, Chicago, IL
Dear Johanna,
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart and my husband Ed’s for such an enlightening weekend. If anyone is doing the Spirit’s work, you are:) We meditated to your CD last night. How relaxing. Thank you and may God continue to bless your “helping” journey. Ed and I still talk about our “honeymoon” retreat. It was an awesome experience and a perfect way to start a marriage.
Elaine Buehner, Flight Attendant, South Plainfield, NJ
Two Retreats in One Year! We benefited so much from our first Sedona Spirit Yoga Retreat that we came back for another retreat within a year with two friends. Both retreats were very rewarding and have given us the tools for relaxing, looking inward and getting more in touch with ourselves. It’s been a true learning experience that has changed our lives for the better.
Dan and Karen Gallistel, Madison, WI