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, ERYT-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.
Five Friends on a Gals' Getaway Retreat
Twisting to Prepare for One-Legged Down Dog
On Bell Rock Balancing in the Tree
Bottoms up! Enjoying the shoulder stand Your retreat leader, Johanna Mosca, was featured live on Fox TV, Channel 5 News, being interviewed about her new book-- Cultivate Contentment: Using Ancient Wisdom
to Thrive in Today's World! Join us for for a life-enhancing Sedona experience!
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Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking tours and retreats have received international acclaim for over 17 years. Featured three times in the Yoga Journal, the latest in 2011, twice in Shape Magazine, also recommended in Hooked on the Outdoors, Your Health, Living Fit, New Age, the Valley Guide and the travel section of the NY Daily News. Johanna’s tours have been enjoyed and praised by authors of a variety of international magazines including Elle, Spur, Frau , Frontline, plus an article with a centerfold of Johanna meditating on Bell Rock in NEO Magazine. We hosted authors who attended our retreats and wrote first-hand articles for Arizona Highways, Essence, Alternative Medicine and Awareness Magazines. Our retreats were listed #1 in Sunset Magazine’s article “Ten Inspirational Retreats” and filmed for MTV, Channel 3: Good Morning, Arizona, and other TV shows. Click here to read more about our international publicity www.yogalife.net/press.html
To see photos of 17 years of retreats, to learn more about our retreat leader, Johanna Maheshvari Mosca, PhD, and view her Cultivate Contentment book interview on Fox TV, visit www.facebook.com/sedonaspirityogaandhiking
Juliette Grant from NYC Comments on Her Second Retreat With Us
I returned for my second Yoga & Hiking experience in Sedona with Johanna in October 2011 afterabout 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
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Pedro, left, flanked by Yoginis -Yoga Men are Most Welcome to Join Us!
Sedona Spirit Yoga, Hiking
and CONTENTMENT Retreats
Sunset Magazine's first choice of
"Ten Inspirational Retreats"
in their smart vacation issue, May 2008
Summer Retreats Recommended
in the June 2011 issue of the Yoga Journal
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Our 3 or 4-day spiritual retreat experience hiking Sedona vortexes is a fun, spiritual adventure designed to guide you to the next level of growth, clarity
(whatever that might be for you personally). Our Sedona Yoga, Hiking & Contentment Journey helps you to expand higher consciousness, access inner strength, deepen your spiritual grounding,
and cultivate ongoing contentment. Join us!
Juliette, Christy and April on a Retreat Hike
Christy's Comment-"Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Retreat is
a one-of-a-kind experience. The yoga, hiking and devotional time combined to create just what I needed to move deeper into my own self-discovery. Johanna is a gifted yoga instructor, and has a caring heart. Her lodge is fabulous, surrounding you with comforts and beauty, which is only amplified by the gorgeous rocks of Arizona. I truly enjoyed my experiences hiking, doing the sweat lodge, and bonding with the brave hearts and souls that made up our group."
—With Love from Christy
About Our Vortex Yoga Hikes--
What makes our Sedona hikes specialis that we help you make a deep connection with the sacred energy of the land. On our three or four-hour hikes to Sedona vortexes, we walk somewhere between a half mile and two miles, round trip, depending upon your preference. We can refer you to associates if you would like a longer, rigorous hike. On our leisurely vortex yoga hikes, we guide you to “Relax, Release, Receive and Renew!” Our Sedona yoga guides lead you to awesome vortex sites and guide you in a meditation to clear your mind, body and spirit, and then set intentions and launch them with powerful energy. We guide you amid the best hiking trails and can make your experience a very gentle, short nature walk, a moderate hike, or a lively jaunt amid Sedona hike trails. In just one hike, we help you access the inner peace and higher consciousness that Sedona vortexes are known for worldwide.
Our Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking experts help you--
Connect with the best of Sedona
Experience consciousness-raising vortex energies
Gain insight and clarity about life decisions
Access deep inner peace through yoga
Let go of daily stress and “en-lighten up”
Enjoy Sedona yoga, hiking and the best of Sedona!
Tap into your inner strength and deeper spirituality, and
learn to cultivate ongoing contentment in your everyday life
Enjoy a welcome tour of Sedona, a visit to a spectacular vortex hike trail, with intention setting & a restaurant dinner (paid by you)
Access inner peace in three indoor morning Sedona Yoga classes (all levels)
Connect with nature and Sedona vortexes energy in three gentle vortex hikes with yoga and meditation
Engage in prayer as we visit Sedona’s sacred sites
Learn gentle yoga, techniques for meditating and tools for transforming upsets into desired outcomes
Relax with optional healing massage just the way you like it
Sign up for psychic or astrology readings, shamanic healings or
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Aromatherapy
Experience compassionate life coaching by author and veteran retreat leader Johanna Maheshvari Mosca, PhD
Our Sedona Yoga & Hiking Retreat Team
On our team, we have expert guides to Sedona vortexes and
spiritual healers who work with our Sedona yoga retreat
guests. When Johanna interviews you, she will make suggestions
who is the best match for your Sedona vortex experience.
About Our Sedona Spirit Team--
We have Sedona's finest veteran tour guides, massage, Reiki and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Aromatherapy practitioners--plus shamanic healers, hypnotherapists, and astrology and psychic readers on call for appointments with you. Johanna leads the Sedona Yoga & Hiking retreat program and makes sure that you are well taken care of and have the opportunity to pursue free time to explore your own interests such as bicycling on red rock trails. It is our team's commitment to guide you to enjoy a heart-opening experience amid Sedona vortexes as we introduce you to the best of Sedona!
Optional Local Activities You Can Add to Your Retreat
Psychic or astrology readings, past life regression, shamanic
healings, Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST), sound healing, hypnotherapy and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.
Visit Montezuma’s Well & Castle or the artists’ community of Jerome
Enjoy local evening events not sponsored by Sedona Yoga & Hiking, e.g. flute concert or star gazing or a Native American sweat lodge--as available
See one of the wonders of the world--add on a a full-day Grand Canyon Tour or a spa day
Call us to discuss Grand Canyon options 928-282-9900
What about lodging? You get to choose!
The Contentment Lodge (a 20 minute drive from Sedona) provides cozy luxurious lodging in a rural, mountain top setting with awesome views. It is a secluded getaway from the city lights, which is spacious and great for stargazing. Guests have a living room area to gather in and cozy outdoor patio and gazebos to enjoy the delicious breakfast. We have a sacred medicine wheel, several mountain meditation nooks, and luxurious outdoor furniture for your comfort. www.contentmentbnb.com
Sedona Bed & Breakfasts Located in the Heart of Town provide a lovely setting in walking distance from wonderful stores and restaurants. The advertized retreat fee includes lodging at the Contentment Lodge only. For lodging at any one pof the Sedona Bed & Breakfasts, there will be an added cost to the retreat fee for accommodations.
The Sedona Yoga & Hiking Vortex Retreat was Sunset Magazine's#1 choice for smart vacations in May 2008! Click here to see a wide variety of glowing international publicity recommending our guided hikes to Sedona vortexes and Sedona retreats for the past 17 years. Press about our retreats
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
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
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, Mortgage Banking, Chicago, IL
Chiropractic Staff Retreat:
"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.
Our Healing Sedona Yoga & Hiking Vortex Retreats are for anyone who wants to expand aliveness
and cultivate ongoing contentment.
Have a lot of fun sharing the peace of yoga
and hiking amid Sedona vortexes.
Beginners are most welcome!
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 who attended our Jan. 14-17, 2010 Retreat
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RETREAT TRANSPORTATION : Transportation to Sedona and the various retreat sites is not provided by Sedona Yoga & Hiking. Participants share short-distance rides in their rental cars at their own responsibility. Johanna Maheshvari Mosca and her Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking retreat team are not responsible for transportation. We can be step-on guides, using your vehicle, or meet you at the trail site.
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RETREAT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
To register for a retreat, please call Johanna 928-282-9900 to see if we have space available, as the Contentment Lodge accommodates 8-10 guests. Your leader, Johanna Mosca, will send you a registration form to complete and return with either a $300 deposit or full retreat payment, which is due to be paid-in-full three weeks (21 days) prior to the retreat start date. To hold a full retreat with lodging, we need to have a minimum of six guests registered, and if we do not have six guests registered two weeks in advance, we will either cancel the retreat and refund fees or have Johanna's very wonderful Yoga Instructor and Hike Leader Team lead most of your retreat if there are at least four people registered. This highly skilled team, that usually leads part of the retreat each day, will play a greater role in guiding your Sedona journey. If you have already secured airline tickets for a cancelled retreat, we will help you find affordable Sedona lodging and schedule yoga and hiking activities for you so that you do not have to change your flight. Please register early to guarantee your space. Our retreats usually do fill quite early! Namaste.
Rain sometimes happens, even in Sedona. If there is a heavy rain or even snow, we will have alternate activities to the usually scheduled vortex yoga hikes, such as short vortex visits and trips to other places of interest. Also, the optional sweat lodges, that are not run by Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking, are usually cancelled by the leader in inclement weather. There are absolutely no refunds for weather changes or any other reason once a retreat has started.
RETREAT CANCELLATION POLICY
Life happens and sometimes we need to change plans. For all Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreats, our policy is as follows--
Cancellation up to 30 days prior to Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking retreat start--payment is refunded minus $300 non-refundable registration fee per person.
With proper notification of at least 30 days, guests can transfer payment (minus $300 registration fee) to another Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreat date within the same year.
Cancellation up to 15 days prior to Sedona retreat start, ---no refunds; 50% of retreat fee (minus the $300 cancellation fee) can be applied to another retreat in the same year in the event of a documented medical emergency or death in the family.
Cancellation less than 15 days before Sedona retreat start date, absolutely no refunds for any reason or funds applied to future retreats.
Absolutely no refunds for any reason once a retreat begins.
Our scheduled Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking events may be cancelled with full refund two weeks before start date if we have not met the minimum of having completed registrations from a minimum of 6 guests. However, we can help provide lodging and a choice of activities for your independent visit in the event of any cancelled retreat dates.
Discounted group fees agreed upon by group leader may vary with the number of actual registrations received by your group and may be adjusted prior to the retreat start if your original number of estimated registrations is not met. In the event that the promised number is not met, those already registered will have to pay the additional fee.
We will work with you to achieve a satisfactory solution in the event you find you must cancel.
Namaste, Johanna Maheshvari
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Call of the Wild
" ... If you've ever been on a yoga retreat, you know that the experience of practicing yoga in a beautiful place, with the support of like-minded people and plenty of time for rest and relaxation, can refresh your outlook and create the conditions for breakthroughs in your practice and in your whole life." The article recommended our
2011 Sedona Vortex Yoga & Hiking Retreats!
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The Price is Right
Money-Saving Tips for
the Savvy Yoga Traveler
Once again Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking was featured in this article about “Yoga for Every Budget.” We were one of nine recommended retreat centers listed as having low to middle to high pricing. Author Elizabeth Cutting cited Sedona Spirit Yoga as having “middle” pricing and wrote that we offer custom retreats for various “middle of the road” prices based on participants’ choice of accommodations and the length of stay. She then referred readers to our website www.sedonaspirityoga.com
December 2000 Soul Revival: 10 Holiday Retreats that Renew Body and Spirit
Our Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking New Year’s Vortex Retreat for 2000 was featured in the Yoga Journal, as one of ten outstanding retreats for physical, mental and spiritual self-renewal.
Recommending Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreats, author Elizabeth Cutting wrote—“Relax, Release and Receive in a Raja (Classical Hatha) Yoga retreat for all levels. Johanna Maheshvari Mosca, Ph.D., author of YogaLife: 10 Steps to Freedom, shows how to live your yogic practice in every aspect of life.”
March 2004 6 Great Yoga Hikes
Author Gina De Millo, cited Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking as one of six outstanding hiking adventures in the United States. Gina wrote— “Sedona Spirit will guide you through several vortex sites on yoga-hike trips ranging from a four-hour jaunt to a five-day retreat. You’ll brush through fragrant fields of sage and juniper, past flowering prickly pear cacti, and dip into canyons below red rock spires to explore ancient Native American cliff dwellings. Along the hike trail, you’ll stop to learn gentle Hatha yoga poses, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation and chakra balancing.”
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July 1998 Head Trips
Writing about a dozen “Holidays for Body and Soul,” author Katy Koontz included Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreats as one of the spiritual vacations that “have a more lasting impact than your typical see-all-the-sights or lie-on-the-beach getaway that leaves you will little more than some souvenirs and a tan.” Recommending our Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreats, Katy wrote—“Adventure with Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking includes American Indian spirituality rituals (medicine wheels, etc.), plus daily hike to power vortexes in Arizona’s red rock country.”
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More Than Skin Deep
Alternative Medicine Magazine sent author Dawn Gallager with her photographer to attend a Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking retreat yoga class and go on a private vortex yoga hike to Bell Rock with Johanna.
In her article about the experience, Dawn wrote—“With a soft, clear voice, Johanna gently led us into triangle stands, the plough, cobra and more, making sure we did the poses correctly. Then we went to Bell rock for hiking and yoga stretching amid views that were absolutely breathtaking…. Johanna believes that yoga is so much more than postures; it is a way of life that can lead to vibrant health, well-being and peace.”
January 2001 Sojourns for the Soul Essence Magazine sent Author Akissi Britton to attend a 3-Day Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreat following a stressful time in her life. For their Lifestyle and Travel Section, Akissi Britton participated in and wrote about the retreat experience firsthand. In her article, Akissi wrote—“After settling in, Johanna led my two fellow participants and me in a guided yoga meditation.
As I inhaled and exhaled deeply, visualizing my breath entering and leaving my body, I imagined the defensive barriers I’d erected for survival slowly crumbling. In the stillness that our meditation encouraged, I began once again to hear my inner voice whisper that everything would be okay.”
Akissi went on to describe the positive impact of the Sedona Spirit vortex yoga hikes, and a healing didgeridoo concert. She ended her article saying—“It wasn’t until later that I realized how carefully planned the retreat had been. Each activity took me further and further, as if to say, “Now you’re ready for a little more.” And I am ready—ready for a new year of love and healing.”
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June 2006 FRAU Magazine (Japan)
Frau Magazine featured a two-page centerfold of a Sedona Spirit Yoga staff member, Kate, doing yoga and meditation at the Cathedral Rock Vortex in an article recommending our Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex hikes and retreats.
The author spoke of the power of Sedona's vortexes, and the photography displayed the beauty of the red rock spires in Sedona.
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Summer 2005 Soothe Your Soul Northern Arizona Single-Day Getaways to Rejuvenate the Spirit Author Amy Abrams was happy to spend a day with us doing research for her article. She wrote about how she benefited from a psychic reading and three-hour vortex yoga hike with our Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking team. About her yoga hike, she commented that she was “impressed with the heightened vitality from postures at this exquisite vortex site…and the beauty and power of this sacred spot.”
Amy’s long Sedona adventure ended with a late yoga therapy appointment with Johanna, about which she wrote—“Johanna Mosca was eager to facilitate my spiritual growth with a one-on-one session in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—a combination of classical yoga and mind-body psychology that promotes a powerful release of tension from emotional issues held within the body. With Mosca assisting me through yoga postures and guided breathing with the aid of specifically chosen aromatherapy oils, I release old, deeply stored body memories. This is a profound process providing valuable insights and dramatic release of tensions form a difficult period in my life. I am so tired following the session that it is not until the next morning that I realize how light, peaceful, and free I feel. Now weeks later, I am enjoying the positive results of clearing deeply rooted negative emotion.”
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February 2003 SPUR Magazinewrote about a vortex yoga hike with Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking led by Johanna. They displayed photos of Johanna leading yoga and meditation at Bell Rock vortex.
The author wrote about how relaxing and pleasurable the experience was and the beauty and magnificence of the vortex site.
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To see all magazine, book and TV publicity featuring Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking vortex retreats, and read the feature story about our hikes in the NY Daily News Travel Section on July 27, 2007, click here.