Ancient Cultures & Canyons Index

Native Lands & People
Sacred, Archaeological, Historical Sites
In Arizona & New Mexico

Explore Southwest, US, Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Havasupai and other Native American cultures, prehistoric sites. Cosmology, history, legends, archaeology, natural history, personal interactions with Native hosts. Enter with respect, connect with spirit of place.

 

Crossing Worlds Journeys & Retreats
Inspiring, Insightful, Personal Experiences of Sedona, Arizona, the Ancient Southwest & your inner vision.

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Available year round as guided or independent traveler journey:

Hopi Mesas Journey
plus enroute Navajo culture & Painted Desert

Hopi 2 day journey

Navajo 2-day journey

Southwest Ancient Cultures journey, 3 - 5 days
Arranged for 4 or more or independent traveler consulting

Grand Canyon and Sacred Peaks Journey

Special programs:

Thanksgiving weekend:
Hopi and Navajo 2-day Journey, Native people live with gratitude as a cultural way of life. We invite you to enhance your Thanksgiving weekend by sharing with these kind hearted peoples so the meaning can come to life for you, great chance to shop for Christmas, personalized village and home visits, traditional foods.

Summer Solstice events: Sedona, Hopi and Canyon de Chelly

New Native Fusion Retreats

Independent Travel Option:

Special Journeys can be arranged for your group at other dates or as an independent traveler experience that begins with an in depth seminar in Sedona based on Sandra Cosentino's lifetime of experience with the lands, cultures and sacred sites and earth energies. Then you head out with maps, reference packet, CD with regional songs, stories to meet Native guides and also explore on your own.

I just need to know your goals, time frame and destinations to set up a customized experience for you.

 

Some pertinent cultural articles in our Blog:
--Native Infusion;
Exploring how respectful interactions between cultures can engender fresh perspectives.
--Navajo Weaver interview
--Siberians Come to Hopi & Navajo Lands
--Hopi Cycle of the Year
--Hopi Kachina doll information
--Hopi Poems, Photos and Essay



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Guest comments:

"The people and places that Sandra introduced me to were so vibrant that they sustain me in an on-going way. I have been on at least four trips with Sandra over the last 7 years. They have all been extraordinary. She is a remarkable guide, subtle, yet every trip has been a physical and internal adventure."
J. Telles, California, 2001

"I HIGHLY recommend Crossing Worlds to any traveler within Sandra Cosentino's range. We feel EXTREMELY grateful to have found her!!!! Sandra took care of every detail of our trip from wheelchair rental to hotel accommodations. Every thing was absolutely perfect during our 9 day adventure during which my 80 year old parents and myself (I'm in my 40s) did everything you can think of - from a 4 hour jeep tour of Canyon De Chelly to playing Bingo on the Hopi rez until 11:30 at night! (The Bingo probably won't be a common request - but it was ours and she made it happen!)

"We met some lovely people through her and felt both excited and relaxed during our trip. Being Native myself I can tell you that traveling with Sandra will allow you to meet real people from the area - who happen to be Indian - and if you are not familiar with Indian culture(s) you will have a real view into a different world from the "dominant" one most of us live our daily lives within. Words can not convey all of our experiences - I wish the same positive energy and force that all three of us gained for our lives to all travelers who are fortunate enough to have found Sandra and Crossing Worlds."
Roberta A Duhaime, DVM, Mohawk heritage, Oct. 2003

 

 

Guided immersion experience journeys
into the heart of the Peoples and the Places.

squawdance.JPG (49068 bytes)Other Options:
--Private group explorations
-- Consulting
--Independent traveler option with pre-trip seminar, itinerary planning, CD, reservations with guides

The Colorado Plateau, the second largest plateau in the world, is a place of mysterious beauty. The land is alive with Creation stories exposed in the sinuous canyons which are rugged mountains upside down.   Absorb the unearthly luminous qualities of light on rock and vast plateau lands and of brilliant stars at night.

This is a dreamscape sculpted by elemental forces. Radiant with sun, quickened by lightning, resonant with many millennia of human prayer honoring this sacred earth. The wind that shapes the wondrous formations gives voice to the indwelling spirit that Navajos call Nilchi'i, the inner spirit of humans, the mountains, the stars and all of creation.

This Southwest region has the largest concentration of national monuments, parks and spectacular canyon and mesa landscapes anywhere. This is the mythological landscape of living cultures with roots in another time. With one of the clearest atmospheres in the world, we take time to star and moon gaze and to breathe in the stunning sunset and sunrise colors!

Here imagination is stimulated. Who are we? Why are we here now? Pondering, sensing the mysteries of those who came before, we walk among the remote and exquisitely beautiful remains of stone cliff dwellings, pueblo villages and gaze upon other-worldly images left carved and painted on canyon walls. And, in fact, these ancient peoples are still here.

Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and other Native Peoples warmly welcome you as they share their stories, lives, ways, reverence, earth-spirit ways and arts in homes and villages, around the campfire, and in special backcountry places.

We come together in a warm circle of friends from many nations telling our stories. Legends & earth wisdom woven with historic color, nature, geology, archaeology and real people interactions.

"While it may sound a bit corny to say that our trip with you changed our lives, it certainly has had an impact in so many ways.  In some way I feel liberated from the idea of putting people into categories, seeing people in a particular light. The Hopis especially have broadened our horizons in these respects.  What wonderfully warm, friendly folks they are! They have so little materially but their hearts are bigger than most!  Their way of life, while so different from ours, professes love of family and community and their link to the earth and what she gives to us each day is so refreshing, so real.  We take so much for granted on this planet and when witnessing the way in which the natives revere the tiniest grains of corn, their sustenance, we are brought back to a realisation that in many ways we get our priorities wrong.  They are truly beautiful souls."
Virginia Foley, Toronto, Canada, Jan., 2006

Special Programs
Southwest regional flavors of the land: foods, cultures and circles of celebration...

We create experiences featuring local foods, cultures, songs, stories and circles of sharing to extend this joy to you and to support local food producers. These will feature foods with thousands of years of history with the Hopi people who are masters of the heirloom corn still grown today by dry farming, foods brought to the "New World" by the Spanish, local high desert vineyards/wineries, Navajo traditional foods and Churro sheep, new Santa Fe style Southwest cooking, Chimayo chilis, Taos Pueblo foods and more.

Also here in Sedona are leading edge practitioners of organic raw food cuisine including amazing nutritious-delicious raw chocolate we will introduce you to for your good health and taste bud awakening (plus the local Sedona tradition of drum circles under the full moon). In winter or early spring we will explore some Sonoran desert foods and ecosystems in Southern Arizona. Dates to be announced.

A Yavapai woman grinding wild lemonade berries on metate at a Verde Valley, Arizona gathering

 

 

 

see related article: Agave Roasting: Apache and Puebloan Tradition

Remembering Arizona of an older time...

When trading posts and lodges were important human gathering points. A time when we took more time to absorb by direct experience and listen to the stories. This was a time when people lived closer to the land.

Historical lodges, trading posts, rock art, sections of old Route 66, Native peoples, Grand Canyon north and south rims from perspective of ancient sacred place, Glen Canyon/Colorado River, condor release site and more.

Led by an Arizona native who remembers and misses this slower time of: old time pioneers and cowboys, Navajo peoples coming into town in wagons, who grew up knowing Brighty of the Grand Canyon was a true hero.

see article: Brighty of the Grand Canyon, folklore and images

Hopi Ceremonial Cycle,
information and photos article.

Updated on February 20, 2014