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Be Your Own Shaman-Seer Insight Retreat

Be Your Own Shaman-Seer Insight Retreat


Create your personalized retreat any time of the year in the Sedona, Arizona area with Sandra Cosentino

Nature connection is a core skill of the shaman. You will be out at dawn, day, sunset and stars.

Full Moon rising at twilight over Sedona cliffs by Monica Parsley

Insight retreat to connect with timeless wisdom and your soul’s fire.  Become your own shaman-seer and evoke change that can have profound effects on your life.

Attention, Intention, Intuition, Courage & Presence in mystical communion amid red cliff dreamscapes
renewed balance, perception of new possibilities, deepened sense of who you are and sources of spiritual support

Core 5-6 day core program detailed here.

See links to other retreat programs at bottom of this page:
* shorter Shaman-Seer retreats from 2-5 days
* Vision Quest Retreat, 3-day intro and 8-day intensive
* other special retreats

Index to all Retreats including dates of scheduled programs.


Developing attentiveness in nature skills, a core skill for the modern day shaman-seer. Photo by Sandra CosentinoChoose to evoke change and movement, to create a new mythology in Sedona’s mythological landscapes. Free limiting patterns and emotional-energetic stuck places with loving kindness to yourself, see-imagine-invoke new potentialities.

I have created an integrated program that helps you open the pathways to your own soul’s knowing. If this feels right, if you feel ready, I am here for you. Creator gifted me with the ability to hold space for people, to reflect back their soul’s gifts in an honoring, insightful, supportive way. I help you create a safe and sacred space.

The daily sessions will provide you with feedback and insights.

Your own daily practice with inner tools and nature awareness are a core part of the retreat. To get the most out of it, please clear space for this so you can turn off the cell phone and computer and really be Present with You.

The landscape temples of Sedona open your heart, energize and reflect light back to you. But your own intention and willingness to be in compassionate communion with all that you are without judgment gives wings to your journey!

Option to do the whole retreat or select portions based on your goals and time frame.

Some Pathways We Work With:

Shamanism for today is based on ancient principles of ecstatic union with the divine and is the worlds’ oldest form of spiritual practice. Wild nature is a doorway, a direct pipeline of connection. A “shaman” is a person practiced in reading the signs, receiving and transmitting energies, and journeying in his/her spirit body to obtain information/energies needed for guidance and healing.

These direct experiences of expanded reality shift perceptions and create new neural pathways. New insights flow in that support conscious re-creation of your life in a frequency more aligned with your soul. Each of us has the ability to develop these skills, once the primary domain of the designated “Medicine Man/Woman”.

Nature as a Portal to Spirit.  Develop a life-enhancing, attentive relationship to Nature energies, beings, intelligence and the signs that flow to us constantly. This focus and time outdoors deepens instinctive knowing, builds confidence, releases stress, and helps move energies. We journey amid landscape temples practicing extra-ordinary knowing-sensing, deep listening, observing the signs, making relationship with the rocks, plant and animal beings, deepening our sense of knowing and connection. We are out at dawn, sunset and under the stars building confidence and perception skills. Experience deep soul communion in nature with solo time on your own practicing shape shifting, deep observing.

Mindfulness and Attentiveness–here-now, clear-eyed, compassionate Presence with Self as your point of power.

I intuitively assist you in reading signs from nature, your body, your dreams, meditations, visions and the tarot/medicine cards.

Learn to do your own soul-retrieval and bring more of you home–allow more of your soul’s light to shine.

Conscious evolution is supported by using powerful insight tools such as lucid dreaming,  clearing energies/patterns, meditation, tuning into your body’s inherent wisdom. We connect with inspiration from the greater wisdom field to invite your next becoming. We practice effective daily meditation and being more present here and now and chakra clearing.

boy dreaming of tigers, medicine animals, power animalsDreams are a direct and potent source of guidance and healing. We work with dream seeding, sensing the energy/essence of the dream, lucid dreaming, freeing stuck energies, connecting with Higher Guidance. You become more and more the creator of your own dream.


Ceremony is used throughout the retreat to make perceptual shifts real to our physical being and to activate positive change.

The Circle of Power Healing Ceremony is a powerful participatory experience using intention, prayers, gratitude, spiritual energies, focus for your new balance. We connect with spirit helpers and high frequency energies which assist us to release that which no longer serves and bring in a new sense of balance. My spirit guides work through me on your behalf to assist you in your own healing intention.

Each experience builds on the others in a series of insights and knowings.   And during your focused practice in nature and using awareness tools between sessions, integration and energy movement occurs. Participants go home with a deepened sense of connection to their own knowing and vision. 

My prayer for you is to take these tools and direct experiences back to your daily life
and that your radiance will inspire others!
Sandra Cosentino

1. Being My Own Shaman-Seer Core Program: 5-6 days

We can modify the program to work with your timeframe, goals and budget (for example, you may already be familiar with Sedona, so we can delete the Sedona Explorer Tour, you may want to add an insight session for deeper work, or if it is winter, we might eliminate the sunset-star circle).
I suggest spreading it out over 6 days if possible to give you more time for integration, nature practices and dream feedback. 

If you do not have time for full 6 day Retreat, Retreat 2C (below) has most of these core elements or we can compress the schedule.

exact order will vary; can be adjusted to fit your time frame and other activities and the season.

Lodging, meals are NOT included.
I will send you a list of recommended places to stay in a variety of prices ranges (hotels, B&B’s, camping).
Time frames for sessions depends on # of participants.
The retreats are posted and open to add other participants (which lowers the cost and provides opportunities for increased group energies)

(1 or 2 person price does not guarantee a private retreat, but does assure you that it will happen on the dates you want to come to Sedona; these programs are open for others to join.)

Each day you will have dream, meditation and writing practice and study sheets to review on your own flowing from the skills we practice in the retreat. Each day you will have nature practices and communion time on your own. These begin instilling skills to take back into your life and are the essence of you becoming your own seer and healer. Each day we will share dreams, signs that come to you–I will be giving you feedback.

After the retreat.  I recommend you give yourself a day after our retreat to shop, have fun, integrate before returning to your busy home-work world. Adding on a Hopi and Navajo Journey during or after the retreat is a powerful addition and integration of ancient earth wisdom principals.

Insight Sessions and Circle of Power Drum Healing Ceremony are held at Desert Studio site 20 minutes south of Sedona.

4 Sisters sacred site

4 Sisters sacred site

day 1
Sedona Explorer + Earth & Sky Speak to Us Tour
(4 hours with 3 people, 3.5 hours with 2, 3 hours with 1)
Sedona Sacred Sites/Vortex Tour + Earth and Sky Speak to us flowing experience amid Sedona’s landscape temples. Practice ways of being in nature as a doorway to open to fresh inspiration: rock divining, vision circle, tree wisdom, thick description, close observation, embracing the elements, messages mirrored to you from nature, noticing patterns. What are signs? Insights into broader Colorado Plateau/ancient cultures regional perspective on sacred lands.

on own during day: practice shapeshifting, medicine walks, deep observation in nature

Insight Session: Inner Pathways – Conscious Evolution
(2 hours with 1 or 2 people; 2.5 hours with 3-4 people)
Tools to enhance shamanic seeing:  practice with lucid dreaming, meditation, tracking-clearing energies, listening to body wisdom, developing Here-Now Presence as your point of power, and more.  Includes chakra clearing and sound healing with gong and Himalayan metals. You become gain self-compassion and trust of your own wisdom.

day 2
Mystical Nature Shamanic Journey Seminar in Nature & Using Ceremony to Activate Intention
 (6 hours at a private site by Oak Creek with access to several ceremonial sites)
In a series of spirit journeys to the drum, we connect with medicine animals, wise helper spirits, tree wisdom, nature energies and more interwoven with nature awareness practices. We activate the insights that have come to you with ceremony to create positive change. Sandra mentors you and offers intuitive insights. This is core insight training in a natural, flowing way in the field.  (more info here)

on own during day: practice sitting in solo circle, water-rebirthing ceremony at a prehistoric sacred spring and pueblo ruins site.

Day 3

Insight Session: Past Life, Mystic Child, Future Self, Current Challenges
Re-dreaming ceremony to recast energies from potent events of your life into your new evolution now. Connect with past and future selves that are meaningful to you here and now. Reclaim visionary childhood connections. Connect with ancestor wisdom. Tune in to other topics for guidance.

day 4
Insight Session: Extraction, Release Unbeneficial Energies
Connect with supportive Helper Spirits that are right for you at this time and do a series of journeys to uncover what is key for you to deal with at this time.  With your spirit helper and my support, you initiate a shift to restore your energetic matrix. We make it real to your mind with a follow up ceremony.

On your own during afternoon: Integrate soul retrieval work, continue nature practices at different sites, find your power song

Time lapse of star movement----a pattern you become aware of with observation during the course of the night.

Time lapse of star movement—-a pattern you become aware of with observation during the course of the night.

Sunset-Starlight Nature, Solo Sacred Circle. (3 – 3.5) hours deepening shamanic practice with nature at night, Native star stories, stargaze. Introduction to vision quest circle in nature: focus, calming mind, being in communication with the cosmos, safety tips so you feel comfortable being in solo vision circle for an hour.

drum4dirsmDay 5
Insight Session: Soul Retrieval
This work is to reclaim more of your soul’s presence and vital energy that have become separated or weakened in expression in your life through traumas, misperceptions, and various life experiences. Building on the work done in Extraction and Spirit Helper connection, you learn how to track to find what is lost or hidden, retrieve and ceremonially integrate part(s) of you that are ready to come home into your life now. I also journey on your behalf. This is a profound act of coming home to self–a deeply self-nurturing and freeing experience.

Circle of Power Teaching and Healing Ceremony, evening, 2.5 – 3 hours (depending on how many people). Learn ancient principles of working with ceremony, invoking spiritual energies, consecrating sacred space; receive a vibrational healing from earth and cosmos and drumming; shamanic rebalancing work by Sandra as guided by spirit. An uplifting experience for creating positive movement in your life as you align with your soul energy and the cosmos.

Day 6
On own: Continue nature explorations. Write your new mythology, Create a symbolic spirit mandala.

image by Saddharaja of Windhorse--your inner spirit--carrying you out in higher realms to explore

image by Saddharaja of Windhorse–your inner spirit–carrying you out in higher realms to explore

Insight Session: Imagining, Conscious Re-Creation, Visioning Closing circle
Share New Mythology, Mandala, and Intentions for your return; tarot and symbol card reading option
3 hours

Cost Per Person
1 person, $1,880
2 people, $1,200 each
3 or more people, $920 each
Lodging, meals are NOT included.
Included: program, transportation for on-land sessions, reference packet, coordination-planning of your personalized program 

(*does not guarantee a private retreat, but does guarantee that will happen on the dates you want to come to Sedona.
I will try to get others to join you if possible.) 

Let us know if you would like a list of recommended retreat-friendly places to stay
and transportation options from Phoenix to Sedona.

Sedona is a mythological landscape and place of spirit pilgrimage for thousands of years.

Sedona is a mythological landscape and place of spirit pilgrimage for thousands of years.

2. Mini Versions of Shaman-Seer Retreat 2-5 days

2A. Earth Connections – Opening to Mystic Seeing 2-day retreat

Weekend introduction to earth-spirit and mystic insight practices with experiential outdoor programs.

2B. Being your Own Seer & Mystic Insight Core Skills 3-day retreat

For those developing a practice working with spirits of nature, shamanic journey and ceremony, this mini retreat provides a progression of experiences

2C. Aligning with Greater Self Shamanic-Seer Skills Development 4-5 day Retreat

Shamanic – Ceremony skills retreat provides a progression of experiences including personal healing work with extraction and soul retrieval – all but first day are studio sessions.

prickpear“Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realize how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your gift. You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells. You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.” John O’Donohue

3. Sedona Vision Quest Retreat , 7-8 days

This program provides a greater deepening opportunity with more practice & integrative time plus the focus involved in the solo overnight, dawn return and practice with making medicine pieces.

Includes Retreat 1 plus more soul deepening work with an overnight solo communion in nature. For this in-depth retreat to be meaningful, advance preparation and full time commitment to it during your week here in Sedona is advisable. Having the full 7-8 days plus giving yourself a day to integrate afterward provides enough time to more fully embrace your shift into a new level of soul expression. The vision quest focus engages your intention and energies at a deeper level. It is more effective if you create a space of separation from your daily life to commit to this.

4. Mystic Vision Weekend experience–an introduction to Vision Quest, 3 days

For those who do not have time to commit to the longer program, you can still begin to connect to timeless insight pathways and earth-spirit energies.

Windy day in Canyon de Chelly

Windy day in Canyon de Chelly

Facilitator: Sandra Cosentino

The mystic path of direct experience in nature and aware dreaming coupled a passion for nature and ancestral heritage are core to her work. She has been working with ceremony, sound healing and shamanic practices for 3 decades. This led her to create Crossing Worlds in 1991 and begin leading insight, cultural and vision quest retreats. “This experience working with spiritual energies of earth, cosmos, intention, attention, shamanic insight ways with people from around the world have have honed my ability to hold space for people, to mentor, to trust my intuition.”

“We are part of the living body of the Earth—her vibrational frequency, like ours, is increasing. Direct experience of her energies, grounds and renews us. Her beauty fills our heart with awe and wonder. And for the mystic, nature is a portal to expanded awareness.”

Guest comments:

“My experience with Crossing Worlds with Sandra Cosentino can be summed up in 3 words: powerful, provoking, and profound. I came in a deep state of confusion and fear—and left with a sense of peace and understanding, coupled with the tools to continue the journey when I got home. Not only did I experience Sedona in a way I never could have as a tourist, I was able to interact with nature as a catalyst to the spiritual journey. I learned that resistance is part of that journey—but
that the journey is worth it. I can’t say it was easy, or that I was always comfortable, but the rewards are quite remarkable. Sandra brings insight, understanding and incredible spiritual knowledge to the experience, while giving me an opportunity to learn more about myself and how I can move forward into life with confidence and direction. A memorable experience—one that I highly recommend.”
Irene, St. Louis. Missouri, April, 2006

“When I knew that I was returning to Sedona for a week, I did my research because I knew that I wanted to study with a respected teacher. I read many reviews of Sandra Cosentino, and from the moment that I emailed her, I knew that she was the right choice. I spent three life-changing days studying and learning with Sandra, and she is highly professional, gifted, and truly connected. Through my time with her, I was surprised to discover a part of myself that I didn’t know was there — my inner shaman! As a result of the 3 days, journeying has now become a part of my regular spiritual practice. I reached a place of profound healing over a difficult life event. What a gift.

The 3 days were exception and life-changing from start to finish, minute-by-minute. I am a teacher of intuitive development myself, and I plan to bring my students to visit and learn with Sandra the next time I visit Sedona. 10 stars, and eternal gratitude.” Leigh H., spring 2014

“I did the Being Your Own Shaman for 4 days with Sandra and it was amazing. From deconstructing your dreams to find the hidden meanings to guided meditations to sacred nature experiences, this retreat was excellent. The program builds on what was learned during the previous session(s). There is lots of time for self exploration and nature.

The medicine wheel ceremony is a wonderful, freeing experience. Throughout the retreat, Sandra creates a nurturing environment and insures that participants stay present and grounded which makes it easy for connecting with other participants.

I left Sedona with 3 new friends and I came home feeling revunated and at peace.” C.T., Edmonton, Canada, fall, 2012

Please see other testimonials here.

Other Special Themed Retreats/Programs

Conscious ReCreation Retreat: Instigating the Next Becoming.

Joyful exploring of new possibilities.

Turning points of the Year Retreats:

Spring Equinox

Summer Solstice

Fall Equinox

New Years Weekend

Hopi Independent Traveler Program —1 or 2-days

Deepen your Sedona retreat with personal time with a knowledgeable, wise Hopi guide. Your adventure begins with a seminar in Sedona and you drive up to meet your Hopi guide. “The prayer that is walking with Creation is within us as we walk the land heart to heart and hand to hand.” 
(words of your Hopi guide)

Labyrinth at Angel Valley. We use ceremonial sites and private creek access here for some of our work.

Labyrinth at Angel Valley.
We use ceremonial sites and private creek access here for some of our work.

For insights into this work, please see my related articles:

Shamanic Journey in Today’s World: Direct Experience with the Sentient Universe;
Part 3 in Earth-Spirit Series —article, images

Nature Mysticism–Pt. 1 in Earth-Spirit Series–article

Attention–A Core Mystical Perception Skill–Pt. 2 in Earth-Spirit Series–article

Ceremonial Circles–essence of ceremony from ancient and physics perspectives

Vision Quest

Will of the Heart