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Hopi & Navajo Spirit Journeys

11/15/2016
Hopi & Navajo Spirit Journeys

Hopi & Navajo Spirit Journeys:

Circles of sharing with Hopi & Navajo wisdom keepers

Spiritually oriented journey, 1 to 3 days, to Hopi and/or Navajo with personalized circles. Enter these worlds with a depth of understanding about their lands and culture with Sandra Cosentino (who has more than 3 decades of experience sharing in friendship and respect with Native peoples and leading insight retreats) with 3 or more guests.

Alternative Trip Option:
Independent Traveler journey for 1 – 3 people that begins with a seminar with Sandra in the Sedona area.


Bringing you into Native and Earth-Spirit Connections…

Since 1991, Sandra Cosentino has been creating both spiritual insight retreats and cultural tours to Hopi and Navajo and other Southwest areas. For those of you with interest in connecting spiritually with Native lands and peoples, I offer:

++ Pre-trip Sedona programs with universal earth-spirit and mystic insight practices, and ceremony to deepen your understanding when sitting in circles with your Native hosts.

++Guided Hopi and/or Navajo Spirit Journeys for summer solstice, fall festivals time and can be arranged at other dates, 1 – 2 days.

++Guided 3-day Mystic Vision Retreat to Canyon de Chelly and Hopi following 1 day mystic nature, shamanic journey and ceremony seminar in Sedona

++Independent Traveler option following 1 day Hopi Spirit Journey to bring you into deeper connections and then you extend with your own personalized exploration for another 1 – 3 days that I plan for you and support with maps, cultural knowledge and tips and Hopi and Navajo wisdom keeper guide reservations.


2017 Scheduled Programs

These programs (described below) can be arranged at other dates–please email for more information.

June 25 – 26:  2-day Hopi Spirit Journey
September 24 – 25:  Hopi and Navajo Spirit Journey
October 4 – 7:  Sedona Nature-Soul-Vision outdoor seminar + Canyon de Chelly Mystic Vision Journey and Hopi Spirit Journey


Please scroll down for more Hopi and Navajo cultural information below the tour descriptions.

Hopi Spirit 1-day guided journey 

available year round, weather permitting

Hopi lands are pregnant with prayer from thousands of years of ceremonies. If you enter with a sense of humble openness without expectation, you may find that the subtle vibrations of place, language, songs, culture help awaken a sense of your innate inner connection to ancestral wisdom.

Sandra has more than 3 decades of sharing friendship and respect with Hopi people and brings you into their world with a depth of understandings so you can absorb more while there.  This is a customized trip to include special circles and a longer route not normally available on a day trip.  12 hours–a very full day!

Schedule

Leave Sedona 7:30 am, drive to far western side of Hopi (2.25 hours)

Hopi tour

“I hold the space for you to step into a circle of friendship and respect, a coming together of peoples, each learning from and inspiring the other. No two journeys are ever alike–the participants, the seasonal activities and an unexplainable magical synergy makes each one a unique experience.”
Sandra Cosentino

You will experience special circles with warm-hearted Hopi wise people:
* personal sharing and prayers for your well being with a Hopi traditional healer and his family around the fire at an outdoor site–also see their corn and bean fields and learn how growing these ancestral crops is embedded within the Hopi way of prayer, gratitude and ceremony.
* traditional Hopi lunch in a home and learning more about art in relation to ceremonial life.
* blessing circle and songs at a home of Hopi hostess.  You will absorb a lot by just being in the flow with her. She does not talk about initiated secrets, but speaks of the Hopi world view and dedication to offering their prayers throughout the year working with the cycles of the year.
*guided insight journey led by Sandra to evoke deeper personal understandings for participants
* we will attend a ceremonial if open and available (the major times of year for this are June, July, September and October.
* see villages on all 3 mesas as time allows–a big day!

5 – 7:30 pm, Return to Sedona area on a different route

Cost:
$320 per person with 4 people + gratuity to healer.
Includes transportation, guides, lunch in a home, program, reference packet.

with 3 people, cost is $400 each + gratuity to healer
with 5 or 6 people, cost is $260 each + gratuity to healer
discounted rate available for larger group with you also providing transportation.

 


Hopi Spirit 2-day guided journey
June 25 – 26

available year round, weather permitting

Day 1 is above except lunch will be on own, Hopi feast dinner (included) followed by sharing circle with songs, participatory movement.  Plus we go to a large backcountry rock art site with a knowledgeable Hopi guide.

overnight at Hopi Inn (not included)  or camping option (I can loan you a tent)

Day 2: spend more time with Hopi host(s) with morning prayers to sun, blue corn pancake breakfast in a home, sharing and insight circle, making a gourd rattle with Hopi artists, historic Walpi village tour (if open).  Lunch on own.

Return to Sedona in late afternoon

Cost:   per person with 4 people minimum + gratuity to healer, includes transportation, guides, dinner and breakfast in a home, program, reference packet, rattle materials.  Does not include lodging, meals not listed .


2-day Hopi & Navajo Spirit/Canyon de Chelly guided journey
Sept. 24-25, 2017

available year round, weather permitting

Day 1 is listed above under Hopi 1-day journey except lunch will be on own, Hopi feast dinner (included) followed by sharing circle in a home with songs, participatory movement.

overnight on own at Hopi inn or camping option (I can loan you a tent.)
next morning:  breakfast on own

8 am – 9:30 am: Drive to Canyon de Chelly with introduction to Navajo culture

9:30 – 11 am:  Rim views of Canyon including a Navajo sacred site, and tune into spirit of place-ancestral wisdom.

11 am – 12:00 pm: Lunch on own and enjoy museum quality gift shop including books and Navajo music in historic trading post.

12:30 – 4:30 pm:  Jeep tour with Navajo wisdom keeper and fire blessing ceremony at his private site in canyon

4:30 – 9:30 pm:  return to Sedona with dinner stop (on own) at historic La Posada Inn in Winslow.  Native music and processing our experiences enroute.

Cost:  ??? per person with 4 people minimum + gratuity to healer, includes transportation, guides, Hopi dinner in a home, program, reference packet, Navajo jeep tour & ceremony.  Does not include lodging.


4-day Mystic Vision Retreat:

Sedona 8-hour Nature, Soul & Vision outdoor seminar +
3-day full moon Canyon de Chelly-Navajo
and Hopi Spirit Journey
Oct. 4 – 7

available year round, weather permitting

Day 1:
Sedona Mystic Nature Shamanic Journey + Earth and Sky Speak to Us + Honoring Ways Earth-Spirit Seminar + Ceremony, will include introduction to Vision Quest practice & making 4 direction emblems, 8 hours

overnight in Sedona on own

Day 2:
morning: 4 hours
Drive to Canyon de Chelly on Navajoland with stop at Painted Desert overlook, Navajo cultural introduction and music enroute

midday: Earth-Spirit Connections from the Rim of Canyon de Chelly at sacred sites, lunch (on own) and museum quality Navajo gift shop in old trading post building

Full Moon evening:  Fire blessing Ceremony & songs with our Navajo wisdom keeper host and solo vision circle on canyon rim.  Here in the Colorado Plateau country, a magical region lifted to the sky, the stars are a constant, abiding presence. High altitudes, transparent atmosphere, wide spaces of crystalline rock bring the stars into our nightscape. Comforting, reassuring, tantalizing, felt as an essential part of our inner landscape. 

overnight: hotel or campground options in Chinle

Day 3: dawn prayers and hike (on own) on well graded canyon trail–solo nature communion time.

11 – 3 pm  Jeep tour into Canyon de Chelly with Navajo wisdom keeper.  Spirit program at his private site with sharing, and sand painting demonstration, insight journey

3:30 – 5 pm:  drive to Hopi with cultural introduction enroute
5 – 8 pm:  Hopi feast dinner followed by blessing circle with songs with Hopi wisdom keeper. You will absorb a lot by just being in the flow with her. She does not talk about initiated secrets, but speaks of the Hopi world view and dedication to offering their prayers throughout the year working with the cycles of the year.

overnight at Hopi inn or camp

Day 4: Hopi

You will experience special circles with warm-hearted Hopi wise people (6 – 7 hours):
* personal sharing and prayers for your well being with a Hopi traditional healer and his family around the fire at an outdoor site–also see their corn and bean fields and learn how growing these ancestral crops is embedded within the Hopi way of prayer, gratitude and ceremony.
* traditional Hopi blue corn pancake breakfast in a home and learning more about art in relation to ceremonial life.
* we will attend a ceremonial if open and available (the major times of year for this are January, June, September and October.
* see villages on all 3 mesas as time allows–a big day!

Return to Sedona area by evening

Cost:  ??? per person with 4 people minimum + gratuity to healer, includes transportation, guides, Hopi dinner in a home, program, reference packet, Navajo jeep tour & ceremony.  Does not include lodging.


bia_yei_lt_sm2Navajo at Canyon de Chelly

Navajo people are hardy, at home out one the land and are known for their ability to adapt to change.  Navajo people believe that the Creator placed them on Colorado Plateau region land between four sacred mountains and that the patterns in the stars are patterns in us.

Canyon de Chelly was designed as an earthly place of divine connection at the time when supernaturals still walked the earth according to Navajo legend. We invite connection with the unseen Holy Wind, or inner form of all life that connects and flows between the stars, us and all of life.

“Each being is infused with its own spirit, or ‘inner form’, which gives it life and purpose within an orderly and interconnected universe. The interrelatedness of all creation is recognized through daily prayer offerings and an elaborate system of ceremonies. The purpose of Navajo life is to maintain balance between the individual and the universe and to live in harmony with nature and the Creator.”  Mary T. Begay

Navajo ceremonies are done at private residence areas and visitors are rarely allowed.

We honor the ancient spiritual presence of the Puebloan ancestors of the today’s Hopi people who lived here beginning at least 2,000 years ago and built the spectacular cliff dwellings that were abandoned by 1300 A.D. and the Navajo Holy Ones and Navajo people of today who are present here too.


Hopi: Holders of Ancient Tradition

Butterfly Kachina drawing representing the abundance of new growth and life.

Hopi are respected and known around the world as a people who dedicate their life to maintaining balance for Mother Earth and all peoples. We will visit mesas, villages and homes. Get to know people who live in both their ancient world and the American world of today. This is not just a tour, but a real and personal time with sincere, reverent and warmhearted people. You will meet people whose life revolves around the ancient Hopi traditions.

You absorb an essence, make personal connections in informal discussions on Hopi life, ceremonial cycle, importance of nature and corn and topics of concern right here and now. These direct experiences fill you with a sense of how prayer, reverence and connection to nature as a living presence imbues all aspects of life.

Stoically maintaining traditional ways of thought, family, and religion even in the face of so much change, these mindful people are seeking ways to balance these traditions with issues they face about preservation of lands and their ancient way of life while living in the world of today. We come as the welcomed, respectful and respected visitor and leave being part of a circle of friends fresh with inspiration for our own life.

We learn of the importance of renewing life and growing corn as the center of the ceremonial cycle. Year round, traditional activities take places in the villages. When available, we will respectfully attend.


Sedona Earth-Spirit Options

Enrich your Native journey with Sedona programs to deepen Earth-Spirit understandings, learn how to work with ceremony and intention, and shamanic insight work to connect with spirit helpers and the energies-callings that are present in your life:

Mystical Nature Shamanic and Earth Energy Seminars in Nature

Circle of Power Drum Healing Ceremony and Teaching

Sunset-Stars Nature-Sacred Circle

Earth and Sky Speak to Us and Honoring Earth seminar

Insight Sessions

Personalized Be Your Own Seer Retreats

Sedona Vision Quest Retreat

Sacred Lands Seminar–with insights about Sedona, Grand Canyon, qualities of sacred places, how to enter and connect, study packet.

Spirit of Sedona Circle


Independent Traveler Journeys to Southwest Native Cultures, Canyons and prehistoric site.


Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects, our 501 3(c) supporting Hopi sustainability and cross-cultural education.