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Sedona Fall Equinox Vision Quest Retreat & Fall Equinox Ceremony

Sedona Fall Equinox Vision Quest Retreat & Fall Equinox Ceremony
Cathedral Rock reflection by Tom White

Cathedral Rock reflection by Tom White

Sedona and greater Verde Valley area

Fall Equinox New Moon Vision Quest Retreat and Ceremonies
Sept. 21 – 28, 2019

or can do the 6-day:

Be Your Own Shaman Seer Core Skills Insight Retreat
Sept. 21 – 26, 2019

Or can do select ceremonies only

Autumn or Fall Equinox, one of the 4 primary change points of the year, is a time of balance between day and night before night takes over with the coming short days of winter. For our ancestors, it was a time of gratitude, harvest celebrations and coming together after the busy summer.

Autumn is a great time to evaluate your harvest and look for what shifts are calling to you for your balance and evolution. As with the bear going into the cave for hibernation, autumn stimulates a going-within time to be with the fertile inner darkness.

“If nothing Within you Changes, then your past will be your future.
(Seeds of Good Fortune)

Falling leaves are a reminder to release what no longer serves. We are aware of impermanence.
Sharing in ceremony at this solar change point is a way to gather strength, inspiration and insight for the coming loss of outer light and challenges of the winter season.

Sedona fall leaves by Rusty Albertson

This will be updated by early February with new dates and program descriptions

2019 Fall Equinox programs:

Sept. 23
2 – 8 pm
Full Moon Ceremony, Mystic Insights, Nature Connection outdoor seminar at private site by Oak Creek (
see description below) 

Sept. 24
6:30 – 10 pm
Full Moon Sunset-Stars-Nature at Night-Solo Circle program
Connecting with nature at sunset & night, moon connection, ancestor stories, introduction to vision quest practice & solo circle experience.

Sept. 22 – 29
Sedona Fall Equinox Vision Quest Retreat
++ includes Sept. 23 and 24 special full moon Equinox programs
++ option to do a shorter program without the solo overnight

See other fall programs information here: Sedona, Hopi, Navajo, Grand Canyon

Fall Equinox Celebration-Ceremony & Mystic Vision full moon outdoor program:  Sept. 23, 2018

2 – 8 pm

We begin with insight journeys to the drum to connect with Spirit Helpers and guidance for activating your new balance.  We carry these insights into ceremonial activations in a series of ceremonies.  We close with celebratory drum and sounding circle at one of the ceremonial sites.  Includes teachings on earth-spirit connection, ceremony and study sheets.
Held at private site on Oak Creek with labyrinths and a large medicine wheel.
Cost:  $200 each with 3 or more; $290 pp with 2 — includes entry fees).  Fall discount price of $180 each with 5 or more.

Sedona Fall leave color and orange lichens on cliff by Rusty Albertson

Fall Equinox Time of Change
Sedona Vision Quest Retreat:

Sept. 21-28

Join us as we connect with the seasonal vibrational shift and re-align the circle of our cells with the cosmic circle of life.

At this temporary balance of day and night before the solar light recedes:
What have you harvested?
What is ready to be released?
What new balance is calling to you?

This is a potent time to connect with the energies of nature and the mystic pathway of direct knowing. Our instinctual knowing relies on sensory data from every cell of our body which is pulsing with vibratory information from the surrounding universe. This instinctive intelligence gives us the capacity to read signals, clues and patterns.

We deepen this with shamanic journey practice. 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.

Coming together in ceremony at these seasonal turning points support us to evoke energies that generate positive change in our life. As we walk our prayers in symbolic heart-centered actions, it becomes a felt experience in our body and our mind starts to get it.

Pathways we Use:
–Shamanism based on a living relation to Nature and seer skills
–Ceremony–Create sacred space, invoke cosmic energies
–Conscious evolution using powerful insight tools that enhance the shamanic practices including lucid dreaming, rewiring belief systems, tracking how you use your energy
–Mindfulness–here-now clear-eyed Presence with Self

Each morning you will have dream, meditation and writing practices on your own flowing from the skills we practice in the retreat. Each afternoon 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 and mentoring you in developing shamanic insight tools.

The high desert landscape temples of Sedona open your heart, energize you 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!

Sedona Fall Equinox Vision Quest Retreat program

Can select individual programs and create your mini-retreat. 
(sessions are slightly shorter with less than 3 people)

Schedule subject to change to adapt to weather, participants schedules and other unknowns that may arise–but all elements will be included.  Each retreat is personalized to the participants and evolves as we do our exploratory insight journey practice.
Please review full vision quest program details here.

Sept. 22

8 – 11 am
Sedona Sacred Sites/Vortex Journey 

11 am – noon
Vision Quest Introduction Session
, 1 1/2 hours. Begin to form medicine pieces for your 4 Directions staffs. Detailed instructions for the preparation work you will be doing.

3 – 5:30 pm
Insight Session: Inner Pathways – Conscious Evolution
(2 hours with 1 or 2 people; 2.5 hours with 3-4 people)
Powerful insight tools to enhance shamanic seeing: 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. From this centered aware place, you become self-referencing, less looking to outside sources for approval and more trusting of your own wisdom.

full moon, Sedona ceremony, spiritual retreat, vision quest, solo circle, drumming

Sedona full moon rising by Rusty Albertson

Sept. 23–full moon

2 – 8 pm
Mystical Nature Shamanic Journey Seminar
on the land to develop skills in shamanic journey and connecting with helper spirits, and Earth and Sky Speaks to Us, and Water Ceremony, and labyrinth ceremony (6 hours with 2 or more, 5.5 hours with 1 person)
Core nature awareness skills development. 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? Opening to the supportive energies of nature, walking quest experience.

 Sept. 24 – peak of full moon

morning practices on own
nature connection practices

noon – 2 or 2:30 pm
Insight Session: Mystic Child Self, Past and Future Self, Issues, Clues:
Redreaming Ceremony. Shamanic journey work connecting with your mystical child, past and future self, Who Am I? and other areas of importance to you. Continuing feedback on dreams and nature work.

On your own during afternoon:
Integrate clearing work
Work on prayer ties and 4-Directions staffs

Sedona full moon circle, mystic insights, solo circle, ceremony

Sedona full moon circle by Sandra Cosentino

6:30 – 10 pm
Sunset-Stars-Nature at Night-Solo Circle program
Connecting with nature at night, ancestor stories, solo circle practice

Sept. 25

morning practices on own
nature connection practices on the land

noon – 2:30 pm
Insight Session: Extraction and Clearing Non-Beneficial Energies
We enlist the aid of spiritual allies to provide support, insight and energy in a series of shamanic journey experiences to connect with powerful guidance, re-align your energy matrix, and do shamanic extraction work. We create a releasing ceremony and connect with guidance to reinforce this healing. 

4:30 –  7 pm 
Insight Session: Soul Retrieval Advanced Experiental Seminar:
you become your own shaman in a safe and nurturing space in a poignant session of calling back and integrating a part of your own soul that has become energetically separated from you. As time allows, connect with Mystic Child self. Continuing work with your dreams.

during day on own:
deepen and clarify your intention, clear your mind, begin writing your New Mythology that has emerged so far, finish prayer ties

Deerskin drum I made and a Hopi artist painted with the Earth Carrier Twins and other spiritual beings emerging from the cetner

Deerskin drum I made and a Hopi artist painted
with the Earth Carrier Twins and other spiritual beings emerging from the cent

Sept. 26 

morning practices on own

dawn on own:  go out and sit in solo circle for at least 2 hours, practicing deep observing

during day:
nature connection explorations
deepen and clarify your intention, clear your mind, begin writing your New Mythology that has emerged so far, finish prayer ties

3 – 6 pm
Circle of Power Teaching and Healing Ceremony
Learn ancient principles of working with ceremony; 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.

Intention of the Ceremony:  clear and activate what is coming to Light.
Celebrate: make a sun wheel, drum, free your voice with sounds emerging from your solar connections. (held at studio location)

Sept. 27

9:30 am – 11:30 or 12 pm
Insight Session: Imagining and Conscious ReCreation
experiential journeys to activate new pathways, potential new beginnings

Solo Overnight Ceremony

Afternoon to sunrise next day in solo communion with nature in your sacred ceremonial space–this is optional and done on your own with you taking full responsibility for your safety. If you have the comfort zone for being out in nature for 2 or 3 nights, you could choose to do that. You go out on your own. During the night I pray for you and hold space for you.

Sept. 28

Dawn Return, Fire Ceremony, Processing Your Experience, Hopi blue corn pancake breakfast, 2.5 – 3 hours

During the day on own:
Journal, paint your shield, Write your new mythology, rest and dream.
You will want to keep your hotel room so you can go there in the early morning for shower and rest.
Important to stay in your inner space all day as you continue to process, rebalance.
Pay attention to you dreams during the night and on awakening.

Sept. 29

Closing circle, 2 hours (time to be determined)
4 Directions/4 Elements Ceremony
Share New Mythology and Intentions for your return; closing ceremony
and/or shamanic journey, moving into future focus as you prepare to return home.
Doing the closing on Day 8 gives you a full night’s dream time to process your solo overnight. But we can do the closing late on day 7 if need be for your time frame.

Cost Per Person for June 22-29, 2018 Sedona Vision Quest Retreat

1 person, $2,350;*
2 people, $1,680* each
3 – 6 people, $1,380 each

Does not include lodging or meals (except 1 breakfast).
Please read the entire Vision Quest page to make sure this is for you and find out more details.

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