Finding ealing and sanctuary amongst the red rocks
Like a whisper in the wind, the spirit of Sedona calls to those listening carefully. Whether it be a time when they are most in need, feeling stuck or searching for a new way of thinking, each person who visits Sedona is drawn there for a reason. The land’s mystical vortexes have an undeniable hold over those seeking change, healing, transformation, release or clarity. It is a place where one can truly remember who they are.
The Spirit of Sedona called to Iala Jaggs, retreat coordinator at Sedona Vortex Tours, back in the 1990s.
“I was supposed to stay for four days and ended up staying for two months because things just kept happening to me. I was following signs and symbols and having experiences, so I finally moved here,” says Jaggs.
When she was settled, Jaggs realized that an increasing number of people came to Sedona to experience the Vortexes without knowing what to do, where to go or how to feel their power. So she started Sedona Vortex Retreats—two to three-day spiritual journeys where guests go out onto the majestic red rocks and learn how to respect the sacred land and understand how to feel and access the vortexes’ energy, making for a truly transformative experience.
“I understand that Sedona is a very powerful place of pilgrimage, and more and more people are coming here for that purpose—for healing, connecting more spiritually, grieving, releasing, breaking old patterns and setting new intentions,” says Jaggs.
For centuries, Sedona has been a place of refuge and spiritual growth. The natives who used to inhabit the land—Hopis, Navajo and Yavapi—recognized the deep and powerful energy of the vortexes and considered the land sacred, using it as a place of prayer. Today, many people come to Sedona without a firm grasp of what the vortexes are and how to fully embrace their spiritual healing power.
“Wherever there are vortexes, and there are lots all over the planet, they are usually in a very beautiful place where nature conspires to attract you and work with you to connect you more with the earth and who you really are,” says Jaggs.
It’s difficult not to experience some degree of Sedona’s profound healing power when standing in the midst of its awe-inspiring beauty. The towering troves of red rocks riddled with crystals, the deep hues of red, green and brown dotting the land and the vast blue skies all lend to an experience that takes people out of the mental and physical and into the spiritual.
However, there is one very important thing to remember when seeking a transformational experience at the vortexes. According to Jaggs, we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, and the Spirit of Sedona works to amplify the energies already within us to create a deeply personal and transformational experience. Thus, the Spirit of Sedona acts as a guide, allowing us to rediscover energies and emotions that seem to have been lost in the worries and hurried pace of daily life.
Jaggs creates a personalized experience for each person who comes to Sedona Vortex Retreats, and even if you don’t have time to experience a full retreat, it’s still easy to come for the day and experience a mini-retreat to refresh and renew you for the week ahead.
“When people come, we never think of it as us doing something, we’re just the interpreters and the people who are able to help you connect more,” says Jaggs. “It’s always the spirit of Sedona doing the work and we never know what it has planned for anyone, but it’s always amazing.”
Some of the customizable experiences that Sedona Vortex Retreats offers include the signature Sedona Vortex Retreat, a powerful and life-changing shamanic experience that allows you to delve deep into the spiritual energy of the vortexes, fostering life-changing awareness. The Sedona Healing Retreat will help bring you to peace with yourself, while ridding you of negative energy and the popular Sedona Yoga Retreat allows you to reconnect with your mind, body and spirit amongst the magnificent beauty of the red rocks.
Whether making the pilgrimage to Sedona for healing, clarity or transformation, make sure to come with an open heart and open mind. You will be amazed at how the vortexes’ mystical energies will work to commune with the energies already within you, allowing you to reconnect with your true self. That is the spirit of Sedona.
For more information, or to book a retreat, visit SedonaVortexRetreats.com or call 928.282.0993.