Sedona Retreat Guide
I finally got the opportunity to experience a Sedona Retreat after watching friend after friend and healer after healer rave about the Sedona medicine and magic. The area is known for its red rock views, hikes, vortex energy, UFO sighting and all the holistic healing you can imagine. Sedona has bee a popular retreat spot in the United States for a while and I completely get why, but if you are planning to host a Sedona retreat here is what you need to know.
How To Get There:
Sedona, Arizona is located about 2 hours north of Phoenix. Most people fly into PHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport), rent a car and drive to Sedona. If you don’t want to rent a car, there is a shuttle that runs from PHX to Sedona called Groome.
Our group personally decided to rent cars and share rides, which made it really easy and simple. I’m not entirely sure what the Uber situation is in Sedona, since we didn’t need to use it but I would imagine there are a few available. One item to be aware of is the traffic can get really bad in Sedona especially later in the day and on the weekends, so be mindful of checking the current traffic situations if you have to be to an appointment or event by a certain time.
Where To Stay:
There are a lot of airbnbs and rental homes in Sedona that are great for retreats, but they book up quickly so don’t waste time booking. Our group stayed at Enchantment Resort for the retreat, which was pricey but worth it. Once the retreat was over we moved to Arabella. There are also tons of retreat centers in Sedona!
What To Do:
We experienced so many amazing things in Sedona and barely scratched the surface! Here were some of our favorites:
- Shamangelic Breathwork with Anahata is an absolute must! Anahata is one of the most beautiful lights I have ever met and has a true gift. She does 1:1 sessions or groups.
- Cassidy Schneider lead us through a beautiful meditation and sound healing on top of a mountain. She then had us announce to the world what we are calling in and leaving what doesn’t serve us on top of that mountain.
- My Sacred Sin lead us an exploration of the divine feminine and reclaiming our sensual sides. This was uncomfortable to walk into, but ended up being so much fun! Everyone left with a smile on their face and laughing.
- I had the pleasure of 1:1 painting with Rachel at Bohemian Dreamer, which was so much fun! Rachel is so sweet and passionate about art and offers group classes like spirit guide painting, magic wand making and more.
- Hiking is an absolute must in Sedona! Just google “Sedona Hikes” and you’ll get tons of recommendations.
Where To Eat:
There are not an abundance of amazing restaurants and eateries in Sedona and the good ones fill up quickly. We learned (the hard way) that you need to make reservations days and sometimes weeks out. Here were a few of our favorites:
- ChocolaTree has organic, gluten-free food and is super vegan friendly. Perfect spot for lots of dietary restrictions.
- Local Juicery has tons of organic healthy food and juice options.
- Mole has delicious Mexican cuisine and yummy margs.
- Creekside Coffee is a fabulous place to grab a coffee and enjoy some views.
- Javelina Cantina also has some great Mexican cuisine.
- Pump House Station has great coffee and breakfast, but FYI doesn’t allow laptops.
- Conscious Meals is perfect to order food “to go” and catering a retreat.
- If you stay at Enchantment Resort, any of the restaurants onsite are great – you can’t go wrong!
Tips & Tricks on Hosting a Sedona Retreat:
Sedona retreats are truly magical and here are some things to consider before selecting Sedona as your retreat location.
- Due to it being so popular, it can be a little pricy especially during the spring and fall. Just be aware of that as you’re bugeting and know its not the most budget friendly retreat location.
- It surprisingly can be chilly. I think many people think desert and instantly assume it’s hot, but Sedona can actually be a bit chilly. We were there in April and I wore everything from a swim suit to pants and a coat. It really chills off at night so bring lots of layers.
- It’s insanely dry so bring all the lotion, coconut oil, chapstick and drink LOTS of water. It might not be a bad idea to have some of those items available to your attendees in their welcome bags. SPF is a must as well!
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s a popular area so be mindful of traffic and how quickly reservations fill up, especially during spring and fall.
I’m so excited for you to create a magical retreat in Sedona and experience all the medicine Sedona has to offer. If you find that you need some support in creating your experience check out my retreat planning course Retreat With Ease or inquire with me about full service retreat planning!