EXPLORE YOGA TREK
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert
SEDONA Oct 20-23
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
– Mark Twain
In 1994, my husband, Alton, and I headed to Sedona, AZ for a week of mountain biking and hiking. Two months later, we had sold our house, packed up our cats, and rented a house in Sedona. We spent a magical year there, biking and hiking all over the four corners area. In those days, it was not uncommon to come across Native American cliff house ruins, still strewn with pottery shards and small cobs of desiccated native corn cobs, remnants of the Sinaguan Indian lives lived here so long ago. A sense of mystery and intense beauty still shrouds this sacred land. In the late afternoon, when the sun begins its descent, the red rocks begin to “glow,” almost fluoresce, for a few magical moments. And, if you are lucky enough to be atop Schnebly Hill or beside the gentle rush of the waters at Red Rock Crossing, in those moments right before the sun slips below the horizon, you will feel it—the pulse of the earth.
This ancient land has called to us ever since that first time we visited. We have returned year after year, hiking our favorite trails, season after season. And we are so excited to have finally found the perfect place to bring a group of yogi friends for a yoga/hiking Sedona Experience.
Marc and Heather Titus, founders of the Sedona Yoga Festival, have built a beautiful yoga space which I have rented for our use for a morning practice while we are there. One afternoon, we will be visiting Hananki and Palatki—quite amazingly intact Native American Ruins and pictographs. We will also be hiking the West Fork Trail, which should be ablaze with colored leaves that particular weekend, as well as hiking some of our other, favorite, trails. One evening, we will visit the Red Rock Crossing to watch the glowing rocks and have a sunset meditation. Those of you who mountain bike, will be able to explore the quite “technical” trails of the area.
Sedona Yoga/Hiking Retreat 2016
October 20-23, 2016 (Thursday to Sunday) Pricing is $500 per person. A $200 deposit will hold your spot.
Final payment due September 30th, 2016.
I will be taking a group to Sedona, Arizona October 20-23, 2016, and would love for you to be a part of it. We will be hiking some of my favorite trails, visiting Native American Archaeological sites, meditating at the Red Rock Crossing at sunset, practicing yoga each day, and spending time with friends. Sedona’s ancient sacred sites and natural beauty call me back time and again to visit, and I would love to share it with you.
Daily morning yoga practice with Erika in the beautiful Aumbase space in central Sedona. Gourmet packed vegetarian lunches daily (Thursday to Sunday) prepared by
ayurvedic chef, Kayla Freudenberg to take with us on our excursions and Saturday night dinner.
One evening meditation at Red Rock Crossing.
One restorative yoga class.
Group excursion to Palatki and Hananki Native American Ruins.
Hiking with us on our favorite trails (and for those of you who have your own, or want to rent, mountain bikes (there are local bike shops we can point you to for bike
rental), the riding is excellent and Alton would be ecstatic to take some of you out on our favorite trails. Be warned that these are not beginner’s biking trails though).
Red Rock passes are required for entrance to the trails - one is needed for each carful of yogis traveling to the trailheads. A “Grand Annual” Red Rock Pass Red Rock is
required for entrance to the trailheads we will be hiking. We will purchase 1- pass for each carload of yogis (one person from each car can keep this and use it again if
they return to Sedona in the next year).
What’s Not included:
Accommodations are not included, here are few recommendations. The Aumbase has arranged for discounted rates at the Best Western: (Receive 15% off by asking
for the Sedona Yoga Festival rate when calling (928) 282-3072 to book a room) and at the Arabella (Use this exclusive booking number (855.271.2591).
Use the booking code SYF16 for $125 week nights per room per night and $165 weekend nights per room per night for any room type (subject to availability).
The best values are probably found on Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com). There are several available that sleep at least four people for $200-$300/night. We also quite
often stay at the Orchards Inn (http://www.orchardsinn. com), which is not fancy, but has the most amazing views out of every single room (and includes breakfast).
They have a variety of types of rooms and could accommodate putting a few yogis together in one room to keep the cost down. Also, very close by (just underneath
the Orchards) is L’Auberge de Sedona quite a bit pricier, but quite beautiful. (The Orchards and the L’Auberge are a very short walk from lots of coffee & breakfast
spots.) We are providing lunches each day and a dinner on Saturday night, but the rest of the meals are not included (we will probably eat out as a group though).
Transportation to, from, and around Sedona.
You will need transportation. It’s about a 7 hour drive from Orange County. What trails we hike will depend on how many vehicles suitable for off pavement terrain we
end up with.
What to bring:
Yoga clothing and your mat. Hiking clothes (weather can be very variable in Sedona - be sure to bring layers. A light raincoat that you can stuff in a pack is advisable,
as well as casual clothes for around town and for dinner. A pack in which you can carry lunch and something to carry water in. (I am not providing plastic bottles of
water because they are so bad for the environment. Bring a bottle to put water in or a Camelback-type pack). A mountain bike, if you are interested in riding .
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[December 28th, 2016 to January 12, 2017]
In 2004, I ventured to Mysore, India to study with Sri K. Patthabi Jois, and fell in love with a country. There is something magical, even unexplainable, about Mother India that brings me back time and again. I have now visited her eleven times, and brought wide-eyed groups of yogis, eager to see the land where yoga began, with me three times. We are about to embark on another voyage.
I will be taking a group with me from December 28th, 2016 to January 12, 2017, and would love for you to be a part of it.
We will be visiting some of my favorite spots, touring some incredible archaeological and historical sites,
staying in beautiful hotels, practicing yoga along the way, and experiencing the wonder of India together with friends.
This is more of an Indian Adventure than a retreat since we will not be staying in just one location (although we are in most places for two-three nights), but rather will be tasting a bit of India’s masala of offerings.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
– Andre Gide
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EXPLORE INDIA 2016