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Seeking Spiritual Renewal in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Psychic Wisdom
Refresh and renew in Sedona with Kavitaa

If you are visiting to Sedona, Arizona for a renewal of spirit we would like to recommend checking out Sedona Psychic Wisdom. In Sedona since 2002 and a proud member of the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association, Kavitaa offers a variety of heart-centered, spiritual and practical healing sessions and Vortex tours. Kavitaa’s sessions are fun, gentle, and loving, yet can go very deep, bringing insight and fresh approaches to life changes, turning points, relationships, family, love, health and career.

Sedona Vortex tours for individuals and small groups include gentle hiking and guided meditation in the Vortex energy of Sedona. Kavitaa also offers phone readings and counseling, long-distance Reiki healing for you or your loved ones

Originally from Britain, Kavitaa spent over 20 years in Japan and is fluent in spoken Japanese. She is a Reiki Master (Usui lineage), and holds a BA hons, University of Sussex, England, and an MA in Teaching, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont. View Kavitaa’s videos, in English or Japanese.
In-person sessions include:

  • Intuitive counseling and card reading, using unique cards based on Celtic mythology
  • Reiki energy balancing and healing
  • Aura-Soma life path consultation and energy balancing
  • Hypnotherapy, allowing access of information and release of trauma through deep relaxation
  • Experiential astrology
  • Couple sessions

Package and advance booking discounts available. Visit Sedona Psychic Wisdom for details.

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My Top Ten Favorite Things to Do in Sedona

My Top Ten Favorite Things to do in Sedona

There are so many things to experience and explore while you are visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde River Valley that you might just decide to extend your stay to see and do them all! But just in case you can’t, I have put together a list of my top ten favorite things to do in Sedona including tours, historical sites, hikes and recreation. While all of my favorites might not match your personality, I hope it will at least give you some ideas so that you can get the most out of your time here in Sedona.

1. Hiking
 Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities for visitors coming to the Verde River Valley and Sedona, Arizona. Even people who have never hiked before get wrapped up in the beauty of the red rocks, clean air and desert flora and fauna that Sedona and the Verde River Valley provide.  My favorite hike is Bell Rock Pathway. You’ll get to see great panoramic views of the red rock formations in Sedona. If you haven’t hiked in this area, visit The Hike House for in depth hiking information and any supplies you might need.

Blazin M Ranch2. The Blazin M Ranch
I like the stage show at the Blazin M Ranch because it is good clean all-American family entertainment at its best, and the chuckwagon supper was great, as well. Just don’t say “toss the biscuits” unless you are ready to catch one! I brought my family and some out-of-town guests to the Blazin M and we laughed and chuckled all the way home. Its a great evening out with fun activities before supper, a great meal, and a hilarious stage show all rolled into one.

3. Horseback Riding
Take in the majestic scenery of Sedona and the Verde Valley with a horseback ride at the M Diamond Ranch.  The M Diamond Ranch, a 100 year old family run, working cattle ranch offers a one or 2 hour trail ride or a full morning or evening experience that combines a horseback ride with a Cowboy Cookout, complete with kids’ activities and entertainment. I have recently visited the M Diamond Ranch with some family and we truly enjoyed the horseback ride. The guide was friendly, the scenery awesome, and the overall experience left all of us smiling for hours.

4. Sedona ATV Tour
You have a lot of choices when it comes to tours into the red rocks. One of my favorites was the ATV tour by Arizona ATV Adventure Tours. I was awestruck by a view of the Verde Valley from the top of Skeleton Bone Mountain, over 800 feet above the valley floor! That was a kick! Don’t worry if you haven’t driven an ATV before, the nice folks at Arizona ATV Adventure Tours will train you before you ride out on one of their ATVs.

 

5. Exploring history
I enjoy exploring the past and the Verde River Valley and Sedona area are rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out these historical sites Montezuma Castle, Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, Wupatki National Monument and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

6. Experience the Verde Canyon Railroad
 Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The railroad meanders through the inner sanctum of Arizona’s other “grand canyon,” where each season creates a new reason to ride. Splendid vistas and centuries-old Indian ruins are around the bend as the train pulls away from remnants of a mining era which helped establish neighboring communities. Make sure to  spend some time out in their open air cars and witness the abundant wildlife in the area including the American Bald Eagle.

7. Enjoy the view from the Sedona Airport Mesa
Make sure to go up to Airport Mesa overlook especially at sunset. From its vantage point, you can view most of the city of Sedona below and the rustic red rocks that make the area so attractive. If you go around sunset you will catch light dancing on the rocks.
The sunsets in Sedona are absolutely beautiful. The crimson colors of the sunsets play well against the red rocks of Sedona and the change in lighting breaths life into the rocks.

8. Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park
One of my favorite places to visit in the Verde Valley has to be Out of Africa Wildlife Park. The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. My all time favorite attraction at the park would have to be watching the big cats at Tiger Splash, or maybe it’s getting to feed my favorite giraffe Pilgrim while on the African Bush Safari, or wait, I also love to feed Chalet at Predator Feed. Well, now I can’t decide what my favorite thing at the park is, I guess it is EVERYTHING!

9. Art Expeditions
Into art? Take a day to explore the amazing galleries in Sedona. When it comes to exploring the world of art in Sedona, the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the place to be. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work. It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries.

10. Fly Fishing in Oak Creek Canyon
Believe it or not you can fish right here in Sedona! I love the peaceful serenity that fishing in Oak Creek offers. Not only is there great scenery while you fish but I have caught many trout here. Okay, truth be told, I haven’t caught many but a few pretty good ones. If you are interested in fly fishing there is a wonderful locally owned and fully licensed Fly Fishing Guide Service for Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and Verde Valley called Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures.

 

Like I said before, there are many things to do in Sedona and the Verde Valley, you will find your own favorites and we would like to hear about them. Leave a comment below and let us know what some of your favorite things to do in Sedona are.

Wupatki National Monument

Experiencing the Spiritual Side of Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Metaphysical and Spiritual Association

People from around the world travel to Sedona, Arizona to experience the spiritual energy provided by the vortexes of Sedona, and for their own personal enrichment and spiritual awakening. Since the mid 1980s Sedona vortexes have become known as a rich source of spiritual energy.

As a result, Sedona has become a haven for spiritual guides, healers, psychics, massage therapists, energy and body workers, reiki masters, yoga classes, light workers, shamans, mediums, clairvoyants and channelers, all of whom are here to help visitors find the spiritual and healing experience they are after. The best of these spiritual and healing practitioners are members of the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association (SMSA), an affinity group of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

Sedona is a place of wisdom, enlightenment, beauty and transformative opportunities where retreats, metaphysical book stores and classes provide abundant spiritual learning experiences. If you are interested in experiencing and learning more about the spiritual side of Sedona we highly recommend checking out the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association and their members on this website! Members of the SMSA take great pleasure in guiding you as a Sedona visitor along the path of your choice of individualized growth and assure you of the best possible experience while you are here in Sedona.

Leave Sedona with treasured memories of a journey not found anywhere else in the world. Book your personalized spiritual, metaphysical, and healing experiences with members of the SMSA. For more information please visit the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association website

Visit the Mystical Bazaar in Sedona, Arizona

Mystical Bazaar Metaphysical StoreMystical Bazaar - Sedona’s Metaphysical Store

The next time you visit Sedona, Arizona make some time to visit the friendly staff at the Mystical Bazaar metaphysical store, to learn more about the spiritual side of Sedona.

The Mystical Bazaar is located on Highway 89A in West Sedona and invites you to stop in and relax as you take time to learn more about crystals, chakras, and spiritual tools.

Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association Member

Well known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere, their team is always available to share their expertise to assist you in finding the right tool for your journey. They have a large selection of unique jewelry and hundreds of varieties of rocks and minerals, including large crystal specimens, clusters, points, hearts, healing wands and gemstone pendulums. Each gemstone is presented with an explanation of its energetic properties. Also available are Aura Photos, which comes with two pictures and a 23 page report; Psychic Readings, Reiki Sessions; Sedona Vortex Tours and Shamanic Journeys. For more information please visit the Mystical Bazaar.

Horseback Riding in Sedona

The M Diamond Ranch
“It’s so much more than just a trail ride”!

M Diamond RanchHow about taking an amazing scenic Sedona horseback ride with the award winning M Diamond Ranch? Seeing Sedona by horseback is one of the most popular ways to experience the Old West in Sedona and nobody does that better than M Diamond Ranch.

The M Diamond Ranch is a 100 year-old family owned cattle ranch that provides the only horseback rides permitted by the Coconino National Forest in the Red Rock Ranger District of Sedona. Their horseback riding trail climbs a ridge above the ranch providing breathtaking views of Sedona’s Red Rocks, the Mogollon Rim, Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. Depending on the season, you might see elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, Gambel quail, javelina, red tail hawks and western bluebirds.

M Diamond Ranch CookoutAt the M Diamond Ranch you can choose trail rides from 1 to 2 1/2 hours in length,  all guided by a friendly, knowledgeable M Diamond Ranch wrangler, or a full morning or evening experience that combines a horseback ride with a Cowboy Cookout, complete with kids’ activities and live entertainment by Hall of Fame cowboy singer Alvie Self.

You and your family will leave the M Diamond Ranch with memories to last a lifetime and a better knowledge of real western history and heritage! For more information please visit the
M Diamond Ranch or call 928.300.6466.

Traveling Green: A Guide to Green Certifications in Sedona and the Verde Valley

Green LeafTraveling Green is it’s own reward.

For more and more people, making green decisions is a part of their vacation planning process. Green lodging choices and eco friendly activities make sense especially in environmentally rich and sensitive areas like Sedona and the surrounding Verde Valley. Traveling green doesn’t mean sacrificing anything and it doesn’t mean spending more – as a matter of fact, it can save you money.

What does it mean to be green?
There are lots of green certifications out there, with varying degrees of stringency and verification. When you see businesses claiming to be green in one way or another, you might want to know exactly what that entails. There are 2 local green programs in the Verde Valley, Value the Verde and One for the Verde, plus certification programs by Trip Advisor and the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association. Here is a short explanation of each one, listed from least-stringent to most-demanding, to help you make your vacation planning more green.

Value the VerdeValue the Verde
Value the Verde was this area’s first green initiative and has been around for several years. Businesses that display the Value the Verde window decal have voluntarily implemented green business practices, signed a document call the Verde Compact in which they describe the steps they have taken to be eco-friendly, and promise to increase their commitment to green practices over time.

The Value the Verde program is optional, free to local businesses, and the business’ green practices are not verified, but it is a valid first step in the process of becoming green.

The 100+ Value the Verde participants can be found on the Verde Guide website and they are listed in the eco-tourism section of Sedona-Arizona-Vacations.com. When you do business with a Value the Verde participating company, please thank them for their commitment and encourage them to keep up the good work!

One for the Verde
One for the Verde is a new program started in 2013 that demonstrates a significantly higher commitment. One for the Verde is a program that funds preservation, water flows, and river access along the Verde River and Oak Creek. When you do business with a One for the Verde participant, they will ask you if you would like to add a small amount to your bill, often just $1, to fund water conservation efforts on the Verde River and Oak Creek. Your donation, along with hundreds of others, will be donated directly to those programs.

You can learn more about the One for the Verde program and see the participating businesses at their website.

Trip Advisor Green LeaderTrip Advisor Green Leader/Green Partner Program
Launched in April of 2013, the Trip Advisor program is a survey-based program that is offered to US hotels at no charge. Points must be earned to be certified as a Green Partner, or the more demanding Green Leader with bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. Certifications must be renewed annually and hotels are subject to audits, driven primarily by reviews and comments made by Trip Advisor’s huge user base.
Look for a Trip Advisor Green Partner of Green Leader badge on hotel websites. You can learn more about the program here.

AZHLA GREEN BADGEArizona Hotel and Lodging Association Certifications
The AZHLA Green Certification program was launched in 2010. The program requires hotels to document their green business practices to accumulate points toward their certification. The hotels pay a fee to go through the process, their documentation is verified, and must be renewed every two years. Hotels in the Sedona area that have earned this valuable certification include the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa. These two hotels are also Trip Advisor Green Leaders.

 

Tlaquepaque Event

Marigold Mural Project and Day of the Dead Celebration!

Everyone is Invited to Remember Loved Ones!

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
336 State Route 179, Sedona

Tlaq Dia de Los Muertos 2013

Photo by Wib Middleton

Continuing its 40-year tradition of outstanding fiestas and community events, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration or Day of the Dead is a winner. If you haven’t been, it’s a must do! This year’s mesmerizing cultural ritual from Mexico and the Southwest gives us a glimpse of how the passing of loved ones is viewed, celebrated and honored by people from neighboring countries. Dia de los Muertos at Tlaquepaque invites the public to take part in this centuries-old observance.

There are wonderful opportunities to experience Dia de los Muertos. The first is unique to Tlaquepaque, and back for the second year: the Marigold Mural Project, running from October 29 to November 2nd. Residents and visitors alike are invited to express themselves in paint and memorialize loved ones on a huge 26-foot long mural. Painting will take place from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Last year’s moving mural of the same size will also be on display. Then on the weekend of November 1st and 2nd, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the stage is set for Dia de los Muertos, a joyful time of remembering and community celebration. Tlaquepaque, fully decked out, resounds with fantastic musical entertainment and fire dancing, while costumed wandering gypsies and delicious traditional food get everyone in the spirit. Read More→