Why Is the Tao Meditation Retreat So Extraordinary?
Sedona Mago Retreat Is Sedona Plus
Just 16 miles southwest of Sedona, in the midst of the Coconino NationalForest, lies the 160-acre Sedona Mago Retreat. This blooming desert land, surrounded by red rocks, Native American ruins, and mountains, has been a place of healing and transformation for over 40 years. Named for Mago, which means ancient mother in Asian cultures, this beautiful solitary land has a magical quality to unfold our innermost stories.
The immense power of this land plays a significant role in your experience.
Everyone knows that meditation works. It’s a proven method to leave a lasting and positive impact on your mind, body, and spirit. If you have never tried it before, let us assure you that it’s not just for yogis who twist their bodies into pretzel shapes. Meditation is for everyone! Wherever you are on the contemplative continuum, the energetic vibration of Sedona will accelerate and deepen your practice.
Group Sessions and Individual Reflection Are Balanced
Our Tao Meditation Retreat offers opportunities to meditate and reflect individually as well as with a group. Explore your inner landscape deeply then join with others and receive new perspectives, experience the support of community, and just have some fun.
A Sample of Your Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Sedona
After your 3 p.m. check-in, a hearty and delicious pesco-vegetarian style dinner awaits you.
Evening Session: Introduction to Meditation
Welcome to Sedona! In the first session, evening, enjoy an introductory session that will provide a framework for your transformative weekend. What is an effective meditation practice? Learn about the four powerful tools that enable you to anchor your awareness to the present moment and ground your meditation experience: breathing, positivity, tapping to focus, and moving to release.
Day 2: Experience the Present
Begin your retreat by exploring the energy within. Surrounded by the serenity of Sedona Mago Retreat, shut off the outside world and explore your inner landscape. With today’s meditations and exercises, ground yourself where you are. Early risers enjoy an optional sunrise meditation before breakfast.
Morning Sessions: On-Site Nature Meditation at Sedona Mago Retreat
There are no ringing cell phones and no honking horns. Instead, all that you hear are rippling birdsongs and gentle breezes that cradle you in a cocoon of serenity and envelop you with the fragrant mist of solitude. In this quietude, you are able to look within and reflect on what it is you want to let go of, what you wish to bring into your life, and how to listen to your true voice.
Afternoon Sessions: Chakra Healing Exercise
Chakras are power spots to our bodies as vortexes are the power spots of the Earth. Here you will learn about your body’s energy system and how to access more vitality. Chakra activation gives your meditation a tangible texture and deepens its creative aspects. Open, activate, and balance all your chakras with our simple unique method.
Day 3: Attune to the Land
Today we visit the amazing and most famous vortex sites of Sedona and Red Rock Country.
Let the vortex healing effects transform you as you connect to the unique location through guided meditation.
You will have free time in the historic district of Uptown Sedona to have lunch on your own during this full-day excursion.
The afternoon includes meditation opportunities and free time at Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and one of the most panoramic vistas in Sedona.
Day 4: Wrapping Up Your Experience
Back at Sedona Mago Retreat, continue to open to the love and support nature provides. Reflect on what you have gained, and plan on how your life will be different as a result. The final session ends before lunch time.
Early Morning Session: Sunrise Meditation
It’s a transformative experience that words can hardly express when you observe the sun slowly peeking up over the horizon amid the stunning red rocks of Sedona. The play of light and shadow is magnificent, and your heart and soul are touched as you become part of a scene that has played out over and over again throughout millennia of earth’s existence. It’s one of the most sacred moments of the Sedona Meditation Retreat.
Morning Session: How to Take It All Back Home
Now is the time to reflect on what Sedona has unfolded for you, how you have responded and, very importantly, how to learn to take it all back home. You have become more mindful of your thoughts, emotions, and actions. You smile more and look forward to what the moment has to offer. Now it’s time to return to your place in the world with more confidence and a renewed passion for your life.
One Important Realization
After four days of the Sedona Meditation Retreat, you realize that the real sacred space is actually not anywhere on the soil of red rocks. Rather, it is in your soul, the part of you that is eternal and unchanging. If you feel that your heart has been touched in Sedona, it is because that part of you has been touched—your perfect, immutable soul.
Your task on your spiritual quest is to uncover that part of yourself and to let it shine in the world. Our sacred spaces are simply a reflection of that which already lies inside of us. Here in Sedona, Mother Earth magically embraces us to enter the sacred place of our heart.
Who Will Guide Your Experience?
Sayong Kim became the COO of Sedona Mago Retreat in 2002. Earlier in his life, Sayong developed sciatic neuralgia and suffered with back pain for over ten years. While various Western and Eastern healing modalities helped, they could not cure his pain. He started practicing Dahn Yoga in Korea, (now called Body and Brain Yoga), and his back healed in less than three months. This changed the course of his life. He quit the Ph.D. course he was enrolled in and set out to become an instructor of the Tao Healing Practice. While practicing Body and Brain Yoga in Korea, he heard about Sedona and came to Sedona Mago Retreat for the first time in 1996. Ilchi Lee, Dahn Yoga founder and the author of The Call of Sedona, was his guide at the time and Sayong was very impressed with his teachings. He worked for Body and Brain Yoga as a Dahn master and program trainer in Phoenix before accepting the position as COO of Sedona Mago Retreat. Sayong understood that the activities of this non-profit organization could help people to live happier and healthier lives.
Sayong’s goal is to share Tao principles and practices and to develop Sedona Mago Retreat into the top retreat center in the country.