Why Is the Tao Meditation Retreat So Extraordinary?
Just 16 miles southwest of Uptown Sedona, in the midst of the Coconino National Forest, lies 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.
Meditation works. The International Journal of Neuroscience (1982) found that those practicing meditation for more than five years were physiologically 12 years younger than their chronological age, measured by reduction of blood pressure, better near-point vision, and auditory discrimination. Short-term meditators were physiologically five years younger than their chronological age.
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. 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
Evening Session: Introduction to Meditation
This introductory session will provide a framework for your transformative weekend. You will experience mindful breathing, gratitude, tapping and specific movements that will anchor your awareness in the present moment and ground your meditation experience.
We will also contemplate questions such as: Who am I? What am I? How do I want to live my life?
Day 2: Experience the Present
You will begin your retreat by exploring the energy within. The serenity of Sedona Mago Retreat provides a sanctuary to explore your inner landscape. Today’s meditations and exercises will help you to ground yourself in the present moment.
Early risers can enjoy an optional morning Tao Meditation Class 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.
You will learn the five basic minds for a fulfilling meditation practice. They work like spiritual fingers for your sacred journey within.
Afternoon Sessions: Chakra Healing Exercises
Chakras are power spots in our bodies, just as vortexes are the power spots of the Earth. Here you will learn about your body’s energy system (physical body, energy body and spiritual body) and how to access more vitality. You will learn about two different aspects of your being and identify any conflicts which may be causing blockages around your chakras.
Chakra activation and purification will give your meditation a tangible texture and deepen its creative aspects. Our simple, yet unique method will allow you to open, activate, and balance all your chakras. Now you are not only in peace, you are peace.
Evening Sessions: Movie Night & Healing Sound Journey
Enjoy a movie which will awaken your consciousness and then immerse yourself in a meditative Healing Sound Journey. You will become one with the musical harmony of the universe as you explore your consciousness with healing vibrations that transport you deep within, or to unexplored regions of your soul.
Day 3: Attune to the Land
The afternoon includes free time and meditation opportunities at some of the most panoramic vistas and vortex sites of Sedona and Red Rock Country. By connecting to the unique energy of each location, you will take in the healing energy that you need for transformation. While in nature and with nature you will discover that you are nature and will experience the energy of the red rocks, trees, water and sky of Sedona.
You will also have free time in historic Uptown Sedona to have lunch and explore the sites and shops.
In the evening, we’ll shut out the outside distractions and do a silent meditation. This can be a turning point in your spiritual journey. As you shift from looking “Outside” to looking “Inside” you’ll discover a deeper aspect of your being.
Day 4: Wrapping Up Your Experience
You will continue to open to the love and support nature provides; reflecting on what you have gained, and planning how your life will be different as a result. The final session ends before lunch.
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 the 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 has unfolded for you, how you have responded and most importantly, how 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 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 your perfect immutable soul has awakened.
Your task on your spiritual quest is to uncover that part of yourself that is eternal and to let it shine in the world. By observing your conscious mind, you will discover that you are a being with limitless possibilities. Sedona’s sacred spaces are simply a reflection of that which already lies inside of you. Here in Sedona, Mother Earth magically embraces you to enter the sacred place inside your own heart.
Come to Sedona and be Yourself!
Who Will Guide Your Experience?
Sayong Kim has been the COO of Sedona Mago Retreat since 2002. Earlier in his life, Sayong developed sciatic neuralgia and suffered from back pain for over ten years. While various Western and Eastern healing modalities helped, they could not cure his pain. He started practicing Sun Tao, and his back healed in less than three months. This changed the course of his life. He quit the Ph.D. program and set out to become an instructor of the Tao Healing Practice. While practicing Sun Tao in Korea, he heard about Sedona and came to Sedona Mago Retreat for the first time in 1996. Ilchi Lee, Sun Tao and Tao Fellowship Founder, was his guide at the time and Sayong was very impressed with his teachings. 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.
In this interview, Sayong Kim, the instructor for this retreat talks about what you can expect.
“I am not as “alone” as I thought I was. Phew, sigh, ureka! I do indeed have peace…it was just a hidden by my negative thoughts/negative self-talk for a short while. I learned not to be so hard on myself when those temporary emotions and thoughts arise.” ~Lauren
“I learned to listen to my soul” ~Valerie, San Luis Obispo, CA
“Tao meditation retreat was a great reminder that we are all one. It provides clear guidance on discovering our true nature and infinite power for good in the world. I have been holding back expression of my true nature, my essence/soul. I need not get trapped by my emotions, which stem from the expectations of others.” ~Julian
“I learned that I am a loving, caring being. I need to release emotion, negative energy, and better communicate what I need” ~Marlene
“Tao meditation retreat to me was a pathway to peace. Best part for me was being able to go into the quiet. Being in the quiet frees you from all your old baggage – all your worries, fears, and untruths.” ~Glenda
“I have the potential for bringing peace into my life. Participation in various types of meditations allows me the flexibility when meditating at home. Loved learning about the benefit of movement and exercise, deep breathing techniques, sound meditation” ~Wendy, Ortonville, MI
“Tao Meditation retreat is a place to come back to center, and truly work on yourself instead of outside worries. I learned that I can enjoy being in the moment.” ~Vincent, Tempe, AZ
“Healing and growth were always there, I just didn’t’ always access or tap into the inner voice. Trust the process! Be patient, be open, and experience.” ~Patricia
“This was one of the most peaceful weekends that I had. I enjoyed the whole weekend. I learned to be at peace with myself and to look into my inner self.” ~Cathy