Congratulations! You’ve made your decision to visit Sedona to unwind and relax in the new year. You’re already taking steps toward self-care, and we are here for it. Sedona is therapeutic all around, from scenic red rock views to wellness spas to multiple serene tours to rejuvenate the mind. Here the stresses of the world melt away in one of the most spiritual and sacred healing spots on Earth. Unwind with a Native American healing session, visit a vortex and feel the energy in your soul or climb to the top of a ridge to simply sit and meditate as the sun comes up. Whatever your recipe for relaxation, there is wellness and wonder waiting for you in Sedona. You can show Sedona you care just as much by taking the Sedona Cares Pledge that vows to protect the land for generations to come.
Before you start packing, you can preplan your trip and customize your itinerary based on what you want to do and who you’re traveling with. Sedona’s innovative Experience Sedona Trip Tuner is a great place to start. It takes in all your preferences (high heels or flip flops?), personality type (culture or nature lover?) and points you in the right direction. Find some of the most relaxing spots, treatments, activities and tours in town. You can also review the healthy practices Sedona residents, visitors and businesses are following through Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready.
Whatever your plans are, they should include seeing some, if not all, of Sedona’s Secret 7 Spiritual sites. These spots are considered to be the unofficial seven natural wonders of Sedona. Among the clandestine destinations are Baldwin Loop Trail and Thunder Mountain Trailhead, where you’ll get up close and personal with nature. Remember to always pack out what you pack in and follow Leave No Trace Principles to protect our forest lands. For a spiritual experience, Amitabha Stupa Peace Park is a wonderful place for all faiths.Rarely seen in the West, a stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and represents the Mind of Enlightenment. It is nestled on 14 acres surrounded by red rocks, and the park attracts all visitors and locals for meditation, prayer and healing. Couples looking for romance will want to visit The Wedding Tree at Red Rock State Park. There, hikers will find two gorgeous trees intertwined—lore has it, it’ll bring many years of good luck and happiness to couples who visit. Settle down for a picnic under its limbs while you take in the natural splendor of the park.
Mind, Body Treatment and Tours
Another way to get lost in nature is by taking a guided tour where you don’t have to think or plan, just show up. Sedona has no shortage of tours to take in the incredible views. For a rejuvenating experience, you’ll want to embark on one of the area’s spiritual tours. One-of-a-kind tour guides will show you hidden spots that are known for healing powers or lead you in meditation while imparting wisdom to mull over. Consider Milana May, the Siberian Metashaman, who will play ancient ritual music for her audience, or Sedona Stargazing, where one of the specialties is learning about the constellations and how they were used in ancient civilizations while you stare out at star clusters and planetary nebula.
For lovers of science, check out Free Soul that’s fathered by Pete A. Sanders Jr., an MIT honors graduate who has dedicated his life to understanding the scientific approach to the vortexes of Sedona. He hosts retreats where he teaches his audience new techniques to “Limitless Love” and using the powers of the vortexes to improve the well-being of the mind and body.
One of the most well-known spiritual retreats to participate in is SpiritQuest, where you can opt for a personal journey or a group gathering. The beauty of this excursion is that it offers many customized package deals to focus on specific areas of your life. SpiritQuest can provide yoga, meditation and retreats for healing, for couples, women, men and families. Past attendees report no longer feeling anxious, stressed or depressed after a dose of the spiritual healing sessions offered at these retreats. You can also check out other retreats offered in the area.
Refreshing Day Spas and Resort Spas
Sedona is flourishing with relaxing accommodations. There are a number of outstanding hotel spas and wellness centers. We also suggest exploring the day spas peppered throughout the area. Sedona’s New Day Spa is a gorgeous private retreat where guests can splurge with massages, facials, spa rituals and healing body treatments for the day. Their desert nature body treatments incorporate indigenous, organic ingredients like Southwest botanicals and restorative elements found only in this part of the country. Meanwhile, the Spa at Poco Diablo specializes in natural, non-toxic manicures and pedicures for those who want to be pampered for only a couple of hours before they get back out in nature.
Of the high-end resorts, The Spa at Sedona Rouge and eForea Spa at Hilton Sedona are both worth a full day of indulging. If you need a 20,000-sq.ft. spa to nourish yourself back to life with a body wrap, massage, facial and dip in a heated lap pool, then eForea Spa is where you can emerge anew. The Spa at Sedona Rouge offers pure tranquility with wellness programs such as Ayurvedic treatments and guided yoga combined with facials and unique Lomi Lomi and myofascial bodywork. In between manicures and couples’ massages, there are also restorative time outs, aka turns in the hot tub and steam room that are a must-do.
Why should your body have all the fun? Let your mind relax and restore itself as well in the new year. Sedona’s Mago Retreat is a special experience known for its effective healing sessions where visitors can learn the art of multiple techniques like reiki, detoxing, meditation, qi gong exercises and more. Monitor upcoming events to get involved and learn how to empower and control your life. The retreat is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded folks of various backgrounds. Together, the guides will help you work toward a well-balanced life, mind and spirit.
Yoga and Fitness
For obvious reasons, it comes highly recommended to sign up for an outdoor yoga session during your stay in Sedona. Where else can you have this incredible backdrop of Mother Nature? Relax your mind and find your core while breathing in fresh air in the midst of dazzling red rock formations. Multiple yoga programs like Yoga Love Sedona, Sedona Soul Adventures and Back to Earth Sedona allow you to join others in practicing your stretches and breathing with incredible outdoor views. Sedona Soul Adventures has custom-designed experiences for both individuals and couples where heart and soul are able to realign, tensions dissolve and personal breakthroughs happen regularly. At Back to Earth Sedona, let their yoga guides lead you on a hike to a red rock vortex for an hour of namaste in nature.
Whether you combine stargazing with spa treatments, mindfulness with massage or hiking with Hatha, Sedona is the ideal spot to rejuvenate and restore your tired body and spirit so you can return home a new person for the new year. With a focus on wellness, topped off with a little wonder, Sedona’s mystical and magical setting is known to bring those who travel here back to life.