Whether or not you subscribe to a single New Age notion, it’s hard to argue with the the fact that Sedona, Arizona, occupies a downright spiritual setting, right down to the rock formation called “Cathedral”. Framed by picturesque red rock canyons, graced with mild weather and lent color by expansive national forest, this small town in Northern Arizona clearly has more to offer than vortexes of subtle energy and sweat lodges. Though if you’re coming specifically to experience Sedona’s spiritual side, these just might play an important part in your journey.
Whatever your bent, a fine way for both cynics and those on a sacred quest to enjoy an introduction to the region is on a peaceful hike along Oak Creek or through one of the scenic red rock canyons within ready reach of civilization. There are reputedly at least 15 energy centers (ie, vortexes) with 10 miles of Sedona, Arizona, but to make things easy, save your energies for the special sites themselves, and sign up for a guided vortex tour (skeptics can read up on “String Theory” for context).
But it goes beyond the vortexes - there’s a very long list of ways to experience Sedona’s metaphysical properties. Local teachers offer instruction that ranges from Astrology and Life Coaching to Shamanism; the University of Sedona even offers graduate and post-graduate degrees that cover a fascinating list of metaphysical specialties. Alternative healers practicing in the area provide services like aura photo readings, energy healing, healing mandalas and Reiki. And no matter how you feel about organized religion, you’ll want to enjoy a closer look at the Chapel of the Holy Cross, an arresting Catholic church built right into the mesa. Also spot on for the spiritual and secular alike is a lazy day or longer at one of the local spas, where body wraps overlap comfortably with intuitive discoveries, facials and yoga. In short, find spirit if that’s what you seek, but otherwise enjoy Sedona simply for its stunning beauty and possibly find inner peace along the way.