Grand Canyon and Sacred Peaks independent journey program at Sedona red rock site

Ancient Cultures & Canyons Independent Traveler Journeys

Customized based on your goals, timeframe and personalized itinerary consulting.

The trip begins with an in depth seminar in Sedona area. Then you head out with maps, reference packet, CD with regional songs to meet Native guides and as well as explore on your own.

Hopi Mesas 1 or 2 day Journey

Explore Navajo

Southwest Ancient Cultures Journey, 3 – 5 days

Grand Canyon and Sacred Peaks Independent Travel program at a Sedona red rock site

Grand Canyon and Sacred Peaks

Pre-trip program at a Sedona red rock site


Grand Canyon sacred place of emergence by Sandra Cosentino.

Let an Arizona native who is passionate about the Grand Canyon help you connect with: the Spirit of Place and powerful nature energies, Native American perspectives & emergence stories, and many special places to visit enroute.

Make your trip more enjoyable with logistics tips, route map.

Make your trip more enjoyable with logistics tips, route map. 1.5 hour pre-trip program held at a scenic Sedona red rock site.

Group Program Consulting also available.

Spirit of Place Journey to Grand Canyon Circling the San Francisco Peaks

NASA image looking into eastern gateway and Inner Basin of the caldera of the San Francisco Peaks which is surrounded by a crater-strewn volcanic field that last erupted 1064 AD. It is located southeast of the Grand Canyon. Your journey takes you around the mountain.

Circle the San Francisco Peaks – the highest point in Arizona – enroute to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in a personalized independent journey.

For Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Zuni, Apache and other tribes, these are holy places associated with emergence, deities, ancestors, life giving moisture and ceremony.


Historic mural at Grand Canyon historic site depicting origin of the Hopi Snake Ceremony by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie.

Mythic meanings heighten your perception of natural energies. Take moments to consciously connect with the Spirit of Place.  When you enter with an honoring energy, you begin to sense the energetic presence of these ancient and modern-day places of spiritual pilgrimage.

The views come to life as you hear of Native people’s relation to this wonder of creation and the colorful American history. Learn of the geological Grand Staircase which reveals one-third of the earth’s evolution and the natural history of this region. See the historic district including the Hopi House, walk a ways down the Bright Angel Trail, see the mules up close at their barn. Meet Navajo artists at their land at an overlook of Little Colorado River and see an historic trading post.

Sedona Pre-trip Program details

Personalized to enhance your private Grand Canyon trip:

This customized independent travel program is led by Sandra Cosentino, who is native to Arizona. She shares her informed passion, depth of knowledge and decades of experience with the places, energies and Peoples of the region in a pre-trip seminar prior to your trip. Explore Sedona circle, nature walk, trail1.5 hour Sedona outdoor seminar. Some of things we discuss are: history, geology, Native American perspectives of these sacred places, suggestions on entering with honoring energy to open to Spirit of Place.  You also receive practical logistics tips to enhance your experience and we review your route map. We can also include nature connection experiences to enhance your vision. And Sandra will give some suggestions for doing your own ceremony or connecting with celestial energies. You will receive: a map-information sheet, her CD collection of Native insights, music, stories to play enroute. Cost: $42 pp with 3 or more ($60 pp with 2, $120 with 1)Group and family rates available.

“In these changing times, the powerful presence of this Womb of Mother Earth is both grounding and expansive. I know, she calls me often to come and just be.”

See Sandra’s Grand Canyon Sunrise Time video Related Program:  Wupatki, Sunset Crater, Sacred Peaks, Painted Desert Spirit of Place Seminar/Journey

For a richer experience and to cultivate nature connection skills, consider doing one of these Sedona seminars in nature:

  • Visioning Skills: Shamanic Journey Mentoring in Nature + Ceremony outdoor seminar, 4 hours.  At a private site on Oak Creek with lovely ceremonial structures (includes study sheets/entry fee, mentoring, intuitive feedback). We do insight journeys in the context of nature energies.  You learn skills such as focused attention, deep observing in nature, here-now presence, and freeing limiting beliefs.  Let nature speak to us, bring in fresh energies, as we pay attention to signs, symbols and helper spirits.
  • Landscape as Spiritual Doorway Practices: Connecting with the Natural Life Forces Heart to Heart outdoor experiential seminar. 2.5 – 3 hours training that expands and deepens nature connection practices. We will use shamanic journey so it is best to do this after the Shamanic Journey, Nature Connection & Ceremony outdoor insight seminar or other shamanic training.

Will add 30 minute Grand Canyon seminar to either of these for $50  (includes CD, map, info sheet).

Group Grand Canyon Program Consulting

Special programs can be created for Group leaders with your own transportation.  Please email with your dates, goals and group size.

Sandra’s Grand Canyon Articles, Images, Video–sharing my love of this place:

  • See Grand Canyon historic images photo gallery:
  • Early Days of Tourism at the Grand Canyon and related article
  • Brighty of the Grand Canyon Beloved Folk Lore article
  • Grand Canyon Sunrise Magic Time video
  • Fire on the Sacred Mountain, Solstice Sign For All People article

Words by Zane Grey in Call of the Canyon in 1924 still speak to us today:

“And at last Carley realized that sun and light and stars and noon and night and shade, all working in incesssantly and mutably over shapes and lines and angles and surfaces too numerous and too great for the sight of man to hold, made an ever-changing spectacle of supreme beauty and colorful grandeur…..The superficialities of the world shrunk to their proper significance. stronger than the recorded deeds of saints, stronger than the eloquence of the gifted uplifters of men, stronger than any words every written, was the grand, brooding, sculptured aspect of nature.”

“But just to breathe that untainted air, just to see once the boundless open of colored sand and rock–to realize what the freedom of eagles meant would not that have helped anyone?

And with the thought there came to Carley’s quickened and struggling mind a conception of freedom. She had not yet watched eagles, but she now gazed out into their domain.

What then must be the effect of such environment on people whom it encompassed?

The idea stunned Carley. Would such people grow in proportion to the nature with which they were in conflict? Hereditary influence could not be comparable to such environment in the shaping of character.”

Native Voices of Grand Canyon by Grand Canyon Trust:

Zuni, Hopi, Navajo Havasupai and Hualapai people share what the Grand Canyon means to them and what they know in their hearts to be true:  It’s a homing beacon, a place of worship, a link to ancestors, a livelihood.”

“The Grand Canyon is more than beautiful geology, wildlife, and scenic views. It’s a homeland—a place of emergence, spiritual resting ground, library of cultural knowledge, and life source—to many.”

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