Instigate Change personalized insight retreat: explore inner knowing and take a fresh look

Raven reflection in Oak Creek, Sedona, by Rusty Albertson

A personalized Retreat to:

Explore your Inner Longing–Take a Fresh Look–Instigate Change

We can trust the voice of our longing.  These genuine callings of our heart take us into a bigger field of possibility than we could glimpse before and can instigate change in our life more aligned with our Higher Self.

A flowing program to explore your inner knowing.  We engage with insight sessions, nature energies and creative ceremony to instigate change and/or stimulate movement in your life.

This 2-day retreat is for people with some background in spiritual practices that are open to fresh inspiration and energies, who may want to identify holding patterns, and/or explore stepping past your comfort zone into new areas of expression.  Sessions are personalized to encourage your personal exploration.

In Sedona & Cottonwood, Arizona areas

  • June 16 – 17, 2022
  • July 30 – 31
  • Sept. 3 – 4
  • Oct. 31 – Nov 1
  • created at other dates that work for you

Woman walking in ceremony in a labyrinth at sunset with fall colors on shrubs and a lava cone in background illustrates using ceremony to activate your new inspirations.

Labyrinth ceremony: using intention, spiritual connection and movement to activate positive change. Photo by Sandra Cosentino.

Do you feel a longing, a calling?

Are  you feeling ready for change, but lacking clarity or focus?

Are you open to new possibilities?

Can you release preconceptions?

Are you willing to challenge your own beliefs and expectations?

The voice of our longing is something we can trust.

The experiential program is customized to participants and your intention based on retreat leader Sandra Cosentino’s more than 3 decades of experience. You receive prompting, personalized feedback and insight practices skills development such as:

Now Awareness In a state of expanded now awareness, you sense/invite a merging with vibrational energies from the stars, the earth, the trees, the waters, the bird and animal beings.  As you enter this greater field of energy, you then see through the eyes of your Higher Self.  You are awake, yet in an expanded state of consciousness where direct knowing can flow in.  A joyous sense of being part of the larger plan of life often arises spontaneously. Cultivate Attention  Attention to coincidence, signs, energies, sychronicities, intuitions mirrors, confirms our deeper knowing. “Holding deeper attention is all it takes to illumine what is invisible.” (Llyn Roberts)

Tune In “By tuning into the earth, knowing her heart as our own and awakening to nature’s pulses, we resonate with forces which push us now to evolve and grow. The time is ripe to expose our own latent talents, and so, rouse confidence to find our way through changing times.” (Llyn Roberts, Speaking With Nature)

Nature is a Portal to Expanded Awareness. We are part of the living body of the Earth—her vibrational frequency, like ours, is increasing.  Direct experience of her energies, grounds and renews us.  Her beauty fills our heart with awe and wonder. When in nature in attentive, now awareness fresh inspirations flow in naturally.

Become Available to Spirit. “Those who make themselves available, receive instructions and guidance directly from the source. Connecting our human mind with the mind of our spirit is about becoming available to the natural wisdom of the universe. This truth is abundant and available all around us if we take time to listen and make ourselves available to receive it.” (wisdom from Arkan Lushwalah)

Shamanic Journey The modern day seer uses archetypal pathways of the soul adapted for today’s world called shamanic journey. These direct experiences of expanded reality shift perceptions and create new neural pathways. New insights flow in that support conscious re-creation of your life in a frequency more aligned with your soul.

On this soul flight, the seer evokes the presence of spirit helpers who the Universe sends (are magnetized to us) in response to the query. These non-physical beings might be the soul of an animal species, ascended teachers, energies of nature or the cosmos, ancestors, future aspects of yourself and limitless other possibilities.

Even though they may appear in visual form to help us understand, what we actually receive are vibrational frequencies and quick flashes of insight that transmit an energy needed to help transform the situation at hand. This is the world of direct experience with the greater intelligence that is usually beyond our ordinary consciousness.

I also use guided insight journeys and other spontaneous experiences to tap into your subconscious longing and connect with wise helper spirits. Mythic experiences such as seeding a new dream, moving through challenges, creating your healing temple are energetic experiences that help prepare you to make shifts. It is helpful if you have some exposure to doing shamanic journey, but not required.

Initiation Triggered by Longing I invite you to contemplate this eloquent wisdom from Frank McEowen: ‘The longing is a spiritual force that will lead us to where we need to be and connect with those whom we need to know. Nearly all initiations, if they are truly centered in the life of the soul, are about stepping into right relationship with the spirit of longing.  Initiation is the process of defining and refining one’s role in the life of our longing, determining how we can be conduits for its influence in our lives and worlds.”

Imagining is seed power: our body believes in images–they spark a physical response. As we dream and imagine we may catch glimpses of the bigger picture and your own Higher Self who is really the watcher-guiding force of your life. Images and feelings emerge that have power for you.

Ceremony is a powerful tool for creative expression and activating new energies. As you walk your ceremonial pathways fully engaged in the Now moment, you are walking your new journey and making it real to the thinking mind that “thinks” it is in charge of our life. You will learn wisdom principles of ceremony, use intention as a basis to create ceremony, and participate in a sound healing ceremony, water ceremony, fire ceremony and more.

Sandra Cosentino has developed these mentoring experiences based on a lifetime of exploring and connection to the energies of wild nature, and 3 decades of experience with ceremony, lucid dreaming, vision quest, mindfulness practices, meditation and insight retreat facilitation. She has been working with shamanic journey for more than 25 years with a dedication to empowering others to be their own Seer.

“Sandra has been in dialogue and soulful connection with this ancient land all of her Life. By example she helped me trust this seemingly unorthodox conversation I had entered into with this place and welcome the Mystery to enter into me.” China Indigo Jones, 2010

Program will include: 

  • 2 insight sessions at Cottonwood park on the Verde River using exploratory shamanic journey geared to participants, other inner pathways practices, sound instruments, and ceremony to activate positive change.    Each session and your own practice in between build on each other.
  • An outdoor seminar in nature with nature connection, energies, signs.   We do insight journeys & ceremonies to deepen seeing, encourage expressiveness and energize you.
  • 1 sunset-stars early evening program to tune into new inspirations.
  • Study sheets and practices to work with on your own

Day 1 Mystical Nature, Shamanic Journey and Ceremony Outdoor Workshop with: nature connection, signs, spirit helper connections, and creative activation ceremonies at a Sedona cliff view site (3 hours).

afternoon Insight session with creative, exploratory insight journeys at Verde River park site in Cottonwood (2.5 hours–2 hours with 1 person)   evening practices on own:  star viewing and at least 1 hour solo vision circle, journaling 

Day 2 dawn practices including option to go out for a pre-dawn solo vision circle Late morning flowing Insight Session at Verde River park area in Cottonwood or Sedona outdoor site with fire, water, earth and fire activation ceremonies (2.5 hours–2 hours with 1 person)

Sedona sunset with vivid teal and peach colors symbolizes inspirational Sedona fall mystic vision retreats and special outdoor circles

Sedona sunset by Monica Parsley.

Sunset Inspiration Circle and closing ceremony at Sedona red cliff view site (2 hours; 1.5 hours with 1 person)


$440 each with 3 or more total participants; $540 each with 2 total participants; $840 with 1 person (the two insight sessions are 30 minutes shorter as a private session) $150 initial deposit to reserve; balance is due 60 days prior to retreat start*. Transportation, lodging, and entry fee to Verde River park of $7/vehicle/day not included.

*Please see cancellation/refund policies here

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