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.

Sessions are personalized to encourage your personal exploration.

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. 

2024 In Sedona & Cottonwood, Arizona areas

Woman standing on red cliff at sunset in deep solo meditation with nature; symbolize solo vision circle and nature connectionDo 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.   A joyous sense of being part of the larger plan of life often arises spontaneously.

Cultivate Attention  Attention to coincidence, signs, energies, synchronicities, intuitions mirrors, confirms our deeper knowing. 

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. 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 flashes of knowing directly from the source. 

Shamanic Journey.  You will have direct experiences of expanded reality as you develop shamanic journey skills. 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.

In these visionary moments, we receive are vibrational frequencies and  insights that transmit an energy needed to help transform the situation at hand. 

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.

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 drumming ceremony, 4 power elements ceremony and more.

Retreat Leader

Sandra Cosentino has developed these mentoring experiences based on a lifetime of exploring and connection to the energies of wild nature, and more than 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: 

View of Thunder Mountain and Chimney Rock, Sedona from a scenic overlook where we do circles and outdoor seminars.A Sedona outdoor mystic knowing seminar with nature-energies, notice signs, deepen attentiveness.   Find spirit helper connections using shamanic journey.   These insight journeys & ceremonies deepen seeing, encourage expressiveness and energize you. (3 hours)

2 Insight Sessions at Cottonwood park on the Verde River :

  • exploratory shamanic journey geared to participants to help clear space, connect spontaneously with wise Helper Spirits and supportive energies, new knowings
  • other practices that tap into your own direct knowing such as: signs-symbols, spontaneous journaling-sketching, mindfulness meditation
  • use sound instruments, movement, and ceremony to activate positive change
    (each session is 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 circlesSedona Sunset Ceremony Circle: imagine-create insight journeys and 4 power elements ceremony to activate new inspirations.

At sunset the sun seems to touch the earth and is symbolic of balance of life force energies. This is a potent time of day to express gratitude as you stand in reciprocal flow heart to heart with the natural life forces. (1.5 hours)

Practices you have the option to do on your own between sessions:

  • Study sheets
  • Dawn earth spirit connection including option to go out for a pre-dawn solo vision circle
  • Night sky connection


$460 each with 3 or more total participants;
$580 each with 2 total participants;
$960 with 1 person (the two insight sessions are 30 minutes shorter as a private session)

$150 initial deposit to reserve; balance is due 90 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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