Cancer attacks not only the body, but the mind and spirit. For those looking to restore what cancer can impact, visit Sedona, Arizona, a haven for healing for travelers across the world. Sedona is two hours north of Phoenix and 30 miles south of the Flagstaff peaks. Health and wellness are deeply embedded in the city’s culture. There is no shortage of spas, retreats, and wellness activities, with plenty of places to meditate, practice yoga, hike, bike, and commune with nature (Sedona is surrounded by nearly two million acres of national forest land). Plentiful too is good-for-you food and inspiring art. Expect a journey that just may be life changing.
The Sedona Wellness Retreat is a two- to four-week (or longer) residential educational program designed for those with chronic illnesses like cancer. The program is medically supervised by naturopathic medical doctors and medical support staff. Expect juicing, organic vegetarian meals, infrared saunas, yoga, art-therapy classes, educational health talks, kitchen demonstrations, and more. Simply put, it is a detoxification and rebuilding program which also includes psychological and spiritual health.
Sedona Soul Adventures helps individuals and couples reconnect with their spirituality through customized retreats specific to individual needs, time frame, and budget. While they have no medical doctors or psychologists on staff, they’ve seen positive results for their 9,000 guests thus far. “We believe that there is a mind/body connection and that all illness has underlying emotional and spiritual components,” says Debra Stangl, founder of Sedona Soul Adventures.
Practitioners can’t change a medical prognosis, but they can help patients find ways to improve quality of life by working through emotional blocks and understanding sources of stress. An individualized retreat might include a guided visit to Sedona’s five vortexes, places where the earth’s energy compounds that are said to have sacred, healing energy.
If you’re ready to take a deep dive into your condition, explore the options at Angel Valley Sedona, who will design a plan incorporating different modalities beyond counseling, like massage, sound healing, a vegetarian or vegan diet, and more.