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Wellness Retreat in the USA

Join Monumental Meditation for a mindful adventure into the magical heart and soul of America’s Grand Southwest! Weekend adventure wellness retreat focuses on mitigating the negative effects of living through a pandemic - finding balance and connection, self-love, and healing in the natural world. Visit Grand Canyon North Rim and explore the Colorado River.

Meet the instructors

Debra, Jennie, & Mark
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Highlights

  • Wellness workshops
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Restorative and gentle yoga classes
  • 5 days of practice - focused on self-care
  • Mindful walks, Grand Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, and Lee’s Ferry
  • Fresh organic vegetarian meals
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Page Municipal Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Each Cliff Dwellers Lodge room will have two double beds. All rooms are private and people traveling together can share the room. This is an eco-friendly hotel.

Program

Now more than ever as you journey through these turbulent times you need to fill your soul with love and light, and there is no place better than in these sacred earthscape. Connecting back to the quiet spaces of mother earth and disconnecting from the chaos that surrounds your urban centers, allows you to draw from the strength and beauty of the natural world. Based in beautiful Marble Canyon, Arizona, in the Vermilion Cliffs National, this Monumental Meditation program includes exploration of mystical cliffs, majestic viewpoints, and lush water oasis.

Offering this weekend retreat that focuses on health, well-being, and mindfulness. Celebrating the beauty and power to heal within. Awe-inspiring nature awaits! Activities and classes are tailored for each group based on intention and experience. Includes private workshop instructors for all classes and adventure tours with area partners and indicated meals. Partnering with Cliff Dwellers Lodge to provide rooms and meeting space for gatherings.

Healing in nature

Through the isolation of the past two years, more studies have shown the healing effects of just being in nature. You need time to reconnect to wide-open spaces. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah abound in places of solitude. You will quietly and mindfully explore the areas' famous canyons and navigate the waters of the Colorado River. Mother Earth will provide the backdrop for relaxing breath and meditation, gentle mindful hikes, and quiet exploration. A reawakening of the mind-body connection.

Breath and the mind-body connection

Breath, it sounds so simple, you all do it without giving it a thought, but there are many ways to breathe. From Dr. Andrew Weil and John Cabot-Zinn to Buddha, along with other teachers, have shared their sacred understanding of the importance of breath in your health. Your journey will offer reminders and techniques to breathe, enhancing the body-mind connection.

Relaxation and meditation practices

You begin with sunrise gratitude ceremonies each morning and sunset meditation, reminding you to celebrate each and every day. Your easy-to-moderate hikes focus on mindfulness as you gently explore the elements of your surroundings. In the stillness, listening to the wind as it sweeps through the canyons, hearing birds adrift on the thermals, insects singing, falling pebbles, connect to earth and your breath. Flutes, drums and singing bowls are part of our sound healing program to enhance the mind-body connection.

Sound healing

Bernadette will be your guide on this journey. As an occupational therapist for over 30 years, she has used music to enhance communication. This ancient art of sound healing is supported by scientific research. The tone and vibration of instruments can stimulate various parts of the brain. The mind-body connection through sound healing is an integral part of your journey.

Gentle stretch and Restorative yoga

Yoga can sometimes be a scary word for new students. However, stretch and restorative practices help the mind-body connection. Yoga practices will celebrate a gentle morning stretch and after your adventures, a gentle restorative relaxation. For those more advanced students, opportunities are available for more traditional yoga practices.

Evening astronomy

Journey through unique dark sky heavens at night. Check out the moon and planets, explore the constellations, and experience the awe of a new moon Milky Way. Truly otherworldly.

Insightful classes

  • On being here now
  • Breath easy
  • Heartbeat - Heartsong
  • Nature connection
  • Mindful earth walking
  • Night sky journey
  • The importance of ceremony

Daily schedule

Sunday, August 21, 2022

  • 12:15 Page Airport pick-up for only flight on August 21, 2022 – transfer to hotel
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Check-in Cliff Dwellers Lodge
  • 17:00 - 20:00 Welcome circle
  • Life-breath workshop and meditation
  • Vegetarian dinner and mindful digestive walk

Monday, August 22, 2022

  • 07:00 Optional morning sun salutation and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the lodge
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Vermilion Cliffs mindful walk meditation
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Vegetarian lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 Depart for River Rim
  • 16:00 Gentle yoga, mindful walk, and sound healing
  • 19:00 Vegetarian dinner, smores and stars, or meditation and relaxation

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

  • 07:00 Optional morning sun salutation and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast at the lodge
  • 09:00 - 18:00 Grand Canyon North Rim
  • Forest Bathing, mindful walking, gentle yoga, and meditation
  • 19:30 Arrive lodge, gentle stretch, and mindful meditation

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

  • 07:00 Depart for Lee’s Ferry, light breakfast to go
  • 08:30 Backhaul up to Horseshoe Bend Beach, picnic lunch
  • 14:30 Return to beach
  • 15:00-17:00 Free time
  • 17:00 Dinner on the river and fire circle meditation and relaxation
  • 20:00 Return to room

Thursday, August 25, 2022

  • 07:00 Optional morning sun salutation and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast and closing circle
  • 09:30 Goodbye
  • 10:00 Depart for Page Airport for
  • 12:45 Contour Airline flight

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change based on weather, health, and or safety considerations.

Included excursions

  • Grand Canyon hike
  • Colorado River kayaking
  • Red Rock meditation
  • Stargazing in Dark Sky Country

Instructors

Debra Mocker

Jennie Lassen

Mark Gutteridge

Location

The retreat will be held at Cliff Dwellers Lodge located in the Vermilion Cliffs near Grand Canyon North Rim. Originally built in 1920, this remote trading post offers unique history a long side modern amenities. Class activities will be held at the Cliff Dwellers Ranch House and in nature along the amazing journey. From this off the beaten path location, you will be able to explore some of Northern Arizona’s most photographed landscapes.

Food

Retreat menu

Food is an integral part of who you are. Monumental Meditation sources local organic produce whenever possible and provide cooking classes with easy recipes each evening. Based on the group's dietary needs, you will enjoy fresh vegetarian or vegan menus. Eating well does not have to be complicated, share your passion for cooking and eating! Enjoy fresh bread baked daily, for dinner perhaps lemongrass and coconut milk tofu with jasmine rice, lentil chili with pasta or grilled zucchini burgers with homemade sweet potato and beet chips, so many wonderful healthy choices.

Breakfast will be at Cliff Dwellers Lodge Ranch House. You will have fruit and yogurt, fresh bread with jam daily with an additional special selection including steel cut oats or crepes or quiche.

Lunch will be following an adventure and will include fruits and vegetables, a sandwich entrée or pasta salad, and hummus with vegan crisps.

All meals listed in the itinerary are included in the price. Monumental meditation is hoping you enjoy as many meals as possible in the great outdoors. A picnic on the beach with a campfire, lunch on the river, and dinner at the ranch house.

Monumental Meditation is sensitive to any dietary needs and are happy to customize menus accordingly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Paleo diet
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Restorative and gentle yoga classes
  • Grand Canyon meditation sessions
  • Colorado River kayak
  • Wellness workshops
  • Healthy eating class
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Page Airport transfers
  • Stargazing dark skies
  • Entrance fees and transportation for all activities

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from your home to Page Municipal Airport
  • Transportation to Cliff Dwellers Lodge from your home (airport pick-up and return to Page is included in retreat cost)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Page Municipal Airport (PGA). Complimentary airport pick-up and return are provided. Daily flights to Page from Phoenix are available through Contour Airlines. Located in the heart of Arizona canyon country, renting a car and exploring other national parks in the area is also an option. Flying into Phoenix, the drive to Marble Canyon and Cliff Dwellers Lodge is about four and a half hours.

Flying into Las Vegas the drive to Marble Canyon is about four and a half hours through Fredonia, Arizona. Zion is not far off the path if you have a few extra days.

Airport: Page Municipal Airport Airport transfer included: Page Municipal Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Thursday August 25, 2022
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