Guest blog submission from Whitney McNeil with International I AM

bell rockA lot of visitors are seekers, coming to Sedona to escape the ordinary and connect with the energy prevalent in Sedona’s vortex sites. Some seek out their Spiritual connection, feeling drawn to Sedona for reasons unknown. Why is this, and what is this phenomena? Sedona’s energy supports and amplifies the intentions of the visitor. Those seeking answers but feel blocked in receiving them, may be feeling drawn to Sedona to help amplify the answer. Sedona has a way of unblocking and unlocking potentials, insights, and opportunities.



One of these reasons is the vortex energy. Vortices help to amplify different aspects of The Self. Some help to strengthen the masculine, while some help to amplify and strengthen the feminine aspect of Self.



Other energies can help one to connect with the Spiritual side of The Self. There are many pockets of energy in and around Sedona to help support someone in specific goals. The Honanki Ruins is a site on the outskirts of Sedona where Native Americans resided in the cliffs of the Red Rocks. Energy of the ancestors is still heavily prevalent in this place. Tourists can feel the energy of the past.

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Bell Rock is another location to access the Higher Self, or the Spiritual Side of the Self. The energy here helps to unblock and amplify the higher chakras. It is easier to feel this energy because Sedona amplifies everything.



If someone is wanting to develop Intuitive abilities, Sedona is a wonderful place to start. If someone is wanting to heighten or increase their already sensitive Intuition, come prepared knowing that Sedona provides much history, energy, and beauty to be felt and perceived in many different ways.

Sedona’s Spiritual Side was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Guest blog submission by Roger Naylor

Vacations are meant to be stress-free events. But family dynamics being what they are, that gets tricky. The younger kids want to go swimming, Mom wants to have an old-fashioned picnic, Dad wants to try out his new camera with the mega-zoom lens on the golf course and Grandma and the teens want to visit a vortex. (Sedona seems to bring out a side of Grandma nobody’s seen for awhile.


No need to bicker. The diversity of Sedona is a gift to families both near and far. Natural water slides, endless miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, swimming holes and pristine forests means there’s plenty of room to let everyone pursue their passion. That includes indoors as well as outside. Because offsetting the rugged beauty is the unparalleled luxury found at elegant accommodations, pampering spas and delicious restaurants. Kids play their way, parents play theirs.


Yet best of all, Sedona features so many opportunities to reconnect, to do things together as a family. Pile everybody into a jeep to explore the back-country and experience the kind of thrill-ride acrobatics that puts a smile on the face of even the surliest teen. Hop aboard a hot air balloon. Go kayaking. Take a group hike. Or gather to watch the sunset. Just be sure to make time for that picnic Mom wanted in the first place. When Mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.


The family that plays together, stays together. The family that plays together in Sedona, starts planning their next visit before they ever leave.

Grab the Kiddos and Giddy-Up to Sedona, Arizona was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

Guest blog submission from Chamber member Pete A. Sanders Jr with the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association (SMSA).

Every year people make New Year’s Resolutions only to see them fall by the wayside. This year why not visit Sedona and use the world famous Vortexes for a better result.

M.I.T.-Trained Scientist, Pete A. Sanders Jr. is including in ALL his January Scientific Vortex Information Presentations (Mondays 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Los Abrigados – 160 Portal Lane – $15/person) specific information about which Sedona Vortexes will best help visitors successfully complete their resolutions for 2014.

Even if you can’t make it to Sedona in January, Mr. Sanders shares that one key is to set “Whys” Resolutions: Remember, as you consider any resolutions, to identify not just the “whats” of your resolutions, but also the “whys.” If they are body, weight, or diet related, remember to identify a possible “why” as “desire to be more healthy” and be open to the many ways of increasing health (exercise, drawing energy from Universe, loving life, etc.) beyond just eating habits. For professional or achievement resolutions, remember to identify the value of unconditional self-acceptance and loving yourself and seeing life as a Quest not just a Test. Remember you can ALWAYS be making progress on the Whys. Remember to always look at life with whys(wise) eyes.

Using Sedona’s Vortexes for SUCCESSFUL New Year’s Resolutions was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

2013: The 7th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, with headliner David Grisman and his FolkJazz Trio, will include programs designed to broaden the appreciation of bluegrass during the span of June 5-9. “We’re pleased to have entered into a partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival that continues to blossom,” said Festival Director Bert Harclerode.

            “Wednesday, June 5 at 7pm in partnership with SIFF we will present ‘Grateful Dawg’ that explores the friendship between David Grisman and his musical colleague Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead,” said Harclerode “You don’t have to be a Deadhead to enjoy ”Grateful Dawg” said the New York Times. “Sure, it is a tribute to Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist and embodiment of the Grateful Dead, who died at 53 in 1995; but this documentary film, which sketches his long friendship and fruitful music-making collaboration with the mandolin and banjo player David Grisman, is quite simply a treat for the ear. Made by Mr. Grisman’s daughter Gillian Grisman, who calls it ‘’a homemade patchwork quilt,’ the film is an affectionate compilation of home video, old photographs, interviews and unreleased concert film that blessedly emphasizes music.  And what a pleasure that music is. From their days as youngsters — they met in 1964 at a folk festival in Pennsylvania — Garcia, originally a banjo aficionado, and Mr. Grisman, whom he nicknamed Dawg, shared a passion for bluegrass. For a time they went their separate ways, and when they met up again after a dozen or so years, they played a lot of bluegrass and traditional music for fun,” stated the NYT.

”Grateful Dawg” is built around ten so-called chapters that embrace a dozen songs rendered in their entirety, though broken gracefully at times for illuminating reminiscence and commentary. The songs range from a banjo duet on ”Sweet Sunny South” to the folk song ”Off to the Sea Once More” to ”Jenny Jenkins,” a silly children’s duet from the Grisman-Garcia album ”Not for Kids Only,” to the captivating ”Dawg’s Waltz” and the sophisticated 17-minute ”Arabia.” ”Grateful Dawg” is rated PG-13 (Parents strongly cautioned). It includes grown-up language.

            Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm the annual Bluegrass BBQ will be presented at the Segner Ranch adjacent to the original Thompson Homestead in Munds Canyon, an off shoot of Oak Creek Canyon. Featured are two of Arizona’s most celebrated artists, singer/songwriter/guitarist Peter McLaughlin and mandolinist/singer Mark Miracle who as members of the Sonoran Dogs will entertain guests. “This is a wonderful event that gives guests a very close up and personal experience,” said Harclerode. The evening includes dinner and beverage along with a 45-minute performance. “The views from the ranch are spectacular, the acoustic is intimate and friends meet new friends. This is the final year for Chef Barron Unger – and promises to be a superlative evening and we will pay tribute.”

            Saturday from 10am to 11:30am at Keep Sedona Beautiful, McLaughlin and Miracle will hold a free community workshop. “Last year we had nearly fifty participants and we anticipate a big turn out this year. Everyone that attends and signs up will receive a $5-off coupon for both Saturday and Sunday’s Festival concert’s,” said Harclerode. Mark is an official instructor of the Doctor Banjo technique plays mandolin and guitar, and has taught at many workshops including the Sorrento, British Columbia Bluegrass Week. With Sawmill Road he has toured the US & Europe, and won Band of the Year at Huck Finn Jubilee. Peter McLaughlin is a National Flatpicking Guitar Champion and his solo recording, Cliffs of Vermillion, was produced by Laurie Lewis. He has toured and recorded extensively as a member of Laurie Lewis and Grant Street. While an Artist in Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, McLaughlin toured in the United States and Mexico with Flying South. McLaughlin is a frequent instructor at festival workshops, including the Rockygrass Academy and Oregon’s Bluegrass at the Beach.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona, The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center, The Margaret T. Morris Foundation and WESTAF.

            The Sedona Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by the City of Sedona Arts & Culture Commission and Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. For additional information visit or call 928.204.2415.

For additional information or high-resolution photos contact:

Bert Harclerode – Executive Director or


The 7th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

2012: The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, three brothers ages 10 to 14, will make their Arizona debut Sunday, June 3 at the Sedona Bluegrass Festival. The Trio made its television debut on the David Letterman Show and has since swept the bluegrass world by storm with their virtuosic playing and youthful charm. “These guys are the real deal,” said Festival head liner Tim O’Brien, “we’re looking forward to making music with the young men.” O’Brien and fellow Hot Rize band member Bryan Sutton perform as a duo, Tucson-based Run Boy Run makes its Sedona debut, and Muskellunge Bluegrass Returns. For information visit


Sedona Bluegrass Festival was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau

2009: Sedona and Bluegrass aren’t necessarily two things you would put together. But, when you think about it- music and the views of the red rocks, it sort of sounds right.

The Sedona Bluegrass Festival begins on Wednesday April 29 and goes until Sunday May 3, 2009. It kicks off with Grammy Award winning bassist Todd Phillips, guitarist David Grier and mandolinist Matt Flinner performing for a host of daily activities, free, paid, educational and benefit oriented.

It’s sure to be a toe tapping good time with great views to boot! Check out Chamber Music Sedona’s website for more information and to purchase tickets:

Sedona Bluegrass Festival- around the corner was originally published on The Official Website for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau