1063
Arizona
Sedona's Healing Arts For Women: Yoga, Qi Gong, Ayurveda and More
Join other women in the inspiring setting of Sedona to learn about and practice a range of healing techniques, focusing on mind, body, spiritual well-being and longevity.
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Program No. 1063RJ
Length
6 days
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1,199
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Sedona, AZ
D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the conference room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. 5:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All classes will be led by a local expert and take place in the hotel conference room, unless otherwise specified. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our resort conference room, we’ll enjoy a buffet meal featuring two entrees, salad, sides and the chef's dessert of the day, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Nomadics Class, Art Therapy, Yoga & Meditation
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Gentle exercises and stretching during nomadics and yoga classes; cumulative duration of about 3.5 hours.

Breakfast: In our hotel conference room, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs and omelets made to order, breakfast meats, potatoes, steel cut oatmeal and fresh fruit, plus juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll begin our morning with a "nomadics" exercise class, which blends yoga and stretching, to put you in touch with your body and help sharpen your focus for the week’s activities. Following our nomadics class, we will have a session focused on getting us "in the moment" by sharing individual stories and help the group to coalesce for the week ahead. As we get to know one another, we’ll also discuss ideas of how one can live more in the present by adopting simple everyday practices.

Lunch: In our resort conference room, we’ll enjoy tasty buffet meal featuring contemporary, health-focused cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: Resuming in the hotel conference room, we will settle in for a presentation on art therapy given by a local expert with over 30 years of experience focusing on women’s spirituality, and facilitating sacred rituals and ceremonies. During this interactive class we will participate in creative hands-on activities to help us identify and cultivate our “inner voice” to make healthier and happier life choices. After a short break, our second class of the afternoon will be a soft yoga and meditation class. Through some practical exercises led by a local expert, we’ll start to explore how meditation is used to bring peace, clarity, and focus to our lives.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll then regroup in our meeting room for another alternative health-related presentation led by a local expert.

DAY
3
Qi Gong, Homeopathy, Sedona Hike
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Afternoon hike of approx. 2 miles roundtrip; about 2.5 hours; mostly flat dirt trails. Driving approx. 21 miles; about 1/2 hour one way. Slow movement, stretching, and breathing exercises during qi gong and restorative yoga sessions; hands-on classes run between 1 and 1.5 hours each.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Our first morning session will be an introductory class on qi gong, a traditional Chinese practice that promotes health and wellness through slow flowing movement between a variety of postures accompanied by meditative focus on breathing. All of this functions in conjunction with a philosophical and spiritual understanding of qi (or “chi”), which is essentially “life energy.” The aim is to employ physical and meditative movements with focus to dislodge any internal blockages that may be preventing the free flow of qi through one’s body. In traditional belief, blockages of qi can result in sickness or emotional distress, while working to maintain the free flow of qi is a preventative measure to help one feel more relaxed, balanced, and healthy. After a short break, our second morning class will be a discussion with a local expert on the practice of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine that was first introduced by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Gaining more popularity in recent decades, the core belief of homeopathy is that a substance which creates a symptom in a healthy person could be used to treat a patient experiencing that same type of symptom. Setting out from the hotel, we’ll drive to a nearby trailhead to prepare for our next field trip.

Lunch: At the trailhead, we will have boxed lunches featuring a sandwich, snacks and a beverage.

Afternoon: From the trailhead, we’ll go on a pleasant hike into Sedona's beautiful surroundings led by a local expert who will address the myth and reality of Sedona's famed vortex energy spots that are located throughout the red rock region. Along the way, we’ll also make stops to discuss the flora surrounding us and to soak up the scenery.

Dinner: Hotel buffet.

Evening: We’ll then gather together to participate in an evening class of restorative yoga with our Group Leader. Taking some time to stretch and breathe after an active day, we’ll learn some techniques for rejuvenation. And remember, everyone’s body is different so do what’s right for you.

DAY
4
Acupuncture, Yoga, Ayurveda
Sedona, AZ
B,L
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: 1.5 hour active class of yoga with gentle stretching and breathing exercises.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Resuming our lecture series, we’ll gather with a local expert for a discussion on Ayurveda, which is an ancient system of holistic medicine that originated in India. Translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “life” (ayur) “science” (veda). Today it is viewed by the western world as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), but for thousands of years Ayurveda functioned as a methodology for balanced health practice that included the individualized use of herbs, diet, exercise, meditation and spiritual practice. Next, we’ll follow up our discussion with a yoga class with our full-time certified instructor who also leads a yoga teacher training and certification course at the Arizona School of Integrative Studies.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll learn about the healing benefits and belief structure of acupuncture through a presentation given by a local expert. Thought to have originated in China a few hundred years before the Common Era, acupuncture is now most often used as a form of pain relief in conjunction with other methods. Traditionally, however, acupuncture is also linked to qi (“life energy”) and the belief that its practice can have a positive influence on stimulating vital qi flows, which we discussed in one of our earlier lessons. Upon regrouping with our local expert after a short break, our next class will explore the medicinal and healing benefits of herbs.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Qi Gong, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Free Time, Music
Sedona, AZ
B,L,D
Hilton Sedona Resort

Activity note: Gentle movement and breathing exercises during active morning qi gong class; less than 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After breakfast, we will enjoy our second qi gong session led by a local expert in the conference room to build upon the foundations we learned earlier in the week. The second half of the morning will be a class on Jin Shin Jyutsu taught by our Group Leader. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a form of acupressure that focuses on the healing benefits that can be achieved through the manipulation of our hands and fingers in coordination with breathing exercises. The practice dates back to early 20th century Japan.

Lunch: Hotel buffet.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to explore some of Sedona's many red rock hiking trails, fascinating art galleries, backcountry and archaeological sites, or simply enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Dinner: Across the street at the Sedona Golf Resort, we’ll enjoy our farewell dinner at their weekly community buffet, which features a large selection of tasty items including salad, several different entrées, side dishes, and assorted desserts, plus soft drinks, coffee, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel’s conference room to enjoy a musical performance. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Nomadics, Holistic Health, Program Conclusion
Sedona, AZ
B

Activity note: Gentle exercises and stretching during 1 hour morning nomadics class. Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Gathering together, we’ll engage in another nomadics session exercising its healing arts. After a short break, we’ll have a wrap-up session to reflect on what we’ve learned during the program, and to share some of our favorite experiences from throughout the week together. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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