Polatki and Honanki Ruins in Sedona

polatki and honanki nov 2015 (7)My adventure today… November 1 2015

The Palatki Heritage Site — in the Hopi language Palatki means ‘red house’– it is an archaeological site and park located in the Coconino National Forest, near Sedona, in Arizona.

The Honanki Heritage Site (meaning “bear house”) is approximately 4.5 miles north west of Polatki and is also a cliff dwelling and rock art site located in the Coconino National Forest, about 15 miles (24 km) west of Sedona, Arizona. The Sinagua people of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples, and ancestors of the Hopi people, lived here from about 1100 to 1300 CE.

Pictographs are a key feature of the site. Some of the pictographs were present before the caves were inhabited, dating to 2000 BCE. However, most of the pictographs are additions from the Sinagua peoples dating between 900 and 1300 CE.

Honanki was later inhabited by both Yavapai and Apache people. Pictographs dating between 1400 and 1875 CE can be attributed to these two groups.

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Sedona Spiritual Healing Day

sedona spiritual healing retreatAn in-depth Sedona Spiritual Healing Experience.

Release fear, loss, anger, emotional pain, physical pain and dis-ease, control issues, and gain more inner peace, love, compassion, gratitude, happiness and balance. Reconnect with nature and remember the truth of who you really are. Also gain more insight and clarity on your life’s path. Illuminate your passion for life!

This experience is located at one of Sedona most powerful vortexes sites. Experience a Medicine Wheel ceremony for releasing, forgiveness, gratitude, and abundance. Let the drum and sacred songs heal you from deep within. Gain insight and direction through a Shamanic Journey. Learn your Animal Totems and meet your animal spirit guides and receive messages and guidance. Enjoy a healthy meal and a peaceful setting at one of Sedona’s most charming vegan restaurants. Then complete your Sedona Healing Day with a Sacred Path Life Coaching session. After this day…. you just might feel like a new person and have a renewed love for life!

Medicine Wheel Ceremony Tour Sedona Arizona

A Medicine Wheel is a ceremonial tool used by many spiritual people all over the world to perform rituals that honor the four directions, the sacred hoop of life, the animals, the sun and moon, Mother Earth and Father Sky, and many more aspects of the natural world.

Some Native Americans believe that “Medicine” is anything that deepens your relationship with the Creator and the Great Spirit.

The wheel is a circle divided into four directions, the east, south, west and north. Also a symbol of astrology, each person is represented somewhere within that circle depending upon their birth moth and day. That placement is associated with a special moon, power animal, totem clan, healing plant, color and mineral.

At the wheel, we say a prayer for releasing, forgiveness, gratitude and abundance. When we speak out loud to the universe we are stating our intentions and this is very powerful. I’ve seen miraculous things happen, some of which most people won’t believe or even understand.


Before entering the wheel in the East we will offer some kind of herb or prayer. This is an offering to let the spirits know the we enter with pure hearts and leave any ego or negativity outside of the sacred wheel. Cornmeal, tobacco, sage, cedar, roses and many other natural gifts are offered before going into the wheel. I’ve also seen gold glitter. Offering something before we enter the wheel is a good practice. It is said that before we enter any sacred space or even just going out into nature for a vision quest, it is good practice to offer something at the “door.” Just as some tradition will do, going to see someone at their house, they will offer a gift. It’s also common practice to smudge yourself before going into ceremony.

We’ve worked with children from the age of three and the grandmothers and grandfathers, all seem to have something to pray about.

The prayer we hold is not tied to any religion, it includes all living things such as the Creator, the Great Spirit, the animals, the four directions of the universe, our ancestors, and other things that bring us closer to nature. It’s also like stating your intentions.

The sound of the drum and rattle is healing and have been used for thousands of years. Some receive healing from the sound and some receive a vision.

The medicine wheel dates back thousands of years originating from the Lakota Sioux. Today, Medicine Wheel ceremonies are becoming more popular and can be found all over the world. As the teachings spread to different cultures, it is a bit modified, therefore not every ceremony will be alike. Each will be a bit different and that’s okay.

In the Medicine Wheel we drum and sing songs for forgiveness and gratitude. We offer our blessings and prayers to Mother Earth and Father Sky, to Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon, to the four directions and the animals that represent them.

Most people experience a lightness and tingling sensation. Some don’t want to leave the wheel because they feel so connected a sense of true security that they are afraid to leave the wheel and loose it. This is a feeling and an experience that can be done at any time and in any place.

The medicine wheel is a symbol of symmetry and balance. During the process of constructing the wheel you will begin to recognize what areas of your life are not in balance, and where your attention is lacking and requires focus. Continuing working with the wheel after you constructed it. Sit with your wheel in silent meditation. Allow the wheel to assist you in gaining new and different perspectives.

The medicine wheel represents the many cycles of life. The circle is representative of life’s never ending cycle (birth, death, rebirth). Each stone or spoke placement in the wheel focuses on a different aspect of living.

A personal medicine wheel can be made using fetishes such as crystals, arrowheads, seashells, feathers, animal fur/bones, and so on. Take time to reflect on each aspect of your life (self, family, relationships, life purpose, community, finances, health, etc.) as you place objects within the circle.

Over the years I’ve been assisting people from all over the world to heal past wounds, physical, emotional and spiritual. I never know what to expect with each one and they are all different. No matter what you want to do from heal physical pain to an old emotional wound, drumming in the medicine wheel can help. This can help release negativity that you have been carrying around for a long time, sometimes we don’t even realize we are carrying it.

The term “medicine wheel” was first applied to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming, the most southern and one of the largest in existence. That site consists of a central circle of piled rock surrounded by a circle of stone; “Rays” of stones travel out from the central core of rock and its surrounding circle. The structure looks like the wheel of a bicycle.

The Medicine Wheel can take many different forms. It can be an artwork such as artifact or painting, or it can be a physical construction on the land. Hundreds or even thousands of Medicine Wheels have been built in North America over the last several centuries.

Movement in the Medicine Wheel is typically in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the forces of Nature, such as gravity and the rising and setting of the Sun.

Meanings of the Four Directions

There are many different interpretations of the Medicine Wheel. Each of the Four Directions (East, South, West, and North) is typically represented by a distinctive color, such as black, red, yellow, and white, which for some stands for the human races. The Directions can also represent:

  • Stages of life: birth, youth, adult, and elder.
  • Seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter
  • Aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical
  • Elements of nature: fire (or sun), air, water, and earth
  • Animals: Eagle, Bear, Coyote, Wolf, Buffalo and many others
  • Ceremonial plants: tobacco, sweet grass, sage, cedar

The East is held to represent the mind, air, the color yellow and ‘yellow skinned peoples’, learning the groups to which people belong and the infant.

The South holds the heart, fire, the color red and ‘red skinned peoples’, and the child.

The West holds the spirit, water, the color blue or black, and ‘black-skinned peoples’ and Adulthood.

The North represents the final life stage in the wheel, being an elder and passing on knowledge to the next generation so that the wheel may start again just like the circle it takes after. It is also associated with the color white, representing the white hair of the elders and the white skinned people.

In other practices, the Northern direction corresponds to Adulthood (the White Buffalo), the South represents Childhood (the Serpent), the West represents Adolescence (the Bear) and the Eastern direction represents Death and Re-birth (Eagle). In terms of social dynamics, community building and the use of Circles in Restorative Justice work, the four quadrants of the circle correspond to Introductions.

According to Native American astrology we were all born into a particular direction of the wheel and given an animal totem and animal clan.

The concept of the medicine wheel symbolically represents a nonlinear model of human development. Each compass direction on the wheel offers lessons and gifts that support the development of a balanced individual. The idea is to remain balanced at the center of the wheel while developing equally the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of one’s personality. The concept of the medicine wheel varies: different groups attribute different gifts to positions on the wheel. But the following offers a generalized overview of some lessons and gifts connected with the development process.

Lessons and gifts from the EAST, the place of first light, spring, and birth, include:
Warmth of the spirit
Purity, trust, and hope
Unconditional love
Guidance and leadership
Capacity to remain in the present moment

Lessons and gifts from the SOUTH, the place of summer and youth, include:
Generosity, sensitivity, and loyalty
Romantic love
Testing of the physical body/self-control
Gifts of music and art
Capacity to express feelings openly in ways respectful to others

Lessons and gifts from the WEST, the place of autumn and adulthood, include:
Dreams, prayers, and meditation
Perseverance when challenged
Balance between passionate loyalty and spiritual insight
Use of personal objects, sacred of life’s meaning
Fasting, ceremony, self-knowledge, and vision

Lessons and gifts from the NORTH, the place of winter and elders, include:
Intellectual wisdom
Ability to complete tasks that began as a vision
Detachment from hate, jealousy, desire, anger, and fear
Ability to see the past, present, and future as interrelated

These are all different teaching from all corners of the earth, and as you can see they each slightly differ from one another. Therefore in creating and performing a Medicine Wheel Ceremony, there is no wrong way to do it. So dance, sing, shake the rattles and beat the drum as it all will help you on your personal medicine path.

So if you are coming to Sedona and want to experience this ceremony, I would highly recommend it whether it’s with us or anyone else, it is healing and will be an experience you will remember forever.

Would you like a  Medicine Wheel built on your property? I would love to build a Medicine Wheel for you! Do you have a perfect location picked out on your property? Contact me to set up a time to build a wheel and hold an activating ceremony.

Sedona Vortex Tour and Healing Day

sedona healing dayAn in-depth Sedona Spiritual Healing Experience. This package includes…

  • Sedona Vortex Tour
  • Medicine Wheel ceremony
  • Animal Totem reading
  • Shamanic Journey to connect with your spirit guides
  • A healthy meal at one of Sedona’s award-winning vegan restaurants
  • Sacred Path Life Coaching session

Release fear, loss, anger, emotional pain, physical pain and dis-ease, control issues, and gain more inner peace, love, compassion, gratitude, happiness and balance. Reconnect with nature and remember the truth of who you really are. Also gain more insight and clarity on your life’s path. Illuminate your passion for life!

This experience is located at one of Sedona most powerful vortexes sites, here we hold a Medicine Wheel ceremony for releasing, forgiveness, gratitude, and abundance. We drum and sing sacred songs. Then we take you through a Shamanic Journey to meet your spirit guides to receive messages and guidance. Next we experience a healthy meal and a peaceful setting at one of Sedona’s most charming vegan restaurants. Here we will gain valuable insight through a  Sacred Path card reading and Life Coaching. After this day…. you just might feel like a new person and have a renewed love for life!



Sedona Vortex Tours for Everyone!

rebekah two moons shamanic journeyWho decides to go on a Sedona vortex tour? The answer is anyone and everyone. Rebekah’s tours are fun, educational, and healing. She has worked with everyone from a three your old child, to a group of children, to adults and even the elderly. Every body loves it and by the end of the tour they have a better understanding about vortexes, earth energy, and how the indigenous people of the area understood and used the vortexes. So when you are coming to Sedona, make sure to plan a Sedona vortex tour and have fun!

You Deserve a Spiritually Healing Sedona Retreat

Amitabha Stupa Sedona ArizonaYou Deserve a Spiritually Healing Sedona Retreat. If you are like most people, you work very hard every day. You probably work more than you play! We its time you deserve a relaxing, healing, and fun Retreat in Sedona. Sedona Shamanic Journeys now offers Sedona Shamanic Retreats. We have been offering Native American Shamanic Healing, Ceremony and Vortex Tours since 2009.

We offer three day Shamanic Retreats…

The day you arrive in your accommodations surrounded by the red rocks you will experience a Healing Massage right in your room! Relax in the hot tub and settle in to your new sacred space.

This image was processed by Neat Image. NeatImage.comWhat is the difference between a regular retreat and a Shamanic Retreat? All retreats are great but if you are wanting to learn and integrate Native teachings, ceremony and prayer, learn about your Animal Spirit Guides, and heal on a spiritual level then this is the retreat for you.

Our retreats and focused around the ancient practice of Shamanic Drumming at the Medicine Wheel, Connecting with you Animal Totems during a peaceful meditation at Oak Creek, and a Vision Quest to find guidance and inspiration on your life’s path.

Learn to BALANCE your life for health, gratitude, abundance, and fun.

The second day we go out on the sacred land and perform a traditional Lakota style Medicine Wheel Ceremony. We set our intentions of what we want to let go of and also what we are grateful for in our lives, then we drum and sing healing Lakota songs and dance around the wheel.

Oak Creek at Indian GardensNext we enjoy a healthy and energizing lunch at one of Sedona’s well know restaurants. Do you ever feel tired or sluggish after eating? Well after this meal you will feel alive because it will be loaded with nutrition and a high vibration of energy and love!

Then we do a Sacred Path card reading to seek guidance from your ancestors and spirit guides. These are Native teachings that you can easily apply to your everyday life.

Then return to your relaxing accommodations to reflect on your day.

The third day we set back out on the healing land to sit by Oak Creek to do a Shamanic Journey to connect with your Animal Spirit Guides and receive messages to assist you on your journey.

white hawkWe then enjoy another healthy lunch over a Sacred Counsel session. Similar to Life Coaching, we will look at what may be blocking you from moving forward or throwing you life out of balance and set new goals and a powerful action plan for moving forward. Rebekah is a certified Life Coach and graduated from the Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts in 2007.

Again, relax in your accommodations and journal about your experiences and the messages and guidance you received. Preparing to take it all back with you, seeing the world now with new eyes and a new appreciation for all things.

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Call 928.420.2077 or email Rebekah today to book your Sedona Shamanic Retreat.

Sedona Shamanic Retreats now available with Rebekah Two Moons

Are you looking for a Spiritual Sedona Retreat in the beautiful high desert of Arizona? We’ll you have landed in the right place! We have been working with hundreds of people looking for a spiritual experience in Sedona since 2006.

We offer three-day Personal Retreats, Couples Retreats, and Group Retreats.

Rebekah Simpson life coach spiritual teacherWhat is a Shamanic Retreat? A Shamanic Retreat is created using Native American Ceremony, Native teachings, and other spiritual services. Located in the spiritual southwest city of Sedona and surrounded by tons of Native American history, this sets the atmosphere for your perfect Sedona “Shamanic” Retreat.

Rebekah will be your host and guide. She was born and raised in the area, is of Native American decent, and has been studying and practicing Native American Shamanism since a very young age. All of her teachings, ceremonies and personal growth services are authentic and unique.

Each retreat includes a 90 minute healing massage, a Medicine Wheel Ceremony, an Animal Totem or Sacred Path card reading, a Shamanic Journey Meditation, a Sacred Counsel Session (life coaching) and two healthy meals.

Personal Sedona Retreat

sedona retreat personal healingHeal from past physical and emotional stress, find your sacred path, or just enjoy a life changing experience in beautiful Sedona Arizona. Relax and heal in a magical place where the Natives would do sacred ceremony. Experience Native Healing on the land and re-connect with Mother Nature. Learn how your animal totems are guiding you on your path.
Release unwanted fear, anger, and resentment, and gain more inner peace, love, and balance. Reconnect with your inner guidance and remember the truth of who you really are. Also gain more insight and clarity on your life’s path. Illuminate your passion for life!
After this retreat…. you just might feel like a new person! Each retreat is personalized to your specific needs. $630. Call now or email Rebekah to book your Sedona Retreat! 928.420.2077

Couples Sedona Retreat

sedona retreat couplesSpecifically designed for you and your loved one. Strengthen your love and sacred union as a couple. Fall in love again as you experience healing from the past and learn new tools to create a stronger more loving future. Learn more about what each others specific needs are and how to nurture and honor them.

Each couples retreat is personalized and specifically designed to create your perfect relationship experience. $780. Call now or email Rebekah to book your Sedona Retreat! 928.420.2077

Group Sedona Retreat

sedona retreat groupsWe would love to take your group on a shamanic journey in Sedona. This is a great retreat for co-workers, families, or any group of people who just want to have a unique experience outside of the workplace or home.

This is also a great retreat for reuniting with friends or family members. Reconnect and heal as a group while you participate in sacred ceremonies on the land, just as the Natives did. Have fun, spend quality time together, and reconnect on a deeper level. Call now or email Rebekah to book your Sedona Retreat! 928.420.2077

Example Sedona Retreat Schedule:

Day 1 Arrive in Sedona and relax in your accommodations, and enjoy your first healing massage. Set your goals for your stay and make sure to hydrate before your first day on the land.
Day 2 Enjoy a beautiful morning Medicine Wheel Ceremony in majestic Sedona. Rejuvenate with a healthy lunch at one of Sedona’s best organic restaurants (or lunch of your choice) then complete the day with an Animal Totem or Sacred Path Reading.
Day 3 Another peaceful morning adventure to experience a Shamanic Journey and meditate by Oak Creek. Let the drum help you reconnect with nature and your true self. Enjoy a healthy lunch for energy, have fun and gain insight with Sacred Counsel life coaching session for personal growth. Then release any leftover stress relaxing in the hot tub.
Day 4 Reflect on your goals and experiences. Depart and return home with your new insight and renewed self.


 Prices above do not include accommodations. When you call we will recommend the best place for you to stay in Sedona!

Call now or email Rebekah to book your Sedona Retreat! 928.420.2077

Sedona Shamanic Retreats is offered by Sacred Southwest Adventures LLC and Sedona Shamanic Journeys

Sedona the Land of Beauty and Spiritual Healing

Sedona was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1988. Sedona has about fifteen thousand residents, this area includes West Sedona, Uptown Sedona, Hillside, Upper Oak Creek, the Chapel area and the Village of Oak Creek. At 4,500 feet in elevation, Sedona has one of the most mild seasonal climates year round. Annual rainfall averages around 17 inches, with July and August being the wettest months. This is also known as the “Monsoon Season.” Average temperatures fall between 46 and 75 degrees, but can reach extremes highs of 108F and and bone chilling lows of below zero.

Cathedral Rock Vortex Hike Sedona Arizona

This adventure is in Sedona at Cathedral Rock or Canyon Moon Ranch. Follow the trail upstream until you reach hundreds of rock spires. The local people are the ones who sculpted this art, they are called prayer spires becaue each rock carries a prayer for the one who creates it. It is very common to see these throughout Sedona. They can also be trail markers.