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“The Gathering” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sedona Mago Retreat

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Sedona Mago Retreat
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3500 E. Bill Gray Road, Sedona, AZ 86336   |  
Ranked #26 of 46 Hotels in Sedona
Edmonton, Canada
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“The Gathering”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We were 40 successful, professional men gathering at the Mago Retreat for a private spiritual conference.
The center itself, is about 15 miles down a dirt road with many twists and turns and directions to the center are not well marked. The website even suggests not to drive it after dark but this may have been just a cautionary note for the directionally challenged as we didn't find it very difficult to get there.
The staff are very friendly; at Reception/Registration, the resident Tao Meditation instructor, and at the staff at the dinning hall.
The rooms are very basic but comfortable; no phones, no TV, no radio, but hey, this is supposed to be a place to get away from all those things and unwind.
Meals at the dining hall are vegetarian but they so have fish with most meals, and eggs for breakfast. The meals are served buffet style and the selections were probably better than my rating of "adequate" but I'm not a vegetarian so I have nothing to compare it to.

The grounds have been landscaped in places to make it more appealing and peaceful but I found it some-what odd to find a stream and lake in the middle if the desert, but then, I do a lot of hiking, kayaking, and general wilderness tripping in pristine wilderness areas so I found the areas outside the fence more appealing and relaxing than the landscaped areas of the center itself.
All in all, it was a good experience and I'm sure someone that's into yoga, Taoism, and meditation would probably enjoy it.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Woo-woo retreat center, not a spa. They are selling Tao religion under titles such as "finding yourself", "Recovery Series", "revitalizing detox". They are not hiding the Tao centered training, just making it more attractive to paying tourists.
I attended a "Finding Your True Self" weekend. It was a mix of standard emotional encounter techniques and Tao "energy work", bowing, tapping on your body, etc. 20 people in the group, three were men, all with their wives...
Be aware when they say yoga, it is not "downward dog" yoga. it is "Korean Yoga"; shaking, jumping, tapping on yourself with a bit of stretching incorporated in it. Lots of "vortex's" and energy field talk. Ilchi Lee is the founder, before you book anything here, read his book "The Call Of Sedona".
The plus side, it is a beautiful place. The food is wonderful, if limited. Most of the greens coming from the gardens and greenhouses on the retreat grounds. Food is limited to organic fish and vegetarian, but includes eggs and cheese. There is no restaurant, just a dining hall with several items at each meal eaten at long communal tables, with the food included in the cost of your stay. No shoes allowed in any of the buildings except the welcome center.
Accommodations are spartan, but clean and the beds are comfortable. Be aware, this is not a hotel or resort, rooms are small, walls are thin and services are nonexistent. Distractions, like TV, telephone and internet, are not provided. Verizon wireless is the best bet for cell service, connecting for voice maybe half the time I was there, and not much for data. This is a place to get away (retreat) from EVERYTHING, not a place to go if you expect to check email every two hours. It is 11 miles down a forest service road that takes 30 minutes to travel, just to get to a paved highway, so no running to town for a quick anything.
Claims to be at one with nature, but the desert is heavily irrigated and planted with many non-native species that will die out when the water stops flowing, trying to make a huge oriental garden out of the desert.
All this sounds negative when I re-read it, but I had a very pleasant time. I would have preferred to skip the training and enjoy the desert sun and hiked the surrounding hills, but I was one of the husbands in attendance. When I com back I will do just that. The staff is pleasantly (surprisingly?) normal, very enthusiastic, and dedicated to the place. The location makes it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I brought a group of women to Sedona Mago Retreat center for a weekend retreat last year. If you desire to hold a spiritual retreat with your group, this is a wonderful destination. As a group, we enjoyed the beautiful meals, peaceful gardens and lake. The meals are included with the room stay and are consciously prepared partly from their own gardens. The staff were wonderful; welcoming and attentive to our needs in our event room as well as our accomidations.

Last year was so memorable that I returned with my husband just last month. Mago was our stop to center into a peaceful and spiritual place after the hectic business expo we attended in Las Vegas. Our stay was everything we had hoped for and more. The first day we spent walking the property, eating delicious meals and meditating.

Sedona Mago Retreat center is run by the Tao Fellowship. If you are into meditation, yoga, and peaceful, breath-taking desert settings, this is a must stay. There are events held here regularly (viewable on the Tao Fellowship website) or a person can come just to enjoy the wonderful facilities for a few days of personal restoration and spiritual reconnection.

I hope to return soon for another stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3500 E. Bill Gray Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
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Ranked #26 of 46 Hotels in Sedona

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