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If you’re not ecstatically happy or if your relationship isn’t satisfying and sizzling, maybe you need a retreat with Sedona Soul Adventures


Sedona Soul Adventures is very different, that’s what their founder, Debra Stangl, wants you to know. “When most people think about doing a retreat or going to a conference they think about going to a retreat center or a hotel and doing activities with a group”, says Stangl. “I did so many of these over the years and found that I would feel great and all pumped up while I was there, but the minute I got home, I was the same old me and nothing was different”. That all changed in 1999 when she came to Sedona, Arizona for the first time and her life was completely transformed.

In conversation with Debra Stangl, Founder and CEO of Sedona Soul Adventures

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Sedona Soul Adventures?

I came to Sedona for the first time in January 1999. At that time, every single part of my life was a mess: I had just started my 20th year as a divorce attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, and I hated it; I was in an unhappy marriage; I was 40 pounds overweight and $50,000 in debt. I came to Sedona for what I thought was going to be three days of quiet, but instead, I did one session with an amazing Practitioner here and got the message I had to leave my law practice and change my life.

I went home and two weeks later, $50,000 fell out of the sky, six months later I closed my law practice, and I spent the next three years traveling to Sedona to do my own personal healing work with different practitioners I was finding here in Sedona.

Two weeks before 9/11, I was in Sedona again and received the message I was to move here. I moved to Sedona and sat for six months with no direction. Then I started having dreams and was shown that my working one-on-one in private sessions with these amazing Practitioners who are so skilled at utilizing the energy and taking you from where you are to where you want to be had transformed my entire life. I was shown how I could create that experience for others by compressing it into 3 or 4 days. The joke at the office is that my Soul Adventure took three years, but everyone else does it in three days!

No one else out there is doing what we’re doing and it’s been so gratifying to see people’s lives completely changed and to help so many couples transform their relationships. I feel like I was divorcing people for over 20 years and I’ve been helping them stay together for almost 20 years now, so my karma is almost balanced out!

Q. Why is Sedona Soul Adventures so different?

  1. Unlike a group retreat or conference where you are hoping they will address your particular issues, each Sedona Soul Adventures retreat is completely custom designed for each individual or couple for exactly the transformations they need and desire.
  2. Each retreat consists of sessions that are completely private, one-on-one or two on-one (for couples), not in groups, with the retreat having a beginning, a middle and an end and designed to be transformational, taking you from where you are to where you want to be.
  3. We work with over 50 of the Master Practitioners of Sedona, who are practitioners of almost every known modality.
  4. Our retreats produce what I call “The Sedona Effect”

Q. What is The Sedona Effect? ™

The Sedona Effect™ is a process of transformation that can be accessed by those who have a deep desire to bring this kind of conscious transformation into their lives. It is the result of an unusual confluence of three factors:

  1. The transformational vortex energy of Sedona. As Bashar, the internationally recognized spiritual teacher says, “Sedona is a powerful, transformational vortex unparalleled in its own way, unique in its own way that allows for communication and connection to multiple dimensions of reality on your world.” The energy of Sedona is unlike any other place on the planet.
  2. The amazing practitioners who have been called to Sedona from all over the planet to do their work (our Practitioners come from England, Germany, South Africa, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia and of course the United States and Canada) and who are Masters at connecting and utilizing the special energy of Sedona.
  3. The intense desire of those coming to us to effect a life-changing transformation.

Sedona energy is unparalleled and unique – you won’t find it anywhere else on the planet. When you combine that special energy with these amazing Practitioners who are Masters at connecting with and utilizing this energy, plus the intense desire of those coming to us seeking transformation, the result is transformation which is real and lasting.

Q. What kind of people come to you?


We have people from every walk of life, male, female, old, young (starting at 17, depending on the person), straight, gay, transgender, Christian, Jews, Muslims, atheists, Republicans, Democrats, a-political, corporate people, doctors, lawyers, accountants, office workers, laborers, truck drivers, ministers, nuns, mothers, fathers, single, married, divorced, about to be divorced, about to be married, people who want to save their relationship, people who want to add more zing and sizzle to their relationship, people who have just gotten out of rehab, people who want to find their life purpose and live it, people who want more happiness, peace, and connection in their lives. As our clients are always saying, “everyone needs to do a Soul Adventure.”

Q. Do you have any new services ready to be launched?

When the pandemic hit, we went to zero overnight. Within two weeks, we were doing Virtual Retreats, and I have to say the results have been astounding. Energy is energy, and what we are doing is moving out the old energy and bringing in the new energy. My Practitioners are such Masters at utilizing this energy and bringing it to the people with whom they’re working, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re in their healing space in Sedona or in your living room, you’re going to feel it and be transformed by it, so we are able to reach people all around the world with our Virtual Retreats. We’ve opened up again for in-Sedona retreats, and people need this now more than ever.

I’m also so happy that we are making online Masterclasses available to people and I’ve just launched our “Meeting the Masters” Podcast where I interview incredible people who have had a huge impact on my life, such as Dr. John Gray, John Assarraf, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Janet Attwood, etc. It is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast or Spotify.

I’m also doing a new edition and audio version of my book (which was a #1 International Best Seller when it came out in 2016), “The Journey To Happy – How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life”.

“Individuals leave us happy, content, peaceful, knowing their purpose and ready to live it. Couples leave us with the past healed plus a new and deeper love and connection.”