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magine yourself on a moon-
lit night gathered with a
group of people around a
fire, a backdrop of mystical
red rocks behind you. The
group chants and drums around
the fire while a Shaman leads
you through a ritual designed
to free you from that which no
longer serves you. This may not
sound like traditional therapy,
but it's one of the many offerings
at the Sanctuary in Sedona.
In this transitional time on
the planet, people are going
through challenges they never
expected. The basic necessities
of life that we took for granted
are no longer a certainty. Be-
cause of this instability, people
really need to come into their
own being, their own connec-
tion, their source. The Sanctuary
at Sedona helps people wake up
from their dark night of the soul
-- whether that's an addiction,
feeling empty or alienated, hav-
ing depression, anxiety, or any
other ailment.
Dean Taraborelli, Founder of
the Sanctuary at Sedona says,
"We're all on an amazing hero's
journey right now whether we're
conscious of it or not. Everybody
is being pushed to their limit and
that's the dark night of the soul.
We're pushed to within inches of
our lives and those of us in the
shamanic realms go on journeys
and are confronted with our-
selves. In moving through that
hero's journey, we come out the
other side empowered."
The Sanctuary was born from
Taraborelli's own journey. "I fi-
nally shifted by working with
the mind, body, soul, and spirit.
The energetic realm. I made my
own shift by doing the stuff we
do at the Sanctuary. Kelley Alex-
ander, Director, and I had both
gone through it and developed
our program by living it."
Alexander had reached a cri-
sis point in her life. She didn't
have a presenting issue like sub-
stance abuse, she just felt devas-
tated. "My heart was aching, and
I thought there had to be more.
The minute you reach the bot-
tom and ask for help, everything
changes. The right people came
along and I found myself in Peru
going through this process, and
everything changed. I literally
left everything to come up here
(to Sedona) to share the experi-
ences I had."
Taraborelli says his training
for the Sanctuary came from, "all
the dark places I found myself
in. I had a parallel life where I'd
traveled around the world a few
times. I didn't know what I was
looking for, but I found myself in
all those sacred sites. I was get-
ting some kind of a download,
but my literal life was continu-
ing to go in a downward spiral,
so I've probably been in more
therapy than most therapists, just
by virtue of my path in search of
Once he began attending
conferences and workshops,
Taraborelli found he resonated
with earth-based shamanism. He
realized, "We're not limited to
just this physical range of per-
ception. We can open ourselves
up to more. (The Sanctuary
came) from dedicating the last
eight years of my life to this soul
The Sanctuary has a team of
about 12 people, an onsite gar-
den and two chefs. Their offerings
include bodywork and physical
fitness like yoga. For the mind,
they employ a psychologist and
psychiatrist, both of whom also
do energy work. The psychiatrist
is an acupuncturist as well. "We
have a nice bridge from the tra-
ditional allopathic to the more
holistic healing modalities," says
"We get people back to the
sacred. The inner voice or the
heart, this part of ourselves that
wants to come forth," adds Tara-
borelli. "The language of the soul
is completely different from the
language of our literal mind so
we work a lot in the realm of the
soul, in the deep subconscious
mind, to help bring that forward
bringing balance, and our soul
back to its path of destiny."
This work is done through the
use of ritual. "We do a lot of rit-
ual, a lot of ceremony. A lot with
fire and mandalas. We also use
art, music and poetry, allowing
people to tap into their own soul
song," says Alexander.
Taraborelli elaborates, "No
two people are the same. Your
energetic signature, your soul
song is different than everybody
else's. That means there's some-
thing you can say better than
anybody else. When we're in
resonance with our soul song,
we can open up amazing oppor-
tunity, amazing possibility."
Clients usually stay at the
Sanctuary for a month, how-
ever shorter rites of passage are
available. "When people come
to us, they're in their old sto-
ries, in shadow, those parts of
ourselves that we haven't been
comfortable allowing into the
light. These are unconsciously
propelling us ahead and it takes
a little bit to clear that out and
release it. In the second half of
their stay with us, they've made
space to tap into their soul song,
the wholeness and connection
that's possible. It takes time.
You don't have a lot of pres-
sures. You're held very sweetly
at the Sanctuary. It's a very safe
place. The land itself is a sa-
cred spot. I'd say that everyone
feels it's a safe, sacred, beauti-
ful womb in which to have this
rebirthing, reawakening process
happen," says Alexander.
"This work is not about stop-
ping whatever is causing your
discomfort. It's about getting to
know what your soul wants to
express. We help people feel
better and open up to more, then
we work on what they want to
create with that platform," Tara-
borelli adds.
In these challenging times,
the work done at the Sanctu-
ary allows people to connect to
their own source of power, their
sacred Self. The Hero's Journey
brings us to who we truly are
and allows us to thrive whatever
the external environment.
For more information visit: The Dean Tara-
borelli will be speaking at the heart
Wisdom conference in Sedona March
2-4, 2012. To learn about this con-
ference and The Sanctuary's Yucatan
Equinox trip in March 2012, please
visit www.Stellar
The Sanctuary...
Your Hero's Journey Awaits
by Corinne L. Casazza
Dean Taraborelli and Kelley Alexander prepare for
full moon prayer bundle.
Photo by Theo Photography.
Everybody is being pushed
to their limit and that's the
dark night of the soul.