Mago Retreat Center

4(141 reviews)
Meditation Training Centre
6833 views Sedona, Arizona
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About Mago Retreat Center

Sedona Mago Retreat is operated by Tao Fellowship, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “Love Humanity, Love the Earth.”

Tao Fellowship was established in 1998 to promote the spirit of Tao as universal principles of harmonious living and a peaceful world. The tradition of Taoism that Tao Fellowship represents is Sun Tao (仙道), the Korean Taoist tradition with 10,000-year history. Sun (仙) is the combination of human (人) and mountain (山), meaning a human being living in harmony with nature. Sedona Mago Retreat is its primary means of educating the public about the principles and practices of Sun Tao.

As a spiritual centre seeking interfaith friendship, we believe that peace and harmony can be realized through our connection with Earth; without which, humanity cannot survive. Our common goal is sustainability of earth and all of its inhabitants, now and for future generations.

Founder Ilchi Lee

Ilchi Lee initiated the spiritual movement of enlightenment that eventually contributed to the formation of Tao Fellowship. Since its establishment, Ilchi Lee also helped the organization as a member of its board of directors. Currently he doesn’t have any position or title in the organization. However, he still loves to meet members of Tao Fellowship and gives lectures occasionally. This is part of his life-long endeavor to encourage world peace by helping people develop the positive potentials of their brains. For years, Ilchi Lee has strived to help thousands of people worldwide enhance their physical, mental, and spiritual capacity by honoring and harnessing the energy of their brains. His efforts started in the early 1980’s, with the creation of the first Dahn Yoga studio in Seoul. Since then, he has formed several non-profit and for-profit organizations, authored over 30 books, including New York Times Bestseller “The Call of Sedona,” and organized numerous events to help bring that vision to fruition.

Born in Korea in 1950, Ilchi Lee struggled through school until he started asking the questions that most mattered to him: who am I, and what is my purpose here?

His inquiry led him down a path of study that included spiritual practices of Tao, clinical pathology, physical education, and oriental medicine. Ilchi Lee was fascinated with the interaction between the human body and the psyche, and focused his attention on both Western and Eastern medicinal wisdom. Through intense personal training and hours of study, he started to see a glimmer of the philosophy that would later form the basis of the Tao Fellowship, among his other endeavors.

For Ilchi Lee, the true potential of humanity is intimately linked to the potential of the human brain. Tao Fellowship seeks to help develop and amplify the spiritual and peaceful nature of the human brain.

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Our retreat accommodations include 120 casitas that are decorated in a style conducive for relaxation and meditation. To maintain this environment, the rooms do not have televisions or phones. Computers with Internet access are available in our lounge. Shared casitas feature two comfortable full-size beds with plush coverings, a table and chairs, closet, mini-refrigerator, full bathroom/shower, and air conditioning/heating. Our casitas blend in comfortably with their natural surroundings staying cool inside during the spring and summer and warm during the winter. Private rooms vary depending on availability. Shared rooms reflect per person rate. Private rooms are single occupancy. If you wish to room together with a family member or friend, please select a Shared Room option. If you are coming alone and register for a shared room, we will assign you a roommate (of the same sex). Our guest rooms are supplied with towels and soap, shampoo and conditioner. Any other items should be brought including toothpaste, lotion and hair dryers. Our pool and Jacuzzi are open year round so do bring your swimsuit. We supply pool towels. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available onsite. Family and Friends Please note the following about our spiritual retreat center: Alcohol-free and smoke-free facility No meat allowed; vegetarian menu with seafood and dairy No phones, televisions, or Wi-Fi in the rooms Wi-Fi is available at the Welcome Center


Food is a precious gift from Mother Earth. Bless the food with joy and gratitude before you eat. Take time for a prayer of gratitude to Heaven for creating life, to the Earth for growing it, to Humans for preparing the food, for keeping life flowing in you. When you eat, chew well with a peaceful mind then you can intake not only nutrients but also the blessed energy of the food. Close your eyes (or look down your nose), and feel the chewing. Chew over 30 times before you swallow. Slowly swallow the food and sense the food coming down to the center at your lower abdomen. When you eat and breathe please remember the energy of the Earth and of Heaven becoming integrated as one within you. Feel grateful for life and consider how to use your energy to repay the blessings of Heaven and Earth, and benefit the World and Humanity.

How to Get There

Driving Directions & Maps Sedona Mago Retreat, 3500 E. Bill Gray Rd, Sedona, AZ, 86336 Map data ©2016 Google Terms of Use Report a map error Map Satellite 20 km Sedona Mago Retreat is located 40 minutes southwest of downtown Sedona and 2.5 hours north of Phoenix. You can arrive by personal car or by booking shuttle services. If this is your first time driving to Sedona Mago Retreat, arrange your driving schedule so you can arrive during daylight hours because it goes through the National Forest and road signs and lighting are limited. If you arrive after 5:00 pm please arrange late check-in with the Welcome Center Directions from Phoenix & Southern Arizona Take Interstate Highway I-17 North for about 90 miles. Then take the Cottonwood Exit (#287). Turn left and follow Hwy 260 West toward Cottonwood for 12 miles to the intersection of Hwy. 89A. Turn right going toward Sedona. Go through two traffic lights and then you will see a brown sign indicating 761 or Bill Gray Road on your left side. Turn left onto Bill Gray Road. You will see two large gold colored statues on your right and the Immaculate Conception Church on your left. Continue on to an unpaved road on your right. This is Bill Gray Road. There will be a brown colored sign saying “761.”

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4(141 reviews)


I was blessed to be able to take several classes in a 3 week period. I was sad, angry from a recent loss of my mother, filled with negativity from listening to 36 apartment units always complain, depressed, exhausted feeling like I was now getting arthritis throughout my body along with my back and neck injuries I have treated for over 25 years and over medicated… They were getting ready to put me on high blood pressure medications (as though 13 medications were not enough) And the list goes on. When I made my decision to go to Sedona MAGO Retreat, it was a decision made from my intuition. I was too busy to spend time searching for the right one. I just knew…I had picked the right one and when I showed up… I KNEW THIS WAS MY NEW HOME AWAY FROM HOME. My original plan was to start off with the revitalizing detox then take a few personal days in between my other class which was TAO meditation and then fly home. As luck would have it….The class I really wanted to start off with became available to me because the other plans I had that weekend fell short when we broke down in Flagstaff, AZ. I WAS SO HAPPY!! I said turn around and take me back up to Sedona. It was the most amazing feeling I have ever had when we approached the town of Sedona. It was so peaceful, serene and I was in tears knowing that this is where I needed to be. It wasn’t as easy as thought it would be to be able to just show up and check in for the class that was going to start the next day. The system was going to make me earn my way into checking in at a moment’s notice. I had to leave that night and go find somewhere to camp out of my car. It was just part of the journey. I got to camp out under the stars in Sedona! Anyway, the next day I came back in and was able to sign up for STRESS TO STREGTH. I was so touched by this class and the teacher Chun Shim, that I quickly added another class to the end of my vacation which would be Finding True Self. I now had two days to pick up our boat trailer, drive it all the way down to Lake Havasu, drop it off in the middle of the night and then proceed to drive straight back to Salt Lake City, Utah getting us there as the sun came up. I now had 24 hours to find people to back me up for any problems that would arise (and they did) on the apartments as well as all other aspects of my life and be on my original plane heading for Sedona MAGO Retreat. I MADE IT! I was glowing all the way back to Sedona. It was October 28, 2015 and I knew I was going to be in heaven until Nov 17, 2015. I checked in on the 28th all smiles but as dawn came on the 29th the tears started flowing from what seemed like nowhere. My new friend Anthony that I had just met a couple of days prior directed me to the healing garden. Along the way, I met two other new friends that were just as concerned and loving as Anthony. They too, directed me to the healing garden. The HEALING GARDEN is where is all started. After a pleasant hour or so with my thoughts being written down in my journal….the journey began. REVITALIZING DETOX was my first stop. You walk in to a room not knowing what to expect. But the one thing I had come to expect is that somehow, someway, this class was going to be very informative, meaningful and extremely powerful in more ways than one. This was a tough class for me particularly since I walked into this one with 13 medications in my chest on top of all the toxic build up in my body. It was the foundation of my healing. What a satisfied feeling I had completing this class knowing I had put everything I had into making it work for me and I was well on my way. Btw…I only take 5 prescriptions now and they are all at lower doses. I am also, an organic freak now and annoy my boyfriend in the grocery store because of this and looking through labels. I learned how important clean living and eating is. TAO MEDITATION… I almost decided not to take because I was so emotionally, mentally and physically drained from the last class….so I thought. That would have been a BIG mistake… after a few hours of some nature meditation I was ready for the next class. Sayong Kim is an amazing man and instructor. This course which seemed light and emotionally easy sort of snuck up on you and before you knew it, you where in the middle of some heavy duty healing. It was unbelievable to see how the magical vortex’s, hiking and the right instructor could make such a big impact on your life…Instantly! Anthony…I haven’t forgotten you! Anthony was always there….somewhere….whether you saw him or not…you could feel his positive, happy, heart felt energy anywhere you went…. if you pictured his face….It was always with a beautiful smile! If he wasn’t smiling it was because he too, was healing you…with his sound healing sessions….He definitely is an important piece of life there. I took several days off for my own personal retreat to see how well I could integrate back into the world and it was wonderful to just go travel around a bit between MAGO and Havasu until my last class… FINDING TRUE SELF… You have to go into these classes trusting. Knowing that you are going down the path of healing…. You don’t know how, why or when…..Your just going…. And YOU WILL GET THERE! This was my final class and was happy to be back in the class room with Chun. You can just feel her light shining through. Again, by the end of the course, you could count on something very powerful happening within your self, your soul, your thoughts, your behavior, your energy….your body! I can’t say enough beautiful things about this place and those kind spirits that reach out to you…Trust me….I am someone that has been transformed into a butterfly….YOU NEED TO GO TAKE THE JOURNEY FOR YOUR SELF….ITS YOUR JOURNEY AND EVERYONES WILL BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. I did not leave without booking 2.5 weeks for next year. I am hoping to return sooner than that! I have integrated a great deal of things into my life that I learned there, including starting out every morning with a little or a lot of meditation….It really makes a difference in holding a song in your heart through out the day. FOREVER GRATFUEL

Chris Scotti

The Sedona Mago Retreat I was starting to wonder if Clare was trying to kill me. We had already visited and managed to survive one commune-esque location during our production trip in Arizona. There we were, the day before we were scheduled to head home, driving 11 miles down a sketcherific excuse for a road to what I was convinced was a bunch of tents with a big pool of cool-aid in the middle. Maybe if I had payed more attention to this location during our planning meeting I would have realized that my fears were unfounded, but at the moment I was sure our parents would be posting our images on milk cartons in a few days time. As we pulmagoretreat5webled in, my fears were immediately assuaged. While it was eerily quiet, everyone we passed nodded a friendly hello and gave a polite smile. As we walked the various garden paths, children ran in front of us in a wild pack and I decided the place couldn't be what I had feared. It was as Clare had said, just a retreat for people who needed to escape society for a while, and maybe find a piece of themselves in quite retrospect. Mago has several beautiful trails that wind around the property. From meticulously designed paths circling the natural pond at Mago's center to red dirt trails skimming the edge of the Sedona wilderness to paved pathways linking rooms to sunflower gardens and yoga facilities, this retreat is a site to behold and immediately calms the nerves. We both felt much more relaxed after spending only a couple hours walking around the area. The grounds at the Sedona Mago Retreat were gorgeous and no one challenged our impromptu presence (Mago welcomes un-scheduled visits on Saturdays, but asks for all other visits during the week to be registered beforehand). The atmosphere was accepting and passive. One that fit well with Mago Retreat’s billing as a center for spiritual awakening. They offer Tao meditation and yoga workshops that range from two to six days and personal retreats that can last significantly longer. Based on many of the previous retreats that have been held, focusing on AA and twelve-step programs, we gathered that many individuals had made a visit to refresh their bodies as well as their minds. We were happy to learn that the retreat also grows its own organic produce on the property and has a variety of both edible and ornamental gardens. They also have a handful of projects in the works including improving the previously mentioned road, installing renewable energy sources on-site and creating educational programs to develop more sustainable living communities elsewhere.

~Jeanne, Houston, TX

I got a small peek at my soul--and she is beautiful... “I’m 67 years old and have been struggling with what is next in my life. This experience has given me a path to take. It has introduced to me the true me and I got a small peek at my soul--and she is beautiful. It was a profound if ever so brief look at the potential of what I can achieve. Thank you.”

~Fran, League City, TX

All I can say is wow! This was my first retreat and it exceeded way above my expectations. Juniper’s classes were very educational and informative along with being so enjoyable.”

~Sara, Houston TX

As a pilgrim on my spiritual path... “As a pilgrim on my spiritual path I found the workshop to help expand, open and cleanse my chakras so I can better lead and serve humanity.”

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