Sedona, Arizona road trip: Vortex energy, New Age Center, Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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Heavy metal adventure team… activate!

I’m in Sedona, Arizona with Leon and Geist of the band Colosseum Thesis. Can you mix Jrock and Aliens? Read on to have your eyes opened.

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Sedona is a 2-3 hour scenic drive from Phoenix. The red rock’s known as a haven of spirituality… and alien encounters.

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Skull hair clips: gifted by Kreepsville 666
Art Nouveau sunglasses: gifted by Lumete

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We blasted metal and Visual Kei on the drive north, which took us through cacti landscapes and rock corridors. Bassist Geist and I strike an alien pose.

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It was right before Christmas, so the aliens were wearing Santa hats.

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Our first pit stop: the fascinating Center for the New Age.

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The store offers vortex tours, aura photography, psychics, palm readers, healing stones and crystals, and more.

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A rich selection of books and Buddhas.

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No matter what your spiritual leanings are, Sedona is special place. There’s a feeling of re-charging here.

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Sedona has a number of “vortexes”, or sites charged healing and awareness.

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Not everyone “feels the power.” Nonetheless, Sedona’s an unbeatable place to hike, relax, and take in nature.

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We had outstanding French food at Rene in Tlaquepaque, across from the New Age Center.

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I could have stayed in the Southwestern courtyard all day. My white dress is Japanese brand Liz Lisa, bought in Hong Kong. Here are photos of the Liz Lisa boutique.

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Closeup on the boys’ rings and gloves.

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The spinach tofu salad and fresh crepes were out of this world.

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Ravioli for my Arizona guide, Leon Lindon (singer, composer, musician, producer, and leader of Colosseum Thesis).

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With stomachs satiated, we went on to another spiritual place.

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The landscape makes an epic backdrop for photos.

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My Liz Lisa ankle boots aren’t really made for climbing.

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We ascended the spiral walkway…

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… to the Chapel Of The Holy Cross, an architectural marvel completed in 1956.

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The Catholic chapel’s windows reflect red rock, and the shape of a cross.

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A powerful place for prayer.

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Inside, we listened to soft chanting and basked in the light.

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I’ve been to ornamented churches around the world, including Prague and Mexico — but none had the energy of this simple Chapel.

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As Leon puts it, “Sedona is a place that encourages people to look upward.”

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Photos can’t convey the feeling of this place; I hope you’ll come and experience it for yourself.

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Thanks to Leon and Geist for the epic road trip. Their band, Colosseum Thesis, is a surprising new visual music act that uses a progressive blend of genres such as rock, neoclassical, and jazz, complete with grandiose theatrical performances. Can’t wait for their debut performances and demo later this year.

Were you surprised by Sedona’s spirituality? Where do you go to regain calm and re-charge?

SHARE & COMMENT

  • Toki

    sweet ^_^

  • Mazar

    i love it ^w^

  • Barbarella

    I’m in lurve! :-)

  • Elligons

    Lookit at all the cute peoples ^^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      aha

  • Cole

    I miss Sedona. <3

  • Olly

    love!

  • Lucy

    amazing dress! +1

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      just got a new one from liz lisa!

  • Priscilla

    Beautiful!

  • Chia

    stylish and cute ! love the look :)

  • http://samispoon.blogspot.com/ Sami

    You always look fantastic :D

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    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      kiss kiss

  • MelissaR

    Wow! I TOTALLY want to go to Sedona now and I’m so jealous that my babycakes is going and I cannot go :( Le poop. BUT I LOVE this article and I LOVE your skull hair clip! The black shawl that Lemon is wearing is also tres chic!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      We shall go together someday soon!

  • Laura

    I loved that post

  • Flora

    Great shots

  • Fuki

    Awesome sauce

  • Apple

    Cute!

  • Bar

    Sexah!

  • HBK

    Loving the look on you Lady!

  • Marilee

    Awesome! I lived in Arizona for a few months and I do miss. Your blog makes me want to go back again Thanks girl for sharing your adventure

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      my pleasure!

  • Wengie

    :)!! http://www.

  • SN

    こんいちわ Carmina!元気ですか? I was just in Arizona too! Sedona is one of the most magical places I’ve ever seen. Anyone’s spiritual side comes out in Sedona, you can’t help it!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      I know!!

  • Airin

    Love your hair!!

    //Airin

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thank you dear!! It’s pink/purple now…

  • Donna

    Going on one with my sisters in May – 7 states, 11 days – I hope we don’t kill each other:)

  • Heather

    Sedona is a magickal place And I have been to every state except Alaska. Next time I see you we’ll talk less Japan and more travel

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      yes!

  • Serafina

    Glad you got to experience Sedona while you were here. One of my favorite places!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      What a great feeling in Sedona… I want to go back! We should go.

  • Ricky

    That looks fun, road trips rule

  • renata

    *laughs* Awesome^^

  • Ursula

    I love that haircut.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      xoxox

  • Richard

    I have been vacationing at Sedona, AZ on and off since the 70’s. My 2013 trip will be my last. Perhaps the crowds, the over commercialization and massive city growth, the trail parking fees – if you can find a spot, the enormous (30+) overzealous police force writing tickets to provide city income, have all contributed to this decision. Only at Boynton Canyon did I feel any energy at all. Other spots were like a noisy irreverent circus. This is not for me and I WON’T BE BACK.

  • http://www.yepi8.org/ yepi8

    very interesting, beautiful people and beautiful scenery is also very

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thanks!

  • carriepoppy

    Hi! I am making a documentary about Sedona, and I love the photo of you and your friends in front of the Center for the New Age. Can I use it on my kickstarter page?