Katherine provides personalized transformative experiences in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Katherine is blessed to share this work with an amazing community of master healers, teachers, and guides who make it all possible. Over the years, Katherine has used her intuitive skills and dedication to quality in order to hand-pick her retreat facilitators. Katherine is an Arizona native who has lived in the Sedona area for over 45 years.
Specializing in small group and individual relationship dynamics, she teaches interpersonal life skills and guides people and organizations through critical transitions in life. Her studies in various yoga traditions, comparative religions, and metaphysical systems form the foundation of her work. She is currently a member of the Self-Realization Foundation based on the works and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Northern Arizona University, graduating magna cum laude. SpiritQuest Sedona Retreat’s founder, Katherine Lash, is a master teacher and confidant to people aspiring to the highest levels of personal growth. Katherine served as a secondary teacher in the public school system for over 15 years before moving on to a holistic and spiritual field of instruction. Schooled in both Compassionate Communication and Gottman Couples Coaching, Katherine has counseled thousands of people and has facilitated hundreds of retreats. Katherine also has achieved an art degree which allows her to utilize creative expression as a means to help clients reach their highest potential.
While living in Bali, Indonesia, Katherine had the opportunity to travel extensively in Tibet, Nepal, India, China, Japan, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. These travels have given her great insights into both cultural diversity and spiritual practice. Katherine then moved to Hawaii for two years where she studied Ayurvedic medicine, plant medicine, and various Eastern modalities while getting licensed and certified in aesthetics. While living in Arizona she participated in over 100 sweat lodge ceremonies deepening her ability to understand & let go of her own pain and teaching others to do the same.
Katherine strives to empower her participants & has helped literally thousands of clients find inner peace and emotional freedom by reconnecting with Mother Earth and with themselves. Her own personal practice of Ashtanga Yoga helps to keep her centered as she facilitates self-growth with energy healing, color therapy, chakra alignment, EFT, holistic nutritional health, personal empowerment coaching, and NVC (Non-Violent Communication) conflict resolution. Katherine’s experiences of self-growth & healing through years of overcoming her own personal struggles and reaching out to others have resulted in a richly diverse set of tools and awareness she can bring to others. Serving as a businesswoman and spiritual guide, Katherine’s life has been devoted to empowering individuals to reach their full potential by shifting perspectives and awakening to higher consciousness.
Troy Joseph DeSmet – HVPM I & II, B.A., NLP Certified
Dare to live a virtuous life full of contemplation and acts of faith. Troy has devoted his life to right action, supporting others, and encouraging them to be their best. Along with life experiences that include being a dad to 3 grown adults, selling his organic foods company after a 30-year career, healing from a near-death experience (Aortic Dissection), and accomplishing 10 dreams in 10 years, Troy incorporates the wisdom from scars with tools and techniques gained over 30 years of personal growth and development to assist others in living their best lives.
Troy is an intuitive and wounded healer. Healing and development experiences have brought him through life experiences of Existential Nihilism/Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul, breaking free from Narcissistic/Manipulative Abuse, the embodiment of Psycho-Spiritual Integration, and emergency open-heart surgery and associated emotional/mental trauma.
Troy’s philosophy: when clients learn how amazing and powerful they are, when they learn to love themselves once again when they know that THEY are the ones who can heal themselves, then they will join those of us on the planet who are here to raise the vibration of consciousness. Troy lives with the love of his life, Katherine, at the Sedona Sanctuary in Oak Creek Canyon and provides Personal Spiritual and Healing Retreats with SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats.
SpiritQuest Office Staff
Manager Jessica Jade
Jessica is moved and motivated by Spirit. She has devoted her life to validating, seeing, and hearing other humans on their healing paths. After going through her dark night, she had a deep and profound Spiritual Awakening. Nothing was ever the same after that point. She devoted her whole life to Spirituality and healing. Her past experiences gave her a wealth of empathy, understanding, and a deepening of her heart. She learned to never judge anyone, and she has deep faith in each and every person she connects with. Jessica obtained her license for Life Coaching at Southwest Healing Arts in Phoenix, where she also studied Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga, and Holistic Health. After working with SpiritQuest for over 10 years, doing bodywork and healing, she decided to pour her heart into the office, as the Office Manager. She has since studied Business Management, Human Resources, and Communications. She merges her life experience, spirituality, and heart-centered living with her love for Business Administration. She has a unique gift that allows her to deeply connect with the people she consults on the phone and create a custom retreat for them. Most of all, and more importantly, she lives with integrity, and deep humility and sees each of her clients as being their very own most impactful practitioner.
SpiritQuest Retreat Coordinators
Kirti Wright Zhu
Kirti is a valuable staff member of SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats. She began her journey in October of 2020, upon moving to Sedona, AZ. She has worked in hospitality as a Front Desk Agent and Reservations Coordinator for over a decade, from her hometown in Alaska to the Bay Area of California. Kirti transitioned from that world back in 2015, to live at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA, where she practiced Karma Yoga and offered her skills to her community for 5 years. Kirti thrives when helping her clients re-connect with their true, authentic soul expression. She is our Assistant Manager, as well as Retreat Coordinator and Practitioner, enjoying the abundant opportunities to be a dynamic member of the SpiritQuest Team! Kirti has tremendous skill in listening and patiently holding space for SpiritQuest clients. Kirti’s gifted ability to “read” people and hear people allows her to design retreat programs that are highly effective for clients.
January brings an authentic touch of mysticism and passion for guiding others on their spiritual journey. Hailing from Washington, DC, January now revels in the enchanting energy of Sedona. Her roots run deep in mystical gifts, spanning multiple generations, and she’s a torchbearer of this rich heritage. January is a gifted practitioner of intuitive guidance, a nurturing life coach, and a skilled reader of runes and angelic messages. Her role at SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats as Retreat Coordinator is exciting and fulfilling. January specializes in facilitating transformative experiences for guests. January taps into inner wisdom, embracing clients’ true selves and illuminating the path to spiritual growth with enthusiasm. With her unique skill as an active listener, January is able to assess which retreat programs and which practitioners will best benefit SpiritQuest guests. January will then design a personalized program specifically for clients. Taking into account the whole experience, the retreat is then created to provide the most amazing and transformative experience possible.
The Sedona Retreat Experience
Combining Eastern, Western, and Sacred Earth modalities, the SpiritQuest Sedona Retreat Experience will take clients to a place of wholeness through a very specifically designed program. Our retreats are built of a synergistic series of sessions based on a paradigm developed by owner, Katherine Lash. The retreat will not consist of random sessions thrown together, rather we will carefully consider which session should occur first and so on allowing one session to build upon another. We will then gather a team of specialists and form the core group, these are practitioners who will work with clients throughout the retreat. The journey will begin the morning after clients arrive at the tranquil Retreat Center and launch with a sacred ceremony out on the land.
We consider ALL of Sedona part of the retreat experience and because our retreats go DEEP. If a client needs to cry or have a big release, he/she will have the space and freedom to do so…privately. This is NOT a spa experience or a vacation hang-out. A SpiritQuest Sedona Retreat is a life-changing experience of authentic self-growth and healing. It is a spiritual awakening. Our guests are never the same!
SpiritQuest Sedona Retreats’ Valuable Team Members
Daniel is a “wayshower” and alchemist with shamanic medicine for those who are seeking clarity and empowerment within their lives. Daniel’s “medicine” is his intuitive guidance, life coaching, trans-personal psychology, and energy medicine to assist clients to break through mental limits and emotional barriers. Musical instruments such as Australian didgeridoo, Native American flute and Tibetan bowl, are used to facilitate physical and emotional release. Daniel’s presence, compassion and ability to hold a loving and sacred space, assists in promoting profound healing, and life transformation. Daniel has traveled extensively, lived within a 4000-acre self-realization community, taught martial arts as a black belt master, and is the author of One White Stone.
Linda has been caring for the Mind, Body, Emotion, and Spirit of her clients for over 40 years. She is a retired Intensive Care RN, Intuitive Counselor / Coach, Energy Teacher, Berkeley Psychic Institute graduate, Healing Touch IV, Reiki Master; Certified Emotion Code Practitioner, Author and is currently training to be a certified Tibetan Singing Bowl healer. She began speaking with her patients Spirits early in her ICU career. She will connect with your Soul to guide your session. Spirit will utilize her tools and create a customized session to help you connect with the Love that you are and learn empowering practical tools so you can live a happier, more authentic, and fulfilling life, giving you what you want, what you need, and what Love knows is best for your Highest Good.
With over 25 years experience in the Healing Arts/Personal Growth arena, Barbara brings a myriad of tools and modalities to her work. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development (Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology), and spent almost 5 years working in the Mental Health system as a counselor to mentally ill homeless adults. With countless hours of workshops, retreats, and personal growth work, Barbara lives her work in her own life, and has been on a path of spiritual growth and awakening consciousness for over 30 years. She has studied NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), tantra & sacred sexuality, meditation, yoga, and is also a raw food chef and educator. She has participated and completed the Landmark Education curriculum as well as numerous programs and seminars they offer.
Sedona spiritual practitioner Miguel Montoya brings 18 years and thousands of spiritual tours and sessions to his experience and repertoire, having gained a deep understanding into human nature and how to relate to his clients with wisdom, humor, and empathy. Incorporating the full breadth of mastery principles combined with powerful ceremonies for heart opening, emotional healing, clearing old patterns, and Breathwork, Miguel helps the client set powerful new intentions with highly intentional processes and Qigong to fully harmonize intentions with the powerful energy of Sedona. Miguel uses sound healing tools and sacred songs, drums and native flutes throughout his diverse sessions designed to help his clients align with and embody their Higher Self in a truly palpable way.
Grace specializes in trauma informed coaching, inner child healing, soul alignment work, sound healing, and energy healing. With years of experience and having worked with over a thousand clients, Grace creates a safe space for you explore your inner world, reclaim your personal power, deeply heal on a soul level, and embody your higher self. Grace is a guide to deeper places of the soul in order to bring out the most authentic expression of self. She is an “old soul” who gently helps heal deep trauma wounds. Grace cultivates a nurturing atmosphere for bringing out the highest potential of all who work with her. Grace walks the true healing path and understands from personal experience what it takes to authentically live a soul aligned life.
Tom works as a Hypnotherapist, certified with the National Guild of Hypnotists. A graduate of 3 different schools of Hypnotherapy, he has been helping people through hypnotherapy for over 40 years. Numerous therapeutic modalities are used such as neuro-linguistic programming, regression to cause, subconscious reprogramming, parts therapy, gestalt, forgiveness, inner child, reframing, energetic trauma reversal, body-mind integration and heavenly realm hypnosis among many other types. By helping clients connect with their central core essence of love, wisdom, and light the truest answers and shifts in transformation to deep seated issues are obtained. Helping clients access this space allows answers and healing to such areas as soul purpose, dropping depression and anxiety, clarity in making life decisions and trauma resolution.
Curt studied Religious Studies at Arizona State University; co-facilitated Transpersonal Support at Arizona State University counseling center; was a consultant for the State of Arizona Department Of Economic Division of Developmental Disabilities for 18 years; and founded and directed Youth Quest, a non-profit organization for youth rites of passage. Curt demonstrates authority and leadership in meditation, religious mysteries and in teachings of world traditions. He specializes in mindfulness techniques, sacred earth tours, rites of passage, couples mentoring, emotional clearing, and dream guidance.
Brighde has been on a Spiritual Path and immersed in the Healing Arts since 1990, studying and practicing various holistic healing approaches like Bodywork, Energy Healing and more. She is offering Spiritual Guidance and Therapy, assisting clients gain clarity on their path as well as accessing deep inner healing through self-awareness, self-empowerment and helping bring to light the most Authentic Self and Soul Purpose. As a natural Empath, Clairsentient, Clairaudient and Claircognizant, Brighde brings a compassionate, intuitive knowing to her work that helps unravel the stories and beliefs accumulated in subtle bodies in order to catalyze transformation and expansion.
Rhonda is a lover of plants and flowers, nature, health and wellness. She is an intuitive teacher, guide, and facilitator for spiritual healing who encourages those who are on a journey of personal transformation. Her passion is helping others gain awareness and healing that includes the energetics of plants and flowers and their association with the human energy system known as the chakras. She also integrates healing sessions with sound that may include crystal bowls, flutes, drum, etc. Rhonda has worked in Social Services and Education for over 25 years, and she also worked in the corporate world as a product formulator and co-brand manager for over 12 years. Along with being a mother, wife, and grandmother, she has a wide array of experiences and skills working with family systems, cultural diversities and with people of all ages and walks of life.
Adele is a sensitive and intuitive Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Reader, and Horse Medicine facilitator. She has degrees with highest honors in Psychology and Medical Assisting, is certified in LaStone Therapy and Lymph Drainage, and has attended Jonathan Goldman’s sound healing intensive. She is a Member of the Sisterhood of The Planetary Water Rites. Adele is blessed to be the caretaker of over 200 magical, activated Crystal Skulls. Adele focuses on being in alignment with your own authentic voice. Her Horse Medicine sessions are a way to discover what the horse “mirrors” and how this interaction can bring someone into a greater awareness of who they are and how they see the world.
Kirti has been on a spiritual journey for over 20 years. She received her YTT 200 certification in Hatha Yoga in 2014 at Divine Light Yoga in Santa Cruz, CA. and Astrology for most of her life. She has traveled all over the world, England, India, France, California, and now, Sedona. She lived at the Mount Madonna Center (MMC) in the Santa Cruz mountains of California for 5 years, living and working there as a Karma Yogi amongst the Hanuman Fellowship Satsang (Community). She trained to become a Pujarini (Hindu Priestess) to Ganesa at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple at MMC. Kirti’s passion in this lifetime is guiding people back to their true, authentic Self, and supporting them on their spiritual, healing journey by providing tools for their own self-discovery and self-development.
Cassie is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Donna Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, Cassie blends tui na, shiatsu, myofascial release, acupressure, cranial sacral, energy medicine, matrix energetics and gentle rocking, cradling the body and mind into relaxation. Forgiveness and ancestral clearing is an integral part of her practice.
With a 30 year foundation in Vipassana mindfulness meditation, Cassie’s presence supports you to heal, grow and expand. Her intention is to hold Sacred Space for your personal healing.
Cassie brings a lifetime of inner work and ceremonial practices in various traditions, including: Buddhism, Shamanism, Paganism, Native American, chi gong, butoh and middle eastern dance to her work.
Michael David has decades of practical experience. This includes breathwork, chakra clearing, energy healing and clarification of life purpose. Also, his training involves years of meditation, self-empowerment, and sound healing. He has a B. Com (Business), B.A. Sacred Healing/Spirituality and is a Bowen Therapist (Certified 15 years). As a mentor for 15 years Michael coached Teens and Young Adults in Life Skills. This involved Addiction and Codependency Recovery and Self-Esteem skills. On Healing/Spiritual Hiking Tours, he uses his gifts for client’s transformation. This is in union with the amplified power of the Sedona Vortexes. Michael teaches clients skills using their gifts for handling life challenges. This occurs by understanding the body, emotions, and thoughts as tools for change. Back home the client can continue transforming.
Scott has been a student of Internal Medicine since 2008. These internal therapies are rooted in the ancient healing modalities of the Taoist Tradition Of China, Shamanic Traditions and the Ayurvedic Health Science of India. Scott is a certified Abdominal Massage Specialist, Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle Counselor, Ayurvedic Acupressure Therapist, Shirodhara Tech, Natural Therapeutics Specialist, Reflexologist, Yoga/Chi Gung Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Scott has received training from Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Yoga, New Mexico School of Yoga and Ayurveda, Diamond Way Ayurveda, Energy Arts, The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics , Shabeta’s Healing Garden, The Ayurvedic Institute and The Universal Tao Center.
Marcus is an awakening guide for inner peace and self-belief. Marcus specializes in emotional release breathwork and breath education, using the breath to mobilize stagnant energy blocks. He also teaches an understanding of the breath that can enhance the autonomic system and mental health. Fundamentally, we create our reality based on our thoughts and emotions. Using the wisdom of the breath as our primary source of life to shift our inner environment we can begin to experience shifts within our external experience. Marcus also uses EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping to guide clients through emotional blocks or patterns to gain a deeper sense of clarity and self-belief.
Specializing in Rehabilitative Services, Nutritional Health Support, Sports Injury, Myo Fascial, Triggerpoint, Shiatsu, Tuina, and Thai Body Work, Kimberly is a favorite for massage. Kim has studied Ayurvedic medicine at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Also studying Oriental Therapies at ASIS, Kim is able to provide deep insights into the body systems and how to bring balance. Having studied nursing and nutrition at Brevard Community Collage, she is able to provide an in-depth understanding of how the body requires proper nutrition and a holistic approach in order to be well. Kim also loves to dive into the mysteries of the Universe to gain a profound understanding of how energy operates. From Chakra Balancing, Third Eye Awakenings, to nurturing sessions such as Sedona Ultimate Massage, Kim will take you to that otherworldly place for healing and wholeness in your soul.
Olya specializes in Dreamtime experiences and will guide you to your innermost truths. Her special techniques of diving deep will help you discover blockages to clear. Her unique approach allows for soul searching resulting in clearing, cleansing, and greater understanding. Olya is intuitive and strives to awaken you to your own intuitive nature. Olya is a gentle spirit who is gifted in premonitions, soul activations, and life journey insights. She leads clients to empowerment, purpose, and self-esteem. Olya dives into the inner child in order to provide safety, healing, and release. Moreover, Olya provides DNA activations, psychic and intuitive discovery. Soul essence readings, and crystal grid perspectives. Her primary purpose is to bring clients to a deeper sense of self-love and balance in life.
Dia Maria connects deeply with her Spirit through meditation, yoga, and the sacred practice of being in Ceremony. With the softness of her voice and connection to the elements, you will feel a deep sense of inner peace, relaxation, remembrance, support, safety, and love within her presence. Diamaria’s personal journey has been one of radical personal self-development, deep paradigm transformation, supreme self-Love, and quantum healing. Diamaria identifies herself as a teacher, guide, and mentor. Her work is one of a ceremonialist and has been in devotion to the awakening of the sacred divine feminine. While facilitating over 50 ceremonies devoted to awakening the spirit, she has invited in an energetic alchemy of what truth is and feels like, aligned empowerment, elemental wisdom, and a love that illuminates her path.