Katherine Lash of SpiritQuest Retreats

Katherine Lash owner of SpiritQuest Retreats

Katherine Lash

Katherine Lash-DeSmet 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.

With two degrees, Bachelor of Science in both Philosophy and Education, SpiritQuest owner 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 Neuro-linguistic Programming, 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 potentials.

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 culKatherine Lash in Sedona, AZ bathed in sunlighttural 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 in 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 rich diverse set of tools and awareness she can bring to others. Serving as a business woman 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.

Holistic Company with Integrity

Troy DeSmet

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. 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.

The Sedona Retreat Experience:

Combining Eastern, Western, and Sacred Earth modalities, the SpiritQuest Experience will take clients to a place of wholeness through a very specifically designed program. SpiritQuest retreats are built of a synergistic series of sessions based on a paradigm developed by SpiritQuest 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. SpiritQuest will then gather a team of specialists and form the core group, these are practitioners who will work with clients through-out 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.

Katherine Lash on Chimney Rock in Sedona

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 Retreat is a life-changing experience of authentic self-growth and healing. It is a spiritual awakening. Our guests are never the same!

SpiritQuest Retreats’ Valuable Team Members

Rich
RichPractitioner
Having studied and practiced Kriya yoga for over 20 years, Rich loves to inspire others with his teachings of self-realization. He shares information from the Kriya yogas: Hatha, Pranayama, Mantra, Dhyana, and Bhakti. His service is for the “consciousness of Humanity” and has published a book about the topic. Rich has also studied Astronomy and the power of Mother Earth in “all her glory.” He started meditating in his 20’s and studied World religions and ancient wisdom in his 30’s. His interactions are rich with information for those seeking more knowledge of yoga practice and Vedic text exploration.
Linda
LindaPractitioner
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.
Christina
ChristinaPractitioner
An advanced Theta Healer, Intuitive Guide and Transformation Coach, Christina uniquely connects with individuals and couples to heal and transform former wounds driving the life story, while bringing forward the essential truths present within the soul. She offers practical life tools to help individuals and couples connect to their soul’s highest purpose so that step by step, their personal and collective potential can be achieved. Christina connects with her clients to reflect the essential empowering truths of their inner world that may have been long forgotten.
Michael
MichaelPractitioner
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.
Adele
AdelePractitioner
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 hosts the SpiritQuest Wellness retreat which focuses on being in alignment with your own authentic voice.

Valerie
ValeriePractitioner
Valerie is an artist, sound alchemist and kirtan wallah. She founded Bhakti Tribe Sedona in 2010, bringing kirtan and devotional music to
the Red Rocks of Sedona. She also offers kirtan with her devotional music project “Sanjali Kirtan” and will soon be recording her first cd. As a sound healer, she is immersed in the world of sacred sound. She offers SpiritQuest sessions of breathwork, chakra journeys, and sound healing using her transformative Soundwave Bed™ She continues to paint and sculpt, and is dedicated to divine healing through the arts.
Curt
CurtPractitioner
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
BrighdePractitioner
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.
Deborah
DeborahPractitioner
Deborah is a spiritual mentor and transformational coach. She has an extensive background in health, wellness, and research which led to her own discovery of self-healing and awareness. With over 35 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse caring for terminally ill cancer patients, working in cancer research on The Cancer Genome Atlas Project, as well as cardiology research and the corporate world, Deborah set out to find answers to our purpose and the very question of existence itself. After years of personal hardship her quest for answers led her to a deeper understanding of the world and humanity as she transitioned her knowledge and expertise into holistic modalities utilizing her gifts as an empath and intuitive healer of the mind. Drawing on these experiences has given her the depth of understanding, empathy, and compassion in assisting others on their transformational journey.
Daniel
DanielPractitioner
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.
Barbara
BarbaraPractitioner
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.
Rhonda
RhondaPractitioner
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.
Rebekah
RebekahPractitioner
Rebekah is a modern-day medicine woman practicing a balanced combination of ancient ancestral and modern-day healing techniques. She was born and raised in Camp Verde Arizona and has been practicing holistic healing arts since a child as she was taught by her elders. She is a motivational speaker, author and spiritual mentor. In 2007 she received her transformational life coaching certification and in 2008 she received her corporate coaching certification from the Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe Arizona. Since then she has gained many years of experience in therapeutic residential treatment programs ranging from private boarding schools to holistic treatment centers as a behavioral health technician, lead support staff and program director. Her techniques include earth medicine, life coaching, soul retrieval, guided imagery, shamanic journeying, animal medicine, dream interpretation, and medicine wheel teachings.
Kirti
KirtiPractitioner
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
CassiePractitioner
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.