TestimonialsWhat past visitors have said about Western Spirit Retreats.
A True Gift
Meeting you and spending the week at Western Spirit was a true gift. You both have a beautiful spirit. I will always remember this vacation retreat and my spirit is forever thankful!
I can truly say from the bottom of my heart how much I enjoyed my stay here. Everything was fabulous, fun, interesting and wonderfully intuitive. I am truly grateful!
What a Blessing
What a blessing…the start of a new journey and personal spiritual growth!
One can sense her angelic guidance…
Each time I listen to Marian’s meditation CD, One Breath, One Spirit, my breath slows down, which then helps me to slow down my thoughts. AS I listen and go deeper, my inner guidance becomes more familiar to me. Through each phrase that Marian speaks, one can sense her angelic guidance desiring to be helpful to all. Through the presence of Spirit, one can become transformed through healing and forgiveness.
Every experience was amazing!
I learned so much from your enlightening workshops and will take those lessons with me wherever I go. Every experience was amazing! Thank you so much for making my dream come true!
A Wonderful Week
Thank you so much for a wonderful week. My spiritual growth has been amazing!
Greater than I could have imagined!
Thank you both for sharing and for helping me remember who I am. These are truly remarkable gifts and nourishment for the soul you offer in love.
SUCH A PERSONAL TOUCH!
Garrett & Marian enusred a personal touch and bonding with the group. Thanks for making me feel so welcome. It was an awesome journey and experience!
I THANK THE UNIVERSE FOR CONNECTING US.
Thank you for your help on my healing journey. You two are beautiful! The retreat was fantastic, with loving, patient and knowledgeable teachers.
Carrie Mar. 2019 Canada
A velvet voice…
Marian Carol has a real gift; with a velvet voice she gently leads the listener to a safe place of healing, peace, and expansion. I’m glad to know it will always be available to me whenever I need centering and a little help in processing my Soul work.
The Right Time, the Right Place, the Right People
Many times when we interact with someone, we do not know how we touch or change their lives. This was the moment; the right time, the right place, the right people. The ripple of your touches will echo throughout the universe. Thank you for an awesome week!
BLEW MY EXPECTATIONS AWAY!
Thank you so much for an outstanding retreat. I could not have asked for more. Every aspect of the week was fantastic. The workshops were great! Activities were stunning!
A most memorable and spirit-filled week!
Thank you for graciously hosting what has turned out to be a most memorable and spirit-filled week. Your work, warmth and humor have been a blessing to me. I return to New York rejuvenated. Keep up the work that God has called you to do.
I COULD RETURN AGAIN!
I really enjoyed the sessions with Marian. I learned I am stronger than I give myself credit for and I am not alone.
Simplicity and Humbleness
Your simplicity and humbleness are so refreshing. You both consistently exude love. I have a new understanding of spirituality and love.
Because of Marian’s gifted teaching, I am able to grow and expand spiritually so much. The entire week was a vanilla & chocolate ice cream sundae with a cherry on top! It was so special!
Wisdom, Beauty, Grace
There is wisdom, beauty and grace in this place and in both of you. My life will never be the same. Thank you so much.
KNOWLEDGEABLE, COMPASSIONATE FACILITATORS.
Marian is so thoughtful, compassionate and knowledgeable in the workshops and Garrett was great with the outdoor activities in Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I learned that I create my life through my thoughts, words, feelings and actions. The retreat certainly met my expectations.
You Have Given Me My Life Back
You have given me my life back and opened my eyes to the love and joy that was in me and lost. I wouldn’t feel it if it wasn’t for your joy, happiness, spirituality and compassion.
YOU ARE A WONDERFUL COUPLE AND I LOVED THE EXPERIENCE!
You two are a wonderful and beautiful couple. I enjoyed everything about the retreat. Exceeded all my expectations.
THOUGHTFUL AND COMMITTED, WITH BEAUTIFUL HEARTS!
Marian and Garrett both have beautiful hearts and are so thoughtful and committed to helping people heal. The retreat was so much better than I expected. All the workshops are very well planned and I appreciated the summary handouts at the end. I believe this retreat is going to change my life!
The week spent with you and nature was wonderful! You are both so giving and inspirational. I learned a lot and I’ll never forget this retreat.
Went beyond my every expectation!
Thank you both for blessing me with the best week I’ve had in years. Your spiritual retreat has met my every expectation and gone beyond it. You are both inspirations. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and making me feel very comfortable and accepted each day.
Forever Blessed by the Experience
We are grateful for our visit here which has made us more enlightened, more joyful, more centered and more committed. We shall be forever blessed by this experience. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and the light of your spirit with us.
I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT WESTERN SPIRIT.
Honestly, I can’t say enough about Western Spirit. The week was such a positive experience that I will hold forever in my heart. I hope to return again someday. This week I learned to always choose love over fear. I am forever grateful to Marian & Garrett.
AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
It was such an amazing experience to learn about love and Spirit. The hiking was in such beautiful places. It was wonderful getting to know you both. The workshops were so informative and valuable, and the outdoor activities fantastic. The retreat was above and beyond my expectations. Thank you!
Spirit Guided Me to You
On my seemingly endless quest for happiness and peace, Spirit guided me to you and I am ever so grateful. What a wonderful retreat!
The Path to Happiness
Thank you for showing me my path to happiness and fulfillment lies within and for the spiritual healing you brought me.
THANK YOU FOR BEING SO AUTHENTIC AND REAL!
You have made us both very happy. The retreat was very intimate and personal. It far exceeded our expectations.
Sets the tone superbly…
I find Marian’s CD sets the tone superbly with the nature sounds, her flute playing, and her soothing voice for a peaceful meditation experience.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Thank you, thank you! The week was epic. . .it was everything I needed.
Angela Mar. 2019 FL
The service you provide is a great one!
The week was a great way for us to become grounded as we look to our future together. We loved all the workshops, but our favorites were “Strengthening Your Relationships” and “Listening With Your Heart”. Our greatest lesson was that we co-create with God.
My Experience Was Amazing!
My experience here was amazing! What I’m walking away with is priceless. Marian, what a gentle spirit you are and what a gift of intuition you have. Gary, you are a gentleman, scholar, cowboy, story-teller and comedian. Peace and blessings to you both always!
Highly Recommend a Session
I have no doubt about Marian’s intuition and clairvoyance. But even more, she seems to do everything from a place of love and generosity. If she has a mission in life, it is to shine light on everything and everyone she touches. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone in need of spiritual healing or guidance. It will be one of the most uplifting and enjoyable things you’ll ever do.
Wonderfully healing and relaxing.
Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and your lives with me. I’ve had a wonderfully healing and relaxing time here.
Way beyond our expectations!
The entire week’s experience was way beyond our expectations. You opened our hearts to knowing Spirit and ourselves in ways we never thought possible. You have taught us so much about love, acceptance, caring, challenge, and laughter. Thank you, thank you!
Balance and Harmony
Live in the now, trust my intuition, breathe consciously! Thank you for this wonderful retreat. You both are great examples of balance and harmony.
a wonderful experience; safe, comfortable and welcomed!
It was a wonderful experience and great memories. From the moment I met you both I felt safe, comfortable and welcomed. Thank you so much for helping me on my spiritual path.
A healing, Spirit-filled week!
Thank you for a healing, Spirit-filled and adventurous week. We thank God for being led here. We wish you love, peace and blessings in all you do!
I am so grateful for my intuitive phone session with Marian. I felt she offered me information that I was previously unwilling to acknowledge. Marian moved this information into my awareness in a way that felt safe and comfortable to me. I knew I was receiving messages very sacred to my personal growth. I feel blessed to have met Marian.
I knew I was suppose to meet you on my trip through the USA, so I can continue my spiritual journey and expand on all the wisdom and insights you provided me. What a great week!
A Perfect Place for Healing
Thank you both for one of the most special weeks of my life. The beauty of Arizona, the outdoor activities in nature, the workshops and your strong sense of spirituality were a perfect combination. Sedona is such a perfect place for healing. I truly loved all the adventurous activities we did. Nothing can beat the Grand Canyon tour, but the trip to Bell rock and all the fun activities were my favorites.
SPIRIT SENT US TO WESTERN SPIRIT
Thank you Marian and Garrett for an outstanding week. The couples workshops were very informative and helpful. Marian is a gifted teacher. Great experience!
An Amazing Experience
Thank you for an amazing experience. I really feel much better about my personal situation now and will not try to control it.
You are an inspiration!
Thank you for the opportunity to learn, share and grow. You are an inspiration and will not be forgotten. Much love to you both!
A loving environment of caring trust!
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality in a loving environment of safety and trust. The retreat was very caring, supportive and well organized.
EVERYTHING WAS SO PERFECT!
To rate the week’s experience a 3 (great) is not a strong enough rating. Everything was so perfect and I learned so much. Marian & Garrett are gifts to this planet! Marian is an amazing intuitive teacher who makes the workshops so special and unique. Garrett is so knowledgeable about the outdoors and local history; a true cowboy. He is an inspiration and joy to be around and everyone is positively affected. The workshops and outdoor activities were perfect and my soul is grinning from ear to ear. I plan on carrying Western Spirit with me forever!
Peace, Love, Joy
Where do I begin to thank you both for all the peace, love and joy I take back home with me? Thank you for opening up your hearts and sharing your gifts with me.
PERFECT COMBINATION OF WORKSHOPS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
The retreat was the perfect combination of very enlightening workshops and excellent outdoor activities. Garrett has a wealth of outdoor knowledge and Marian was very supportive in the workshops. I was blown away by the week!
A great, fun adventure of body, mind and spirit!
We feel we have grown together and gained many valuable tools to better communicate. A great, fun adventure of body, mind and spirit!
The only mediation CD that I can listen to…
Taking the time to meditate is a challenge for me. Listening to Marian’s calming voice and easy-to-follow steps allows me to take the time for myself, get in touch with my authentic Self, and feel refreshed for whatever comes my way. It’s been the only mediation CD that I can listen to…and the nice part is that it can be listened to in tracks or the whole CD at once. Thank you Marian for sharing your gifts with us.
“Thank you” hardly seems like enough for all you’ve given me. I am truly grateful to you for opening my eyes and my heart.
Perfect mix of spirituality and excitement; amazing experience!
Thank you so much for such a special week. I loved every minute I was there; it was the perfect mix of spirituality and excitement. Everything was so diverse, interesting and fun, with the best massage I’ve ever had! I learned so much from the workshops and I’m excited about putting everything into practice. Thank you both for all you gave and shared with me. I learned so much, especially how rich my life is.
What a Gift
What a gift you both are. I am truly grateful God placed me in your path. What an enlightening week!
I COULD GO FOR TWO WEEKS!
Wonderful experience. The workshops were extremely helpful. I highly recommend Western Spirit
It surpassed all expectations I could have had!
I can’t begin to tell you how much this week meant to me; spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I was “blown away”. What wonderful hosts you are! Thank you for all the thoughtful, kind, and gracious opportunities to learn that you provided me, and for the whole wonderful experience.
Warm, loving environment and safe, inviting workshops.
What a warm, loving environment with great hosts, safe and inviting workshops, and unbelievable, wonderful and exciting activities! You gave me the tools and the power to heal myself.
I am a stronger, happier person.
Everything was wonderful! You have helped me see my blessings. I am a stronger and happier person thanks to the blessings and lessons I received from you.
WAY ABOVE MY EXPECTATIONS!
I loved the workshops and the Grand Canyon especially. The week was way above my expectations!
There are some things you do in life that you know you’ll never be the same afterwards; this is truly one of them! The week was incredibly powerful and enlightening.
Helping me see my Path to Happiness
I appreciate all that you did for me by helping me see my path to happiness and fulfillment. I am so grateful for the spiritual healing and insight. I know now that life is a journey and true happiness comes from within.
Big and Open Hearts
You both have such big and open hearts and your own spiritual beliefs were constant reminders to me of what I wanted to gain and heal from this experience. You made me feel perfectly comfortable and relaxed. You give so many blessings to others. I also appreciated the great outdoor adventures. Thank you for a very special week.
a service unlike any other; your heart’s work!
I am grateful for the experiences, friendships and growth. You provide a service unlike any other. Please continue to do your hearts’ work; we need it.
Highly recommend this to others; changed my heart!
I would highly recommend this to others. It really opened my eyes and changed my heart. This week was a blessing and I feel like I’ve taken a huge step in my spirituality. I have a new and more positive outlook on life. All the activities were great fun and made me feel closely connected to nature. Everything was absolutely beautiful and refreshing.
The retreat completely changed my life for the better.
After I returned home my approach to life completely changed. I can’t even begin to express the gratitude that I feel for you both for the truth that you awakened in me. My relationships with my partner, friends and family have significantly changed and improved. I am completely at peace with myself now. I now take life moment to moment and it is a wonderful journey. With your help, my stay at Western Spirit has completely changed my life for the better. I like to call it my rebirth. I mention your retreat center to everyone who asks what has enabled me to change. God bless you both for the guidance you offer people.
The Greatest Value
We had one of the most wonderful and important times here for us as a couple. The significance of what you offer is the greatest value I could ever imagine giving another person.
The Universe Was In Divine Order
The Universe was in Divine Order when I was directed to you. You have changed my life forever! I am eternally grateful for your healing guidance and love. I will recommend Western Spirit to everyone I know.
Will help our relationship continue to grow.
We were really impressed with your organization and attention to detail. Our favorite workshop was “Experiencing Enchanted Love” and the ideas we received will help our relationship continue to grow. We appreciated everything, the week was excellent, the hospitality exceptionally wonderful!
A perfect blend of personal/spiritual work and great adventures.
Thank you for sharing with such open and pure hearts. I’ve so enjoyed being here with you this week. Thank you for the many spiritual reminders.
Choosing to come here was a great decision…magical!
Have never been happier or healthier. Words cannot express my gratitude. I know your evaluation form only has three rating levels, 1 to 3 (great). I had to rate my week with you a 4, however, for “magical”! I know that my journey through life will be dramatically different because of my time spent with you. I will always send my blessings and love to you!
Takes me to the center of my heart…
I really enjoy Marian’s CD. It’s wonderful! The music is great and the five meditation tracks are very helpful, very to the point, and takes me to the center of my heart. This CD gives me a guided approach to meditation, and I really like that.
I love Marian’s meditation CD!
I am now able to slip into a deep meditation very quickly after only a few weeks. Her voice is very lulling and soothing, which is perfect for a deep meditation. Thank you so much!
IT WAS FANTASTIC!
The week was fantastic and amazing! Loving, patient and knowledgeable teachers. You both are beautiful and I thank the Universe for connecting us.
I am love and light!
My intuition could never have been more right when I was drawn to your retreat center. I leave with a new direction in life, trusting Spirit. I am love and light.
I experienced a hands-on healing session with Marian that was so much more than I ever expected. There were some trapped issues from over thirty years ago that Marian connected with intuitively. I could finally see how much they were affecting my life today. I trusted her completely with some very delicate matters and felt safe and comfortable in her care. The session was a key piece to helping me meet my goal to live my life “in the moment” and not be molded or attached to “what was”. This session was a life-changing experience for me!
The week was great!
What warm and attentive hospitality! The retreat was great and changed our lives!
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE EXPERIENCE!
The week far exceeded my expectations! I absolutely loved my experience at Western Spirit. It was truly a life-changing experience. What you both do is so very special, a gift from God. I could not have wanted my 50th birthday trip to be any other way! And Bella, your Aussie, was an added bonus.
I highly recommend this CD!
These beautiful meditations open an opportunity to meditate at any given moment. When I find myself in need of settling down and calming my emotions, it’s comforting to relax and have Marian’s calm, soothing voice lead a meditation. I have also very much enjoyed track four, I Create My Day, as a great way to begin my day. I highly recommend this CD!
IT WAS ALL SO GREAT! WISH WE COULD HAVE STAYED LONGER.
It was a fabulous experience, far exceeding our expectations! The outdoor activities were incredible and awe inspiring. We learned to always choose love.
The workshops were outstanding and enlightening!
A very positive experience, the retreat was great and the workshops were outstanding and enlightening. Everything was beautiful and the activities were excellent and a lot of fun.
I am speechless after this incredible week!
I am speechless after this incredible week. It was incredible! Thank you both so much!
A wonderful experience for mind and body!
The week was great from start to finish, a wonderful experience for mind and soul. It was a wonderful week, exactly what I needed. You provided me with the tools I need to continue to grow. Sedona is absolutely beautiful and I enjoyed every one of the outdoor activities.
I spent a week in retreat at Western Spirit in 2006 and Marian helped me a great deal after my divorce. I also had the pleasure of recently spending another day with Marian for a healing session. She helped me get to the core of my issues and find clarity on what path I wished to take next. My time spent with Marian helped me to get grounded. Her healing energy and spirit are absolutely wonderful!
I just loved all the workshops and outdoor activities! Thank you from the bottom of the heart.
An incredible week!
Thank you for an incredible retreat and fabulous week. We’ll keep living in the moment and never stop laughing.
Nothing Short of Miraculous
The gifts you have given me are nothing short of miraculous. Thank you for sharing your love and light with the world.
PERFECT CHOICE IN THE PERFECT LOCATION.
I became intrigued with Western Spirit after reading other reviews and recently had the opportunity to experience a phenomenal week with Marían and Garrett. They have developed the perfect blend of deeply meaningful spiritual/personal growth workshops and awe inspiring outdoor activities. Being able to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Sedona area while renewing my soul was the best gift I could have ever given myself. Marían creates a totally safe environment and our diverse group was amazing and bonded immediately. And Garrett is the perfect guide and epitome of living what Western Spirit is all about. Anyone considering a retreat need look no further!
It was a fantastic experience, something for the mind, body and soul, taught with warmth and love. Thank you for everything.
A TRULY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
An amazing experience! I accomplished all I came for – and so much more. The workshops were great. The retreat far exceeded all my expectations.
LOVED THE EXPERIENCE!
Marian & Garrett are a wonderful, beautiful couple. I enjoyed everything about the week’s retreat and it far exceeded my expectations.
Christine Sep. 2019 CA
VERY AUTHENTIC AND REAL!
The retreat was very real and intimate. You have both made me very happy. . .exceeded all my expectations.
Jacqueline Feb. 2019
I WOULD CERTAINLY RETURN AGAIN.
I would certainly return again. It exceeded all my expectations.
Maggie Sep. 2019 CO
Gentle and Compassionate
I feel that Marian is very gracious in sharing her gifts. She does so in a very gentle and compassionate way, yet straight forward. I really appreciate her sense of humor, also. It helps to remind me that as seriously as I may be taking a situation, there’s a bigger picture to keep in mind, and that it’s good to step back, take some deep breaths, and laugh. My sessions with Marian provided invaluable insight about myself, as well as information that helped me to truly understand two relationships that otherwise remained painful and made no sense to me. On top of offering this insight, Marian also gave me some tools (well, actually made me aware of what I can do on my own from within) to help keep me in a peaceful and calm place. I am so grateful for how she has helped me in ways that words just can’t describe.
BEST DECISION I EVER MADE FOR MYSELF.
Words fail to express how transformational and life-giving this Sedona retreat experience with Marian & Garrett was for me! They provided a balance of workshops and learning mixed with outdoor excursions and activities. Marian and Garrett were well organized, deeply committed to the growth and wellness of the participants, and offered a safe and welcome space for me to embrace precisely what was needed in my life. Our group for the week was PHENOMENAL! Comprised of all different backgrounds and demographics, coming from all over the world…yet brought together by Divine order. We bonded immediately through our shared energy and the common threads woven through our stories. I’m already eagerly anticipating our group reunion with Garrett and Marian next year in Tuscany!
THANK YOU MARIAN & GARRETT FOR CHANGING MY LIFE.
I was looking for an experience that not only focused on my mind , body and soul but also incorporated getting back in touch with nature. My experience at Western Spirit was just what I needed. The morning workshops were with Marian, who has great wisdom in many areas of self-discovery. The other amazing experience of this trip was to have all of the outdoor adventures that were led by Garrett. His knowledge of the area and the history and stories he would tell made the time very special. He is full of energy and loves giving back and connecting with people from all over the world. The week far exceeded my expectations!
a perfect environment
Thank you so much for a perfect environment. We learned so much, laughed a lot, connected to nature and rediscovered our inner spirit.
An Amazing Experience
It was such an amazing experience. I’m glad I followed my intuition and found this retreat.
Thank you for your warmth and your love!
Thank you for your insights, your warmth, your love and your sharing. We had a wonderful experience at the couples retreat and we know we will apply much from your workshops. Many blessings to you both!
Our best vacation ever!
We learned so much and brought back so many things to incorporate more fully into our lives. You helped us remember how near we are to the Source of all things and about the abundance of Spirit. Thank you for helping us grow in Spirit, truth and love, for a healing retreat and a nourishing vacation, and for following your dream!
More Wonderful than My Wildest Dreams
Thank you both for making my 50th birthday week more wonderful than my wildest dreams! I know I was guided to be here.
You have inspired us!
Thank you for bringing Spirit more fully present within us. The couples’ workshops and adventures were great and will aid us significantly.
IT WAS GREAT! MARIAN & GARRETT ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE.
The workshops were all so great. Marian & Garrett are so knowledgeable and compassionate. It changed my life!
Dionne Mar. 2019 PA
THE RETREAT WAS FANTASTIC!
Everything was fantastic. I learned to love and trust myself above all else. The Balance & Harmony workshops was the best.
You are both absolute inspirations to me as I continue my journey. Thank you for your guidance, honesty, knowledge and hospitality. This was surely my best vacation ever!
Safe and Spiritual Environment
Although the combination of spirituality, kind people and nature made the spiritual retreat so special, it was the workshops that had the most impact on me. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with them. The atmosphere you set provided me with a safe and spiritual environment that gave me the security to examine my fears and get clarity on what I want and where I’m trying to go.
A wonderful and blessed experience!
We have taken another step on our spiritual path with gratitude and acceptance.
Certainly exceeded my expectations. I learned to make my own choices in life.
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