Andrea Becky Hanson


Andrea Becky Hanson, Best Selling author, healing retreat facilitator, speaker, researcher, yoga, meditation and energy therapist and somatic intuitive has had the great fortune to live a life of learning, living and facilitating  healing practices. Founding Director of Merging Rivers Healing Practices, Inc.

A Love Story: The Ever Evolving Emotional Fitness Retreat

Timely, compelling, extraordinary, multidimensional, empowering and sustainable healing on all levels of being.

At an extremely deep and meaningful time of transformation and self realization in my own life over 17 years ago, the concept of an extraordinary opportunity came into being.  I desired to create a truly transformational and complete experience for others that would result in deep energetic healing, the discovery and empowerment of the true self, and the joy of successfully creating and living a life of meaning and purpose that I was experiencing. I knew the retreat format was the best way to do that. I knew it needed to be multidimensional and multicultural in its nature and include the amazing leading edge scientific discoveries and knowledge about the human energy field, the brain, the mind and human behavior. I had been given so many gifts of intuition and access to the unknown. I had the great fortune of studying, practicing and teaching holistic healing, and so many opportunities to travel and experience many other healing methods of other cultures, and I was deeply aware that my life was to be about sharing my gifts, my experiences and this knowledge.

I was hiking in Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins Utah, which is magical and transformational in and of its self. It is where Red Mountain Resort is situated and where I would stay often for renewal.  Inspired and elevated as I always am there, the location and name of the retreat came to me. I knew I wanted most of the retreat to be in nature; what better place than this?! Also, I was asking what is the best indicator of whether my life was going well or not, and undeniably it was my emotional state - emotional fitness; what better name!?  I knew the retreat had to be experiential to be the most effective. Because of my background in Psychology, Spiritual Sciences, Communication Sciences and Comprehensive Holistic Healing along with my Intuitive Gifts, I knew that the experience is how we learn and the experiential nature of emotional energy is a bridge from the known to the unknown, a messenger, the doorway to the source of joy and/or sorrow —the path to transformation.  Hence, the birth of the ever-evolving Emotional Fitness Retreat at Red Mountain Resort began.

In 2002, I began this work in two-hour evening sessions for 5 days and private consultations. This evolved into the current form of a 5 day and 4 night immersion retreat which has proven to be the ideal amount of time. I knew it needed to be a small retreat to assure personal and group success. At the same time I was driven to reach as many people as I could so I authored my second book, Light Through the Keyhole – The Power to Heal Life and Live Joy - a comprehensive holistic healing guide and handbook to share understandings and experiences with others of what the amazing ancient healing wisdom and the many incredible new scientific discoveries reveal. It is about acquiring knowledge you don’t know that you need to know to be whole. It is about awareness that unfolds what you don’t know to ask for and have not experienced. It is about experiencing the truth that changes your truth. It is about the experience of sustainable transformation and living authentically with Grace and Ease.  I gift my book to retreat participants as a reference and a companion for the path to conscious awareness and ability to heal anything.

There is no pre-requisite for the retreat except an open inquisitive mind and the passion to know your true self and confidently live your best joyful and purposeful life.  I plan the retreat itinerary with the deep understanding and commitment to the sustainable transformational process. We begin with intention and desire to bring clarity and identifying the blocks and misunderstandings and painful emotions that are keeping us from our best life.  We do one-on-one consultations to address and heal specific personal issues. Most of our sessions are outside using nature as a mirror. We hike in Snow Canyon and the red rock desert of the area. We practice Kundalini Yoga – the Yoga of transformation. We experience powerful meditations and learning sessions about the little known methods and modalities of Holistic Energy Healing - especially Energy Psychology. Because we are multidimensional beings, we venture into other dimensions. As a group we create a healing resonance that is undeniably powerful and supportive.  We use multicultural practices of fire ceremony, spiral walk and dancing to enhance our progress, our understandings and breakthroughs. We laugh, we cry and we celebrate!

The equally comprehensive and complete offerings of Red Mountain Resort, as a leader in destination resorts, support the experiential depth and breadth of the extraordinary Emotional Fitness Retreat experience. The nurturing environment, nutritious food and endless possibilities for activities, spa treatments, community, solitude in nature and the healing nature of the beautiful red rock high desert could not be a better fit. It is a magical combination.

Also, I have a great deal of hope for the success of humanity and I must confess that one of the reasons I continue this work is selfish, for when one of us heals, we all heal and elevate our consciousness.  It is truly something to rejoice! And we do!

In gratitude for you and thank you for reading,

Andrea Becky Hanson

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