Alan Mizuki visited Sedona this past June looking for meditation classes. Instead, he found himself on a journey of self-discovery that changed his life.

His search for inner peace serendipitously brought him to Sedona Mago Retreat. While perusing Mago’s website, and reading about the programs offered, “Finding Your True Self” resonated within him. “Originally I was going to stay in Sedona for a few days and do some hiking. After reading about “Finding your True Self,” I enrolled in the program,” says Alan. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay for a couple more days and take the Tao Guide programs. I went into hyperdrive, wanting to know more!”

Immersing himself into a few of Mago’s programs, he began peeling away the layers of self-doubt and removed old negative experiences that no longer served him. He learned how to create new energy while discovering love and joy from within. Alan focused on meditation practices with breathing exercises, Qigong and how to move energy around his body. Each morning he practices meditation and prayer while at night, he attends evening workshops. “What I like about Sedona Mago is that there are like-minded people, assisting you in achieving your goals,” he says. “Finding Your True Self” was very powerful for me. It reaffirmed the choices that I made in my life.”

An architect and designer by trade, Alan worked in New York and Las Vegas for some of the largest firms in the country. His portfolio includes designing interiors for the hospitality industry. A few of his most significant projects include Nob Hill at the MGM in Las Vegas, as well as Twist at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He has traveled to Macau and Singapore working for the Sands Corporation and is now a project consultant for them.

Currently, he volunteers his time at Mago, landscaping the healing garden, or he can be found in the kitchen. But what he enjoys most is assisting trainers with their classes. “By helping others, I attain another level of learning. My long term goal is to reach this spiritual maturity between my inner soul and outer life. I want to develop my inner strength, confidence, and reaching the ultimate goal of harmony and integration.

Alan’s birth name is Kiyofumi, which is a combination of his great grandfather’s character and his father’s name. It means “pure words.” “Ironically, both purity and being sincere are critical components of how I live my life. I didn’t make the connection until I came here to Mago. My last name also has a poetic meaning, Mizuki, which means the reflection of the moon on a body of water at night. It is very poetic.”