Sedona Mago’s History

What is Mago?

In Korean, the word Mago means the unconditional love and spirit of Mother Earth. It is with that sentiment that Sedona Mago Center for Well-being and Retreat was established. Our mission is to help usher in a world where people have awakened to the unconditional love that is their divinity and, therefore, recognize that same divinity in other human beings, animals, and the planet we all share.

Our vision is to see those who are awakened fulfill their purpose for the benefit of their families, communities, and the world.

“Sedona always told me to dream dreams that seemed impossible.”
–Ilchi Lee


Sedona Mago Center for Well-being and Retreat was founded by Ilchi Lee, renowned meditation expert, founder of Brain Education, and author of Bestselling The Call of Sedona: Journey Of the Heart, in 1997.

Ilchi Lee, who came to Sedona after teaching mind mastery for 15 years in South Korea, discovered the then dilapidated 173-acre property, after its owner Lester Levenson, founder of the Sedona Method of meditation, passed away. Ilchi Lee convinced Tao Fellowship, his non-profit organization whose mission is to love the Earth and humanity, to purchase the land.

Prompted by visions of Lester, Ilchi revived the property to continue serving as a destination for helping people evolve spiritually and develop personally. He added the Korean word Mago to the name to incorporate its meaning of loving humanity and the Earth into the land’s vision and mission.

It took several years, donations from former Tao Fellowship students, steadfast belief, and lots of hard work to transform and restore Sedona Mago Center for Well-being and Retreat to what is now affectionately nicknamed Sedona Mago.

Under the leadership of the President and Spiritual Leader, Ilchibuko Todd, Sedona Mago is involved in educating people to have each person recover his/her true nature and original brightness existing within so they can serve a cause greater than themselves. Our vision is to co-create peace by gathering people from all races, religions, cultures, philosophies and to celebrate the unity of humanity beyond all of our differences. In addition to and in order to share love and peace to the world Ilchibuko has held prayer ceremonies to share love and healing to the world in an effort to advance the mission of Sedona Mago Center for Well-being and Retreat; Love Humanity, Love the Earth.