Rounding Retreat in Sedona

Sedona, Arizona where annual rounding retreats take place

Vedic Meditation Rounding Retreat

Sedona, Arizona May 23-27, 2024


You’re invited to a rare opportunity to learn with Thom in person, enjoy deep restfulness and elevate your state of consciousness.

Give yourself the gift of a meditation retreat in Arizona. You’ll emerge refreshed with courage, invincibility, and staying power to meet the need of the time effectively. You’ll bring about greater happiness not just for yourself but for all surrounding you.

Thom Knoles, the master of Vedic Meditation and teacher at the rounding retreat

Thom answers every question

Our annual in-person Rounding Retreat with Thom brings ample opportunities to discuss everything on your mind.

In our twice-daily knowledge sessions, Vedic Meditators are encouraged to open up any topic of discussion with Thom.

Having gained greater depths of Vedic knowledge and its practical application in everyday life, meditators will return to their lives with clarity of thinking, expanded happiness, and greater purpose.

Sedona backdrop

Take a look inside Thom’s Sedona Retreat


Mago Retreat Center is a healing campus located among the majestic Red Rocks of Sedona.

Stillness in Nature

173 acres of sprawling retreat space

Walks on tree-lined paths

Shaded gazebos on the Red Rocks for rounding and relaxation

Serene lake and outdoor pool

Accommodation and Meals

Climate controlled casitas

Comfortable full beds and private or semi-private baths

Farm-to-table fare sourced from local farms

Spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas


Certified sustainable center

Composted meals

Recycled wastewater

Reduced carbon footprint

Minimalist accommodations


Thom’s annual Rounding Retreat is among the best meditation retreats in the US.

Enjoy Shared Experience

Meet and create friendships with other meditators from around the world

Enjoy profound group meditations, meaningful conversation, and nourishing meals with the Vedic Meditation community

Enhance Your Knowledge

Learn how to round

Enjoy lectures and Q&A sessions with Thom, a living master of Vedic knowledge

Receive personal instruction and a tailored going-home program

Rapidly Release Stress

Release up to 6 months’ worth of accumulated stress in 5 days of rounding

Experience how extended periods of Rounding and rest will allow the deepest-rooted stresses to dissolve simply and naturally

Accelerate Your Personal and Spiritual Growth

Experience restored creative intelligence

Gain clarity of mind and a sense of purpose

Step fearlessly into being an agent of progressive change with an expansive state of awareness


A ‘Round’ is an advanced technique incorporating yoga and breathwork into your current meditation program to relax the body and mind for more profound meditation experiences.

When performed several times in a row, under the supervision of a trained Initiator on retreat, meditators experience deeper levels of rest and stress release than can be achieved in regular meditation at home.

“The effect of Rounding while on retreat is to systematically lower the body’s excitation level for prolonged periods of time in a way that we couldn’t at home… like an industrial-strength meditation program. The accelerated dissolution of stress is the greatest long-term advantage of attending a Rounding Retreat.”

THOM knoles


7:00 am – 8:00 amGroup Round
8:00 am – 9:30 amBreakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pmFree Time / Rounding
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pmLecture with Thom
3:00 pm – 5:00 pmFree Time / Rounding
5:00 pm – 6:00 pmGroup Round
6:00 pm – 7:30 pmDinner
8:00 pm – 10:00 pmLecture
10:00 pm – 10:30 pmSama Veda


Our retreat is nearly 50% filled.

Rounding Retreat investment

Single occupancy casita

USD 4,400

  • Climate-controlled private room
  • Full-sized bed, private bath
  • Expert Rounding guidance and twice-daily wisdom talks with Thom

DOUBLE occupancy casita

USD 3,700

  • Climate-controlled shared room
  • Full-sized bed, shared bath
  • Expert Rounding guidance and twice-daily wisdom talks with Thom

Included in your experience:

  • 5 days, 4 nights
  • Roundtrip transportation between Mago Retreat Center and PHX Airport
  • Vegetarian meals and snacks
  • Twice-daily knowledge talks with Thom
  • Rounding instructions and group rounding sessions
  • Personalized going home program

health & safety

  • Each participant will submit a lab-administered negative COVID PCR test taken 24 hours before the retreat begins (at an additional cost to the participants, typically USD 200-300)
  • We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and adjust our health and safety guidelines accordingly.

“My favorite moments of the retreat were the nightly group knowledge sessions, sunset walks after dinner, shared experience with meditators from around the world, and of course, hearing Thom share his wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and personal stories.”

Ryan t.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can attend this retreat?

All graduates of an in-person Vedic Meditation course are welcome to join our meditation retreat in Sedona, Arizona.

if i don’t yet practice vedic meditation, can i still register?

You may register for the retreat now and make arrangements to learn Vedic Meditation before joining us on retreat. We will be happy to connect you with a teacher in your area. Please note that Vedic Meditation teachers teach mainly in major metropolitan areas; you may be traveling to learn Vedic Meditation in one of these cities prior to attending the retreat.

What’s not included with registration?

-International and domestic flights to Phoenix

-Lab administered PCR tests, taken 24 hours before arrival (required for our retreat, USD 200-300)

-Advanced Technique training with Thom

-Private consultations with Thom

Can you cater to dietary restrictions?

The culinary team at Sedona Mago, who hosts several of the top meditation retreats in the US,  creates delicious meals that cater to all dietary preferences. There are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options to choose from. Once you have completed registration, we will be in touch to discuss with you any dietary preferences you have, if any.

Will I have any 1-on-1 time with Thom?

Thom is available for a limited number of paid private consults on retreat. Please send us an email if you’d like to reserve an appointment in advance.

Will there be any other instructors on the retreat?

Thom will have a team of qualified Initiators who will be guiding you through the process of rounding. They will be available to answer any questions.

When does the retreat start? When does it end?

Our retreat with Thom begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 23rd. Check-in starts at 2:00 pm.

We have arranged transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to our retreat center. This is included in your retreat fee and will be at no extra charge to you. Please book your flight to arrive no later than 11:00 am. Our last shuttle departs from PHX at 12:15 pm.

Our retreat officially ends after lunch on Monday, May 27th. We will have transportation available to PHX to accommodate your departure schedule. If you’d like to stay an extra day or two at Mago, you can make arrangements directly with the retreat center.

What happens if I release stress physically or emotionally during retreat?

Stress release is a normal and natural process of participating in a residential rounding retreat. While most experiences on retreat are blissful and joyous, one may experience some fatigue or emotional release as layers of stress are released from the physiology. We have an expert team of Initiators who will be personally overseeing the rounding experiences of all meditators on retreat and gently guide you through the process of release. You will also be able to share your experiences with Thom directly at lecture.


While proof of vaccination is not mandatory for retreat attendance, each participant must submit a lab-administered negative PCR test taken 24 hours before the retreat begins. A lab-administered test typically costs between USD 200-300 and will be at an additional cost to the retreat participant.

Are payment plans available?

A non-refundable $1,000 deposit is required to hold your space for our retreat. If you are paying in installments, the second payment (50% of the remaining balance) is due by February 1st. The final balance is due by April 1st.

What if I need to cancel or can’t make the trip?

All payments are non-refundable.

We strongly encourage the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for protection against any potential loss of fees.

Does this retreat count toward my ‘high rounding’ prerequisite for initiator training?

Yes, this retreat satisfies the rounding pre-requisite for Thom’s Initiator Training program.

Experience a life-changing 5 days of Vedic wisdom, deep and blissful rest, and new connections with other meditators.

Join Thom in Sedona for one of the most nourishing experiences available to meditators: one that will enliven you for years to come.


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Sedona Retreat Payment Option – Shared

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