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Chris  / "Tolec"
Executive Producer
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Honored Native
Guest Speaker,
Izdzan ah ray
Honored Native
May 7, 2022
What is true and is very important, in part, about this life ~

is that we are are here for our own awakening, inclusive of this awakening is joy, the rediscovery of our own greater cosmic role, as individuals, and as a collective body of Earth humans... as we move forward and evolve on this planet.

Further, we're at a very interesting, very dynamic and challenging moment, almost at the intersection, in the evolution of the "modern [hu]man", of humanity, which affects all of us on this beautiful planet Earth.  I also believe it bears close examination.

We are yet again on the precipice of incrediblepositivesweeping changes in the evolution of this great Nation, and around the globe. Right now, we are going through a lot of difficult moments.   There are so many facets of all aspects of society which will continue to come to light...  unlike ever before in the modern history, in this epoch, of this world.

And therefore, I also believe that a retrospective, and contemporary, look at the culture, beliefs, spiritual values and respect that Native indigenous People hold for this land, and for all of nature, can have a positive influence on, and effect, many of us.  And, that there is also great beauty in their Native artwork in all of its forms... which you shall see a lot of this year.

For me, the goal of this year's Native Cultural, Spiritual, Arts, Music, Festival & Conference is to provide sacred ancestral topics, artwork,  sculptures, carvings, singing & dancing that will move your hearts -and- help you remember one of the reasons you are on this planet:  to experiences all of the joy in artistic creation that humans are capable of, especially our Native brothers & sisters Included will be:  SpeakersArtistsMusiciansSingersDancersStorytellers...  amazing life stories.  And, the many guest artists ~ will be bringing & selling ~ their unique Native art creations available for purchase.

For, our Native brothers & sisters have always known about in their mythologies & legends, about their ancestors, [the star people], the sacredness of all life, about the beauty of our own each unique gifts and skills;  and of the incredible sacred beauty, and need to respect, the life force of this very unique planet... at the far edge of this Milky Way Galaxy.

Wakan Tanka kici un.   [May] Great Mystery [Creator]  Bless you.  
First name
& Last Name 
Honored Guest
Rob Simone
Native Cultural
Special Event & Conference
Hotels, Motels, Inn Suites 
Also, you also have multiple Bed & Breakfast places, Inns & other choices in the beautiful Sedona Red Rock Country on the TICKET page from which to choose.  Your best form of contact, to make your reservation, is to use the live web link for the above facilities; or phone the other facilities directly and speak with their reservation people.
Wherever you choose to stay in the area, please know that all of the month of September in this area is ~ a very busy ~ time of year.   It is a key part of their tourist "high season"!  Therefore, you WILL want to book your over night stay reservation... as soon as possible.   You are welcome to book and stay where ever you want to.    The above places are simply recommendations. 
ANNOUNCEMENT ~   May 7, 2022
 Native Cultural, Spiritual, Arts, Music,
Transformational Shift Events
~  go 1/2 down this page for the complete  WOPILA. GATHERING OF NATIONS  Conference  details  ~
 Native Cultural, Spiritual, Arts, Music,
location:  in the beautiful Sedona Red Rock country, 
in the State of Arizona, ancestral home of the Yavapai-Apache People.
Medicine Woman, Sacred Pipe carrier
Medicine Man
*  denotes Native/Indian Nation
Honored Native 
Guest Speaker,
Robert Soto
Religious Leader
Oglala Lakota
Chiricahua Apache
Lipan Apache
Native Cultural, Spiritual, Arts, Music Festival & Conference.
For those people flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ~ the drive up Interstate 17 (I-17) to Sedona is an easy one;  or you can easily take Groome Shuttle from the airport directly into Sedona, it has numerous stops.
Rahelio playing his flute in Sedona
3119 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, Arizona  86336
phone: 928.204.1146

Check in:                                               2021
Check out:                                            2021

Rooms available:  queen doubles

$$$  Rates vary on a p/week day, weekend night, and/or season rate
Guest Speaker
Nicole Nez
Dine' / Navajo
Honored Native 
Guest Speaker,
"Urban Native Princess"
Honored Native
5th Generation
If you happen to have questions, over & above all of the previous information provided, please write to me at the 
below e-mail address:
Expert on 
south from Flagstaff, and take the exit for Cottonwood/Camp Verde [AZ State Road 260].  At the exit, head toward Cottonwood on AZ State Road 260. Drive about 24-25 minutes and you will come upon the intersection of 260 -and- AZ State Road 89A.  Take a right onto 89A and drive about one half hour up the hill into west Sedona.   And, then travel to your overnight accommodations. 
 The easiest way to get to Sedona, Arizona  ~ is to take I-17 north from Phoenix, or I-17
Will be held at a private location in Sedona on ancestral Yavapai-Apache land.  The address will be forth-coming and sent via e-mail directly  to  all  the conference attendees.
Airport Shuttle to Cottonwood & Sedona
Again, for those people flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport ~ and don't want to rent a car, the drive up Interstate 17 (I-17) to Sedona is an easy one.  You can easily take Groome Transportation Shuttle from the airport directly into Camp Verde, Cottonwood & Sedona;  and, it has numerous stops at the various hotels, motels & resorts.  This shuttle has now resumed their active, many times daily shuttle service.   To book your round-trip or one way shuttle ride, please go to: 
**note:  Groome Transporation is now already accepting bookings for shuttle service to Camp Verde, Cottonwood & Sedona, AZ.  Though they prefer you book directly  with them  on-line at their web site ~  you can speak with a REAL PERSON ~ to do the same thing, a person who is located in their office.
Their telephone:
This  special  event, this year's Gathering of Nations, which is a full spectrum, Festival & Conference, is planned to be held in a  very  secluded, private part  of greater Sedona, on sacred ancestral  Yavapai-Apache land.
RV Parks, Campgrounds
I'm going to provide two (2) great choices in terms of RV Parks that are busy, open and offering great amenities.  One place has more of an old school, personalized service, upgraded sites & services (I've stayed here before, a great spot, really nice people)... and has lots of greenery, shade trees, shaded sites...  and is right next to the Verde River:  Rio Verde RV Park.   It's located on the west side of the street of 89A, just before you enter Cottonwood.  It has a total of 65 RV spots/campsites with full hook-ups.  From here, it is a quick 24 minute drive north on 89A to Sedona.

The other is a brand new, modern, contemporary, award winning facility, it won the Top Arizona RV Park Award in 2019.  This place is called:  VERDE RANCH RV RESORT.  It has  399 full hookup RV sites/campsites with 50 amp service and 16 furnished vacation rental cottages, including studio, one- and two- bedroom options.   The quickest way to Sedona from this spot... is a short drive to I-17 north. 

Both RV parks have limited remaining capacity, as all of the month of September is considered "high season" as the temperatures hit a nice , temperate, dry mid-80s in the high desert area of Sedona, Cottonwood, Cornville and Camp Verde, Arizona.     

When you call either place make sure to provide the information that you are an attendee of my conference, and give them this code:   "2020 Wopila Conference".   As with the above hotels, these RV Parks are recommendations & suggestions.
Rio Verde
Rio Verde RV Park
3420 E State Route 89A
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

* ask for Paul.

** maximum length RV spots available at this moment:  35'.
Verde Ranch RV Resort
1105 N. Dreamcatcher Dr.
Camp Verde, AZ  86322

*  ask for Allisa Chapman

** this RV Park has ample spots for extra large RVs with easy pull through capabilities.  It is  a Luxury Resort full of amenities and  75 feet  pull-through sites.
** For both RV Parks, should you wish to book a reservation, again, the month of May is definitely part of the high season in the Sedona/Cottonwood/Camp Verde (Valley) area, therefore, I recommend you do so... as soon as possible. **
** The below three (3) are very nice, exquisite, well kept, very clean, higher end, boutique overnight stay facilities in Sedona, one is in Cottonwood.  I've made them available to Attendees, Speakers & Musicians for other events before...  with great feedback & reviews.**   
Sedona Real Inn & Suites
95 Arroyo Pinon Drive
Sedona, Arizona  86336
phone: 928.282.1414

Check in:                                               2021
Check out:                                            2021

Rooms available:  queen doubles

Rates, $$$, vary on a p/week day, week-end night, and/or season rate
** call and speak with a reservation person**
Inn & Suites
993 S. Main Street
Cottonwood, Arizona  86326
phone: 928.634.5575

Check in:                                               2021
Check out:                                             2021

Rooms available:  queen doubles

$1/2  Rates:  vary
 on a daily, weekend & per season basis
Note:   for those of you who prefer the more quiet pace & energy of Cottonwood, and also, far less pricey, with only
 a 24 minute drive up 89A to Sedona; below,
 the Best Western is a wonderful alternative
 with really good people on staff;
& it's located in the center of al-
 most everything in Cottonwood.
~ For the best service, I highly recommend you contact, you personally call, telephone, the hotel.  They are aware of your conference "Attendee" status, and of your discount room rate, and are happy to serve & help you. ~
~ these photos reflect an accurate visual representation of the land on which these gatherings will be held. ~  
Saturday, October 8, 2022
1:30PM - 9:PM
Native Musical 
Cosmic Healer,
Galactic Mystic
Yuwipi Chief & 
Annette Moody
Wise Sage,
Guest Speaker,
Teacher of Ancestral Ways
Honored Native
Guest Artist,
On sacred ancestral Yavapai-Apache land
Live Music & Arts 
Events Producer
Mato Wastecaka Cantetanka
"Greatheart Charming Bear"
playing:   "Wopila.  Great Thanks Great Joy" ~ by
Mato Wastecaka Cantetanka of the Dakote Oyate'
Dakota, Sundance Chief & Yuwipi Chief, "Moves Like Thunder "
Nicole Nez
Written driving instructions to this venue will be sent via e-mail to each attendee.
re:  A brief set of comments about 2020-2021 for me;  and below, this very moment of extreme challenges we as a society are experiencing here in the U.S...  and around the globe
"Wopila.  A Special Gathering of Spiritual Friends & Family Conference
inspired -
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Festival & Conference
Gordon Lewis
James White Wakute'
Feather, Gourd, Eagle & Hoop Dancer,
People of Australia
Friday, October 7, 2022
9:00AM - 6:PM+
"Bright Star"
Photos from ~ 2020 Wopila Gathering,  2018 The Great Awakening Conference, 2017 Autumnal Equinox Celebration and more.
Sundance Chief
"Moves Like Thunder"
 [to Sedona, Arizona]
10:00AM - 6:PM
Ron Juan
Honored Native 
Guest Leader,
Yavapai-Apache Nation
Feather & 
Bird Singers
Some of the singers from our 2018 event
Apache /  In-de
Honored Native
Ga'an, Mountain Spirit
"Crown Dancers"
Five (5) Male Sprit Dancers, one is 'the Clown' Dancer
2021 WOPIDA GATHERING ~ promotional video below:
2021 WOPIDA GATHERING ~ promotional video below:
Presenters:  First, Last Name [Lakota], Gordon Lewis [Yavapai-Apache], Robert Soto [Lipan Apache], Jim White Wakute' ("Moves Like Thunder") [Dakota], Sam Anderson [Navajo/Diné], Beulah Nahwegahbow [Objibwe], James Bilagody [Navajo/Diné& Lorrie Lawrence [Cherokee & Osagé] of the Navajo documentary movie "HOZHO ~ THE BEAUTY WAY", Nicole Nez [Navajo/Diné], the famous throughout Indian Pow Wow country, five (5) male Ga'an, Spirit, Mountain "Crown Dancers" from various [Apache] tribes, Ron Juan [Quechan] & the Middle Verde Yavapai-Apache "Feather Singers" he will bring with him], StandswithBear [Cherokee], Annette Moody [Chiricahua Apache] and more..... 
Honored Native
Star Nation Elder,
Cultural Teacher
Beulah Nahwegahbow
2013 Sedona Film Productions documentary
movie ~ "HOZHO ~
celebrating all that is in
nature is beautiful in Navajo life, peace, balance, beauty, harmony.
[click on below film graphic, or Vimeo link, to watch the "HOZHO ~THE BEAUTY WAY" movie trailer]
Lorrie Lawrence
Honored Native 
Guest Speaker,
CEO, Sedona Wellness
& Pagosa Wellness
 Media Producer,
Live Event Producer
James Bilagody
Honored Native 
Guest Speaker,
Independent Performer,
Singer, Songwriter and Educator
The Feather & Bird Singers & Ron
Guest Speaker,
**You will also find many more 
boutique Motel, Lodge, Inn,
 & B&B options three-quarters 
down the overall 
"Ticket" page.**   
and Educator
Cherokee, Osage
Dine' / Navajo
The end of the year 2020 included my, and our family's, loss of our Mom, "Peg".  At 89 years old she joined Dad passing on into the next dimension of life.  This of course then included everything that can happen to a family once it loses its last, older adult parent... which included selling our family home of 60 years in late 2021.  This was certainly a 'trying' and emotionally challenging moment not only for me... but also for everyone in our family.   Know that all your thoughts & prayers were greatly appreciated.    
Add to this, that the first four (4) months of this year, 2022, I was dealing with various post "Photon Light Therapy" treatment, healing aspects of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma that decided to show up in only one spot on the left side of my neck, thankfully nowhere else in my body.  Lets just say from the end of 2020 through just recently this year...   this has been a period of the greatest personal challenges, and transition, in my life... since my high school & college years.   And so.....  
Honored Native
 Guest Speaker,
 Cultural &
Sam Anderson
Festival & Conference
With my decision last week to organize, plan, promote & hold this year's ~ 2022 WOPILA  GATHERING OF NATIONS event... I'm invigorated as to what this new year will bring.