We lead unique tours and retreats that focus on thoughtful conversations about the big questions of life in the majestic red rocks of Sedona, Arizona--a place of profound, inspiring beauty.

Doing Philosophy in Nature

We are educators of philosophy, science, and religion and we love to explore the areas in which these overlap. We have found the natural beauty of Sedona and northern Arizona to be the perfect place to inspire and foster careful philosophical conversation. If you have ever been curious about the big questions—such as: What is the meaning of life? What am I doing here? What should I do?—then we invite you to join us in Sedona, Arizona to explore more deeply.

Upcoming Retreats:

The Meaning of Life

June 30 - July 1, 2018

January 19 - 20, 2019

What is the meaning of life? And what does that question really mean? This retreat takes on the ultimate philosophical question. Examine famous philosophical answers, and even formulate your own. Learn new strategies for thinking about philosophical inquiry, truth, subjectivity, and objectivity, and see why these ideas matter to us in deeply personal ways.


Finding Your Soul in Nature

August 31 - September 2, 2018

This transformative program combines immersion in nature, meditative experience, contemplative writing, philosophy, and science to create a journey that allows us to recover and rediscover the world’s mystery. This is an integrative process that combines the scientific and the spiritual, the intellectual and the personal, to make sense of how these seemingly disparate approaches are complementary components of our nature and the natural world.


Exploring Artificial Intelligence

October 13 - 14, 2018

What is human intelligence and what is artificial intelligence? How will we work and live with artificial intelligence, intelligent machines, and robots in the future? This retreat examines theoretical and technological issues while walking outdoors and on trails where we can think more clearly about them.


We literally walk you through your choice of topics.

No prior experience necessary--just bring your natural wonder and curiosity about the world, life, and the cosmos. Fully customizable based on you or your group's interests.

We guide you in discussions about what matters to you while exploring beautiful Sedona and northern Arizona on trails, on rivers, and under the stars.


Our Programs:


Exercise the mind and body, while enjoying nature

Our hike is a 2 1/2-hour excursion into the stunning red rocks of Sedona along the banks of Oak Creek, to engage in dialogue about everything from humanity's place in nature to the meaning of life. These hikes are as invigorating as they are inspirational. Though you may leave the red rocks behind, you will take the inspiration and insights wherever you go.




A weekend vacation to engage the body, mind, and spirit

Engage and restore the body, mind, and spirit. Unique programs focused on various areas of meaningful inquiry and quiet contemplation, set against the backdrop of Sedona's natural beauty. They are customized to address specific topics and may incorporate meditation and yoga along with inspirational intellectual inquiry.


River Trips

An adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Join an eight-day trip through the Grand Canyon with philosophers and professionally outfitted guides. Daily discussions and inquiry, in this majestic natural wonder inspires us to inquire into who we are. This is a life-changing experience that invigorates the mind and senses while you have fun on the rapids.


Book Club

We guide you through classic texts

We know philosophy can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s worth digging in, because philosophy provides many insights into human nature, the world, and our place in it. Doing philosophy is one of life’s greatest joys and highest arts. We want to help you experience it.


Forget drive-by tourism. Join us outside, on trails, on rivers, and under the stars!

Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX) is an Arizona Benefit Corporation based in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. SPEX is a socially responsible company that exists to enhance environmental and philosophical awareness, this purpose forms the foundation of every SPEX initiative.

Our Blog

Discover the Meaning in Your Life

“…to be able to live [one] must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” –Leo Tolstoy Meaning No matter who you are or what your life is like, everyone faces a crisis of meaning at some point.  It seems […]

Sedona Philosophy at Red Rock State Park

What is the Sedona Philosophy?

The Sedona Philosophy is a practice that connects people to one another and to nature.   We emphasize that it is a practice because it is more about doing than believing.   Just like a yoga practice builds strength and flexibility of the body, a philosophy practice builds strength and flexibility of the mind. Of […]

The Art of Asking

Lawyers are told not to ask witnesses leading questions in court. But all questions lead somewhere. Usually, the kind of question we ask determines the kind of answer we get.   Factual questions are easy to ask, and they get asked a lot. In Sedona, people often wonder, “Why are the rocks red, and how […]

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