By Marc Lacey
Red Rocks State Park, near Sedona, Ariz., is less than five miles from Angel Valley, where three people died in a sweat lodge ceremony last October.
Nobody is sure exactly what is keeping people away from Sedona’s four vortexes, those swirling energy sources emanating from the earth, but the effects are clear: far fewer crystals are being purchased, spiritual tours taken and treatments—from aura cleansings to Chakra balancings—ordered.
That an earthly power—the economy—is a culprit is not in doubt. But some do not discount the lingering effect of an awful incident from a year ago that put Sedona’s New Age community in a bad light and that, to some degree, still lingers, despite efforts by metaphysical people to cast it away.
Below: "A memorial to the three people who died during a a sweat lodge ceremony at Angel Valley in Sedona, Ariz." (Joshua Lott for The New York Times)