THE SCENE Sedona, Arizona Friday, July 22, 2005

Indigo Teen Club: one step beyond the usual

Group explores
native, spiritual
awareness

by Cyndy Hardy

LARSON NEWSPAPERS



It's not the Breakfast Club.

The Indigo Teen Club meets monthly to explore various spiritual and indigenous activities such as American Indian ideology, goal setting, the environment, angelic realms and astrology, according to facilitator Gigi Sample.

On July 14, several club members and their friends took a vortex tour, donated by Arizona Safari Jeep Tours and guided by Mark "Diggy" Cone, who has a background in wildlife biology and American Indian studies.

Delfini, Sedona's newest Italian deli, donated sandwiches for the afternoon tour.

The trekkers represented a variety of youths, including jocks, ballet students, and visitors from Tucson and Germany.

Katy Potter, 17, a student at Sedona Red Rock High School, said that while metaphysics has a strong presence in Sedona, she didn't join the group for that particular interest.

Potter has lived in Sedona for about 15 years.

"Oh, it's a big part of Sedona," she said of metaphysics, "but I've never really known much about it until this year."

Potter said she likes the club because it is different from the extra-curricular activities offered at the school and all the members are open-minded and accepting of each other.

"At first, it was a social thing, but after you know a little about it, it's really fun," Potter said.


"At first, it was a
social thing, but
after you know a
little about it, it's
really fun."


Katy Potter

Sedona Red Rock
High School student


"Indigo Children" is a term some metaphysical believers use to describe the next generation of spiritually advanced youths, according to Web references.

Sample had no idea the city had recently hosted a Youth Forum at which teens expressed an interest in a diversity of after-school activities when she founded the club.

"I've noticed a trend, especially within the last year, where more young people are really searching and are more open to different spiritual ideologies than ever before," Sample said.

Having a connection with youths, and with a teen of her own, she said she simply wanted to offer a class on spirituality for Sedona area youths.

Sample works as a professional psychic counselor, spiritual teacher and Reiki master, traveling around the country and, at press time, was on the Mohawk reservation in upstate New York to do readings.

She donates her time to the club.

Joey Ulrich, a 16-year-old student at Sedona Red Rock High School, said he learned about the club from friends and likes learning about "cool stuff" that he did not know before.

"I'm not trying to say there's nothing else to do, but this is interesting," Ulrich said.

Future club events may include dream interpretation, angelic realms and goal setting, according to Sample.

"There will be periodic guest speakers and teachers as well as field trips to American Indian ruins and hikes," said Sample. "Snacks are being donated by local restaurants."

The club's next meeting will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Sedona Teen Center.

The club is free for Sedona Teen Club members and other teens are welcome to "drop-in" for $2.

Those interested should RSVP by calling Sample at 1-800-276-7460 or by visiting www.universalpsychic.com.

Contact Cyndy Hardy at 282-7795, Ext. 129, or chardy@larsonnewspapers.com