After getting to know many of them, Haas found that most of these locals were on a quest of personal, spiritual and energetic growth and development.
That was just up Haas' alley. He works for Stop at Nothing, a Florida-based international company that produces high-impact leadership seminars, and decided to facilitate three-day workshops about building inner peace through energetic balance and spiritual freedom at the Homestead Resort in Midway from Oct. 4 through Oct. 6.
"I've been involved in this kind of work personally and professionally for almost 20 years," Haas told The Park Record. "[Stop at Nothing does] a lot of work with corporations and leadership teams to help them become more effective and continue in their evolution, and one of our core philosophies is that you can't lead someone to a place you haven't been yourself.
"So, everyone in the organization is oriented in the practice of self-awareness and want to continue to learn about what drives our strengths and weaknesses and how we achieve internal balance and freedom to do what we want in this life," he said. "I wanted to share that with the residents of Park City, Heber and Midway."
To do that, Haas asked husband and wife self-help teachers and healers Tsolagiu "Toni" Ruizrazo and Rahkweeskeh "Rahkeh" Miller to lead the sessions.
Ruizrazo, a Wolf Clan Cherokee Elder, has taught workshops for more than three decades and has written the books "Spirit of the White Wolf Woman" and "Tomorrow's Children: A Cherokee Elder's Guide to Parenting."
Miller, who also has taught workshops for 30 years, is an Eel Clan Tuscarora Elder of the Tuscarora Nation.
"The workshops are designed to help participants practice different forms of meditation, release stress from the body and the mind, cultivate various levels of inner balance, inner strength, build energy and personal empowerment and more," Haas said.
"Toni and Rahkeh are teachers we have worked with since the beginning. So everyone I work with has had the benefit of their teachings and mentorships."
The sessions will begin with an introductory event on Friday, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and continue with three workshops on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Ruizrazo said Friday's meeting will help everyone get to know each other.
"How we work with them will depend of where they are developmentally in their lives," she said. "After we learn about who everyone is, we will do some meditation."
The meditation will help participants relax.
"There are usually people who are nervous and are doing this for the first time, so we try to get them to calm down," Ruizrazo said. "We let them know that they are free to ask questions throughout the program."
Ruizrazo and Miller will address some of the issues that arise during the meditation and work with the people to find ways through some spiritual stumbling blocks.
"Toni leads and I cover the things that she doesn't," Miller said. "When we work together, she's the seer and she'll let me know what I need to do within the sessions, so there is a good balance and all the bases are covered."
The ultimate goal is to get the participants to learn about their strengths through direct and personal experiences.
"We help them break though anything that is stopping them from growing," Miller explained. "We help them understand what issues cause these barriers so they can recognize them and find ways through them."
Haas said before he began working with Ruizrazo and Miller back in 1994, he didn't know the difference between beliefs and direct experiences.
"Anything that I learned about why we are on this planet and how we work internally was based on my belief structures that I have received from other sources — my parents, a religion or books," Haas said. "One of the most powerful things to me was realizing all those sources were just a conditioning of the mind, and that the real teacher is direct experience.
"The way Toni and Rahkeh teach helps us individually so we learn and grow and discover our natural gifts and capabilities in an authentic way," Haas said. "I don't have to rely on hope and faith because I have an internal understanding about who I am based on these direct experiences."
Tsolagiu "Toni" Ruizrazo and Rahkweeskeh "Rahkeh" Miller will lead a three-day workshop about building inner peace through energetic balance and spiritual freedom at the Homestead Resort in Midway from Oct. 4 through Oct. 6. Enrollment available by contacting Andrea Haas at email@example.com or (435) 901-9404 or Kevin Haas at Kevin@stopatnothing.com or (435) 200-3303. The cost is $475 with a $200 non-refundable deposit. For more information, visit www.stopatnothing.com .