About the Founder of the
Sedona Women’s Institute
I suspect that you are the ‘guardian angel’
for many of us all over the world.
~ Susan, IL
Karen Ely is a nationally recognized retreat facilitator, inspirational speaker and author who has facilitated hundreds of personal growth programs for thousands of women in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
Karen is the founding director of the Sedona Women’s Institute (formerly A Woman’s Way), founded in 2003 with the mission of providing guidance, tools and support for women seeking authentic lives of peace and meaning. She is the author of five books: Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself (2006), A Retreat of My Own (2008), Breathing Space: Mini-Retreats for the Heart & Soul (2011), 21 Days of Gratitude (2014), and 21 Stepping Stones to a Peaceful, More Meaningful Life (2014).
Karen’s commitment to issues affecting women led her through a vibrant 30-year career in non-profit management. From domestic violence to sexual assault and drug prevention to welfare-to-work, Karen has assisted thousands of women through difficult life transitions.
Karen’s personal journey from suburban housewife and mother to business owner, author and retreat facilitator began at 40-years old and continues today. Since the inception of the Sedona Women’s Institute, in 2003, her retreats, mentoring, workshops, tele-workshops, books, newsletters and social media posts have touched tens of thousands of women all over the world. Daily she receives confirmation that her work gives guidance and hope to women searching for a safe place to stand:
“I want you to know how much you have influenced my life.”
“Whenever I am asked, ‘who do you admire most,’ you are on the top of my list.”
Women e-mail Karen hoping to be heard and validated and attend her programs searching for meaning, guidance and inspiration. Some are overwhelmed and stressed, some are sad, some have endured great loss, some have received a medical wake-up call, but all are looking for something they are often unable to identify. But each woman who reads Karen’s books, attends one of her programs or receives one of her newsletters feels less alone and walks away knowing that they have worth and a future filled with possibilities.
It is our hope that Karen’s work, and all those who have joined her in the effort, help to transform not only individual women’s lives but the planet as a whole. Because we believe it is important work and we believe it is about time.
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