The Peace and Joy of Being You

A 3-Day Journey of Slowing Down, Letting Go,
and Embracing the Woman You Were Born to Be

Sedona, Arizona  ~ March 20-23, 2020


Are you yearning to get away . . . to somewhere inspiring?

Would you love to step away from life’s distractions and nestle into a serene space of reflection and renewal?

Immersed in scenery that will make your heart leap and your
soul soar (USA Today named Sedona the Most Beautiful Place in America)?

With a community of like-minded women?


Give yourself the gift of YOU by joining us for a unique opportunity to leave behind the busyness of your everyday life . . . to be nourished . . . to be renewed . . .to come alive . . . to find joy . . . and to rediscover the woman you were truly born to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Gather with a community of like-minded women for three days of delicious, healthy meals; morning yoga and Tai Chi; afternnoon spa treatments; hikes on some of Sedona’s most scenic trails; insights and clarity in daily retreat circles; and begin to claim the life you were meant to live.

Join us for the delightful opportunity to:

  • Relax, revive and reconnect with yourself.
  • Revel in a safe space to share, listen, laugh, and be real.
  • Learn to listen to your own inner wisdom.
  • Enjoy the opportunity for rest and pampering in a beautiful environment.
  • Revive through hikes in Sedona’s famous red rocks.
  • Start your day with Yoga and Tai Chi and enjoy an afternoon spa treatment.
  • Connect with a delightful community of like-minded women who just might turn out to be lifelong friends.

You will return home rested, renewed, inspired and (most importantly) able to hear your own authentic voice and know how to move forward in a way that is authentically and truly yours.


Nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful
as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in
and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage
to show up and let myself be seen.
~ Brene Brown


KAREN ELY is a speaker, facilitator, mentor and author who inspires audiences of women of all ages, incomes and backgrounds to live to their full potential. She is the founder and director of the Sedona Women’s Institute (originally A Woman’s Way), one of the country’s premier women’s retreat programs, which has offered hundreds of programs and touched thousands of women all over the world since its inception in 2003. Karen is also the author of five well-received books, including: Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself, A Retreat of My Own, Breathing Space: Mini-Retreats for the Heart & Soul and 21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life. A Safe Place to Stand will be published in 2019. Karen has a lifetime of retreat facilitation experience and a deep commitment to assisting women in creating and living authentic lives of passion and joy. For more information on Karen and her work, please click here.


APRIL ELY is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working primarily with women, children, and families.  She has specialized in the areas of domestic violence, grief, and trauma.  In the past 10 years, April’s personal and professional interest in mindfulness has developed and she has woven this into her work.  She has completed the Mindfulness Educator program through Mindful Schools, and has facilitated mindfulness classes with kids for the past 2 years.  April has worked with the Sedona Women’s Institute since its inception in 2003: staffing and co-facilitating retreats; and as an active partner in the Facilitator Training Program, creating curriculum and working as both a trainer and mentor since its inception in 2015.  April currently lives in Flagstaff with her partner, 3 kids, a puppy and a cat.  She loves yoga, meditation, hiking/walking, and reading.



The retreat will be held at the beautiful Briar Patch Inn, nestled in Oak Creek Canyon, just a few moments north of Sedona along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Located at the base of the surrounding red rock mountains, the spring fed waters of Oak Creek create a healing, magical oasis—a quiet blending of beauty, serenity, majestic canyon oaks, dappled sunlight, squirrels, sheep, and a caring staff. For more information, click here.


If you are yearning for peace, beauty, laughter
and the opportunity to be yourself, then join us!




RETREAT FEE: $895 ($400 is non-refundable; no refunds after February 1st)

The retreat fee includes:
~ Welcome reception (with light dinner): 5pm Friday evening, March 20th

~ Facilitated retreat experience:  From 5:00 pm on Friday evening March 20th through 11am on Tuesday, March 24th

~ Breakfasts each morning

~ Lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons

~ Celebratory final dinner on Monday, March 23rd at one of Sedona’s most iconic restaurants

~ Lodging is not included in the retreat fee, however our retreat cabin has 4 bedrooms (3 private, 1 shared), 2 ½ bathrooms, two fireplaces, a wonderful kitchen, 2 dining rooms and a large living room where we’ll meet daily. The most convenient and cost-effective lodging (and great FUN!) choice is to stay in one of the rooms in the retreat cabin. The cost is $300 (for 3 nights) for a shared room and $400 for a private room (for 3 nights). To reserve your space please call us at 928-254-1897. You will need to pay the entire four-night fee (non-refundable) at the time of reservation. If you prefer something more private, there are also a variety of cabins available at the Briar Patch Inn. You can make your reservations for a private cabin through their website or by calling them at 928-292-2342.  OR you can choose another lodging choice in town as well.


Receive a 20% discount on this retreat by registering before February 1st.
If you’d like to register and receive this discount, please
call us at 928-254-1897.


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