The Gift of Silence

   A Retreat of Reflection, Insights and Inspiration

Briar Patch Inn  ~  Sedona, Arizona
March 20 – 24, 2020


Everything that’s created comes out of silence.
Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence.
Your words come out of this void.
Your very essence emerged
from emptiness. 
~ Wayne Dyer


Please join us for a unique opportunity to silence your world . . .to leave behind the busyness of your everyday life . . . to wander . . . to be nourished . . . to be renewed . . . to revel in the insights that come from silence . . . in one of the most beautiful places in the country.

Enjoy delicious, healthy meals; join in morning yoga and Tai Chi; take contemplative walks along the river; revel in Sedona’s scenic trails; enjoy quiet afternoons of reading, journaling, reflection & massage; and gather daily in a nourishing circle of like-minded women for insights, clarity, inspiration, laughter and the joy of new friends.

On this retreat you will have the opportunity to relax, revive and, ultimately, reconnect with yourself.  The retreat will provide you with a safe space to listen to your inner wisdom, while having time for self-reflection, rest, pampering and the joy of spending time in a community of like-minded women.

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.

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.


RETREAT FEE: $795 ($300 is non-refundable; no refunds after January 15th)

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 $325 (for 4 nights) for a shared room and $425 for a private room (for 4 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.


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