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Recommended Reading lists for Women's Retreats and Programs.I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage,
a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time,
lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert


Reading is integral to personal development, to creating and living an inspired life. It informs, affirms and transforms our lives in ways that change how we see everything. There is such a joy in being surrounded by old friends (books we’ve read and reread, written on, flagged and loved, loved, loved) and those on our bedside table waiting to be devoured. The images below are books written by our founder/director, Karen Ely (click here for her bio).


Daring to Dream - A Women's Retreat JourneyDaring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself by Karen Ely is an intimate chronicle of loss and renewal, of love and grief, of focus and confusion, but most of all it is a story of growth and transformation.  $13.95.  For more information or to order through Amazon, click here.



A Retreat of My Own - A Women's Retreats GuideA Retreat of My Own:  A Personal Retreat Guide by Karen Ely is a personal retreat guide which offers women a step-by-step guide to creating their own meaningful retreats.  Also included is a recommended reading list.  $13.95.  For more information or to order through Amazon, click here.



Breathing Space - A Women's Mini-Retreat GuideBreathing Space:  Mini-retreats for the Heart and Soul by Karen Ely offers 52 mini-retreats, each providing a unique opportunity to step back from the pace of your daily life and experience a gentle space for magic and possibilities to grow.  Each mini-retreat is designed to provide you with guidance and tools for awakening to an authentic,meaningful and passionate life.  $13.95 (plus $3.50 sh).. For more information, please email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.  In order to order books, please click here:


21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life by Karen Ely21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life by Karen Ely is a compilation of the practices that have awakened, sustained and enlivened the author’s life. Each step includes suggestions for incorporating that practice into your own life and also reading recommendations.  A perfect purse-sized book, you can carry, these inspirational practices with you wherever you go.  They are also the perfect stocking-stuffer or hostess gift.  $9.00 (plus $2.50 sh).  For more information, please email us at info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.  In order to order books, please click here:


21 Days of Gratitude by Karen Carlisle Ely
offers an opportunity to be mindful, to become conscious of the myriad blessings you receive every day—from the mundane to the awe-inspiring. The 21 Days of Gratitude will provide you with a perfect beginning or perhaps a fresh start if you’re a lapsed gratitude practitioner. It’s said that it takes 21 days to create a habit. So I encourage you to begin your gratitude habit today.  Please note:  This book is currently out of print.




A Safe Place to Stand: How I Became the Woman I Was Born to Be and How You Can Too! by Karen Carlisle Ely
More than ever, women today need a safe place to find their voice, discover their passion, and fulfill their true purpose in life. Our planet depends on it. For the past 15 years, Karen has been uniquely positioned to empower women on a global scale to discover their purpose through personal transformation.  A Safe Place to Stand tells how she did this herself and offers guidance and inspiration for women setting out on their own path of self-discovery.  Please note:  A Safe Place to Stand will be available in late 2020.


Our Recommended Reading List

All of the books on this list have touched and inspired our founder/director, Karen Ely.  Please click here to view and download the list and expand your inspired reading today.


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May You Tees

April Ely’s May You Project was born out of a ritual she and her family have practiced for many years. She created what she calls “may-yous,” a special way of saying good night to each of her three children (“may you be happy,” “may you know how loved you are,” etc).

She is inspired to share these may-you tees with you so that together we can help spread happiness, compassion and kindness around the world.

Note: Shirts with other may you messages will be available after January 2019.

Click here for more information or to order your tees today!



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