Born to Be Me!

Creating an Authentic Life of Passion & Purpose
Women’s Retreat with Karen Ely
Briar Path Inn ~ Sedona, Arizona
April 13 – 16, 2018

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice
how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily,
marvelously who we were born to be.
~ Anne Lamott


Join facilitator, Karen Ely, and a community of like-minded women for the opportunity to transcend the ordinary in one of the world’s most extraordinary places—Sedona, Arizona.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What are my dreams—or, did I ever have any?” or “What do I really want to do with the rest of my life?” then you are not alone. After a lifetime of being everything to everyone else, there is always a point where we poke our head out of the hole of our sleepwalking life and begin to ask ourselves, “Who am I besides the roles I play?”

Experience the unique opportunity of stepping back from your day-to-day busyness and getting clarity on the woman you were born to be. Ensconced in the wonder and stunning beauty of Sedona, Arizona, the focus of the retreat will be on accessing and living from your authentic self.  From the moment you arrive at the retreat until you leave, experienced facilitator Karen Ely will lead you on an exploration to uncover and recognize the amazing woman you already are.

We will walk quietly in nature, sit joyfully in circle, journal, meditate, and work experientially in small and large groups. Over the course of the retreat, you will be nurtured, supported and guided—learning to “see” with new eyes and finding the tools needed to move powerfully back into your life with a deeper sense of yourself and an enlivened sense of being.

Each day will begin with a delightful breakfast in the lodge of the beautiful Briar Patch Inn. We’ll spend the mornings working experientially in small and large groups. We’ll end our mornings by setting a personal intention for the day, then head into Sedona’s spectacular red rocks for an afternoon of sensory, physical and spiritual adventure—hiking, meditations, and picnic lunches overlooking the region’s magical landscape. Late afternoons will provide the perfect opportunity for resting, getting a massage, or sitting beside the river with your journal. Our final evening, we’ll gather for a celebratory dinner at one of Sedona’s iconic restaurants.

Karen 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 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 2018.

Karen’s commitment to issues affecting women has been a lifelong passion. It has led her through a vibrant 30-year nonprofit career—from domestic violence and sexual assault to drug prevention and welfare-to-work—that has assisted tens of thousands of women through difficult life transitions. Karen is an experienced facilitator with a commitment to assisting women in creating and living authentic lives of passion and joy.


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, visit

RETREAT FEE: $695 ($400 is non-refundable; no refunds after February 15, 2018)

The retreat fee includes:
~ Welcome reception: 5pm Friday evening, April 13th

~ Facilitated retreat: Opening at 5:00 pm on Friday evening, April 13th through 11am on April 16th

~ Breakfasts: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 14th, 15th and 16th

~ Lunches: Saturday and Sunday, April 14th & April 15th

~ Celebratory final dinner Sunday April 15th 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 $225 (for 3 nights) for a shared room and $350 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 three-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 through their website, or by calling them at 928-292-2342. OR you can choose another lodging choice in town as well (click here for suggestions).

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If you’d like more information OR if you’d like to reserve your space in the retreat cabin, please call us at 928-254-1897.

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