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Living Large When Your Life Feels Small



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, 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 six 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, 21 Days of Gratitude, 21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life and A Safe Place to Stand which will be published in 2021. For information on Karen and her work, please click here.


BETH BRYCE is an award-winning Career Strategist & Transformation Coach, writer, and founder of Daring Circle Ranch, successfully coaching hundreds of women through career and life transitions. Beth is a retreat facilitator through Sedona Women’s Institute, Mastermind facilitator and a member of the (ICF) International Coach Federation.  She’s passionate about helping others create their own Life Revolution – an authentic life, filled with passion and joy beyond their wildest imagination!  In 2012, Beth embarked upon her own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey traveling throughout the United States searching for the strength to finally begin living her dreams. Beth ultimately wrote about her life revolution as a featured co-author of Women on Fire: Volume 2 (2014). Her chapter is titled, “I’m Marrying Me.” For more information on Beth, please click here.


KAREN DRUCKER’s message is all about healing and love – whether singing one of her positive message songs or sharing stories that are funny, inspiring, and heart opening. She is a keynote speaker, women’s retreat facilitator, and entertainer who has recorded 20 CDs of her inspirational music. Karen is also the author of the best selling book “Let Go of the Shore – Songs & Stories To Set The Spirit Free.” Her chants and songs are used around the world and often help people deal with illness and loss, or help them fill the need to feel more centered for the day.  Karen’s intention is to make a difference by using her music to open hearts and share a message of hope, acceptance, and love.   For more information on Karen Drucker, please click here.


APRIL ELY has been a psychotherapist for 20+ years, providing individual, family and group counseling for children and adults in schools, outpatient clinics, and domestic violence shelters. Her commitment to helping her clients lead full and healthy lives led her to the study of Mindfulness, a practice and way of living that helps individuals to live more fully present in their own lives.  Wanting to learn about incorporating Mindfulness in her work with children, in 2011 April completed a teacher training course in “Mindfulness and Yoga for Children.” Since that time, she has created Mindfulness curriculums to be utilized in the schools to help empower children to calm their minds and open their hearts, as well as, incorporating those same powerful tools into her work with individuals and families within her private practice. April has staffed many Sedona Women’s Institute retreats and co-facilitated two retreats with her mother, Karen Ely, as well as, serving as a trainer and mentor for the Sedona Women’s Institutes’ Facilitator Training Program since its 2016 inception.


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Living Large When Your Life Feels Small

Five Steps to Larger Living 5-week Virtual Retreat for Women Saturdays, July 11 – August 8, 2020 The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt   We’re living in strange uncertain times.…Continue Reading

Finding Serenity in Troubling Times

Women’s Virtual Retreat Saturday, June 27  .  9:00 am – 4:00pm PT   Make a place in all of the chaos of life to listen deeply to the voice at the center of your being and pay attention to what it tells you. ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer   If “the voice at the center of…Continue Reading

A Safe Place to Stand

18 Weeks ~ 18 Stories ~ 18 Opportunities June 3, 2020 ~ September 16, 2020 Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~ Søren Kierkegaard   If you’re like me, you’re finding yourself anxious, worried, fearful and somewhat overwhelmed at this unprecedented time we’re living in. We have found ourselves…Continue Reading

The Art of Vibrant Living

Virtual Retreat for the Heart and Soul May 16, 2020 ~ July 18, 2020   Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.  Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.  Take down the dulcimer.  Let the beauty we love be what we do.  There are hundreds of ways to…Continue Reading

FREE Programs to Enliven your Mind and Calm your Spirit

  We imagine that many of you are feeling uncertain, anxious, frightened and isolated by the current world crises.  In the face of this real danger, it is particularly crucial to honor your feelings and to meet them with as much mindfulness and kindness as you can. And we believe that gathering with other like-minded…Continue Reading

Heart Retreat for Difficult Times

FREE Virtual Retreat in the Comfort of Your Own Home Sunday, March 29th  .   11:10am – 2:10pm PT (12:10pm – 3:10pm MT, 1:10pm – 4:10pm CT, 2:10pm – 5:10pm ET)   If you’re anxious & frightened by the global health crisis, If you are feeling isolated and you’re yearning for community, If you’re looking to…Continue Reading

The Power of Words

Kauai Women’s Writing Retreat November 8 ~ 13, 2020   Write your book. Learn from bestselling authors. Meet agents and publishers. All on beautiful Kauai.   JOIN US in Kauai this November for five days of literary bliss . . . meeting daily to share insights, get support and inspiration; interact with other writers from…Continue Reading

You’re Only Old Once!

Reimagining & Celebrating the Gift of Aging Sedona, Arizona   .   December 4 – 7, 2020   As a friend of mine often shares, “old age is not for sissies.”  We look in the mirror and we are dismayed by the face and body we see; we notice that we can easily sit on the floor…Continue Reading

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

Finding Strength, Direction and Serenity When Navigating Through Difficult Times   Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. ~ Edmund Lee   Oh so true! And yet when we…Continue Reading

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