Program Archives

Category Archives: Past Programs

Sylvia Beach Women’s Literary Retreat

August 23 – 26, 2018
Sylvia Beach Hotel ~ Newport, Oregon

Unplug, unwind, and sleep with your favorite author!

If you’re a passionate reader who loves to learn from books, talk about books and transform through books, then this retreat is perfect for you. And let’s not forget the Pacific Ocean, which will be the extraordinary backdrop for our retreat experience.

Our founder/director, Karen Ely, considers Sylvia Beach to be her heroine . . . a woman who nearly single-handedly changed the literary world in the early to mid-1900s. Sylvia, an American, founded Paris’ world-famous Shakespeare and Company in 1919. Originally located in in Paris at 12 rue de l’Odéon, the shop was half bookstore and half lending library. It attracted and supported the great expat writers of the time — Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound and Joyce — including some of the century’s most compelling female voices: Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, Kay Boyle, and Mina Loy.

The retreat will provide a perfect mind, body, spirit retreat experience. Ensconced overlooking Oregon’s dramatic Pacific coast and inspired by the work of great authors, we will gather in circle each day to share our thoughts and expand our possibilities . . . with time for quiet reflection gathering thoughts, writing, reading and savoring the wonders of the ocean and the power of the written word.

In a safe, nourishing environment, you’ll embrace a new way of being, one which grows from our literary discussions and experiential exercises. Each day will begin with a delightful breakfast in the hotel followed by time to meander along the beach, read quietly on the hotel deck, engage in enlightening conversations and delight in Newport’s quaint shops. Our afternoons will be spent in circle experiencing and learning how great books can be a catalyst for our growth and transformation. Our evenings will include a communal meal filled with inspiring literary discussions, laughter and good food.

~ Open you to other worlds, other cultures and other times.
~ Provide a great teaching tool.
~ Increase your empathy and compassion.
~ Expand your sense of gratitude.
~ Give you the opportunity to share with other like-minded women AND
~ Provide an opportunity to change your life.

We have reserved seven of the hotel’s 21 rooms for our retreat: Agatha Christie, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Tolkien, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde.  You can also reserve one of the other rooms if you prefer.  Prior to the retreat, each participant will be asked to read a book by the author of the room she has chosen . . . and when in circle, we’ll each discuss “our” authors, what we learned, how we’ve changed our outlook, and how we’ve grown . . . or not.  Together we’ll gain a greater appreciation for a wide-variety of authors’ work and we’ll learn more about ourselves in the process.

Located in Newport on the central Oregon coast, Sylvia Beach Hotel sits on a bluff above Nye Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Originally built in 1912 as the New Cliff House hotel, the structure was renovated in the 1980s to become a 21-room literary-themed bed and breakfast with a homey and eclectic charm that attracts readers, writers, and travelers from all over the world. It has been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Each room includes details and books to reflect the life and writings of 21 different authors. Guests can enjoy a book with a view in the quiet and cozy haven of the third-floor oceanfront library. The allure is beach quiet—gathering one’s thoughts, writing, reading, and savoring the wonder of ocean and sky and literature.

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 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, 21 Days of Gratitude 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.


The retreat fee includes:

~ Welcome reception and dinner: 5pm Thursday evening, August 23rd

~ Facilitated retreat: Opening at 5:00 pm on Thursday evening, August 23rd through 11am on Sunday, August 26th

~ Breakfasts: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 24th – August 26th

~ Celebratory final dinner Saturday, August 25th

~ Lodging is not included in the retreat fee, however we have reserved seven of the hotel’s 21 rooms for our retreat: Agatha Christie, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Tolkien, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein and Oscar Wilde.  You can also reserve one of the other rooms if you prefer.  You will make your room reservations by calling the Sylvia Beach Hotel directly at 541-265-5428.  When you call, please let them know that you’re part of the Sedona Women’s Institute retreat.

TO REGISTER click below or call us at 928-254-1897.

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  …Continue Reading

60 & Beyond

Fully Engaged and Living Life to the Fullest Briar Path Inn ~ Sedona, Arizona April 13 – 16, 2018 Experiencing and living life should become limitless when we age. Aging should be liberating. We no longer have the same concerns as we had in our youth. After middle age, the pursuit of happiness should be…Continue Reading

Acadia National Park Women’s Adventure Retreat

October 1 ~ 6, 2018 In every walk with nature, one receives more than one seeks ~ John Muir   JOIN US for 5 days of heaven, playing and exploring Acadia National Park and beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine during the height of fall color! Acadia National Park, located off the rocky coast of Maine on…Continue Reading

Master Facilitator Training for Women

One woman can make a difference, together we can change the world! We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. ~ Steve Jobs   What is it that you want to do with your precious life? If it is to support,…Continue Reading

Finding Your Daring Way

Women’s Retreat ~ December 2 & 3, 2017 Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen. ~ Brené Brown   Are you wanting to embrace a…Continue Reading

Dancing with Cuba

Women’s Cultural Retreat March 6 – 12, 2018 Please note:  This retreat will be rescheduled for a future date. Cuba is such a beautiful country, and everywhere you go, there’s music and people dancing. ~ Julia Sawalha   Join us for this rare cultural opportunity to visit a country that few people have experienced .…Continue Reading

The Power of Sisterhood Conference

Nevertheless We Persist ~ The Enduring Legacy of Sisterhood Sedona Creative Life Center ~ Sedona, AZ September 2 & 3, 2017   Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead   If you walked in the Women’s March…Continue Reading

Born to Be Me!

Creating an Authentic Life of Passion & Purpose Women’s Retreat Facilitated by Karen Ely January 7 – 12, 2018 1440 Multiversity ~ Scotts Valley, CA Could life be less about sticking with what we’ve always done and more about doing what brings us joy?  Less about safety and more about taking on a new passion…Continue Reading

Magic Happens

Mastermind Group March 7 – November 7, 2017 What would happen if the people around you refused to let you fail? No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind. ~ Napoleon Hill Have you ever been part of a collaborative project…Continue Reading

Copyright©2003-2018. All Rights Reserved. The content of this women's retreats, facilitator training school, workshops, mentoring, and travel adventures site is owned exclusively by the Sedona Women's Institute™ based in Sedona, Arizona.

Graphic Design by Indigo Disegno. | Women's Retreats Website Design by Reliable Web Designs.

Like us on Facebook