Facilitator Training Program for Women

One woman can make a difference, 

together we can change the world!


Uplifting the world . . . one woman at a time!


This is such a heart-felt, soul-centered, transformational program . . .
changing lives one woman at a time, starting with me! 

~ Deanna, CA, New Pathways for Women


IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LIFE that’s passionate, meaningful and rewarding and you have a sincere interest in supporting and guiding women’s personal growth, then you are the perfect candidate for our Facilitator Training Program.

IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR SKILLS to work more effectively with clients, patients, students, loved ones or for your own personal growth, then you are the perfect candidate for our Facilitator Training Program.

WE ARE PASSIONATE about training women who are committed to making a difference in women’s lives and would love to support you in gaining the best possible facilitation skills so together we can change the world . . . one woman at a time.


  • Counselors, therapists, social workers
  • Educators
  • Personal coaches
  • Holistic practitioners
  • Medical professionals
  • Women interested in supporting, guiding and enlivening women’s lives
  • Women interested in expanding their own self development

OUR GRADUATES say it best . . .


I have learned more about ME through this program
than at any other time in my life.
~ Pat, AZ


As an entrepreneur with a successful career coaching company,
I enrolled in the  Facilitator Training Program seeking to expand
my existing services to include group workshops & retreats for women.
Since graduating, I’ve held successful retreats in Santa Fe and am now launching a virtual group writing program. I believe key to my success has been the training program’s tools, resources, and methodologies for conducting group experiences. My clients have been been
better served and my life’s work has been deeply enriched
because of this training program.  

~ Beth, NM,   Daring Circle Ranch


This opportunity was unlike anything else I’ve experienced for expanding and growing my skills and abilities as a master facilitator ~ way better than grad school!
~ Julie, ON, Canada


This program covered every possible aspect of beginning
a new venture: from online curriculum, one-on-one mentoring,
monthly conference calls, and a “study buddy” for support.
In addition, the culminating 6-day practicum was a comprehensive
retreat that helped me actually launch my business.
~ Carol, NJ,   Retreats Women Want  


Click here to read more testimonials from recent graduates


WE BELIEVE that in order to be an effective facilitator it is necessary to:

  • Walk the talk. In other words, if you are going to facilitate a process for others, it is critical that you are doing the work yourself.
  • Be serious about your own personal growth and be clear and honest with yourself about where you are in need of further work. And then begin doing it.
  • Have a sincere interest in learning how to inspire, support and give guidance to women who are looking for lives of deeper meaning.
  • Gain the tools, techniques and confidence needed to work with a wide variety of individuals and groups.
  • Have a clear understanding of how to create and deliver a program that supports, guides and gives tools to women searching for a life of deeper meaning.

The 160-hour Sedona Women’s Institute Facilitator Training
is designed to develop and enhance all of these skills and more!


, you will be mentored by Karen Ely, founder/director of the Sedona Women’s Institute, and other professional facilitators (see info under Trainers below).

You will learn and build confidence in your presentation skills.

You will be given the tools and mentoring needed to create and facilitate your own women’s program.

You will gain understanding of the components needed to build a successful business.

You will enhance your personal journey.

AND you will have the fulfillment of knowing that you can effectively assist other women on their journey.

Click here to read testimonials from recent graduates!

Click here to watch a Facilitator Training Program slideshow, Lead with Your Heart



To train facilitators to effectively provide women with guidance, tools and support for inspired living.

To apply for the Sedona Women’s Institute Facilitator Training, you will need to submit the following:

  • An application form (click here to download)
  • An essay between 250 and 350 words on why you’re interested in facilitator training
  • Two letters of personal reference

Please email application materials to the Sedona Women’s Institute via info@SedonaWomensInstitute.com.  Once we receive all of your application materials, we will contact you to set up a Zoom interview.


  • $2475 fee includes the entire cost of the training—the 6-month distance learning course, all materials, and the 4-day practicum retreat.
  • In order to register:
    • $1000 is due at time of registration ($600 of this is non-refundable)
    • The remaining $1475 is due before the distance learning portion of the training (after this date, there are no refunds).

CALL US at 928-254-1897 with any questions or to register.

Click here for information on scholarships.


The training consists of two separate components: a 6-month distance learning course and a 4-day practicum retreat. The following are the dates for our next training:


We are currently reassessing how to offer the training safely
in this time of Covid.  If you are interested in the training,
please contact us at 928-254-1897. 


THE 6-MONTH DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE will provide the foundation for your training. It will take approximately 20 hours to complete each month’s training. Each month will consist of readings, exercises, videos, monthly practices, the opportunity to meet with other participants in on online forum, and support from your “study buddy” (whose name and contact information you’ll be given the first month of the course). At the beginning of each month, you will receive a package which will include a book (or several), supplies for that month’s training and something fun just for you. Each month will also include phone mentoring with one of our trainers. The following is a brief description of each month’s training module:

  • Month 1: Walking the Talk
    Because we believe that it is not possible to take someone further than you’ve come, the first month will be dedicated to your own journey. Throughout the month, you’ll be immersed in questions fundamental to personal growth: Who am I? What sustains me? What pushes me to grow? What do I value? What am I passionate about? How can I become more of the person I am meant to be? Where do I need further growth? Reading and exercises this month will guide and support you in growing personally and help you to understand where more growth might be needed. The ten exercises you’ll experience this month are the foundation of our trainer’s programs and will be integral to your creating your own program agenda in month 5 (as well as for future endeavors).
  • Month 2: The Heroine’s Journey
    Understanding The Heroine’s Journey is fundamental to creating a vital life-enhancing women’s program. It’s the essence of the process between awakening, discovery, and living into your true self. The reading and exercises this month will center on understanding the pieces of The Heroine’s Journey: The Call, The Refusal of the Call, The Mentor, Crossing the Threshold, Being Tested, The Ordeal, The Reward and The Teacher.
  • Month 3: Creating Safe Space
    In order for personal growth programs to be truly effective a space must be created that allows (encourages) participants to be vulnerable. Participants will only allow themselves to be vulnerable when they feel safe and it is up to you to create a safe container for the program as quickly as possible. The reading and exercises this month will focus on understanding the importance of vulnerability, both for participants and also for yourself and learning how to create a safe space quickly in the groups you’ll be facilitating.
  • Months 4 & 5: Components of a Successful Program
    For a program to be successful it needs to look effortless to the participants. And that will happen only if you’ve done your work ahead of time. Once you’ve decided on a theme, name, place and time for your program, it will then be necessary to create a carefully crafted agenda with clear goals and expressed outcomes. The agenda might include any or all of the following: opening and closing ceremonies, ritual, celebration, music, movement, meditation, mindfulness, nature, creativity, large & small groups, and time in solitude (and more). For a program to be truly meaningful, your agenda needs to be created in a conscious way, having made clear and informed decisions about how you want to move participants from opening to closing. The reading and exercises these two months will include information on all of these areas and culminate with your creating an agenda for your own women’s program.
  • Month 6: The Business of Women’s Programs
    Without a plan, it is unlikely that you’ll get to where you are going. So this month, our reading and exercises will explore: creating a business plan, assessing capital, name/registration, insurance, budgets, databases and marketing. If it looks like work, it certainly can be. But it can also be fun, rewarding and exciting. After all, you’re on the final leg of The Heroine’s Journey, The Teacher. And this is the part where you can help change the world.

THE 4-DAY PRACTICUM RETREAT will begin after you’ve completed the distance learning course. During this 4-day practicum retreat, you will receive additional training, practical experience and one-on-one time with professional facilitators. You will leave this retreat with the skills needed to professionally and effectively offer your own women’s program.

You’ll learn how to build and sustain a women’s program of your own, from the beginning to the end, and from the inside out. You will personally experience one of founder Karen Ely’s time-tested, most successful weekend retreats. You will be provided with Karen’s detailed agenda and a personal and professional understanding of how the agenda was created and how to effectively use her 10 most insightful exercises to create a life-changing program program of your own.

You will gain confidence in your presentation skills and learn to be comfortable in front of a group by working with our dynamic trainers. And then you’ll get to practice what you’ve learned. The last two days of the retreat, you will be asked to present a 1 – 1 ½ hour exercise of your choice and receive loving, constructive critique by the trainers and the other participants.

PLUS, AS YOU MOVE FORWARD, we will continue to be available to support you because we truly and absolutely want you to be successful. There is so much to be done and so many women who need the kind of programs you, and only you, might offer. So begin today to create the life of your dreams . . . and support other women who are yearning for the same.


Upon completion of your training, you will be a graduate of the 160-hour Sedona Women’s Institute Facilitator Training with the knowledge, skills and credibility to:

  • Effectively provide guidance, support and tools to women searching for lives of deeper meaning.
  • Confidently create and run your own women’s program.
  • Offer a time-tested, successful weekend retreat, For Women Who Dare to Dream, to groups of your choice. You will have a detailed agenda and a personal and professional understanding of how the agenda was created and how to effectively use our trainer’s insightful exercises to create a life-changing program of your own.
  • Promote yourself as a Sedona Women’s Institute Trained Facilitator.
  • Be marketed on the Sedona Women’s Institute’s website as a Sedona Women’s Institute Trained Facilitator.

Click here to read testimonials from recent graduates!

Click here to watch a Facilitator Training Program slideshow: Lead with Your Heart.

Click here for information on scholarships.


KAREN ELY is the program director and will provide training throughout the entire program.  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, 21 Days of Gratitude, and 21 Stepping Stones to a More Peaceful, Meaningful Life. A Safe Place to Stand will be in the near future.

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. For information on Karen and her work, please click here.

SYLVIA SOMERVILLE provides mentoring and training throughout the entire program. 
Sylvia has provided mentoring and training for program participants since 2016.  She is a writer, editor, meditator, Buddhist practitioner, and student success coach. Most of her 40-career has involved the written word, but her personal spiritual journey has taken her on numerous retreats to find the purpose and meaning of her life.  Along the way, she has developed the ability to learn from life’s changes and losses.

Sylvia is passionate about helping others develop their full potential through deep listening, compassionate communication, and other tools she herself has used and also shared with students at the University of Northern Arizona, where she has worked most recently.


APRIL ELY provides mentoring and training throughout the entire program.  April has provided participants with mentoring and training since the program’s inception in 2015.  As a psychotherapist for over 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 more 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 a mother-daughter retreat in 2012.

provides Circle of Trust training for the practicum portion of the program.  She is passionate about living a life of exploration and discovery.  She was introduced to a contemplative path through the work of Quaker author and activist Parker J. Palmer.  She is trained as a Circle of Trust™ facilitator through his non-profit, The Center for Courage and Renewal, and is delighted to be able to share the powerful gift of being “alone together” with others.  She has held leadership roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings, including serving as the Director of Partners in Hope in her hometown of Troy, Ohio where she worked to build an empowering and economically diverse community in support of under-resourced families.  Allison is a certified teacher of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition and she is currently pursuing a degree in Contemplative Religion at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  Allison has created and facilitated several successful programs for the Sedona Women’s Institute.

CALL US at 928-254-1897 with any questions or to register.

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