The Road Less Traveled . . .

Creating a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From
October 21 – 24, 2022  .  Sedona, Arizona
with Karen Ely & Tamara Misle


You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
~ Henry David Thoreau


How might your life be different if what inspired you and brought joy into your life and what you did for a living were one and the same?

The rhythm of most people’s lives might sound all too familiar:  The feeling of dread on Sunday evening; the hope you find from getting through Hump Day; the celebration you feel when you leave the office on Friday; the regularity with which you count the days, hours and months until the weekend or until your next vacation.

In living this way, you essentially create a cage for yourself, with no obvious way out . . . and, let’s face it, that is no way to live.

What does a life you don’t need a vacation from look like?

  • Living by values that are meaningful to you 
  • Living with a clear sense of purpose
  • Looking forward to the start of each week
  • Doing what you love and loving what you do (at least most of the time)
  • Spending quality time with the people who matter most to you
  • Feeling that you’re doing exactly what you want to be doing right now!

If this is the life you yearn for, then join us for a weekend of insights, clarity,  joy, laughter, tears (we are women, after all) and return home with a clearer sense of purpose a plan for creating a life you do not need a vacation from.


Tamara Misle, Director of the Sedona Women’s Institute, and Karen Ely, its Founder, will be co-facilitating this retreat.  While Tamara is the new owner of the Sedona Women’s Institute, she and Karen are both committed to working together to provide the best possible support and programs for women.  For information on Tamara and Karen, please click here.



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, please click here.



  • $300 registration deposit (non-refundable)
  • $495 final payment due no later than September 1, 2022.  (After September 1, 2022, there are no refunds.

The retreat fee includes:

~ Welcome reception: 5pm Friday evening, October 21st  (Please make your travel plans so that you arrive in time for our opening reception).

~ Facilitated retreat: From 5:00 pm on Friday evening, October 21st  through Monday evening October 24th  (Please make your travel plans so that you are able to join our Monday closing).

~ A morning hike on one of Sedona’s spectacular trails.

~ Breakfasts: Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, October 22, 23 & 24.

~ Lunches: Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 24. 

~ 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 the most FUN!) choice is to stay in one of the rooms in our retreat cabin.  The cost is $275 each for a shared room (for three nights), $450 for a private room (for 3 nights) and $375 for a small private room (for 3 nights). To reserve your lodging please call us at 408-214-2811.  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 928-282-2342. OR you can choose another lodging choice in town as well, however, be advised that to stay in town you will also need to have a car, since the Briar Patch is about 6 miles north of Sedona.


Please know that the Briar Patch Inn, as well as Karen and Tamara, will be doing everything possible to secure your safety during your retreat experience.  Because of that, please note that you will be required to have proof that you’ve had both of the Covid vaccines at least two weeks before joining the retreat.  Once you’ve registered (see below to register), please send a photo of your Vaccine Record Card to us at


TO REGISTER and pay your retreat deposit of $300, please click here.  

TO REGISTER and pay your full fee of $795, please click here.

Please note: If you cannot afford the registration fee, please contact with a line of explanation in order to receive our discounted rate.



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