The Road Less Traveled . . .

Creating a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From
November 5 – 8, 2021  .  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?

  • Gaining clarity on the values you want to live by
  • Finding and living with a clear sense of purpose
  • Finding meaning in the work that you do
  • Feeling excited to start 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.


RETREAT FEE: $895 ($400 is non-refundable; no refunds after October 1, 2021).  The retreat fee includes:

~ Welcome reception: 5pm Friday evening, November 5th.
~ Facilitated retreat: From 5:00 pm on Friday evening, November 5th, through 11am on Monday, November 8th.
~ Breakfasts: Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, November 6th, 7th and 8th.
~ Lunches: Saturday and Sunday, November 6th and 7th.
~ 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 most FUN!) choice is to stay in one of the rooms in the retreat cabin. The cost is $325 (for 3 nights) for a shared room and $450 for a private room (for 3 nights) and $375 for a small private room (for 3 nights). To reserve your space 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 928-292-2342. 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 $895 retreat fee, please click here.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact us at or 408-214-2811.

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