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5/5/2014 12:23:00 PM
Women Arising conference in Sedona
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Sarah McLean
Sarah McLean
About Sarah McLean
Sarah McLean is an explorer of the inner and outer worlds and has been meditating since 1989. She worked with Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Gary Zukav, and Byron Katie, among others. Each hired her to help them share their knowledge and talents with the world. As she developed mind/body health centers, self-discovery programs, curriculum, and events for them worldwide, she was fortunate enough to become immersed in their wisdom and knowledge. This has been an important part of her path to self discovery.

McLean has journeyed thousands of miles through Europe, the Middle East, and Asia by bicycle in search of the secrets of this world and this life. After eight years working at Deepak Chopra's center as the Education Director, she traveled to India to meditate for six months, and then resided in a Zen Buddhist training center for two years before moving to Sedona.

McLean, as the director of the McLean Meditation Institute, has created programs to help demystify meditation, provides retreat environments for each participant to experience deep silence and self-awareness, and trains meditation instructors all over the globe. Her mission is to share her discoveries of expanded states of awareness and the mysteries of life, and to teach as many people as possible the practices of meditation in a nourishing and engaging learning environment. She likes to inspire each participant to still their mind, experience present moment awareness, come to know their true essence, and live a fulfilling life.

On Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at the Sedona Rouge Spa & Resort in the glorious red rocks of Sedona, inspiring luminaries will gather for the Woman Arising conference. Treat yourself or a special woman in your life to a weekend with women from all over the world, coming together for self-discovery, community, and inspiration.

Featuring best-selling author and intuitive counselor Colette Baron-Reid; best-selling Hay House author and meditation expert Sarah McLean; Unity minister and founder of Touching the Stillness Ministries Paulette Pipe; former president and group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines Barbara Litrell; master certified life coach and yoga teacher Allison Clay; author of The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve Amanda Owen; and emceed by Arizona Attorney and yoga instructor Alisa Gray, attendees will be inspired by the dynamic speakers' personal tales while discovering practical tools for transformation.

"Woman Arising is an opportunity for women to take a personal journey to Sedona and delve deeper into the meaning of their lives, honor their own stories, and see their lives in a bigger way. Women want to be inspired by other women, I know I do!" says Sarah McLean, director of the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona and founder of the Woman Arising weekend. Woman Arising events are a forum for conversations for women around personal power, self-discovery, spirituality, creativity, and achievements. Having been so inspired by the many self-discovery events she has attended and produced over the years, Sarah wanted to create something different, an extraordinary women's event in Sedona.

During the retreat, McLean will be sharing stories from her own journey towards self-discovery which includes her military experience as a behavioral specialist in the US Army, teaching English to Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India, and riding her bicycle up the Silk Route through Pakistan to China.

Also presenting is Colette Baron-Reid, a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, and visionary. Baron-Reid was featured on the Watkins list of top 100 most spiritually influential people in 2013 and 2104. She is known for her dynamic presentations and leading highly-effective visualizations which inspire her audience to create their own powerful futures.

She'll be joined by Barbara Litrell who currently serves as a councilwoman for the City of Sedona. Litrell will explore the rising recognition and need among women business owners and executives to feel connected to a purpose deeper than just receiving a paycheck. She'll share how to exercise feminine leadership skills in a new model for business and life.

Dr. Gladys T. McGarey, co-founder of the American Holistic Medical Foundation, is known as the Mother of Holistic Medicine. She's been a family physician for more than 60 years and is looking forward to sharing how women can age into health. She's the author of the new release: The World Needs Old Ladies.

Amanda Owen, author of Born to Receive, will be sharing her power-of-receiving philosophy which New York Times best-selling author Dr Christiane Northrup calls "brilliant, elegant, profound, and enormously practical." Amanda says that most women are more comfortable giving than receiving and she'll show them ways they can balance that out. "When you receive what people and the world have to give you, you not only feel better, you open up pathways you couldn't see before, your imagination is stimulated as never before, and you will find energy that was not previously available to you."

Thousands of listeners worldwide have downloaded Reverent Paulette Pipe's exquisite guided meditations from Touching the Stillness, the lively prayer and meditation radio program she hosts on Unity Online Radio. Attendees will experience her alchemic meditations first hand. With her mesmerizing voice she'll masterfully create a rich, sacred experience, luring the listener into deep stillness using the power of their own hands.

Known for her engaging spirit and thought-provoking talks, master certified life coach and yoga instructor Allison Clay will open the program on Friday evening. She has taught thousands to live more intuitively and empowered and shares ways to unite the head and heart. "When you train the head and heart to act in harmony, it helps anyone to make better decisions and live a more meaningful life. Miracles begin to happen," she says.

Arizona attorney and yoga teacher Alisa Gray will emcee the event and weave the speakers together with her own blend of storytelling, movement, and laughter. "I hope others learn from me that you don't have to be anyone special or wait until you're in just the perfect place in life to follow your dreams," shares Alisa, who balances a busy probate litigation practice with raising teenagers and offering stress-reduction and mindfulness programs for attorneys, judges, and law students.

In addition to being engaged, entertained, and inspired, participants will enjoy special rates at one of the country's most inviting destinations - the Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa - where they can pamper themselves at a world-class spa for Mother's Day.

Woman Arising is sponsored by the McLean Meditation Institute. Tickets for Woman Arising are available through or by calling (928) 204-0067 Attendance is limited to 75 women.

If You Go ...

What: Women Arising conference

When: May 9 & 10

Where: Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa, Sedona

How Much: $195 Regular registration


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