Friday November 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM MST
Sunday November 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM MST

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Schedule your retreat accommodations  at Spirit in the Desert  on our registration form. Room rates are priced by occupancy. 

You may choose to stay at other nearby hotels in the Carefree/Cave Creek area or commute daily.



Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center 
7415 E. Elbow Bend Road
Carefree, AZ 85377

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The Islands of Silence

Each of the seven Islands is unique and is equipped with a bench or two for those who need a rest on the journey or just a quiet and relaxing place to pray and meditate … or to soak in the beauty of God’s creation that cradles the space.

The pathway runs through the natural terrain of the acres so that the visitor can enjoy a comfortable walk while being treated to the beauty of Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Crucifixion Thorn trees; Ocotillo cacti and Creosote bushes.  Curious Gambel’s Quail and rabbits will likely join you on your journey.

The Labyrinth at the Spirit in the Desert

The labyrinth, a sacred symbol of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and a contemplative symbol of our journey to a deeper relationship with God.

The labyrinth is not a maze to confuse, but a narrow way designed to lead to the center and out again. At Spirit in the Desert the silence of the desert is broken by the crying of a coyote in the distance. You are alone, but you are not lonely. Footprints  in the sand tell you that others have walked here before you. There is wind blowing. This is not a mirage; it is a miracle, a place set apart for you, a gift given to help you on your journey. This is a holy place ... it is Spirit in the Desert.

The Pool at the Spirit in the Desert


Come enjoy the Carefree experience

Carefree – where the striking splendor of the lush upper Sonoran landscape is celebrated by its residents and cherished by all.  Complementing this dramatic setting is a distinctive residential community which harmoniously incorporates the delicate flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.   Nestled within the heart of the community is a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant business district containing a rich variety of dining opportunities amongst the surrounding mountain and desert vistas and a unique assortment of intimate shops and galleries.  Come enjoy Carefree – a place for gracious living in a desert forest

of rare beauty.

Alana E. Roberts, Executive Administrator
480.234.8879   Alana@amazinglyvirtual.com


For More Information Contact

Joseph and Laurie Battaglia 
Living the Dream Coaches LLC 

The Space Between... Reflect, Reconnect, Reignite

~ A Women's Retreat ~

Create some space for yourself before the holidays kick into high gear. Decompress, de-stress, and replenish your energy. Through this retreat, you’ll take time to reflect, reconnect to your self, and reignite to go forward into life, on your terms. This weekend will have you thinking about how you show up to yourself, and how you show up to others and in the world.

Come join us at this Women’s Retreat to …


·        Give you time and space before the busy holiday season, allowing you to relax and recharge.
·        Allow you to reflect on what’s working in your life, and what you are tolerating.
·        Help you to see what’s no longer serving you.


·        Allow you to reconnect with who you really are.
·        Support you as you form new patterns of behavior and thinking.
·        Provide you with ways to express more of your essential self in life, living spaces, and look.

·        Turn your chaos into calm


·        Remind you to practice gratitude for “what is” in your life.
·        Give you tools to carry the peaceful feelings of retreat forward into your life.
·        Provide you with practices that bring wisdom and peace to you in your day to day existence.

Presenters and Retreat Leaders: Laurie and Joseph Battaglia

Laurie D Battaglia, MS, CPC, ELI-MP

A born connector, people magnet, gifted presenter, and calm, methodical coach, Laurie loves showing people the way to live their dreams. Having spent 35+ years developing people in corporate environments, Laurie discovered her own path to living the dream. She works in tandem with her husband Joseph to coach high achieving women and men who want more out of life, work, and relationships.

Joseph P. Battaglia, CPC, ELI-MP 

Intuitive, observant, insightful, and passionate, Joe’s on a mission to help heal relationship strains, fractures, and breakdowns. Before becoming a coach, Joe spent 35+ years in the medical field, observing people at their best, worst, and most vulnerable. Joe’s focus is on all kinds of relationships – in the workplace, with your loved ones, and within yourself.

Together, Joe and Laurie are Co-Owners and Co-Creators of Living the Dream Coaches in Scottsdale, AZ. As they walk their life path together, they also coach, speak, and work together. Both Laurie and Joe are Certified Professional Coaches.

Presenter: Deborah Mislove


Do you ever feel like an imposter in your own life? Are you on the right path but struggling to move forward? Would you love to create a life that expresses more of your authentic self?

Deborah is a life coach, interior designer and wardrobe reviver and owner of Self Expressed. Her mission is to help clients express more of who they are in their lives, their living spaces, and their look.

  Presenter: Andrea Brundage

Is your environment cluttered and weighing heavy on you? Do you have “monkey mind”? Are you ready to get organized and make some changes in your life and in your environment that will support you and your goals?

Andrea Brundage, founder of Simple Organized Solutions (SOS), is a Professional Organizer / Productivity Consultant, and an organizational educator and speaker.  Andrea’s goal and passion is to help individuals and business owners “Turn Chaos into Calm.” ™

Presenter: Elizabeth Hartigan

Gratitude is focusing our attention on what is wonderful and what is working in our lives. So often we focus on what is not working and the areas causing us pain. You will be receiving Elizabeth's "Guided Gratitude Journal" with your participation in the retreat.

Elizabeth Hartigan, is an Author, Speaker, Gratitude Coach, & Spiritual Guide who helps women Unearth their Purpose, Unleash their Magnificence, and tap into their Divine Inner Wisdom!

Presenter: Nicholas Cappele


For many of us, life is so chaotic and busy that we can lose sight of our true nature and what is really meaningful in our lives. How do we stay connected to a sense of spirit, or to something greater than ourselves? Where can we go to renew, recharge, and restore our relationship with the universe? We may find solace in going to church, spending time in nature or going to a retreat. But, what about the time in-between?

Nicholas has helped those seeking this balance between inner spirituality and the world as it is, by demystifying the process of creating a sacred space within your own home.  Nicholas’ book, Altared Space, focuses on Feng Shui principals, and is designed to provide simple and direct information that will enable you to create both a beautiful and a beneficial space for developing your own unique path to serenity.


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If you are planning to stay onsite at the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, be sure to make your lodging reservations through the registration form. Event fee does not include accommodations.

Upon receipt of your reservation, we'll connect with you via email to find out who will be sharing your room. We'll match women how don't mind rooming with a woman they don't know at the two-per-room rate of $80/night per person, as available.

You may opt to stay at other hotels in the Carefree/Cave Creek area, or commute to the retreat daily. Please make those arrangements yourself at your earliest convenience.