Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter April 11th, 2012

TAKE ME TO: Events & Workshops
Guest Article | Our Upcoming Trips at a Glance

Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? We just gave birth to JOTS Luxury Travel!

Journeys of the Spirit Luxury Travel

Sometimes you just need to get away and you aren’t looking for a spiritual journey (it does happen). Maybe you need the perfect trip for your family and parents (yes, it can be fun traveling with them).

Or perhaps it’s time for that dreamy romantic adventure to that picture perfect island complete with balmy breezes? Ready to take that once-in-a-lifetime journey to Africa? What about that incredible river cruise in Myanmar?

Well, whatever your dream adventure might bedon’t beat your brains out trying to figure out where to go or what to do – Ales or Sheri can help!

I’d like to invite you over to our new website right now to explore and have fun. After all, it’s a full service travel agency just waiting to create something awesome for you. 🙂

And while you’re at it – feel free to sign up for our Top 10 Life-Changing Travel Destinations for 2012 ebook!


  • LAST CALL to sign up ladies – for Shanti’s Goddess Retreat in Sedona April 29-May 4th!

  • Interested in our Sisterhood, Sand & Sun! – Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja – July 1-7?? Since it is a holiday weekend early sign up is CRITICAL or the trip will cancel.

  • Ladies: If you are interested in our Women’s Journey to Avalon: Sacred Britain – June 14-22nd trip – the deadline for registration is April 13th!

Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat: Oregon Coast
June 6-10th, 2012

Oregon Coast

Are you looking for an amazing place in nature to unwind, relax and commune with your sisters, delicious home-cooked meals straight from the sea, and time to explore the issues that are creating sticking points in your life?

Join award-winning photographer Catherine Just on this amazing photography workshop and women’s spiritual retreat. We’ll be relaxing for 4 days in a beautiful oceanfront home set along the stunning Oregon beach. As we observe and listen to the ocean – we’ll have the opportunity to delve deep into the heart of our own creative process.

Surrounded by the wild Oregon landscape, you’ll have unlimited potential for quiet image making and communion between yourself and nature. This merging between self and nature is experienced in the moment your being knows it’s time to click or take the picture.

This knowing is what we wish to experience time and time again – the mysterious space in time when we merge with spirit though the camera lens. By connecting deeply with the oneness of life, we have the profound desire to express our feelings on film.

Trip cost: $780.00- $1000.00 USD per person depending on room request, including breakfasts.

Details for Oregon here!

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Some great opportunities from Wayne Dyer & Hay House!

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~Waking Up~

Catherine Just

I am certain – absolutely, positively certain that when I am asleep I am suffering. I’m not talking about the dream time at night when it’s time for sleep. I’m talking about the awake time, the day time, the here and now time. For many years I didn’t know the difference between being “asleep” and being “awake”. But I can assure you there is a big difference and it makes a huge impact on how my day will go and how I will feel inside as a result of these two choices.

When I’m “asleep” I am on auto-pilot. I react to what other people are saying and doing. I take things personally. I am controlling and push things that I think need to happen into being. I feel fear, anxiety and overwhelm and I react in high gear. I have huge expectations of others around me and when they don’t do what I think they should do, I feel pain.

An example of this happened many years ago, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. When I was in college, I dated a guy who was so mysterious, talented, quiet, beautiful – you know the type, right? I mean, losing sleep over how gorgeous he was. Tripping over my words to impress him. Trying to wear the right things to catch his eye. Well, we dated for a short while and then one day he vanished. No call, no note, no nothing. I was panicked, heartbroken and in deep turmoil. I knew he was still around. He had been spotted at the coffee shop near my house where we all hung out. I kept calling and calling and still nothing. You know what nothing brings to me? Obsession. I took this so personally it affected me deeply.

Ten years later I had moved to Portland, Oregon and was spending time with some college friends who lived there as well. Guess who showed up? Yep. Him! He had just moved to Portland and neither of us knew that the other was there. Oh. My. God.

Catherine Just

He apologized for being aloof and not being able to tell me that he just wanted to be single. He said he didn’t know how to communicate back then and now he wanted to be friends. We started to go to art galleries together, dinner, movies, and just be really great friends. But then, he asked if we could date again. Against my gut, I agreed. It was really amazing and we had such a great time together. We had so many things in common and enjoyed each others’ company.

One day he went out of town for a business trip. I was so excited for his return. On the night he got back I went over to his place for dinner. Something was different. He was acting detached. He wasn’t really as connected as he was before he left. I had a flash in my mind that there was someone else. I asked him and he said no. But the night just felt odd. I went home and then…guess what happened? I didn’t hear from him. For weeks and weeks. Same scenario ten years later!!

I could have kicked myself. I was devastated. Crushed. Humiliated. In deep despair. I really wanted to be with him. Where was he? How could he do this to me? Again! I can still feel the anxiety and sadness come up as I type this. It was a very hard time for me.

It felt I had reached an emotional bottom. That deep dark place of suffering that seems and feels endless. What I notice for me is that it takes this type of pain to encourage change or to try something new. It takes this absolute crushed feeling to try something else. I needed to admit complete defeat.

Catherine Just

This place of defeat opened me up to willingness. It was the key for me to unlock the door of possibilities and for me to “wake up” and be aware to what I was creating. I started to look into spiritual practices from around the world to find whatever it was that was missing. Some resonated more for me than others. I dove into some full on and out of others quickly. The main thing I learned was that I had to take responsibility for my part of the scenario. I had to admit that I created my own suffering.

It wasn’t his fault. It wasn’t the other woman’s fault. It was mine. I chose to date someone that mirrored back to me how I felt about myself. I never really felt worthy of him. I didn’t believe in myself. I felt less than. He showed me exactly how I felt about myself. He wasn’t available. He was distant. He wasn’t able to value who I was because I didn’t value myself.

Once I took a good hard look at this and admitted my self-sabotaging beliefs around this I saw immediate relief. I had to believe and know with my entire being that I was valuable for my life to mirror back to me this same belief.

Today, 10 years later, my life shows me clearly how much my beliefs have shifted since that day I was willing to change. Awareness, Willingness, Honesty, and taking responsibility aren’t always easy! But the results of the inner process has made such an impact on every area of my life. Sometimes I fall back to sleep and when that pain comes up again I know I have tools and choices that make all the difference in my every day experience. And for that, I am grateful.

Blessings & love, Catherine

Catherine Just

Catherine Just combines her photography experience with her personal transformation from a raging drug addiction at the age of 18, to continuous sobriety for the past 24 years. Artistic expression was the biggest factor in Catherine’s recovery. It gave voice to stories that were hidden underneath layers of fear and doubt. Jumping into the creative process helped Catherine find a way to connect with the world around her and with the world within.

This shift that took place years ago gave her a world of unlimited possibilities. Catherine’s intention is to pay it forward to those who are seeking to live life in a more meaningful way. She encourages women to trust themselves, to create photographs that are infused with personal vision and to live life passionately. And most of all, she believes that we are all valuable beings and that our stories matter.

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Sedona Spiritual Journey

Goddess Healing Spiritual Retreat
Sedona, Arizona – LAST CHANCE!!!!
Trip Leader: Shanti Gilbert
April 29-May 4th, 2012


Big Sur California Artists Retreat

Explore & Express Your Authentic Artistic Vision
Big Sur, California – NEW!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
May 17-20th, 2012


Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Ayahuasca & Ayni in the Andes
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Dennis McKenna
June 2-9, 2012

Oregon Coast

Soul*Full Women’s Photography Retreat
Oregon Coast FILLING FAST!!
Trip Leader: Catherine Just
June 6-10th, 2012


The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Dharamsala, India
Trip Leader: Lisa Tully
June 5-21st, 2012


A Women’s Sacred Journey to Avalon
Sacred Britain
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal & Cameron Broughton
June 14-22nd, 2012


Isla Espiritu Santo

Sisterhood, Sand & Sun!
Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja, Mexico
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
July 1-7, 2012


Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Awaken in the Andes
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
August 19-27th, 2012


Spiritual Journey Peru Willka Tika

Journey to Machu Picchu – Authentic Spiritual & Cultural Wonders
Peru NEW!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
September 13–24, 2012

Equine Therapy

Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom
Tucson, AZ
Trip Leaders: Ezra Marrow, Briana Lorenz-Marrow & Judy Askins
Sept 19-23rd, 2012

Bali Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Empowerment! Female Entrepreneur Summit
Bali – NEW!
Trip Leader: Deborah Skye King
Sept 29-Oct 1st, 2012

Sedona Women's Yoga Retreat

The Awakening! a Women’s Intuition, Yoga & Life Mastery Retreat
Sedona, AZ NEW!
Trip Leaders: Kathy Knowles & Joy Kochmer
Sept 29-Oct 4th, 2012

Santorini, Greece

Inspire Your Creative Soul! (Painting Retreat)
Santorini, Greece – NEW – DATES COMING!
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 2012


Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.

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