Schedule of Events
Carolyn is writing and traveling more and doing fewer events. When she schedules an event, it will be posted on this page and she will also note it on her FaceBook Page.
“You are a good teacher, no a great teacher. I found our walks to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the weekend.”
— James Lasker, MD, Life Beyond
Cancer Retreat, Miraval
“All I can say is ‘Wow.’ Carolyn has a real gift and we're lucky to have found her.”
— Trish Martin, Director at the
The Golden Door Resort,
My concept of walking meditation took a whole new direction in your Spirited Walker® classes. Thank you so much for the tools, the humor and the gentle encouragement that have expanded my awareness and my enjoyment as I walk.”
— Barbara Cohen,
Fort Collins, CO“
“I cannot thank you enough for the feeling of hope and happiness that you gave me. Your training has meant a great deal to me and I think it has caused me to make better decisions about my life. That sounds pretty extreme, but it is really true.”
— Spirited Walker Week
participant, The Golden Door
For ten years, she led walks at Life Beyond Cancer retreats for cancer patients and oncology nurses at Miraval Resort in Tucson. She has been a guest presenter at Rancho la Puerto resort in Tecate, Mexico and Canyon Ranch Resort in Tucson.
CURE Magazine’s National Forums for cancer patients and survivors carried her to conferences in Dallas, San Diego, Washington DC, and Denver to deliver workshops. She has inspired listeners with keynote presentations at healing retreats, medical centers, and church gatherings.
As a resource on walking for body, mind, and spirit, she has been cited in publications including SELF Magazine, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, CURE, HEALTH, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Portland Oregonian, and Bottom Line. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, Hemispheres, GEO, Modern Maturity, The Lutheran, and numerous newspapers.
Most recently, her philosophy of “make the choices that you can” has drawn her into an exploration of aging—a time of physical, emotional and professional changes that can bring limits and loss. Still, there are choices we can make, as Carolyn reminds readers of her blog and monthly “Not the Retiring Type” column published in The Register-Guard newspaper.
Make a Choice, Make a Difference
Fifteen years ago, during Carolyn’s treatment for breast cancer, she was filmed for a PBS television special “Living with Cancer: Finding the Strength Within.”
When an interviewer asked what she had found most difficult about living with a cancer diagnosis, Carolyn paused before responding. “The most difficult thing? I guess it’s the loss of a sense of control. Still, I try to live with intention. Even when a lot of choices seem to have been taken from me, I make the choices that I can.”
That philosophy continues to underwrite Carolyn’s approach to life, to fitness, and to the changes that accompany normal aging. It’s an attitude of empowerment that has accompanied her on walks, talks, and writing projects.
At the Golden Door resort in Escondido, CA, she has shared her approach as a featured presenter for more than a decade of Spirited Walker weeks.
First Congregational Church
Eugene, OR, 2015
Speaker: Riding the Age Wave
Central Lutheran Church
Eugene, OR 2014
Speaker: Don’t Fear Change
California Pacific Medical Center
Pacific Campus, San Francisco,
Roadmap to Survivorship Conference
Life Beyond Cancer Retreat
Miraval Resort, Tucson, 2002-2009
Lakeway Resort, Austin, 2010-2011
Golden Door Resort
Guest Presenter, Spirited Walker® Weeks, 2001-2013
Changing Course Week with Gail Sheehy, 2011
Northwest Regional Women’s
United Church of Christ
Keynote Speaker & Walking Workshop
Kah-Nee-Tah Resort, 2010
St Tammany Parish Hospital
Keynote and Walks that Heal Workshop
Covington, LA, Nov 2008
CURE National Forum for Cancer
Survivors and Supporters
Dallas, Washington DC, Denver, San
Rancho la Puerta Resort
Tecate, MX – Spirited Walker® Week, 2004-2006