RETURN TO ESSENCE
Seven Stages in a Woman’s Spiritual Path

Text by Linda Carroll
Written for women of all ages who long for deeper meaning in their lives, Return To Essence provides an original, serious, and elegant explanation of the spiritual journey.

Book estimated release date: Fall 2008

About the Book
This is a beautiful and important book that offers women affirmation for the spiritual process of reconnection with the “essence” that is their true life’s work.

The book’s introductory section, “The Spiritual Connection,” discusses the nature of the human spiritual search.

In the second section, “The Path,” Linda takes the reader through the seven stages of spiritual growth, a universal system encompassing all facets of women’s spiritual dimension.

They are:
• Forgetting
• Remembering
• Exploring
• Practicing
• Shadows on the Path
• Reclaiming
• Acceptance

About the Seven Stages
Return To Essence and the seven stages took shape when Linda Carroll, Karen Ruckman and Ann Ladd traveled to Asia in 2000. They imagined Return To Essence to be about the outward journey, such as the one they were experiencing at the sacred sites of Indonesia, Thailand and India, and the inward journey that they individually and collectively experienced as spiritual seekers. 

About the Authors
Linda Carroll, M.S., LPC, LMPT, is a marriage and family psychotherapist from Corvallis, Oregon. She leads women’s groups throughout the United States and abroad. She has studied with some of the great spiritual teachers of our time including Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Hal and Sidra Stone, Ph.D., Dr. Stan Grof, MD, and Jeremy Taylor. Her memoir, Her Mother’s Daughter, was published by Doubleday in January 2006. Linda is the daughter of writer Paula Fox. Fox’s recent memoir, Borrowed Finery, revealed the story of the daughter whom Fox was forced to give up for adoption. They were reunited as a result of Linda’s search for her birthmother. During her lifelong work as a therapist, Linda has helped many women in their search for a sense of completion. She draws on her own life’s story and those of other women in the writing of the book.

Karen Ruckman is a photographer living in Washington, DC. Aside from photographing politicians, Nobel prizewinners, and celebrities, she has taught photography to marginalized groups. A recent project took her to Northern Ireland, where she photographed children against a backdrop of terrorism. She is currently working on a book and documentary about her prison photography workshops. Karen has traveled extensively photographing from nature, and documenting women in diverse cultures. Her Essence Journey images move the reader through the seven stages while reflecting the multifaceted quality of the feminine spirit.

Ann Ladd, Ph.D., LCSW, lives in Pueblo, Colorado. She combines her early training as a physical therapist with her psychotherapy training and experience in Gestalt, Transpersonal Psychology, and the Casriel Bodypsychotherapy Process to create safe, deeply healing experiences. She has worked with couples across the United States and Canada, most recently at Esalen. Along with Linda, she designs and leads transformative retreats and workshops for women that bridge the psychological healing to an exploration of the spirit.

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