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Ceramic Sculpture: Pedestal Series. Ronda LaRue

Ronda LaRue, M.S.

Social-Psychologist/Commentary Artist-Writer/Mentor/Special Events Host

SoulArts Sanctuary Private Retreat * Integrated Life Vision  * Special Events Collaboration 

Ashland, Oregon


Second Half of Life Holistic Revitalization
& Applied Purpose
for Soul-Driven Artists' at Heart*

Summoning those in the second half of life who (even if you're feeling lost) have an earnest feeling of desire (a dream or a calling) to create and offer something of your life experiences, wisdom, light and richness of spirit to our world as this next stage in your life.


Stepping in might look something like: composing music, doing standup comedy, creating a body of art work, authoring a children's book, starting up a spiritual retreat center, creating a new app for healing, offering a consulting business for working women; helping a non-profit as grant writer, building a community organization to serve the underprivileged, starting a program in a library that instead of checking out books you connect with another stranger and sit and share life stories and lessons, creating a traveling circus that goes into old folks homes with rescue hamsters....:)


Adlib a playful moment with me here! ....What-ja-got?  


What life-passion speaks to your heart and soul in this moment?

What makes you smile and feel more alive just for imagining accomplishing and sharing it?...


Take a look at our society today!  

Most beings will exist day to day; share some joys and sorrows; some dreams and losses ...and yet die never having truly known how to find true wholeness by merging the entirety of our life experiences (the "good, the bad, and the ugly" - ALL OF IT)  into the insights and gifts and art that these unique experiences have to share with others...-if we but find the courage and willingness and assistance to embrace the fierce fire of our own life's creative pathways of purpose as we grow older!

If you are at the second half of life (as am I), I am certain that you have a boatload of experiences (good and bad; some great and some horrible too)!  None of us gets out of here alive (as the saying goes...)

A lot REALLY heats up for us in our early 40's and Beyond... So get ready! (Or climb aboard now if you are already well past that early age-stage...) There is something specific calling for you and each one of us to become at each next phase of our adulthood...

What will your life stand for? Maybe you know and are in love with what you share. Maybe you sense a calling to offer something new and only now ready from a life time of experience...

Having spent over half of my life experiencing my share of good, bad, ugly; some serous traumas and mistreatments; some sad failures; some hard addictions; some stupid behaviors; some wild moments; and a lot of social-psychology and spiritual study into the human psyche; the ancient and perennial wisdom healing traditions and philosophy; conventional religion; the new "religion": dysfunctional media narcissism etc., what I know to be true at this age/stage of life and with every single bit of my own star-and-chain-studded life experiences is this:  We are meant to "pull it together"


Not in "stiff upper lip" pull it together, but rather in staying awake to our experiences, turning from time to time to see what each experience and our way of handling it has to teach us so that we may grow more true and more whole and more open in the courage to stay awake and look... And then, to create something from that conscious reflecting. This is known as WISDOM.  That's what wisdom is and where it comes from.

In the end: Life is not about what we do - or did; miss - or missed out on; succeeded in - or royally f@%#'d up; not about the car we own; the place we live; how much we do -or do not have in the bank; how many Instagram followers we have; how many likes we get; not what our under-informed-over advertised political beliefs are - or are not either! Far far from all these things taking up our attention...


Far as I can see and say at this age and stage of understudy to life purpose, it is about:


How awake/aware (aka conscious aka mindful) we each individually entrain ourselves. To become mindful we have to introspect as well as enter into and get to know stillness. We have to also learn what I call "the SoulArts" of letting go of the thinking mind in order to drop into a co-creative art with the unknown - and from that create and share and be...  

From discovering (I call it "ReMembering) how to enter into this soul-aware spaciousness, and bringing with you ALL the life experiences that have made you uniquely YOU, will your genius and life purpose naturally show up! 

To offer your talents, experiences and wisdom in the second half of life requires an open-hearted, vulnerably-magnificent willingness to "deny no-thing" and bring this one life of yours into service to the human, animal, mineral, planetary, cosmic, and spiritual energetic - by way of your true voice standing clearly and in the midst of all you've seen and done - and offering something of Essence (aka Truth; aka Love; aka Spirit).

...AND SO, YOU SEE? Only in conscious awareness (and often only in retrospect) may we start to pull the disparate threads of our lives together into a new meaning and direction; one that joins life in an increasingly holistic (and exceptionally more poignant) way!

Living as Art is a practice and an Energetic Doorway: It offers something essential that, had I found earlier myself, would have saved many decades of my learning the hard way and hurting myself and others along the way. I imagine if you're reading this, you can feel some of this tugging frustration as well.​​


What a miracle it is when all of ones life-experiences (both the "good" - and especially the "bad") weave together into a creatively-inspired wisdom that ripples and expands to help others find their own gifts. Please take advantage of my life to help you step more fully into yours.​


...Today, I am equipped to share and help those who feel a synergy and a calling to work with me.  Not to learn "my way", but to gain my help in leading you into the corridors of art and inner listening... And then (should you like), to utilize my decades of business/marketing experience to help guide you in crafting your vision into a working reality via a strategic business/marketing plan; identifying needed tools and resources; developing logo, slogan, messaging, web presence and social networking etc.


It has become my path and life-gift at this stage in life to help others to uncover, honor, integrate and offer up their unique life-gift. 

May your Life show you what it is ready to be set free into the supreme magic of artistry with life and in service to soul.

Welcome to The One Essential Journey.   It's a "hum-dinger" of a ride, that's for sure...



Lots of information on this website. Use it all to find what is ready to stir your curiosity, open your pathway to new wholeness and synergy, and to realize how the wounds and struggles in life reveal your unique genius and path in this world. ​

*NOTE: Previously CENTER FOR SOULARTS, Ojai,California.  

We have moved to spectacular Ashland, Oregon!

I am excited about offering to those who feel aligned, the opportunity to combine a very powerful SoulArts inner depth process of self-awakening and soul-work within a new and larger plan to help you encompass and weave the soul-ground into a specific purpose, project and plan you will create and "put out there" at this wonderful (and often confronting) second stage of life!  

Here's to US! ...And to our elder-vibrant-gifts & dreams - given!


This website, and my significant body of lifework is in the process of new integration.

You will still see my formerly popular private and couples retreat offerings, although they will be reshaping as I "catch up with myself" and all that has evolved in my own spirit since selling my retreat home in Ojai California and embarking on a 3 year personal depth process that has led us to this wonderful new home and retreat!


I am very intrigued by the emerging changes and in the evolving readiness and calling I am feeling now to bring my full set of life skills -especially my 40+ years as a strategic research & marketing business consultant into my 20+ year work as spiritual teacher/guide.

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