About Cara


Visionary artist Dr. Cara Barker has spent over 40 years to support the process of Post Traumatic Growth, helping literally thousands of individuals transform their secret suffering into greater strength. Learn about Cara’s journey and be reminded that the process of disappointment and loss doesn’t end with acceptance; the stage of acceptance simply prepares us for deeper connection and collaboration with what helps us thrive. Her work, for close to half a century, focuses on what she calls “the Way of Soul;” aligning life with what nourishes body and soul. Join in to explore and act upon unexpected opportunity to love and be loved to create fuller enjoyment of life.

Keynotes & Retreats:

If you are interested in having Dr. Barker for a Keynote address, and/or participating in a retreat, led here or abroad, please contact her here. An organizing sponsor for your private group retreat will need to handle enrollment and logistics. The fee is determined by whether you wish for a 3, 4, or 5 day experience. Each gathering includes meditation, mindfulness practice, rest, renewal, and creative generation. Only for those who are weary of the outer world noise, and yearn for greater vitality, joy, and awakening.


On October 22, 2016 in Kirkland WA. Cara hosted a retrospective art show entitled “Journey of the Soul at 70”. Check out the photos and an interview with Cara here.


On February 17, 2017 Cara was a special guest for Lourdes Viado, Ph.D, MFT on her podcast. You can listen by clicking here.


Dr. Barker recently released her latest book titled The Love Project: Coming Home 2012, University Press. Click the "Buy Now" button below to order your copy today. You can also find a number of her other books on Amazon.com, including World Weary Woman: Her Wound and Transformation and The Artist as Poet. Cara is also a featured writer in Saying Goodbye to Our Mothers for the Last Time, 2016. Lisa Hagen, publisher, and a featured writer for the Huffington Post, 5 years.