The Carter Settlement is a way of life, a renaissance hearkening to the days of olde dedicated to furthering villages by encouraging adults and young folk to recall their zest for life.

The "Take Joy" movement is inspired by Tasha Tudor, Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingall's Wilder. The Carter Creation was inspired by physics and mystics, such as Neville Goddard and Florence Scovel Shinn.


Raquel has loved and collected materials to live and create a life worth living for many years now. She's journeyed through worn pages, discovering the undercurrents of a universe full of possibilities. The hearkening back to the days of olde is where she always felt a deeper resonance of living in the 1800s than any other place or time. She longed to live a life of dreamy romance where fairytales are made from spinning stories. Since childhood, Raquel spent her life living purely in imagination. She dreamt up a life of flagstone cottages, thatched roofs, chickens, flopsy bunnies and sheep. She thought what a wonder it would be to create an imaginary world where one could escape for a moment in time. How lovely would it be to take a carriage ride along dusty dirt roads? Raquel's dream is to create small gatherings of like-minded folks who enjoy the pursuits of days gone by. Every beautiful soul born strives to reveal what life is made of and attempt to unearth our purpose and the true meaning of our existence. However, we also face hardships and experiences that challenge the very essence of who we are as human beings. How will we give rise above lifes challenges? Are we tenacious enough to keep our dreams stirring within or falter in defeat when hit with catastrophe? Raquel has faced difficulties in life but remains deeply possessed with love for seeking joy. Raquel realised that as lovely and beautiful places are to visit, the advancement in human development must be approached from an internal foundational approach to mindset through understanding and comprehending how to alter the subconscious mind. The change for a human to reach their greatest godlike potential must come from the beliefs in the subconscious mind. The way a revolutionary change to humanity is to reprogram the mind; this can be done by following The Carter Creation program that Raquel developed herself through state akin sleep. 


In 2019 Raquel lost her middle son to a terrible travesty; he was brutally murdered at age 24. Raquel felt a deep compulsion to no longer put off fully living and knew instinctively that her therapy was to write as if her life depended on it. So in four hours, she wrote a dedicatory storybook about her son called The Tale of Sawyer Lamb. Two weeks after her sons passing, she founded The Carter Settlement, a 501 c3 non-profit organisation, to create a legacy for her son.

The Carter Settlement is a village for folks who align with an inherent knowledge of self and wish to enhance their wonderful human imagination through visual and magical experiences.


The Carter Settlement mission is to educate through transformation. If there is no established revolutionary change now, there will continue to be a lack in our children of latter years. Therefore, we must begin with a new determination of teaching classes and learning to connect with ourselves and our children. Another aspect of The Carter Settlement is inspiring and bridging like-minded folks through the magical world created by Author, Illustrator and lifestyle icon Raquel Carter. The Carter Settlement will be an English Victorian Countryside Village that enchants adults and young folks with their inherent spirit. One can visit The Carter Settlement to experience a celebration of life embellishment, focusing on well-being.

Raquel believes there are four primary areas in which The Carter Settlement Foundation must engage to accomplish its vision:

Mental, Physical, Social/Emotional, and Spiritual

Through workshops, social engagement, educational activities, events, and small gatherings, The Carter Settlement will broaden the universal truths and principles of the movement by beginning at the local grassroots level of her little one-horse towne, Brooksville, Florida. 


The Carter Settlement was founded in 2019 by Raquel. She received federal exempt status and was registered as a charitable non-profit organisation bequest in the United States of America two months after her son's passing. Raquel feels as though an organisation to preserve her legacy while still living is a fine accomplishment in celebrating her life, work and Taking Joy in the now. 

"Rabbits and gardens go together like springtime and rain showers, like seasides and merrymaids."~Raquel M Carter

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The Carter Settlement will be a replicated olde version of an English Victorian Countryside Village with themed cottages, a small church (a replicated schoolhouse/chapel from Little House on the Prairie) and a 'concrete' pond. Raquel intends on helping to conserve through agriculture farming by protecting the heritage breed (Florida Cracker) sheep, rabbits, chickens, flowering plants, vegetable and flower gardens. (To name a few of the classes to attend will consist of victorian baking, beekeeping, candlemaking, penmanship, merrymaid synchronised swimming, writing, sewing, music, self-improvement, self-sufficiency, mermaidology presentations, etc.) There will be small gatherings twice yearly and four large-special holiday events quarterly. In addition, Raquel will present her mermaidology workshops four times annually for women 18 and older. 

The village cottages represent characters and spots originating from Raquel's storybooks. 

One might delight in a visit to The Carter Mercantile, where you can purchase Raquel's published books and merchandise or stroll over to Scarlette Rose's Bakery and Tea Cottage and delight in a cuppa tea scrumptious savouries or confections. Along the way, you can waft through an excursion of Mr Sir Barbaric's Seaweed Garden or have a glimpse of where the young folks learn their swimming skills at Scarlette Rose Pond.

[The Carter Mercantile will be stocked with fibre storybook characters {made by the wool of the Florida Cracker sheep at the farm}, storybook themed tea sets, mermaid victorian household products, victorian clothing, bespoke victorian furniture, accoutrements {for the lifestyle of a landlocked victorian mermaid/merrymaids}, planner/agenda systems and logbooks.]


After her passing, Raquel bestows The Carter Settlement 501(c)(3) to the Preservation Conservancy of The State of Florida in the expectancy to continue the bequest.

"I dwell in optimism." Raquel M Carter

All ideas, concepts, and brand notions of The Carter Settlement and Mermaid Junkie Academy are Copyright and Registered ®© Trademarks 2014. *Mermaid Junkie Academy is a branch umbrellaed under The Carter Settlement.

[The above photos are mine; however, they are simply a visual idea of what The Carter Settlement will resemble upon completion.]