Brené Brown's Rising Strong Retreat and Workshop

Monday 11th November - Saturday 16th November 2019
Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park, Victoria

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Please Note, this retreat has one place left for a male participant (for twin share room). If you are female and would like to Register for a wait list in the event of a cancellation, please complete the booking form without payment. Or check out the details for the May 2020 Daring Way Retreat at Wilsons Promontory.

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I was looking forward to this retreat. I knew it would be good. But it was a hundred times more than “good!” The world has shifted for me in some way. The notions of responding versus reacting; of the loving power of meditation; of vulnerability and courage walking hand in hand; of daring to step into the arena ... is all beginning to make profound sense to me. …Thank you, Maggie, for all the hours of dedication you have given to bringing yourself to this point in your life when you are able to give such transformative gifts to others. I am quite literally filled to the brim with gratitude at this time, a major crossroad in my life.
— Ros Hart, Daring Way Retreat participant, 2019

Join us this Spring for the inaugural six-day Brene Brown Rising Strong Workshop and Retreat at in the beautiful Gariwerd (Grampians) National Park in Victoria. This offering combines Brown’s Rising Strong workshop curriculum (different but complementary to The Daring Way), together with daily yoga, mindfulness meditation, guided relaxation and deep rest, afternoon hikes in the stunning National Park, periods of silence, and delicious food and sharing around the table.  

We will commence with a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony in the tranquil paddocks surrounding this beautifully designed property, set on 50-acres with bush and mountain views and typically dotted with lazy mobs of emus and kangaroos. We will greet each morning with a gentle outdoor yoga/movement session, then hot breakfast, morning workshop, lunch, guided deep rest and relaxation session, and a hike in the nearby mountains, followed by a pre-dinner chai or aperitif around the outdoor fire-pit. In the 5-night/6-day format, there is more time to really integrate the experiential learning that Brene is passionate about and which “fits” so closely with all the understandings from the world of mindfulness. In this way, we move from theory to actually taking up and integrating practices that really make a difference to the quality of our lives and relationships.

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Rising Strong is about exploring – and potentially re-writing – the stories that we live by, often largely out of our conscious awareness. At its core is emotional intelligence, including specific strategies and steps for grappling with challenges and picking ourselves up again when we experience the inevitable losses, set-backs, failures, or cross-roads that are bound to occur when we truly dare to live and love wholeheartedly.

In my own life as a partner, mother of three daughters, Couples Therapist, and mindfulness practitioner and teacher, I have found Brene’s work to strike a deep chord especially in helping to understand and work more constructively with the fears that can keep us playing life safe, but small. I love her books and TED talks however I agree with Brene herself that, like mindfulness, it is only when the theory becomes integrated into our daily lives in practical ways, that it has the power to transform.


A typical daily format will be:
7:30-8:30 – Greeting the sunrise with outdoor Yoga/Movement practice  
8:30-9:30am – Hot Breakfast
9:30 – 1pm– Rising Strong Workshop Session
1 – 2 pm – Lunch
2 – 3pm - Guided Deep Rest & Relaxation
3-5:30pm  – Walking one of the beautiful National Park trails near Halls Gap (Or free time).
5:30-6:30 pm – Free Time or Quiet Chai/Aperitif around the fire-pit
6:30- 7:30 - Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 – Short Meditation / Discussion

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Monday 11th November (check in from 2pm) – Saturday 16th November (finishing by 12 noon)

Eagle Wings Rise, Victoria (a few kms before Halls Gap if you are approaching from Ararat)

N.b. For those wishing to extend a vacation break, the retreat finishes on the day of the annual Dunkeld Races, approximately 1 hour further South & also home to the 2-hatted Wickens Restaurant, part of the renowned Dunkeld Mail Hotel



Earlybird Twin Share (paid in full before 1st September 2019): $1599
Full Fee Twin Share (after 1st September 2019): $1699
Deposit to hold your place: $599
Single Room (limited availability): $2499
(Payment by 3 x Instalments of $566 is also possible)

Included in cost
Accommodation in twin-share bedrooms in the beautiful Eagle Wings Rise retreat centre
(rated 5-star on the website)
All delicious and nutritious meals
Training materials including Brene Brown’s Rising Strong book and workbook


To secure your place, please submit the Registration form online and deposit.

Direct deposit details:
Account name: Margaret O'Shea
BSB: 633000
Account number: 145643953


Photos: Eagle Wings Rise

Photos: Eagle Wings Rise


Refund Policy for this retreat
A full refund (minus an admin fee of $120) is available for this retreat up to one month prior to the commencement of retreat, providing your spot can be filled. Unfortunately no refunds can be provided for withdrawals or cancellations less than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of this event.

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