Brene Brown's The Daring Way™ Retreat and Workshop

Sunday 28th April - Friday 3rd May 2019
Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

When social work academic Dr. Brene Brown set out to research what creates belonging and connection, she wasn’t expecting to hear hundreds of stories about disconnection, or to have to spend years grappling to make sense of shame, fear, worthiness and vulnerability!  Her eventual findings around what distinguishes those people who are able to navigate the vulnerability of being human with more joy, connection and wholeheartedness, led to her own personal “breakdown” and transformation, shared in her best-selling book Daring Greatly, How the Courage to be vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent & Lead, and in what has become one of the most watched and inspiring TED talks ever recorded “The Power of Vulnerability” [click here to listen]

This unique retreat presents these findings and provides The Daring Way™ workshop in a practical, enjoyable and experiential format.  We will explore the universal human need for love and belonging, and what typically gets in the way.  The workshop is designed to support participants in learning – in Brene’s language – how to show up, be seen, and dare to risk vulnerability in order to live braver, more authentic and joyful, lives. The focus is on developing shame resilience, and practicing the “gifts” that support wholehearted living - gratitude, joy, self-compassion, creativity, play, rest, authenticity, calm, meaning and laughter.  

In my own life as a partner, mother of three teenage daughters, therapist and mindfulness practitioner, 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.  As much as I loved her books and talks, however, I agree with Brene that like mindfulness, it is only when the theory becomes integrated into practice and our daily lives in practical ways, that it has the power to transform. This is what motivated my decision to become a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator and to share this work with others, using practices from Mindfulness, Compassion and Positive Neuroplasticity to further complement and consolidate this ground-breaking research.

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Normally an 8-week or intensive 2-day training, in this Sunday-Friday  retreat format participants will have much more time and space to integrate the learnings, alternating with periods of meditation, journaling, walking, free time, resting and some silence, all the while immersed in the stunning and healing natural beauty of Wilson’s Promontory.  A typical daily format will be:

7:15-8:30 – Walking/Moving practice on the beach / meditation
8:30-9:30am – Breakfast
9:30 – 1pm– Daring Way session and meditation
1 – 4pm – Lunch, followed by Walking one of the beautiful Prom trails, beaches or free time
4-5:30pm  – Daring Way session & relaxation
5:30-6:30 pm –  Walking / Free Time
6:30- 7:30 - Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 - Writing, Discussion, Relaxation



Sunday 29th April (check in from 4pm) - Friday 4th May (finishing by 12 noon)
George Robinson Lodge, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria 


(please enquire if you would like to pay in instalments)

Included in cost: 
- Accommodation in shared bedrooms
- All meals provided
- Training materials including your choice of Daring Greatly or The Gifts of Imperfection plus Daring Way workbook


To secure your place please fill in the booking form above and finalise your payment. 

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


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.  Unfortunately no refunds can be provided for withdrawals or cancellations less than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of this event.