Early Bird Pricing Ends January 11th – Save $101








Island Retreat February 1st-3rd

Like a spa retreat for the soul to rejuvenate and empower on Whidbey Island

Learn to fully show up in your life while experiencing the nourishment and beauty of Willow Pond Lodge on Whidbey Island.

Go after your deepest dreams and quiet your inner critic with a small group of soulful women…

In an experience you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.

On February 1st-3rd, be brave, lean into vulnerability, and rise to the challenges that come with living an intentional, empowered life.

We’ll learn how to live our own brave, daring life and rise from disappointment and loss with Brené Brown’s THE DARING WAY™ and RISING STRONG™.

We’ll be inspired to reach deep and discover our deepest desires.

We’ll discover what is holding us back from realizing our dreams.

We’ll do it all with a tribe of soulful women and conversations to bring clarity and depth to our lives… helping you reach your fullest potential.

“This weekend was magical- the beauty of the island, the commaraderie of others on a similar path the joy of learning and sharing our deepest truths. I will be forever grateful for this time that was truly about “me” getting in touch with “me” so I could be the better person I know has been inside waiting to emerge”

– 2016 participant

One glorious weekend in nature, by the water, with nothing to worry about but doing some of that deep, inner, transformative work you’ve been wanting to do.

Yes, an entire weekend in a Puget Sound island paradise to make deep change.

And we’ll have a blast doing it!

We’ll feast on the island’s finest healthy fare, soak in the outdoor hot tub, have time for quiet meditation and walks in the woods or nearby beaver pond… and even have the chance to practice our downward dogs with our own private yoga instructor.

You’ll go home fed from the inside out and have the opportunity to meet an amazing small group of women who share your dreams and can support you on the journey.

Together, we’ll help you…

Be confident in your vulnerability...

Cultivate the ability to show up and be seen. Vulnerability is at the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief and disappointment, but it’s also the birthplace of love, belonging, innovation, and creativity – the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Live bravely in the face of fear and failure...

Being willing to fail by knowing you can rise back up. Learn to turn toward the truth of our struggle and look it in the eye with self compassion and curiosity. When we deny our stories, they define us. When we run from struggle, we are never free.

Move from scarcity to abundance...

Become more daring by letting go of fear. People are tired of being afraid. The scarcity culture created by allowing fear and blame to run roughshod over our lives, communities, and organizations can only be transformed by individual acts of daring.

Choose courage over comfort or doubt...

We are all called to be brave. Answering that call means choosing courage over comfort, choosing what’s right over what’s easy, practicing our values rather than professing them, and leaning into our vulnerability.

“I loved the lessons but also the opportunity to do some writing on my own about my journey and the time to dig deep into my own story and write some new possible endings- I just never take the time for myself that I realize I need to operate from a place of authenticity.”

– 2016 participant

Imagine what your life could look like without the fears, doubts, and self-criticism keeping you down.

If you could rebound from failure more easily, or break through the fear of a new relationship, career, or adventure…

We can learn to break free of those old patterns of negativity and fear.

Dr. Brené Brown, world leading researcher into vulnerability and courage, outlines the process in The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™. Her TED talks (The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame) have been viewed by over 27 million people.

This island retreat brings all her groundbreaking research and processes of change together into one powerful weekend, along with the powerful work of Tara Mohr and Danielle La Porte to expand your possibilities and recognize your deepest desires.

An experience that is practical, hands-on, and community supported at every step. While also giving you the space to absorb, rejuvenate, and internalize everything you learn and experience.

“You’ll leave inspired to take the steps large or small in the direction of your dreams”

– 2016 participant

We all long for a life that resonates, energizes and contributes.

Join us so you can learn to experience that kind of soul-shining reality for yourself.
Learn how to listen to your inner mentor for guidance and quiet your inner critic.

Get inspired to go out and create a difference in your world that could be as small as your backyard…
Or as big as reaching for the moon and stars.

Find the path to your authentic life…

All at the tranquil retreat location at Willow Pond Lodge on Whidbey Island.

A cozy place surrounded by nature and solitude – perfect for a weekend of rejuvenation, recharging, and launching yourself into a new phase in your life.

You’ll be staying in a 50-acre estate with private ponds teeming with birdlife and splendid easterly views overlooking Puget Sound’s Saratoga Passage with Mt. Baker in the distance.

Located on central Whidbey Island (1.5 hours northwest of Seattle by car and ferry) near restaurants, shopping and island activities.

You’ll have time to experience this island paradise on your own or enjoy more with your newfound tribe and the bonding that’s sure to blossom!

What’s Included:

All food is included…

  • Dinner Friday night
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Saturday
  • Breakfast on Sunday

Dorm style with 4-6 per room – check in at 4pm on Friday

All materials and worksheets

Plus Yoga on Saturday and Sunday mornings

“We took time to discover what was holding us back – whether that was an inner critical voice, the fear of the unknown or the “what if’s” of facing a fall – and turned them into powerful mantras to answer those inner demons.”

– 2016 participant

Early Bird Pricing Until
January 11th

Don’t miss your chance to save $101








Living Brave – Island Retreat
Weekend of February 1st-3rd, 2019

Discover how to Live Brave in this idyllic, contemplative setting on Whidbey Island! Sessions will include videos, exercises and time for contemplation about where you want to show up be seen, and live brave in your life.

Willows Pond Lodge – Whidbey Island

live-brave-logo LIVING BRAVE IS A UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE created to explore what it means to fully show up in our lives – to be brave, to lean into vulnerability and to rumble with the challenges that come with LIVING AN AUTHENTIC LIFE.

“As I look back on what I’ve learned about shame, gender, and worthiness, the greatest lesson is this: If we’re going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of what we’re supposed to be is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”   ― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead




Facilitatied By:

Cynthia Benge, MSW-LMHC opt-in-photo-revAs a veteran therapist with over 25 years experience, I am committed to helping clients free themselves from the paralyzing affects of shame and the limiting beliefs that hold them back. A professional communicator with a genuine warmth and ability to make authentic connections, I create a safe container for people to be vulnerable enough to explore their own truths.

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Live the life you’ve always wanted. Live BRAVE!

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