February 28th- March 1st, 2020




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.

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.

A Powerful Experience for Those Who Attend…

“I greatly appreciate the space that Cynthia created for each of us to share our stories whenever we were ready to do so with no pressure, just encouragement. She adapted the schedule as we needed and made sure we were all heard and supported”

“This weekend was profoundly meaningful! Cynthia creates a connecting, safe learning environment where we were all free to explore big aspects of our lives, inviting positive growth and change toward developing our best selves. We were so well cared for, from the food, to the location, to the programming- every detail was so well thought out and contributed to a regenerating and re-fueling retreat weekend!

“I loved the food, the art project, the community, the yoga and the lodge!! All first class!! And of course hearing from Brené made it all perfect!”

“This was a lovely weekend with smart and emotionally intelligent women. I felt like it gave me a start to redefine my life and give voice to my feelings which I’m not always comfortable with. I came away with the courage to go deeper”

“For every session Cynthia had great bits of wisdom that made the material come alive and really resonated with me this weekend! Fabulous!”

“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.”

– 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 experience 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”

– 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 life of significance…

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

Accomodations… 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 following my own path or the “what if’s” going through my head… and turned them into powerful mantras.”

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“It has been easier for me to be compassionate with myself, partly because I am more aware when I am not being kind inside.

And the workshop was very warm, very accepting. Lots of safe interaction with other participants. Plenty of chances to see how things apply to me.

I was a little surprised at how similar our ways of being critical of ourselves are!”

Stacy, Seattle

“My experience was amazing! The principles were profound and well founded.

The biggest impact it has had on my life was how I deepened the relationship with my daughter and revealed some deep challenges that paved the way for healing.

One of my more surprising insights was discovering in myself that something has to die in order to forgive. And as a result, it allowed me to more deeply forgive my father.”

Holly, Seattle


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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