Authentic Self Two Day Retreat

The Daring Way™& Relational Equine Assisted Learning 

June 1 - 2 in Lexington, Kentucky

What might happen if you step into the arena?

We step into the arena every time we choose to leave our comfort zone. It feels vulnerable. And it is brave. Your arena may be allowing trust in relationships, trying new experiences, facing fears, weathering life transitions, a new job, being an empty nester, finding yourself single, stepping into your truth.  Living as the woman you want to be means stepping through the gate and into the arena.

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What does it mean to walk through the gate?

Sure there are exciting parts--- but what keeps you from taking that first step?  Is there fear?  I’m not good enough… I don’t have the skills… I can’t do this. 

You create stories about what will happen if you step into the arena.  Those expectations or ‘what if’s’ can cause paralysis.  But ‘what if’ you let go of all that and just did it?

What if you gave yourself permission to not be in control, to not know all about the experience---to just let yourself show up and experience all there is to offer?

What if you gave yourself permission to look at how you keep yourself from stepping into a new experience?

How would you live your tomorrows if you knew that you were brave enough, wise enough, and strong enough to handle your chosen arena, to lay down for just a day the people pleasing, perfectionism, or wearing the mask of control?

Stepping into the arena means you get to show up and you're seen… in your life, your relationships, your world.

Are you willing to let go and risk the connection?  Connection with yourself and with other beings?

You are invited to gather with us for a two-day retreat on June 1st and 2nd in a beautiful space that is being created for you and other women who have given themselves permission to explore what it means to look at the arena with new eyes.  You will spend the day sharing space with other brave women and with a wonderful herd of horses engaging in non-mounted work looking at how we can move toward wholehearted living and exploring concepts of The Daring Way™.

A journey of self-reflection...beautiful, meaningful time and space to explore the question—How do I want to show up in the world and how can I begin?

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Retreat Details

Our day will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, June 1, 2018  in Lexington, Kentucky at a location that is to be determined. We are finalizing some details and that has to be done before we can legally release the location, but you are going to love it!. Snacks and lunch are included in the cost of the retreat. Co-facilitators are Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator with a private psychotherapy practice in Severna Park, Maryland, and Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW, an EAGALA and PATH certified psychotherapist and equine specialist practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. Participants will be introduced to concepts of The Daring Way™and we will use Equine Assisted Learning  to practice embodying those concepts. We will experience the felt sense of what it is like to show up and be seen. We are summoning up those pieces of ourselves that are longing to be heard if we get out of our own way.

We will connect through exploring who we are in the arena and with the help of the horses, the experiences will be carried forward into a new way to show up in those places of vulnerability. We will finish our day at 4 pm with intentions and practices we can take back into our day to day lives. No experience with horses is required or needed. We will not be riding or focusing on horsemanship. This event is about connecting without judgement in the moment.

What about you would be different if, for two days, you allowed yourself to step into a new experience? What if you lay down the masks and armor and step into the arena, trusting that you could learn something more about yourself in the span of 6 hours? Do you want to find out? 

Join us for this two-day retreat in Central Maryland and discover what is possible. The event is filling quickly and is limited to 8 participants. Will you be one of them?

Early Bird Price: $897 before April 15, 2018

Regular Price : $947 from April 16th to May 10th

Late Registration Price (if there is space available): $997 from May 11 to May 28th

Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each.
E-mail to get the coupon code.

Not sure if this retreat is right for you? This episode of Therapy Chat Podcast includes clips of past interviews between Laura and Charlotte, as well as clips of previous interviews with other therapists talking about the vulnerability of the creative process, "felt sense" and how emotions are experienced in the body. This may help you understand the kind of experience we are creating for you in this retreat. Click on the link below to listen.

FAQ's About Authentic Self Retreat:

What is this retreat about?  This is a daylong workshop for women weaving together experiential time spent with horses with an introduction to The Daring Way™, which is based on Brené Brown’s research on authenticity, courage, vulnerability, trust and boundaries. Click here for more information on The Daring Way™. This is a single day focusing on stepping into your best self and stepping into the actual arena while experiencing true connection and support.

Who is this for? This is for any woman who is willing to search within to find her most empowered self, to access trust in herself so she can develop trusting relationships with others, and who wants to know what it is like to embody authenticity and show up differently in the world. This is for you if you’ve wanted to feel the deep connection with another sentient being that comes from equine work, and you’ve wanted to learn more about applying Brené Brown’s books to your life. Horses accept you for exactly who you are, as you are, with no need to change. Can you do the same thing for yourself?

How many people will be attending? This event is limited to 8 participants, and the team of 2 Co-Facilitators and Equine Specialist.

Date: Friday, June 1st and Saturday June 2nd from 10am to 4pm.

Early Bird Rate: $897 if you sign up before April 15.

Regular Price: $947 if you sign up between April 16-May 10

Late Registration Price (if there is space available): $997 from May 11 to May 28th

Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each – e-mail for coupon code to receive this discount

Cost Includes:  The retreat experience, a beautiful lunch, snacks and beverages. Lodging is not included.

Is this Event Refundable?  We regret that we are unable to issue refunds. Please ensure that you are able to attend before registering.

Where: Lexington, KY on the grounds of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. 

What if I have never been around a horse?  Not a problem.  The day will involve exploring new experiences in a safe, supported environment with the team which includes you, Laura, Charlotte, Lisa and the horses.  We will not ask anything of the horses except to be with us in their space and it will be exciting!  There is no riding or horsemanship skills needed, just you showing up.

What are the themes of the day?  We will be exploring what it means for you to show up; recognize blocks to stepping up or out, and create new mind and body connections that support your new awareness of how you want to show up in your life. You will leave with new practices and intentions to use in your daily life.

What do I wear?  The only thing you need is closed toed shoes (tennis shoes are fine). You may wear anything that is comfortable and weather appropriate (we will be outside if the weather cooperates).  And that you don’t mind getting horse hair on.

Do I need to bring anything?  We will have everything you need for the day. You just need to bring yourself for a day of connection, support, fun, and awareness.

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Facilitators:  Laura Reagan LCSW-C & Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW


Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW

Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW

About Charlotte:

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in women’s issues and trauma informed equine assisted psychotherapy in Lexington, Kentucky. I am trained in EMDR and certified in Equine Assisted EMDR and through EAGALA, and PATH, International. I provide traditional integrative therapies and equine assisted learning and psychotherapy for groups and individuals. I offer consulting for therapists and equine professionals who are creating, refining, or who want to know how to create a trauma-informed relational model for equine work.



Join us in Lexington, Kentucky at a location to be determined. 

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

About Laura: 

I'm a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical in Maryland and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. I specialize in helping people who want to work through issues related to their families of origin using an integrative trauma therapy approach incorporating mindfulness, expressive arts, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® . I offer clinical consultation with therapists around the country and the world via phone or video and am the creator of the Therapy Chat Podcast.  I am a Maryland Board Approved and Registered Supervisor offering clinical supervision to LGSWs and LCSW-Cs.

Our Team:

Joining us for the day will be Lisa Swanson, an equine professional and part of our team in the arena.  Lisa Swanson is Equine Manager, Trainer, and Instructor at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, Kentucky.  Lisa has over 35 years experience in the equine industry with a strong background in Natural Horsemanship.  She combines her horse experience with the tenants of trauma informed care to facilitate programming focused on creating an environment of care for the horse. She is a certified Path, Int. ESMHL, and therapeutic riding instructor.

Lisa Swanson, Equine Specialist

Lisa Swanson, Equine Specialist