Authentic Self Two Day Retreat

The Daring Way™& Relational Equine Assisted Learning Retreat For Women

October 5-6 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.

 Laura, Lisa and Charlotte at the 2017 1 Day Authentic Self Retreat in Maryland

Laura, Lisa and Charlotte at the 2017 1 Day Authentic Self Retreat in Maryland

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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 October 5th and 6th 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?

 Image copyright The Daring Way™.

Image copyright The Daring Way™.

Retreat Details

Our day will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, October 5, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky at the barn on the grounds of the beautiful Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Snacks and lunch are provided for in the cost of the retreat.

Co-facilitators are Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW, an EAGALA and PATH certified psychotherapist and equine specialist with a private practice at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, and Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator with a private psychotherapy practice in Severna Park, Maryland and the creator of Therapy Chat Podcast. Listen to Laura & Charlotte talk about this work on Therapy Chat here.

During this retreat Laura will take you through the curriculum of The Daring Way™ (based on the research of Brené Brown) and using Charlotte’s relational equine assisted model you will be able to practice embodying those concepts in real time with the herd and your horse partner. It is our intention that each participant will have one horse partner throughout the retreat, allowing the opportunity to practice developing trust and connection in relationship over 2 full days.

This retreat will create connection through exploring who we are in the arena and, with the help of the horses, you will experience the felt sense of what it is like to show up and be seen. You will be summoning up those pieces of yourself that are longing to be heard if you get out of your own way.

The retreat will end on Saturday, October 6 with intentions and practices we can take back into our day to day lives. This retreat does not require any experience with horses. We will not be riding or focusing on horsemanship. This event is about creating space to understand more about connection, relationships, vulnerability, and how you want to show up in your life. And the horses have so much to teach us.

What about you would be different if, for two days, you allowed yourself to step into a new experience? What if you laid down the masks and armor and stepped into the arena, trusting that you could learn something more about yourself in the span of 2 days? What if you left feeling more connected with your authentic self, more open to living your life in alignment with your values, knowing your dreams? Do you want to find out?

Join us for this two-day retreat in Central Kentucky and discover what is possible. The event is limited to 10 participants. Will you be one of them?

Registration: $997 until September 20, 2018!

2 Payment Option: 2 payments of $495

Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each.
2 friends registering together can each use coupon code AUTHENTIC18

FAQ's About Authentic Self Retreat:

What is this retreat about?  This is a two day workshop for women weaving together experiential time spent with horses with a deep dive into 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 two day retreat 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 10 participants, and the team of 2 Co-Facilitators and Equine Specialist.

Date: Friday, October 5th and Saturday October 6th from 10am to 4pm.

Registration Price (if there is space available): $997 from September 1 to September 20.

Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each –use coupon code AUTHENTIC18

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.


Our Team:

Joining us for the retreat 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.

 Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, CDWF

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, CDWF

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.

 Lisa Swanson, Equine Specialist

Lisa Swanson, Equine Specialist