Rising Strong™ Retreat – August 2020


                                              Wholehearted Women — Rising Strong™                                                                                  Wiawaka Center for Women                                                                                                            August 21-23, 2020                                                                                                                 “Show up, be seen, live brave”™

Please read this entire page before registering for this retreat. If you question whether this is a good fit for you, please email your questions and concerns and I will do my best to respond within 48 hours. catelabarre@gmail.com 

Covid-19 Update: Our retreat location is planning to be open during these difficult days of pandemic. Special accommodations for the safety of guests and staff are in place. We have reduced the number of participants for this event to meet guidelines of physical distancing. We are close to filling the workshop. 

Join us for Rising Strong™, an experiential program based on Brené Brown’s research on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.

As Brené Brown shares in her book, Rising Strong: “When we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The Rising Strong™ process is about what it takes to get back up.  Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life. The Rising Strong™ process can transform how you tell your stories of struggle, most importantly, the stories you tell yourself.”

Whether your “story” involves perfectionism, a health condition, difficult relationships, or a specific challenge that has been holding you back, this group may be for you. Engage in the “reckoning, rumble, and revolution™” of the Rising Strong™ process for overcoming failures, mistakes and downfalls. Learn how getting curious about your story and rumble with the emotions that keep your story in place, so that you can write a daring new ending.

Through education (including videos from Brené Brown), discussion, creative exercises, and connecting with our small group, together we will:

  • Understand that we all create stories to make sense of our lives
  • Get curious about the emotions of our stories of struggle
  • Explore ways we and others offload hurt and how it impacts relationships and choices
  • Notice the ways our bodies respond when difficult emotions “hook” us
  • Share daily practices for managing stress and improving emotional well-being
  • Identify key learnings about who we are and how we engage with others
  • Write a daring new ending to our stories of struggle
  • Leave our time together ready to show up more fully in our lives

It is recommended that you read Rising Strong, by Brené Brown, to prepare for this series.

Facilitators: Cate LaBarre and Barbie Dallmann. Both are trained, certified, and licensed to offer curricula and exclusive materials based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. (They are Certified Daring Way™ Facilitators – Life Coaches and Certified Master Integrative Coach Professionals) Cate and Barbie bring the wealth of  more than three decades of (combined) experience in supporting individuals and facilitating groups who wish to live more fulfilling, joy-filled lives. NOTE CHANGE: Cate will be facilitating solo. Barbie’s travel by air is not advisable at this time. 

Meet your facilitator: Cate on You Tube

About Dr. Brené Brown:

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of ImperfectionDaring GreatlyRising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

And also on TED, Listening to Shame: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame

And the Netflix special — Link: A Call to Courage

Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

Our workshop location is on beautiful Lake George at Wiawaka Center for Women 

lake view

Our workshop will meet in the screened common room in Lake House (pictured below), where all retreat participants will have a private room.

lake house

Workshop Hours: Friday 1 PM – 5 PM; Saturday 9 AM – Noon, 2 PM – 6 PM; Sunday 9 AM – Noon. Please anticipate  added evening sessions and/or overnight assignments.


Wiawaka is open to WOMEN ONLY for the month of August. Read options before selecting.

Workshop size is limited. We expect it will fill quickly.

To request a payment plan, please send me an email. Please note that full payment for your workshop or all-inclusive retreat is due no later than June 30, 2020. If you prefer to pay by check, send me an email.


Early Bird Weekend Retreat Package EXTENDED THROUGH JULY 15: Includes 2 nights lodging in Lake House and meals, Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast – $675. (This is a$780 value if purchased separately.)  Please see both options. Second option includes lunch on arrival at Wiawaka Friday Noon for an extra $15! You are welcome to bring your lunch to enjoy before we meet at 1 PM. 


Rising Strong™ Retreat, August 21-23, 2020, Early Bird

All inclusive package, 2 nights lodging and meals — Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. By making this payment you agree to cancellation policy posted on the website.



Rising Strong™ Retreat, August 21-23, 2020, Early Bird WITH FRIDAY LUNCH

All inclusive package, 2 nights lodging and meals – Friday LUNCH (served at Noon) through Sunday breakfast. By making this payment you agree to cancellation policy posted on the website.



Early Bird Workshop Only by June 30: Includes lunch on Saturday — $475

We apologize. For safety reasons, we will not be accepting day participants.


Weekend Retreat Package, July 1 or later: Includes 2 nights lodging in Lake House and meals, Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast – $775. (This is a $880 value if purchased separately.)

Workshop Only, July 1 or later:  Includes lunch on Saturday: — $575 No longer available.

**Cancellation Policy: By April 30, 2020 – full refund*. May 1 – June 30, 2020 – investment less $50 processing fee*. July 1, 2020 or later – no refund. Your full investment may be applied to private coaching services (by phone) with Cate.

If this workshop is cancelled by the facilitator or Wiawaka for any reason, your full investment will be refunded.

*ALL REFUNDS for your cancellation will reflect PayPal fees, if applicable.

Please feel free to email me with questions and concerns. You will receive a confirming email acknowledging your registration.  catelabarre@gmail.com