Authentic Therapist One Day Retreat

The Daring Way™& Relational Equine Assisted Learning 


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What might happen if you step into the arena?

When is the last time you allowed yourself to do something out of the ordinary that fed your soul?  That was just for you… not something to help you do the client work, not something that was labeled learning, or self-care, or growing your practice? 

What would it mean for you to take a day in the country for a retreat to explore pieces of your self where the dust has settled?  Places where you have shut down connection because of the pouring out of your gifts day after day.  Walk through the gate with us and let us hold space for you to just be, without expectation, without judgment or should’s or ought to’s and renew your self with strong, truth - using concepts from The Daring Way™.  Listen to your inner whisperings and allow those concepts to sink into a deep place as you connect with a herd of horses where you are accepted just as you are - no therapist hat, no professional expectations, only a space held just for this day to unfold as it will.  Think about the metaphor of the arena in a new perspective, in terms of where you are in your life, and where you want to be. Then actually step into an arena with other like-minded therapists, other sentient beings, an equine team and let go, explore, play, and ‘be’’ for a day. 

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.

We leave our comfort zones all the time to do the work we do.  We say the hard, brave thing to our clients, we ask them to do the vulnerable thing.  We reach out for referrals or put new offerings out for those who we know we can help. Each one of those is stepping into the arena.  It feels vulnerable. And it takes courage.

We almost get comfortable doing that in our businesses but what about for ourselves?  When was the last time you stepped into the arena only for yourself? To do something that was hard and brave, and vulnerable for you. 

Come play, laugh, explore and give yourself a gift of perspective. An opportunity to step into living as the woman you want to be by 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 one-day retreat on November 3, 2017 in a beautiful space that is being created for you and other therapists 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 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, November 3, 2017  at Willow Glen Farm in Davidsonville, MD. 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 judgment in the moment.

What about you would be different if for one day 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 8 hours? Do you want to find out? 

Join us for this one-day retreat at Willow Glen Farm in Davidsonville, MD and discover what is possible. The event is filling quickly and is limited to 8 participants - therapists only. Will you be one of them?

Early Bird Price: No Longer Available

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

Price: $597


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 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

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.

Unsure if this is for you? 

Listen to the Therapy Chat podcast episode below for a description of why we are offering this, with clips of Laura interviewing past guests about the benefits of experiential work for us as humans, and as therapists. You'll hear part of Laura's interview with Charlotte that sparked this whole idea! 


Join us at beautiful Willow Glen Farm in Davidsonville, MD. Out of town guests should plan to fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). Details will be sent to registrants one week before the event.

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 female therapist 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 (therapists only), and the team of 2 Co-Facilitators and Equine Specialist.

Date:  November 3, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm

Early Bird Price: No Longer Available

Cost: $597

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.

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

Where: At Willow Glen Farm in Davidsonville, MD.  Lodging information available upon request. 

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