Rising Strong Retreat, Carlsbad, CA – September 30th – October 2nd, 2016

 Overwhelmed… Overworked… Disillusioned…

You Dared Greatly, You went all in  and…

Faceplanted. Failed. Fell short.

You went into your profession to help people. You have always been the mission-driven and compassionate one. A giver who is always there for others, you care about saving lives and making a difference. But it feels like no one is watching out for you, like no one cares for you.

You were going to change the world with your work as a professional, an entrepreneur, an artist…

You have always been the humanitarian, an altruist and idealist. But now you ask yourself “How did I get here?” This is not what you signed up for. You find yourself compassion-fatigued on the verge of burnout on a faster and faster treadmill of work, attempting to do more work in less and less time…

You know you deserve better but you can’t figure out how.

You feel betrayed, frustrated and stuck, knowing that you have spent your whole life training for this profession, building your business, finessing your craft. You have sacrificed relationships, well being and other beloved hobbies. You feel a disquiet in your soul – you are busier than ever but bored.

You have no time – too tired for real connection, exercise, real friendships or even hobbies. You find you can’t be your true self in friendships because others are either intimidated by your work or even worse, they expect you to always be the strong one and the helper so your friendships become non-reciprocal one way-streets. You have missed so many birthdays and weddings, you now feel isolated and alienated. And worse, it feels like you cannot be your true self.

You don’t have to throw it all away to enjoy your life.

We both know that you, as an altruist, deserve a safe space where you can heal, align, connect and thrive so you can be the compassionate, excellent and passionate about the work you do for others.

Imagine a place where you can really be vulnerable and authentic without fear of appearing weak, being taken advantage of.

You do not have to put on a mask or act tough because you feel your heart cannot take another heart-break. You don’t have to wonder if anyone really has your back or even truly cares.

If you are ready to dare again…

If you want to rise strong from failure…

If you crave fulfillment and alignment with your values and ideals …

If you want to feel like yourself again…

If it feels like you are living someone else’s life and you hardly recognize yourself anymore in this autopilot mode…

If you are tired of Perfectionism and ready to strive for excellence instead…

If you can’t remember the last time you felt truly alive, free, truly connected or filled with joy…

If you feel like a fraud knowing about healthy eating, exercising, friendships and wellness but you barely have time to hit the gym, you crave junk food because you are so stressed, you feel frustrated because you can’t hide anymore, you are sleep-deprived and your sex life is practically non-existent…

If you feel anxious, on edge, constantly catch yourself holding your breath and constantly have to remind yourself to breathe…

If you crave work-life balance or you want to commit to doing work that matters…

If you want the courage to live the life you really want…

… you have come to the right place.

Join us for a  Rising Strong Retreat, at the LaCosta Omni Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California. Home of the #1 spa in the USA and home of the Chopra Center.  Connect with a growing tribe of wholehearted idealists like you who value authenticity, creativity, compassion, connection, vulnerability, altruism, empathy and resilience.

You and 9 other wholehearted individuals  will step out of your autopilot life for a 3 day-intensive of laughter, insight, inspiration, rejuvenation as you explore and realign with your own values, connect and discover new friends and like-minded kindreds. You will dig deep into the Rising Strong ( Brene Brown’s work) curriculum on creativity, authenticity, connection, shame resilience. Your newly learned ideas, strategies and tools will equip you for a wholehearted life and will transform how you live, love, parent and lead. You will also come out feeling more empathetic, inspired, confident, self-compassionate and reconnected to your true self.

You can rewrite your own future.

My hero, Dr. Albert Schweitzer says “Grow into your ideals so that life will not rob you of them.” So what kind of life do you want? You can  live the life you really want – a vibrant life aligned with your ideals, connected to the ones you love, fulfilled and thriving in medicine, and making a positive impact in the world.

All of this in a positive, warm, safe space.

You will also have time to rest, move, create and rejuvenate, exercise, walk in nature revive with delicious food. You will also explore San Diego on a scavenger hunt!

You will also be added to our own private Wholehearted Idealists FB group where you can connect and share stories before and after the retreat!

The retreat fee is $ 997. If you sign up before August 15th  or invite a friend by August 31st, you will both receive a discount ($350 off). The retreat fee also covers a $250 non-refundable fee for mandatory screening consultation and deposit.

The screening consultation ensures the safety of participants by exploring individual needs and interests, assessing coping agreements, current emotional state and existing emotional support for the individuals interested in the retreat.

Your full retreat payment will also cover Breakfast and lunch each day, the full Rising Strong curriculum, workbook and supplies. A block of rooms will be available at a discount for participants.

Only a few spots left.
Day 1: (9am–4pm with one-hour lunch, Breakfast at 8am)
Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Clarity of Values
Session 3: Act I: The Reckoning
Session 4: Offloading Hurt
Session 5: Strategies for Reckoning with Emotion
Session 6: Act II: The Rumble
Session 7: Common Rumbling Themes
Session 8: Rumbling with Vulnerability

Day 2: (9am–4pm with one-hour lunch, Breakfast at 8am)
Session 9: Rumbling with Shame
Session 10: Rumbling with Living BIG
Session 11: Rumbling with Trust and BRAVING
Session 12: Rumbling with Grief and Forgiveness

Day 3: (9am–4pm with one-hour lunch, Breakfast at 8am)
Session 13: Rumbling with Anxiety Session
14: Rumbling with Criticism Session
15: The Delta
Session 16: Act III: The Revolution Session
17: Integrating and Creativity

You deserve to live aligned with your ideals. You deserve to thrive in all arenas of your life including medicine. You can fulfill your dream to make a positive impact in the world.

Excited? So are we! We can’t wait to meet you! Pay now and you will receive a schedule link for your screening consultation.


Learn more about my Daring way experience.

I am here to help you Live your ideals, thrive in your calling and positively change the world! See you soon!

Yvonne Whitelaw, MD, MPH
Coach, Facilitator and Advocate
Founder, Thriving Ideals
“Grow into your ideals so that life will not rob you of them. ” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Leave a Comment