Rising Strong Retreat, Carlsbad, North San Diego, Jan 7 -10, 2019

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Overwhelmed… Overworked… Disillusioned…

You had a Dream. You Dared Greatly. You went all in.


Faceplanted. Failed. Fell short.

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

You were going to change the world as a professional, an entrepreneur, an artist, a mom…

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 and disillusioned on the verge of burnout on a faster and faster treadmill of work, attempting to do more work in less and less time…

Then Life blindsides you.

Failure. Bankruptcy. Divorce. Layoff. Death. Natural Disaster.

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 your profession, building your family, building your business, finessing your craft. But the struggle is real. You have sacrificed relationships, well being and other beloved hobbies for this path. Now you are not sure how to continue.

You want to rise strong but you are overwhelmed. You feel a disquiet in your soul but too tired to do anything about it. 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 expect you to always be the strong one and the helper so your friendships become non-reciprocal one way-streets.

You wonder what’s the point of this path if such pain and suffering are even worth the dreams you hold dear.

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

You, as an altruist, helper, do-gooder and idealist deserve a safe space where you can heal, align, connect and thrive so you can be compassionate, excellent and passionate about your life and your mission in the world.

Imagine a place where you can really be vulnerable and authentic without fear of appearing weak, being exploited or dismissed as unrealistic.

You do not have to put on a mask or act tough to hide your heartbreak. 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 it feels like you are living someone else’s life and hardly recognize yourself 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 crave fulfillment, work-life harmony or you want to commit to doing work that matters…

If you want the courage to live the life you really want aligned with your values and ideals…

… You have come to the right place!

Join us for a Rising Strong Retreat, at the Cape Rey Hilton Resort, Carlsbad, California. A few minutes from 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 and rising strong from failure. 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 and supportive space.

The retreat fee is $1897. If you sign up before Dec 2nd, you will both receive a discount ($397 off) to $1500. The retreat fee also covers a $250 mandatory screening consultation.

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 of $1897 Covers:

Gourmet Breakfast and Lunch Buffets each day. (Value – $500)

The Rising Strong curriculum, workbook and supplies. (Value – $2500)

Workshop Sessions are held in a Beautiful Conference Room with ocean views. (Value – $1500)

A Real-Life Escape Room Immersive Group Adventure Game at the School of Hard Locks. (Value – $50) .

A weekend of connecting, growing and sharing heartfelt stories with a tribe of wholehearted kindreds on the Sunny Pacific Coast of Northern San Diego in a positive, warm, safe, supportive space With natural light and Pacific Views! (Value – Priceless!)
A block of beautiful rooms with stunning views overlooking the Pacific Ocean are reserved for our group at a generous 25% discounted rate of $199 per night. You can choose to room alone or share a room with a fellow participant. You can call the Resort to make your reservations.

You will also have time to rest, move, create and rejuvenate at the lovely Cape Rey Resort, enjoy spa, exercise, and revive with delicious gourmet food.

If feeling a little adventurous, you can explore Carlsbad and San Diego on customized adventures – including Biking, Hot Air Balloons, Surfing, Kayaking, Visits to Wineries or Craft Breweries , Paddle Boarding, HorseBack Riding, Fishing, Snorkeling, Fishing even a Chopped cooking competition hosted by the Chandler Chef at the resort!

There is so much to do if you decide to do so.

Or You can just rest!

You will also be added to our own private Thriving Idealists FB group solely for retreat participants where you can connect and share stories before and after the retreat so you can deepen the bonds of lifelong friendships you began.
Only 10 9 spots available.


Thursday Evening: Fun Night! “Escape Room Adventure” – School of Hard Locks

Friday Sessions – Introduction, Clarity of Values, The Reckoning, Offloading Hurt, Strategies for Reckoning with Emotion, Act II: The Rumble, Common Rumbling Themes, Rumbling with Vulnerability

Saturday Sessions – Rumbling with Shame, Rumbling with Living BIG, Trust and BRAVING, Rumbling with Grief and Forgiveness

Sunday Sessions – Rumbling with Anxiety, Rumbling with Criticism, The Delta, Act III: The Revolution, Integrating and Creativity

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

Excited? So am I! I can’t wait to meet you!

To sign up, click here

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

Certified Daring Way Facilitator

Coach, Facilitator and Advocate for Idealists, Givers, Helpers and Do-Gooders

Founder, Thriving Ideals
“Grow into your ideals so that life will not rob you of them. ” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“I don’t know what your destiny will be; but one thing I do know; the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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