The Daring Way™ Retreat
with Andrea Owen

Raise your hand if you:
  • Have a hard time opening up without feeling like you’ll be judged, criticized, or feeling like you’re going to die.
  • Struggle with things like people-pleasing, perfectionism, “being strong”, or wanting to always be in control of things.
  • Tend to numb out with food, alcohol, spending money unnecessarily, or busyness.
  • Feel like your behaviors are on auto-pilot, and no matter how aware you are of them, you can’t seem to change. Which sometimes makes you feel worse.
  • Know that vulnerability is the key to more connection, and even more confidence and happiness, but still keep people at arm's length and put walls up.
If you resonate with one or even all of those,
the good news is you’re certainly not alone.
The additional good news is there’s a solution. That solution is in self-compassion, vulnerability, connection, and courage. Sounds simple, right? *hysterical laughter*

Listen, I get it. I personally spent my whole life finding ways to avoid vulnerability completely. And self-compassion? I felt like self-compassion was for hippies. Connection was something I wanted, but I wanted other people to go first and I wanted a different way to get it rather than having to be vulnerable.

After years of living that way and it not working (like, at all), I decided to slowly walk into the work of learning vulnerability and unlearning disconnection and lo and behold, it completely transformed my life. And I’d love for you to have that too.

If you follow my work, you’re probably familiar with the work of Dr. Brené Brown. Her groundbreaking research on shame, vulnerability, and connection has changed the lives of countless individuals. 

I’m a certified life coach as well as hold a certification as a Daring Way™ Facilitator. With over a decade of experience leading groups of women through transformation, I invite you to join us for a 3-day retreat in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

This retreat and work is for women who:

  • Struggle with vulnerability, but are ready to start using it in their lives because they know it’s the key to connection, intimacy, and better relationships.
  • Feel compelled to do the work. This retreat requires getting honest with yourself, journaling, and creative projects.
  • Are ready to learn science-based tools around shame resilience.
  • Love being around other women who have like-minded thinking and like-minded spirits.
  • Are at least somewhat familiar with the work of Brené Brown and who are familiar with Andrea Owen.
If this is you, I invite you to sign up for one of 12 spots for The Daring Way™ Retreat.

Registration is now closed but sign up below to be notified as soon as the next retreat is announced.

Retreat is $3,000 to $3,850 depending on rooms.
Booking your room is first-come, first-served. You’ll be given your choice upon official sign-up.

Once we receive your deposit, we’ll be in touch with the next steps.
(Below is the process of what to expect after you sign up, please read that carefully.)
“I knew my relationships were suffering as a result of my need to always be strong and independent, and not show feelings. I was prepared to take a hard look at old patterns that were keeping me stuck. I was ready for change. After working with Andrea on The Daring Way™, I am now clear on what courage looks like for me as well as living my life according to my personal values. My husband and are working on improving our communication and connection with our kids now in college. I am committed to show vulnerability by voicing my struggles and asking for what I need, both with my husband and friends.

I loved spending time with Andrea in person. She is real, no BS, and open. She challenged me when I needed a push and supported me when I needed validation. She helped me commit to concrete goals.

I now have a new understanding about the importance of vulnerability in relationships and compassion for my perfectly imperfect self. I have actionable steps I can take now that I am back home.”

What the retreat includes:

    • Three nights accommodations at a beautiful home in Asheville, North Carolina, September 8-11, 2022.


    • Eight meals (dinner Thursday night through breakfast Sunday morning) as well as snacks and drinks throughout your stay made by our own private chef.


    • The entire Daring Way™ curriculum taught and facilitated by Andrea Owen, CDWF.


    • All materials.

Retreat does not include airfare and transportation to and from the airport.

Here's the thing:
If you want to go on a girls weekend at a beautiful mountain property, have some fun and hugs, and do some personal development work, then by all means gather up your girlfriends, get some self-help books and podcasts, and go do that. That sounds great, but this is not that weekend. 

This is for serious women who are tired of feeling like shit, who are ready to not just learn the work, but implement it when they go home, in order to transform their lives. This is not for people who are brand new to personal development, or just want to “try something new”. That’s not to judge if that’s where you are, but in fairness, I want to be clear what this retreat is.

Registration is now closed but sign up below to be notified as soon as the next retreat is announced.

Retreat is $3,000 to $3,850 depending on rooms.
Booking your room is first-come, first-served. You’ll be given your choice upon official sign-up.

Once we receive your deposit, we’ll be in touch with the next steps.
(Below is the process of what to expect after you sign up, please read that carefully.)

watch videos from past participants:

Jessica Sharp GREENVILLE, SC
“Before working with Andrea, I beat myself up about romantic relationships and really believed I was bad at relationships. I was also dealing with major impostor syndrome. I never felt like I was good enough. Now I am in a completely different place! I have so much more grace and empathy for myself. I have completely changed the stories I tell myself and know that I am completely enough, as I am. Andrea is a perfect combination of being real and compassionate at the same time. That allowed me to know that I needed to do something different, and I actually wanted to, because I knew she thought it was best for me.

I knew I liked Andrea and the work of Brené Brown, so I knew this would be meaningful. Also, I decided to choose me.

The most useful thing I learned through this process was that shame is real but empathy, self-compassion, and sharing with special friends is a game changer!”

What to expect if you want to join us:

Step 1: Pay a $250 deposit (Please read the cancellation policy found near the bottom of this page.)

Step 2: Decide what room you’d like to book (first come, first served. We have four single rooms, the rest are shared with other participants. ALL participants will have their own bed.)

Step 3: Sign the contract to officially secure your place!


Can I book a call with Andrea to help make my decision?

If you are seriously considering coming to the retreat but you're on the fence, please feel free to book a call with me here to ask any questions you may have.

What if I have dietary restrictions?
No problem! The chef I’ve hired can cater to any dietary restrictions. You’ll just need to let us know ahead of time via your questionnaire.
What is the cancellation policy?

Once you sign the contract stating you are officially “in”, your $250 deposit is non-refundable. After that, you can get a full refund up until May 31st, 2022. After that, I am obligated to both the rental property AND the chef, so there are no refunds after that.

If you need to cancel after May 31st and you can find someone to fill your place, you can transfer your spot as long as that person is a good fit for this retreat.

Is there a payment plan, or do I have to pay all up front?

Yes, there is a payment plan. Since the rooms vary on number of beds, the prices vary (ranging from $3,000 to $3,850). The payment plan is broken up into 3 payments, paid 30 days apart. Your payment plan begins after your room selection has been made.

I’m a coach and would like to attend so I can experience this work and use some of the tools with my clients. Can I do that?

If you are a coach or other helping professional, please only register if you’d like to come to experience this work for your own personal development. If you’re in the mindset of wanting to take the tools to use in your practice, you’ll be distracted.

Do I have to share a room or can I have my own? And how are roommates assigned?

There are single rooms (cost is higher) and the rest are either 2 beds or 4 beds per room. We assign first come, first serve. You will be given options when you sign up.

What are the dates?

Thursday, September 8th (we begin at 5pm) through Sunday, September 11th (we end at 10am).

Wasn't there a recovery retreat offered? What happened?
Yes, originally, there were two retreats offered, one recovery and one non-recovery. On February 9th, we made the decision to only offer one retreat, which will not be recovery focused, BUT it is still excellent for people in recovery (and for people who aren't!) Any additional questions on this, please reach out to us.
What time would I need to be there on Thursday? Can I come early or late?
We officially begin at 5 pm on Thursday, May 12th. You can come to the property starting at 3pm. Because of the intimate nature of this retreat, I ask that you do everything you can to book a flight that will get you here in time. So, if you’re coming from the west coast, you’d have to grab an early flight, or come in the night before.
How late do we meet on Sunday? What time can I book my flight that day?
We’ll workshop until 10 am that day and check out is noon. Flights booked at noon or later should be fine.
What if I want to come a night early or stay extra nights?
There are plenty of hotels near both the Asheville airport or even the Charlotte airport.
What if I’m not familiar with Brené Brown’s work?
If you’re not at all familiar with Brené’s work, I recommend reading at least one (or all!) of her books before signing up for this retreat.
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings.

During the process facilitators explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.

Nicole Indelicato BLUEMONT, VA
“Before I started working with Andrea on The Daring Way I was struggling with fear, confidence, and connecting with others. I had big dreams and deep down knew I could accomplish them, but I felt stuck and afraid. Through this work I now am opening up more in my relationships and at the same time have clear boundaries. I’m incorporating more fun and creativity in my days, and trusting my intuition. Andrea’s support and the tools I received from The Daring Way have given me the confidence I needed to move out of fear and step into courage.”

Laura R.

“After the retreat, I’ve been able to face the fear of sitting down to think about a difficult conversation I need to have with my significant other, and I’ve been able to feel more comfortable reaching out to acquaintances and build meaningful connections which are so vital for me. As far as the retreat itself, the location and the food were amazing and also the connection with the other ladies. We were able to form a solid bond super quickly and to work through VULNERABLE feelings with only minimal discomfort.

I gained more clarity around my values and found out why I felt so disconnected from my core group of people. I absolutely require connection and since I wasn’t showing up real, I wasn’t getting real connection. I’ll use the tools provided to help me work through areas that I find myself setting expectations, to dig into why and how to let go of them.”