Daring Way™ & Rising Strong™ Beyond Seattle
The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ are educational group programs based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD. In these programs we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, authenticity, shame, and worthiness. Through exercises and discussion we examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back, and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing tools for greater emotional resilience and daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead.
The Daring Way™ is based on Brené’s bestselling 3rd book, Daring Greatly. It is about learning to truly show up wholeheartedly in your life through embracing your own worthiness, practicing healthy vulnerability, becoming more resilient to shame, and connecting deeply with the values you hold dear. You will build the courage to go out into the arenas of your life as your genuine self, to truly connect with the people you hold dear and to dare to go after your dreams.
Rising Strong™ is a brand new program based on Brené’s most recent book. It is about recognizing the stories that you tell yourself about your life, particularly about the moments when you stumble. These stories shape our thoughts, emotions and actions, and reckoning with them empowers you to take a fresh look at your emotions and internal narrative. It is about how to get up after you stumble and have the courage to go forward wholeheartedly as you write brave new endings to your stories.
Each program stands on its own and either one can be completed first. Groups are kept to 8 participants or fewer meet as 2-day weekend intensives. The small size allows you to develop trust and rapport within the group, creating a safe space to practice vulnerability. Each section includes new concepts, tools and interactive exercises to bring the content alive and allow you to move beyond just understanding the material to applying Brené’s research to how you live and connect with others. To add to the live group process, Brené makes one or more visits in each section through exclusive video clips – in these she illustrates key concepts through stories from her research and her own life experience.
Much gratitude to all those who made the fall Tacoma Daring Way™ weekend intensive possible!
Want to bring the Daring Way™ or Rising Strong™ to your location or organization? Weekly groups are available daytime or evening in the greater Seattle area and weekend workshops are available within an ~150 mile radius of Seattle. Contact Jessica today to set up your weekly group or workshop.
For more info on the program, including testimonials from past participants, check out the main Daring Way™ & Rising Strong™ page.
I went through much of my life as an ardent perfectionist and over-achiever. I was forever pushing myself so that even when I was doing something I loved, I felt an overwhelming pressure to perform. There was little if any time to simply be present and enjoy the moment, and my inner critic had become much too loud. I believed that this was simply part of my personality, something that could not be changed.
Even when my harmful patterns led to debilitating health problems, I only managed to rest for a few months before I started to rebuild my to-do list. When I finally woke up and realized my life needed to change, a mentor told me that it was “time to work on my perfectionism,” and recommended a book called Daring Greatly by an author who was new to me – Brené Brown, PhD.
Through Brené’s research and candid writing I finally realized the root of my unhealthy patterns: shame was running my life. I was sinking all of my energy into a vortex of trying to prove my worthiness while at the same time trying to hide my imperfect self from the world. I embarked on a new journey of finding a more vibrant and joyful way of being. As it turned out this journey came too late to heal my marriage of over a decade, but it did come in time for me to have deep compassion for myself and my former husband in the process of divorce.
I have learned that at the core of my experience is my relationship with myself. As I have healed this central relationship, all of the other aspects of my life have been positively impacted. I have cultivated a life where there is so much more joy, connection, gentleness and spaciousness than I had ever known before. I have grown in my ability to hear my body’s needs, and my physical health is better than it has been in years. A few years ago, I could not have believed this fundamental reshaping of my life would be possible.