Why attend a retreat specifically for visually impaired women?

  • Thoughtful, research-based curriculum. The Daring Way & Rising Strong programs incorporate Brené Brown’s academic studies and outcomes on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Discover meaningful insights as you complete the work.
  • Connection. Blindness is uncommon in America. Retreats bring together women facing challenges of living with vision loss while balancing the demands of family, friends, work and community. At the retreat, blindness becomes a common trait so participants can put away emotional armor and connect with peers without having to explain or educate on blindness.
  • Support. Share struggles and changes in your life with the group without judgment. Build friendship and extend support to other women along this emotional, mental, and even physical journey.
  • Professional facilitators. Becky Andrews, LCMHC, who is blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa, and Nicole Wall, LCMHC, a certified Brené Brown Daring Way & Rising StrongFacilitator, and Lisa Bradford, LCSW are engaging and experienced therapists who will lead you through tough discussions and activities with compassion.
  • Quality amenities. Delicious food, comfortable lodging, and reliable transportation are part of the program.
  • Life-changing experiences. The time spent at the retreat creates a lasting impact that will stay with you as you move forward in your life with family, friends, work and community.

"When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." ~Brené Brown

We are pleased to offer two retreats in Summer 2017:

1. Rising Strong in Your Story

Open up to the stories we tell ourselves after we have fallen and gain an empowered outlook with the Rising Strong curriculum facilitated by Nicole Wall, LCMHC, CDWF. Connect with other women living with blindness without judgment. Discover valuable tools to deal with loss and uncertainty, and develop shame resistance. Choose authenticity and write the ending to your story.

Dynamic program includes four nights lodging, all meals, & amazing activities including ropes course, water activity, hiking, yoga, time for reflection, and the Rising Strong Curriculum.  This life-changing retreat will be held in Park City, Utah. June 21-25. $1,095 (scholarships available).

2. Daring to Own Your Story

Begin your journey of wholehearted living with the Daring Way curriculum facilitated by Nicole Wall, LCMHC, CDWF. A retreat for women who are blind, visually impaired or have been diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition. This retreat is an opportunity to connect and share with other women experiencing vision loss and learn the importance of empathy and self-compassion. Participants will leave with empowering tools and new insight through the Brene Brown experiential activities. This retreat is a sacred time to truly own and celebrate who you are and your story.

Retreat attendees will stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Bountiful, Utah, and activities will take place at Becky’s home and office in Bountiful and a morning/lunch in Salt Lake City, Utah with a hike to Ensign Peak.  All transportation while you are at the retreat will be provided.  Lodging and some meals are not included in the retreat cost. The retreat size is limited to 10 to help create a valuable experience. August 10-13. $395 (Early Registration by March 1st, 2017).

What participants of the 2016 retreat are saying:

“I really treasured everything about this experience more than I ever imagined. I will definitely recommend this program!” – J

“I felt such a sense of renewal after the retreat.  The facilitators were fantastic.  Felt like you kept things safe and compassionate for everyone.  Really appreciate all the details and planning.”  –S

“Location was perfect, liked the variety too.  It was awesome to walk about in two cities using my cane skills with visually impaired ladies.  Made me feel like a warrior at times! The food was amazing!” – K

“I learned a lot from the curriculum.  It helped me understand myself better.  I can now talk about being in the arena of life and really living wholeheartedly.” –M