Rising Strong Workshop VIC

Rising Strong Workhsop

led by Maggie O'Shea and Kate McKillop

Learn what it takes to get back up !

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. Based on the work of Brené Brown, Ph.D. LMSW, Rising Strong is a two-day workshop about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. 

In this experiential workshop, you will examine the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that are potentially holding you back and identify the new choices and practices that will help you move towards more authentic, wholehearted living. 

This workshop will begin with a group yoga practice each morning and guided meditations will feature throughout the program, to build on our capacity to being more present in our lives.


The Workshop includes:



Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 February 2017
9:30am – 5:30pm Saturday & 9:30 – 4pm Sunday


The Forge 341 Barker St, Castlemaine, VIC 


$399 Early Bird (book by 1 February 2017)

$450 Thereafter


* Required


About your Facilitators


Maggie O’Shea (Masters Couple Therapy, MA, BSW, MAASW) is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Mindfulness Teacher and Couple Therapist in private practice, bringing deep sensitivity and warmth to her 30 years in Mental Health Social Work. She has been teaching Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation program since 2010 and also teaches Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity Training. Maggie also leads mindfulness & couple retreats and lectures annually at Swinburne University.


Kate McKillop, BCA MSW is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Therapist, Mental Health Clinician, and Yoga Teacher. She provides individual, group and family therapy in the areas of trauma recovery, grief, loss and bereavement and has a passion for empowering people to overcome depression and anxiety. Kate has trained in developmental psychiatry, worked in acute mental health settings and has extensive experience in teaching the benefits of mind-body connection.


What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016