Brene Brown's The Daring Way™ Retreat and Workshop

Sunday 29th April - Friday 4th May 2018
Wilsons Promontory, Victoria


Set in the stunningly beautiful Wilson's Promontory, the Daring Way training explores the universal need for love, connection and belonging, as well as the fear and shame that can get in the way. In Brown's language, we learn "how to show up, be seen, and dare to risk vulnerability," in order to live braver, more authentic and joyful lives. The focus is on developing shame resilience, and practicing the "gifts" that support wholehearted living - gratitude, joy, self-compassion, creativity, play, rest, authenticity, calm, meaning and laughter. 


In addition to the workshop sessions, there will be lots of time for all the things you might expect on a regular retreat - guided meditation, relaxation movement, long bush and beach walks, journalling, some periods of silence, and just resting and enjoying nature.

To learn more about Brene Brown the foundation for Daring Way, watch this video on her Power of Vulnerability TED Talk, one of the top 10 TED talks ever!


In Maggie's own life as a partner, mother of three teenage daughters, therapist and mindfulness practitioner, this work strikes a deep chord especially in helping to understand and work more constructively with the fears that can keep us playing life safe, but small. As much as I loved her books and talks, however, I agree with Brene that like mindfulness, it is only when the theory becomes integrated into practice and our daily lives in practical ways, that it has the power to transform. This is what motivated my decision to become a Certified Daring Way™ facilitator and to share the work with others, using practices from Mindfulness, Compassion and Positive Neuroplasticity to further complement and consolidate this ground-breaking research.


Daily Schedule


Sunday 29th April (check in from 4pm) - Friday 4th May (finishing by 12 noon)

George Robinson Lodge, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria



About your Teacher

Maggie O'Shea

Masters of Couple Counselling, MA, BSW, MAASW

Maggie is a mental health social worker, couple therapist, and mother, and brings to teaching mindfulness a deep sensitivity and warmth. After twenty years of social work in health settings, she moved into private practice, specialising in loss, grief and trauma, before more recently focusing on couples. Health issues nudged her into yoga and her first 10-day meditation retreat in 1994, however combining daily meditation with motherhood proved elusive until discovering MBSR & what she experiences as the more practical and integrated, mind-body approach of Jon Kabat Zinn.
Maggie’s MBSR teacher training includes a 7-day residential with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, a 10-week teacher training Practicum, and the 8-day Teacher Development Intensive with Openground & the Center for Mindfulness, UMass. She has also completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion, Positive Neuroplasticity, and Brene Brown’s Rising Strong & Daring Way programs. She lives near the bush in Castlemaine with her partner, 3 teenage daughters & chocolate lab, Charlie.

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What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018