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 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