Authentic Self Equine/Daring Way™ Retreat

Authentic Self Two Day Retreat


The Daring Way™ &

Relational Equine Assisted Learning

October 5-6, 2018

Lexington, Kentucky



To be the woman you want to be, do you need

to step through the gate and into the arena?

How would you live your tomorrows if you knew you were:

-brave enough
-wise enough
-strong enough

to lay down, for just a few days, — the people pleasing, perfectionism, or wearing a mask of being in control?

Stepping into the arena means you get to show up and be seen… in your life, your

relationships, your world.


You are invited to gather with us for a two-day retreat on October 5th and 6th in a beautiful space that is being created for you and other women who have given themselves permission to explore what it means to live open and wholehearted.

You will spend these two days sharing space  with the group and with a wonderful herd of horses engaging in non-mounted work looking at how we can move toward wholehearted living, letting go of things you no longer need, learning about true connection, and exploring concepts of The Daring Way™.

A journey of self-reflection…a beautiful, meaningful time and space to explore the question—

How do I want to show up in the world and how can I begin?




Retreat Details

Our day will begin at 10:00 am on Friday, October 5, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky at the barn on the grounds of the beautiful Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. Snacks and lunch are provided for in the cost of the retreat.

Co-facilitators are Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW, an EAGALA and PATH certified psychotherapist and equine specialist with a private practice at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, and Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator with a private psychotherapy practice in Severna Park, Maryland and the creator of Therapy Chat Podcast.

During this retreat Laura will bring you an introduction to concepts of The Daring Way™ and using Charlotte’s relational equine assisted model you will be able to practice embodying those concepts in real time with the herd and your horse partner.

This retreat is a time to explore who you are and who you want to become. With the help of the horses, you will experience the felt sense of what it is like to show up and be seen. We’ll be looking at cultivating gratitude, play, trust, and meaning while letting go of  control, self-doubt, how we compare ourselves, the role of fear and perfectionism.

The retreat will end on Saturday with intentions and practices you can take back into your day to day life. During the retreat, you will spend time with the herd and your equine partner. This retreat does not require any experience with horses. You will not be riding or focusing on horsemanship.  This event is about creating space to understand more about connection, relationships, vulnerability, and how you want to show up in your life.

The horses have so much to teach us.


What about you would be different if, for two days, you allowed yourself to step into a new experience?

What if you laid down the masks and armor and stepped into the arena, trusting that you could learn something more about yourself?

What if you left walking taller, more open to living your life in line with your values, knowing your dreams?

Do you want to find out?

This two-day retreat is in beautiful Lexington, KY, the Heart of the Bluegrass—come discover what is possible. Group size is limited.  Will you join us?


Price : $947 from August 8 through September 1, 2018.

Late Registration Price (if there is space available): $997 from September 1 – September 20, 2018.

Payment options are available.  Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each. E-mail for more information!

Not sure if this retreat is right for you?

This episode of Therapy Chat Podcast shares an interview Laura and Charlotte did in Lexington in June.  Laura and Charlotte talk about Laura’s experience in the arena and how experience with the horses increases our awareness of how to be vulnerable for true connection. This may help you understand the kind of experience we are creating for you. Click on the link below to listen.

Therapy Chat Episode 139: Equine Assisted Learning + Authenticity With Charlotte Hiler Easley



FAQ’s About Authentic Self Retreat:

What is this retreat about?

This is a 2-day workshop for women weaving together experiential time spent with horses with an introduction to The Daring Way™, which is based on Brené Brown’s research on authenticity, courage, vulnerability, trust and boundaries. Click here for more information on The Daring Way™. You will be  stepping into the actual arena while experiencing true connection and support.

Who is this for?

This is for any woman who wants to find her most empowered self, to learn to trust herself so she can develop trusting relationships with others, and who wants to know what it is like to show up in the world understanding her authentic self.  This is for you if you’ve want to feel the deep connection with another sentient being that comes with equine work, and you’ve wanted to learn more about applying Brené Brown’s books to your life.

How many people will be attending?

This event is limited to 10 participants, and the 2 Co-Facilitators and Equine Specialist.


Friday, October 5th and Saturday October 6th from 10am to 4pm.

Price: $947

Payment options and discount for 2 or more  registering together: $50 off each –

e-mail for coupon code to receive this discount.

Cost Includes:

The retreat experience, a beautiful lunch, snacks and beverages.

Does not include transportation or overnight accommodations or meals.

Is this Event Refundable?

We regret that we are unable to issue refunds. Please ensure that you are able to attend before registering.


Central Kentucky Riding for Hope at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Directions to the Horse Park are here. Accommodations can be found by clicking here. You may fly into Lexington’s Bluegrass Field or into Louisville, KY (an hour’s drive from Lexington).

What if I have never been around a horse?

Not a problem. The retreat will involve exploring new experiences in a safe, supported environment with the team which includes you and the horses supported by the team of Laura, Charlotte, and Lisa.  There is no riding or horsemanship skills needed,  just you showing up. For more information about equine assisted work click here

What are the themes of the retreat?

We will be exploring what it means for you to show up; recognize blocks to stepping up or out; and, how to create new mind and body connections that support your awareness of how you want to show up in your life. You will leave with new practices and intentions to use in your daily life.

What do I wear?

The only thing you need is closed toed shoes (tennis shoes are fine). You may wear anything that is comfortable and weather appropriate (we will be outside if the weather cooperates) and that you don’t mind getting horse hair on.

Do I need to bring anything?

We will have everything you need for the two days, unless you need to bring a sunscreen that is specific to your skin type.  Otherwise, you just need to bring yourself for a day of connection, support, fun, and awareness.

More information: or

Facilitators: Laura Reagan LCSW-C & Charlotte Hiler Easley, LCSW, ESMHL




Our Team


About Charlotte:



Charlotte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in women’s issues and relational trauma informed equine assisted therapy in Lexington, Kentucky.  Charlotte is trained in EMDR and certified in Equine-Assisted EMDR and EAGALA, and PATH, Int..  Charlotte provides integrative therapies and equine assisted learning and psychotherapy for groups and individuals.  She is a consultant for professionals creating or adding trauma informed equine assisted therapy based on a relationship model to their practices.

About Laura:


Laura is a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical in Maryland and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She specializes in helping people who want to work through issues related to their families of origin using an integrative trauma therapy approach incorporating mindfulness, expressive arts, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®.  She offers clinical consultation with therapists around the country and the world via phone or video and is the creator of the Therapy Chat Podcast. Laura is a Maryland Board Approved and Registered Supervisor offering clinical supervision to LGSWs and LCSW-Cs.

About Lisa:



Lisa Swanson is an equine professional and is the third member of our retreat team.  Lisa Swanson is Equine Manager, Program Director, and Instructor at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington, Kentucky.  Lisa has over 35 years’ experience in the equine industry with a strong background in Natural Horsemanship.  She is a certified Path, Int. ESMHL, and therapeutic riding instructor.  Lisa and Charlotte have worked together for over 7 years providing equine assisted therapy focused on creating an environment of care for the horse, client, and team.



Central Kentucky Riding for Hope

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH)  is located in Lexington, KY  Horse Capital of the World.  CKRH’s campus is found on the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park.  Directions to the Horse Park are here. Accommodations can be found by clicking here. You may fly into Lexington’s Bluegrass Field or into Louisville, KY (an hour’s drive from Lexington).

Charlotte Hiler Easley LCSW, ESMHL

P.O. Box 11770 Lexington, KY 40577