Authentic Self Equine/Daring Way™ Retreat

Authentic Self Two Day Retreat


The Daring Way™ &

Relational Equine Assisted Learning

October 5-6, 2018

Lexington, Kentucky



What might happen if you step into the arena?

Arenas look different for everyone. You step into the arena every time you choose to leave your comfort zone. It feels vulnerable. And it is brave. An arena can be any space that challenges you and can look like:

  • allowing trust in relationships
  • trying new experiences
  • facing fears
  • weathering life transitions
  • a new job
  • being an empty nester
  • finding yourself single

Or, maybe it is finding and stepping into your truth.


To be the woman you want to be, do you need to step through the gate and into the arena?

What does walking through the gate mean?

Thinking about it can be exciting — but what keeps you from taking that first step? Is there fear? Fear of uncertainty, of not knowing what life will look like if you step forward. Is your head talk speaking the same old lies—“I’m not good enough”… “I don’t have the skills”… “I can’t do this.”

Or maybe the fear is, “what if I love what’s on the other side? Will I be able to survive the changes that come with success? Will I fail…?”

The stories you create about what will happen if you step into the arena, those expectations, those ‘what if’s’, can cause paralysis and cause you to miss opportunities to dream, to move into new places, to grow.

So ‘what if’ you let go of needing to be certain, needing to be safe, and were willing to try something just for you and walked through the gate?

What if you gave yourself permission to not be in control, to not know all about the experience—to just let yourself show up and be all in– just allowing the moments and all that this retreat has to offer?

What if you gave yourself permission to look at how you keep yourself from stepping into a new experience?

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

-brave enough
-wise enough
-strong enough

to handle your chosen arena; 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 June 1st and 2nd in a beautiful space that is being created for you and other women who have given themselves permission to explore what it means to look at the arena with new eyes. You will spend these two days sharing space with these brave women and with a wonderful herd of horses engaging in non-mounted work looking at how we can move toward wholehearted living 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, June 1, 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 will create connection through exploring who we are in the arena and with the help of the horses, you will experience the felt sense of what it is like to show up and be seen. You will be summoning up those pieces of yourself that are longing to be heard if you get out of your own way.

The retreat will end on Saturday with intentions and practices we can take back into our day to day lives. During the retreat, we will spend time with the herd and your equine partner. This retreat does not require any experience with horses. We 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. And 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 in the span of 2 days? 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?

Join us for this two-day retreat in Lexington, KY and discover what is possible. The event is filling quickly and is limited to 10 participants. Will you be one of them?


Early Bird Price: $897 before August 1, 2018

Early Bird Registration (2 Payment Option:  2 payments of $475)

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

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

Discount for 2 or More People Registering Together: $50 off each. E-mail to get the coupon code!

Not sure if this retreat is right for you? This episode of Therapy Chat Podcast includes clips of past interviews between Laura and Charlotte, as well as clips of previous interviews with other therapists talking about the vulnerability of the creative process, “felt sense”, and how emotions are experienced in the body. This may help you understand the kind of experience we are creating for you in this retreat. Click on the link below to listen.

Therapy Chat Episode 93: Experiential Work & The Felt Sense



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 focusing on stepping into your best self and stepping into the actual arena while experiencing true connection and support.

Who is this for?

This is for any woman who is willing to search within to find her most empowered self, to access trust in herself so she can develop trusting relationships with others, and who wants to know what it is like to embody authenticity and show up differently in the world. This is for you if you’ve wanted to feel the deep connection with another sentient being that comes from equine work, and you’ve wanted to learn more about applying Brené Brown’s books to your life. Horses accept you for exactly who you are, as you are, with no need to change. Can you do the same thing for yourself?

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.

Early Bird Rate (Before August 1st): $897

Early Bird Registration 2 Payment Option: 2 payments of $475.00

Regular Price: $947

Discount for 2 or More People 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.

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 new 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 day, 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.

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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. Charlotte 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, Trainer, 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 6 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