Island Retreat: Rising Strong From the Mid-Point Forward

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Willow Pond Lodge

The Lake House

Coupeville, WA 98239

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Am I ready? What do I need to know to move forward? How do I move from one phase of significance to another?

One of my goals this year is to support women who are in this Mid-life process with me, using the powerful process outlined by Dr. Brené Brown with Rising Strong™.

Women who are at a transition point in their lives.

Women who have a perspective from a life well-lived to apply to the life they still have yet to live. Women who yearn to find their own significance and utilize all the gifts their journey afforded them.

It may be the end of an era, but it’s also the beginning of a new one.

Are you a woman who is at a cross-roads-and wondering what the next steps will be?

  • Maybe you find yourself at a mid-point in your career and you are looking for the PERFECT FIT for your next move and you’re not sure how to find it.
  • Maybe you’ve raised a family and given all you have to others and now you’re ready to realize your own dreams - like learning to paint or dance or travel - but your inner critic is holding you back.
  • Maybe you still have a dream of embarking on that brilliant business plan you’ve always wanted to try and your fears of failure or not being good enough are holding you back.
  • Maybe you are ready to move from success to significance and want to move forward with a purpose... but trying to find something meaningful and perfect for you seems so overwhelming, you don’t know where to start.
  • Maybe you are in a place of wanting to make some sense of your story so you can move forward free of old wounds and limitations... to rework some hurt relationships or past disappointments.

How YOU can step forward into the next phase of your life... creating a life of significance.

Join us and discover how you can move forward with more authenticity and resiliency and with a deeper sense of your worthiness.

  • We'll uncover how we can transform our life of bittersweet experience into new stories of empowerment, and new pathways of meaning and significance.
  • We'll address the unique circumstances we face crossing this life threshold at the mid-point, and what it means for identity, our wounds from the past, and the courage to move forward with meaningful purpose and authenticity.
  • We'll find our vision for this wild and wonderful life still ahead of us. And the stepping stones to get us unstuck and moving forward through our fears and old, limiting stories that try to tell us we can't.

Our life is still unfinished.

The place of the messy middle can be confusing, even depressing. It can make us question who we are and where we're going. Our doubts can fool us into thinking this is the end of the line, time to relax and let life go by without us.

But we women have so much more left to give. More than at any other point in our lives. All it takes is for us rise and dare to go forward.

This small, intimate retreat is both educational and deeply experiential- designed to provide a safe and supportive space for you to identify what’s holding you back from stepping more fully into the life you truly desire. Where our values and most significant truths guide the next steps – and the second acts that we long for.

It will be one glorious weekend in nature, by the water, with nothing to worry about but doing some of that deep, inner, transformative work you've been wanting to do. Yes, an entire weekend in a Puget Sound island paradise to make deep change.

And we'll have a blast doing it!

We’ll feast on the island’s finest healthy fare, soak in the outdoor hot tub, have time for quiet meditation and walks in the woods or nearby beaver pond... and even have the chance to practice our downward dogs with our own private yoga instructor.

You’ll go home fed from the inside out and have the opportunity to meet an amazing small group of women who share your dreams and can support you on the journey.


“I greatly appreciate the space that Cynthia created for each of us to share our stories whenever we were ready to do so with no pressure, just encouragement. She adapted the schedule as we needed and made sure we were all heard and supported”

“I loved the food, the art project, the community, the yoga and the lodge!! All first class!! And of course hearing from Brené made it all perfect!”

“This weekend was profoundly meaningful! Cynthia creates a connecting, safe learning environment where we were all free to explore big aspects of our lives, inviting positive growth and change toward developing our best selves. We were so well cared for, from the food, to the location, to the programming- every detail was so well thought out and contributed to a regenerating and re-fueling retreat weekend!

“This was a lovely weekend of Rising Strong with smart and emotionally intelligent women. I felt like it gave me a start to redefine my life and give voice to my feelings which I’m not always comfortable with. I came away with the courage to go deeper”

"For every session Cynthia had great bits of wisdom that made the material come alive and really resonated with me this weekend! Fabulous!"


It’s a gift to yourself to take some time away to ask some of those big questions.

And take the time to ponder and plan and dream and hope. To find clarity and meaning.

And to have a guide at your side that can help you find your way forward, or unravel those old wounds, or reveal that strength and courage within you...

To create a life of wonderful significance.

And start to free yourself from your past identities, wounds, and limitations.

The Rising Strong From the Mid-Point Forward ISLAND RETREAT:

Will show you how to make sense of your story and write some new endings. How to learn from the losses and how to rumble with the unhealed parts of your journey so you can move forward with more truth and authenticity.

All in the context of the very phase of life you find yourself now, with people who know exactly what you're going through. So everything is tailored to what you face right now in your life.

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Willow Pond Lodge

The Lake House

Coupeville, WA 98239

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