Rising Strong™ Workshop

Apr 24th, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
- Apr 26th, 2020 @ 1:00 PM
St. Mary’s Sewanee
770 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375

This retreat is based on the groundbreaking research of Brené Brown. In this intensive three-day workshop, participants will explore the process of rewriting their stories.

Rising Strong™ is based on the simple physics of vulnerability: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we take risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointments, hurts, failures and heartbreak.

The Rising Strong™ workshop is a research-based program about what it takes to get back up, live a more wholehearted and satisfying life, rise strong and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write daring new endings.

The workshop includes three key sections:

      • The Reckoning: Walking into our Story — Recognize emotion and get curious about our feelings and how they connect with the way we think and behave.
      • The Rumble: Owning our Story — Get honest about the stories were making up about our struggle and then challenge these confabulations and assumptions to determine what is truth, what is self protection, and what needs to change if we want to lead more whole-hearted lives.
      • The Revolution: Process becomes Practice — Write a new ending to our story based on the key learnings from our rumble and use this new, braver story to change how we engage with the world and to ultimately transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.

      This work is highly experiential and at the same time wrapped in the blanket of self-compassion.

    • Workshop Presenters:

      • Maryellen McCone, RN, MA, LPC-MHSP, CDFW

        Maryellen was a long-time resident of Sewanee who now lives in Maine. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Goddard College in Vermont. She attended the University of California, San Diego Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training in Sedona, Arizona with Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Maryellen is now a certified Daring Way™️ facilitator (CDFW), part of an empirically based training program for helping professionals, based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. She has also facilitated workshops in Mindful Self-Compassion and The Daring Way™️


      • Richard Barrali, CYT

        Richard has practiced yoga for 30 years and has been a certified teacher for more than a decade. He attends regular meditation retreats and received teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion through University of California, San Diego with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Richard has co-facilitated workshops in Mindful Self-Compassion and The Daring Way™️


      For information about double occupancy rooms, please contact our Reservations Coordinator at
      (931) 598-5342 or email reservations@stmaryssewanee.org.

Select Lodging Options (choose one lodging space per booking)

Ticket Type Price Spaces
The Anna House
Single with private bath
St. Mary's Hall
Single with shared bath
Meals, materials, and program; no lodging