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"You either walk inside your story and own it

or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

 - Brené Brown

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We gathered at the breathtaking Dancing Spirit Ranch nestled in the Flathead Valley of Northwestern Montana from November, 6-10, 2019.


We are going deep and cultivating a once in a life time experience that allows you to listen within, find your voice, and speak your truth. 



This retreat will create a space for others to connect to their mind and body, to connect with nature, a supportive community that is mutually invested in growth, holistic wellness, and joyful living.

Through education, skill building, and thoughtful reflection guests will expand their self-awareness and ability to feed their minds. Our bodies will be nourished through mindful meals created by a personal chef, two hands on cooking demonstrations, and through daily yoga and meditation offerings. We will nourish our souls through both cultivated experiences of stillness and play, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Montana’s wilderness.

highlights of the retreat

restorative yoga & guided meditation

Yoga is a daily opportunity at the retreat where you will practice with certified yoga practitioners. Don’t worry if you haven’t done yoga before! Ours will accommodate all levels and is aimed at taking joy in your body while you connect to your breath and heart.

the Rising Strong™ curriculum

Our retreat study will be focused on Brené Brown’s experiential curriculum, Rising Strong™.

Further information is available at, where you can also order the book, Rising Strong. Retreat participants will receive a copy of the book as a gift!

Sara is a Certified Rising Strong™ Facilitator-Candidate and her co-facilitator, Andrea Catherine, is a Certified Yoga Health Coach and Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Both Sara and Andrea are skilled group facilitators and coaches. 

Sara and Andrea will supplement the Rising Strong curriculum with Yoga postures, meditation, creative art projects, communication exercises, playfulness and plenty of down time so retreat participants are able to integrate the curriculum  during the retreat. 


We are so excited for you to experience, yes literally done through experiential training, what it feels like to break down barriers and live courageously!


rejuvenate in nature

This is your opportunity to engage with nature in one of the most sought-after locations in our country. Montana holds a special place for people who are seeking a spiritual connection to self, and our location is the stuff that dreams are made of! It is hard to describe how truly spirit-filled this pristine area is and must be experienced first hand.


nourishing meals & cooking demos

We can’t wait to take care and nurture you with amazing food! Our personal chef will prepare beautiful dishes (Instagram worthy!) that accommodate all dietary needs. But even better, it will delight your senses. We will have two hands-on cooking demonstrations that will give you new, wholesome meals to share with others.



Sara Hughes-Zabawa

Sara is a Masters level licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a women’s studies scholar, a certified yoga instructor, and wellness coach. As a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator - Candidate, Sara is dedicated to helping others cultivate holistic wellness.


Andrea Catherine

Andrea Catherine supports overwhelmed, highly responsible women boost energy, sleep better, and fearlessly love their bodies.

Andrea holds recognized certifications as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Yoga Health Coach, 500 hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Instructor along with her BA in social science from the University of Michigan.

what  this retreat will bring into your life

  •  The space to connect with your heart and listen to it

  •  A deeper connection with yourself, your dreams, and how to express them

  •  More openness in your relationships with yourself and others

  •  Playfulness, creativity, and connection with others learning to embrace their story

  •  Understanding of the difference between “self care” and “pampering” -- how to truly care for yourself

  •  On-the-spot tools to speak your truth in kindness

  •  Identification of how you live a well-rehearsed story and tools to reclaim your words with grace and strength

  • Nourishment of body, mind, and spirit--everything is designed to feed your soul

Join us for 4 days at a first-class wellness retreat in beautiful Whitefish, Montana (named most beautiful town in Montana) near Glacier Park in the world-famous Flathead Valley. This retreat is at the Dancing Spirit Ranch, a truly magical intersection between spirit and earth!

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