The Daring Way™

How do you Show Up, Be Seen, Live Brave™ in a world that doesn't make it easy? It's hard to live the live you want to live, and so often, it feels like we're falling short. It's hard to feel like you're just not doing enough in your life.

The Daring Way - Conexus Counselling - Bergen & Associates - Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead.

Carolyn Klassen is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (CDWF) and offers The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ seminars knowing that we do our best healing and growing when we surrounded by people on the same journey.

The current offering for The Daring Way™ program is planned for March 10-12, 2023

Friday, March 10 5:30-9 pm

Saturday, March 11  9 am-5 pm, and

Sunday, March 12  9-1:00 pm

Registrations currently being accepted. Capacity is limited. Register now.

Cost: $450.00 (including applicable taxes) if more than 2 weeks prior to the onset of the course. $495.00 if paid within 2 weeks of course starting. Included in the cost are all sessions, handouts, beverages and nutritious snacks, a beautiful Daring Way coffee table book, working supper on Friday, and lunch on Saturday. Call us at 204 275 1045 or complete the form on our contact page to inquire about attending! Seminar size is limited to ensure adequate discussion and processing, so please register early to secure your spot. Location is a centrally located home near public transport--past participants tell us that a home is hands down preferable to the conference centers/meeting rooms we have used in the past. Address will be included in your registration confirmation letter.


Rising Strong Logo for course Rising Strong based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown

"If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall; this is the physics of vulnerability." Brené Brown, Rising Strong

The entire planet is recovering from the fall that was COVID-19. Even as restrictions loosen, new variants threaten and we learn to live with this virus, we also are working to rise from our individual experiences during the 2 years of severe restrictions and ongoing uncertainty. Rising Strong™ weekend is your opportunity to process, grieve, and make meaning of the pandemic. This weekend isn't exclusive to pandemic recovery--you are welcome to attend as you seek to rise strong from another life crash.

Rising Strong™ is a course developed out of the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Through a series of videos of Brené Brown, individual experiences, and discussion in a small group, with the facilitation of a certified facilitator, Carolyn Klassen, the material is processed, worked through, and experienced.

Rising Strong™ works through:

The Reckoning. The Rumble.  The Revolution.™

This course may be helpful to deal with a fall in your life, recently or in the past, as you seek to become the author of your story. This course is not designed to replace therapy or complete the journey of an experience. Rather, it is designed to move you forward in your life by reckoning and rumbling to move towards a revolution in yourself and in your world. It builds on material in The Daring Way™, but attendance at The Daring Way™ is not a prerequisite to attending Rising Strong™

The current offering for Rising Strong  is planned for May 5-7, 2023

Friday, May 5 5:30-9 pm

Saturday, May 6  9 am-5 pm, and

Sunday, May 7  9-2:00 pm


Cost: $450.00 (including applicable taxes) if registered prior to 2 weeks before the course; $495.00 if paid within 2 weeks of the course starting.

Included in the cost are all sessions (with videos by Brené Brown and facilitation by Carolyn Klassen),  beverages and nutritious snacks, a beautiful Rising Strong™ workbook, "working supper" on Friday, lunch out on Saturday and "working lunch" on Sunday. Call us at 204 275 1045 or complete the form on our contact page to inquire about attending! Class size is limited to ensure seminar participation and individual processing, so please register early to ensure you have a spot. Location is a centrally located home near public transport--past participants tell us that a home is hands down preferable to the conference centers/meeting rooms we have used in the past. Address will be included in your registration confirmation letter.

Rising Strong Trailer from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

Myth About Vulnerability

Hey…the thought of exploring vulnerability with others is, well, really vulnerable. But, as Brené Brown says, exploring vulnerability on one's own is actually not possible.

Please know that we do this exploration of daring greatly mindful of the how intimidating it can be…we make it do-able, and know that you will actually be encouraged to share only as much as makes sense to you. An important part of vulnerability is not pressuring oneself to overshare! A lot of folks are interested in exploring more of what Dr. Brown is about, but feel like there is no way that they want to explore their own vulnerability with others, because it is…well…its vulnerable (duh!). It's quite common to dread the "group experience" part of the process and by the end of the experience, appreciate that as the most valuable part of the process!

So…I get that to come to a weekend, you're gonna have to get your courage on, and be vulnerable ("uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure"). It'll be hard to register, and even harder to show up the first day.

And I'm gonna admire that. I know how hard it was for me to walk into The Daring Way™ the first day when I did The Daring Way ™ myself.

Share this with a friend and come together?…

Group Discussions

We require a minimum of 4 people to run the group (the max size will be 8), and reserve the right to cancel the group if insufficient registrations are received. Please call our office at 204 275 1045 to register or contact us via our contact page to express your interest. Melanie, our client care manager, will take down some basic registration information, and will ask you a few screening questions, to ensure that this group is appropriate for you. Please know that we ask all potential participants these questions as part of ensuring a successful experience for all those who experience The Daring Way™. Your attendance is confirmed once payment has been received. Payment is via cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard.

All participants will have the ability to choose when and how to participate. However, the "secret sauce" of the experience is members being willing to develop an increasing level of vulnerability over the course of the group. This is intimidating…but trust me, folks that have gone through this course generally reflect on how the group discussion is the most powerful component of an overall powerful experience. Folks that are in acute distress because of recent trauma, are in the first 60-90 days of substance use/abuse recovery, or otherwise in significant distress are encouraged to take the course at a later date. It will be intense and challenging, but will also involve hearty laughter and fun. No one has to do or say anything that they inherently know is not a good idea.

Though not at all mandatory, it is helpful to read Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, or I thought it was just me by Brené Brown for The Daring Way™. Prior to attending Rising Strong™,  you might want to read Rising Strong. Alternatively, there are several videos online of Brené Brown that will help familiarize you with the material. Please look at our "Guilt and Shame" page for links to these videos. Carolyn Bergen (CDWF-Candidate) has been writing about Dr. Brené Brown's research for some time, exploring the concepts of shame, vulnerability, authenticity and wholehearted living.

The Daring Way ™ with your group:

Call us if you would like to book a The Daring Way™ or Rising Strong™ intensive retreat for your team at work, your book club, your Bible study group, or a group of friends. We can make it the full three days, give you an abbreviated 1 day version or whatever works for you.

You supply the venue and the food/snacks, and we supply the therapists, worksheets and any other needed materials, which means we supply the facilitation and the expertise to guide your group through a life changing experience. You provide the support and the laughter and your stories which will make your The Daring Way  or Rising Strong event a one-of-a-kind experience. Call us to discuss the options.

Further offerings are in "the works":

The Daring Way™ for Couples

A three day weekend retreat for couples who are not in acute distress but desire to increase the intimacy level in their relationship through meaningful conversation with each other and with other couples-

Please call our office (204 275 1045) or email us if you are interested in participating in any of the above groups, and we will contact you as soon as dates are established.