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Women’s Wellness and Education Retreat

March 3-5, 2023
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wis.

Friday, March 3, 2023: 5 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2023: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, 2023: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (optional)
Cost: $149
Location: UW Oshkosh Campus (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

Study the Gifts of Imperfection

You are invited to an intensive, but rewarding study of The Gifts of Imperfection, based on the work and research of Brenḗ Brown. The Gifts of Imperfection is a curriculum that focuses on letting go of the habits and emotional protections we have put into our life so that we can show up as our most authentic selves and live wholeheartedly.

What is included:

  • Instruction by a mental health therapist who is trained and certified as a Daring Way Facilitator, in the work of Brenḗ Brown.
  • Workbook for The Gifts of Imperfection by Brenḗ Brown.
  • Box “lunch” supper on Friday, Lunch on Saturday, snacks and beverages.
  • UWO parking fees.

Spring 2023 Schedule and Topics

Friday, March 3, 2023 and Saturday, March 4, 2023

We will cover six of the 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living:

  1. Cultivating Play and Rest, Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol, and Productivity as Self-Worth
  2. Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance and Letting Go of Cool and Always in Control
  3. Cultivating Authenticity and Letting Go of What Other People Think
  4. Cultivating Self-Compassion and Letting Go of Perfectionism
  5. Cultivating Your Resilient Spirit, Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
  6. Cultivating Calm and Stillness and Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

 Sunday, March 5, 2023 

If you wish to complete the whole book, you may add the Sunday, March 5 session (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) to cover the four remaining Guideposts.

  1. Cultivating Gratitude and Joy, Letting go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
  2. Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith, Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
  3. Cultivating Creativity and Letting Go of Comparison
  4. Cultivating Meaningful Work, Letting Go of Self-Doubt and Supposed-To

Fee for Sunday’s program is $60. This includes a box lunch. Please note: We will need at least 10 people to choose this option to offer the third day.

Meet the Instructor

Jennifer Olkowski, LPC, CSAC, CDWF

Jennifer is a mental health therapist with over 20 years of experience helping clients move through their crisis and challenges and life adjustments. She trained and became certified as a Daring Way Facilitator, in the work of Brene Brown, in 2017. She is also specially trained in exposure and response prevention, a highly evidenced based treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders. Her current passion is working towards her certification as an Emotion Focused Therapist, which she is bringing to individuals, couples and families.

Much to her family’s delight and chagrin, she continues to do her own vulnerability work. The pain of carrying resentments became greater than her fear of just speaking her truth. While it is scary, it is also very freeing.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 23 years. She has two adult sons who are off on their own life journeys. And, of course, she has one dog and 2 cats. Her happy places include being in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, being on the water, training her dog and sometimes photography. She gets fired up about all things social justice!