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Awakening Your Power, Exploring Your Path, Embodying Full Presence
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Hey there, Wonder Woman!

Yes, I am speaking to you.

How are your Superpowers serving you?

Have you been conquering your goals in a pair of rockin’ red boots or have you been hiding your real power and knowledge under a dark cape?

I know you’ve been thinking about tackling your next big challenge, noteworthy goal, or exciting new role.

But, you know you have unrealized potential – places in your life and career where you haven’t been accessing your power for the greater good.

That’s why you’re seeking a way to begin fully engaging your Superpowers, connecting with other women who can see and appreciate your strengths, and ultimately, making the impact you want to make in the world.

You have a strong sense of what’s possible and you’re ready to be the hero of your own life.

We saved you a seat on the invisible plane, please join us!


Chris L. Johnson, PsyD.
Founder, Q4 Consulting, Inc. & the Core Presence Institute

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

-- Wayne Dyer

You’ve learned a lot to get where you are today. You don’t need more classes or a guru. 

You need reflection time, and someone to gently guide you while asking the questions you didn’t know you needed to ask, and speaking the challenges you didn’t know you were experiencing. You need to open some new doors inside yourself and explore.

In collaboration with the other retreat participants, you’ll co-create the space to do just that! We’ll help you identify your superpowers, while gently spotlighting those pesky blind spots, otherwise known as – your unrealized potential. This might happen in a Circle Session. Or, it might happen during a nature hike. It might come to you after awakening from a deep, restful sleep.

Either way, you’ll see and feel things much differently after leaving this retreat. In fact, you’ll be a more fully alive version of yourself after taking this time away.

We’ll continue the work we began at Own Your Superpower: Core Presence™ Leadership Series for Women with a deeper dive into experiential practices of Attention (mindfulness), 360 Awareness (somatic, full-body awareness), and the Language of Deep Conversations, to further leverage possibilities for shifting conversations and making contributions through accessing our superpowers.

We know that leaders lead best, and most powerfully, when they’re on point with what matters most to them, well-rested, energized (yes, sleep & self-care rate highly here), deeply supported, and resourced.

We’ve got you covered.


Retreat Itinerary

  • Arrival  — Wednesday, November 14
    • 4:00pm — Check-in at the Bella Vista Suites
      7:00 — Evening Session
      9:00 — Cocktails/Nightcap/Hot Tea or Tottie
  • Day 1 — Thursday, November 15 
    • 8 :00am — Breakfast
      8:45 — Arriving & Sitting Practice
      9:00 — Session 1
      12:00 — Lunch/Spa/Hike
      1:30 — Session 2
      3:30 — Nature Walk on the Lake Shore Path
      4:30 — Day’s End Session
      7:30pm — Evening Session followed by a Reception
  • Day 2 — Friday, November 16
    • 8 :00am — Breakfast
      8:45 — Arriving & Sitting Practice
      9:00 — Session 1
      12:00 — Lunch/Spa/Hike
      1:15 — Session 2
      3:30 — Mindful Walk
      4:30 — Final Session, complete by 5:15p.m

"As a leader, it's a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow."

-- Himanshu Bhatia

Lodging & Accommodations

Bella Vista Suites is a luxurious boutique hotel on Lake Geneva’s stunning waterfront. It features a sparkling indoor pool, on-site Heartland Spa, and detoxifying Himalayan Salt Sauna – all within easy walking distance of downtown Lake Geneva with its first-class shopping, local dining, arts, antiques, and interesting history.

You’ll enjoy a private, comfortable room equipped with a soothing hot tub. You’ll have time to explore on your own, get in a hike, or sign up for a spa treatment of your choice at the in-house Heartland Spa.

What’s Included with Women Rising Retreat

Your retreat registration includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation (November 14th & 15th, 2018) at the Bella Vista Suites (private rooms)
  • Evening Session and Reception on Wednesday night
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Friday
  • 2.5 days of Core Circle Conversation with plenty of time for embodied practice, questions & individual support

Your investment for 2.5 days of Core Circle Conversations, Embodied Practice, 2 nights’ hotel accommodation, 2 optional self-care activities, and a new coterie of supportive professional women is $850, single occupancy.

  • Early Bird Special if you apply before Sept 21 is $775
  • General price is $850
  • Group of 4 discount is $725 for each attendee

Payment plans are available. Registration is limited to 16 people.

You’re a Perfect Fit for the Retreat If: 

  • You’re a mission-driven leader seeking greater influence and impact
  • You believe that connecting your experience with nature, your body, and others is central to developing as a leader
  • You’re willing to contribute to creating a safe space for everyone—including you—to explore uncomfortable questions and embodied patterns
  • You’re committed to the work (and reward) of living life fully, connected to your purpose
  • You believe in transparency. You’re willing to be open & honest about your challenges and questions, and willing to try something new — a practice, a conversation, a perspective
  • You’re growth-minded, in a transition, and ready for more clarity, focus, and ease in your life and work
  • You’re ready to move out of limiting beliefs, embodied patterns and overwhelm to live fully and mindfully in the moment


Bella Vista Suites is regionally located a short distance from Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, WI.
335 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Bella Vista Suites


Milwaukee is about 55 minute drive to Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva.


Chicago is about a 90 min drive to Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva.


Madison is about a 75 min drive from Bella Vista Suites in Lake Geneva.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’ve never worked with Dr. Chris in one of her programs? Can I still attend the retreat?

We learn and grow through practice and repetition. Attending one of Dr. Chris’s workshops or learning series will jump start your learning, effectively preparing you for the Retreat. Visit the Events & Registration Page to see if there are other happenings you’re also interested in.

That said, you can complete the questionnaire and share your interest and experience with Dr. Chris to ensure this retreat will meet your goals.

When should I arrive?

Check-in at Bella Vista Suites starts at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 14th.  An evening session begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Penthouse, followed by a reception.

If you’d like, you can choose to arrive early to take advantage of autumn’s quaint and natural beauty in Lake Geneva. The front desk can hold your luggage until your room is ready.

Or, you could come in the day before and book an extra night directly through the hotel.

Can I share a room with another attendee?

You could, though likely won’t want to! The basic retreat registration fee includes a king size, single occupancy room.

Will there be time to relax and recharge throughout the retreat?

Of course! Our schedule will include plenty of rest and reflection time, as well as flexible time for connecting in small groups or exploring the local area.

What should I pack?

We’ll have a complete packing list ready for you about a month before we meet up. But here’s the general gist: you’ll want to pack casual clothing in layers, as well as walking-around-town shoes. We will be exploring the Lake Shore Path so you might also want clothes and shoes comfortable for light hiking.


A Core Presence Leadership™ Series for Women
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Are you wondering what’s possible if you owned your (super)power?

Hint: Transformation.

This past year, we’ve witnessed and cheered many who’ve courageously stepped forward to speak their truth, confront abuses of power and greed, and called for justice to address harassment, extreme bias, and violence.

The rising power and impact of women’s leadership is more palpable now than ever. What we’re currently experiencing is much more than a meme or hashtag – there’s a genuine movement afoot!

This momentum has you feeling inspired and called to do more to affect change on your own terms – in your workplace, home, community, and country.

But, you aren’t sure where to start.

You’re not sure how to access and sustain the resources you’ll need.

You not sure you want to do it alone.

You’re not sure if you’re ready.

Come closer, I want to tell you something.

Now is the time.

The time for us to join and face the realities of life and work before us, to listen deeply, to gather our collective strength for action. 

We’re in this together. We all deserve our seat at the table.

It’s the time for us to step forward and present our power to the world.

If you’re a woman who longs to take a deeper dive into self-transformation, because you know it’s the most powerful way to transform the world, this leadership series is for you.

The Practice of Core Presence™ Leadership

Using key experiential practices of Attention (mindfulness), 360 Awareness (somatic, full-body awareness), and the Language of Deep Conversations, we’ll begin to explore the possibilities for shifting the conversation and making contributions through accessing your Superpowers.


  • Presence – Engaging Energy & Mood
    Juggling numerous & competing commitments depletes our energy. Learn to engage your energies & moods to fit any situation.
  • Purpose – Voice & Choice – Speaking Your Commitments
    Find your voice. Which values drive your actions? Express your life’s longing with absolute conviction.
  • Perspective – Living in Full Expression
    Explore beliefs & mindsets about power. Use your authentic power “with and for” what you long for in your life.
  • People – Connection, Community & Care
    Explore what’s at the heart of your connections—your values & relationships. Enhance your capacity to connect & receive.
  • Practices – Integration – Congruence in Thought & Action
    Focus on integrity & accountability. Incorporate practices that embody & sustain your deep commitments.

What to Expect:

  • Five group sessions of content specifically developed by Dr. Chris for this series with new topics introduced each session.
  • Paradigm-shifting content and practices that will be introduced and practiced in each monthly meeting.
  • Access to journaling prompts, curated readings, and videos to deepen your Core Presence.™
  • Opportunities to create real connections with women who share your values and commitment to serve from a broader and deeper platform.
  • Ongoing support from Dr. Chris and your cohorts in a private Facebook group.
  • An elegant celebration of our learning and contributions during our final session.
  • Eligibility to apply for one of the limited spaces the Women’s Core Presence™ Leadership Retreat scheduled in early November 2018.

Once Connected to Your Superpowers, You Will:













I want all of this for you, too.


I’m Dr. Chris Johnson, the founder of Q4 Consulting, and a leading voice in developing the principles and practices of embodied leadership to grow strong leaders, cultivate healthy workplaces, and strengthen communities.

Since 2002, embodied learning and leadership have deeply impacted my life and way of being. I’ve witnessed its incredible impact on others, too. My work allows me to access my own superpowers to cultivate the deep transformational change that you are seeking and our world so desperately needs.

Exemplary leaders know that their ability to influence the future requires cultivating themselves.

They build trust. They openly engage in conversations and practice in real time. They collaborate and coordinate with others to turn their compelling visions into reality.

You can experience this for yourself. That’s why I created a course to help you fully step into your Core Presence™ as an embodied leader and agent of lasting change.

I tell everyone about Chris’ work—it’s so powerful and transformative.

Working with Dr. Chris I have discovered some amazing things: I have come to know a person I never thought existed. 

I’m finding out what my real passion is & how I can go about reaching my vision.


Own Your Superpowers: The Core Presence Leadership™ Series for Women


Oak Brook Series

When Registering below, please select the first date: September 11th

Own Your Superpower

The Core Presence™ Leadership Series for Women

Chicago Series

When Registering below, please select the first date: September 12th

Own Your Superpower

The Core Presence™ Leadership Series for Women


We’ll meet for 2 hours once per month, with practice homework in between that will be discussed and shared in our private Facebook group. Our fifth session together will be a special celebration of our learning & contributions. All participants in this series are eligible to apply for a Women’s Leadership Retreat scheduled for early November 2018.

Own Your Superpowers

September – November 5 Sessions

Two locations for your convenience:
Oak Brook – Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Downtown Chicago – Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Each class limited to 16 participants.
Register now for early bird discount.

About Chris

I’m Chris Johnson, PsyD., founder of Q4 Consulting, Inc. and the Core Presence Institute™

I’m passionately committed to cultivating exemplary leaders, collaborative teams, healthy workplaces, and thriving communities.

I hold a doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where my clinical focus has been healing trauma individually, in families, and in the workplace. And as a Master Somatic Coach and Certified Mindfulness Teacher, I’ve offered extensive programs to train attention and tap the body as a rich source of intelligence, wisdom, and action. A key commitment of mine continues to be to extend embodied leadership into the marketplace, and to that end, I’m privileged to serve on the Executive Team for the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism as Chair of Learning & Practice.

When I’m not working, I’m likely either making art, gardening, reading a great book, or at the Aikido dojo practicing the art of peace.

Dr. Chris met me at a time of great personal and professional transition. She held me accountable to myself. The results? Chris helped me stake out a safe place to explore my newly emerging career path. And, she helped me to clarify a declaration for my future. I never dreamed I’d make such progress. I’d absolutely recommend Chris to anyone seeking to find their path.


Working with Dr. Chris I have discovered some amazing things: I have come to know a person I never thought existed. I feel like magic has happened in my life.


Dr. Chris isn’t constrained by the pretenses of her profession. She is incredibly flexible and responsive, yet has challenged me to stand in my power and build my capacity as a professional.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of Core Presence Leadership™ training compared to traditional leadership programs?
More traditional leadership programs offer tips, tools, and techniques to function in leadership roles, yet don’t typically address the self that you are as a leader. Your primary source of power does not come from your position or rank, but from those qualities that enable you to connect, inspire, and engage with others toward effective action (your superpowers!). Working with an embodied focus provides you pragmatic, body-based wisdom to draw from as you deepen your Core Presence™ as a leader. Owning and leveraging your superpowers is what makes all the difference in getting the work done, the contribution made, the world changed.
What are the tangible take-aways from the 'Own Your Superpowers' series?
By the end of this series you’ll walk away with practices, skills, expanded perspectives, and an understanding of how your superpowers are the infrastructure to support who you want to show up as in the world, how you relate with others (and them to you), and the impact you want to have on what’s most meaningful to you. Powerful stuff.
Can I do this if I don't consider myself a leader right now?
Yes, of course! Through my work, I have learned that many women don’t necessarily see themselves as leaders. This could be because of their job title, environment, education level, perspective, or self-doubt. This series will support you to identify where you want to place your attention and energy to facilitate change by using your inherent powers. This series is for those who are just beginning to explore leadership, as well as those who are actively leading and ready to make the leap to a bigger cause, stage, or forum. Together, every member of our group will help one another define and own her own superpowers and personal brand of leadership.
What's your policy on refunds?
Tuition for this series is non-refundable. I’ve been working with the content used in this series since 2002 and know the positive impact it has on clients. While I cannot make individual guarantees, if you show up with an open heart and curious mind you will undoubtedly learn skills that support you in leading a more full, connected, and powerful life. You can absolutely count on my full attention, support, humor, honesty, and non-judgment.
I'd like my employer to cover the cost of this series. Can you help me?
Yes! We support many corporations and organizations with our work. Please email us at and we can help outline the benefits and skills you’ll acquire in this series framed in an perspective relevant to your employer.

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