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Awaken Your Power, Explore Your Path, Embody Your Full Presence, October 17-19, 2019
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Mindfulness Teacher • Speaker • Psychologist • Master Somatic Coach • Conscious Leader

Chris is a luminary leader, skillful somatic leadership coach, & engaging speaker.

As a transformational change agent, she’s living her calling – to lead powerful, agile leaders beyond their current successes to create conscious, thriving workplaces and communities. 

What wants to emerge in your life?


May sound like a silly question yet many of us are trying to square what we’ve dreamed about with what’s so urgent all around: the rush of daily life and decision-fatigue, juggling the never-ending to-do list, as the landscape of our lives unfolds right before us.


As a result, it’s getting harder to ignore those places in your life, relationships and career where you aren’t showing up fully as yourself. You feel the instinct to hesitate and wait swell up inside when what you really want to do is take the next damn move.

You’ve been somewhat surprised to find yourself holding back. It feels like a sticky combination of self-doubt, vulnerability and uncertainty.


This holding back, it often leads to feeling stuck.


And feeling stuck can leave you feeling powerless.


So, how did you get here?


There are lots of paths to feeling this way, especially for smart, creative women who want to make a difference, who want to inspire and lead, yet who have become disconnected from themselves.


It’s too easy to start auto-piloting your way through life, losing touch with what matters most to you on your way to success.


So when was the last time you actually paused to listen to your inner voice? Really?


From one busy professional woman to another, I know how difficult it is to step back, to slow down, to listen.


Listening is tough most of the time. Listening to the still small voice within is tricky.


Two of the most common, consistent reasons it’s tricky to listen is that we tell ourselves,  ‘I don’t have enough time,’ and “I couldn’t possibly take that kind of time for myself (and away from others).”


Many women simply give up on themselves  and relinquish their  power because they don’t know how to prioritize themselves. If they did, they’d have a clear sense of what matters most, and they’d make a stand for it.


Instead, you grab the latest Brene Brown book, jump on a TED talk for inspiration, or convince yourself that joining the company’s affinity group  will do the trick.


You work harder. You take all the ‘right’ actions. You ‘lean in.’


You’re on it, until you’re  not. You’re  exhausted, overwhelmed and still push that small inner voice–your true voice–down.


If you’ve read this far, you’re invested in changing this for yourself. And, the ripple effects of that change will expand to your work, relationships and overall life.


By choosing to claim what is rightly yours – innate power and respect – you can transform everything.


I know. I’ve been there too. Recently.


This retreat is designed  you –  a woman who wants to tackle her next big challenge, noteworthy goal, or exciting new role. You’ll experience this significant shift in a safe, spacious, and beautiful environment.


You’ll be supported in a gathering of women who will listen and learn together. Who will stand for dignity in all their actions.


We transform in relationship and this retreat is a soft place for you to land. We’re better together. 


One of the most important tools you’ll explore during the Women Rising Retreat are experiential embodiment practices. These practices teach you how to fully engage your Core Presence™ (your personal space of power), connect with other women and ultimately, make the impact you want to make in the world.


This is deep work that you’ll want time to explore and process over the weekend so you can really drop into yourself.


Self-care and self-cultivation are a key focus of this retreat. You will learn better and have more sustained energy if you are well-rested, well-fed and take time in nature. You’ll also take part in movement practices that will allow you to release what you’ve been holding (the massage therapists can help you with this too).


When the retreat comes to close, you’ll have a sense of what’s now possible, and how to begin making it happen. With 2020 around the corner, you’re NOT willing to waste one day of next year wondering, “What if?


My six-part process is designed to stretch and challenge you while fully supporting your growth and self-care in the company of other committed women.


Retreat with me, Dr. Chris Johnson, leadership coach and mindfulness teacher, for 2.5 days of empowering, nourishing, life-changing experiences at the Women Rising Retreat from October 17th-19th, 2019 in Lake Geneva, WI.


In the time we’ll spend together, you’ll learn how to wave goodbye to overwhelm and get off the work-life roller coaster so you can craft a successful path to creating a life you love.


You’ll do a perspective check, view your current mindset, and tap the power of your highest self to grow your inner confidence.

You’ll transform stress and overwhelm into resilience by taking time to pause and play together (yes, there will be dancing!).

You’ll drop into your body’s wisdom and become present to what’s most important to you.

You’ll connect with yourself and other women, accessing the support and freedom you crave to be fully yourself.

You’ll receive powerful reflections from a highly skilled facilitator, and your peers, so you can understand and apply the reflections you receive

You’ll practice new skills that will spotlight clarity and direction for your future.


And, you’ll come away refreshed and smiling. I promise.

With fierce grace and heartfelt love,



Chris L. Johnson, PsyD.

Founder, Q4 Consulting, Inc. & the Core Presence Institute

"A pause gives you breathing space to listen to the whispers of the real you waiting to happen."

-- Tara Estacaan

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. 

At beautiful Lake Geneva, in collaboration with other retreat participants, you’ll have the space and time to reflect. You’ll be guided to explore the questions that will give you clarity and focus. You’ll reflect on what you care deeply about, observe blind spots and gaps, and engage in practices to shift your mindset and mood. You’ll move with unbridled confidence.

We’ll help you identify your unique pattern of influence, 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 take 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 power and dignity.

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  — Thursday, October 17th
    • 4:00pm — Check-in at the Bella Vista Suites
      5:30pm — Opening Session
      7:00pm — Light Dinner Reception
  • Day 1 — Friday, October 18th
    • 8 :00am — Breakfast
      8:45am  — Arriving & Sitting Practice
      9:00am  — Session 1
      12:00pm — Lunch/Spa/Hike
      2:00pm  — Session 2
      4:00pm  — Nature Walk on the Lake Shore Path
      5:00pm  — Day’s End Session
  • Day 2 — Saturday, October 19th
    • 8 :00am — Breakfast
      8:45am  — Arriving & Sitting Practice
      9:00am  — Session 1
      12:00pm  — Lunch/Spa/Hike
      1:30pm  — Session 2
      3:30pm — Mindful Walk
      4:00  — Final Session, complete by 6:00p.m

You’re a Perfect Fit for the Retreat If: 

“Centering and owning my space was so powerful.”  ~~ Karen

  • You’re 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’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
  • 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’ll leave able to:

This is a totally differnt way to be powerful! I loved it! ~~ Deb

“Learning to center had the biggest impact. I didn’t feel pressured into my next action.”  ~~ Ami

  • Center under pressure into presence so that you are more able to show up and act as the leader/parent/partner you want to be
  • Cultivate resiliency as a resource so you can engage purposefully with the growing ambiguity, complexity, & power of our world
  • Act with greater agency and power while taking a stand for yourself and/or others
  • Engage conflict with greater compassion and dignity – for yourself and others – while staying true to your values & boundaries
  • Think clearly to address life’s complex problems, resulting in more skillful conversations, enhanced decision-making, and increased creativity
  • Design and commit to a plan for increasing focus, presence, and confidence in your leadership journey

"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.

“I’ve been so fortunate that the life I’ve been given has been surrendered early on to commitments way larger than I could ever accomplish in my own lifetime.”
~ Lynne Twist

“Your life is always speaking to you. The fundamental spiritual question is: Will you listen?”
~ Oprah Winfrey

What’s Included with Women Rising Retreat

Your retreat registration includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation (October 17th, 18th, & 19th, 2019) at the Bella Vista Suites (private rooms)
  • Evening Session and light dinner on Thursday night
  • Breakfast and lunch on Friday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday
  • 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.


  • “Let’s Go!” Early Bird Special if you apply before August 15th 2019 is $795.00
  • “I’m Coming!” prices until September 14th, 2019 at $850.00
  • “Hold My Seat!” prices until October 15th, 2019 at $925.00
  • Payment plans in two installments available until September 19, 2019. 
  • Group of 4, $2880.  For Group discount information contact
  • Click here to register

Payment plans are available. Registration is limited to 16 people and closes on Monday October 15, 2019.



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.

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 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 Thursday, October 17th.  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.


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