Awaken Your Energies, Explore Your Path, Embody Your Full Presence & Power October 17-19, 2019
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Seeking a place to recharge in nature so you can return home with clarity and ease about your future – relationships, career, goals?


The Women Rising Retreat is that place. 


And, it's designed  for you, the woman who wants to tackle her next big challenge, noteworthy goal, or exciting new role.


A woman who knows that spacious nourishment is required to scale new heights.

It’s easy to get side-tracked by the rush of a daily life full of constant decisions, and never-ending to-do lists.


We feel squeezed for time and energy. 


We wait for permission.


Over time we can slip into auto-piloting our way through life, losing touch what matters most to us.




Attending Women Rising will open up the space you need for renewing your energy, for deeply listening to what matters most to you.


You’ll have opportunities to tap into the energy and wisdom that already lives within you to guide you. 





You’ve accomplished a lot to stand where you are today.


You don’t need another certification, master cleanse or ‘podcast guru’ to transform you. 


You need reflection time to reveal what’s already evolved within you.


You need a safe, connected space to speak to the challenges you’re experiencing. 


You need time in nature, breathing room to expand, and the company of thoughtful (and thought-provoking) women.






At beautiful Lake Geneva you’ll have the gift of space and time to rest, reflect and renew.


You’ll be guided to explore the questions that will give you clarity and focus.


You’ll reflect on what you care deeply about and place your focus here.


You’ll engage in practices to shift your mindset and mood – in any circumstance.


You’ll move with unbridled confidence that’s rooted within you.


You’ll identify your unique pattern of influence, while gently spotlighting those pesky blind spots, otherwise known as your unrealized potential.     


Your insights might occur during a Circle Session with our cozy group. Or, they might reveal themselves during a lakeside hike in the crisp autumn air. Clarity might appear while sipping your morning beverage after a deep, restful sleep.



In the time we 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.



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 live best, and most powerfully, when we’re aligned with what matters most, well-rested, energized (yes, sleep & self-care rate highly here), deeply supported, and resourced.  Women Rising Retreat–it’s a soft place for you to land. 


At this retreat, we’ve got you covered.


With fierce grace and heartfelt love,


Chris L. Johnson, PsyD.

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


Where We'll Retreat

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 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.

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 tliving 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 
  • You believe in transparency. You’re willing to be open & honest about your challenges and questions
  • You’re willing to try something new — a practice, a conversation, a perspective

You’ll leave able to:

“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 partner/parent/leader 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, power and ease 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 greater ease, more skillful conversations, enhanced decision-making, and increased creativity
  • Design and commit to a plan for increasing focus, presence, and confidence in your llife & leadership journey

This is a totally different way to be powerful! I loved it! 


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


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

-- Tara Estacaan



Retreat Itinerary

Thursday October 17th, 2019 - Sunday October 20th, 2019



Thursday, October 17th

    • 4:00 p.m. --Check-in at Bella Vista Suites
    • 5:30 p.m. --Opening Session
    • 7:00 p.m. --Light Dinner Reception


Friday, October 18th

    • 8:00 a.m. --Breakfast
    • 8:45 a.m. --Arriving & Sitting Practice
    • 9:00 a.m. --Session 1
    • 12:00 p.m --Lunch/Spa/Hike
    • 2:00 p.m. --Session 2
    • 4:00 p.m. --Nature Walk on Lake Shore Path
    • 5:00 p.m. --Day's End Session, end by 6:00 p.m.




Saturday, October 19th

    • 8:00 a.m. --Breakfast
    • 8:45 a.m. --Arriving & Sitting Practice
    • 9:00 a.m. --Session 1
    • 12:00 p.m --Lunch/Spa/Hike
    • 2:00 p.m. --Session 2
    • 4:00 p.m. --Nature Walk on Lake Shore Path
    • 5:00 p.m. --Day's End Session, end by 6:00 p.m.
    • 6:00 p.m.  -Dinner on your own 



7:00 p.m.
Light Dinner Reception



“Patience is an inner pause, a brief stillness, a moment we give ourselves to breathe through our initial reaction so we can move to the place of calm."

-- RJ Knost

“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
  • Dinner option on Saturday evening
  • 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. Groups of 4, special discount. Payment plans are available. Registration is limited to 16 people and closes on Monday October 15, 2019.


About Chris

I’m Chris Johnson, PsyD., founder of Q4 Consulting, Inc. and the Core Presence Institute.™ My passion is cultivating exemplary leaders, collaborative teams, healthy workplaces, and thriving communities.

My doctoral degree is from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where my clinical focus has been healing trauma individually, in families, and in the workplace. As a Master Somatic Coach and Certified Mindfulness Teacher, I merge all the facets of my education to offer programs that train attention and tap the body as a rich source of intelligence, wisdom, and action.

My “sweet spot” is the intersection of women leaders and conscious business. I help women face and overcome gender-specific and individual challenges as leaders – in the workplace, at home and within communities. When we tap our unique strengths, we’re unstoppable!

Another key commitment of mine is extending 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, you’ll likely find me making art, gardening, reading a great book, skiing down a mountain 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.


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?

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.


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.

We’d love to hear from you! 

We’ll typically get back to you within 48 hours if not sooner. 

Because we practice what we preach in terms of working with our own energy, our office hours are Monday-Thursday 10-6  pm.CT, and Fridays from 10-4 p.m CT.  

Leave your question and contact info below.  We look forward to connecting with you soon!