We hear you.

You’re tired of juggling the demands of a busy life and feeling like your results don’t reflect your effort.

You compare your life with others and often end up feeling “not enough”. You work hard to avoid criticism.

You long to feel free to be more fully YOU in your relationships and your life and are seeking new perspective.

Join us for this one-day workshop based on the research of Brené Brown. Discover how cultivating the courage to be vulnerable can be a doorway to living a brave, meaningful, and resilient life.

You’ve watched Brené Brown’s TED talk and you get it. Embracing vulnerability can transform your life. But how do you actually do that day to day?

To be human is to be vulnerable. As much as we might want to, we can’t opt out. But most of us spend so much of our precious time and energy trying to avoid, out-think, and out-run vulnerability. What would happen if we started Daring Greatly™ instead?

We create more courage, connection, and compassion – for ourselves and others – when we have a better understanding of vulnerabilty, how it shows up in our lives, and by practicing skills to embrace it.

Join us for this day of education with others who want to let go of hustling for worthiness, and live braver, more openhearted lives.

Through videos from Brené Brown, and creative and contemplative exercises, together we will explore how to:

  • Identify the elements you personally need to live a really fulfilling life
  • Recognize ways you “armour up” to protect yourself from vulnerability
  • Become more resilient to and move more quickly out of a shame spiral
  • Be more compassionate with yourself
  • Apply daily practices to cultivate more calm, authenticity, joy and meaning
  • Identify the next small steps towards daring greatly in your own life (and recognize what gets in the way)
  • Embrace your story and love yourself throughout the process

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” ~ Brené Brown

FAQ: I noticed that you work with people with invisible health conditions. Do I have to have a health concern to attend Daring Greatly™ this June?

No, this group is open to anyone who is interested in Daring Greatly™! Each person will choose an area where they want to show up differently and be more brave (work, relationship, parenting, health and wellness, creativity, any activity that requires you to muster up some courage!). The common-ground will be wanting to show up more fully in your lives, and each person will decide what they most want to focus on for the workshop.

This group may be for you if:

  • You are familiar with Brené Brown’s work and are excited to learn more about putting her research into action
  • You have never heard of Brené Brown, but the idea of daring greatly and living brave is calling out to you
  • You prefer a more condensed time frame for learning or need to travel to attend
  • You like the education and learning that occurs amongst a larger group of 10-20 participants

This is not a good time to enrol in this group if:

  • You are not able to tolerate an 7.5 hour session (with short breaks and 30min lunch)
  • You want to do a deeper dive with a small, intimate group (Note: Rising Strong™ with max 6 participants coming October 3 and 4, 2020)

Program Details

What: Saturday full-day group session, plus a one-hour pre-group individual session. During the intake session, Karen will support you to be ready to get the most out of the workshop by beginning a key piece of this work  – identifying what matters most to you. Includes a Daring Way™ workbook, curriculum hand-outs, and permission to be yourself (and snacks – please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions!)​

When: Groups currently on hold due to COVID. Future group details to be determined (TBD) when possible.

Where: TBD

Pricing: TBD (Note: pay by e-transfer for an additional $10 discount).

Registration deadline TBD.


Your Facilitators

Karen Gilbert, OT CDWF

Karen Gilbert OT, CDWF

Karen is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She works with people who are struggling to engage in the activities that are meaningful to them to develop new strategies and habits for living life with greater ease. Through the Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ curriculums, she supports group participants to build shame resilience and practice courage and wholeheartedness in their day to day lives. She has been an occupational therapist for twenty-four years with a focus on outpatient care. Karen is passionate about the interplay between our physical, emotional, and social well-being and empowering people with invisible health conditions to maintain a sense of worth and identity during vulnerable times.

“I work collaboratively with people to come up with practical solutions that allow you to engage more fully in your life. My role is to support you to develop new knowledge and skills, and to apply and integrate them into the day-to-day in order to achieve your goals. Knowing what gets in the way of doing the things that are meaningful to you is key. I believe that each of us is ultimately the expert on our own body and life, and that connection with others, empathy, and the therapeutic relationship can be powerfully healing experiences. It is always a privilege and an honour to hear someone’s story.” ~ Karen Gilbert

Crystal Johnson MSc, MCP, RSLP, RCC

Crystal Johnson MSc, MCP, RSLP, RCC

Crystal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Speech Language Pathologist in Vancouver with 15 years of health care experience. Both her professional life and her personal life have shown her how many people live with feelings of unworthiness and doubt about their place in the world. These undesirable feelings often then permeate into other life circumstances and relationships. Many of us simply never learned about how to take care of our own emotional and mental health.

As a counsellor, Crystal works with clients to acknowledge the realities of one’s circumstances and to process the difficult experiences. She supports client in learning to harness strengths so they can move forward in ways that align with their personal values. Clients become skilled in making peace with their experiences and building confidence in their ability to live a unique life that matters to them. Crystal brings this open and hopeful attitude to her group work where she believes in the power of shared experiences and learning. She looks forward to being part of the process as you begin to find your voice and share your beautiful story.

Yes! Sign me up for Daring Greatly™! What do I do next?

Step 1: Please submit payment via Paypal “Pay Now” button below (includes credit card option) or by e-transfer to receive an additional $10 reduction (e-transfer $175 to karen@karengilbert.ca).

Step 2: Once your payment is received, we will contact you to complete registration paperwork and schedule your individual session. Individual session times will only be scheduled until the end of May, so don’t delay in signing up. We want to ensure this group is a good fit for you. Should you decide after your individual session that this is not a fit, you will receive a full refund.

(Note: If you haven’t received a reply within 48 hours, please check your junk mail folder. Adding karen@karengilbert.ca to your address list prior to submitting payment by either method, particularly if you use hotmail, may be helpful)

For further information, please contact karen@karengilbert.ca

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Karen Gilbert Occupational Therapy and Consulting
Vancouver BC, Canada



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