Rising Strong™ Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of Dr. Brené Brown and led by Michelle Gannon, PhD and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW.

Do you want to have more joy, gratitude, contentment, authenticity, courage, calm and creativity in your life?

Would you like to have more compassion and
acceptance of yourself and others?

Do you need help getting back up after a fall, disappointment or setback in a personal or professional setting?

Are you going through any transitions or new chapters in your life?

Would you like to learn positive, proactive tools and strategies to live a more fulfilling, wholehearted and empowered life?

Our Rising Strong™ Workshop Can Help!


Rising Strong™ Workshop with
Michelle Gannon, PhD & Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW

Register Today for Rising Strong™ Workshop:

Rising Strong™ Workshop led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW and Michelle Gannon, PhD is a personal growth workshop based on the research of Dr Brené Brown. In a weekend retreat-like setting, we will explore, learn, practice and implement Brené Brown’s important work.

Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW and Michelle Gannon, PhD have helped individuals, couples and groups for over twenty years to create more meaningful lives and satisfying relationships.

Beth and Michelle are both Certified Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Supervisors and Therapists in San Francisco Private Practice and Faculty at the San Francisco Center for EFT (SFCEFT) and Esalen Institute, Big Sur.

Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW and Michelle Gannon, PhD are honored to be Certified Daring™ Way and Rising Strong™ Facilitators and excited to bring Brené Brown’s work to their clients, workshops and trainings.

Beth & Brené
Beth & Brené
Michelle & Brené
Michelle & Brené

Vulnerability – the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome – is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. Living a brave life is not always easy: Inevitably, we are going to stumble and fall.

~ Brené Brown

Rising Strong™ is based on the simple physics of vulnerability: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we take risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointments, hurts, failures and heartbreak.

Rising Strong™ Workshop is a research-based program about what it takes for us to get back up, live a more wholehearted and satisfying life and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write daring new endings. By participating in the Rising Strong™ Workshop with Beth and Michelle, you will have the opportunity to explore how to live bravely every day by showing up in the arenas of your life and relationships to become the best, most authentic version of you.


Over the Rising Strong™ Workshop Weekend, Michelle and Beth will guide the group with many positive experiential exercises, personal exploration, videos from Brené Brown created specifically for Rising Strong™ participants and opportunities for personal reflections and growth in a safe, supportive, positive and fun environment.

The Rising Strong™ Workshop is designed to address your personal goals, relationships, professional and creative lives.

At our Rising Strong™ Workshop,
you will learn and experience how to

  • Clarify Core Values
  • Recognize Emotions & Increase Curiosity
  • Improve Relationships
  • Own Our Stories
  • Increase Resiliency & Courage
  • Cultivate Wholehearted Living
  • Write Daring New Endings to Our Stories
  • Practice Gratitude, Joy & Authenticity

When you deny the story, it owns you. When you own the story, you get to write the ending!

~ Brené Brown

The San Francisco Rising Strong™ Workshop led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW and Michelle Gannon, PhD will be held at the Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Inn at the Presidio is an award winning boutique hotel in the heart of the Presidio. It is a national park site and National Historic Landmark at the Golden Gate. Inn at the Presidio offers an authentic historic experience and exceptional recreational opportunities in a setting of immense natural beauty.


The Rising Strong™ Workshop Fee of $750 per Participant includes:

Rising Strong™ Workbook, Coffee, Tea, Continental Breakfasts, Healthy Snacks & Catered Lunches + Evening Fireside Wine & Cheese with Michelle & Beth (Optional)

Please select a date for Rising Strong™ Workshop with
Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW & Michelle Gannon, PhD


Inn at the Presidio
San Francisco

$750 per Participant

Rising Strong™ Workshop for Women

February 4-5, 2017


Inn at the Presidio
San Francisco

$750 per Participant

Rising Strong™ Workshop for Everyone

March 11-12, 2017


Esalen, Big Sur

Pricing based on Esalen accommodations

Rising Strong™ Workshop for Women

September 3-8, 2017
Registration will open soon

Testimonials from Rising Strong™ Workshop Participants

The Rising Strong™ Workshop with Beth & Michelle was hands-down the best workshop I’ve ever participated in. The attention to detail on every level was incredible. The lingering effect is very strong™. I get a warm feeling all over just thinking about it! I was first introduced to Brené Brown when a friend sent me the link to her famous Ted Talk on Vulnerability back in 2010. It really struck me, and I’ve been following Brené’s work passionately ever since. If I ever met her in person, it would be akin to meeting a rock star. So, imagine my excitement when I came across the Rising Strong™ Workshop led by Michelle Gannon, PhD and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. Not Brené herself, but pretty close — two accomplished women who have decades of experience as therapists and it shows in their ability to create a safe, accepting environment and they are both Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Facilitators. They don’t call it a WORKshop for nothing. You are going to work during this weekend. But it’s going to be fun. Beth and Michelle have created a very special experience that mixes a variety of individual and one-on-one/group exercises. There is lecture and videos mixed in and plenty of opportunities to get up and move around — lots of little nooks in the historic Inn at the Presidio to do writing exercises. Beth and Michelle take care of everything. The workshop was perfectly paced with a super cool workbook, delicious breakfasts and lunches, wine and cheese happy hour, lots of snacks and other surprises. Even though I’ve done plenty of individual therapy and a lot of other personal growth workshops (and I was already familiar with Brené’s process for Rising Strong™) this Rising Strong™ Workshop took me to a new level. There were even a couple of professional therapists in our group, participating as attendees, and that says a lot. But no matter where you are in your journey, this will move you along. I left with real tools to make my life better. Not “tools,” meaning I now have a set of exercises to do (ugh, right?). But I have a new mindset. New ways of approaching my experiences in the most authentic way for ME diminishing anxiety and self-doubt. I feel very empowered. Despite how often I do these kinds of things, I’m always a little anxious in advance — wondering what to expect. What will the other attendees be like? Is it going to be too emotionally overwhelming? Am I going to have to share out loud? Those worries were immediately erased by Michelle and Beth and the down-to-earth, open-minded attendees. Also at the end of each day, many of us remarked how quickly the time had passed. We were so energized. Michelle and Beth could not have chosen a better venue than the Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco which is an intimate boutique inn with firepits on the patio and hiking trails out back. Just perfect for feeling “away.” If you can also stay there for the weekend, you won’t regret it. Thank you Michelle & Beth!
San Francisco
Rising Strong™ Workshop was conveniently located in San Francisco but I felt like I was swept into a retreat center miles away. It was an amazing supportive community with engaging and wise facilitators. I felt like every exercise applied to various parts in my life and were taught in easily digestible, creative and fun ways. I did walk into the workshop feeling some anxiety but throughout the weekend, I felt a lot of hope for me to find more joy, calm and balance in my life. When I went back to work on Monday, I felt centered, less anxious and had more energy than I've had in months. After the Rising Strong™ Workshop, I now feel like I have new tools and strategies to jump- start my life towards whole hearted living. I look forward to incorporating what I learned about Brené Brown's research and the Rising Strong™ philosophy into my daily practice.
San Francisco
Rising Strong™ Workshop with Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW & Michelle Gannon, PhD exceeded all of my wishes for a life changing experience. I read Brené Brown's books, saw her TED Talks and was seeking to learn more. The Rising Strong™ Workshop was exactly what I needed. I now have more tools that I can use daily to for more self awareness, shame resilience and help me "rumble" with many of my vulnerabilities. I received personal attention and also built connections with others in the workshop that aided me and validated that I am not alone in this struggle. The Rising Strong™ Workshop with Michelle & Beth took place at the beautiful Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco and this made the workshop that much more special. I highly recommend Rising Strong™ Workshop!
San Francisco
I had the good fortune to attend the Rising Strong™ Workshop last week with Michelle and Beth. Wow! I am still integrating. It was so rewarding on many levels to spend two days looking deeply within and gaining new clarity and insights into some of the beliefs that I have been operating from. Seeing more clearly the stories I tell myself with the added insight that the brain does not give me the “right” story, it gives me the story to keep me safe was eye opening! Having gone through a breakup last year that I am still learning from, the two days gave me so much more understanding and emotional movement of pain I was carrying. I gained so much clarity about choices I made and from what core beliefs those choices came from. It was liberating to see and feel and share some of these most vulnerable experiences with a group of beautiful, powerful, vulnerable women. I came away feeling seen, understood, accepted and loved by myself and by others. There is a knowing and a honoring of this without words that I so value and I felt at this workshop. Thank you, thank you Michelle and Beth for creating such a safe and wonderful experience of going deep and rising strong.
San Francisco
I am grateful and appreciative after attending the Rising Strong™ Workshop with Michelle and Beth last weekend. They created a safe environment to explore vulnerabilities and process through the Brené Brown's Rising Strong™ program. Both Michelle and Beth were generous in their warm and personal facilitation and giving emotional support and recognition. It was a powerful and positive experience. I am definitely "rising strong" from the personal work I did. Thank you Michelle and Beth!
San Francisco
There are days in our lives that we can look back on and reflect and say "these were days well lived." The two days I spent with Michelle Gannon, PhD and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW at the Rising Strong™ Workshop in San Francisco were definitely in this category. Prior to attending Rising Strong Workshop with Michelle and Beth, I had read several of Brené Brown's books. Her viral Ted Talks lured me in. I found them fascinating and was looking for something more. I didn't want to just read about it, I wanted to "work on it”! Serendipitously, I logged on to the Hold Me Tight Workshop Facebook page one evening and saw that Michelle & Beth were leading Rising Strong Workshop based on the research of Brené Brown in San Francisco! I researched it and immediately signed up at the first opportunity. I had already taken Hold Me Tight Workshop with Michelle and Sam, and here was this work that fascinated me, being held in my favorite city, being led by an incredible woman who had already helped me make lasting change in my relationships. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that it was going to be good. The Rising Strong Workshop weekend led by Michelle and Beth exceeded my expectations. The group of participants that attended were some of the most fascinating, kindest, nonjudgmental, authentic, strong, supportive and emotionally articulate people that I had ever spent time with. The space that Michelle and Beth created facilitated a sense of safety where true vulnerabilities could be shared and raw connections for growth could be fostered. I had so many "aha" moments and shared so many insightful conversations, even outside of the seminar, I can already feel the trajectory of my course shifting in my daily life now that I am home. I really believe that there is no greater gift that we can give to ourselves and the people that we love than the ability to learn how to be truly, vulnerably, authentically wholehearted. Our life is not going to be perfect and it will most definitely not be easy, but when you can learn how to pick yourself up from the trials and failures and Rise Strong, you will have lived a life that is beautifully admirable.
Los Angeles
Thanks so much for an amazing weekend. I left feeling so motivated and inspired so THANK YOU Michelle & Beth. I will be sure to spread the word about this amazing Rising Strong™ Workshop. All you have to do is enter with an open heart and you will leave feeling empowered, motivated and inspired. You will learn how to be vulnerable and have more self compassion for yourself so you can reach your goals. Beth and Michelle do a wonderful job of creating a safe and open learning environment. They gave me the tools and strategies I've been searching for to lead a more authentic and wholehearted life. Focusing on my core values really grounded me and gave me clarity of the person I want to be and the life I want to live. Rising Strong™ is a powerful yet simple framework that can really change lives!
San Francisco Bay Area

Interview with Michelle Gannon, PhD & Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW about Rising Strong™ Workshop & Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) & the importance of vulnerability, connection, wholeheartedness and rising strong.

Rising Strong™ Workshop led by Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW and
Michelle Gannon, PhD will be safe, supportive, positive and fun.

Space is limited. Please register early to guarantee space.
We look forward to meeting you!