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Do you ever find yourself weary of the dark? Whether the darkness comes too soon on a winter day, or it enters through grief, difficult relationships, trauma, depression or anxiety, this workshop is intended to help you Light up the Dark!

We invite you to join us for this creative experience to explore how to light up the dark!  Come on your own, or invite friends!

Read all the details below.  To register for this event, scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the  questionnaire, informed consent, and payment forms below.

The workshop will include:

  • Exclusive video presentations featuring Dr. Brené Brown
  • Experienced facilitation by Nancy and Robin
  • Meaningful sharing and connection with other women
  • Creative and experiential activities to aid your learning

Coming Fall of 2024…dates TBA


Friday Evening:  Jester Park Nature Center  12130 NW 128th St., Granger, IA

Saturday:  Hope+Elim Des Moines
2500 University Ave. (Across from Drake University), Des Moines, IA 50311


$75-$350 (includes workshop supplies and light snacks.  Lunch NOT included.  You may bring your own sack lunch, or eat at one of the Drake neighborhood restaurants.)   Cancellations will not be refunded unless the workshop is cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Please use the Green Bottle Scale Method below to determine your cost.

Sliding Fee Scale:
We believe in the importance of this work and do our best to make this offering accessible. If the cost of the workshop is a barrier, we encourage you to invite your community to consider sponsoring you. We also would like to offer a sliding scale fee option to eliminate financial barriers.  
The Green Bottle Sliding Scale Method, developed by Alexis J. Cunningfolk is a fee structure designed to accommodate participants with different financial means. It is a flexible payment range instead of fixed price for services.  

If you fall into the “full bottle” category on the scale, we ask that you pay the full fee, $350, for the workshop. 
If you fall into the “half-full bottle” category on the scale, we ask you to pay $200 for this workshop.
If you fall into the “quarter-full bottle” category on this scale, we ask that you pay $75 for this workshop.  

We are offering this on an honor system…no questions asked.  Please assess your situation honestly, and then feel the freedom to register accordingly. 

*  BASIC NEEDS include food, housing, and transportation.
**EXPENDABLE INCOME might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the movies or a concert, buy new clothes, books, and similar items each month, etc.


The workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Schornack, LMHC, CDWF and Robin Hitt, ACC, CDWF, who have been friends and colleagues for many years. Both are Certified Daring Way Facilitators, having received extensive training in the work of Dr. Brené Brown.

On Friday evening, we will meet at the Jester Park Nature Center for:

  • A time of getting acquainted
  • A night hike to explore and befriend the dark
  • A bonfire, hot cocoa, and a S’mores Charcuterie Board

Bundle up, put your brave on, and join us for this adventuresome part of the retreat!  Be assured, we will strive for this to be an accessible event that will enable all to participate with options.  We will have indoor space to stay warm, and  if winter weather is simply prohibitive for a hike, we have Plan B.   If you have any questions, concerns, or specific needs related to making this event accessible to you, please reach out!

On Saturday we will meet at Hope+Elim Church in Des Moines.  While the workshop is not affiliated with the church, we are so grateful for the space we will have there that should suit us very well.  On Saturday, we will share in four sessions together, with a noon break for lunch.

  • Light up the Dark with Your Values:  We will help you will identify your core values and understand how they light the way when darkness falls.
  • Light up the Dark with Glimmers:  Glimmers are tiny moments of goodness that make us feel happier, hopeful, safe, and connected. We will help you identify your glimmers, and how they can light up the dark.
  • Light up the Dark with Spiritual Practices:   We will explore how spiritual practices can illuminate dark places.  We believe that light shines through our common ground, and our diversity, and the table is set for all.
  • Light up the Dark with Living BIG:  In this session we will shed light into how to navigate your most challenging relationships by Living BIG with Boundaries, Integrity, and Generosity.

Contact Nancy or Robin via email.

Email NancyEmail Robin
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To register for this event, please fill out the questionnaire, informed consent, and payment forms below.

Upon clicking the Payment button below, you’ll be sent to our PayPal page. Click the Send button, sign into your PayPal account, and enter the name of the event you are registering for, and your payment amount.  If you do not have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

If you prefer to pay via check or some other way, please email Nancy at and we will gladly make arrangements.

Your participation in the workshop will be confirmed via email upon the receipt of payment and the submission of registration forms.

Registration deadline is 

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