The 2021 Seasons of Bravery Ritual & Retreat!

a two-day virtual retreat to prepare for next year with flexibility, resilience & confidence

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Saturday, January 2nd

Sunday, January 3rd

10 am - 2 pm CST (UTC-5)



Wanna know what's just as effective as raw doggin' a pandemic without a face mask?


New Year's Resolutions. Yep. Let's face it. They're bullshit. 

Besides, we all know COVID-19 doesn't give a flying flute about your plans for the future! 

So how do you prepare for the new year after a year like 2020? The year that will go down in history books as ummm... (rollercoaster? dumpster fire? nightmare? joy ride? adventure? blackout? parachute ripcord?)

Obviously, your plans for 2021 are gonna to take more than a spoonful of motivational sugar and that extra fairy dust in your back pocket.

<ENTER SEASONS OF BRAVERY RETREAT, wearing a super hero cape>

If you're ready to punt 2020 swiftly into orbit AND you also want to...

  • stop burning down your life with non-decision 
  • get organized and ready for the new year
  • shift your focus forward into the future
  • and make a master game plan for 2021!

Then you'll fit right in!

Join fellow comrades and bravely look back on 2020's highs and lows so you can make grounded, resilient, flexible, and easy-to-implement plans for 2021! 

Introvert Bonus: Virtual retreats let you stay snuggled up in the cozy comfort of your home.

(hello, pajamas! yes, please!) 

The last 5 years(!!!) built and refined this annual review & quarterly planning method.

It works.

Hi, I'm Emily Ann Peterson. I'm the author of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. 

Thanks in great part to this annual ritual, I've spent my 2020 snuggled up writing songs, attending my first semester of grad school, and helping the students of The School of Bravery as a business coach for creative folx!

This Seasons of Bravery Ritual is my favorite way to conduct a year-in-review, shift my focus toward the new season, and make grounded plans from an honest, hopeful, and holistic perspective.

This year The School of Bravery is going through the whole process together! via Zoom! Like all the cool kids these days!

Oh, and I personally love to use lots of rainbow Post-It Notes for this! But that's optional! ;-)

Here's why YOU need this Seasons of Bravery Ritual & Retreat:

If you're hoping for good things from 2021 then it's gonna take...

  • courage to make space for those things
  • vulnerability (and a couple of deep breaths)
  • flexibility to make all the necessary plans 
  • honesty to acknowledge successes or failures
  • imagination to envision our next brave steps

Not everyone is up for something like that, but you're probably not just anyone, right? ;-)

The super good news is the invaluable strengths and resources found in this process. The time, gratitude, collecting of history, and expression of creativity is a huge boost and a fantastic start to the new year. 

When it's done in a way that works uniquely with you and your life, then creative preparation and organization becomes crucial to your resilience, flexibility, and growth.

Bonus! Rolling our sleeves up to get it done together makes doing brave things more manageable and *gasp* FUN!

The 2021 Seasons of Bravery Ritual & Retreat!

Saturday, January 2nd

Sunday, January 3rd

10 am - 2 pm CST (UTC-5)

Spend two days with a courageous bunch beautiful humans saying goodbye to 2020, so you can confidently envision your plans for 2021!

All Attendees Receive:

  • 6 Live Group Sessions - 45-min each, 3 sessions both days, broken up into short, interactive activities and spaced out with breaks so you can do your solo exercises, deep dives, or other steps in the process. 
  • Access to Replays - Because this process is best done without skipping steps, it's preferred that you attend all 6 sessions consecutively. But yes! Each session and all pop-in questions will be recorded. The replays will be posted 24 hours after the retreat.
  • Pop-In Coaching Support - Emily Ann is available both days for the full duration of 10 am - 2 pm (12 hours total!) So if you need to pop in with a question in between sessions, you totally can!
  • Built-In Breaks - Introverts, silent thinkers, and dance party people will appreciate this. Each day of our retreat has two 75-min breaks for solo reflection, physical movement, time to complete our planning activities, and snacks 'n such.
  • Printable Guide - So you can rinse & repeat the process later as frequently as you'd like!
  • Digital Template - This GoogleDoc will rocket you through the entire process rather than needing to take weeks building everything from scratch. (Although you're welcome to dive deeper later too!)

Optional Add-ons:

  • Client Pricing & Calendar Calculator Tool ($40 one-time) - If you're a client-based business, freelancer, coach, teacher, etc. then this calculator was created to identify blindspots in your pricing strategy and how you structure your work week through out the year. 
  • Anti-Burnout Book Club Membership ($67 monthly) - Our newest group coaching & book club has a seat saved for you! We're super chill and meet on Wednesdays at 7-8:30pm CST.
  • Signed paperback and audiobook download of Bare Naked Bravery ($17.95 one-time, US shipping only) - I'll pop a copy in the mail and you get an instant download of it too!

Psst! You won't be asked to manifest anything.

You and the rest of the world deserve more than sheer willpower, spiritual bypassing, or name-it-and-claim-it philosophies. 

However, you absolutely *will* be asked to explore new versions of...

  • ease
  • flexibility
  • inclusivity
  • and resilience! 

Daily Retreat Schedule

Saturday, January 2nd

Sunday, January 3rd

10 am - 2 pm CST*

*Convert to your timezone here.  


10 am - 10:45 am CST* → Group Session

10:45 - 11:30 am CST* →  Solo Assignments & Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm CST* → Group Session

12:15 pm CST*  →  Solo Assignments & Break

1 pm - 1:45 pm CST* → Group Session

Session 1 // Day 1

Welcome, Introductions & Deep Breaths

In this opening session we'll get things kicked off with introductions and expectations for the weekend! We'll also do some group activities to prepare your brain and body for the day before diving deep into our year-in-review of 2020 during the following break.

Session 2 // Day 1

Honesty & Gratitude for Things Past

You'll spend this session learning tools that make it easy to mine valuable planning info from 2020. Since this deep dive process can dredge up some heavy feels, you'll be armed with tools to ease the emotional side of combing through 2020's historical nuggets. 

Session 3 // Day 1

Dreaming with a Vision of Possibility

Our final session of Day One is cleaning up your lenses so you can see 2021 with the perspective geared towards possibility. The evening's homework assignments are aimed at priming your subconscious to envision that next year could actually turn out better than you expected. 

Session 4 // Day 2

Identifying Friction & More Deep Breaths

Our first session of Day Two entails a check-in with everyone, more group activities to prepare for the day, and an overview of how we can use our following break in the day to prepare for 2021. You'll learn how to catch the trouble spots ahead of time so you can ease those crises and headaches!

Session 5 // Day 2

Planning with a Power of Choice

Now that you're aware of the "caution zones" for 2021, we'll spend this second session and the following break pulling everything together into a game plan for the year. You'll end up with a rubric that works with you and your life's desired trajectory with room for flexibility too.

Session 6 // Day 2

Sharing & Celebration

In our final session, we'll wrap up any loose ends related to creating our map of the year. Our cherry on top of our time together is a really special group activity. You'll leave feeling ready for whatever 2021 will bring with enough time in the day to continue the preparation and celebration in your own way. 


Payment flexibility available! 

I get it. I've been there. Payment plans really DO help.

Not only that, but I believe wise financial decisions shouldn't get punished with interest charges. Besides, flexibility and wisdom can be a financially sustainable option for both of us!

For transparency: I am white, unmarried, have no kids, two fur babies, and do not own a home. My 2019 personal income was around $27,000. I live and work holistically within my means, which allows me to operate credit card-free. I've owned my business for well over a decade and thanks 100% to student loans, I get to pursue my Masters in Business Administration with a graduate minor in Gender and Women's Studies.

If you have financial needs, I ask that you consider the above and following factors while selecting a payment option that fits best:

  • economic sustainability
  • racial privilege
  • relative earning potential
  • access to personal financial support


1 Payment of $75

2 Payments of $37.50

4 Payments of $18.75

FYI - It's pretty easy to set up additional pricing options so please email me if there's a better payment plan for your situation.