Click here to register.

The purpose

The purpose of The Falling Awake Workshop is for you to spend time (away from your normal activities) with the encouragement to ask yourself (and create answers) to the life-altering question: “What do I really want?” During this interactive experience, you will go through a series of exercises where you will uncover your deepest wisdom. You will see more clearly what is next for you in your professional and personal life.

These workshops, facilitated by Dave Ellis and his team, are fun, safe, and powerful. Dave has been teaching for the last 40 years, and he will bring you the best ideas and activities from his seven books which have sold over six million copies. You can find out more about Dave and his team below.

Each workshop is customized to for the participants and will have a particular emphasis (see Dates below). The Life Inventory (see above menu) is one great way to prepare for the workshop or to determine if this is the right event for you. If you complete the Inventory, we offer you a complimentary coaching session to review it.


Past workshop participants have reported the following benefits. Prior to the workshop, we will ask you to set goals for what you want to accomplish in our time together. This list gives you ideas of outcomes that you can create.

  • I transformed many of my key relationships.
  • I improved (or changed) my current work.
  • My money now works way better.
  • I walk around much happier day to day.
  • I got really clear about what I want in several areas.
  • My health is improving so I can do more.
  • I learned valuable coaching skills.
  • I created a wildly successful business.
  • I learned ways to make great decisions.
  • Regular exercise became fun.
  • My romantic relationship got much better.
  • My problem-solving skills improved.
  • I solved two of the biggest problems in my life.
  • I resolved parts of my past that had really troubled me.
  • My friends say I’m more enjoyable to be around.
  • I increased my income significantly.
  • I paid off most of my debts.
  • Distress became a very small part of my life.
  • I met some lifelong friends.
  • I began to have way more fun.
  • My spouse and I fight less and laugh more.
  • I eliminated many of my money fears.
  • I learned to manage my moods.
  • I created a much better work/life balance.
  • I became a lot less defensive.
  • My creativity really increased.
  • I developed a plan for my retirement.
  • People around me began keeping their word.
  • I became a much better parent.
  • I get along much better with my parents.
  • Boredom got replaced by excitement.
  • I have much more time for my hobbies.
  • Generosity has become my habit.
  • At work and at home, I’m more reliable.
  • Celebration and appreciation became routine.
  • People around me report I listen much better.
  • I released a lot of guilt about mistakes.
  • My ability to produce results improved.
  • I learned to motivate others.
  • I get along much better with my co-workers.
  • I am a much more effective leader.
  • Time management stopped being a struggle.



The San Francisco events take place at the Marriott Hotel next to the airport and only 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco. The Florida workshop takes place at Wyndham Grand in Jupiter. We have arranged for discounted room rates at both sites.

The date and times of each workshop are listed below. If you register, you will be asked to choose a date that works for you.

October 27 - 29, 2017, San Francisco, CA, Emphasis on Work, Contribution, and Life Visioning
2 pm – 5:30 pm, 9 am – 5 pm, 9 am – 4 pm (Pacific Time)

December 8 - 10, 2017, Jupiter, FL, Emphasis on Money, Health, and Life Visioning
2 pm – 5:30 pm, 9 am – 5 pm, 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time)

March 2018, San Francisco, CA, Emphasis on Money and Life Visioning
2 pm – 5:30 pm, 9 am – 5 pm, 9 am – 4 pm (Pacific Time)


Tuition: $700 less discounts below

$100 discount for returning participants

$200 discount for early registration (If you register by the end of September.)

Discounts are also given if you are attending with a life partner or business partners. A limited number of scholarships are available based on financial need.

For details, contact Bill Rentz (1-605-394-0072 or

Other costs

In addition to the tuition, participants are also responsible for their travel, food, and lodging. We have secured discounted hotel rooms for the participants.

Life Inventory

This inventory is designed to be of value to you whether or not you participate in The Falling Awake Workshop. Our commitment is for you to use this inventory to more fully understand your life and consider ways that you can create a better life.

In particular, this updated inventory has questions that deal with your relationships (at home and work) and your health (both physical and emotional).

The answers are strictly confidential and will only be seen by Dave Ellis and a coach who (if you request) will review them with you. Once you save your answers, you can update them at any time by returning to, clicking on Life Inventory in the top menu bar and then entering your email address.

Filling out the Life Inventory and talking about it with us will help you begin the process of solving your biggest problems and achieving your most important goals. Note that the inventory and its related coaching are free.

The Intensive

The Falling Awake Workshops stand alone, and they are also part of a nine-month program called The Falling Awake Intensive.

The workshops are offered independently of the longer program so that participants can create great value for themselves.

If you are curious about the Intensive, go to or click on the “Contact me” button near the top of the left column of this website. You can also click here to watch a video where Dave presents two of his best strategies and answers questions about the Falling Awake Intensive.


Click here to register.

About us

For over thirty years we have been providing coaching to hundreds of leaders and individuals. If you want to read what some of our past clients have to say about us, link here. These include Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, best selling author Jack Canfield, and many others.

Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis

Facilitator and Coach

Dave assists people to realize their fullest potential through his coaching, books, workshops, videos, and interactive online classes. He challenges people to think what they have never thought and empowers them to take actions that they have never taken.

Dave is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He wrote and published, Becoming a Master Student, which is currently in its 15th edition and has been the best-selling college textbook in America for over two decades . He has written six other books including, Life Coaching, Creating Your Future, and Falling Awake.

Dave has reached audiences worldwide since first sharing his principles in 1979. He has coached national and international nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, an NBA coach, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Through his workshops and books, he has helped over six million people create a more wonderful life.

In 1987, he started The Brande Foundation and has contributed millions of dollars to the work of this foundation and to other organizations.

Dave has been an assistant dean of Student Services, a member of the Administrative Board, and president of National American University, where for six years he taught computer programming and an innovative first-year experience course he designed on being successful in college. Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Psychology, a Master’s in Computer Science, work on a Ph.D. in Psychology, and an honorary Ph.D. in Naturopathic Philosophy.

He lives in the Bay Area of California with his wife Trisha. Together they have four daughters and six grandchildren.

Bill Rentz

Bill Rentz


Bill Rentz has worked with Dave Ellis for over 30 years. He is vice president of Breakthrough Enterprises and has been responsible for our coaching and coach training and manages most of the day-to-day operation of our projects. Bill is an executive coach and a Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. He has worked with leaders of several large organizations. He lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota and has been a dedicated husband for over 30 years.

JoAnne Bangs

JoAnne Bangs


JoAnne Bangs began a coaching practice 22 years ago while raising two young children. Since then she has been coaching individuals, business owners, couples, and leaders of nonprofit organizations. She has spent years working with Anne Goddard, President of Child Fund International; Melanie Macdonald, President of World Neighbors; and Yolanda Richardson, Past President of Center for Development and Population Activities. After a major health challenge in 2000, she transformed all aspects of her life such that her life is now vibrant, accomplished, and joyful. Her goal is to assist her clients to achieve the same through her coaching and our trainings.

Peter Chandonnet

Peter Chandonnet


Peter has been coaching, teaching yoga and meditation, and working with Dave for the last 13 years in the Bay Area and nationally. He empowers C-suite executives and emerging leaders and teams to be their best selves. He works within the sectors of health care, technology, finance, design, real estate, education, apparel, and the arts, and with families of wealth. He divides his time between San Francisco and Sonoma.

Anna Rheim

Anna Rheim


Anna Rheim began coaching in 2005. Her focus includes both one-on-one and couples coaching. She incorporates her love of ritual in her work. Anna is a graduate of Stanford University and has years of experience in leadership, education, art, and business. Her current passions are writing, golf, photography, and assisting people with their transformational development. Anna and her husband, Jim, live in Carmel Valley, CA near their two adult children and grandchildren.

The Falling Awake Workshop is a project of Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc., with offices in South Dakota and California.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc.
1050 Court Street #518
San Rafael, CA 94901

1-415-686-6900 - Dave Ellis
1-605-390-2275 - JoAnne Bangs
1-605-390-2343 - Bill Rentz

Breakthrough Enterprises, Inc.
1021 Alta Vista Drive
Rapid City, SD 57701

Back to TOP