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For 25 years, the Center for Courage & Renewal has transformed individual lives, connecting people with one another and empowering diverse communities. We do so by offering retreats and programs, consulting, books, online resources, team coaching, customized consulting, speaking presentations, and program series, all delivered through our global network of Courage & Renewal Facilitators.

Explore our Circle of Trust approach, a social technology of time-tested principles and practices for helping people “rejoin soul and role.” Our personal and professional development programs will teach you skills for deeper listening, wholehearted decision-making, exploring your vocation, and building trustworthy relationships. With practice (and people to practice with), you can find renewed clarity, commitment, and courage to act with integrity on what matters most to you and your worthy cause.

The Center for Courage & Renewal is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by author, activist, and educator Parker J. Palmer. Founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, Palmer was named in 2011 an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world.”

No matter what program you attend, you’ll experience the Circle of Trust® approach—which is described in Parker J. Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.  Our newest book, The Courage Way, describes how our practices (such as our Touchstones) have equipped and sustained leaders to bring more integrity and trust to organizations and communities.

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Find out what these leaders discovered through Courage & Renewal practices. Watch videos.

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The Center for Courage & Renewal is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization.

Two New Books!

Read our new bookAt its core, leadership is a daily, ongoing practice, a journey toward becoming your best self and inviting others to do the same. And that’s where The Courage Way comes in. Our new book is a guide to leadership that shows how to access and draw upon courage in all that you do. Learn more at, find quotes to share, and sign up for an introductory email series, with practices and free downloads.  Buy now at or your favorite bookseller.

Parker J. Palmer’s 10th book debuts in June, On the Brink of Everything is a brave, beautiful book of reflections on eight decades of life and work. With gravity and levity, compassion and chutzpah, Parker talks about the importance of developing a robust inner and outer life, a sense of meaning and purpose amid pain as well as joy, and the intergenerational relations that enhance the lives of young and old alike. Here’s a book not only for elders but for those younger folks we call “old souls.” Pre-order your copy now. Read a sample chapter here.

Retreats & Programs

  • Are you ready to give yourself the time and space to reflect on important questions about your life and work?
  • Are you in the midst of life transitions, feeling at a crossroads in your life, career or relationships?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the world but find it difficult to sustain your original passion and purpose?

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