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Good work is done with heart as well as knowledge and skill, done with a depth of commitment that brings integrity and courage to the workplace. But workplace culture can make it risky to reveal our hearts. So we hide them – and sometimes lose them.

By supporting teachers, medical professionals, clergy and others who want to reclaim their hearts, we bring new life to them, their work, and the people they serve.

– Parker J. Palmer

Our mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

The Center for Courage & Renewal and its network of more than 200 Courage & Renewal Facilitators across North America and the globe offer online resources, in-person retreats and professional development programs.

See stories of lives transformed through the Courage & Renewal experience.

History: In 1994, Parker J. Palmer with Rick and Marcy Jackson founded the Center for Courage & Renewal (the “Center”), formerly known as the Center for Teacher Formation, a program within the Fetzer Institute. Courage to Teach® was the premier program helping teachers connect soul with role, rekindling their passion for educating the whole student.

As the Center’s Circle of Trust® approach became more popular within the teaching profession as well as other social sectors, the Center for Courage & Renewal was established as an independent nonprofit in 2003. Programs are now offered to leaders in health care, ministry, business and community settings, as well as to everyone yearning to become more authentic and self-aware in their life's work.

We have a rigorous process for selecting and preparing new cohorts of Courage & Renewal Facilitators in North America and Australasia.


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The Center for Courage & Renewal (EIN 33-1023228) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. View our most recent Annual Report (PDF file best viewed in Chrome) to learn more about our important work.

The Center for Courage & Renewal admits participants of any race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities and does not discriminate in administration of its programs, admissions policies, scholarships and/or financial assistance.