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Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders

Upcoming Academy for Leaders:

March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA
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Registration Opening Soon
for 2015-2016 cohorts
near Minneapolis, MN
and Stoneville, NC

“I especially appreciated the focus on the inner dimensions of leadership: courage, integrity, identity, trust and vulnerability.”

See what alumni are saying…

It takes courage to walk your talk and sustain your passion when you’re working so hard to improve the world—whatever your worthy cause is. Pressures come from every which way. When you’re true to yourself, and true with others, that authenticity translates into trust. And trustworthy relationships translate into more effective, wholehearted leaders, teams and results.

This program is for you if:

  • You need courage to bring your voice and integrity to your work—and would value not only new practices, but also a new way of being more present and resilient.
  • You want to take your leadership to the next level and you’re game for the challenge of introspection toward self-growth, trusting it benefits others.
  • You are rethinking how you want to offer your leadership to the world, whether you are in a new position, in transition with your life and work, or hoping to renew your sense of meaning and purpose.
  • You would appreciate learning with a community of diverse leaders who want to bring their whole selves to the hard work of solving complex social issues.

What to Expect

The Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders is designed for and enhanced by the participation of people like you: experienced organizational and community leaders from diverse professions—including education, health care, business, public service, nonprofit, philanthropy, and religious life.

The Process: The Academy will engage a 30-person cohort in a professionally facilitated three-part process that unfolds over six months.

  1. Retreat #1 will explore Courage & Renewal principles and practices that support effective and courageous leadership. Over four days, you’ll experience and explore the Six Foundations of Trustworthy Leadership. Then you will focus your intentions by creating a plan to more fully practice them in your life and leadership. You’ll learn how to:
  • Click to Download PDFClarify your purpose and integrity through an ongoing inner journey
  • Ask honest, open questions and apply deep listening
  • Hold paradox and tensions in the face of complexity and uncertainty
  • Build trustworthy relationships in communities and organizations
  • Appreciate the value of “otherness”
  • Grow through seasons of personal, professional and organizational change
  1. Monthly Peer Learning Circles: Over the following six months, you will practice implementing these intentions within the realities of your organizational/community roles. You and your fellow participants will receive support in five-member Peer Circles. Five facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences will provide opportunities for mutual sharing, listening and learning.
  2. Retreat #2 is when you’ll come back together with your close-knit, trustworthy cohort for a final four days. You will share your case stories, gather the collective wisdom of the group, affirm your learnings, and identify opportunities to further apply the Courage & Renewal approach in your life and leadership.

2015 Academy – near Seattle, WA

calendarlime100Residential retreat I  March 19-22, 2015
March—November  Monthly facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences
Residential retreat II  October 29-November 1, 2015

Each residential retreat begins at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and ends at noon on Sunday.

CCR IsWd 5.10_157The residential retreat venue is IslandWood, a unique 255-acre environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island, WA (two hours from SeaTac Airport via light rail or taxi + ferry to Bainbridge Island).

Tuition (includes both retreats):

  • Individuals from education/nonprofits/clergy: $2,000*
  • Individuals from business/foundations: $2,600*

*Reflects the $400 Early Bird discount available through December 31, 2014.

Plus room & board costs for both retreats: $900 (double occupancy) or $1,200 (single occupancy) based on the actual venue costs. Commuter rate: $600 (meals only).

The Center for Courage & Renewal is committed to making its programs available to people of lesser financial means. We offer Financial Assistance to partially offset the costs of tuition and we also have payment plan options.

Apply for financial assistance here.
See our cancellation policy here.
Contact us to inquire about payment plans. (206) 466-2055

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Voices of the Academy

See how Valerie and Mike grew as leaders:

Watch video interviews of our 2013 Academy Alumni


“It was really important to me to broaden my own experience of community across a wide array of professions, to get to know people who hold some of these same values and to learn from them.”

Mona West
Director of Formation and Leadership Development
Metropolitan Community Churches, Austin, TX

“I was interested in learning more about what was needed for me to become more effective and a much more authentic leader. I’m leaving with the understanding that all the skills I need lie within.”

Carolyne Miller Abdullah
Director of Community Assistance, Everyday Democracy
East Hartford, CT

“One of the things I found most compelling about the Academy for Leaders program is that the work always comes back to me… It has been about my inner journey in this process.”

Norman Sigler
Managing Director, Leadership & Recruitment, CLEAR-Consulting.Biz
Seattle, WA

“It’s not about a toolkit for strategies and techniques. It’s all about reconnecting with who you are in the cosmos, which I think is the greatest gift you can bring to any profession.”

Ruth Moore
Teacher, Santa Rosa Middle School
Santa Rosa, CA

“This has been the best community experience I’ve encountered. Ever. It’s amazing to me how in the very brief time with the foundations and the touchstones, we created a framework to open up to one another.”

Karen Gygax Rodriguez
Pastor, Green Lake, WI

“I think it’s worth your time to do this program because it helps you, helps me especially and I think others as leaders, recognize the common challenges we all face and share in that kind of spirit and partnership.”

Jim Kramer
President, Kramer Consulting, Inc.
Seattle, WA

“Nothing matters more than relationships. At the Center for Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders, I’ve experienced that in a real, honest way.”

Christine Kelly-Kleese
Dean and Department Head, Student Engagement and Transitions
Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC

“If you’re looking for something that’s beyond techniques of leadership and you really want to go deeper into the heart of leadership, this is a great opportunity to do that.”

Mary Jensen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Bethel Seminary
Saint Paul, MN

“It’s a great experience and one that I think is a good springboard for taking the big questions you have about leadership and trying to come to a place and get some resolution, maybe not answers, but some resolution around some of the questions you hold.”

Bob Ryshke
Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, The Westminster Schools
Atlanta, GA

“Leadership is hard. People put so many expectations on us. Sometimes you get into survival mode. This space, this place, this commitment to understanding yourself and your leadership role, will allow you to thrive.”

CJ Callen
CEO of Youth Leadership Institute
San Francisco, CA

“Being in a community of leaders helps me learn very deeply, and be brave enough to practice directly, not only paying attention to what I do and say as a leader, but this experience helps me focus on who and how I am as a human being and as a leader.”

Aaron McEmrys
Parish Minister to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

“I got such a sense of hope for the future that there were more people concerned with deeper issues, wanting to push out their experience to benefit the rest of the world. It was staggering and inspirational.”

Bonnie Campbell
Director of Community Impact for Foodbanks
Santa Barbara County, CA

“The academy is an opportunity to tap into your inner wisdom. Being aligned, being ‘trued up’ with your True North, that’s what’s being offered here.”

Valerie Purnell
Legislative Advocate
Los Angeles, CA

“It’s very different, because it addresses matters of the heart…This one talks about paying attention to one’s inner wisdom, what one’s heart is telling them. It’s been invaluable to be allowed to go in that direction and to be supported in going in that direction.”

Rob Meyer
Pediatrician and former Medical Director at the Cambridge Health Alliance
Cambridge, MA

“For people who carry their hearts with their work and their work becomes disconnected from their heart…this is a chance to make that connection again, and go deeper, and have the tools to sustain that effort…to be the leader you always have been.”

Madaleinne Peters
Director of Masters in Education at Dominican University
San Rafael, CA

“You will take stock of where you are in your professional and personal life, and get in touch with certain touchstones that will afford you the opportunity to examine your own leadership and possibly take it to the next level.”

Mike Seely
Executive Director of Oregon Health and Science University Transplant Service
Portland, OR

“The continuity built between meaningful, substantive immersion programs offers the depth and duration to help carry us forward in our work. The approach is powerful. It’s been a great investment of time and resources, and we’ll bring it back in spades.”

Alan Furth
Executive Director, Cobscook Community Learning Center
Lubec, ME

“Leadership is a very solitary, lonely place. When you’re trying to grow a community in your own workplace that is somewhat countercultural — taking more time for relationships and building trust, often we’re too rushed — these workshops offer a strong sense of community and affirmation.”

Jack Williams
Provost, University of New England
Portland, ME

Oct 16, 2014 – April 12, 2015
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March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA

Power of Peer Learning

“In addition to the two retreats that are very important to the Academy – the initial retreat and the capstone ending retreat – are the monthly cohort calls. We gather using the wonder of technology in smaller groups of four or five, on monthly calls that last about two hours each. You might think that two hours each is a long time to be on the telephone, and I first thought that when we started these meetings, but it goes very quickly.

“Each person has the opportunity to share from their own leadership journey and to receive support from their peers in that learning circle about a particular leadership situation or incident they want to share in those calls.

“My experience of those calls has been that I always leave those calls with a deep sense of peace. It’s a very spiritual experience for me because I have been supported in that smaller arena. I’ve had the opportunity for people listen more deeply with me about the particular pondering or problem or event that I bring to that call.”

March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA

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