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Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders

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Would you like to deepen your ability to be a more wholehearted, authentic and effective leader? 

Are you in transition, rethinking how you want to offer your leadership to the world?

Do you find leadership lonely and wish for a place to think with head and heart about what matters most?

If so, you are invited to join the next Courage & Renewal Academy for Leaders, an opportunity to explore your leadership strengths and challenges. Give yourself this time to reflect on your purpose and passion, learn new skills, and renew your spirit.

In this intimate six-month program with 30 peers, you will cultivate your capacity for self awareness, exceptional listening and discernment. The result is the power to build relational trust — the foundation of authentic leadership and the catalyst to positive change.

Take a “Deep Dive” into the Heart & Soul of Leadership

Upcoming Academy for Leaders:

Oct 16, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Canyon of the Eagles Resort
near Austin, TX
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March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA
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“I especially appreciated the focus on the inner dimensions of leadership: courage, integrity, identity, trust and vulnerability.”

See what alumni are saying…

The Academy for Leaders unfolds over six months:

  1. The initial four-day residential retreat will focus on Courage & Renewal principles and practices that support effective and courageous leadership.You’ll explore the Courage & Renewal Six Foundations of Trustworthy Leadership, learning how to:
  • Clarify 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/cycles of personal, professional and organizational change

After experiencing these six foundations within the cohort of leaders, you will focus your intentions by creating a plan to more fully practice them in your life and leadership.

  1. 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.  Learn more below.
  2. The second four-day residential retreat will feature another facilitated program, sharing your case stories, gathering the collective wisdom of the group, affirming your learnings, and identifying opportunities to further apply the Courage & Renewal approach in your life and leadership.

THIS PROGRAM MAY BE FOR YOU IF:

  • You find the principles and practices of the Courage & Renewal approach and the ideas of Parker J. Palmer personally meaningful.
  • You want to explore applying them more fully in your own leadership in organizational and/or community settings.

Connect with other leadersThe 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. This is an opportunity for you to do personal, reflective, inner work that strengthens your capacities for leading and serving with integrity and courage.


2014-2015 Academy – near Austin, Texas

Calendarorange200x200Residential retreat I: October 16-19, 2014 (begins 1pm Thursday; ends 12pm Sunday)
November-March:  Monthly facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences
Residential retreat II:  April 9-12, 2015 (begins 1pm Thursday; ends 12pm Sunday)

Our retreat venue is the Canyon of the Eagles Resort, situated on a 940-acre nature reserve in the northern region of Texas Hill Country, 1.5 hours west of Austin.

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 August 1, 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).

Open PDF Download the full program description for details.

Apply for financial assistance here.
See our cancellation policy here.

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2015 Academy – near Seattle, WA

calendarlime100Residential retreat I March 19-22, 2015 (begins 1pm Thursday; ends 12pm Sunday)
March—November Monthly facilitated Peer Circle teleconferences
Residential retreat II October 29-November 1, 2015 (begins 1pm Thursday; ends 12pm Sunday)

The 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).

Open PDF Download the full program description for details.

Apply for financial assistance here.
See our cancellation policy here.

registernowbutton Save $400 with the Early Bird discount, which ends December 31, 2014.


Voices of the Academy

See how Valerie and Mike grew as leaders:

Watch video interviews of our 2013 Academy Alumni

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“A truly unique program focusing on the courage to build matters of the heart into the workplace.”

“A deep dive into the issues that matter most to leaders.”

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

“Like too many leaders, I’d assumed the form of a comet, sailing way too fast and at risk of burning out. Providing courage for renewal, this program placed me back on trustworthy ground.”

“This was an opportunity to do personal, reflective, inner work around my own leadership, supported by a community of like-minded peers from an array of professions.”

“What I’ve experienced is a trustworthy approach to professional development that
brings us back to the true meaning of leadership in a world at risk of forgetting.”

The main question this program answers is not “how will I be more successful, skilled and competent, but how how can I lead with more integrity and passion.
Of course, leading with integrity and passion will make one more effective as well.

Oct 16, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Canyon of the Eagles Resort near Austin, TX
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March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA
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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.”

Oct 16, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Canyon of the Eagles Resort near Austin, TX
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March 19, 2015 – Nov 1, 2015
IslandWood – near Seattle, WA
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