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Beginning Anew: The Journey To Wholeness

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Swallow Fork Lake and Cabins - Poplarville, MS

March 22-25, 2018
June 28-July 1, 2018
November 9-11, 2018

Swallowfork Lake and Cabins
Poplarville, Mississippi

$1275 for series
$1200 if paid in full up front

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Register by February 23rd

You are invited to join a three-part retreat series being offered in southern Mississippi in 2018. This series is designed for those who wish to cultivate a more authentic, meaningful and connected life. By listening to the deep wisdom and guidance of soul – both within and the more expansive soul that surrounds and flows through all things of the natural world – we renew our inner lives and outer belonging in the family of things.

Based on the Circle of Trust® approach as developed by Parker Palmer, these retreats provide a safe space away from the distractions and demands of everyday life to hear the wisdom of the heart. Within a sincere and committed community, issues of connection, purpose, longings, vocation and transition are explored through deep listening.

Stories from our personal journeys, insights from poets, story-tellers, and diverse wisdom traditions, as well as, music, art, movement and Nature in its many diverse expressions are used to invite the voice of soul. Then, large-group and small-group gatherings, journaling, and time in solitude provide the opportunity to explore and gain clarity of those promptings of the heart. Clearness Committee, a focused discernment process, is an integral component of the retreats.

In this way we journey towards “inner and outer wholeness” bringing together who we are within and who and what we are as part of the natural world.

Spring Opening 4-Day Retreat
Awakening to “Now”: Stand Still, Stand Still and Stop the Sun 
March 22-25, 2018
Thur. 3:00 pm – Sun. 2:00 pm

Summer 4-Day Retreat
Awakening to Wonder: Seeing With New Eyes 
June 28 – July 1, 2018
Thur. 3:00 pm – Sun. 2:00 p.m.

Fall/Winter 3-Day Retreat
Awakening to Wisdom: A Light In the Dark 
Nov 9-11, 2018
Fri. 3:00 pm – Sun. 2:00 p.m.


Meet Your Facilitators

Susan Nodurftsusan-nodurft retired in 2007 after a long teaching career in the biological sciences that emphasized outdoor experiential learning and connection with the natural world.  Her passion for teaching and learning and the desire to embrace fully the wonders and challenges of this gift of life led to becoming trained by the Center for Courage and Renewal as a facilitator in 2000.  Since then, she has been leading retreats in MS and the Southeast.

Michael Williamsmichael-williams is a serial entrepreneur, coach and facilitator. He has a deep passion for teaching, training, and learning. He is always looking for ways to interweave his love for business, people and nature and feels honored to be offering Circle of Trust® retreats.


About Our Venue

bird-silhouetteThe retreats will be held on the beautiful, secluded grounds of Swallow Fork Lake and Cabins in Poplarville, MS. Lodging is provided at Swallow Fork and a local bed and breakfast. Cabins are equipped with kitchen facilities, and during the retreats, we will prepare our own meals. Participants will be asked to contribute to items on a food list and join in meal preparation as a part of creating community.

Registration & Fees

Total Cost of Retreat Series: $1275

A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required at registration; Full payment is expected one month prior to the first retreat (Feb. 23, 2018) unless other arrangements have been made.

Early Bird Pre-Payment Discount: A $75 discount if fee is paid-in-full upon acceptance.

Financial Aid: Limited funds are available for financial aid. Please inquire with the facilitators. Money will never be the limiting factor for participation.

Registration: Please register online at

Registration Deadline: February 23, 2018

Participation: Participation is limited to 15 participants.

Questions about this retreat series?

Contact Michael Williams at, 678-772-1193

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