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Courage to Lead® Day Reflection Series: Leading from the Inside Out

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Holy Cross Centre - Melbourne, VIC, Australia

21 April, 2018
20 October, 2018
Retreat #3 2019 dates TBA
Retreat #4 2019 dates TBA
(all dates 9 AM to 4 PM)

Holy Cross Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

(details below)

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Register by 30th March

Are you yearning for time and space to step back from the relentless busyness of “doing” to spend time reconnecting with what really matters to you in life and work?

Do you care deeply about ensuring the work you do in your “outer world” is congruent with your “inner world”?

Do you want to deepen your leadership practice through the lens of emotional intelligence, vulnerability and authenticity?

Do you want to examine ways to intentionally grow as a leader and increase your capacity to grow and serve those whom you lead – the greatest responsibility of any leader?

If these questions resonate, then this Courage to Lead® Series may be right for you at this time in your life.

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty. In a Courage to Lead® program, you will join other leaders who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion.

What’s different about this program? Moving away from a didactic approach to leadership development, Courage to Lead® makes time and space for you to bridge your inner and outer world, and be in touch with your truth at whatever level you choose, in a supportive setting. It enables practice in speaking your truth and deeply listening to yourself and others.

Who is it for? The Courage to Lead® program is for people working in private and/or public organisations, community or organisational volunteers, the self-employed and anyone who wants to sustain authentic leadership practice – living and leading from within. We are all called to lead regularly. When we adopt this wider perspective on leadership, we can see that it is both part of our everyday experience, and that it comes from within – requiring courage and wisdom. The more passionate you are about living your life fully, the more vital it is that you reflect, renew and invest in developing inner wisdom and the courage to act on it.

Past participants report powerful benefits including:
• A stronger sense of purpose and fulfilment
• Feeling recharged and ready to return as an agent of positive change
• Heightened self-awareness and ability to be fully present
• More trustworthy and compassionate relationships

The Courage to Lead® program offers an approach to leadership rooted in integrity and trust. Through the Circle of Trust® approach, developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, you will:
• Expand your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life;
• Develop your ability to listen openly and to be present to others;
• Increase your skill in asking open, honest questions that help others uncover their inner wisdom;
• Discover a process for discernment to reach clarity around key questions; and,
• Learn principles, practices and processes that can be applied to your daily life and work.

Program series details:

  • Saturday 21 April, 2018 – 9.00am – 4.00pm (Registration 8.30am)
    > Retreat 1 – Leading from the Inside Out 
  • Saturday 20 October, 2018 – 9.00am – 4.00pm (Registration 8.30am)
    > Retreat 2 – Leadership that Matters
  • 2019 dates to be confirmed later this year:
    > Retreat 3 – Authentic and Purposeful Leadership
    > Retreat 4 – Leading Collaborative Cultures

Meet Your Facilitators

Bern Nicholls, PhD, Courage & Renewal Facilitator
Bern is a curious educator with extensive experience teaching, leading and researching in schools across Australia and international schools in South-East Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She is driven by curiosity and possibility, which has led to a variety of school-based research projects and a book, Students Driving Learning.

Bern has supported hundreds of leaders and teachers to explore innovative ways to lead and teach that is evidence-based, values the integrity of student voice, and results in personal and professional growth. Over the past five years Bern has provided executive leadership coaching, designed and facilitated professional learning programs, and presented at various international and Victorian education conferences.

Certified as a Courage & Renewal Facilitator in 2012, Bern designs leadership reflection days using professional protocols that create safe, disciplined learning spaces for participants to authentically “show up”.  The reflection days integrate research from relevant thought leaders to support purposeful slowing down and time for reflective thinking in these times of increased demand and “busyness”.

Louise Mitchell, BSc, DipEd,Courage & Renewal Facilitator
Louise has worked at executive level in the Australian Public Service and brings 20 years experience as an educator and consultant facilitator for organisations undergoing change, strategic planning and collaborative cross sector solutions. At the Australian Emergency Management Institute she developed and led workshops and education programs for organisations, focussing on community development and disaster recovery with strengths based approaches and empowerment as key facets. In other organisations she developed programs focussed on leadership, collaboration and wellbeing. She began her journey with Courage & Renewal principles and practices in 2010, becoming a facilitator in 2015 and from here applying the practices in her life and work. The Circles of Trust® Principles and Practices have contributed to her passion for work that incorporates the whole person and is gently transformational.

About Our Venue

Set in the beautifully maintained gardens, Holy Cross Centre offers you a retreat from a noisy and busy world and it’s only a short drive from Melbourne City Centre.

The Passionist community, who make Holy Cross their home, warmly invites you to experience the tranquillity of the environment that has been host to many groups and individuals over the years. They are happy to share this oasis with anyone who needs a place to rest.

Fees and Registration

Cost: $145.00 includes all resources, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

We are committed to making the reflection days available to all people of all income types and are actively committed to being inclusive. If you cannot afford this fee, please nominate how much you will pay according to what you can afford. Please send an email to Bern Nicholls to communicate about this. All correspondence will be confidential. We also have payment plan options.

Registration:, or if experiencing difficulty, contact:

Participation: Participation is limited to 20 individuals. Early registration is encouraged.

Cancellation: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit ($25) when you notify us at least three weeks before the program begins. Other than exceptional emergencies, no refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than three weeks before program start date.

Questions about the retreat?

For further information you are welcome to contact Bern Nicholls: or 0421 691 525

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