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Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists – Canada

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Tatamagouche Centre - Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

DATE: May 3-5, 2018
(Retreat begins Thurs. at 4:00 PM and ends Sat. at 3:00 PM)

VENUE: Tatamagouche Centre in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
2 hours from Halifax or Moncton Airport

COST: Program fee, including lodging and meals, is $500 CAD

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Are you passionate about your work or cause, but trying to sustain yourself in the midst of heavy demands and the urgency you feel about making a difference? This retreat offers a rare opportunity for renewal, deeper connection with kindred spirits and committed peers, and the chance to engage questions of importance to you. Courage & Renewal retreats foster personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. This retreat offers the time and space to renew, reflect, and to:

  • Pause, be still, and disconnect from technology and the pace of a leader’s life.
  • Name the “leadership moment” you’re currently in and investigate, talk through, and honor both struggles and successes.
  • Witness and be witnessed, listen and be listened to – without performance evaluation, statusizing, or ego.
  • Strengthen your capacity to ask open-ended questions, hold tensions, and rejoin soul and role.

"quote-L"quote-RSelf care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but also for the many lives we touch. – Parker J. Palmer, Center for Courage & Renewal Founder and Senior Partner

CCR IsWd 5.10_555 At the retreat, you and a group of other young leaders and activists (roughly ages 20-45) will explore the intersection of our inner lives and our leadership in the world. Together, we’ll engage in large- and small-group dialogues focused on evocative texts and questions, experience silence, solitude and journaling for reflection, and tell stories from our own lives and work. This retreat is modeled on the Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. You can learn more about Circles of Trust at or in Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.

A Past Participant Reflects: “As a young, incredibly overworked and exhausted individual working for social change, it often becomes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel … [This retreat] not only allowed me to recognize that this light was already inside me, but helped me fall in love with my work again and look forward to decades more of love and service that I have to give to my movement.” – Vanessa Valenti, Co-Founder of, Principal in Valenti Martin Media

Retreat Leadership

Brian Braganza is a Courage & Renewal & Facilitator and experiential educator specializing in vocational counselling, sustainability education, masculinity, and youth engagement. He has a long history with the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development and supports a wide diversity of youth and young adults to live into their vocational call and have meaningful roles and voices in their communities. Brian delivers experiential programs for men and boys, which builds their abilities to connect authentically and live into their wholeness and co-designed T.O.N.E., Therapy Outside Normal Environments, a unique men’s therapeutic project. From 2012-2015 he co-designed and delivered Dalhousie University’s Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program, increasing student’s capacity to take effective social and environmental action. Brian’s own personal transformations and continual desire to uncover his best self, led him to the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. He lives in a straw-bale home he built on an old farm near Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Brian is also a wilderness traveler, poet and songwriter.

Tara Reynolds is a community organizer with a passion for building trust in relationships and organizations. She is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and an alumnae of the Vermont Leadership Institute. Tara is a co-founder of WholeHeart, Inc., which seeks to connect like minded individuals and organizations convene experiential learning opportunities and facilitate reflective leadership practices for a more wholehearted world. Tara facilitates Intergenerational Leadership Exchanges which invite emerging and experienced leaders to come together for day-long workshops to exchange ideas and stories and to create new approaches to solving complex problems. Tara finds joy in the wisdom of children, the beauty of the natural world, and the power of a good open and honest question. She lives in Greensboro, Vermont, with a six-year old teacher and spiritual guru named Nadia, who also happens to be her daughter.

About Our Venue

Tatamagouche Centre sits on 15 acres of rolling lawns, flower gardens, and huge oak trees just west of the Village of Tatamagouche on Nova Scotia’s North Shore. The Centre is recognized internationally for its experiential learning model, social justice initiatives, and programming related to transformational learning and spiritual deepening. 

Program Costs

PROGRAM FEES: $500.00 CAD, payable to the Tatamagouche Centre, includes double occupancy room and meals. *Please do not send payment until you have been notified of acceptance.

TRAVEL: You are responsible for travel to and from the event.

Applying for this Retreat

Due to the strong interest that this program has generated we have an application process for selecting participants. We will be creating a diverse cohort of young leaders by attending to the following: a range of work experience in different sectors as well as gender, race, and geographical representation. Participation will be limited to 30 people and we anticipate more applications than spaces available.

Begin your application process by clicking the button below!

Applications are due online by midnight, February 16, 2018.

Participants will be notified of acceptance by March 12, 2018.

To submit an application, please prepare your answers to the following questions that you will be asked to upload:

1) What is your hope for participation in the Courage to Lead program in terms of your work, activism, or leadership?

2) What is the setting or context in which you currently do you work and how would you describe your role and responsibilities?

3) What question are you currently holding about your life or vocation?

If you have questions about the program, email: Brian Braganza, or call the Center for Courage & Renewal: (206) 466-2055

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