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Courage to Live an Undivided Life

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Saturday, March 17, 2018

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church - Austin, TX

March 15-17, 2018
Thurs 4pm to Sat 12pm

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church
Austin, Texas

$250 before January 15
$295 January 15 – February 15

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Please register by February 15, 2018

Would you like a safe space to explore how to live fully who you are?

Would you like to spend time with others who are on a similar journey?

Would you like to learn skills that enable you to speak your truth and listen to the truth of others in a way that is mutually respectful?

You are invited to join others in three days of reflection and conversation as we remember who we are, the ground on which we stand, and how to live truthfully and fully in a world that wants us to be something less than our authentic selves. In these times it takes courage to live authentically. And it takes a community of support.

Grounded on the writing of Parker Palmer, this retreat will offer an Introduction to Courage & Renewal principles for newcomers and a deepening of these practices for those already initiated in this work. Through individual reflection and large- and small-group conversation stimulated by poetry, wisdom stories, and art;  the practice of the Clearness Committee; and other spiritually deepening activities including a beautiful outdoor labyrinth, this retreat will offer a safe space to explore the inner wisdom in each of us.

This model of spiritual formation is described in depth in Parker J. Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.

Meet Your Facilitators

Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman is an Accredited Interim Minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association, currently serving the UU Church of Lancaster, PA. She is also a Facilitator in Preparation with the Courage & Renewal program and has led workshops and classes for clergy and lay leaders using the Circle of Trust approach. She attended seminary and received ministerial ordination in Austin. Prior to ministry, Rev. Coeyman was Professor of Music at West Virginia University.

Cynthia (Cindy) Johnson, LMSW-AP , A Courage & Renewal® Facilitator is the founder of Courage & Renewal – North Texas and leads Courage & Renewal® programs in diverse community and professional settings around the country, with a particular interest in support of clergy and congregational leaders.  Cynthia has also spent the last 32 years engaged as an active leader in the congregational, denominational, ecumenical and interfaith arenas of religious life. She has a certificate in spiritual direction from Perkins School of Theology.

About Our Venue

This church in the northwest section of Austin is easily accessible from I-35 and I-83. The spacious building and grounds includes ample parking area as well as a beautiful outdoor labyrinth. By mid-March central Texas should be awash in colorful springtime wildflowers.

Registration & Details


Early Bird Registration before January 15:
Registration January 15 – February 15:

Registration fee includes the retreat sessions, as well as Thursday dinner, Friday lunch, and coffee and healthy snacks throughout the retreat.

Cancellation: No refund will be given after February 15 unless the maximum number of registrations has been received or the retreat is cancelled. Cancellations received prior to February 15 will receive a refund of 50% of the cost of registration.

Discount: Members of Live Oak UU Church may request a waiver of $25 off the full registration fee.

For Out-of-Towners, Suggested Motels in the Vicinity of the Retreat: (We urge early reservations due to the music festival “South by Southwest” in Austin on these dates)

– Hampton Inn & Suites, Cedar Park-Lakeline: 10811 Pecan Park Blvd, Austin, Texas, 78750, 512-249-0045
– Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Austin NW, Hwy 620 &183, 512-249-8166
– Hilton Home2 Suites, Austin NW, Hwy 620 &183, 512-610-2107
– Comfort Inn, Austin: 13681 N. Hwy 183, 700 Delmar Ave, Austin 512-302-5576

REGISTER: Click the bolded links to see brochure and download registration form for this retreat.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Please register by February 15, 2018.

Questions about this retreat?

Contact Barbara Coeyman,, cell 978-809-9750

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