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Courage to Live Undivided: A Courage & Renewal Seasonal Retreat Series

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sanctuary for Humans and Horses - Franklin, TN

This is a 4-retreat series:
January 25-27, 2018
April 19-21, 2018
August 2-4, 2018
October 25-27, 2018

Each retreat is scheduled:
Thursday 4-8pm
Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday 9am-12pm

Sanctuary for Humans and Horses
Franklin, Tennessee

$700 until December 15, 2017
$800 after December 15, 2017

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Register by January 6, 2018

“We must learn to measure our efforts not by short-term effectiveness but by long-term faithfulness to the vision we care about.” 
— Parker J. Palmer

This retreat series is grounded in the Circles of Trust® approach as described in Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness. This series is intended for anyone who wants to live and work more wholeheartedly.

Through slowing down and working in solitude and in community this retreat promotes reflection, clarity and insight.

Since 1997 the Center for Courage & Renewal, through its international network of nearly 300 facilitators, has created a unique retreat-based approach to sustaining and renewing personal identity, professional integrity, and vocational vitality for people in all walks of life, particularly – but not limited to – those in the helping professions.

“Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold within that we cannot know the integrity that comes from being what you are.”
— Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness 

For further information on the retreat series approach see:

Meet Your Facilitators

judy-skeen2Judy Skeen is professor of religion at Belmont University. She is a full time teacher and her courses include Biblical Studies, Cross-Species Communication (prey/predator with horses), Eco-Justice and Faith, and Contemplative Thought and Practice. Her experience in leading groups has been developed in a variety of settings: classroom, congregations, spiritual direction, round pen work with humans and horses and conflict mediation. Judy is a graduate of Samford University, Vanderbilt University and Southern Seminary.

Ben Curtis teaches at the College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. In each course he teaches, he tries to establish the conditions (inquiry, reflection, honesty, safety) where seeds of truth begin to sprout. Ben has a Ph.D. from Baylor University and has completed Post-Doctoral studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, University of Oxford, the Jung Institute, and the Sewanee School of Theology. In addition to his work as a professor he has been a Courage & Renewal Facilitator since 2009.

About Our Venue

Sanctuary for Humans and Horses is five miles outside Franklin, TN. Participants are invited to enjoy the creek, sloping pastures, the four-legged company of horses (if you choose), porches, and shade trees.

Registration Details

Fees: The four retreat series is $800. This fee includes facilitation, food and materials throughout the four events. This is a non-residential event.  Motel, Bed and Breakfast and limited local retreat housing is available.

Discount: $700 if paid with early bird registration (by December 15, 2017)

Registration Deadline: The final deadline for all registrations is Saturday, January 6, 2018

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

To Register: Download response form for registration instructions.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation before January 5th – $150 cancellation fee. If an emergency occurs after January 6th and you need to cancel a paid reservation, a partial refund may be possible if the place can be filled from the waiting list.  Once the series has begun, no refunding is available.

Questions about this retreat?
Contact Judy Skeen at

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