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Empowering Leadership Through Writing: A Courage to Lead Retreat

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Saturday, February 17, 2018

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center - Corbett, OR

February 15-17, 2018
Thurs. 5 PM to Sat. 12 PM

Menucha Retreat Center
Corbett, Oregon

$525 Double Occupancy
$625 Single Occupancy
$400 Scholarship Double Occupancy

Costs include participation in the retreat, all meals and hotel accommodations, and 15 PDUs/CEUs.

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Empowering Leadership Through Writing is a Courage to Lead retreat designed to offer participants the time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of leadership, rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. As a leader, writing can empower and build leadership during challenging times. This retreat centers on using writing as a tool for learning.

Guest author and poet, Kim Stafford, will lead us through multiple opportunities to bring our inner voice to the written page. This is not meant to be academic writing but a time to use written words to state our truth, to pursue hope, and to raise our voices. No former writing or publishing experience is necessary.

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 this Courage to Lead retreat you will join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion.

This retreat offers the opportunity to:

  • Write your leadership journey in the presence of other leaders, writers and author/poet Kim Stafford. Listen to the writing of others and share your writing. 
  • Build thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges. Write your way to new ideas and solutions.
  • Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance.
  • Consider your creative edges and horizons through reflection, dialogue and writing.
  • Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories.
  • Learn and participate in a Clearness Committee, designed after a beautiful problem-solving model from the 1600’s.

Participants often mention the level of support found in Courage to Lead retreats as an important factor in the ways in which they are able to bring a new level of insight and energy to their work. Courage to Lead is designed to help leaders move beyond the “what” and “how” questions of leadership, to the “who” questions of meaning and purpose, of calling, of the relationship of inner life and outer work. We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from technology and the usual pace of your life in leadership.

Meet Your Facilitators

Sherri Carrekersherri-carreker has served 44 years in public education Pre-K through 12. Her roles varied from teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal to professional development consultant. In addition to her public school experience, she worked within the Teacher Education Department, chaired the Educational Leadership Department, and directed the Center for Community Engagement at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis and Clark College. Currently, she serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and volunteers in the community.

Dawn MontgomeryDawn Montgomerys 32 years in K-12 education supports her service to the professional development of leaders. Her varied work experience include elementary and middle school teacher, middle and high school vice principal, high school principal, and district office director overseeing K-12 schools and many district programs and initiatives.  Besides serving as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she is an executive performance coach, an equity trainer and facilitator and she directs educational leadership licensing programs at Lewis & Clark College.

About Our Venue

menucharetreatcenter1“Past the stone entry, a forest embraces travelers along a serpentine road. The destination: a one hundred acre sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge. Seven hundred feet above one of the nation’s epic rivers, this is a place where bald eagles float their shadows across old growth conifers; where trails may lead to heirloom gardens or perennial springs. Menucha’s landscapes are marked by the currents of history, which have carried both aboriginal peoples and homesteaders through its woods and meadows. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery journeyed by Menucha. Presidents walked its paths. And, over the last half-century, tens of thousands of people from around the world have found their way here. They come for purposeful work; they find a staff whose mission is to offer the gift of hospitality, food, lodging and graceful engagement.”

38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019  |

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Registration & Fees

Cost and Accommodation Options:
Double-occupancy: $525
Single-occupancy (limited): $625
Scholarship Rate (limited, double-occupancy only): $400

Cost includes participation in the retreat, all meals and hotel accommodations, and 15 PDUs/CEUs.

To Register: Complete the online registration form.

Questions about this retreat?
Please contact the Center for Community Engagement,, (503) 768-6040

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