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A Geography of Grace: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute

Monday, October 23, 2017 - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Siena Retreat Center - Racine, WI

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October 23-26, 2017

Siena Retreat Center
Racine, Wisconsin

$600 Early Bird if registered by August 15, 2017
$700 Regular registration

PLUS Lodging & Meals:
+ $400 for a Single Room
+ $175 commuter fee (meals only)

Click to register now

Registration deadline is September 23, 2017

Geography of Grace is a four-day institute for those who have experienced one or more Courage & Renewal programs and want to “bring it home” and lead small groups, based on the Circle of Trust approach, in their spiritual and organizational communities.

Upon attending A Geography of Grace, you will:

  • Receive a one-of-a-kind, 125-page curriculum for small-group programming that you can use and adapt in your home community. Download the introductory session of the curriculum here, “The Lay of the Land.”
  • Practice leading and adapting the curriculum and gain feedback from your peers and facilitators.
  • Experience a community of mutual support with fellow institute attendees.
  • Develop your capacity to build the relational trust needed in congregational and community life.
  • Explore how to lead and serve out of a place of courage and wholeness.
  • Be supported by a community of practice which includes an invitation to join ongoing list serve communications and quarterly support calls.

The alumni institute is open to anyone who has (a) attended at least one multi-day Circle of Trust® program led by a Courage & Renewal facilitator or (b) participated in a full, 12-session Geography of Grace series led by a past participant of the institute. Please contact Erin Lane if you have any questions for who qualifies.

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Themes of the Curriculum

Just as many of us are removed from contact with the natural world through our busy lives, so too we live distanced from the inner nature of our souls. Cut off from the land, we lose our sense of place and grounding, our sense of home and belonging on this earth; likewise, when we are out of touch with our souls our lives become barren, starved at the roots of what deeply animates us.

Based on metaphors from the geography of land and sky, this twelve-session series leads into an exploration of the geography of the soul, the true essence of the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal. Using the Circle of Trust® approach, these sessions are designed to provide you with a chance to consider different aspects of our inner and outer geography. The notion of grace and its many facets is woven throughout each session.

Themes of the Twelve Sessions:

Vista Points
• Spirit Guides
• Holy Wells
• Boundaries
• Desert Places
• Forest Community
• The Sea & Release
• The Prairies and their People
• Mountain Edges
• Primal Wonder and the Night Sky
• Marshlands
• Garden Spaces

Institute participants will also explore how others have adapted and added to the curriculum. These include sessions on Heartlands, Streams of Consciousness, Ecotones and others.

Read a blog post by facilitator Caryl Hurtig Casbon, co-author of the curriculum for A Geography of Grace, about the landscapes of the soul behind the program when it was first offered for congregations in 2012.

Meet Your Faciliators

Nancy EdmundsonNancy Edmundson has participated in Circle of Trust work since 2008, and has served as a religious professional as the Director of Administration for the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. She consults with congregations in a leadership development capacity and has facilitated leadership development retreats since 1991. Nancy has worked in community organizing for alternative education in the areas of charter and homeschooling in California, and has been instrumental in the development of an interfaith countywide Warming Center program for unsheltered homeless in Santa Barbara County. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Alan and together they boast about their three children!

wintonboyd150Winton Boyd has served as Senior Pastor at Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison, WI since 1999 and a Courage & Renewal Facilitator (CCR) for the past 9 years. Winton is dedicated to helping participants explore their ‘inner teacher’ in a safe and spiritually open way. He has worked with people of faith in multiple contexts and embraces the insights and pathways of multiple spiritual traditions while residing himself within the Christian way. He has found that the power of open and honest questions in our relationships and in our own inner life have the potential to reveal new and transformative understandings. 

Lori Yadin is an Experiential Educator, Jewish Communal Leader, Mentor, Relationship Coach, and Retreat Facilitator. Her passion is creating safe, collaborative, pro-social and inclusive learning and working environments that honors human spirit, individuality, and community. Lori’s most recent initiative is launching a new Social-Profit: Create Safe Space, Inc. whose mission is to cultivate thriving environments that inspire healthy relationships, support individual potential, and grow communities of purpose and well-being – envisioning a world where we hold each other’s dignity as closely as we hold our own. Lori is a Facilitator for the Center for Courage & Renewal, trained by Parker J. Palmer and the Center’s leadership team. Lori has a creative spirit, love for the natural world and her family. In her free time she visits with her young adult sons, daughters, and grandson, digs in the garden, walks her dogs, or steals a few hours a day to read and write in her hundred year old corn crib. She has an abiding love of water and spends her year between the Delaware Shore and the Maine Coast.

Fees and Registration

$700 Regular registration
$600 Early Bird if registered by August 15, 2017

PLUS Lodging & Meals:
+ $400 for a Single Room
+ $175 commuter fee (meals only)

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Save $100 when registered by August 15, 2017

Air/Ground Travel: These costs are the participants’ responsibility.

Financial aid is available based on need. Apply at by August 15, 2017. Payment plans are also available to help alleviate upfront costs.

Click to register nowRegister online by September 23, 2017 at

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. View our cancellation policy here.

question-mark-iconCONTACT INFO
Please direct questions to the Program Coordinator, Christine Herbert, at (206) 466-2055,

About Our Venue

The Siena Center is located on the shores of Lake Michigan, five miles north of downtown Racine, Wisconsin. Participants will enjoy simple, comfortable single occupancy rooms.
5637 Erie Street, Racine, WI 53402

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