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Rediscovering the Heart of Health Care: A Courage to Lead Retreat Series

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Saturday, April 14, 2018

IslandWood - Seattle, WA

December 7-9, 2017
February 1-3, 2018
April 12-14, 2018

Each retreat begins Thurs. at 5:00 pm and ends Sat. at 1:00 pm with lunch.

IslandWood Retreat Center
Bainbridge Island, Washington
35 minutes from Seattle

$2,850 Tuition
Plus your choice of accommodations ($600-$1,200)

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  Registration deadline: October 3, 2017

As physicians, healthcare providers and leaders today, we face unprecedented stress and change. From every direction come fundamental questions about the future state of medicine. While the forces that challenge us are largely external, much of what can help us most may be found within — and is available in abundance. Come join others like yourself who want to explore new ways to sustain their passion for medicine. Discover a unique kind of professional development — one that deepens self-awareness and renews personal energy and vitality.

This Courage to Lead® retreat is based on the work of educator and author Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.

You’ll learn practices to help you:

  • Strengthen your resilience and well-being with new tools that help you to reflect and act upon what matters most.
  • Create trustworthy relationships that lead to improved collaboration and effectiveness and help you feel more capable of dealing with difficult problems.
  • Use new approaches to listening and asking questions so that you can be more present with yourself, your patients and your colleagues.
  • Learn to manage the complexities and tensions between your work and the health care system without being overwhelmed by them.

Our best hope for an improved system of health care lies in developing authentic, compassionate and respectful leaders like you who can create alignment and a shared sense of purpose in the organizations where we work.

"quote-LNew leadership is needed for new times, but it will not come from finding more wily ways to manipulate the external world. It will come as we who serve and teach and lead, find the courage to take an inner journey toward both our shadows and our light – a journey that, faithfully pursued, will take us beyond ourselves to become healers of a wounded world.    
—Parker J. Palmer, Courage & Renewal Founder

Program Description

In this three-retreat program, you and your colleagues in health care will explore how best to listen, live and lead with integrity so you can serve the world with courage. Coming together in large and small group sessions, you will have the opportunity to work with classic teachings, poetry and personal stories to reflect on your own experiences as healers, teachers and leaders. In a trusted community of colleagues, you will find a safe space to examine important questions about your work, the role that work plays in your life and your role in your organization. Clearness Committees, a defining practice of the Circle of Trust® approach, will be included at some of the retreats.


We use the word retreat not to suggest escape or withdrawal but rather retreat as an opportunity for engagement at a deeper level with your life and your work. This retreat series is about paying attention to your identity and embracing the various roles and responsibilities that fill your life. It is about engaging fully and wholly with yourself and the work you do.

"quote-LAt a time in which personal integrity and interpersonal collaboration are critical to achieving the transformation in health care we all envision, Richard Shugerman and Diane Rawlins have crafted an essential retreat series for health care professionals that brings participants right to the heart of the matter.

I strongly support their work, along with the Center for Courage & Renewal, to help health care organizations build and sustain relational trust in a time of tremendous change in medicine. Diane and Richard are the perfect people for the job.

–Jo Shapiro, MD, Chief, Division of Otolaryngology Director, Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Your retreat experience will be organized around the following themes:

RETREAT #1 (2 nights/3 days) — Identity: Listen to Your Life Speak
December 7-9, 2017
Slow down, quiet the noise of the world and replenish your own well-being
Reclaim your innate gifts in medicine
Reconnect with what has deepest meaning for you in your work and life

RETREAT #2 (2 nights/3 days) — Integrity: The Essence of an Undivided Life
February 1-3, 2018
Learn new ways to hold the tensions between your desired work and the demands of the health care system
Realign your moment-to-moment actions and behaviors with your core values
Find congruence between who you are at your work and in your life    

RETREAT #3 (2 nights/3 days) — Interdependence: What We Need is Here
April 12-14, 2018
Expand your capacity for trustworthy relationships in your workplace
Access your own strengths and the strengths of the community in which you work to develop renewed resilience and vitality
Develop reflective practices that will sustain you as you move forward in your personal and professional life

Meet Your Facilitators

Richard-ShugermanRichard Shugerman, MD is the Director of Regional Education and Faculty Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician. Richard received his medical degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington. He is a facilitator for the Center for Courage & Renewal. He received the Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach Award” from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2007, the Robert Holm Award for leadership in residency education from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors in 2009 and the Bruce Gilliland Award for excellence in teaching of residents and fellows from the University of Washington in 2013.

Diane RawlinsDiane B. Rawlins, MA, LMHC, founder and president of InsideOut Consulting, LLC, partners with healthcare leaders and their teams to meet today’s complex challenges and unprecedented opportunities. She strengthens leaders’ capacity to transform organizations by providing them with structured approaches for mindfully achieving outcomes, forging collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, developing a mature understanding of self and purpose, and acting with integrity in charged conditions. Diane is a co-founder of Leading Organizations to Health, a nationally acclaimed institute on leading change in healthcare, where she continues to serve as senior faculty. She is also a facilitator for the Center for Courage & Renewal where her focus is on fostering personal and professional renewal, integrity, and leadership skills for serving professionals. In addition, she is an affiliate of Cambridge Leadership Associates, and is a certified professional partner of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, based at Brandeis University.

About Our Venue

islandwood_treehouseIslandWood ( is located on Bainbridge Island, just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Seattle. Picture yourself among 255 forested acres, five miles of trails, a suspension bridge, tree house, pond, forest and, when indoors, leading-edge green building design. Venture out at daybreak for a contemplative walk or an energizing run. IslandWood’s innovative chefs use organic produce and sustainably raised meat to create regional, seasonal meals, served family-style. Participants are housed in comfortable lodges. Each lodge features a cozy great room with fireplace.

4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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Program Costs & Registration

Single Room Double Room Meals-Only Commuter*
Lodging & Meals $1,200 $900 $600
Tuition $2,850 $2,850 $2,850

*Commuting to this retreat is advisable only if you have alternative lodging on Bainbridge Island.

TRAVEL: You are responsible for your own travel costs and arrangements.

PAYMENT: A $400 non-refundable deposit secures your registration. Tuition plus meals & lodging costs are due after acceptance into the program. We are committed to fielding a diverse cohort of leaders to participate. To help make the program financially accessible, we can set up payment plans for you and/or your employer, support your application for outside funding, and provide limited financial assistance.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: To apply for financial assistance, complete our online form:

CANCELLATION POLICY: We understand that changes happen. If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit when you notify the Center at least one month before the first retreat start date. Partial refunds are not available if you miss a retreat. For the full details, see:

For registration help, contact the Center at or call (206) 466-2055.

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  Registration deadline: October 3, 2017

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