Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
4450 Blakely Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA
About this event
Are you in the midst of life transitions, feeling at a crossroads in your life, career or relationships?
Do you want to make a difference in the world but find it difficult to sustain your original passion and purpose?
In such challenging times, it’s vital to build your capacity for resilience, to be discerning in your choices, to learn how to engage the questions of your life with impeccable clarity.
This retreat reconnects you with your inner wisdom—and with others—in a way that will refresh and sustain you like nothing else for the important work you do in the world. At this retreat, you will
- Focus, without distraction, on what matters to you, especially your values and vision, challenges and fears
- Learn principles and practices from our Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work.
- Connect with others seeking similar insights, who listen fiercely with “no fixing allowed”, who honor each other’s differences.
What to Expect
Skilled facilitators help create a safe, quiet, and disciplined space—a circle of trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside, where introspection becomes possible. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. Clearness Committees, a high-integrity and strictly confidential process of asking open and honest questions around a difficult issue within a small group, is offered as part of this retreat.
Our retreats take place at beautiful nature-filled venues with limited attendance for small groups, which allow for the intimacy needed to create the Circle of Trust experience. Delicious meals add to the sense of being personally cared for. Meditation and yoga are available to begin each day. See a Sample Agenda (PDF).
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
Yarrow Durbin has led dozens of Courage & Renewal retreats in various formats for people in a wide array of serving professions since 2000. She was the founding Director of Washington Courage & Renewal, and currently leads CourageWork LLC, an organization focused on strengthening the smarts and hearts of individuals and teams facing complex challenges. Her passion is helping people who care deeply for their organizations, communities, and planet rekindle their sense of authenticity, purpose and aliveness. She does extensive work with teams and organizations to rebuild lost trust and common purpose. Yarrow’s background in working with polarities and the change process guides her approach to helping groups tap the latent positive energy behind conflict and disagreement. She is also certified as an Integral Coach, Immunity to Change Consultant, Leadership Circle Profile Consultant, and K-12 teacher.
John Morefield is a consultant on Leadership and Organizational Development to schools, school districts and other organizations throughout the United States and other countries. In more than 35 years in public education, he served as teacher, counselor, school principal (for 20 years), and area superintendent, all within multicultural communities in Seattle. As a consultant, he deals with educational leadership issues, especially as they apply to school principals and superintendents working to bring about educational justice for all students, particularly those living in poverty. He teaches in the Danforth Leadership Preparation Program at the University of Washington. In the 2003-04 school year he and his wife lived in Cambodia as volunteers where he provided leadership training for 65 Cambodian school principals. That project became a World Bank Educational Leadership Project with the Ministry of Education, and he now spends 3 to 6 months a year in Cambodia creating Leadership Development opportunities for Cambodian educational leaders.
WHEN: Begins at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, and end after lunch on Friday, August 16, 2012.
WHERE: IslandWood, www.islandwood.org. 4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. We will send you more information and directions upon acceptance into the program.
IslandWood 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.
Standard program rate: $625; Clergy or K-12 educators rate: $475*
Room and Board (single occupancy): $425
Room and Board (double occupancy): $375
Commuter Rate (meals only): $135
* Limited funds are available for partial scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. To apply, contact Robin Gaphni.