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Journey Into Wisdom Years for Women

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018

Cindy Johnson's Home - Aledo, TX

February 8 & 9, 2018
June 7 & 8, 2018
October 11 & 12, 2018
8:30am – 6pm each retreat day

Facilitator Cindy Johnson’s Home
Aledo, Texas


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Please register by December 31, 2017

“The autumn of a woman’s life is far richer than the spring if only she becomes aware in time and harvests the ripening fruit before it falls and rots and is trampled underfoot. The winter that follows is not barren if the harvest has been stored, and the withdrawal of sap is only the prelude to a new spring elsewhere.”
– Irene Claremont de Castillejo, Knowing Woman

You are invited to join me on a journey into the wisdom years of life.  Whether we call it the second half, or the 3rd third, the reality is that life changes as we grow older. No choice there, but we do have choices as to how we respond. All of this takes courage and intention. I want to be part of a group of women who choose to live life fully, let go gracefully, and engage generatively. Would you like to travel together?

This series is open to any woman who finds these second half of life questions pertinent to her age and stage and finds the Circle of Trust ® model a helpful framework for her exploration.


To establish and nurture a community of women who will journey into the elder years together

To explore the important questions of this season of life, including how do we:
> transition from career to other meaningful work?
> open ourselves to the unknowable mystery of our mortality?
> share both our wisdom and our uncertainties?
> celebrate the fullness of our lives while facing the diminishment of our capacities?
> negotiate the transition from doing to being in a culture that values doing?
> clarify what still needs to be resolved in this lifetime?
> support loved ones in their final days?
> reflect on the legacy that we are creating?
> share the gifts that come with elder years?
> Other questions of importance to the group?

To have fun together!

Schedule of Three 2-Day Non-Residential Retreats:
     1. February 8 & 9, 2018 ~ Grace in Transitions
     2. June 7 & 8, 2018 ~ Loving, Holding On and Letting Go 
     3. October 11 & 12, 2018 ~ Living a Legacy
Each day of the retreat will begin at 8:30 am and end at 6:00 pm. Participants will also meet with a small group from their cohort between each retreat.

Meet Your Facilitator

Cynthia (Cindy) Johnson, L.M.S.W.-A.P., was the founding executive director of Courage & Renewal – North Texas for 13 years, and as a facilitator trained by the national Center for Courage & Renewal leads Circles of Trust® programs in diverse community and professional settings around the country. A social worker by training, she has provided executive leadership to nonprofit organizations and community initiatives for more than 30 years. Ordained as a deacon in the Baptist tradition, she has also spent the last three decades engaged as an active leader in the congregational, denominational, ecumenical and interfaith arenas of religious life. Cynthia earned a B.A. in sociology and social work from Baylor University, a Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, has participated in post-graduate studies at Brite Divinity School and earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Perkins School of Theology. Cindy’s passion is creating space for people to remember who they are, reconnect with their work in the world, and create organizations and communities that are life giving and create positive change. Cindy and her husband Roland have two adult sons and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

About Our Venue

The non residential retreat will be held in the home of Cindy Johnson, retreat facilitator.  The home is on 3 acres immediately west of Fort Worth, TX. The venue provides comfortable space indoors as well as the opportunity to enjoy time outside as weather permits.

Registration & Details

Registration will be complete upon the receipt of application and registration fee. You may email the application to  Upon receipt of the application, the address for sending payment will be shared.

COST: $650 total for this non-residential retreat series.  $325 due after registration application is received and facilitator address is shared. Balance due prior to first retreat. Payable by check or cash only. Make check payable to: Cindy Johnson.

Registration fee includes six program days, supplies, venue, breakfast and afternoon snacks and lunches each day. The desire is to keep the cost low and administration simple.

Participants contribute to community life and social times by volunteering to bring beverages and snacks for happy hour.

The $325 registration down payment reserves your place in the retreat series and is due after the facilitator shares the mailing address for checks.  It is non refundable unless the retreat has been filled when your application arrives, or the retreat is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment. The balance payment of $325 is due prior to the first retreat and is non refundable as well. Participants are expected to attend all three retreats.

REGISTER: Email completed application to Cindy Johnsonand send check for registration fee to the home address provided by the facilitator upon receipt of your application. 

Space is limited to 18 participants. Please register by December 31, 2017.

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Contact Cindy Johnson, LMSW-AP. 817.441.7716.

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