Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511, 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:
Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A., R.Y.T., is a trainer, coach and consultant. She is a Facilitator for Compassionate Communication, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, for Rocky Mountain Compassionate Communication Center, providing professional development and leadership support for those in the non-profit organizations and training for early childhood educators, parents and families. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, teaching community practice and mind-body connections and provides professional development for Early Childhood Professionals at Red Rocks Community College. Weaving her professional storytelling and yoga, she provides a variety of experiences in Courage work. She is on the leadership team for Colorado Courage Collaboration, offering retreats and professional support since 2010.
Dan Liston is Professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado - Boulder. His past published work includes numerous articles and several books examining the social and political context of schooling, reflection in teaching and teacher education, and the role of distinct traditions in school curriculum. He employs analytic philosophy, social theory, and literary and spiritual texts to examine the educational practices, structures, and theories. His current scholarship explores the role of reason and emotion in teaching. Recently he served as editor (with Hilda Borko and Jennie Whitcomb) of the Journal of Teacher Education and has received multiple awards for his teaching. He is the Co-Director (along with Paul Michalec) of Colorado Courage and Renewal, working with teachers, school and community leaders, clergy, and other various human services professionals. For 10 years Dan has worked with these professionals along Colorado’s Front Range.
WHEN: Begins at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, and ends after lunch on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
WHERE: YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO 80511, (970) 586-4444.
YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park is set at 8,010 feet elevation in Colorado mountains, 75 northwest of Denver, or a two-hour drive from Denver International Airport. All seasons bring abundant wildlife right outside your cabin or lodge room. Cool mountain breezes and brilliant sunshine refresh your spirit. With over a century of history, the camp offers walking trails, gorgeous vistas, a labyrinth, outdoor fireplaces, and cozy meeting spaces indoors.
Standard rate: $625; Clergy or K-12 educators rate: $475*
Room and Board (single occupancy): $280
Room and Board (double occupancy): $175
* Limited funds are available for partial scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. To apply, contact Robin Gaphni.