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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat

Friday, October 27, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Omega Institute - Rhinebeck, NY

October 27-29, 2017
Fri. 5 pm – Sun. 1 pm

Omega Institute
Rhinebeck, New York

$395 for tuition.
Lodging options and fees are listed on the registration website.

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Based on the work of Parker J. Palmer, this Courage & Renewal® Retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction and underlying life patterns to live in greater alignment with your deepest values, to listen to your own inner wisdom, and to reconnect who you are with what you do.  The retreat provides a safe and sheltered space to slow down and nurture personal and professional integrity, and the courage to lean into action.  Guided by core principles and practices, which include the belief that everyone has an inner teacher, an inner source of truth, the retreat engages contemplative practices to support personal and societal development.

Listening to your inner voice, the retreat offers time to reflect individually and in small groups, share stories, laughter, music, and video, and gain insights from journaling, poetry, and from various wisdom traditions.  Savor early morning periods of silence, guided meditation, and gentle movement.  Clearness Committees will be offered to support discernment of difficult life or vocational issues.



Meet Your Facilitators

Valerie BrownValerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (  She transformed her high-pressure, 21-year career as a lawyer lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections.  Valerie’s books include, The Road that Teaches:  Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader:  Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014), named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal®.  She has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003.  Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a certified Kundalini yoga teacher.  Her extensive training includes the Center for Courage & Renewal®, the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, the Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the Ojai Foundation, the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, The Leadership Circle™ Profile, and Chestnut Hill College (PA) in Holistic Spirituality.

Dan Hines is Courage & Renewal® Facilitator mentored by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. Dan Hines is a leadership consultant for business, educational, and religious organizations, a coach and speaker. Much of his professional experience has been in ministry as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. He also coaches and mentors clergy and faith leaders in association with his colleagues at Companion Way. His approach as a facilitator, priest, consultant and coach is to help others rediscover their integrity and identity. Recently, Dan has also begun consulting about intentional communities and co-operative living from his ongoing experience with the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, an intentional community in Kamloops, British Columbia, that he co-created with his spouse and nine others. Dan holds a Master of Divinity and has a background in management, contracting and horticulture. He feels the most integrated when hiking and camping and always welcomes a good meal with friends.

About Our Venue

Omega Institute, located in the serenely beautiful and tranquil countryside of Rhinebeck, New York, is the nation’s foremost educational retreat center. As a visitor to this Hudson Valley institution, you join a long tradition of people who have made their way to this spectacular region known for its natural beauty, art, and cultural innovation.

Omega Institute is recognized by:

  • The New York Times
  • 1000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Consumer Reports on Health
  • Healing Lifestyles & Spas.

What People are Saying About Omega:

“Omega and its surrounding area are serene and beautiful.”

“The campus, and how well it is kept while not disturbing the natural environment, amazed me and enabled me to relax and connect with nature in a very special way.”

“I love Omega. The energy, the grounds, the people—everything is wonderful.”






Details & Registration

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Cost: $395 for tuition.  Lodging options and fees are listed on the registration website.

Participation: The retreat maximum is 28 individuals.

Questions about this retreat?

Contact Valerie Brown at or Dan Hines at

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