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Leading with Heart: Courage & Resilience for Challenging Times

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Saturday, April 21, 2018

Prairie Oaks Institute - Belle Plaine, MN

April 19-21, 2018
Thurs. 6 PM to Sat. 2 PM

Prairie Oaks Institute
Belle Plaine, Minnesota

$225 – $325

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Please register by April 2

We live in challenging times, bewildering times of great change, uncertainty – and promise. The more frustrated, confused, or passionate we are about our lives and our work in the world, the more vital it is that we find time to renew our spirits and to re-connect what we do with who we are. As the grip of winter gives way to the restless energy of spring, cultivate a deeper capacity to contribute and thrive with greater wholeness and authenticity.

Weaving together the work of best-selling authors Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness) and Brené Brown (Daring Greatly, Rising Strong) this retreat offers a rare opportunity to:
• enhance your sense of calling, direction, and confidence to navigate change.
• develop daily practices and skills to rise strong when you fall.
• reconnect what you do with who you are.
• replenish inner reservoirs of courage and resilience so you can live, work, and lead wherever you are, for the common good.

Some additional details:

This retreat begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and concludes by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.  The retreat will include ample time and space for solitude and conversation, journaling, silence and dialogue, rest and relaxing walks in the glorious outdoors.  The retreat will be led by Daring Way™ facilitator Rev. Sarah Ciavarri ( and Courage and Renewal® facilitator Dr. Chris Johnson, founder and principal of The Milkweed Group (

The registration cost of $325 includes overnight lodging (shared occupancy) in either “Harvest House” or “The Farmhouse” at POI, all meals, refreshments, and materials.  The “commuter rate” of $225 includes everything except overnight lodging and breakfast.  Some scholarship support is available; please contact Chris via email at  Also, please let us know well in advance – with your registration is best – if you have any dietary restrictions.

We look forward to having you with us!

Meet Your Facilitators

Chris Johnson, PhD has nearly 25 years of experience in facilitating retreats & workshops, teaching, speaking, consulting, and deep listening in higher education, faith communities, and the business and not-for-profit sectors. He is founder and principal of The Milkweed Group, whose work is to create safe, courageous spaces that that nourish inner wisdom, sharpen clarity of purpose, and fuel capacity to live and lead for a better world. Chris is a Circles of Trust® facilitator in association with Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. For more about Chris and his work, please visit

Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a certified facilitator and consultant with The Daring Way™ and the work of Dr. Brené Brown. In addition to her work with The Daring Way,™ Sarah also is the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation of Apple Valley (Minnesota) and the Apple Valley Villa. She’s a lifelong learner and is working towards becoming a Board Certified Chaplain. Sarah earned a Master of Divinity in 2001 from Luther Seminary where she was a Presidential Scholar and is an ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA). Her undergraduate degrees in psychology and Spanish are from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she was a vocal scholar.  Sarah has also served as a chaplain in rural, inner city, and suburban care centers, as well as in a correctional facility and 6 years as a parish pastor.

About Our Venue

Prairie Oaks Institute is a nonprofit education- and retreat center located on a 115-year-old farm campus on the edge of Belle Plaine, on the southwest outskirts of the Twin Cities.  POI’s mission is to be a catalyst of rejuvenation for people and the planet, and its work is to nourish expansive imagination, bold thinking, wise action, and cross-sector solutions to the unprecedented environmental and social challenges of our time.

1200 West South Street, Belle Plaine, MN 56011  |

Registration and Details

COST: $325: “Complete Package” includes everything for the weekend:  program & materials, overnight lodging (shared occupancy), meals and refreshments.

$225: “Commuter rate” includes program & materials, lunch & dinner, but not overnight lodging or breakfast.

FINANCIAL AID: Some scholarship support is available.  To inquire, please contact Chris by email:

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to 18 participants, so please register early (by April 2, 2018 at the latest) at

Questions about this retreat?

Contact Chris Johnson,, 507-934-4863


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