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Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center - Philadelphia, PA

December 1, 2018
9 am to 4 pm

Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

$225 per person

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Become the best version of you.  Transform your thinking about your life purpose and meaning, about your work.  In this deep dive, you’ll explore how your values align with your work, your soul and role. This retreat is based on the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal and Parker J. Palmer and explores issues of vocational and life transitions. 

This retreat is designed for you… 

  • Are you seeking rest and renewal, a time set-aside just for you from the busyness of daily stress?
  • Are you asking yourself:  ‘What’s next?’  And, do you want the space to reflect and to listen to your own inner wisdom?
  • Are you seeking support in building ongoing practices that help you integrate your deepest intentions into your life and work?
  • Are you curious about how to bring more trust and courage into your life?

    What people are saying…. 

  • “…profoundly moved to a deeper level of “getting it””.
  • “It is an amazing spiritual journey where you can learn more about yourself and experience the capacity of love of humanity.  It’s life changing and uplifting.”
  • “The program helped me go beyond what I thought I was seeking and give clarity to my questions.”
  • “It was marvelous!  You must do this for yourself.”

Meet Your Facilitator

Valerie 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.

About Our Venue

Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center, an oasis of natural beauty, a ‘Sanctuary of Trees’, and a place to ‘get-away-from-it-all’, is located in Philadelphia, and is easily accessible by mass transit.  Focused on promoting health and well being, Cranaleith serves nutritionally balanced, locally sourced meals with a sense of joy and good taste.

Cranaleith offers contemplative space for those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves and for society, and is committed to offering access to healing for low-income and marginalized people.

Details & Registration

Cost:  $225.00 per person includes breakfast treats, gourmet lunch, healthy snacks and beverages, day use of Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center, all materials, and retreat facilitation.

How to Register: Please register online. Registration deadline is November 30, 2018.

Participation:  The retreat maximum is 19 people.  Early registration is encouraged.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be issued due to late arrival, early departure, or any unused portion of the retreat. The Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver form must be signed and completed upon registration. Cancellations received 90 days or less prior to retreat start date, no refund is permitted.  Cancellations prior to this will receive a refund of 50% of the cost of the retreat.  Lead Smart Coaching, LLC reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel the retreat prior to the start for any reason, including lack of participants or acts of nature and/or circumstances beyond our control. In this case, any payments received will be refunded in full, and this will constitute full settlement.  Lead Smart Coaching, LLC is not responsible for any additional expenses due to a cancelled retreat, such as the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets.  Lead Smart Coaching, LLC reserves the right to accept, refuse, or decline any participation at any time for any reason of any person. In such a case, Lead Smart Coaching, LLC liability is limited to the actual cost of the unused services.

Questions about this retreat?

Contact Valerie Brown at 215-933-9978

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