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Living and Leading with Courage and Integrity: A Circle of Trust Professional Retreat

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Mary Ward Centre, University of Toronto - Toronto, ON, Canada

February 10-11, 2018
Saturday & Sunday 9AM – 4PM

Mary Ward Centre at the University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

(includes lunches and materials)

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Based on the Courage to Teach® and Circle of Trust® programs, this professional development opportunity supports the personal and professional renewal of educators, and those in other helping professions.

This professional retreat does not focus on professional techniques or institutional reform. Rather, it supports the renewal of the self-knowledge and emotional intelligence of participants.

The program offers participants opportunities to reflect on the inner dimensions of their professional lives. Up to 30 participants are invited to engage in honest self-reflection and explore questions about purpose, values, and commitment to challenging work. In doing so, participants are invited to increase a capacity to listen to self and others more deeply, to reconnect their inner passion with their outer work, in order to show up more wholeheartedly. Participation is always by invitation and not demand – attendees participate and share according to their own comfort level.

In large group, small group, and solitary reflection, the heart of professional life is explored through the use of stories from our own journeys, reflections on practice, and insights from poets, story-tellers, and diverse wisdom traditions. Participants are invited to speak honestly about their lives and work, and to listen and respond to each other and to themselves with encouragement and compassion.

Mardi Tindal and Michael Saver, skilled facilitators certified by the Center for Courage & Renewal founded by esteemed educator, author and activist Parker J. Palmer, work to create a trustworthy space – a circle of trust – within which participants may explore their deepest wisdom to find courage and renewal for their life and work.

Meet Your Facilitators

Mardi Tindal, MA has brought energetic leadership throughout her career as an adult educator and facilitator, organizational consultant, retreat centre director, writer, broadcaster and church leader. She is a former Moderator of The United Church of Canada and as a Courage & Renewal facilitator she facilitates leadership formation with leaders from a wide array of backgrounds and organizations.

Michael Saver has been an educator for 30 years, retiring in 2015 from the Ontario College of Teachers where he served as Accreditation Administrator. His professional experience includes designing and leading professional development programs for educators, pre-service and Additional Qualification teacher education, keynote and workshop presentations, classroom teaching and group facilitation in a variety of contexts. He has a background in understanding and honouring the principles of diversity in professional contexts.

Michael has sixteen years’ experience as a certified Courage to Teach & Lead/Circle of Trust facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal in Seattle, introducing the program to Canada and leading programs for educators across the province and in Australia. His recent articles on Relational Trust in Schools and Professional Collaboration in Education appear in the Fall 2016 CPCO Principal Connections, and ASCD Ontario’s Trillium October 2016 respectively.

Information and Registration

This two day retreat runs from 9 AM to 4 PM each day.

Fees: $300 includes materials, and two lunches

Participation is limited to 28.

For more information and to register, contact, 416-616-9432

Registration deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.

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