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Living with Authenticity, Integrity and Courage: An Introductory Circle of Trust® Retreat

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Saturday, February 3, 2018

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa - Florida

February 2-3, 2018
Fri 8:30am to Sat 8pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa
Tampa, Florida

(includes tuition, materials, and all meals)

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Please register by January 1, 2018

In these turbulent and challenging times, we often face the question of how to stay true to our deeply held values amid the complexity of our roles and responsibilities. For those of us who lead and serve our communities, it’s especially crucial that we make time to renew our spirits and reflect on the purpose and passion that underlie our work so that we can sustain ourselves for the long haul.

At this 2-day, 1-night Courage & Renewal retreat you’ll discover a unique kind of professional and personal development—one that deepens your self-awareness and renews your energy to live and lead with authenticity, integrity and courage.

This retreat is based on the  Circles of Trust© approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.  Skilled Courage & Renewal Facilitators create an open and welcoming space for the soul to show up.  In solitude, large- and small-group discussions, you’ll be invited to reflect deeply using poetry, nature, art and various wisdom traditions to guide you.  The opportunity to participate in a Clearness Committee, a process of discernment that lets you hear your inner wisdom, will be available during the retreat.

Meet Your Facilitators

Kathryn McElveen, M.Div., PCC is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and the Program Director for Young Leaders & Activists at the Center for Courage & Renewal. She thrives creating welcoming spaces where people are deeply valued and their hearts and minds can expand to integrate new awareness. Kathryn is a professional leadership coach and ordained clergyperson in the United Methodist Church, where she served as a congregational pastor and consultant in spiritual formation and leadership development. She is the author of Faith Coaching and The Faith Coaching Toolkit. Kathryn lives in Travelers Rest, SC with her husband and four children.

Jennifer Scaia, M.A., C.F.S, is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator in preparation trained in the Circle of Trust® approach by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. A student affairs professional with over 15 years of experience in higher education, Jenn provides leadership for a comprehensive, educational residential environment while designing learning-centered orientation and commencement experiences. Jenn has a parallel passion and specialty in spiritual formation and inquiry-based contemplative practices. Jenn lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Chris, where they are both members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa.  Jenn has been meditating and practicing mindfulness for over 10 years.

About Our Venue

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa | 11400 Morris Bridge Rd, Tampa, FL 33637

Approximately 30 minutes from downtown Tampa.  Participants will enjoy church hospitality, serene surroundings, and delicious meals.

Registration & Fees

PROGRAM FEES:  The $300 program fee includes tuition, program materials, and all meals on Friday and Saturday.

PAYMENT:  A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Full payment is expected by Tuesday, January 2, 2018 unless other arrangements have been made.

REGISTER: Please send program fee to Kathryn McElveen through Paypal:  For questions about payment, please contact Kathryn via email at

CANCELLATION: If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund minus the non-refundable $100 deposit when you notify Kathryn McElveen at least one month before the program begins.  No refund can be given for cancellations received less than one month before the first retreat.

TRAVEL:  You will be responsible for travel to and from the event.

LODGING:  You may select from a variety of moderately-priced local hotels close to the retreat location:

La Quinta Inn & Suites, USF
3701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

Windgate by Wyndham Tampa, USF
3751 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

Quality Inn & Conference Center
2701 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612

Questions about this retreat?

For general information contact Jennifer Scaia:
(484) 223-9020

For registration or payment information contact Kathryn McElveen:

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