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Performance Review: Nourishing Integrity in Contemporary Academia

Friday, September 15, 2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Dickson Room, Australian National Botanic Gardens - Canberra, Australia

Friday September 15, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Dickson Room
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Canberra, Australia

($200 for students or Health Care Card holders)

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Please register by Wednesday September 13

In the early 21st century academia, the life-long academic career seems to have become a thing of the past. Time pressure continues to increase, and people often worry that they are spending most of their days chasing funding, handling huge classes, and dealing with bureaucratic ‘accountability’ requirements instead of really teaching, mentoring students, conducting research, sharing their findings, or developing themselves professionally and intellectually. Even values such as academic freedom and intellectual autonomy may be becoming vulnerable.

In such circumstances, people working in universities can feel disillusioned, confused, perhaps estranged from the values that attracted them to academia in the first place and wondering if they still belong. The pressures can also erode the energy and attention everyone needs to maintain health and personal relationships.

This one-day retreat is an opportunity for participants to step out of the relentless demands of daily academic life, and to reflect on their professional circumstances, including the troubling personal questions raised by those circumstances. Within a Circle of Trust® , the retreat will offer a range of experiences designed to encourage reflection, to foster reconnecting with what matters to you, and to stimulate considering how you might maintain your values on the job. There will be chances to speak into the whole circle, time for private journaling and other creative processes, and occasions for sharing in pairs or triads.

We will use resources such as visual images, poems, and brief writings from the wisdom traditions to provoke and support personal reflection.

Participation in all activities is by invitation.

Drawing on the work and writing of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, this program employs the principles and practices of the Circle of Trust® approach.

Meet Your Facilitator

Dorothy Broom

The retreat will be facilitated by Dorothy Broom, Professor Emerita from The Australian National University. Dorothy is a sociologist and Courage & Renewal facilitator with a strong commitment to creating safe and supportive environments where people can devote time and attention to renewing their connection with their personal integrity. 


About the Venue

Dickson Room
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Canberra, Australia

A peaceful and beautiful space in Australia’s capital, adjacent to the Australian National University.

Registration Details

FEES: $350, or $200 for students or Health Care Card holders.

TO REGISTER:  Please email a filled out registration form to

Registration is limited to 15 participants. Please register by September 13, 2017


Questions? Contact:

Dorothy Broom at

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