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Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Embassy Suites - Montgomery, Alabama

October 14-17, 2018

Embassy Suites
Montgomery, Alabama

$1200 until July 31
$1400 after July 31

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Please register by September 24, 2018

“When ‘We the People’ re-examine connections to beliefs and communities, it creates an opportunity to heal an ailing society.”
– Parker J. Palmer

Join us for a Circle of Trust pilgrimage to sacred and storied places where the history of our nation’s Civil Rights movement lives in the streets, museums, houses of worship, bridges and monuments of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama. We will consider the journey of Social Justice from the Civil Rights era to today, and contemplate how our past informs our personal relationship to social responsibility. We will reflect on the current climate in our country, and respond to the many questions that we may be holding about our role in answering the courageous voices of yesterday and the calls to action of today.

About This Retreat:

This four-day experience will incorporate the principles, practices and touchstones of the Circle of Trust approach, established by Parker J. Palmer. We will spend time in self-reflection, small group discussion, and group sharing as we travel back into time, stand in the present, and contemplate our future.

Imagine standing at the Capitol Steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed 25,000 people who gathered there at the completion of their march from Selma to Montgomery. Picture sitting together in the Southern Poverty Law Center Museum and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church where Dr. King preached. Envision walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where the Selma march took place. These are the places awaiting you as we search for the Soul of Social Justice, our truth and place in the ongoing efforts to respectfully engage with each other, honoring the unalienable rights of every citizen.

“If I am not for myself, who is for me? And when I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
 – Rabbi Hillel

This retreat is based on the Circle of Trust® developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.  The Center is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to working with teachers, leaders, and other serving professionals to establish circles of trust that support personal wholeness, professional integrity, and vocational vitality. We welcome participants from all races, genders, sexual orientations, national and ethnic origins, ages, abilities and disabilities, economic classes and religious/spiritual paths. You are welcome in our Circle of Trust®. For more information, see

Meet Your Facilitators

Jana Rickerson, LCSW is an educator, mentor, consultant and facilitator. After decades of experience in child welfare, public health and HIV services, she is currently passionate about her work with diversity and cultural humility training, teaching the next generation of social workers, and supervising case managers who work with LGBTQ seniors. Her passion for heartfelt and honest dialogue is threaded though out her work and personal life.

Lori Schulman YadinLori-Yadin is the Founder and CEO of Create Safe Space, Inc, a non-profit organization, is an experiential educator, retreat facilitator, relationship coach and writer. She is a lifelong learner with a twenty-year daily meditative practice that has included numerous week long silent retreats, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training, incorporating Mindful practice in her Coaching, Teaching and Retreat Facilitation. Her book of poetry, moving through life, doors and thresholds of past, present, and future, was published in 2017.

Dave Ellis is the owner and Principal Consultant at Dave Ellis Consulting, LLC, a group dedicated to using Worldview Intelligence and the Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter for training on equity and inclusion, strategic planning and community engagement. He has been exploring the impact of early childhood trauma on adult issues and been instrumental in conversations on equity, diversity, race, power and privilege in Minnesota.

About Our Venue

Historic Downtown Montgomery, Alabama will be our retreat venue, & the Embassy Suites will be our home-base. We will gather together in several venues including the Southern Poverty Law Center Museum, a tour of Selma, Alabama, and the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

Registration and Details

Registration & Application: To receive an application and registration form please contact Lori Yadin at Lori will email you both forms. The forms must be submitted along with a deposit or full paymentOnce both forms are received you will receive an email confirmation. 

Cost: Early Registration $1200.00 (available through July 31, 2018).
Regular Registration $1400.00 (available August 1, 2018 – September 24, 2018).
Cost covers double occupancy accommodations, meals, entrance fees to all museums, transportation to Selma & retreat materials.

Cancellation Policy: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen in our schedules. If you must cancel, we must receive your written request to do so by September 14, 2018. The non-refundable cancellation fee is $100.00.

Scholarships: We are actively pursuing Scholarship Funds through several fundraising efforts. We will update registrants with all opportunities. We are committed to making participation possible for all who wish to attend, regardless of their ability to pay.  If cost is an issue for you, please contact Lori Yadin (

If you can make a donation to help others who cannot afford the full registration or might otherwise not be able to participate, your generosity will be gratefully received. Please make out a separate check for your donation. You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible donation through our partner for this retreat, Create Safe Space, Inc., a 501C-3 Non-Profit.  The mission of this organization is to create and support experiences that are rooted in safe space, those that open individuals to seeing themselves, others, and their communities through a lens that illuminates our shared humanity.

Questions about this retreat?  Contact…

Lori Schulman Yadin at

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