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The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018

Oblate Renewal Center

May 1-4, 2018
Tuesday 3 PM to Friday 12 PM

Oblate Renewal Center
San Antonio, Texas

$700 Tuition ($600 Early bird)
PLUS lodging:
+ $525 for a Single Room
+ $225 for Commuter
Financial aid available

Save $100 when registered by February 1


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The Soul of Aging is a four-day institute for those who have experienced one or more Courage & Renewal programs and want to lead a small group, based on the Circle of Trust® approach, in their congregation or community that addresses the spiritual dimensions of aging.

To quote Eleanor Roosevelt: Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. In this program, we will creatively approach “the art” of aging intentionally, and the many soulful invitations our maturing years offer us. In a time when so many congregants and people of faith are entering the last season of their lives, we are excited to offer this program to provide fellowship and a soulful, trustworthy exploration in community.

soulofaging-eldertrioUpon attending The Soul of Aging, you will:

  • Receive a user-friendly curriculum for small-group programming that you can adapt in your home community.
  • Practice leading the curriculum and gain feedback from your peers and facilitators. Download the introductory session of the curriculum here.
  • Experience a community of mutual support with fellow clergy and congregational leaders.
  • Develop your capacity to build the relational trust needed in congregational life.
  • Explore how to lead and serve out of a place of courage and wholeness.


The Soul of Aging is for you if…
  • You’ve experienced the Circle of Trust® approach and are ready to make the move from participant to practitioner.
  • You long to lead courageous conversations in your spiritual community around the topic of aging that speak to the whole person, build trust among peers, and transform tensions within and between generations.
  • You would enjoy learning from Parker J. Palmer and other writers on the inner work of the soul, as well as learning with a community of elders who will journey with you on retreat.
  • You are an alumni of our Geography of Grace institute and want to bring another Courage & Renewal curriculum into your congregation or community. A discount of $100 is available for GOG alumni.

Themes of the Curriculum

"quote-LOne cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be of little importance in the evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie. — C. G. Jung

The Soul of Aging curriculum is designed to be led in ten, 2.5 hour sessions, or twenty, 1.25 hour sessions. At the Soul of Aging institute, participants will familiarize themselves with the curriculum and brainstorm how to adapt it for their particular faith context. Below is the working table of contents:

Introductory Session – Calling in the Ancestors: Visions of Aging
Session Two – Spiritual Formation Across the Lifecycle: Living Into the Soul’s Calling
Session Three – The Courage to Name and Claim Your Unlived Life
Session Four – Pathways to Wholeness
Session Five – All My Relations: The Call to Completion
Session Six – Enlightenment in Slow Motion
Session Seven – Stories of Divestment: The Foreign Currency of Change
Session Eight -The Wisdom of Living In Deep Time
Session Nine -The Final Stage of Growth
Session Ten – Generativity, Legacy and Harvesting our Lives

Meet Your Facilitators

georgia-nobleGeorgia Noble, Ed.D, MFT, is a facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal. Her background includes 25 years in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, working with individuals and groups and leading seminars. She is a trained Spiritual Director and was Lay Staff within the Episcopal Church for 10 years. Georgia feels especially called to helping communities of faith realize their potential as agents of personal and social transformation and sees Circles of Trust® as a powerful tool for supporting that work.

caryl-hurtig-casbon-15Caryl Ann Casbon, NW Poet and Writer, author of The Everywhere Oracle: A Guided Journey Through Poetry for an Ensouled World, also works as an interfaith minister, spiritual director, and facilitator through the Center for Courage & Renewal. Over the last 20 years Caryl has lead Circle of Trust® programs nationally and internationally for clergy and lay communities, medical and hospice groups, and leaders in education.

Alan Claassen is a United Church of Christ minister, specializing in helping congregations in time of transition. He also worked as an Event Coordinator with several San Francisco Bay Area non-profit performing art organizations. He is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and concert organizer. As an Interim Minister Alan has helped facilitate many congregations move through a re-visioning process that often begins in chaos and moves into creativity. Alan has been the song leader for Habits of the Heart Retreat for Clergy and Congregational Leaders and the Global Gathering. In 2013 he organized the first ever Courage & Renewal Concert that introduced the Circle of Trust® approach through music, poetry and story.

About Our Venue

Oblate Renewal Center is located in San Antonio, Texas, and offers beautiful surroundings in a peaceful atmosphere. It provides a quiet, warm, hospitable space for this retreat.

5700 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78216


Registration Details

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!  Save $100 when you register by February 1, 2018.

FEES:  $700 Program Tuition (or $600 Early Bird) PLUS lodging:
+ $525 for a Single Room
+ $225 for Commuter (meals only)

Financial aid is available based on need. Apply at by April 1st. Payment plans are also available to help alleviate upfront costs.

Register online by March 15, 2018!

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. View our cancellation policy here.

Contact Info

Please direct questions of accommodations to Georgia Noble,

Please direct questions of program content to Caryl Casbon,

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