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Spaciousness for the Soul, December Edition: Experience a Circle of Trust – In Winter’s Thin Light, Tending the Inner Flame

Thursday, December 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Centering Space - Lakewood, OH

DATE: December 14, 2017
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

THEME: Spaciousness for the Soul, December Edition: Experience a Circle of Trust – In Winter’s Thin Light, Tending the Inner Flame

VENUE: Centering Space, Lakewood, Ohio

PARTICIPATION IS FREE. Donations are welcome.

RSVP: Contact Tony Vento at or 216-313-0546. Please note, space is limited to 15 individuals.  Early reservations are encouraged as the evening fills quickly.

Each intergenerational evening stands on its own with a fresh theme, and you can come as often as you like.  Prior participation is not required.


Would you like some spaciousness for your soul? How about inviting the noise within us and around us to subside, and listening for what your soul just may wish to share?

About the Theme

As the longest nights of the year approach, if it’s “better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” how might we protect and carry forth the light? How do we bask in its glow?


This monthly open invitation is for anyone who would like to sample the hospitable Circle of Trust® approach, alongside those who have made a Courage & Renewal retreat, or who enjoy the work of Parker Palmer. Each evening is designed as an easy connecting point both for those considering dipping their toes in the waters of Circles of Trust or a Courage & Renewal retreat, and for those who happen to have experience in this kind of “swimming.” Try one? Bring someone with you?


No prior knowledge of Circles of Trust is required. Each intergenerational evening stands on its own, and you can come as often as you like. While each time includes an introduction to foundations like the Touchstones, every evening also features fresh content embodying the principles, practices and values of the Courage and Renewal approach.In large-group, small-group, and solitary settings, we’ll making use of insights from storytellers, poets, artists, musicians, seasonal metaphors, or various wisdom traditions. We may use journaling, some art, music, or activities outside, but it’s not about loving journals, art, music, or poetry. Those are simply springboards. Everything we’ll do is by invitation, not command. Using the Circle of Trust® approach shaped by Parker Palmer and others at the Center for Courage & Renewal, we’ll be invited to experience a space where we can listen with presence, inspiration, courage, compassion and wonder. Within such quiet and safe spaces, the inner voice can be heard: a voice that invites us to honor and reconnect who we are with what we do.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:15 pm – Doors open
  • 6:30 pm – Optional simple supper and socializing continues
  • 6:45 pm – Orientation for those new to Circles of Trust
  • 7 pm – Convene the Circle of Trust
  • 8:30 pm – Close the Circle
  • Folks may stay and socialize afterwards or enjoy the night sky over Lake Erie, if they wish.

Interested in other seasonal standalone, mini-retreat, or the monthly short evenings also rooted in the Circle of Trust approach in the Northeast Ohio area? Prior participation is not required – all are welcomed, including those with previous experience in the Courage and Renewal approach.  Mark your calendar or share with a friend…

>>> Inviting the Spirit of Autumn: Scattering Seeds of the Season. A Seasonal Renewal Mini-Retreat for All @ Centering Space, Lakewood. Saturday, October 14, 1:30-4:30pm.

>>> Inviting the Spirit of Winter: Welcoming the Gifts of January Landscapes. A Seasonal Mini-Retreat for All @ Centering Space, Lakewood. Saturday, January 20, 9:30am-12:30pm.

>>> Part of the monthly open-enrollment series “Spaciousness for the Soul: An Evening in the Circle of Trust” @ Centering Space, Lakewood. 7 – 8:30pm with optional light supper at 6:30pm. No previous experience required. Upcoming session:
       – Thursday, November 16 One Table, Many Vessels, Holding Thanks

Upcoming Courage to Teach weekends:

>>> The Autumn 2017 edition of Courage to Teach is November 10-12, and the Winter 2018 edition is February 2-4, both at River’s Edge, Cleveland Ohio. The Spring 2018 edition is April 27-29 at Villa Maria, PA between Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Erie PA. Each is a standalone retreat, and you may enroll in more than one. (Autumn retreat information and registration here)

Meet Your Facilitator

Tony-VentoTony Vento Courage & Renewal Facilitator, knows in his very soul the power of people coming together in respectful small circles, linked with other circles, for renewing and transforming ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities. He is grateful to those generous and wise teachers in high school, college and beyond who encouraged him to create such circles, seeing his gifts before he did. His favorite teachers include Mrs. Molder who not only created his first peer learning circles, but read aloud The Little Prince, and graciously welcomed her fourth graders to sing Let There Be Peace On Earth at her wedding. Tony loves all water sports especially whitewater kayaking – which, like much of his life, gathers circles of trusted people to share stories, chart paths, quiet fears and enjoy what can be created by making the most of lively currents. Embracing the wisdom invited by NE Ohio’s seasons has changed his life. More information about Tony’s professional work can be found at Over the past seven years, he has been introducing the practices and principles that ground Courage to Teach® in Northeast Ohio educational and community settings, including Case Western Reserve University, as well as the national Catholic Campus Ministers Association.

About Our Venue

Centering Space porch“A quiet sanctuary for reflection,” Centering Space is located in a spacious century home in Lakewood, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie. It shares the beautiful lake front with the Lakewood Catholic Academy. The school campus offers a grotto and expansive lakefront for reflection. Sunsets on Lake Erie are known to be spectacular! The gardens and porch of Centering Space are ideal for peace and prayer. Sounds of people at play nearby in Lakewood Park are readily integrated into the peaceful solitude of Centering Space and its lovely outdoor areas. 14812 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 | Click here for directions

Questions about this program? For more information, please visit or contact Tony Vento or call (216) 313-0546

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