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The Courage to Explore: The Role of Place in Our Lives

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center - Stoneville, NC

September 15 – 17, 2017
Fri 6 pm to Sun Noon

St Francis Springs Prayer Center
Stoneville, NC

$460 (retreat with double)
$520 (retreat with single)

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Register by August 15th

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” – Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Just as night moves to the early light of dawn and dawn changes to day, the places where we live out our lives seem constantly in transition. We experience transition in our relationships —at home, in our work and among our circles of friends. Some transitions are predictable as we move through the seasons, others are as changeable as the weather.

Because of the many demands on our time and energy, our inner lives are frequently in transition. It is challenging to follow the call to explore the places of new edges or frontiers. “The Courage to Explore:  The Role of Place in Our Lives” is a retreat designed to give you time and space to do just that.

Guided by selected principles and practices of Parker J. Palmer’s Circle of Trust approach, attendees will co-create a safe place where they can nurture their personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. In small groups and the larger circle, we will share life stories and discover what is nudging us into the future. Our exploration will be grounded in sensory awareness —seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting places that sustain us. Through individual reflection and journaling, we will deepen our understanding of how the physical places we inhabit connect with our inner landscapes. By listening deeply to each other, attending to our own inner teacher, and actively listening to the varied landscapes of St. Francis Springs, we will awaken to the call of new directions and new ways of being.  Adults of all ages and backgrounds are invited.

This experience is co-sponsored by:

  • The Center for Human-Earth Restoration is based on the work of Thomas Berry, Aldo Leopold and George Washington Carver. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide children and adults opportunities to enhance their relationship with the natural world through reflective journaling, seminars, camps, excursions, and ecological restoration.
  • Inspiring Courage Consulting LLC helps people explore the wonder of the natural world for personal growth and professional innovation. The organization works with faith communities, nonprofits and leadership groups to create spaces and evoke new insights for people on their life journeys.

A flyer for the retreat can be found here.

Meet Your Facilitators

Larry-PetrovickLarry Petrovick has worked to conserve the natural world for over 35 years in various roles within wildlife, forestry, and agriculture agencies. He has led small groups and spiritual formation retreats for over 20 years. As a Courage and Renewal Facilitator since 2012, he integrates those experiences and consults with people in nonprofits, faith communities, business, and others to understand and apply relationships from the natural world that can benefit people and the human-earth interrelationship.  He currently is an associate board member with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and is a Leadership Triangle Goodmon Fellow. Gardening, cooking local foods and bread baking feed his soul.

Diane Petteway became a Courage facilitator in 2010. She is a middle school music teacher in a very culturally diverse, urban school system in Raleigh, North Carolina. She loves leading two year seasonal retreats for teachers and school leaders. She also leads local mini retreats on mindfulness, storytelling and diversity. Diane incorporates music, movement and visual art into her work as a Courage facilitator whenever possible. She is also a facilitator of Barbara McAfee’s Full Voice technique which examines how we live authentically with our voices in our daily work.

About Our Venue

St. Francis Springs Prayer Center is a retreat center where people of all and no faith traditions are welcome.  Here you will have the opportunity to experience Franciscan hospitality, rest, renewal and good food for your journey.  Located on 140 acres of woods, open land and streams near Stoneville, NC, it is a place in the natural world containing many smaller places that can speak to our lives.

Fees and Registration

Cost: The cost of food and lodging is $180 per person for double occupancy, or $240 for a single occupancy.  The retreat program fee is $280 per person including all materials.

Early Bird Discount: Receive $55 discount if registered and paid by July 18, 2017.

Register by Mail: Please register soon since this retreat is expected to fill quickly. Please make your check payable to: Inspiring Courage Consulting LLC and remit your registration form and full payment for food and lodging and the retreat program fee by, August 18, 2017 to:

Inspiring Courage Consulting LLC
3016 Hillsborough Street
Office 210
Raleigh, NC 27607

Please note: “The Courage to Explore” on the memo line of your check. For further information contact Larry at 919-637-5662 or

As an alternative to sending a check, registration can be done online through Eventbrite.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Full refunds may be given if your written notice is received by July 28, 2017. A partial refund of 50% will be given, if written notice of your cancellation is received no later than August 15, 2017. After that date, no refunds are available.

If you have other questions, please contact…
Larry Petrovick at

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