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The Power of Living Questions: Seeds of Discernment, A 1-day Courage & Renewal® Retreat

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cat Greenstreet's Home - Millbrook, NY

September 16, 2017
9:30 am – 5 pm

Cat Greenstreet’s Home
Millbrook, New York

$65-$90 sliding scale
(Please see details below.)

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Register by September 12th

“Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

In this one-day retreat in my cozy home in the quaint Village of Millbrook in the Mid-Hudson Valley, we will create a “sacred pause” from the busyness of our lives to reflect, recharge, and renew ourselves as we invite and listen for the voice of the soul to speak. Our theme for the day is the power of living questions as seeds for discernment into the issues affecting us. Using stories from our own journeys, poems, songs, images, seasonal metaphors, and insights from various wisdom traditions, we will create a safe, hospitable, and courageous space, called a Circle of Trust®. We will learn to ask open, honest questions and take our own questions to heart as we support others in doing the same.

This retreat is based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. The Circle of Trust approach, described in Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness, offers touchstones for creating a hospitable and charged “container”, in which to cultivate our inner capacity to live a more authentic, meaningful, and engaged life: to work toward living an undivided life, true to our identity and integrity. Questions live at the center of this approach and learning to ask them and hold them offers a key to our personal, vocational, political, and communal well-being. Acknowledging the human need for both solitude and community, we will take time to reflect in silence, meet in small groups, and rejoin together in the larger group.

Meet Your Facilitator

Cat Greenstreet, M.Ed. has been a Courage & Renewal Facilitator since 2006. She was an educator for 30 years and devoted the last 20 of those to Waldorf® education as an elementary and middle school teacher, a high school English and drama teacher, and a teacher educator. She taught English in colleges throughout the New York metropolitan area and worked in business as a technical writer. She is currently serving as a Courage & Renewal facilitator, offering Healing the Heart of Democracy® Circles, Courage to Teach® workshops, grief circles, and other Circle of Trust retreats and workshops. Cat also loves to play the electric bass and to sing in a choir.

About Our Venue

A beautiful, peaceful Victorian home in the quaint Village of Millbrook, NY in the Mid-Hudson Valley, surrounded by lush gardens. Two hours north of New York City. Weather-permitting we’ll be able to use the welcoming wrap-around porch. Walking distance to restaurants, delis, and diner.

Fees & Registration

Cost: Sliding scale of $65 – $90. Please pay at the most generous level you are able. Includes light snacks, coffee, and tea. For lunch there are many restaurants and delis in Millbrook, where you can eat or get take-out. You may also bring your own lunch.

Registration:  Please email Cat Greenstreet by September 12th to register.  You may pay with a check, addressed to Cat Greenstreet, P.O. Box 927, Millbrook, NY 12545 or through PayPal, using Cat’s email address (

Participation:  Participation is limited to 15 individuals.  Early registration is encouraged.

Cancellation Policy:  Life challenges emerge and changes happen. If you must cancel, you can receive a full refund when you notify Cat Greenstreet at least three weeks before the program begins. Other than exceptional emergencies, no refund will be given if we receive your cancellation less than three weeks before the retreat date.

Questions? Contact…

Cat Greenstreet at 845-677-3463 or

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