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The Wisdom of Winter: Finding the Roots of Compassion

Sunday, January 7, 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Private home - Tucson, AZ

Sunday, January 7, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Classic Southwestern Home
in the Heart of Tucson, Arizona

$125 includes lunch, snacks and materials.

Early Bird Rate $100 if registered by December 8!

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Register by January 1st

"quoteCompassion is a necessity, not a luxury.
~ The Dalai Lama 

Finding the Roots of Compassion is a one-day retreat designed to give you the time and space to pause and explore the nature of compassion in yourself, your relationships, and your community.  Our world is in the midst of great suffering, and is in need of great compassion. Fortunately, humans are wired for compassion. Recent brain research teaches us that compassionate acts are also self-rewarding, as we help others our brain chemistry induces positive feelings in ourselves. But when discussing compassion, we tend to focus almost exclusively on others. We too often overlook self-compassion. Many of us struggle for a deeper understanding of and comfort with who we are. Self-criticism, self-isolation and self-absorption can stifle self-compassion. This retreat is intended to help you consider compassion for others, and for yourself.   

What to Expect 
Parker Palmer reminds us that the heart is where we integrate our knowledge and become more fully human. So what does our heart tell us about compassion? The heart can guide us, but the heart whispers. To hear it, you must quiet the noise around and within. David Sadker, an experienced Courage & Renewal facilitator, will create such a space, a quiet, focused, and disciplined circle of trust. In our circle, there will be a mix of time spent in large group, small group, and individual reflection. There will be poetry, art, stories, shared conversations and opportunities for reflection.  This retreat also will include the skills of deep listening and asking truly “open and honest” questions, offering an opportunity to explore compassion for others, and for yourself.

Whether you are new to Courage & Renewal or a returning participant, you are invited to be part of our Courage and Renewal Circle of Trust, joining in community to (re)discover what living with compassion means to you.

We will gather at a serene and welcoming Tucson location on Sunday, January 7, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Lunch, snacks, and materials will be provided.

Give yourself a compassionate gift of renewing your mind, body, and soul. We look forward to being together.

Meet Your Facilitator

David Sadker has authored seven books and more than seventy-five articles, and continues his writing today. His work has been reported in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The London Times and Newsweek, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and Talk of the Nation. Dr. Sadker has degrees from CCNY, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts, and is professor emeritus at The American University (Washington, DC). In addition, he has been awarded two honorary doctorates, and was selected as a torchbearer in the 2002 Olympics. In 2012, David and his late wife Myra were selected as one of “Nine Most Influential Actors in Title IX History” by The American Civil Liberties Union. David has established a foundation in his wife’s name for promoting research in gender equity in schools in the US as well as abroad. He now facilitates Courage & Renewal circles for educators, health professionals, religious communities, as well as the general public.

About Our Venue

Welcome to our authentic, updated hacienda infused with Southwestern charm. Easily feel at home in an entire spacious, comfortable house with gorgeous accents on .65 acres. Centrally-located, it is in an historic enclave of elegance. This fabulous spread is within walking distance to shopping, public transportation, near the biking “Loop”, less than 20 minutes from the University of Arizona and downtown. Surrounded by desert nuances, feel at home and experience the true character of Tucson.


Early Registration Fee:  $100 by Friday December 8, 2017.
Regular Registration Fee:  $125. Please complete registration no later than Monday January 1, 2018.

Registration includes lunch, snacks, and all materials. Note that space is limited to 20 participants.

flierdownloadHOW TO REGISTER: Fill out and send completed registration form and fee to David Sadker (address enclosed) or go to

Questions about this retreat?
Contact David Sadker at (520) 282-3431 or

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