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Thin Places – A Circle of Trust for Finding the Courage to Live an Undivided Life

Friday, May 18, 2018 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

AKASHA - Charlottesville, VA

May 18 – 20, 2018
Fri 5 pm to Sun 1 pm

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Register by May 7th

At this time, the noise and vitriolic exchanges in the outer world seem especially vexatious.  More than ever we need a place to quiet our hearts and find what is there.  In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the intersection of our inner and outer lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, as well as insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

This retreat, grounded in Parker J. Palmer’s Circle of Trust approach, offers you the opportunity to glimpse your own inner wholeness, to rejoin soul and role, even in a world that feels divided.  This is a creative endeavor that asks us to reclaim our own story.  Our lives are more than our experiences; they are how we make meaning from those experiences.



Meet Your Facilitators

Megan LeBoutillier is an artist and a writer who has been involved with Circles of Trust from their inception in 1996.  She was prepared by The Center for Courage & Renewal to be a facilitator in 1999.  She is one of the story gatherers for the new book, Thin Places: Seeking the Courage to Live in a Divided World.  She has been a Kirkridge Courage Fellow since 2015 and is a member of the Kirkridge Courage Faculty.


Diana C. Brawley, founder of the Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville, is a Presbyterian minister, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Courage and Renewal Facilitator for the past nine years. Diana is dedicated to helping others explore their ‘inner teacher’ in a safe and creative way.  She holds advanced degrees in Christian Ethics and Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Masters in Social Work from University of Georgia. Having led congregational and couple retreats, Diana has seen the transformative power of walking alongside others who seek vocational renewal, love and forgiveness, grief and loss.

About Our Venue

AKASHA is located 17 miles northwest of Charlottesville, Virginia.  It is a rural, mountain retreat with guest accommodations, indoor and outdoor meeting areas, and a gourmet kitchen.

Registration and Fees

Cost (two possibilities are being offered): One option ($250.00) is to participate as a day-student, staying at your own home and having breakfast there before Saturday and Sunday morning sessions.

The second option ($350.00) is to stay at AKASHA which can accommodate 12 participants in double occupancy rooms.  Meals are included in the registration fee.

Registration: Please email by May 7, 2018 to register.

Participation: Participation is limited to 20 individuals.

Questions about this retreat?

Contact Megan LeBoutillier at


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