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Courage on the Threshold: Embracing Life’s Changes with Integrity & Grace

Friday, July 13, 2018 - Sunday, July 15, 2018

St. Andrew's House Retreat & Conference Center - Union, WA

July 13-15, 2018
Fri. 3:00 pm – Sun. 1:00 pm

St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center
Union, Washington

Early Bird Fee $550 until June 1
Standard Fee $650 until July 1
See details below

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Registration deadline: July 1


Are you standing at the threshold of a major change such as retirement, empty nest, an experience of loss, or a job change?

Are you ready to give yourself the time and space to reflect on how to face those changes with heart?

If you find yourself poised between the known and the unknown, between what has been and what comes next, we invite you to join us for a weekend retreat to explore the theme of threshold. Over three days we will contemplate what it means to “stand on the threshold” with courage and attentiveness, listening for the next congruent step, and honor the threshold moments in our lives as an integral part of the process of transformation and change.

Based on the work of author and spiritual elder Parker J. Palmer, this retreat provides opportunities to:

  • Discover a process for discernment to reach clarity about life transitions
  • Explore the connection between inner landscape and outer world
  • Learn healthy ways to embrace paradox and hold tension in life-giving ways
  • Be within a community of mutual respect and caring that welcomes the soul

What last year’s participants said…

"quote-LThe facilitation was lovely… caring, gracious, and purposeful.

"quote-LI now have the creativity and inner resources to move into the next phase of my ministry and life.

"quote-LThis approach to engaging constructively with the prospect of major change was just what I needed.

"quote-LI enjoyed the space to renew and delve deeper.

"quote-LI am draw into awe as I consider all that I was gifted to bear witness to this weekend.

The image of the threshold is a powerful one for many of us. We know what it means to cross a threshold as we embrace changes in our personal or professional lives. Many of us have also faced the closing door of an unwelcome change. Although the invitation of the threshold can open us to something larger, it can also mean leaving something of real significance behind.

What to Expect: In the retreat, skilled facilitators help to create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space—a Circle of Trust®—in which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we will explore the places of transition in our lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, as well as insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.


Meet Your Facilitators

Emily ChamberlainEmily Chamberlain, M.A. is an independent consultant and professional educator with over 20 years of experience in both public and private schools. As a teacher of literature and writing at a Friends school for much of her career, she was deeply influenced by the tenets of Quaker education. She is drawn to the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal out of that same sense of inner alignment. Emily is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator prepared by the Center. She holds a M.A. in Literature from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English and is happy to call the Pacific Northwest home.
email: | phone: (206) 855-6222

karen-hardingKaren Harding, MS, recently retired from a career teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at Pierce College in Lakewood, WA. She values the role that reflective practice plays in teaching and learning as well as in self-development and self-understanding. As a Courage & Renewal facilitator, she continues to explore how our experiences, our relationships, and our thoughts play out in our lives. In addition to exploring the connections between body, mind and spirit, Karen enjoys bicycling, skiing, running, spending time with friends, gardening, and reading.
email: | phone: (253) 272-4727

About Our Venue
St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center is a beautiful and serene setting with expansive views of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains, ideally situated only a short drive from Seattle, Tacoma, and the Kitsap Peninsula.

7550 East Highway 106, Union, WA 98592   |


Registration Information

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $550 until June 1, 2018
  • Standard Registration Fee: $650 until July 1, 2018

Fees include all programming costs and materials plus shared occupancy* room & board. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements.
*Note: There may be a limited number of single rooms available for an additional fee. Contact Emily Chamberlain.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due when you register. Full payment is expected one month prior to the retreat unless other arrangements are made.

Limited financial aid is available for clergy and congregational leaders. Learn more and apply:

Register online:
To reserve your spot, please register early.

All cancellations are subject to a $100 administration fee and must be made in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date to receive a refund.

For additional program information contact:
Emily Chamberlain,, (206) 855-6222
Karen Harding,, (253) 272-4727

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