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Winter’s Gifts: Death, Dormancy, and Resilience, A 1-day Courage & Renewal® Retreat

Saturday, January 13, 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cat Greenstreet's Home - Millbrook, NY

January 13, 2018
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 January 8, 2018

Winter is a season of paradox and hidden gifts. Without death there would be no life, without dormancy no sprouting in the spring. How can the outer cold and translucent light of winter fortify us, offering an opportunity for building resilience? Nature’s lessons offer a mirror for us to reflect on what is dying and dormant in our own lives as well as what nurtures essential resilience. Do you need to step away from the daily rush and demands, the overload of media and information, to acknowledge and honor this mysterious seasonal process going on around and within us?

Please join us for a one-day workshop 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 as we invite and listen for the voice of the soul to speak. Using stories from our own journeys, poems, songs, images, seasonal metaphors, movement, and insights from various wisdom traditions, we will create a safe, hospitable space, in both solitude and community, to ask deep soul questions, to let our inner wisdom speak, and to explore how to align our outer lives with our inner truth, together cultivating courage in challenging times.

This workshop 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, focuses on cultivating our inner capacity to live a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life, and to express the deepest values and wisdom of true self in and through our relationships and work.

In our day together, we will

  • Focus, without distraction, on what deeply matters to us and connect with the guidance of our own inner wisdom
  • Clarify our own sense of purpose and integrity, and deepen our courage to live more wholeheartedly
  • Gain practical tools to deepen our capacity to create disciplined, safe space, individually and in community
  • Practice deep listening and work with honest, open questions to “hear others into deeper speech.”

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 Democracy Action 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

Comfortable and roomy Victorian home. We meet in living room with additional journaling and break-out sessions in dining room, kitchen, and foyer. Walking distance to quaint Village of Millbrook for lunch and free time.


Fees & Registration

Cost: Sliding scale of $65 – $90. Please pay at the most generous rate 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 Monday, January 8, 2018 to register.

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

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

Snow Date: In case of severe snow, the retreat will be postponed until the following Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Questions? Contact…

Cat Greenstreet at

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