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Videos with Parker J. Palmer

What is a Divided Life?
Do you want to show up in the world with more of your true values and gifts, connecting with others in authentic ways? Hear from our founder, Parker J. Palmer, in this short introduction to the vision of Courage & Renewal. Parker talks about how as human beings we are born whole, integral, with no distinction between what’s going on inside of us and what’s going on outside. As adults we may ask, “What happened to me? How did I lose that capacity to be here as I really am?” We have to find a way to build a bridge between our identity and integrity as adults and the work that we do in the world.


Living Divided No More
In this piece, Parker shares how a safe space helped him move from deep uncertainty to living a life of greater wholeness and integrity. He explains some of the characteristics that make a “safe space” and how these core principles led to the creation of the Center and our approach.


Courage and Renewal Facilitators
In this video Parker talks about what these highly skilled facilitators are offering individuals and communities worldwide. Often, when an individual experiences the safety and honesty available within a Courage & Renewal retreat, he or she begins to see the potential these circles have within his or her home, workplace, and community.


Safe Space
In this video, Parker Palmer shares one of his Clearness Committee experiences. One of the beautiful and inspiring characteristics of a clearness committee, as Parker demonstrates, is the unexpected and life-renewing insights given to us when we take the time to ask and have the courage to listen to our inner truth.


Life on the Mobius Strip
Parker J. Palmer explains how the Möbius Strip represents four life passages toward integration and wholeness. From Chapter 3 of the Circle of Trust DVD.


Five Habits of the Heart – from Healing the Heart of Democracy
Watch this series of videos where Parker talks about his Five Habits of the Heart.


Circles of Trust DVD (All 12 Chapters + Extras)
Expanding on the principles and practices developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, “Circles of Trust” offers insight and guidance for all who seek to map an inner journey toward wholeness, to live a more authentic, meaningful and resilient life.


Courage to Teach Guide for Reflection & Renewal DVD (All 14 Chapters + Extras)
This companion DVD brings The Courage to Teach alive through a 70-minute interview with Parker J. Palmer. Palmer reflects on a wide range of subjects including the heart of the teacher, the crisis in education, diverse ways of knowing, relationships in teaching and learning, approaches to institutional transformation, and teachers as “culture heroes.”


Parker J. Palmer and bell hooks dialogue at St. Norbert College
This dialogue between bell hooks and Parker J. Palmer took place on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, as one of several public events at the 2016 bell hooks Residency at St. Norbert College, organized by the Cassandra Voss Center.


Parker Palmer on How to Deal with Broken-Heartedness: An Interview for Elephant Journal
According to Parker Palmer, there are two ways our heart can break. It can shatter into a million pieces or it can break open into greater capacity. Waylon Lewis talks with Parker about how we can make our hearts supple enough so that we can handle that big break.


“Living From the Inside Out” – Parker Palmer’s Commencement Address at Naropa University
In his May 10, 2015 Naropa University graduation address, Parker Palmer offered six brief suggestions about the road ahead of the graduating class of 2015. Click here to read the full speech transcript.

Rebellion and the Human Spirit: Courtney Martin and Parker J. Palmer Onstage at PopTech
Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin explore how to do disruption, innovation and rebellion as meaningful acts of creation — and the inner work of sustainable, resilient social change in a live conversation at PopTech: Rebellion in October 2014.


Portraits in Faith
Daniel Epstein talks with Parker in 2014 about Parker’s faith journey, including those times when his faith has been challenged by experiences of failure and depression. Read more about Daniel Epstein’s project, which is motivated by “his own search to fill the ‘God-sized hold’ in his life.” See the full interview at