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Programs and Retreats for Life & Work

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  • Are you ready to give yourself the time and space to reflect on important questions about your life and work?
  • Are you in the midst of life transitions, feeling at a crossroads in your life, career or relationships?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the world but find it difficult to sustain your original passion and purpose?

In such challenging times, it’s vital to build your capacity for resilience, to be discerning in your choices, to learn how to engage the questions of your life with clarity.

Retreats for your renewal in life and work are available across the globe (find one here). While each retreat is presented by a Courage & Renewal facilitator who brings his or her own creativity to the theme, you’ll have a profound experience of the Circle of Trust® approach — as described in Parker J. Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.

You can return to these programs more than once to replenish your heart and soul, to discern your next step, and to renew your commitment to living an authentic life. For any stage in your life and career, these programs help you “connect who you are with what you do!”

Voices of Authenticity

Find out what these participants discovered at a Courage & Renewal retreat. Watch videos here.

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Typically, a 3-day Retreat for Personal and Professional Growth

A retreat you can return to more than once, each experience is new and transformative, helping you discover what brings true meaning to your life and work.

A Courage & Renewal retreat reconnects you with your inner wisdom—and with others—in a way that will refresh and sustain you like nothing else for the important work you do in the world. At this retreat, you will:

  • Focus, without distraction, on what matters to you, especially your values and vision, challenges and fears.
  • Learn principles and practices from our Circle of Trust approach that can be applied to your daily life and work, helping you stay true to who you are even in the tough times.
  • Connect with others seeking similar insights, who listen fiercely with “no fixing allowed”, who honor each other’s differences.

What to Expect: Skilled facilitators help create a safe, quiet, and disciplined space—a Circle of Trust—in which the noise within us and around us can subside, where introspection becomes possible. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, you will explore the intersection of your personal and professional lives, making use of stories from your own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

Clearness Committees, a high-integrity and strictly confidential process of asking open and honest questions around a difficult issue within a small group, are offered during these retreats. Another discernment process called a Clearness Triad is an alternate way you may experience these skills.

Courage & Renewal retreats often take place at beautiful nature-filled venues with limited attendance for small groups, which allow for the intimacy needed to create the Circle of Trust experience. Delicious meals add to the sense of being personally cared for. Meditation and movement are usually available to begin each day.

 

Life & Work Events on the Calendar

Date Event

Feb
23
2018

Finding our Right Relationship to Time, Courage & Renewal Winter Retreat
The Claggett Center – Adamstown, MD

Feb
24
2018

Living an Undivided Life: A Journey Toward Wholeness
Embody Practice Center – Birmingham, Alabama

Feb
25
2018

Wayfinding: A Courage & Renewal® and Yoga Retreat at Sansara
Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort – Cambutal, Panama

Mar
08
2018

Living With Authenticity, Integrity and Courage
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Mar
09
2018

On the Threshold of New Beginnings
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Mar
10
2018

Living Life on Purpose - a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Mar
15
2018

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
Pearlstone Center

Mar
15
2018

Courage to Live an Undivided Life
Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church – Austin, TX

Mar
16
2018

Leading Together: Strengthening Relational Trust in the Adult School Community at the Mindfulness in Education Network Annual Conference
University of the District of Columbia – Washington, DC

Mar
19
2018

Thin Places A Circle of Trust® for Finding the Courage to Live in a Divided World
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Mar
21
2018

Equinox Energy: Moving into Spring with Courage
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Mar
22
2018

Beginning Anew: The Journey To Wholeness
Swallow Fork Lake and Cabins – Poplarville, MS

Apr
06
2018

Strengthening Courageous Leadership A Spring Cross-Professional Circle of Trust ® Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Apr
09
2018

Journeying with Grace through Seasons of Transition
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Apr
12
2018

Leading for Democracy: A Courage to Lead Retreat for Women
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center – Corbett, OR

Apr
17
2018

Resilience for Life and Work
Kingfisher Bay Retreat – North Kawartha, ON, Canada

Apr
19
2018

Leading with Heart: Courage & Resilience for Challenging Times
Prairie Oaks Institute – Belle Plaine, MN

Apr
21
2018

Courage to Lead® Day Reflection Series: Leading from the Inside Out
Holy Cross Centre – Melbourne, VIC, Australia

May
01
2018

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
Oblate Renewal Center

May
03
2018

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists - Canada
Tatamagouche Centre – Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

May
10
2018

The Journey to Wholeness: A Retreat in Historic Quebec
Le Monastère des Augustines – Québec City, QC, Canada

May
11
2018

Making a Spring: The Courage to Lead
Villiers Park – Foxton, Cambridge, UK

May
18
2018

Thin Places - A Circle of Trust for Finding the Courage to Live an Undivided Life
AKASHA – Charlottesville, VA

May
22
2018

Journey Toward Wholeness at Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM

May
25
2018

A Mindful Society Conference 2018
Chestnut Conference Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada

Jun
01
2018

The Courage to Live Creatively
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Jun
06
2018

The Activist as Mystic: A Courage & Renewal® Program
Hollyhock – Cortes Island, BC, Canada

Jun
27
2018

Being Brave Hearted: Creating a Life of Courage and Resilience A Circle of Trust® Retreat
Rock Springs 4-H Center – Junction City, KS

Jul
13
2018

Courage on the Threshold: Embracing Life's Changes with Integrity & Grace
St. Andrew’s House Retreat & Conference Center – Union, WA

Jul
14
2018

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA

Jul
27
2018

The Courage Way: Living and Leading On Purpose
St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre – Kincumber, NSW

Sep
14
2018

The Courage to Care: Towards an ecosystem of wellbeing
Hill Cottage Retreats – Knighton, Wales, UK

Sep
21
2018

The Courage to Connect: Heart and community in times of change
Ards Friary Retreat & Conference Centre – Creeslough, Ireland

Sep
24
2018

Finding What You Didn't Lose: A Circle of Trust® Retreat for Women at Mid-Life Who Seek to Let their Lives Speak with Integrity and Intention
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
08
2018

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) - WAIT LISTED
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Oct
14
2018

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places
Embassy Suites – Montgomery, Alabama

Oct
25
2018

2018-19 Academy for Leaders in MN
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – Chaska, MN