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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

Aug
26
2016

The Sound of the Genuine: a Circle of Trust Retreat for Young Women of Faith
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Sep
08
2016

Spaciousness for the Soul: A Taste of Circles of Trust®
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Sep
10
2016

Let Your Life Speak: A Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Houchen House Retreat & Conference Centre – Hamilton, NZ

Sep
10
2016

Healing Habits of the Heart, Women of Wisdom Annual Retreat
Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center – Commerce Charter Twp, MI

Sep
16
2016

Walk in Beauty: A Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain and Courage & Renewal Retreat
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Sep
17
2016

The Journey toward Wholeness: A Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Sep
21
2016

Embracing Life's Transitions with Integrity
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Sep
23
2016

Living Undivided: Explorations of Race, Identity, Soul and Role – for Courage & Renewal Facilitators
The Cenacle Retreat Center – Chicago, IL

Sep
23
2016

Making Transitions: An Introductory Courage & Renewal Retreat
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Sep
23
2016

The Pilgrim Journey Home: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Pallotti College Retreat Centre – Millgrove, VIC Australia

Sep
28
2016

Courage and Integrity in Times of Change and Transition
Silver Spire United Church – St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Oct
06
2016

Rhythms, Roots, and Renewal: A Courage and Renewal retreat for educators
Sunrise Ranch – Loveland, CO

Oct
07
2016

Coming Full Circle: Aging with Grace, Courage and Wisdom
Healing Circles Langley – Whidbey Island, WA

Oct
12
2016

Composing a Life of Courage & Creativity
Light on the Hill Retreat Center – Van Etten, NY

Oct
13
2016

Living Undivided: Reconnecting Who You Are With What You Do
Gold Lake Event Center – Ward, CO

Oct
14
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Four-Part Retreat Series
The Plenty! Farmhouse – Floyd, VA

Oct
14
2016

The Heart of a Leader: Personal and Professional Renewal – A Courage to Lead® Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat Center – Honolulu, HI

Oct
15
2016

Living the Questions: A Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Oct
16
2016

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM

Oct
17
2016

Courage to Serve: A Courage & Renewal 5-Retreat Series for Serving Professionals
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Oct
17
2016

Holding On & Letting Go: an Autumn Courage & Renewal Retreat
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Oct
17
2016

Courage to Lead® Seasonal Retreat Series
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Oct
19
2016

Courage to Lead® Retreat Series
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Oct
27
2016

Gateway 2016 for Prospective Courage & Renewal Facilitators
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Oct
28
2016

Beauty of the Dancer: Embodiment of the work of Courage & Renewal through Music and Movement
The Inn on Madeline Island – La Pointe, WI

Oct
28
2016

Courage & Renewal Retreat: Unfurling the Work of Your Bold Hands
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Oct
28
2016

Courageous Living in a Time of Change: an Autumn Circle of Trust Retreat Experience
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Oct
28
2016

Let Your Life Speak
St John of God Retreat Centre – Shoalwater, WA, Australia

Nov
01
2016

The World's Thin Places and Your Quest
Le Monastère des Augustines – Québec City, QC, Canada

Nov
05
2016

Let Your Life Speak: A Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Vaughan Park Retreat Centre – Auckland, NZ

Nov
09
2016

Finding What You Didn't Lose: A Circle of Trust® Retreat
Sea View Inn – Pawleys Island, SC

Nov
10
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Courage & Renewal® Bowen Island
Rivendell Retreat Centre – Bowen Island, BC, Canada

Nov
12
2016

The Seeds of True Self: A Circle of Trust® Retreat
One Spirit Learning Alliance – New York, NY

Nov
17
2016

Courage to Lead® for Young Leaders & Activists
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center – Reisterstown, MD

Nov
17
2016

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: A Courage and Renewal® Seasonal Retreat Series
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Nov
17
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Open-Hearted on The Brokenhead River
Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre – Beausejour, MB, Canada

Nov
18
2016

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat Series
Pendle Hill – Wallingford, PA

Nov
18
2016

Walking With Loss: Finding Light in Brokenness and Change
Cathedral Ridge Center – Woodland Park, CO

Nov
19
2016

Maintaining Professional Well-being and Resilience: A Cross-Professional Day
The Mary Ward Centre, University of Toronto – Toronto, ON, Canada

Nov
22
2016

Living an Undivided Life: A Two-Day Encounter with the Work of Parker Palmer
Village Hotel Katong – Singapore

Dec
02
2016

Journey to the Undivided Life
Cedar Valley Retreat & Conference Center – West Bend, WI

Dec
28
2016

Open Heart, Peaceful Mind: A Retreat for Rest & Reflection
Pendle Hill – Wallingford, PA

Jan
06
2017

Dialogues With Spirit: A Women's Winter Writing Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat Center – Honolulu, HI

Jan
06
2017

The Courage to Connect: A Circle of Trust® Weekend Community Retreat for the New Year
Unstone Grange – Unstone, Derbyshire, UK

Feb
07
2017

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center – Santa Barbara, CA

Feb
15
2017

Facilitator Preparation Program 2017-18

Feb
26
2017

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

Apr
22
2017

Deep Speaks To Deep: Exploring the Practice of Clearness Committees
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

Apr
27
2017

2017 Academy for Leaders
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – Chaska, MN

Oct
27
2017

Letting Our Life Speak: Our Place in the Common Stream
Villiers – Foxton, Cambridge, UK

Nov
01
2017

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain and Courage & Renewal Retreat