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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

Jul
05
2015

Discerning Life Direction: A Courage & Renewal Retreat (workshop at the 2015 Friends General Conference)
Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC

Jul
05
2015

The Silent Cry
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Jul
10
2015

Let Your Life Speak: An Introductory Courage & Renewal Retreat
Camp Broadway at Eagle Lake Mountain – Fort Worth, TX

Jul
16
2015

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

Jul
20
2015

Courage to Lead Seasonal Series 2015-2016
Tatamagouche Centre – Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

Jul
24
2015

A Sense of Wonder: Exploring the Connections of our Inner and Outer Landscapes
Hurricane Island – Penobscot Bay, ME

Jul
24
2015

Circle of Trust®: Reconnecting who you are, with what you do.
Wyndham Resort – Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Jul
24
2015

Living with Authenticity, Integrity, and Courage: A Courage to Lead Retreat
St. Anthony Retreat Center – Honolulu, HI

Jul
24
2015

Reconnecting with the Heart of Your Work: Personal & Professional Development for People Who Serve
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Jul
24
2015

Sustaining your Wild and Precious Life - a weekend at Kirkridge Retreat Center
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Jul
24
2015

I Am Not Done With My Changes: A Circle of Trust One-day Retreat
One Spirit Learning Alliance – New York, NY

Aug
02
2015

Courage~Circles: A Summer Day
Mary’s Home – Rhinelander, WI

Aug
06
2015

Sounds of Summer: Before the Snow Flies - Circle of Trust Retreat
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Aug
07
2015

StillPoint: Finding My Centre in a Busy World
Josephite Retreat House – Largs Bay, South Australia

Aug
14
2015

Circle of Trust®: Reconnecting who you are, with what you do.
Wyndham Resort – Seven Mile Beach, Tasmania, Australia

Aug
21
2015

Courage to Teach: Sustaining the Educator's Heart & Hope
Houchen House Retreat & Conference Centre – Hamilton, NZ

Aug
28
2015

Courage to Lead: Living and Leading from Within - a retreat to reflect on and revitalise your leadership
Houchen House Retreat & Conference Centre – Hamilton, NZ

Aug
28
2015

Returning Home: A Men's Courage & Renewal Retreat at Breitenbush
Breitenbush Hot Springs – Detroit, OR

Sep
04
2015

Courage to Lead
Cope-Williams Winery Conference Venue – Romsey, VIC, Australia

Sep
14
2015

Exploring the Ecology of the Heart: a Circle of Trust
Schumacher College, The Old Postern – Totnes, UK

Sep
17
2015

Leaf Falling, Bud Forming – Coming Home to the Paradoxes of Autumn
Wisdom Ways Center – St. Paul, MN

Sep
18
2015

Walk in Beauty: A Courage & Renewal Retreat & Pilgrimage in Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Sep
25
2015

Beauty and Courage from Within: A Women's Circle of Trust Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Sep
30
2015

2015-16 Academy for Leaders
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Oct
04
2015

Living an Undivided Life: Finding Wholeness in your Life & Work
Pilgrim Center – Ripon, WI

Oct
05
2015

Autumn In Maine: A Retreat for Men In the Second Half of Life
Kennedy Learning Center – Nobleboro, ME

Oct
05
2015

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

Oct
05
2015

Living Our One Wild and Precious Life: A Courage and Renewal Seasonal Series
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
09
2015

Courage & Renewal - A Seasonal Retreat Series for Personal and Professional Renewal
Mt. Olivet Retreat Center – Farmington, MN

Oct
09
2015

On the Threshold: The Courage to Stand on the Edge of Change
Star of the Sea Retreat Centre – Mullaghmore, Ireland

Oct
09
2015

Circles of Trust in Everyday Life: a Half-day Workshop for Existing and Aspiring Book Group Coordinators
Star of the Sea Retreat Centre – Mullaghmore, Ireland

Oct
12
2015

Harvesting & Planting Seeds of True Self: Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Lake Louise – Boyne Falls, MI

Oct
22
2015

2015-16 Academy for Leaders
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – Chaska, MN

Oct
22
2015

Living & Leading Courageously
Cedar Valley Retreat & Conference Center – West Bend, WI

Oct
23
2015

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

Oct
23
2015

'Lay My Burden Down': Re-Imagining 'The Strong Black Woman' through Mindful Leadership (workshop at the ISPRC 2015 Conference)
Boston College – Boston, Massachusetts

Oct
29
2015

Gateway 2015 for Prospective Courage & Renewal Facilitators
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Oct
30
2015

Courage to Lead
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Oct
30
2015

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

Nov
02
2015

Reconnecting with True Self through Life's Transitions
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Nov
05
2015

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
Woolman Hill Retreat Center – Deerfield, MA

Nov
09
2015

The Courage to Be REAL: The Journey to Living Divided No More
Sea View Inn – Pawleys Island, SC

Nov
10
2015

Journeying into the Autumn of Life
The Bishop’s Ranch – Healdsburg, CA

Nov
12
2015

Courage to Lead: Nurturing the Heart of the Leader - 4-Retreat Series
Transformations Spirituality Center – Kalamazoo, MI

Nov
18
2015

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

Nov
27
2015

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Singapore

Nov
30
2015

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Circle of Trust Retreat
Singapore

Dec
10
2015

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
Calvin Center – Hampton, GA

Feb
17
2016

Facilitator Preparation Program 2016-17

Mar
10
2016

Living With Authenticity, Integrity and Courage: A Retreat for Personal and Professional Renewal
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Apr
29
2016

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
The Mercy Center – San Francisco, CA