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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

Apr
29
2016

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

May
01
2016

Let your Mud Settle: A Year of Renewal Through Reflection
Mary’s Home – Rhinelander, WI

May
05
2016

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

May
06
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
King’s Fold – Cochrane, AB, Canada

May
09
2016

Planting Seeds of Intention - Reconnect to a Sense of Wholeness
Franciscan Retreat Center – Colorado Springs, CO

May
12
2016

Pausing to Hear the Tune: A Half-day Workshop
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

May
13
2016

Presence: The Art of Facilitating Small Groups
Le Monastère des Augustines – Québec City, QC, Canada

May
14
2016

Living with a Voice of Courage
Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre – Lorette, MB, Canada

May
27
2016

Wisdom in the Silence: Opening to the Inner Teacher
Trigonos – Nantlle, Caernarfon, UK

May
31
2016

Letting Our Life Speak: Authenticity, Vocation and Embodiment in the World of Work
Friends Meeting House – Brighton, Sussex, U.K.

Jun
03
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Edenvale Retreat Centre – Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Jun
10
2016

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: An Introductory Circle of Trust®
The Plenty! Farmhouse – Floyd, VA

Jun
16
2016

WILD SOUL: An Outdoor Circle of Trust® Journey of Intuition, Imagination, and Ancient Wisdom
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Jun
17
2016

Cultivating Love, Befriending Fear
Orchard Glory Farm Resort – Bindoon, WA, Australia

Jul
15
2016

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

Jul
18
2016

A Summer Pause: A Half-day Workshop
Belmont University – Nashville, TN

Jul
21
2016

Rediscovering Our Gifts Through Rediscovering the Gifts of Nature
Hurricane Island – Penobscot Bay, ME

Jul
24
2016

The Politics of the Open-Hearted: Climate Change and Courage
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Aug
07
2016

Live in Awe! A Year of Renewal Through Reflection
Mary’s Home – Rhinelander, WI

Aug
12
2016

Art, Reflecting, and Spirit
Healing Circles Langley – Whidbey Island, WA

Aug
19
2016

Finding Our Way: Mapping the Journey Toward Wholeness
Lori’s Farmhouse – Milton, DE

Aug
26
2016

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

Sep
16
2016

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

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

Oct
12
2016

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

Oct
17
2016

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

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

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

Nov
01
2016

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

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
18
2016

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

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

Feb
07
2017

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

Feb
26
2017

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

Apr
27
2017

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