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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!”

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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

May
02
2015

Renewing Our Courage to Work and Live Wholeheartedly: A Day for Courage & Renewal Alumni
Bournelyf – West Chester, PA

May
08
2015

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

May
15
2015

Hidden in Plain View: Exploring Scarcity and Abundance - A Retreat using the Circles of Trust Approach
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

May
18
2015

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

May
29
2015

Arriving Home: An Intergenerational Retreat for Men
Tatamagouche Centre – Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

May
31
2015

Living "Your One Wild and Precious Life"
Wellsprings Retreat – Macedon, VIC, Australia

May
31
2015

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

Jun
05
2015

Telling Our Stories: Wisdom from Within - A Women's Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Jun
05
2015

Journey Toward the Undivided Life: Our Inner Landscape
Trigonos – Nantlle, Caernarfon, UK

Jun
12
2015

Courage to Lead - Falling Upwards: Traversing the Two Halves of Life
Orchard Glory Farm Resort – Bindoon, WA, Australia

Jun
16
2015

Soup (or Salad) for the Soul: A Seasonal Gathering
Rachel’s Home – Shorewood, WI

Jun
19
2015

Elderflowering: Living Creatively, Purposefully and Authentically As We Age
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Jun
19
2015

Soul Care Circles at Stonehaven
Stonehaven Commons – Radnor, PA

Jun
26
2015

Returning Home: A Men’s Courage & Renewal Retreat
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Jun
27
2015

The Journey Toward Wholeness in Life and Work: A Circle of Trust Retreat
One Spirit Learning Alliance – New York, NY

Jun
28
2015

The Courage to Thrive in the Midst of Transitions: The 3rd Chapter of Life
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center – Carefree, AZ

Jun
30
2015

Leading and Teaching From Within: Whole-Hearted Leadership for Educators & Community Leaders
Rock Springs 4-H Center – Junction City, KS

Jul
05
2015

Discerning Life Direction: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
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

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

Aug
02
2015

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

Aug
07
2015

StillPoint: Finding My Centre in a Busy World
Josephite Retreat House – Largs Bay, South 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
18
2015

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

Sep
25
2015

Becoming Human: Interviews with Parker J. Palmer and Jean Vanier
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

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

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
22
2015

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

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

Dec
10
2015

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