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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

Dec
08
2016

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

Dec
28
2016

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

Jan
06
2017

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

Jan
07
2017

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

Jan
21
2017

A Winter Pause
St Francis in the Foothills – Tucson, AZ

Jan
25
2017

The Mindful Pause of Winter: Mindful Practices for Renewal and Wellness
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Jan
26
2017

Courage to Live Responsively: Seeing Clear and Nurturing Possibility
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

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
18
2017

Just Be, Just Breathe: Reclaiming True Self, Finding Sanctuary: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA

Feb
26
2017

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

Mar
12
2017

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM

Mar
15
2017

Mud Season: The Messiness and Sweetness of Transitions A Circle of Trust Retreat®
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Mar
17
2017

Paradox and Songs: A Springtime Circle of Trust Retreat
St Paul’s Monastery

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

Apr
27
2017

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

Apr
29
2017

A Spring Pause Living Life on Purpose: Journey toward an Undivided Life
St Francis in the Foothills – Tucson, AZ

May
11
2017

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
Mt. Olivet Retreat Center – Farmington, MN

Jun
12
2017

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

Jul
19
2017

Circle of Trust: Rhythms of Sea & Soul
Hurricane Island – Penobscot Bay, ME

Sep
17
2017

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain (A Kinder Camino)

Oct
13
2017

Letting Our Life Speak: Our Place in the Common Stream
Trigonos – Nantlle, Caernarfon, UK