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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

Feb
07
2016

Be Still: A Year of Renewal Through Reflection
Mary’s Home – Rhinelander, WI

Feb
16
2016

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

Feb
16
2016

Winter Courage: A Circle of Trust® Retreat Experience
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Feb
17
2016

Facilitator Preparation Program 2016-17

Feb
27
2016

Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good - Song and Spoken Words Event
St. John Lutheran Church – Belle Plaine, MN

Mar
04
2016

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

Mar
10
2016

"Deep Speaks To Deep": Exploring the Practice of Clearness Committees
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner – McLean, VA

Mar
10
2016

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

Mar
11
2016

Leading with Heart: Courage and Resilience for Challenging Times - A Courage to Lead / Daring Way Retreat
Prairie Oaks Institute – Belle Plain, MN

Mar
12
2016

Journey Toward Inner and Outer Wholeness: A 2016 Courage & Renewal Retreat Series
Pecan Acres & Swallow Fork – Poplarville, Mississippi

Mar
12
2016

Still Waters - Rediscovering Your Well of Stillness in Busy Times
Notre Dame University Fremantle Campus – Fremantle, WA, Australia

Mar
15
2016

Writing to Set the Heart at Rest: A Circle of Trust on the Ocean
Sea View Inn – Pawleys Island, SC

Mar
19
2016

Courage & Renewal® Alumni Retreat – Homecoming: Welcoming the Beloved Community, Finding Center
Stonehaven Commons – Radnor, PA

Apr
01
2016

Living with Authenticity, Integrity and Courage: Courage to Lead® Afternoon Experience
Kansas State University Alumni Center – Manhattan, KS

Apr
08
2016

Blossoming as Who You Are: A Spring Courage & Renewal® Workshop
St. Paul’s Cathedral – Kamloops, BC, Canada

Apr
08
2016

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

Apr
12
2016

Courage to Lead®: Your True Story Through Life's Transitions
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Apr
14
2016

The Power of Story and the Courage to Change the World
Prairie Oaks Institute – Belle Plain, MN

Apr
15
2016

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

Apr
22
2016

Celebrating Spring in Our Lives and Relationships: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Apr
22
2016

The Activist as Mystic: Annual Spring Forum on Gabriola Island
Rollo Centre – Gabriola Island, BC, Canada

Apr
25
2016

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

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
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
16
2016

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

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

Sep
01
2016

Vision, Villages and Vineyards: A Courage & Renewal Retreat in the south of France
La Maison Quaker – Congénies, France

Sep
16
2016

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

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

Nov
17
2016

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

Nov
18
2016

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