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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

Jan
20
2017

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Workshop
Saint Saviours Anglican Church – Penticton, BC, Canada

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

Jan
28
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Feb
04
2017

Entering the Spirit of Mid-Winter - Wisdom Amid Blizzards: Seasonal Renewal Mini-Retreat for All
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

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
16
2017

The Beautiful & Ominous: Lessons from Winter Evenings
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Feb
18
2017

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

Feb
18
2017

Winter Light and Shadow: Cultivating Courage in Challenging Times A 1-day Courage & Renewal Retreat
Cat Greenstreet’s Home – Millbrook, NY

Feb
25
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Feb
26
2017

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

Mar
04
2017

The Courage to Let Go: Empty and Marvellous - A Courage and Renewal Retreat Day
Fullarton Park Community Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

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 – St Paul, MN

Mar
22
2017

Pilgrimage: Transformation through Travel, A Courage & Renewal Workshop
The Community School of New Hope-Solebury – New Hope, PA

Mar
23
2017

Journey Toward Inner and Outer Wholeness: A 2017 Courage & Renewal Retreat Series
Swallow Fork Lake and Cabins – Poplarville, MS

Mar
25
2017

What Matters Most: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal Retreat
The Convent at the Community of Saint John Baptist – Mendham, NJ

Mar
25
2017

Entering the Spirit of Early Spring - Preparing to Emerge From Dormancy: Seasonal Renewal Mini-Retreat for All
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Mar
27
2017

Listening for Spring: Awakening to the Messy and Miraculous
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Mar
31
2017

And Now: Transitioning from Here to There Creatively, Purposefully and Authentically - Courage and Renewal Retreat
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Apr
01
2017

Learning from the Seasons: A Circle of Trust Series
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Apr
01
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Apr
01
2017

Learning from Autumn: Finding Hope in Change
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Apr
08
2017

The Wisdom of Autumn: Holding On & Letting Go - a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Apr
22
2017

Deep Speaks To Deep: Exploring the Practice of Clearness Committees
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada

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

May
16
2017

A Courage and Renewal® Seasonal Series
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Jun
12
2017

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

Jun
22
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Jun
26
2017

Storyline
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Jul
01
2017

The Wisdom of Winter: Making Time for Rest & Renewal - a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Jul
08
2017

Learning from Winter: The Gift of Clarity
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Jul
14
2017

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

Jul
19
2017

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

Jul
29
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Jul
31
2017

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations: Making Our Home with the Other
Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center – Techny, IL

Aug
26
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Sep
02
2017

Learning from Spring: Open to Possibility
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Sep
17
2017

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

Sep
30
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Sep
30
2017

The Wisdom of Spring: Remaining Open to Possibility - a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand

Oct
04
2017

Bread for the Journey: A Celebration of Poetry and the Human Spirit
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
13
2017

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

Oct
19
2017

WILD SOUL an outdoor journey of intuition, imagination, and ancient wisdom based on the Circle of Trust® approach
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
28
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Nov
11
2017

A Circle of Trust: A Safe Place for the Soul
Private Residence in Woodlake Subdivision – Vass, NC

Dec
09
2017

Learning from Summer: Embracing Abundance
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Jan
20
2018

The Wisdom of Summer: Embracing Abundance - a Circle of Trust® Day Retreat
Mennie’s Home – Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand