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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

Sep
05
2014

The Courage to Lead
The School of Life – London, UK

Sep
08
2014

Circles of Trust: True Self in True Community
Schumacher College, The Old Postern – Totnes, UK

Sep
11
2014

Entering the Heart of Wisdom: Joining Soul and Role for the Second Half of Life
First Presbyterian Church – Bend, OR

Sep
17
2014

Soup for the Soul: A Seasonal Gathering
Mequon, WI

Sep
19
2014

Courage to Lead: Daring Greatly - Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection
Orchard Glory Farm Resort – Bindoon, WA, Australia

Sep
19
2014

Sustaining the Courage to Lead: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
St. Anthony’s Retreat Center – Honolulu, HI

Sep
19
2014

Courage to Teach® Australia
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Sep
25
2014

Weaving Wisdom: An Advanced Circle of Trust® Retreat
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Sep
27
2014

That Magic Time: Living Into a Creative Life as We Age
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, South Chapel – Portland, OR

Oct
01
2014

The Fierce Beauty of the Elements: Exploring the Paradox of Destruction and Renewal
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center – Santa Barbara, CA

Oct
02
2014

Living the Questions: Courage & Renewal® Retreats - October
Sorrento Centre – Sorrento, BC, Canada

Oct
04
2014

Sustaining your Wild and Precious Life
Stonehaven Commons – Radnor, PA

Oct
09
2014

Sustaining Earth, Sustaining Self: A Courage & Renewal Outdoor Soul Journey
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory – Ocean Springs, MS

Oct
10
2014

Journey Toward the Undivided Life: Between Shore and Horizon
Star of the Sea Retreat Centre – Mullaghmore, Ireland

Oct
10
2014

Seeds of Growth: a Circle of Trust Retreat®
Monastery Conference Centre – Adelaide, SA, Australia

Oct
16
2014

Courage to Serve: Discerning a Deepened Source
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Oct
21
2014

Longing and Belonging: The Journey toward an Undivided Life
Zapata Ranch – Mosca, CO

Oct
22
2014

Courage to Lead: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Oct
24
2014

2014-2015 Soul Care Circles at Stonehaven
Stonehaven Commons – Radnor, PA

Oct
30
2014

Living & Leading Courageously
Cedar Valley Retreat & Conference Center – West Bend, WI

Oct
31
2014

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

Oct
31
2014

Courage Earth 2014
Tatamagouche Centre – Tatamagouche, NS, Canada

Nov
03
2014

A Courage & Renewal® Cross-Vocational Retreat: Toward an Undivided Life
Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre – Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Nov
12
2014

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: A Courage and Renewal Retreat Series
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Nov
13
2014

Courage to Care: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat for Caregivers
Silver Wattle Quaker Centre – Bungendore, NSW, Australia

Nov
13
2014

Gateway Retreat for Prospective Courage & Renewal® Facilitators
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

Nov
14
2014

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Bethlehem Retreat Centre – Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Nov
16
2014

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

Nov
16
2014

A Courage & Renewal® Cross-Vocational Retreat: Welcoming Winter Wisdom
Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre – Beausejour, MB, Canada

Nov
18
2014

Reconnecting with True Self Through Life's Transitions
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Nov
18
2014

Journeying into the Autumn of Life
The Bishop’s Ranch – Healdsburg, CA

Dec
28
2014

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

Feb
09
2015

Awakening to the Messy & Miraculous!
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center – Carefree, AZ

Mar
12
2015

Sustaining the Courage to Serve: Journey Toward an Undivided Life Retreat
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR