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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

Jun
30
2017

Navigating My Life with Courage & Renewal©: Wayfinding on Bowen Island
Rivendell Retreat Centre – Bowen Island, BC, Canada

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
07
2017

Igniting Enthusiasm: Cultivating Courage - A Winter Circle of Trust® Retreat
St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre – Kincumber, NSW

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
16
2017

Singing to Wholeness: Exploring Voice in a Courage & Renewal Model
Naramata Centre Society – Naramata, BC, Canada

Jul
19
2017

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

Jul
19
2017

Explore the Greening Season: Living an Undivided Life
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Jul
20
2017

Living Wholeheartedly in the Heart of Summer
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Jul
28
2017

Chronic Pain and Illness as a Wisdom Journey
Edgewood College – Madison, WI

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
05
2017

Thresholds - treading our own path with curiosity and courage
Canning River Eco Education Centre – Wilson, WA, Australia

Aug
12
2017

Entering the Spirit of Late Summer: Savor or Re-seed? Seasonal Renewal Mini-Retreat for All
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Aug
25
2017

Journey Toward an Undivided Life: A Circle of Trust® Program at Providence
Providence Renewal Centre – Edmonton, AB, Canada

Aug
26
2017

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

Aug
31
2017

Embracing Change: Journeying with Grace through Seasons of Transition, a series of three Courage & Renewal® Retreats
Light on the Hill Retreat Center – Van Etten, NY

Sep
02
2017

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

Sep
06
2017

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat at Hollyhock
Hollyhock – Cortes Island, BC, Canada

Sep
09
2017

Living Life on Purpose: Journey toward an Undivided Life
Daybreak Centre of Spirituality – Bendigo, VIC, Australia

Sep
15
2017

The Courage to Explore: The Role of Place in Our Lives
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – Stoneville, NC

Sep
17
2017

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

Sep
18
2017

Now I Become Myself: A Circle of Trust Retreat
Naramata Centre Society – Naramata, BC, Canada

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
17
2017

Earth Advocacy from the Heart
Ecology Retreat Centre – Mono, ON, Canada

Oct
19
2017

Gateway 2017 for Prospective Courage & Renewal Facilitators
IslandWood – Seattle, WA

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
27
2017

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Retreat
Omega Institute – Rhinebeck, NY

Oct
28
2017

Daring Greatly
St John of God Retreat Centre – Shoalwater, WA, Australia

Oct
28
2017

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

Nov
02
2017

2017-18 Academy for Leaders in CA
Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

Nov
03
2017

Learning to Navigate the Mobius Strip of Money
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Nov
04
2017

Deep Listening and Courageous Acting: Being True to Heart and Community in Turbulent Times
Bon Secours Retreat Center – Baltimore, MD

Nov
10
2017

The Courage to Live Creatively
Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre – Ormiston, QLD, Australia

Nov
10
2017

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

Nov
11
2017

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

Nov
15
2017

Embracing Life’s Transitions with Integrity: Finding Ourselves in the Space between Change and Transition A Circle of Trust® Retreat on the Ocean
Sea View Inn – Pawleys Island, SC

Nov
15
2017

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

Nov
17
2017

Exploring Life's Possibilities: An Autumn Circle of Trust Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Nov
17
2017

A Citizen's Heart: A Retreat for Renewal
The Mercy Center – San Francisco, CA

Nov
24
2017

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal© Retreat at Kings Fold
King’s Fold – Cochrane, AB, Canada

Dec
02
2017

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA

Dec
09
2017

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

Jan
05
2018

On the Threshold: The courage to stand on the edge of change
Unstone Grange – Unstone, Derbyshire, UK

Jan
20
2018

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

Feb
01
2018

Facilitator Preparation Program 2018-19

Feb
25
2018

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

Mar
08
2018

Living With Authenticity, Integrity and Courage
Alton L. Collins Retreat Center – Eagle Creek, OR

Mar
19
2018

Thin Places A Circle of Trust® for Finding the Courage to Live in a Divided World
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

May
01
2018

The Soul of Aging: A Courage & Renewal Alumni Institute
Oblate Renewal Center

May
11
2018

Making a Spring: The Courage to Lead
Villiers Park – Foxton, Cambridge, UK