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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
14
2017

Spaciousness for the Soul, December Edition: Experience a Circle of Trust – In Winter’s Thin Light, Tending the Inner Flame
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Dec
15
2017

Rewilding the Land; Rewilding the Soul
St. Benedict’s Monastery – Snowmass, CO

Dec
28
2017

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

Jan
04
2018

On the Threshold of New Beginnings
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Jan
05
2018

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

Jan
07
2018

The Wisdom of Winter: Finding the Roots of Compassion
Private home – Tucson, AZ

Jan
11
2018

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

Jan
13
2018

Winter's Gifts: Death, Dormancy, and Resilience, A 1-day Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cat Greenstreet’s Home – Millbrook, NY

Jan
18
2018

The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Courage & Renewal at Edenvale
Edenvale Retreat Centre – Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Jan
20
2018

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

Jan
20
2018

Inviting the Spirit of Winter: Welcoming the Gifts of January Landscapes. A Seasonal Mini-Retreat for All
Centering Space – Lakewood, OH

Jan
24
2018

Winter's Gifts: Rekindling The Light Within
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Jan
25
2018

Courage to Live Undivided: A Courage & Renewal Seasonal Retreat Series
Sanctuary for Humans and Horses – Franklin, TN

Jan
26
2018

Exploring Courage in a Season of Transition
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center – St. Louis, MO

Feb
01
2018

Facilitator Preparation Program 2018-19

Feb
02
2018

Living with Authenticity, Integrity and Courage: An Introductory Circle of Trust® Retreat
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa – Florida

Feb
09
2018

The Journey to Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Workshop
St. Paul’s Cathedral – Kamloops, BC, Canada

Feb
15
2018

Empowering Leadership Through Writing: A Courage to Lead Retreat
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center – Corbett, OR

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
15
2018

Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists
Pearlstone Center

Mar
15
2018

Courage to Live an Undivided Life
Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church – Austin, TX

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

Mar
21
2018

Equinox Energy: Moving into Spring with Courage
Bishop Booth Conference Center – Burlington, VT

Mar
25
2018

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in the Heart of a Sacred and Storied Place
Embassy Suites – Montgomery, Alabama

Apr
09
2018

Journeying with Grace through Seasons of Transition
Five Oaks Centre – Paris, ON, Canada

Apr
12
2018

Leading for Democracy: A Courage to Lead Retreat for Women
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center – Corbett, OR

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

May
18
2018

Thin Places - A Circle of Trust for Finding the Courage to Live an Undivided Life
AKASHA – Charlottesville, VA

Jul
13
2018

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

Oct
08
2018

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) - WAIT LISTED
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Oct
25
2018

2018-19 Academy for Leaders in MN
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center – Chaska, MN