For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.— Dag Hammarskjöld
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“…the sacred center is here and now—in every moment of the journey, everywhere in the world around us, and deep in our own hearts.” —Parker J. Palmer, from “Let Your Life Speak” The pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, the medieval path across the north of Spain, is much more than a beautiful walk. It Continue Reading »
I’ve just returned from a trip to Iceland with my wife and our 14-year old nephew. When I was 13, my grandmother took me on a similar trip. It’s a tradition in our family that an elder takes a younger relative on a journey so together they might see the world with new eyes. Traveling Continue Reading »
My beautiful younger brother Darren died a few weeks ago. As I ponder about the ancient practices of wayfinding, I have become newly aware of some of the currents that affect the direction of my travel… Up until his death, I must admit that I have tended to be much more of a future-oriented planner. Continue Reading »
“…even before you sat down with them, broke bread and drank wine, wiped the wind-tears from your eyes: pilgrim they called you again. Pilgrim.” —David Whyte, from Camino  I was drawn to pilgrimages partly out of a deep desire to slow down and partly for a reason I could barely understand or articulate. More Continue Reading »
We work so hard to get somewhere, to realize a dream, to arrive at some destination, that we often forget that though some satisfaction may be waiting at the end of our endurance and effort, there is great and irreplaceable aliveness in the steps along the way. We are always approaching integrity, never arriving at Continue Reading »
I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world. —Mary Oliver, Lead Just two weeks after hearing the good news about Facilitator Preparation program coming to Australia – and hurrying home to tell my wife, our lives Continue Reading »
After five years as a community organizer, Parker J. Palmer became enamored with the Quaker tradition of social justice. He believes when “we, the people” re-examine connections to beliefs and communities, it creates an opportunity to heal an ailing democracy. I encountered the work of Parker J. Palmer in the early 1990s, when a friend Continue Reading »
As one of the first Courage & Renewal facilitators prepared by Parker Palmer in 1994, it has been my extraordinary good fortune to work with the administrative team of Paw Paw (Michigan) Public Schools for the past 14 years. This unique opportunity offers one illustration of the potential of the Courage & Renewal approach to Continue Reading »