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How Walk and Talks Transformed a Freshman Class

“There is no curriculum, no test prep software, nothing out there that will make teachers better or improve education in this country more than Courage work,” said Ellie Gilbert, a 9th grade teacher from Oregon. Ellie was a teacher for only three years before she felt completely burned out. “At 22, I felt passion was  Continue Reading »

Healing is Soulful Work

I came to the Courage & Renewal Health Care Institute because I believe we need companions for this journey. I don’t think we can do it alone. There are just too many forces that are operating to really destroy courage, to destroy the spirit, that we really want to cultivate and nurture in health care.  Continue Reading »

Times of Transition and Letting Go

I am a high school Biology teacher at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa, and I have completed three full Courage to Teach series, which have been invaluable to me personally and professionally. When I first started this adventure, I was teaching part-time. My son was in elementary school. I was running marathons, and  Continue Reading »

Find Your Authentic Voice

A friend was in the running recently to be named CEO of the company he had worked at for 10 years. Both internal and external candidates were being considered. When asked why he wanted the job – besides more money and power – he said, “I want a challenge. I want to grow new businesses  Continue Reading »

Everything is Incredible

In Everything is Incredible, filmmakers tell the story of Augustin, a poor, bent, Honduran villager who has been building a helicopter from pieces of refuse for the past fifty years. What has sustained his belief in the impossible all these years? This film was posted on our Monthly Roundup page of resources for Clergy and  Continue Reading »

Reconnecting through Reunions

Do you find the talk at class reunions banal? How often do former classmates truly share authentic life stories? Or even show up at all? Wanting to help create a more meaningful experience, I joined the planning committee for my Stanford MBA 25-year reunion. My hope was to introduce the Center for Courage & Renewal’s  Continue Reading »

Must intruder lockdowns be part of our children’s curriculum?

In a classroom of fourth- through sixth-graders, I am visiting as a university supervisor observing a student teacher. The host teacher is my former student, Jill. She is direct, funny, smart, and articulate. It’s easy to see in her the passionate student I first knew. A few minutes into a geometry lesson, an announcement comes  Continue Reading »

The Power of Pause

Spring is the season of commencement addresses and I was inspired by the message that Maria Shriver delivered at the Annenberg School of Communications, her alma mater. She says, “I have one wish for you. Before you go out and press that fast forward button, I’m hoping – I’m praying – that you’ll have the  Continue Reading »

Recovering Hope, Poetry and Connection in Health Care

I recently attended the conference/retreat “Integrity in Health Care: The Courage to Lead in a Changing Landscape.” I arrived there in the usual state for me, tired, stressed and struggling to balance all of my clinical and administrative responsibilities with the rest of my life. I work as a psychiatrist and as Clinical Director at  Continue Reading »

Surviving the Startup Life: The Toll of Merging Identity and Work

How do we protect ourselves from being consumed—body and soul—by the pursuit of our life dreams? We invite you to participate in a live online event with Jerry Colonna and Parker J. Palmer. Join the conversation about finding a way to deal with the “deforming pressures” that threaten to crush the leaders of startup companies.  Continue Reading »