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Fierce, Beautiful Wholeness: Why I Look Forward to Courage Camp

The wild winds roared the spring I first learned about “hidden wholeness,” blowing in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca and buffeting the shore. I watched the white-capped sea tossing and turning, a constant thrum of energy. At night, as I drifted to sleep, the old Victorian house where I was staying creaked like a ship. I was  Continue Reading »

Healing Community Heartbreak by Creating Safe Space

Domestic violence led to a woman’s murder in Hardwick, Vermont, in the autumn of 2013, but also led to community outcry—and courageous collective action. At a candlelight vigil after the murder, people huddled together in the cold autumn air, wondering what they could do differently. “There must be something more we can do.” The shock  Continue Reading »

An Awake Heart is Like a Sky that Pours Light

I was ten years old when a chance meeting informed my path of thinking, of being in and with the world in ways that I am still discovering at fifty-five. One early spring day, while riding my bike through the woods—a typical ten year old activity in 1970—a most surprising meeting took place. I was  Continue Reading »

Creating Safe Space for Connecting Over Stories of Loss

Lennon Flowers had a lot on her plate. She is co-founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party. It’s a new national organization forging community for people in their 20s and 30s to share their experiences of loss and vulnerability – by sharing their stories over a potluck dinner. Lennon felt the burden of heavy  Continue Reading »

9 Best Teaching Practices for Cultural Competency

Editor’s Note: Teachers have a special leadership role to play with their students, with their colleagues and with the communities they serve. As a new school year begins in the wake of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Teacher Katy Reedy of Educurious offers a powerful call to action in this guest  Continue Reading »

Food, Friends & Real Talk About Life After Loss

We spent a lot of time in our early days around the question of, “Is this a grief group or isn’t it?” and trying to understand what we were and were not qualified to do. We read books and studies and talked to lots of people with letters after their names. We soon realized the  Continue Reading »

Safe Space in the Australian Bush

I’m 16 again and I’m sitting on the floor cramped along with 25 other kids in a dusty hot room, the smell of teenage body odour, and the excitement of just having completed the challenge of camping out all night in the bush with just a few pieces of survival equipment. I love this part  Continue Reading »

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 »

Turning to Wonder

Turning to wonder is one of the touchstones used to create safe space in our Circle of Trust® approach. The touchstone suggests that if you feel judgmental, or defensive, ask yourself, “I wonder what brought her to this belief?” “I wonder what he’s feeling right now?” “I wonder what my reaction teaches me about myself?”  Continue Reading »

Do you feel ignited or burned-out as a teacher? Poetry to sustain your courage to teach

Enjoy this poem and teacher’s reflection from our first poetry book for teachers, Teaching with Fire. Fire What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail of water  Continue Reading »