Everybody wins when spirits are high and life is flowing, but demanding schedules, workplace conflict, and unrelenting pressures for change, can crush our spirits and overturn the order of our souls. When this happens, we need to step back, regroup, and reconnect with what matters most: to re-discover our passion and zest for life; to find a new perspective, define a new chapter, or maybe even break free entirely to take the road less traveled by.

Our self-leadership retreats are meant to help you come home to yourself; to reconnect soul and role, and to awaken your courageous heart through self-discovery, rejuvenation, and new ways of seeing.

Your journey should be a meaningful one, honoring deep truths as well as excitement and enlightenment. Come discover what that looks like for you.


Making the Most of Your One Wild and Precious Life: A Courage & Renewal Retreat™ for the Work-Weary

All too often we look to family, friends, and sometimes professionals to help us find answers on what will give meaning and purpose to our lives. If we are very lucky we recognized our true path early and began the lifelong journey of growing and unfolding into our best life. For most of us though, the path was not so clear. We know there is more we need to discover about who we are deep down in side and what will satisfy our inner-most wants, needs and potentials. We have been searching for a long time, and we are weary.

Congruence between our inner lives and outer actions is what our soul longs for and whenever we live out of alignment with our inner voice our spirit suffers, and stress abounds. What our soul yearns for is wholeness - genuine embracing of our weaknesses as well as our strengths, our shadows as well as our light, our needs as well as our potentials. To make the most of our one wild and precious life we need to understand where our greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need. Then can we know fulfillment.

In this retreat we will explore questions of passion, potential, purpose, and propensities to help us choose directions that will allow us to live in alignment with our deepest values and act with integrity and authenticity in our daily lives. This retreat will promote learning, reflection, clarity, and insight in a safe, quiet, nurturing, and confidential environment. We will explore both outside-in and inside-out views of ourselves, and allow the insights to be gained from exploring poetry, music, artwork, and readings from the great wisdom traditions to help us extend our knowing both inward and outward. We will enjoy periods of quiet self-reflection, large and small group sharing, as well as much laughter and lightness on this journey of discovery. 

Clearness Committees, a 400+ year old Quaker process of discernment is the capstone of this retreat (www.couragerenewal.org/clearnesscommittee), offering individuals the gift of honest, open questions to deepen personal inquiry.

Who should participate:

This retreat welcomes individuals who are seeking to deepen connection with true self and bring greater alignment and wholeness to their lives.

Join us at Hallowood Retreat Center, Maryland, USA

March 13 - 15, 2020

Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center, MD, USA

Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center, MD, USA


Strengthen your Courage to Lead with Integrity and Heart: A Courage & Renewal Retreat™

At its very core, leadership is a daily, ongoing practice aimed at becoming our best self and inviting others to do the same. It is about being willing to take the initiative to build momentum for ideas, directions, or way of being or doing that have meaning and value to ourselves and others. The strength and resilience needed for this process come from knowing the ground on which we stand, and the convictions we will act upon with courage: it grows out of self-knowledge. 

Inside each of us is an essential self that has integrated all our skills, talents, experience, competencies and capacities, as well as the facts we have gathered, and is accessible to guide our actions and choices. This wise inner leader continues to grow and yet somehow, deep down, remains constant. Fundamental to cultivating courageous leadership is developing trust in this essential self, and through it, trusting in others, and the workability of life overall. As we become more aware of our strengths, limitations and guiding values we gain the courage to be fully engaged, to take risks, to care deeply, and take principled action even in the midst of change and uncertainty.

Becoming more self-aware requires both individual introspection and a supportive community. In this retreat, together with around 20 other people, we will create a space for honest dialogue and non-judgmental listening, practicing ways of relating that will help us be more present with ourselves and each other. We will have the opportunity to:

  • focus, without distraction, on what matters, especially our values, vision, challenges and fears

  • gain a new depth of self-knowledge

  • discover a process for discernment to reach clarity around life and leadership questions

  • experience The Courage Way of inviting and holding people accountable for co-creating trustworthy space

  • learn leadership principles and practices that can be applied to daily life and work

The ‘way in’ to reflection will be two-fold: through an outside-in exploration of ‘me in the world’, and an inside-out view of ‘the world in me’ through images, evocative texts, music, and impressions from the natural world. There will be time for individual reflection and journalling as well as large- and small-group work in which stories of our own lives and leadership experiences can be shared.

Being a wise and skilled leader is not something we arrive at one day, fully formed and complete. It takes ongoing personal and professional growth through reflection on our internal landscape and weather. Only we can see inside ourselves, but what we do with what we learn can make the night-and-day difference for ourselves and the people around us.

Clearness Committees, a 400+ year old Quaker process of discernment will serve as the capstone of this retreat (www.couragerenewal.org/clearnesscommittee), offering individuals the gift of honest, open questions to deepen their personal inquiry.

Who should participate:

This retreat welcomes leaders who are seeking to illuminate their own life journey, enhance their self-leadership in life and work, and bring greater integrity and wholeness to organizational or community settings.


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