Courage & Renewal
Courage and Renewal Retreats® are designed to help persons engaged in a variety of professions and in all stages of life to discover again how to courageously embrace the possibility of leading and living from a deep sense of integrity.
Based on the work of Parker Palmer and described in his book A Hidden Wholeness, all programs are committed to creating open, disciplined spaces, circles of trust®, where participants can discover again the deep connection between role and soul. Participants are invited to listen for their own inner wisdom, participate in a community of mutual respect and to reconnect professional identity and personal integrity.
Courage and Renewal Retreats® are understood not as a withdrawal or escape from a life we don’t want to live; rather, it is viewed as an opportunity to engage at a deeper level with our own true self and our unique calling.
In all retreats, skilled facilitators help create a quiet, focused, and disciplined space, a circle of trust® which the noise within us and around us can subside and we can begin to hear our own inner voice. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, we explore the intersection of our personal and professional lives, making use of stories from our own journeys, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions. Clearness Committees, a communal process of discernment around a difficult life or vocational issue, will be offered as part of all retreats.
Our programs promise to renew heart, mind, and spirit. Participants in Courage programs report a deepened sense of purpose and meaning, expanded capacity to listen and be present, an improved ability to build trustworthy relationships, more courage to live authentically, renewed passion for work and a deeper commitment to serving others.
At Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center Courage and Renewal Retreats® are offered in three ways:
Introduction to a Courage and Renewal Retreat®:
Introductory retreats are a one-time stand alone programs that provide an experience of all the basic elements of a Courage retreat.
Theme based Retreats: Through the year we will offer theme based stand alone retreats. Such themes have included: Taking Heart Once More, Be the Change: Seeking the Soul of Democracy, and Your One Wild and Precious Life.
Seasonal Retreat Series
Committing to a series retreat is the finest way to experience the depth of this work. Participants come together five times over a period of approximately eighteen months. A series of retreats enables participants to listen more deeply and make life giving changes in their lives.