Kirkridge is hosting vibrant online programs during this time of COVID 19. Keeping the safety of staff and guests utmost in our priorities, we are only hosting individual and small retreats (under 20) at this time. See Facility Rentals or Contact Us for details.

Courage & Renewal

All Courage and Renewal® Circles offered at Kirkridge are based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, which focuses on cultivating our personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. In a Circle of Trust®, we are invited to slow down, listen and reflect in a quiet and focused space. The Circle of Trust® approach helps us find the clarity and courage to live with a sense of true vocation and to express the deepest values and wisdom of true self in and through our work in the world. This unique approach, described in Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness, creates a safe and hospitable space in which the soul can revea

All Courage and Renewal® Circles offered at Kirkridge are based on the work of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, which focuses on cultivating our personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. In a Circle of Trust®, we are invited to slow down, listen and reflect in a quiet and focused space. The Circle of Trust® approach helps us find the clarity and courage to live with a sense of true vocation and to express the deepest values and wisdom of true self in and through our work in the world. This unique approach, described in Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness, creates a safe and hospitable space in which the soul can reveal itself.

Join the Circle

A unique experience for all.

Each program offers participants an opportunity to reflect, recharge, and renew themselves. Participants  will gain practical tools to deepen their capacity to create safe space, individually and in community. As a result of each retreat, participants will develop deeper insights into themselves and be able to bring greater authenticity and integrity to their work and relationships.

For more information on this work see: www.couragerenewal.org.

What you can expect from Courage & Renewal Circles here at Kirkridge:

  • Focus, without distraction, on what deeply matters to us and connect with the guidance of our own inner wisdom
  • Clarify our sense of purpose and integrity
  • Practice deep listening and work with honest, open questions
  • Experience and practice a powerful discernment process drawn from the Quaker tradition, known as a “Clearness Committee”
  • Deepen our courage to live more wholeheartedly

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.

Introductory Retreat

A unique experience for all.

Introductory retreats are a one-time stand alone programs that provide an experience of all the basic elements of a Courage retreat.

Meet Your Instructors

who they are

Sally Z. Hare, Ph.D.

She is a teacher and a learner. She is the Singleton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Coastal Carolina University, where she served for many years as Dean of the Graduate School and Continuing Education and was the founding director of the Center for Education and Community.

During her Kellogg fellowship in the early 90’s, Sally had the chance to meet Parker Palmer as she was exploring the concept of community. Parker invited her to work with him as he created The Courage to Teach. Since that time, she has worked with the national Center for Courage & Renewal and facilitated COURAGE TO TEACH® and COURAGE TO LEAD® and CIRCLE of TRUST programs in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Oregon, and Kansas, and leads circle of trust retreats nationally with educators, physicians, community leaders and other professionals.

Jean Richardson

Since 2005 she has served as the director of Kirkridge Retreat Center. Prior to this move she spent 10 years on the staff of Ghost Ranch as the Program Director and the Development Director. 

A trained facilitator of the Center for Courage and Renewal and an ordained Presbyterian minister, she has worked the last 14 years in retreat ministry. Prior to moving into retreat work, Jean served as an urban pastor and as a consultant and adjunct faculty member at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

palmer

If we are willing to embrace the challenge of becoming whole, we cannot embrace it alone—at least, not for long: we need trustworthy relationships to sustain us, tenacious communities of support, to sustain the journey toward an undivided life. Taking an inner journey toward rejoining soul and role requires a rare but real form of community that I call a “circle of trust.”

Parker J. Palmer – A Hidden Wholeness

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