Listening to Wild Earth: A Mosaic of Community 

 Listening to Wild Earth: A Mosaic of Community 

Carol Kortsch, Jeff Hood, Karen Harding, Cat Greenstreet, Susan Nodurft

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Program information

Tuesday, August 8 at 5pm ET til Friday, August 11 at 1pm ET

Facilitators: Carol Kortsch, Jeff Hood, Karen Harding, Cat Greenstreet, and Susan Nodurft

Cost: $500

The cost includes the programming, overnight accommodations, and meals Tuesday dinner through Friday lunch. 

A call across the generations to nature-based community leaders: to explore the edges of our human innovative capacities to be true kin​ ​​-​ in listening to the land, to de-center the human​,​ and experience the underlying mosaic of greater community.

Set aside four days and three nights to soul-adventure: to move together through our carefully crafted, trustworthy human circles into our unique belonging as earthlings, as part of the greater whole.

An opportunity for enlivening cross-pollination: if you are a seasoned group facilitator, you are strongly encouraged to not come alone, please bring ​a​ younger community member​.​ We anticipate building ‘a nest of live encounter’ out of our visceral need for inter-generational connection and mutuality across all our boundaries.

Expansive time on the sacred land of Kirkridge Retreat Center on the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania. A call to slow down and listen to the Earth’s heart speak and trust the emergence of a mosaic of voices to whisper through the earth of our bodies.

A wild group of Earth-loving facilitators will guide this experiential program: practicing on the cusp of our gifts and learnings as facilitators from our own Earth ​longings and ​callings, using the core principles and practices of the Courage & Renewal®  approach. ​Clearness circles​ and an optional overnight camping solo in the woods will be offered.

This program is intentionally for community leaders and group facilitators.

Facilitators Bios:

Carol Kortsch was born in Africa, educated in Canada, and then worked internationally building community in different forms. After 25 years in psychotherapy and teaching group practice at Stonehaven Commons in Radnor, PA., she now offers nature-based retreats from Boulder, Colorado as a Courage & Renewal group facilitator. She blends the Earth-based practices of Animas Valley Institute and other local organizations in a visionary program called ElderSoul.  As a life adventurer and Earth listener, she recognizes our essential and critical human need to stop, slow down, and listen to our lives and all our relations speak

Jeff Hood has made a career guiding groups through the wilds of planet earth in search of our own essential wildness. At 70 he bought a six-acre farm on the Rio Grande in New Mexico, RioGrandeRefuge.com and has been claimed by the river, the cottonwoods, the apple trees and the old adobe farmhouse. With an MA in counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, he continues to work with groups to explore our soulful nature and connection to Mother Earth. He partners with the Center for Renewal and Wholeness leading workshops based on the work of Quaker author, Parker Palmer. Jeff is the author of the illustrated and irreverent book, The Silverback Gorilla Syndrome, Transforming Primitive Man, a primer for an emerging healthy masculinity, and Musk Ox Poems, a collection of his musing in the wilds.

Karen Harding spent most of her career teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at Pierce College in Lakewood, WA.  She values the role that reflective practice plays in teaching and learning as well as in self-development and self-understanding.   Her approach to reflective practice is grounded in her deep affection for the more-than-human world.  As a Courage & Renewal facilitator, Karen’s work has focused on navigating and embracing transition and change, how our sense of place shapes us as human beings, exploring intersections between creativity and the world of nature, and the impacts of integrating embodiment practices into Courage-work.   In addition to exploring the connections between body, mind and spirit, Karen enjoys bicycling, skiing, running, spending time with friends, music, gardening, and reading.

Cat Greenstreet has been facilitating Circle of Trust® retreats, using the Courage & Renewal® approach, since 2006. She was an educator for 30 years and devoted the last 20 of those to Waldorf education. Cat co-founded Hidden Water, a restorative justice program designed to help all individuals heal from the devastating impact of child sexual abuse within a family system. A thread through her work has been creating spaces in which people of all ages can be in touch with their core selves, heal, and realize their full potential. See more about Cat here.

Susan Nodurft is a retired teacher of the biological and physical sciences that emphasized experiential learning and connection with the natural world.  Educational field trips from the mountains of Tennessee to the Mississippi Gulf Coast were integral to her teaching.  In 1990’s she became involved leading deep ecology wilderness experiences for students. This experience affirmed the belief that it is through connection and relationship we care for the world.  In 2000, after receiving training as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she initiated “Mississippi Courage & Renewal” that offers in-person retreats and virtual Courage Circles. With an interest in energy as a feature of wholeness, she became certified as a qigong and tai chi teacher.  In addition to teaching in-person and virtual stand-alone classes, tai chi and qigong are often integrated into her retreat facilitation.

Registration deadline: July 28, 2023

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