Alan Claassen is a Courage & Renewal® Facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal. Alan’s first teachers in the practice of non-violent social action were musicians; Joan Baez, Mimi Farina, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. He has long believed that the arts open pathways to our heart and soul, and move us to be compassionate for all creation. In the Circle of Trust approach to personal authenticity and social responsibility, developed by the Center for Courage and Renewal, Alan has found a practice the brings together his love of creativity, people, and non-violence.

As Alan enters his retirement years as a facilitator, guitarist and songwriter, he continues his calling to help create safe spaces for the soul to show up. He and his beloved partner now live in Vancouver, Washington where they enjoy kayaking, hiking, and attending music and modern dance performances.

Favorite quote

Lay down your weary tune, lay down Lay down the song you strum And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings No voice can hope to hum…

Bob Dylan

Book Recommendation

Hannah Coulter

Wendell Berry

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

Listening to the land, the music of home grown musicians, the patience of my beloved partner, the explorations of my children, and the evolution of the Center for Courage & Renewal, continuing to search for the heart of democracy in all our relations.