Caren Dybek collaborated in designing, and now facilitates the innovative Courage
to Lead: Nurturing the Heart of the Leader retreats, drawing together leaders in
education, medicine, government, nonprofits, business, clergy , and the arts. She has a deep interest in the relationship between personal inner work and community transformation. Caren is also the co-designer and facilitator for the Society for History and Racial Equity ‘s (SHARE) Healing Together and Deepening the Healing Circle of Trust retreats . These retreats bring together people of color and white people to reflect on and share their experiences of race. She is a member of SHARE’s Racial Healing Advisory Committee.. She is also a trained facilitator of the Healing Circles that are a part of the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth Racial Healing and Transformation initiative and a member of their Kalamazoo design team.. Another of her interests is the power of inner reflection, story telling and the Touchstones to create safe space for significant yet difficult conversations. She has facilitated retreats for the renewal of teachers, clergy, non profit staffs and the racial healing of church congregations. She has a B.A. in English from Loyola University and a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa. She has taught at elementary, middle, high school, and university levels. Her dream is to facilitate Courage To Teach retreats for K_-12 public school teachers. To nurture her own spirit, Caren sings with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus.