“Work is love made visible.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

Since 2000, Karen Noordhoff has facilitated a wide variety of Courage & Renewal® groups and events for PreK-12 teachers, educators in colleges and universities, clergy and lay leaders in spiritual communities, as well as persons working in a range of cross-professional settings, such as nonprofit leaders and hospital chaplains.

Recently retired from the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, with a special interest in spirituality and education, Karen has integrated a focus on identity, wholeness, paradox and courageous action into university courses and programs – from those centered on teacher preparation (see “The Power of Paradox in Learning to Teach” in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Summer 2012) to doctoral work in curriculum, teaching, and leadership. She developed and taught for many years an elective graduate course (Courage in Teaching) for teachers and curriculum leaders. Karen graduated from Northwestern University, holds a masters degree from National College of Education (National Louis University), and a doctorate from Michigan State University.

In addition, she and her husband, David, spend time in central Oregon where they walk the labyrinth at their cabin in the high desert called “The Clearing.” Karen loves passing time in France, canoeing and cooking.