Courage & Renewal
Mentor Application


The relationship between facilitators in preparation (apprentices) and their mentors is key to sustaining the integrity, quality and future of the Courage & Renewal approach and creating the trustworthy space we offer to participants in our programs.

This relationship is founded on a shared love and commitment to this work and its Core Values and Principles & Practices. The time of apprenticeship is a key component in discerning successful completion of the Facilitator Preparation Program (FPP) and meeting its core competencies, in order to take this work into the world as a Courage & Renewal Facilitator, and member of the Facilitator Collaboration.

As is true of any authentic learning journey, the mentor-apprentice relationship is a reciprocal one, full of promise, surprises and challenges. What follows are the qualities, expectations, and experiences required for becoming a mentor in the Courage & Renewal approach.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, the application is provided below. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2023.

Courage & Renewal Mentor Qualities, Expectations, and Experience

Therefore, a potential mentor would demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to create a disciplined yet nurturing space for taking an inner journey in community;
  • A deep and demonstrated understanding of the Foundations of the Courage & Renewal ® approach (Core Values, Principles & Practices, and the Principles and Practices at Work in the World); and an increased awareness of how these foundational elements relate to extending and deepening the welcome to our circles;
  • Program development capacity for introducing and developing Courage & Renewal programs and retreats including marketing and recruitment, venue logistics, communication with participants, etc.;
  • Skill and experience with design and facilitation of Circle of Trust® retreats and other programs;
  • Leadership and facilitation rooted in an understanding of the power of paradox;
  • The capacity to create communal teaching and learning experiences through the use of varied and evocative Third Things (for example, open questions, thematic poems, teaching stories, embodied activities, images, art, etc.);
  • The integration and facilitation of deep-listening practices (e.g., listening as a mindfulness practice, Clearness Committee process).

Mentor Expectations/Experience

As a prospective mentor, applicant will be expected to:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience leading Courage & Renewal programs on a regular basis.
  • Maintain membership in the Courage & Renewal Facilitator Collaboration
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with apprentice, have a willingness to address difficult issues in an open, supportive, and constructive manner; support them to recognize and take next steps as they are ready to do so;
  • Commit to regular contact with apprentice for ongoing learning as well as planning facilitation activities (ex. mentor clusters)
  • Commit to giving clear, constructive feedback with care and honesty;
  • Participate in regular professional development sessions with other mentors;
  • Have a program of your own that allows the apprentice to work alongside you as an apprentice while they move through FPP.
  • Co-facilitate a full retreat together (mentor & apprentice), that includes a full Clearness Committee;
  • Communicate regularly with Kirstin Anglea at the Center for Courage & Renewal re: discernment about apprentice’s completion of the Facilitator Preparation Program and their readiness to facilitate.
  • Availability to attend the mentor training program sessions on the following dates/times:
    Session 1 – Saturday, May 13, 2023
    Session 2 – Saturday, May 20, 2023
    Session 3 – Saturday, July 29, 2023
    Session 4 – Saturday, August 12, 2023
    Session 5 – Saturday, August 26, 2023

    Local times for all training sessions:
    Brevard, NC, USA (John Fenner) at 7:00pm-10:00pm EDT
    Sisters, OR, USA (Kirstin Anglea) at 4:00pm-7:00pm PDT
    Auckland, New Zealand at 11:00am-2:00pm NZST
    Brisbane, Australia at 9:00am-12:00pm AEST
    Sydney, Australia at 9:00am-12:00pm AEST
    Hobart, Australia at 9:00am-12:00pm AEST
    Adelaide, Australia at 8:30am-11:30am ACST
    Perth, Australia at 7:00am-10:00am AWST

Apply to Become a Mentor

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the form below and click submit.