Program Calendar

Find the program that works best for you

No matter what program you attend, you’ll experience the Courage & Renewal approach, a social technology of time-tested principles and practices that reveal what’s possible when we create space to hear our inner teacher and honor the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of this academic year, once a month, a group of educators from across the globe will gather online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with our own inner teacher..

  • 08 Dec 2022 - 18 May 2023
  • online

Hope: A Micro-Retreat

Give yourself a simple gift. Join us to ponder hope: what is, where to find it, and what it offers.

  • 11 Dec 2022
  • online

Black Women’s Radical Self-Love (Mini) Retreat Series, 2022-23

We will engage in powerful and enjoyable contemplative practices and processes—in a loving and supportive group of black women, each doing their own inner work.

  • 17 Dec 2022
  • online

Open Heart, Peaceful Mind, A Retreat for Rest & Reflection

This retreat includes periods of silence, reflection, group discussion, creative arts, walks in nature, deep relaxation, and mindful movement.

  • 28 Dec 2022 - 01 Jan 2023
  • Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA

Exploring Alignment of Soul and Role: Reconnecting Who You are With What You Do

A Five Session Virtual Retreat

  • 11 Jan - 08 Feb 2023
  • online

Winter’s Paradox

In four, two-hour online sessions we’ll practice deep listening and offer honest, open questions to support each other as we look inward even as we face the outer challenges winter may present.

  • 11 Jan - 22 Feb 2023
  • online

New Year, New You: Minnesota

Use this first retreat of the year to purposefully explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold you back while also identifying new choices and practices that move you toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

  • 12 - 15 Jan 2023
  • Collegeville, MN, USA

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Circle of Trust® Retreat (now full, waiting list available)

Journey Toward Wholeness: A Circle of Trust® Retreat is a five-session retreat series on Zoom, which introduces the Courage & Renewal® approach, culminating in a clearness committee.

  • 14 Jan - 11 Mar 2023
  • online

Finding Place and Soul in a Shifting World

Join us for a monthly three hour session through Zoom, an international community exploring finding our place in the world and connecting our inner life with who we are and what we bring to the world.

  • 14 Jan - 02 Dec 2023
  • online

The Heart of the Teacher: An Introductory Courage to Teach® Retreat

A retreat to reflect upon your calling as an educator, align your personal values with your professional practice, and revitalize your heart, mind and spirit.

  • 14 Jan 2023
  • Cedar Creek Clubhouse, Olathe, KS

Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach – (Jan./Feb. 2023 – Wednesdays, 6-8pm ET)

Throughout 5 online sessions, learn how the values, principles, and practices of the Courage & Renewal® approach, taken together, create trustworthy spaces to explore questions of meaning, purpose, and how to live authentically with integrity and courage. Sessions will take place every Wednesday, 6-8pm ET.

  • 18 Jan - 15 Feb 2023
  • online

Winter Stirrings: Seeds of Courage

When we take the time, we can hear our body’s wisdom and align with what is calling for attention. Rather than resolutions, let's begin 2023 in deep relationship.

  • 19 - 21 Jan 2023
  • Chesterfield, New Hampshire, USA

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of this academic year, once a month, a group of educators from across the globe will gather online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with our own inner teacher..

  • 19 Jan - 18 May 2023
  • online

Circle of Trust Seasonal Retreat Series

These retreats combine the principles and practices of Circles of Trust, the abundance of seasonal metaphors, and the power of music (with singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen) to help us understand and live into our lives. This series will also serve as an introduction to the Circle of Trust process.

  • 20 Jan - 07 May 2023
  • Saint Paul, MN, USA

Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach – (Jan./Feb. 2023 – Saturdays, 9-11am ET)

Throughout 5 online sessions, learn how the values, principles, and practices of the Courage & Renewal® approach, taken together, create trustworthy spaces to explore questions of meaning, purpose, and how to live authentically with integrity and courage. Sessions will take place every Saturday, 9-11am ET.

  • 21 Jan - 18 Feb 2023
  • online

The Art of Showing Up

In these sessions, the facilitators will support you as the expert in your own life through multi-modal experiences and trustworthy community. Our hope is that participants will engage skills and practice for showing up whole in your life.

  • 23 Jan - 20 Mar 2023
  • online

Who Am I Becoming? Aging with Courage & Wisdom

This Courage & Renewal® retreat series is offered as a space in which we can discover who we want to become as we transition into and through the natural movements that are a part of wise aging.

  • 25 Jan - 02 Jun 2023
  • hybrid

Pilgrimage of Soul Cohort

This series of five evening sessions and one full weekend retreat explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, and underlying life patterns in order to help us live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do.

  • 26 Jan - 18 Jun 2023
  • Boulder, CO

Welcoming Stillness: An Introduction to Circles of Trust

This retreat will include opportunities for individual reflection, small breakout sessions and some whole group sharing, where participants can practice and explore these ideas with others in a supportive learning environment.

  • 27 - 28 Jan 2023
  • online

Courage to Teach® Series: Re-Inspiring the Heart of a Teacher

In a time when teachers, support staff, and administrators are under growing demands and pressure, Courage to Teach® provides educators with an opportunity to reconnect with the reasons of the heart that lead us to become a teacher in the first place. Through connection with other teachers and most importantly our own inner teacher, we can regain the courage to teach in difficult times. The program, originally conceived by author and educator Parker J. Palmer, offers educators of all kinds an opportunity to reflect on the inner dimensions of teaching and leading with courage in today’s world.

  • 28 Jan - 27 May 2023
  • St. Albert, AB, Canada

A Circle of Educators: Transformative Teaching

Join this daylong active workshops to revitalize your practice and reawaken your Teaching Heart.

  • 04 Feb 2023
  • Palo Alto, CA

Coming Home to Ourselves: A Six Session Journey For Women

With the new year, we welcome new hope and seek new ways of being true to ourselves in an increasingly divisive and polarized world.

  • 08 Feb - 19 Apr 2023
  • online

Celebrating the Heart of the Educator: An Introductory Courage to Teach® Retreat

Join our Courage to Teach Circle of Trust retreat for a weekend of reflection, renewal and rejuvenation.

  • 10 - 12 Feb 2023
  • San Rafael, CA, USA

Having Tea With Grief: A Circle of Trust Retreat

This nourishing retreat that will allow you to explore the unknown terrain of grief and loss in a supportive environment.

  • 10 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2022
  • Camp Sherman, OR

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of this academic year, once a month, a group of educators from across the globe will gather online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with our own inner teacher..

  • 16 Feb - 18 May 2023
  • online

Reawaken Courage, Connection and Gratitude in Belize

Throughout the retreat, we will explore, individually and in community, the thoughts and behaviors that hold us back and inhibit our growth. Surrounded by the beauty of Belize and Guatemala, you’ll work hard, be challenged, and leave feeling capable of tackling new opportunities.

  • 19 - 25 Feb 2023
  • Belize City, Belize

The Journey to Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal Exploration on Bowen Island

The retreat is guided by Dan and Robyn, who have facilitated Circles for thousands of participants. The lineage and wisdom of Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal provide a way of being together.

  • 02 - 05 Mar 2023
  • Bowen Island, BC, Canada

Taking Care: The quiet, courageous power of love

An invitation to offer yourself space to remember the quiet power of love; to listen for the deep wisdom you hold within; and to renew the courage needed to sustain your own acts of taking care in the world.

  • 04 - 19 Mar 2023
  • online

Reclaim Your Power In Baja California, Mexico

Explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that hold us back while also identifying new choices and practices that move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living.

  • 12 - 18 Mar 2023
  • La Paz, BCS, Mexico

Side by Side Retreat for Couples: Aging Together in Spirit

We invite you to celebrate the publishing of "Side by Side: The Sacred Art of Relationships for Aging Couples"* by joining us in retreat, along with 15 other couples interested in “relationship enlightenment,” as part of a pilot group.

  • 14 - 17 Mar 2023
  • Eagle Creek, Oregon

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of pandemic months, a group of educators from across the globe began gathering online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with ourselves.

  • 16 Mar - 18 May 2023
  • online

Living In Alignment: A Women’s Yoga and Circle of Trust Retreat

We will explore, through yoga practices, what it means to live from an embodied place and how we can take this off the mat and into our daily lives. The space that we create and the heartful questions and activities we pose will deepen and enrich our inner knowing.

  • 19 - 25 Mar 2023
  • Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico

Searching For The Soul of Social Justice In Sacred & Storied Places

Join us for a Circle of Trust® pilgrimage to sacred and storied places where the history of our nation’s Civil Rights movement lives in the streets, museums, houses of worship, bridges and monuments of Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.

  • 26 - 30 Mar 2023
  • Montgomery, AL, USA

Everyday Solace: Nourishment, Connection & Community in Restless Times

Find wisdom and solace in a safe and supportive space at this Courage and Renewal® residential retreat in a beautiful setting near Dublin in Ireland.

  • 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2023
  • Dublin, Ireland

Reimagine Courage, Creativity, and Connection in Sonoma, CA

Throughout the retreat, we will explore, individually and in community, the thoughts and behaviors that hold us back and inhibit our growth. These retreat sessions are interactive, fun, and insightful. You’ll work hard, be challenged, and leave feeling capable of tackling new opportunities.

  • 16 - 22 Apr 2023
  • Sonoma, CA, USA

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of this academic year, once a month, a group of educators from across the globe will gather online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with our own inner teacher..

  • 20 Apr - 18 May 2023
  • online

Courage & Renewal Practicum – (April/May 2023)

Deepen your engagement with the values, principles, and practices of the Courage & Renewal approach, gaining knowledge and insights on how to bring these ways of being and perceiving more fully into your own life while expanding your capacity to influence and transform the communities and institutions you care about.

  • 28 Apr - 08 May 2023
  • online

Foundations of the Courage & Renewal Approach – (May 2023 – Tuesdays, 3-5pm ET)

Throughout 5 online sessions, learn how the values, principles, and practices of the Courage & Renewal® approach, taken together, create trustworthy spaces to explore questions of meaning, purpose, and how to live authentically with integrity and courage. Sessions will take place every Tuesday, 3-5pm ET.

  • 02 - 30 May 2023
  • online

Circle of Trust Seasonal Retreat Series

This retreat combines the principles and practices of Circles of Trust, the abundance of seasonal metaphors, and the power of music (with singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen) to help us understand and live into our lives. This retreat will also serve as an introduction to the Circle of Trust process.

  • 05 - 07 May 2023
  • Saint Paul, MN, USA

Rediscover Your Purpose in Santa Fe

The secret places of Santa Fe's mountains, ancient ruins, and canyons invite a personal call to bravery...bravery to stand for what is important for your life. Daily sessions are challenging, fun, and insightful. There is ample opportunity for personal reflection, self-care, and time to enjoy the art and history for which Santa Fe is known.

  • 06 - 12 May 2023
  • Santa Fe, MN, USA

Opening the Voice of Courage: A Circle of Trust® retreat to open Expression, Joy, and Connection

Barbara McAfee and Dianne Baker will lead participants in a journey of vocal play, silence, oral tradition community singing, movement and reflection to explore the wild and wide nature of our voices, and the things that impede us from using our full voice in the world.

  • 11 - 14 May 2023
  • Bangor, PA

Teaching with Heart: A Monthly Pause for Educators

Over the course of this academic year, once a month, a group of educators from across the globe will gather online for brief pauses to reflect, share and connect with one another and more deeply with our own inner teacher..

  • 18 May 2023
  • online

Courage on the Threshold: Embracing Life’s Changes with Integrity & Grace

Over three days we will contemplate what it means to “stand on the threshold” with courage and attentiveness, listening for the next congruent step, and honor the threshold moments in our lives as an integral part of the process of transformation and change.

  • 02 - 04 Jun 2023
  • Union, Washington

Awe, Wonder, and Reflection in Iceland

On this retreat, your days will be filled with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, educational sessions, and deep, meaningful conversations. Each day, you will spend considerable time taking in the Icelandic nature as you hike, admire, and reflect on the spectacular scenery found along the Ring Road of Iceland.

  • 17 - 25 Jun 2023
  • Serfoss, Iceland

Finding Place and Soul in a Shifting World

Join us for a monthly three hour session through Zoom, an international community exploring finding our place in the world and connecting our inner life with who we are and what we bring to the world.

  • 15 Jul - 02 Dec 2023
  • online

Reunite Mind, Body, and Spirit As You Hike Bavaria, Germany

Your days will be filled with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, educational sessions, and deep, meaningful conversations. Each day, you will spend considerable time taking in the Bavarian air as you hike, admire, and reflect on the spectacular scenery found along King Ludwig Way.

  • 24 Sep - 01 Oct 2023
  • Bavaria, Germany

A Circle of Educators: Transformative Teaching

Join this daylong active workshops to revitalize your practice and reawaken your Teaching Heart.

  • 04 Nov 2023 - 04 Nov 2022
  • Palo Alto, CA
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