• 04 May 2024
  • Carmel, California, United States

A Circle of Trust as Sanctuary: A vibrant space for our souls to show up

"Taking an inner journey toward rejoining soul and role requires a rare but real form of community that I call a 'circle of trust.'” —Parker J. Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness

Just as circle has a center and a circumference this retreat will flow in and out,
from focusing on our inner teacher to listening to the wisdom of others in our circle.
We will be introduced to the Touchstones, the blue print of how a circle of trust is created.

There will be significant time for silence and for reflecting on stories from our own journeys, as well as insights from poets, storytellers, and musicians. We will practice learning how to respond to someone’s sharing with open and honest questions rather than judgment or advice.

We create this circle/sanctuary to renew our courageous spirit and cultivate the stamina to keep showing up for our self, others, and the causes we care about.

Alan Claassen will be joined by a facilitator in preparation, Troy Brunke, M.S.
Troy applied the transformative experiences from Courage & Renewal® work to discern a career change from healthcare to the world of education in 2017. He is loving his work as a School Psychologist at the Salinas City Elementary School District, and currently in the final stages of becoming a Facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal. His free time finds him singing Bach, thumping an upright bass or bowing a Viola da Gamba in small ensembles throughout the Monterey Peninsula. Troy lives in Marina, California with his husband, their cat “Rocco” and a backyard chicken, named “Ova”. Troy is currently a Facilitator in Preparation with the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Troy Brunke

For more information about Alan Claassen click the link below his photo.
For more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal® at www.couragerenewal.org

Saturday May 4, from 9am-3pm
A lite lunch provided, with vegetarian options.
There are scholarships available.
Please contact Troy Brunke for more information.


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