• 26 - 28 May 2023
  • Birmingham, UK

Attending to True Self in Turbulent Times

Feeling unsettled in our turbulent world? This weekend retreat offers nourishing and guided space to deepen your connection to true self, re-establish a greater sense of inner integrity and discover what truly wants to flow through you.

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.” Parker J. Palmer

The last few years have been particularly challenging to navigate, asking many immediate and longer-term adaptations and changes of us. Finding your right place in this and a renewed sense of your own ground requires attention and care.

This Circle of Trust® retreat provides spacious time to follow your own thread, alongside others in a supportive community of fellow enquirers. You will have opportunities for solo reflection and journaling, deep listening in small groups and sharing in the larger circle. We will use images, poetry, prose, music and time in the more-than-human world, to deepen our conversation and connection with true self and true nature.

This retreat is rooted in the Courage & Renewal® approach, which was developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal.

This approach is described in Parker J. Palmer’s book A Hidden Wholeness.

A Circle of Trust offers safe space to help us focus on cultivating our inner capacity to live a more authentic, meaningful, and engaged life.

Guided by the principles and practices of the Center for Courage & Renewal and the teachings of Parker J. Palmer, we will invite our whole selves, our hearts, bodies and souls to reconnect and reignite our inner spark, replenishing our energy and strengthening our foundations, as we pay attention to the deeper callings of our inner and outer lives.

The Woodbrooke Centre

The Woodbrooke Centre is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Woodbrooke has welcomed guests through its doors for nearly 120 years. Once the family home of George Cadbury whilst nearby Bournville village was built, Woodbrooke has welcomed and nurtured guests for generations including Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.  There are 50 ensuite bedrooms and nine meeting rooms, complete with restorative gardens providing provide a hidden oasis of calm and peace.

The Center for Courage & Renewal and its facilitators do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.” We include this on every program page on our website and encourage you to include this language on other channels where your retreats and programs are being promoted.

We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen.  Full details of the cancellation policy can be found here.


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